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

2016-05-31Major fire at dumping ground in Kalyan, locals feel suffocated - Times of India
Major fire at dumping ground in Kalyan, locals feel suffocated Pradeep Gupta | May 31, 2016, 07.37 PM IST MUMBAI: The major fire broke out at Adharwadi dumping ground in Kalyan on Tuesday evening causing breathing problems to locals living in locality. To douse the fire, Kalyan fire team have called eight fire brigade from Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi but fire is still on and it is spreading. In past too several times fire incident have occurred in to Adharwadi dumping ground which is situated inside city where around four lakh residents living. The residents from Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation are demanding for shifting of dumping ground of which process is on but it is delaying due to oppose of locals from other proposed dumping ground. Due to fire there is smoke in area in around two kilometre and locals have shut their window after complaining about breathing problems. The fire official claimed reason behind fire is yet to be known but it is big and it will take time to control.
Major fire at dumping ground in Kalyan, locals feel suffocated - Times of India
2016-05-31Fire breaks out at Kalyan dumping ground - Hindustan Times
Major fire breaks out at Kalyan dumping ground in Maharashtra Arvind Walmiki and Sajana Nambiar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai Updated: Jun 01, 2016 08:32 IST A major fire broke out at the Adharwadi dumping ground in Kalyan on Tuesday evening. It took seven hours to control the fire on the 4-acre dumping ground near Durgadi bridge but the fire is yet to be doused completely. Read: BMC to use sewage water for Deonar dump project More than 14 fire engines and 12 water tankers were pressed into service. Fire tenders were also called from the municipal corporations from Bhiwandi, Ambernath and Ulhasnagar. The fire broke out around 3.30pm. The fire could not be doused immediately because of the strong wind, said Sudhakar Kulkarni, fire officer of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC). This is the first time that a major fire has broken out at Adharwadi dumping ground. Thick smoke covered the area, affecting visibility. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. We have not seen such a huge fire at the dump yard, said a civic employee. Five months ago, a major fire broke out at Deonar dumping ground, taking days to be doused. Kalyan residents have been demanding the KDMC to shift the dump yard away from the city. Suddenly, we saw the entire area filled with smoke. This is the first time we have seen such a major fire in the dumping ground. We are facing difficulty in breathing, said Santosh Mane, 33, who lives near the dumping ground. The areas have been affected are Maharashtra Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Adharwadi, Sathe Nagar and Wadekar. The residential area is around 50 metres from the dumping ground. The The Adharwadi dumping ground is surrounded by residential areas, a hospital and a college which is hardly 200 metres away. More than 2,000 residents have been shifted to safer places as smoke and smog filled the area. Namdev Choudhary, officer from Adharwadi fire station, said: We are using well water to douse the fire. We have used than lakhs of litres of water to douse the fire but it is still burning. Dilip Gaund, chief fire officer from Kalyan division, said it might take the entire night for the fire to be completely doused. The fire might have been caused due to excessive heat for the past few days. The police are making arrangements at a school to shift the residents. Additional commissioner of police (zone 3) Vijay Kumar Phulkar said: We have been going round the areas to shift residents till the fire is doused. We have make arrangements for those evacuated at Sharda Vidhya Mandir at Lal Chowki. Smoke has engulfed 2 kilometres around the dump yard. ABOUT THE DUMP YARD The 4-acre Adharwadi dumping ground in Kalyan (West) handles 700 metric tonnes of solid waste a day. Without any scientific procedure to dispose waste, pollution has worsened in the nearby areas. The KDMC has been using the Adharwadi dumping ground since 1984. The KDMC has plans to scientifically shut down the dumping ground and shift it away from the city.
Fire breaks out at Kalyan dumping ground - Hindustan Times
2016-05-30This Mumbai Coaching Class Used GOT Characters To Promote Their Batches… - Storypick
This Mumbai Coaching Class Used GOT Characters To Promote Their Batches And Its On Point! Parth Shahanand - 30th May 2016 The Song of Ice and Fire has taken root and they're spreading everywhere. Every. Fucking. Where. No one has been spared. From Pani Puri vendors to class presentations, and now this. An engineering tuitions class in Ulhasnagar, Mumbai has come up with an ingenious way to promote its special study batches. Funny subreddit and the image has already racked up more than 4,000 views! And I have to admit, the level of referencing in here is on point, and not just random name throwing. I am sure this marketing campaign would have paid off fantastically. I just hope I don't suffer a Ned Stark special from my father after these exams!
This Mumbai Coaching Class Used GOT Characters To Promote Their Batches… - Storypick
2016-05-29Integrated Ticketing System: MMRDA invites bids - Free Press Journal
Integrated Ticketing System: MMRDA invites bids By Karishma Ravindran May 29, 2016 01:06 pm Mumbai: Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) which is implementing the ambitious Integrated Ticketing System (ITS) has invited bids to appoint consultants for creating an architecture for the system. Come June 21, tender documents will be released for selection of Project Management Consultant (PMC). MMRDA has set a target readying the ITS system for commuters by 2017 end. The project cost will be decided once the consultants are appointed, said an MMRDA official. Once the ITS is in place, commuters can use a single smart card across all modes of transport such as BEST buses, metro rail, monorail and suburban railway under one roof. The new smart card system would allow people to travel by any of these modes anywhere in the city. There is an existing smart card facility used by the Railways and BEST commuters. Around 11 million commuters across the city will benefit from the system. The ITS system would largely benefit 7 million railway commuters and 4 million BEST passengers. It will also benefit 15,000 monorail and 3 lakh metro commuters, said an MMRDA official. MMRDA is working on a clearing and settlement house for cash transactions under ITS. Once all transport services come under one roof, we will need a settlement house to distribute cash transactions that will be meted out by different transport services. A clearing house will enable to distribute cash without wasting much time, said a Transportation Planner, MMRDA. MMRDA Sources said that once the consultants are appointed, the system architecture would be designed enable the used hand held devices to swipe the smart card. After the Central and Western Railways, BEST has shown interest in participating in the ITS. MMRDA hopes to lessen the operation and maintenance cost of bus services through the implementation of the ITS. The Metro rail and several other transport undertakings in Thane, Vasai-Virar, Mira-Bhayander and Ulhasnagar have also given an in principal approval to join the ITS. Once the ITS is in place, smart cards would be placed on the hand held device used by conductors at BEST buses which will automatically deduct the fare rates from the commuters smart card in no time, sources said. The current ticketing system in BEST buses is time consuming since it involves the conductor to collect fare amount and later enter the details into their ticketing device. It takes atleast 30 seconds for a conductor to collect money and issue the ticket to the commuter after entering the details of his/her destination. ITS system would complete the task in less than five seconds, said sources from MMRDA. ITS system in place would also ensure no cash transaction involved between the commuter and transport service. The new system would help in saving time and improve the bus services also, said a source from MMRDA. Apart from Mumbai, there are talks to bring about a similar system in Kochi, Kerala. Outside India, London has an advanced ITS system in place.
Integrated Ticketing System: MMRDA invites bids - Free Press Journal
2016-05-27Dombivli residents recount chemical factory blast horror - Hindustan Times
Dombivli residents recount chemical factory blast horror Arvind Walmiki, Dombivli Updated: May 27, 2016 13:12 IST Five people died, scores were injured and more than 40 buildings were damaged by the boiler blast in Dombivli on Thursday. People up to six kilometres away reported hearing the explosion. A fire broke out after the blast, around 11.30am, and was doused in a couple of hours by seven fire engines from Dombivli MIDC, Ambernath, Navi Mumbai, Ulhasnagar, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli and Badlapur. More than a dozen private tankers were also used to put out the fire and for the subsequent cooling operation. Another minor explosion took place at 1.45pm but no casualties were reported. One of the five people killed was yet to be identified as of Thursday night. The remaining four are Dnyaneshwar Hajare, Mahesh Kode, Raju Shingare and Neelam Dhete, according to the Manpada police. After the initial explosion, local residents rushed to the spot along with employees of companies in the area to help take the injured to hospital. Some residents offered to drive the victims to hospitals in their cars. Amit Vengurlekar, a resident of the area, said, After taking a bath, I went near a window in my house to pray. The moment I closed my eyes I heard a loud explosion, which caused the window pane to shatter, injuring my hands and legs. I woke up my family members immediately and told them to rush downstairs. Priti Pagare, a resident of Dombivli MIDC, said, I was cooking when explosion took place. I heard a loud blast and before I knew what was happening, my family members started shouting at me to get out of the house. Soon, the area was covered in thick smoke. We rushed downstairs, but a few people were injured on the crowded staircase. Once downstairs, we stood at a distance from the building as we feared it would collapse. Meanwhile, few of us called the police and fire brigade. A police official from Thane commissionerate said more than 40 residential buildings were damaged by blast, and scores of vehicles too. We have taken note of this and are in the process of registering a case against the owner of the factory, he said. Rajesh Vaishampayan, a resident of Kopar, around 6km from the blast site, said, We heard the explosion but thought it had come from a construction site. Aditya Patwardhan a resident of Dombivli MIDC, who also works there, said, For a moment I felt like I had gone deaf. I was working in a lab at the time, and the explosion caused test tubes to shatter. We were evacuated immediately and told to stand in an open space, away from buildings.
Dombivli residents recount chemical factory blast horror - Hindustan Times
2016-05-26Three killed, 129 injured in explosion at industrial unit - Economic Times
Three killed, 129 injured in explosion at industrial unit By PTI | 26 May, 2016, 07.58PM IST The mishap occurred at about 11.30 AM when cylinders exploded leading to a fire in the chemical manufacturing unit of Herbert Brown Pharmaceutical and Research Laboratories at Shivaji Udyog Nagar of MIDC phase-II area in Dombivili (East), a unit of the Acharya Chemicals. "As of now, the number of dead is three and that of injured is 129," Thane District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar told PTI. The injured were rushed to various hospitals in Thane, Dombivli and Kalyan, he said, adding, NDRF personnel were also involved in the rescue operation, along with fire brigade and police. The intensity of the blast was so high that window panes in adjoining buildings were shattered and shocked people were seen running helter-skelter, an eyewitness said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief at the mishap while Industries Minister Subhash Desai and Guardian Minister for the district Eknath Shinde visited the site along with Kalyankar. Minister of state for Home Ram Shinde said an inquiry will be conducted into the incident. Terming the incident as unfortunate, Fadnavis said he has asked the police and local authorities to speed up the operations. Thane Joint Police Commissioner Ashutosh Dumbre said rescue operations were on as some more persons could be trapped in the debris. He said the toll could go up but it would be known only after clearing the debris. He said the impact of the explosion was felt in an area of around five kilometres in which vehicles were damaged. Over a dozen firefighters from Thane, Kalyan, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Badlapur and Navi Mumbai were rushed to the spot to extinguish the flames. Police said the rescue team was facing a tough task in clearing the debris as chemical barrels and drums were lying buried under it. The District Collector is likely to hold a meeting with the Directorate of Industrial Safety, police, MIDC, and Kalyan Dombivili Municipal Corporation officials to find out if safety norms were followed by the chemical unit.
Three killed, 129 injured in explosion at industrial unit - Economic Times
2016-05-26Mumbai: Poors in Matunga area get good hygienic lunch for Rs 5 - India Today
Mumbai: Poors in Matunga area get good hygienic lunch for Rs 5 Posted by Bihu Ray May 26, 2016 UPDATED 17:24 IST Matunga set up a food distribution centre Raj Roti Centre provides food for Rs 5. Currently feeding 50 people but soon will cater to 200 people. In the posh Matunga area in Mumbai, eleven Gujarati women who are either busy house wives or have flourishing careers in homeopathy or teaching have set up a shop where between eleven in the morning to one in the afternoon a hefty lunch is distributed to the needy.Raj Roti Centre The women have been working on this project for the last two months and finally managed to set up the shop named Raj Roti Centre just a fortnight back. Jigna Kala who is associated with the Raj Roti Centre says, "we all live in Matunga-Wadala area and we got our minds together to help those who could not afford home made hygienic food. We arranged a place that could serve as a distribution center and hired cooks who can cook nutritious food." These women started working on this idea with a corpus fund of Rs 1,25,000 which is their own contribution. But slowly and steadily other donations have started trickling in. Since eleven in the morning people could be seen queuing up outside the shop. Prashant Bhosle who works and lives in Dadar all by himself says, "Earlier I used to eat at a hotel and used to spend minimum Rs 50. But after my boss told me about this place I now spend only Rs 5 and their food is good too." Distributing food to the poor Most of the people who are opting for this service are old, handicapped or poor people who are unable to feed their large families. Usha Mahadev a senior citizen who lives in Matunga says, "there are days when am unable to walk, but when I can, I come here and collect food for myself and my sister."Bhadrashvini, another local resident says, "I don't even get a vada pav by the road side in Rs 5 but here I get a wholesome meal with seasonal fruits with the same amount. "Mina Gosar, a member of Raj Roti Centre and also a homeopathy doctor says, "we wanted to keep food distribution for free but to maintain the dignity of those who come here, we decided to put in a minimal charge of Rs 5. "The centre checks the identity card and ration card of people wanting to avail this lunch facility and only after confirming that they indeed need help with food, the centre issue a master card to them. Every time they avail the facility a notation is made in the card. Moreover the women working here also try to ensure that those availing the food facility do not have any vices like drinking alcohol or chewing tobacco .Raju Padle, a resident of Ulhasnagar, who comes to Matunga to work as peon in a company, brought all his documents to show that he needs the food and got his warm lunch to his heart's content. Currently the distributing centre is feeding 50 people but they are hoping that soon the centre will be able to feed 200 people and continue increasing the number.
Mumbai: Poors in Matunga area get good hygienic lunch for Rs 5 - India Today
2016-05-25Pass per cent in Thane division 87, rise by small margin from last year - Times of India
Pass per cent in Thane division 87, rise by small margin from last year Freny Fernandes | TNN | May 25, 2016, 10.52 PM IST Thane: Girls outperformed boys in the class XII state board exams this year with 90.89 pass percentage while that of boys was recorded to be 83.34%. The Thane division, which includes Thane and Palghar districts, recorded an all-time-high pass percentage of nearly 87%, a slight improvement from last year's 86.60%. The district colleges have seen the pass percentage rise by a small margin of 0.27% from last year's 86.60% to 86.87% this year, said a state board official. The overall performance of the 1.1 lakh plus students from Thane and Palghar districts is the highest in the past three years. A majority of 50.58% of these students scored between 50 and 60%, securing second class grade. Students who scored 75% and above totalling a little over 9,500, which is roughly around 9.4% of the total students that passed the Higher Secondary Education (HSC) exam. The students, before learing of their results, spent an anxious hour as the state board website server was down on Wednesday afternoon. While Vasai was the highest in the Thane division with a pass percentage of 90.83, Shahapur came second and recorded the highest pass percentage of 89.65 in the district. This was closely followed by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation with a pass percentage of 89.44 and Murbad with 89.09% success rate. The lowest success rate of 74.86% was recorded in the Mokhada region.
2016-05-24CII sets up a new zonal office in Thane - Times of India
CII sets up a new zonal office in Thane TNN | May 24, 2016, 08.05 PM IST MUMBAI: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has launched a new zone in Thane. This zone is an important addition to the CII- Maharashtra State Office, after successful launch of six others in Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik and Pune in the previous years.The CII Thane zonal office comprises suburban areas of Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Ambernath and Ulhasnagar, in which most of the organised modern industries are located. The region also includes industrially developing areas of Vasai, Murbad, Bhiwandi, Palghar and Dahanu. The Chairman of this zone is Mr Satish Godbole, Vice-President of Siemens Ltd; and the Vice-Chairman is Mr Prakash Subramanian, President and CEO of Hercules Hoists Ltd. Presently, there are 84 members in the zone, mostly comprising small and medium enterprises. The Thane zone is one of the attractive destinations for industries, as it is the third most industrialized district in the state. The region has 11 MIDC zones in Airoli, Ambernath, Badlapur, Dombivali, Kalyan-Bhiwandi, Marol, Mira, Murbad, Tarapur and Thane. It also has three SEZs in Airoli, Kurla and Thane areas. Micro enterprises constitute the largest set of industries in this belt, followed by small enterprises. There is huge potential in the region for resource-based industries like Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Auto Components, Cement, Consumer Goods, Logistics, Agriculture, Forestry and Minerals; demand-based industries like computers hardware, steel furniture and information technology and ancillary.
2016-05-24Woman booked for abetting suicide of colleague - Business Standard
Woman booked for abetting suicide of colleague A woman has been booked for allegedly abetting the suicide of a 40-year-old male colleague in Thane nearly two years back, police said today. Prashant Jadhav, who worked with a builder at Nandivili in the district, had allegedly committed suicide on August 23, 2014, by hanging himself to a tree near his house in Ambernath township. The police had then registered an accidental death report (ADR). However, later the deceased's wife complained to police that her husband ended his life after being fed up of constant harassment by his 42-year-old woman colleague, who also worked for the same builder, Assistant Police Inspector A P Choudhari, of Hill Line police station under Ulhasnagar division, said. She mentioned in her complaint that the woman befriended her husband at their workplace and made advances towards him. According to the complaint, the woman colleague used to frequently call and send messages to Jadhav and also harassed him. Police conducted a probe based on the complaint and after taking a legal opinion, registered an offence against the woman yesterday under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC. The woman has not been arrested so far, police said, adding that further probe in the case is on.
2016-05-23Bribe tribe goes `cashless', seeks fans, printers, phones - Mumbai Mirror
Bribe tribe goes `cashless', seeks fans, printers, phones By Divyesh Singh, Mumbai Mirror | May 23, 2016, 11.15 AM IST Corrupt cops and officials change tactic, demand office improvement items, gadgets and paid holidays, finds Divyesh Singh Gujarat cops trip up on vacation plot. ACCUSED: Waseem Khan and S Parmar, cops DEMAND: All-expenses paid holiday in Pune TWO policemen from Gujarat thought they had devised the perfect plan to get a free holiday: threaten a suspect from Mumbra with arrest and force him to pay for their trip to Pune, including stay in a luxurious hotel. But they learned the hard way that there are no free vacations in life. The Mumbra man, who had been booked in a dowry harass ment case in Gujarat, simply contacted the ACB, which arrested police officers Waseem Khan and Sanabhai Parmarand their driver, Mushtaqeen Vora, on December 5 last year. The three had driven to Mumbai to scare the Mumbra resident into paying Rs 1 lakh and arranging the Pune trip. Cop's paperless dream dashed. ACCUSED: Prabhakar Suryawanshi, cop DEMAND: Inkjet printer AN assistant inspector at the Hill Line police station in Ulhasnagar allegedly demanded a new inkjet printer costing Rs 7,000 from a man who had been facing assault charges in a 2010 case. The man approached the Mumbai unit of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which arrested the 34-year-old cop, Prabhakar Suryawanshi, as he accepted the `gift' on May 12. The new printer will have to wait. Love of Apple products lands cop in soup. ACCUSED: Uttam Tangade, senior inspector DEMAND: Phone and tablet IN May last year, the senior inspector with the Thane Crime Branch's Ulhasnagar unit was caught red-handed accepting an iPhone 6 and iPad Air from a businessman facing charges in a cricket betting case. The 50-year-old cop had allegedly offered to stall police action against the businessman in exchange of the gadgets. A police constable was also arrested by the ACB. No escape from May heat. ACCUSED: Sambhaji Hingankar, MSEDL staffer DEMAND: Ceiling fan AN engineer with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd was arrested in Pune on May 17 for allegedly demanding a ceiling fan from a man who had applied for a new power meter. The 40-year-old engineer, Sambhaji Hingankar, was apparently finding it too hard to work in his stuffy office in the May heat, and pressured the man to get the fan in exchange of the new meter. Hingankar will find the police lockup even more uncomfortable. `DEMANDING ANYTHING AMOUNTS TO CORRUPTION' A senior ACB officer said: "Nowadays, police and government officials demand several things such as latest gadgets to move files, overlook infraction of rules and stall inquiries. Asking for anything from persons of interest or members of the public amounts to corruption. De spite the new approach, most corrup tion cases involve transfer of huge sums of cash." NEW TRICKS TO AVOID DETECTION In most cases, the ACB secures complainants' cooperation and nabs corrupt officials while they are accepting bribes. To avoid walking into such traps, errant of ficials have started using new tricks such as asking the bribe-giver to drop off the package at a specif ic location, say a restaurant, or staying hidden in a vehicle at the time of the exchange. "In some cases, the accused drove around in a car and avoided stepping out of the vehicle. When the complain ant showed up with the bag, the accused stopped the car and asked the person to leave the bag in the rear seat before speeding off," said UA Chuare, deputy police commissioner, ACB. "At times, the accused hire private persons for the job. That was the case in a recent arrest we made at the Chembur office of the public works department." Two BMC engineers who employed the car trick were arrested from Santacruz recently. "Some corrupt officials ask people to leave the bribe at a restaurant or a shop near their office. The owner of the establishment gets a cut for safekeeping the bag," another ACB officer said. "Seizure of the bribe is very crucial. If the cash or articles are lost or not recovered, it becomes very difficult to prove corruption charges against the accused in court."
Bribe tribe goes `cashless
2016-05-22MMRDA shifts focus to peripheral areas for Metro - The Asian Age
MMRDA shifts focus to peripheral areas for Metro May 23, 2016 - Mehul R. Thakkar | mumbai With work on almost half dozen proposed metro corridors in the city yet to take off, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will now shift its focus on the peripheral areas of the city to come up with fresh proposals for metro corridors. The authority will upgrade the Comprehensive Transportation Study (CTS) to update the metro master plan for a metro network. The MMRDA plans to focus on proposing metro corridors in cities, which include Navi Mumbai, Bhiwandi, Thane, Mira Road, Bhayandar, Vasai, Virar and Ulhasnagar. The MMRDA has also floated global bids for the appointment of consultant who will be preparing the updated master plan for the MMRDA. Back in 2008, the MMRDA had, with the help of a private research firm and the World Bank, prepared CTS which had suggested to upgrade the transportation system in the city and metropolitan region by means of metros, highways, additional suburban railway lines and the monorail. Apart from the operational Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor, work on all other metro corridors is yet to start. They are currently in tendering stage or the MMRDA is preparing a detailed project report (DPR) on a few others. Subsequently in 2015, the MMRDA had claimed to have planned for a 118-km-long metro network in the city and metropolitan region. Commenting on the development, U.P.S. Madan, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA, said, We plan to complete the upgradation of CTS in another seven to eight months and there are possibilities that after the study is completed there could be some new proposals for new metro corridors. Also, we are currently working keenly on the proposal of having a metro network between the Thane-Kalyan-Bhiwandi stretch. Further, the MMRDA has already awarded contracts for the Dahisar east- Andheri east Metro-7 corridor for which the work is likely to start after monsoons. It is also going to finalise the contracts for starting work on another metro corridor from Dahisar to DN Nagar, named Metro-2A corridor. Also, the Colaba-Seepz underground Metro-3 corridor being implemented by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) plans to start civil work by end of 2016. While, work on the Metro-7 and Metro-2A is expected to start soon, other proposed metro corridors like the DN Nagar-Mankhurd Metro-2B, Wadala-Thane Metro-4 and the Jogeshwari-Seepz-Kanjurmarg Metro-6 corridor including the pending work on phase-2 monorail from Wadala to Jacob Circle are yet to take off. This is because these are at a stage where the alignment is not finalised nor the expected ridership identified; Neither does the MMRDA have knowledge about how it will arrange funds for these projects which are in the pipeline, excluding the monorail phase-2 as the MMRDA claims it will start its services by the end of 2016.
2016-05-21Armless boy in UP clears Class 10 exams: Here is a list of some unbeatable characters - India Today
Armless boy in UP clears Class 10 exams: Here is a list of some unbeatable characters A 16-year-old boy Ajay Kumar was born without arms and cannot write like many of his friends but his indomitable spirit has helped him to shine in life. The boy from Bhogaon village, Manipuri District of Uttar Pradesh (UP), cleared the Class 10 examination with 71.8 per cent by writing with his leg.
2016-05-20Woman running sex racket under guise of event management company held in Mira Road - Times of India
Woman running sex racket under guise of event management company held in Mira Road Sandhya Nair | May 20, 2016, 05.56 PM IST MUMBAI: A 24-year-old woman from Ulhasnagar has been arrested for allegedly running a prostitution business under the guise of an event management company in Mira Road. Acting on a tip off the Thane rural police arrested Kashish Dulani for parading four girls before a decoy customer in Mira Road on Wednesday. Dulani would introduce herself as a co-ordinator for an event management company. She got exposed when during a conversation with a Mira Road resident on social media regarding providing models, Dulani spoke about making available girls for sex. The resident approached the police. Dulani agreed to meet the decoy customer. She paraded four girls and demanded Rs 12,000 each. Dulani has been booked under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) by the Kashimira police. The rescued girls have been send to the rehabilitation centre. Dulani is believed to have lured young girls with some modelling assignments and later forced them into the flesh trade. She promised modelling assignments and roles in television serials.
Woman running sex racket under guise of event management company held in Mira Road - Times of India
2016-05-20Hardware trader's daughter comes 8th in WB Class 12 exams with 97 percent: Here is a list of some invincible characters - India Today
Hardware trader's daughter comes 8th in WB Class 12 exams with 97 percent: Here is a list of some invincible characters The daughter of a small-time hardware trader and a labourer at a ball pen refill factory, with 97 percent, Monalisa Halder bagged the eighth position in the recently published West Bengal Higher Secondary examination. Monalisa's indomitable struggle to reach the zenithThe economic condition of the family was so bad that it forced Monalisa to quit her studies even after scoring 92 percent in her class 10 or Madhyamik examination. "I never deviated from the target. I come from a very poor family. There were times when I was pushed to the verge of quitting my studies. But I stayed focused no matter what came," Monalisa, a student of Diamond Harbour High School in South 24 Parganas, told HT. Here is the list of some indomitable characters: Ira Singhal 31-year-old Ira Singhal was the first physically challenged women to crack the civil service exam in general category. She was the topper in the UPSC exam, 2014. Ira also cracked the IRS (Indian Revenue Service) exam in 2010, but was denied posting for her physical inability. But she filed a case in the Central Administrative Tribunal and won it after four years after which she was given a post. Pranjali Patil , a visually impaired girl from Ulhasnagar cracked IAS exam this year with a rank of 773. The Ulhasnagar girl lost her vision completely when she was just six , but she still prepared her mind to become an IAS officer at her childhood. Patil did her graduation in Political Science from Mumbai's St. Xavier's College and Master of Arts in International relations from Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).Deaf and mute Mayank Sharma: A student of Sri Ram Krishna Inter College, 17-year-old deaf and mute Mayank Sharma scored 80.02 per cent in the Class 12 exam from the science stream. His father Vinod Sharma is an LIC agent and mother, Mayank Sharma is a teacher. Mayank dreams to be a civil servant and wants to get a PhD after clearing his graduation and post graduation. Allahabad topper Kuldeep Sharma is the son of a farmer:Kuldeep Sharma, who is the son of a farmer, topped the Class 12 board exam from Allahabad with 96.40 per cent marks. He is a student of Bal Bharti Inter College and wishes to be a doctor in future. Second ranker Pratima Singh is the daughter of a farmer:A farmer's daughter, Pratima Singh holds the second position in the UP Board Intermediate exams. Pratima lives with her parents and four siblings in Barabanki and wishes to become an IAS officer.
2016-05-19'First give all clearance, then hold us accountable' - Mumbai Mirror
First give all clearance, then hold us accountable Makarand Gadgil, Mumbai Mirror | May 19, 2016, 12.51 AM IST Amar Bhatia, Suraj Parmar, Raj KandhariThe Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry president, Dharmesh Jain, on what prevents builders from creating low-cost houses, and why it is difficult to do business in the state. The real estate industry has been rattled by the recent deaths of three of its members. Navi Mumbai builder Raj Kandhari and Thane builder Suraj Parmar shot themselves, while Ulhasnagar builder Amar Bhatia's body was found on the railway tracks. The Rs 4 lakh industry is also blaming a general slow-down and delays by government authorities in issuing clearances, which is putting pressure on the bottom line. Mumbai Mirror spoke to Dharmesh Jain, president of the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) on what's behind these incidents and the problems plaguing the industry. Why are affluent builders who wield a lot of clout committing suicide? The Navi Mumbai incident (Kandhari's suicide) was unfortunate. We have told our members to meet regularly so that we can discuss our problems and help those in need. Your organisation's Navi Mumbai chapter blamed CIDCO for Navi Mumbai builder Raj Kandhari's suicide. What's your take? After the Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA) project, the rules suddenly changed. There was no transition period, which led to a lot of hardship for developers. A policy that allowed a level playing field for all should have been introduced. The state government's initiative of granting building permissions online is excellent and has increased the ease with which business can be conducted. Similar initiatives need to be adopted across all municipal corporations in the state. Most builders find it difficult to get environmental clearance. How can this be reduced? It takes anywhere between six months to two years to get an environmental clearance. Instead of having this work done at the central and state level, local bodies can be authorised to do this work. In 85 to 90 per cent of these cases, environmental clearance comes with a set of terms and conditions. Why not ask local bodies to follow these procedures and work according to the guidelines? Right now, we have a lose-lose situation for all stakeholder builders and developers, whose costs increase because of delays, consumers end up paying more and the government, whose revenues get delayed. The government is giving a big push to affordable housing. It wants to build 1.9 million homes in the next five years. How is your industry gearing up for this challenge? The dream of affordable housing is achievable provided we get all permissions within 30 to 90 days. I don't mean just permissions from municipal corporations, but from government departments such as revenue and the environment. Land can be made affordable by offering incentive FSI. The housing industry pays anywhere from 28 to 43 per cent in taxes, depending on the state. The government needs to bring down this burden substantially. The common man doesn't hold builders in high esteem. Some of the fault lies with us. But you have a few bad eggs in every profession. Give us all the clearances in 30 to 90 days and then hold us accountable if we don't deliver. How will the new real estate regulator affect the industry? The regulator won't be effective unless all the departments responsible for issuing permissions are also brought under its purview. There is no point in only bringing builders under the ambit of the regulator and keeping the rest of the stakeholders out of its purview.
2016-05-19Deepstambh felicitates UPSC candidates - Times of India
Deepstambh felicitates UPSC candidates May 19, 2016, 20:06 IST NASHIK: Deepstambh Manobal Kendra and Deepstambh National Institute of Leadership Development had recently organised a programme at the neighbouring district Jalgaon. The programme named 'Deepstambh Yashotsav 2016' was largely attended by students, parents and teachers. "Failure is the first step to success. Instead of accepting defeat after a difficult situation and failure, use your energy positively for doing good work. Unless you work hard, you will not be successful. If you want to be successful in life, think positively. Your thoughts create your situation. The real success is in creating an ideal life with thoughts, words, action, behaviour and character. It is very essential to move ahead in life with positive thoughts. People in your field will respect you for your personality and not for how successful you are. For this be a good human being," said IPS officer Krishna Prakash who was one of the guests of the programme. MP Raksha Khadse was also present for the programme among the many eminent guests. The dignitaries felicitated the first visually impaired candidate in the state Pranjal Patil, who cleared UPSC exams recently. Other successful UPSC candidates Rahul Garud, Akshay Patil, Yogesh Patil,Kuldeep Sonawane and Ajay Kharde were felicitated along with their families. "There are many different elements in the society which are not equal. Hence, if you want to bring about change in others you have to first bring about the change in you. I have practiced this principle and became successful. I experienced many incidents that hurt my self-respect during my 1.10 hour local train journey from Ulhasnagar to St Xaviers College at CST, Mumbai," shard Pranjal. She added, "After completing my graduation and standing first in Bombay University, I completed my masters in international relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. I am in my second year of PhD now. For higher education, there is no material in braille due to which I faced a lot of difficulties."
2016-05-19दूषित पाण्याविरोधात महिलांचा एल्गार
दूषित पाण्याविरोधात महिलांचा एल्गार Updated: May 20, 2016, 03:00AM IST उल्हासनगरमधील सिद्धार्थ हाऊसिंग सोसायटी विभागात नळाला गढूळ पाणी आणि पाण्यात किडे येत असल्याने रहिवाशांच्या आरोग्याचा प्रश्न निर्माण झाला आहे. परिणामी, सर्वसामान्यांमध्ये संतापाची लाट उसळली असून मनपाने ही समस्या त्वरित सोडवावी, अन्यथा पाणीपुरवठा विभागाविरोधात बेमुदत उपोषण करण्याचा इशारा ऐश्वर्या महिला फाऊंडेशनच्या अध्यक्षा रमाबाई भालेराव, मंजू पाठारे यांनी दिला आहे. उल्हासनगर - ४ परिसरातील सिद्धार्थ हाऊसिंग सोसायटी परिसरात वास्तव्यास असलेल्या रहिवाशांना दूषित पाणीपुरवठा होत असून गेल्या दोन महिन्यांपासून नळातून गढूळ पाणी आणि पाण्यात किडे येत आहेत. त्यामुळे रहिवाशांच्या आरोग्याचा गंभीर प्रश्न निर्माण झाला असून पाणीपुरवठा विभागाविरोधात संतापाचे वातावरण आहे. या दूषित पाण्यामुळे विभागातील कावीळ, उलट्या, जुलाब तसेच तापाच्या साथीने त्रस्त झाले आहेत. या संदर्भात स्थानिक नगरसेवकांकडे तक्रार करूनही लक्ष देत नसल्याचे फऊंडेशनच्या अध्यक्षा रमाबाई भालेराव, मंजू पाठारे यांनी सांगितले. या प्रश्नावर पालिकेने तत्काळ उपाययोजना न केल्यास २३ मे रोजी विभागातच बेमुदत उपोषण करणार असल्याचा इशारा फाऊंडेशनच्या अध्यक्षा भालेराव यांनी दिला आहे.
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2016-05-19Deepstambh felicitates UPSC candidates - Times of India
Deepstambh felicitates UPSC candidates Sumita Sarkar | TNN | May 19, 2016, 08.06 PM IST NASHIK: Deepstambh Manobal Kendra and Deepstambh National Institute of Leadership Development had recently organised a programme at the neighbouring district Jalgaon. The programme named 'Deepstambh Yashotsav 2016' was largely attended by students, parents and teachers. "Failure is the first step to success. Instead of accepting defeat after a difficult situation and failure, use your energy positively for doing good work. Unless you work hard, you will not be successful. If you want to be successful in life, think positively. Your thoughts create your situation. The real success is in creating an ideal life with thoughts, words, action, behaviour and character. It is very essential to move ahead in life with positive thoughts. People in your field will respect you for your personality and not for how successful you are. For this be a good human being," said IPS officer Krishna Prakash who was one of the guests of the programme. MP Raksha Khadse was also present for the programme among the many eminent guests. The dignitaries felicitated the first visually impaired candidate in the state Pranjal Patil, who cleared UPSC exams recently. Other successful UPSC candidates Rahul Garud, Akshay Patil, Yogesh Patil,Kuldeep Sonawane and Ajay Kharde were felicitated along with their families. "There are many different elements in the society which are not equal. Hence, if you want to bring about change in others you have to first bring about the change in you. I have practiced this principle and became successful. I experienced many incidents that hurt my self-respect during my 1.10 hour local train journey from Ulhasnagar to St Xaviers College at CST, Mumbai," shard Pranjal. She added, "After completing my graduation and standing first in Bombay University, I completed my masters in international relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. I am in my second year of PhD now. For higher education, there is no material in braille due to which I faced a lot of difficulties."
2016-05-18Corrupt MCGM stenographer gets plum post in Ulhasnagar MC - Free Press Journal
Corrupt MCGM stenographer gets plum post in Ulhasnagar MC By FPJ Bureau May 18, 2016 12:06 am Mumbai: In a shocking news of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) incorporating corruption, Ganesh Shimpi (35), a stenographer who was caught by the Anti Corruption Bureau of Thane while accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000, is now being awarded as an Assistant Municipal Commissioner in ward number 4 in Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC). Shimpi was caught red-handed by the ACB for accepting a bribe to allow illegal construction on July 5, 2013. Shimpi was given a post despite the UMC found him guilty after they probed into the matter. It should be noted that the inquiry carried out by the retired Deputy Secretary of UMC K S Bodade had asked for strict action against Shimpi. Also Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had ordered to remove Shimpi from the post after a local resident wrote to the CM. Shimpi was accompanied with Rizwan Shemle, a peon who took reports of illegal construction. The duo was then booked under Section 7 (public servant taking gratification) and Section 13 (criminal misconduct by public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
2016-05-18Corrupt MCGM stenographer gets plum post in Ulhasnagar MC - Free Press Journal
Corrupt MCGM stenographer gets plum post in Ulhasnagar MC By FPJ Bureau May 18, 2016 12:06 am Mumbai: In a shocking news of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) incorporating corruption, Ganesh Shimpi (35), a stenographer who was caught by the Anti Corruption Bureau of Thane while accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000, is now being awarded as an Assistant Municipal Commissioner in ward number 4 in Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC). Shimpi was caught red-handed by the ACB for accepting a bribe to allow illegal construction on July 5, 2013. Shimpi was given a post despite the UMC found him guilty after they probed into the matter. It should be noted that the inquiry carried out by the retired Deputy Secretary of UMC K S Bodade had asked for strict action against Shimpi. Also Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had ordered to remove Shimpi from the post after a local resident wrote to the CM. Shimpi was accompanied with Rizwan Shemle, a peon who took reports of illegal construction. The duo was then booked under Section 7 (public servant taking gratification) and Section 13 (criminal misconduct by public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
2016-05-17Thane: Stenographer who was caught taking a bribe is now an Asst Municipal Commissioner - Mid-Day
Thane: Stenographer who was caught taking a bribe is now an Asst Municipal Commissioner Thanks to the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, a stenographer who was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 by the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Thane, is now an Assistant Municipal Commissioner in ward number 4. Ganesh Shimpi says he is not the only employee caught by the ACB who is working on a temporary post for the municipal corporation Ganesh Shimpi (36) had been caught red-handed while accepting a bribe to allow illegal construction. Later, an inquiry by the municipal corporation authorities found him guilty, but he was still given the post. Shimpi is AMC (encroachment) and around 500 illegal constructions have been built in the one-year period since he took over, alleged one of his colleagues. CM's order: On February 1 this year, Prakash Loond, a resident of Ulhasnagar 5, wrote a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, complaining about Shimpi, and asked that he be removed from his post as he was caught in a corruption case. Fadnavis gave him the marching orders two months ago. Nagesh Kamble, president of the NCP, Ambernath, has also written a letter to the municipal corporation, complaining about Shimpi. A departmental inquiry was carried out by the retired deputy secretary of UMC, KS Bodade, and officials found Shimpi guilty. They had asked for strict action against him. Municipal Commissioner Manohar Hire also gave an order of stopping his increment on December 31, 2015. Official speak: However, an official of the municipal corporation when contacted said the post was given by mistake. The post of Assistant Municipal Commissioner was given by mistake. The higher authorities, including the Municipal Commissioner, have the right to take action against Shimpi and accordingly, he will be sent back to the original post of stenographer, said Yuvraj Bhadane, Assistant Municipal Commissioner and public relations officer of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. ACB speak: Datta Karale, Superintendent of Police, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Thane said, I will see the status of the case and check with my officers and then comment on the same. The other side: Speaking to mid-day, Shimpi said, I was given temporary charge as the assistant municipal commissioner and not a permanent charge. Not only me, but more than 13 people who were caught by ACB are currently working on temporary posts. How ACB caught Shimpi in 2013 July 5The Anti-Corruption Bureau of Thane received a complaint from Manoj Thakur, a contractor from Ulhasnagar. In his complaint he had claimed that to continue illegal construction without demolition, a duo from the UMC demanded money from him. Of them, one was Ganesh Arvind Shimpi who demand Rs 50,000 and had accepted Rs 25,000 one month before in his house in Guru Kripa building, Ambernath. The other was Rizwan Shemle (46), a muqadam who used to take reports of illegal constructions. He had demanded Rs 1 lakh, of which he accepted Rs 50,000 one month before. Lack of staff: Six posts of Assistant Commissioner in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation are vacant. Around five officials at the level of clerks are working as acting Assistant Commissioners. Fifteen persons handling different responsibilities due to a shortage of staff have been caught by the Anti-Corruption Bureau taking bribes.
Thane: Stenographer who was caught taking a bribe is now an Asst Municipal Commissioner - Mid-Day
2016-05-17How a river dies - The Hindu
How a river dies Sandeep Rashal Neral: The river's degradation begins here as locals take to illegal sand mining on its banks, eroding them Badlapur: People wash their vehicles and refill water tankers in Badlapur, where it begins to change colour due to effluents Shahad: This is where the Waldhuni river, heavily-polluted with industrial waste, joins with the Ulhas Ulhasnagar: Industrial waste and garbage are added as it flows towards Mumbai and its tryst with the Vasai creek Kalyan: At Kalyan, a dumping ground on the bank of the Ulhas river adds more muck to its already polluted waters The Ulhas river is slowly, but surely, losing the battle with pollution. Sandeep Rasal travels the river's 122-km course to capture its slow death A river that has its beginnings in pristine streams flowing down from the Western Ghats at Rajmachi near Lonavala, the Ulhas ends as a smelly creek in the Arabian Sea. The pollution of its waters prompted the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to impose a fine of nearly Rs 100 crore on polluting entities including government agencies and industries along its course. This order by the NGT was stayed by the Bombay High Court, but the same was lifted by the Supreme Court in April this year. The Ulhas begins its 122-km journey to Mumbai and the sea near Tungarli dam, where it is a fairly shallow water body. As it travels, it swells in volume and size with mountain streams feeding it. The river flows via Pune, Raigad and Thane districts, where the inhabitants of its banks use it for various purposes including washing clothes and fishing. The river flows through Khandala valley and interior Karjat. It then flows through Bhivpuri, Neral, Badlapur, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Shahad, Kalyan and Dombivli before joining the the Vasai creek and, eventually, reaching the Arabian Sea. In small villages like Khandpe, Sangavi, Adivali, Newali, Avalas and Palasdhari Newali, its water is used for farming, says Pandu Thakur, a farmer. The river is an important resource for this small villages, he adds. At Bhivpuri, people fish in it and splash around to beat the heat as well. However, as the river gets closer to Mumbai, its colour changes, reflecting the growing human and industrial activity around it. Near Karjat, it turns green with drain pipes releasing untreated sewage into it and people washing clothes on its banks. I was born in Karjat, and I used to drink the Ulhas river's water as a child. Back then, the water was clean and clear. There was a well for drinking water on the river's bank. Construction on river bank and daily use by locals has polluted it, said Khandu Jadhav, 70. The problem starts at Badlapur, Ambernath and Ulhasnagar, where industries dump waste into the Waldhuni river, which connects with the Ulhas. Near Kalyan, it starts to resemble a sewer. I know this river since childhood. People now call it a nullah because thats what it looks like. They have no idea this was once a river, said Darshan Kadhav, a college student.
2016-05-17Probe against promotion of tainted steno - Times of India
Probe against promotion of tainted steno | TNN | May 17, 2016, 11.50 PM IST Ulhasnagar: The Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (MC) has ordered an inquiry into promotion of tainted stenographer Ganesh Shimpi, who was suspended after being caught while taking bribe of Rs 25,000 for allowing illegal constructions in 2013. Shimpi, who was recruited as a stenographer in the UMC, is presently given temporary charge of ward number 4 as assistant municipal commissioner. Shimpi was arrested in 2013 for taking bribe while posted as PA to UMC commissioner Balaji Khatgaonkar. Following his arrest, Shimpi was suspended. Several activists, including Prakash Lund and Nagesh Kamble from the city, wrote letters to CM Devendra Fadnavis and UMC commissioner complaining about Shimpi and asked that he be removed from his post After some media reports, the UMC has now woken up and ordered an inquiry against Shimpi's promotion. Yuvraj Badane, PRO of UMC, confirmed the CM's order against Shimpi's promotion to TOI.
2016-05-17शिधावाटप कार्यालयाच्या आवारात मृतदेह
शिधावाटप कार्यालयाच्या आवारात मृतदेह Updated: May 18, 2016, 03:00AM IST उल्हासनगर येथील कॅम्प क्रमांक ५ परिसरात असलेल्या शिधावाटप कार्यालयाच्या आवारात मंगळवारी सकाळच्या सुमारास एका ३५ वर्षीय व्यक्तीचा मृतदेह आढळून आला. या व्यक्तीची धारदार हत्याराने निर्घृण हत्या करण्यात आल्याचे निष्पन्न झाले आहे. उल्हासनगर कॅम्प क्रमांक ५ येथील गांधी रोड परिसरात शिधावाटप कार्यालय आहे. या कार्यालयातील कर्मचारी मंगळवारी सकाळी १०च्या सुमारास कार्यालयात आले असता आवरामध्येच एक व्यक्ती रक्ताच्या थारोळ्यात पडल्याचे कर्मचाऱ्यांना आढळून आले. हिललाइन पोलिसांनी घटनास्थळी धाव घेत पंचनामा केला. या व्यक्तीची ओळख अद्याप पटलेली नाही. त्याच्या चेहऱ्यावर धारदार शास्त्राने अनेक जखमा केल्या असल्याचे यावेळी निष्पन्न झाले आहे. या प्रकरणी हिललाइन पोलिस स्टेशनमध्ये हत्येचा गुन्हा दाखल करण्यात आला असून अधिक तपास पोलिस निरीक्षक जितेंद्र आगरकर करत आहेत.
शिधावाटप कार्यालयाच्या आवारात मृतदेह
2016-05-17Eyes on Tata, Koyna dams to meet demand - Times of India
Eyes on Tata, Koyna dams to meet demand TNN | May 18, 2016, 02.58 AM IST Pune: An increase in the intensity of drought has put pressure on the authorities for releasing water from Tata dams and Koyna Hydropower Project for the downstream region from Solapur to Osmanabad. Tata dams hold a total of 159 million cubic metre (MCM) water while Koyna has 536 MCM storage. The other dams in the region, however, have gone dry. Water experts have approached the National Human Rights Commission and sought prime minister Narendra Modi's intervention for releasing the water for drinking purpose. Maharashtra annually diverts 3,324 MCM water from its water deficit Bhima and Krishna basins into the water surplus Konkan basin for hydropower generation. This happens though six dams in the Bhima basin which are privately owned by Tata Power and the Koyna Hydropower Project. Although drinking water is the first priority, as enshrined in the National and State Water Policies, there is no system in place to allocate water from these dams to the downstream region where the water situation is alarming, say activists. "Tata Power claims that all its dams can release water only through the spillway, which happens only when the dams are full. This is unacceptable and shocking and the dams need to be immediately modified to make appropriate mechanism to release water downstream as and when required. Till the time this is done, there are several ways to use the existing water," said Parineeta Dandekar and Himanshu Thakkar of South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP), in a letter to PM Modi and the National Human Rights Commission. The duo demanded that all the documents related to water lease agreement between Tata Power and the government of Maharashtra must be put in the open domain and make necessary changes to enforce deficit sharing. They also demanded a system which is implemented every drought year through which Tata Dam and Koyna Hydropower Project water is released on priority for the legitimate water needs of the Bhima and Krishna Basin. Ujani is the main dam in Bhima basin while Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar are in the Krishna basin. The three dams reached zero live storage level several months back. Water is being pumped now from the dead storage of these dams to meet drinking water needs. "People are suffering and it is a struggle for survival. The drought situation is worsening and still the state government is not taking any step to release Tata Dam water for affected areas. Despite repeated requests and agitations, the state has not paid attention to the demand. It is shocking that the government is playing a role of silent observer as people suffer heavily even as water is available in dams," said activist Prafulla Kadam, who recently staged an agitation at one of the Tata Dams in Lonavala. Tata Power issued a statement on Tuesday which stated: "In this drought year, Tata Power officials are in touch with irrigation officials from Pune and Raigad districts to decide the water usage pattern considering all the stakeholders, impacted areas and power generation requirement. Tata Power has always responded proactively to the community needs during natural calamities like post-flood situation in Pune after the Panshet dam burst in 1961, floods in Maharashtra during 2005/2006, floods in Kashmir, earthquake in Nepal and cyclone in Orissa. We are equally sensitive towards the current drought situation in Maharashtra.'' The statement added that Tata Power lakes cater to various requirements like drinking water (for villages around the lakes, Kusgaon and Karla drinking water schemes, Lonavla and Khopoli towns, parts of the Ulhasnagar, Badlapur suburbs, villages along the Patalganga river), irrigation requirements in Karjat, Kolad, Roha, Mulshi, Paud areas and industrial requirements in Patalganga, Rasayani, Roha and Badlapur.
2016-05-16तीन दिवसांत सात दुकानांमध्ये चोरी
तीन दिवसांत सात दुकानांमध्ये चोरी Updated: May 17, 2016, 03:00AM IST उल्हासनगर पोलिस स्टेशनपासून हाकेच्या अंतरावर असलेल्या बाजारपेठेत मागील तीन दिवसांत सात दुकानांचे पत्रे तोडून चोरी झाल्याच्या घटना घडल्या आहेत. उल्हासनगर कॅम्प २ येथील नेहरू चौक ते सिरू चौक ही मोठी बाजारपेठ आहे. उल्हासनगर पोलिस स्टेशनच्या हाकेच्या अंतरावर महादेव शॉपकीपर असोसिएशन आहे. या असोसिएशनने मागील महिन्यात संपूर्ण बाजारात सीसीटीव्ही कॅमेरे बसवत त्याचे उद्‍घाटन उल्हासनगर पोलिस ठाण्याचे वरिष्ठ पोलिस निरीक्षक किशोर जाधव यांच्या हस्ते केले होते. या असोसिएशनमध्ये तयार कपड्यांच्या घाऊक व्यापाऱ्यांची दुकाने मोठ्या संख्येने आहेत. सीसीटीव्ही असतानाही या बाजारपेठेत मागील तीन दिवसांत सात दुकानांमध्ये चोऱ्या झाल्या आहेत. चोरांनी बाजापेठेच्या मागच्या बाजूने टेरेसवर चढून दुकानांच्या टेरेसचे कुलूप, पत्रे तोडून दुकानात प्रवेश केल्याचा प्रकार समोर आला आहे. चोरांनी महाराष्ट्र रेडिमेड, हिरा स्टोअर्स, एकता डिझाईन, बाबा स्टोअर्स, बजाज क्लोथ स्टोअर्स, साईराम ड्रेसेस आणि परमानंद हरकिशनदास या दुकानांना लक्ष्य केले आहे. या दुकानांतील पेटी कॅश आणि सीसीटीव्हीचा डीवीआर असा लाखो रुपयांचा मुद्देमाल लुटला आहे.
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2016-05-15CM, rly minister face flak over Latur water train bill - Times of India
CM, rly minister face flak over Latur water train bill Prafulla Marpakwar | TNN | May 15, 2016, 11.21 PM IST Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis faced a huge embarrassment over goof-up at the lower level over a bill for transportation of water to Latur in the drought-affected Marathwada region. After a meeting with Fadnavis, Prabhu, known for innovative ideas, immediately stepped in and asked railway board officials to draft an action plan for transportation of water by rail network to Latur. Sangli collector Shekhar Gaikwad and his Latur counterpart Pandurang Pole prepared basic infrastructure at both places in a record period of less than a week. After a brief trial run, it was confirmed that water can be transported from Miraj to Latur on a daily basis to meet requirements of the entire city. Even as the entire exercise was moving steadily, suddenly there was a row over transportation charges. Apparently, Latur district administration sought information on operational charges for transportation and the rail administration in Solapur raised a bill of Rs 2.6 crore. The unexpected demand for payment of water transportation charges created a flutter in political circles. As a result, Fadnavis was at the receiving end. Congress and NCP did not leave the opportunity to take on Fadnavis and Prabhu. The moot question here is who raised the issue, the Latur collector or rail authorities. Says Pole, his office never raised the question of bill, while Prabhu said the bill was raised on the request of Latur administration. Alarmed by the stringent criticism, Prabhu declared that the bill will be withdrawn immediately. No doubt the row over the bills has been set at rest, but certainly it has caused embarrassment to CM and Prabhu.
2016-05-14Visually Impaired Girl Cracks UPSC in First Attempt. Will Become IAS Officer. - The Better India (blog)
Visually Impaired Girl Cracks UPSC in First Attempt. Will Become IAS Officer. Manabi Katoch May 14, 2016 She could not see with her eyes but that did not stop her from visualizing a dream and working hard to make it come true. Pranjal Patil, a 26-year-old visually-impaired Ulhasnagar resident, cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams this year, getting an All-India ranking of 773. Pranjal was just 6 years old when a student in her class hit one of her eyes with a pencil. After this, Pranjal lost vision in this eye. Doctors warned her parents that she might soon lose vision in the other eye too. And unfortunately, the warning proved to be right just after a year. But her parents never let her blindness come in the way of her education. They sent Pranjal to Smt. Kamla Mehta School for the Blind in Dadar, Mumbai. After passing Class 10 with flying colours, Pranjal also secured 85% in Class 12 and stood first in the Arts section of Chandibai College. After this, she took admission in St. Xaviers College, Mumbai to do B.A. I used to travel everyday from Ulhasnagar to CST. Everyone used to help, sometimes to cross the road, sometimes to get into the train. But there were few who asked me why I was travelling alone so far and I should study in a college somewhere in Ulhasnagar itself. But I told them that I want to study only in this college and I am comfortable travelling every day for that, Pranjal said in an interview to ABP Majha. While doing her graduation, Pranjal and one of her friends read an article about the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) for the first time. She started to develop an interest in taking this up for a career and learnt more about the UPSC entrance exams. A secret dream of becoming an IAS officer took seed. But she wanted to do her best in what she was already doing and hence kept postponing her plans for UPSC. After finishing her graduation, Pranjal did her MA from JNU, Delhi. She was now ready to start working on her dream career. Pranjal started preparing for UPSC in 2015, along with pursuing her degree in MPhil. Technology played a big role here. She installed software called Job Access with Speech (JAWS), a computer screen reader program that allows blind and visually impaired users to read the screen either with a text-to-speech output or with a Refreshable Braille display. It was a long process. I had to get the books, get them scanned and then use JAWS to listen to them. I couldn't use those hand-written notes which saves time as JAWS only reads printed documents, said Pranjal. The next challenge was to find a writer who could match her speed. And Vidushi was the perfect answer. The main exam paper is three hours long. People who have to write it with the help of a writer get four hours to finish. I had perfect tuning with Vidushi. She would scold me if I slowed down in the exam. It was like I uttered a word and it was on paper, said Pranjal. Married to Komal Singh Patil, a cable operator from Ozharkheda, Pranjal gives the entire credit for her success to the immense support from her parents, friends and husband. Pranjal said she is proud of the fact that she attempted each and every question and maintained its quality too in this challenging exam. And she did it without help from coaching classes. Study was never a problem for me as I enjoy studying and learning new things each day. But disciplined study was an issue and so I did not take any coaching but went for a test series that disciplined my preparations, said Pranjal. Although Pranjal does not know as yet where she will be posted, this brave lady is full of determination and wants to be an inspiring officer. She believes every single individual is important for the betterment of the nation. Pranjal is highly inspired by the writings of Daisaku Ikeda, a Buddhist philosopher from Japan. She reads him every single day and this helps her believe nothing is impossible for her. Success doesn't give inspiration; the struggle behind success gives you the inspiration. But success is important because only then people will be interested to know your struggle. The attitude and the approach to do something matters and each individual can become a building block for a beautiful society, she concludes. We wish a great future for this brave girl.
2016-05-14Gold biscuits seized from passenger at airport - The Hindu
Gold biscuits seized from passenger at airport BENGALURU, MAY 14, 2016 12:07 IST UPDATED: MAY 14, 2016 12:07 IST Officers of the Customs Air Intelligence Unit at Kempegowda International Airport seized five cut pieces of gold biscuits from a passenger in the early hours of Saturday. The biscuits weighed about 330 grams and were valued at about Rs.10 lakh. The officials intercepted a resident of Ulhasnagar, Thane, Maharashtra, Vijay Ashok Kumar Wadhwani, who was travelling by Sri Lankan Airlines flight UL 173 from Colombo to Bengaluru. He was attempting to smuggle the gold biscuits by concealing them in his rectum. Investigation is in progress.
2016-05-14Rs 20L goes up in smoke in fire at Mumbai ATM - Times of India
Rs 20L goes up in smoke in fire at Mumbai ATM Pradeep Gupta | TNN | May 15, 2016, 12.03 AM IST ULHASNAGAR:A fire at an ATM outside Ulhasnagar railway station on Saturday destroyed Rs 20 lakh cash, said sources in the fire brigade and railway. Though the fire brigade managed to save an adjoining SBI ATM, they could not save the Canara Bank ATM from getting destroyed in the fire, which spread right up to the station skywalk. The blaze started in the Canara Bank kiosk around 3.30pm, following which the guard called the fire brigade. By the time the firemen could reach, the blaze had spread to the adjoining SBI ATM and the skywalk. The fire was brought under control by 4.30pm. Sandeep Deshekar, fire officer of the Ulhasnagar fire station, told TOI , "We found that the Canara Bank ATM had been gutted completely and decided to concentrate on stopping the fire from spreading to the SBI ATM and the skywalk." Deshekar said the most probable cause of the fire was a shock circuit. "A Canara Bank official reached the spot and confirmed that there was Rs 20 lakh in the machine, which was reduced to ashes," Deshekar added.
2016-05-142 dead, 2 hurt in E-way accident - Times of India
2 dead, 2 hurt in E-way accident TNN | May 15, 2016, 12.57 AM IST Two persons, including a woman, were killed while two suffered serious injuries after the multi-utility vehicle (MUV) they were travelling in veered off the Mumbai-Pune expressway and crashed into a tree in Lonavla in the early hours of Saturday. The Lonavla rural police identified the deceased persons as Kamal Dagdu Patole (50) of Ulhasnagar and Rahul Shinnu Nanaware (25) of Shahpur in Thane district. The injured persons were Bhushan Sandeep Patole (15) and Sureshbhau Tarmade, the driver. Their condition was said to be critical.
2016-05-13Biker trio vroom across 33 states in 43 days - Daily News & Analysis
Biker trio vroom across 33 states in 43 days Updated: May 13, 2016, 07:55 AM IST India's rich diversity attracts people from all over the world, who travel for months across its different destinations. But three men from the central suburbs have gone one step ahead and undertaken a motorcycle expedition wherein they travelled across 33 states and even touched three countries in 43 days. Highway Bandit is a bikers' group in which the members own Harley Davidsons. Founded in 2011, it has 300 members from Dombivli, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar and its members have undertaken bike expeditions to Leh-Ladakh, Pushkar, etc. "We have traveled up to 8,000km on our bikes in the past," said Prem Pandey, one of the members of the group. In 2015, Pandey was at a party attended by Harley Davidson bikers who had been to Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia on their vehicles. "I thought to myself, everyone travels abroad but why not explore our own country, which is so diverse and colorful that even foreign tourists come here to visit," he said. So he discussed this idea with other Highway Bandit members group and two of them — Aniket Gurav (31) from Badlapur and Vatsal Jogani (31) from Surat — agreed to be a part of the expedition that Pandey proposed. "We planned the places we wanted to visit in the country, which included lesser-explored areas like Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Telangana, and started our bike ride across India on March 28, 2016," Pandey said. The trio travelled across 33 states and even touched three foreign countries — Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar. During this 2,400-km ride, which they completed on May 9, they experienced everything from scorching summers to snowstorms. "On one hand, we felt the burning heat in places like Chennai and Kolkata, while on the other, we travelled through Gangtok, which had cool temperatures. In fact, when we crossed Nathu La and reached a village called Kupup, there was a snowstorm and our bikes skid. The locals there gave us a place to stay," the biker added. The trio also earned another important insight during this expedition — they saw the difference in the way that city residents and people from small towns and villages used natural resources. "In cities like Mumbai, Thane and Raigad that are densely populated, there is a lot of wastage of natural resources like water. We use showers, bath tubs, toilet flushes and pressure pumps, that cause wastage of water," Pandey said. He added, "But in small towns, people use water judiciously and there is thus optimum utilisation of resources."
Biker trio vroom across 33 states in 43 days - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-13Visually impaired Pranjal Patil cracks IAS in first attempt - India Today
Visually impaired Pranjal Patil cracks IAS in first attempt May 13, 2016 UPDATED 17:45 IST Pranjal Patil, the visually impaired girl from Ulhasnagar cracked IAS exam this year with a rank of 773. The Ulhasnagar girl lost her vision completely when she was just six , but she still prepared her mind to become an IAS officer at her childhood. Know how she cracked the IAS exam: Patil told the DNA about her exam preparation, "I love to read and the entire process of academics excites me. I studied on my own and took test series from ALS academy in Delhi."It is not easy to crack the IAS in the first attempt, but Patil did it. "There were times when I was marred with doubts and disbelief regarding my ambition that. I think that when you have doubts, then only you get motivated." she added. Know her education qualification: Patil did her graduation in Political Science from Mumbai's St. Xavier's College and Master of Arts in International relations from Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). "In my education technology played an important role. I got this software installed on my computer which would read out chapters from various books for me," she said. Regarding her posting, the Ulhasnagar girl said, "I do not know what they (UPSC) will give me. But whatever it is I am up for the challenge."
2016-05-12Visually-impaired Ulhasnagar girl cracks IAS in maiden attempt - Daily News & Analysis
Visually-impaired Ulhasnagar girl cracks IAS in maiden attempt Updated: May 12, 2016, 07:15 AM IST Where there's a will, there's a way and 26-year-old Pranjal Patil, a visually-impaired Ulhasnagar resident, has proved it right by clearing the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams and getting an All-India ranking of 773. Born with a weak eyesight, Patil lost her vision completely when she was just six, but till then she had made up her mind to be an Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer someday. And today she is living the dream. "I just want to celebrate this moment. Let this feeling sink in first," said Patil, who is currently in Delhi. She is now awaiting her posting. "I do not know what they (UPSC) will give me. But whatever it is I am up for the challenge," said the feisty girl from Ulhasnagar. To fulfill her ambition of becoming an IAS officer, Patil did not let her lost vision discourage her. Though her schooling was in braille, she did her graduation in political science from Mumbai's St. Xavier's College and did her Master of Arts in International relations from Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). "In my education technology played an important role. I got this software installed on my computer which would read out chapters from various books for me," she said. Though she always nursed this ambition, she started studying seriously for UPSC from last year. "I love to read and the entire process of academics excites me. I studied on my own and took test series from ALS academy in Delhi," she said. Although it is difficult for people to clear UPSC in one attempt, Patil did it. "There were times when I was marred with doubts and disbelief regarding my ambition that. I think that when you have doubts, then only you get motivated," concluded the 26-yea-old.
Visually-impaired Ulhasnagar girl cracks IAS in maiden attempt - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-12Swiss Challenge Method- Unsolicited Proposals For Development - Mondaq News Alerts (registration)
India: Swiss Challenge Method- Unsolicited Proposals For Development Last Updated: 12 May 2016 Infrastructure development and its advancement is the first indicator of the level of growth of a nation. While the Government of India has explored various options for a speedy and efficient development of the country's infrastructure, there are still many a gaps in the Indian infrastructure growth story. Traditionally, the conceptualization, designing and planning of an infrastructure project is undertaken by the government followed by tenders and awards for such projects to the selected bidders. The government usually uses the least cost method or the quality and cost based selection method for granting these tenders and encourages the public private partnership for effecting the projects.However, a private sector entity may also take the initiative and pursue the government suo moto for development of social infrastructure projects. To avoid allegations of arbitrariness, unfairness and biasness, the most common method adopted by the government in granting approval to such unsolicited proposals is the Swiss Challenge Method ("the Method"). Process Involved in the Method The Method is an innovative way of awarding infrastructure development contracts by the government and involves the following process: A private sector entity ("Originator of Proposal") approaches the government for development of a new infrastructure project or improvement of an existing infrastructure project ("Unsolicited Proposal"). It is not necessary that such Unsolicited Proposal should be a project initiated by the government or is an ongoing development project. The Originator of Proposal provides the government with project specifications (technical, commercial and financial viability of the project), plan of action, basic contractual terms and a time frame for completion and implementation of the project. If the government finds the Unsolicited Proposal suitable and beneficial, it may negotiate directly with the Originator of Proposal to bring modifications in the project, as may be needed and approve the Unsolicited Proposal. Once the modifications are made, the government follows the procedure of competitive public bidding, thereby inviting third parties to give suggestions and improve the original Unsolicited Proposal. The proposal of the selected bidder ("Selected Bidder") is then compared with the original Unsolicited Proposal and if the original Unsolicited Proposal is not preferable then the Originator of Proposal is given an opportunity to make his proposal competitive with the proposal of the selected bidder. If the Originator of Proposal fails to make his proposal competitive with the proposal of the Selected Bidder, then the Selected Bidder shall be awarded the project. The Originator of Proposal is however reimbursed for the cost incurred by him in preparing the Unsolicited Proposal. Acceptability of the Method in India The Method is not new to India and has been accepted by many states as a process of allotting projects. The state of Gujarat included this Method in the Gujarat Infrastructure Development Act, 1999 and in the year 2006, the government further amended the Act to provide the power of direct negotiation between the private entity and the government. Subsequently, the states of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab had also included the Method in their respective infrastructure development statutes. In 2015, this Method was in much discussion as the Union Cabinet gave approval to use this Method for redevelopment of a few Indian railway stations. Even the Ministry of Road, Transport & Highways was in favour of using the Method for the development of roads and highways. The Supreme Court of India gave its stamp of approval to the Method in the matter of Ravi Development Vs. Shree Krishna Prathisthan and Ors (AIR 2009 SC 2519), and held that, "the said method is beneficial to the government inasmuch as the government does not loose any revenue as it is still getting the highest possible value." However, the courts are cautious and have emphasised that while awarding contracts for development of infrastructure, public interest should be paramount and there should be no arbitrariness in awarding the contracts1. Suitability of the Method to India The Method promotes public private partnership and provides an incentive to the private entity to bring innovation and contribute to the development of the vast country as India. Considering the scale of infrastructure development required in India with its geographical dynamics and the financial constrain of the government, the Method is a creative and cost effective way for augmenting infrastructure development in the country. While the Method appears to be a pragmatic win-win alternative for all parties, it is argued that the process of awarding contracts under the Method may expose the Originator of Proposal to unnecessary competition, delays and loss of innovative business ideas. On the other hand, to minimise allegations of favouritism, unfairness and corruption by large corporate to bag projects, it is advisable that a well thought out, transparent and effective implementation mechanism is put in place to effectively use the Method for awarding projects for infrastructural growth ofthe country.
2016-05-11उल्हासनगर में आरपीआई कार्यकर्ता की हत्या
उल्हासनगर में आरपीआई कार्यकर्ता की हत्या Updated: May 12, 2016, 03:01AM IST अरविंद त्रिपाठी, उल्हासनगर आरपीआई के एक कार्यकर्ता दीपक संसारे की कुछ लोगों ने मंगलवार की देर रात बड़ी ही बेरहमी से गला रेतकर हत्या कर दी। घटना से क्षुब्ध पार्टी के अन्य कार्यकर्ताओं ने सेंट्रल अस्पताल से लेकर नेहरू चौक तक जमकर उत्पात मचाया और सड़क के किनारे खड़े कई वाहनों को क्षति पहुंचाई। शहर में बढ़ते तनाव को देखते हुए पुलिस उपायुक्त सुनील भारद्वाज के आदेश पर संवेदनशील इलाकों को पुलिस छावनी में तब्दील कर दिया गया। इस मामले में 10 लोगों को गिरफ्तार किया गया है और सभी से पूछ-ताछ शुरू कर दी गई है। मिली जानकारी के अनुसार एक वर्ष पहले मामूली विवाद पर दीपक संसारे की शहाड फाटक इलाके में रहने वाले युवकों समाधान बागुल उर्फ संभ्या और सूरज के साथ मारपीट हो गई थी। तब दीपक और उसके दोस्तों ने इन लोगो की पिटाई कर दी थी। मामले को सुलझाने पहुंचे शिवसेना शाखा प्रमुख गौतम शरणदौर और उसके कार्यकर्ता हर्शल बेंद्रे पर भी दीपक और उसके साथियों ने हमला किया था। इस घटना के बाद दीपक को जेल की सजा हो गई थी। हाल ही में जमानत पर रिहा हुए दीपक कुछ बड़े नेताओं को बीच में रखकर गौतम शरणदौर से पुरानी रंजिश खत्म करने की कोशिश कर रहा था। पुलिस सूत्रों के मुताबिक मंगलवार को संभ्या ने दीपक को रात दस बजे के करीब ए-ब्लॉक रोड, कला पैलेस के पास समझौता करने के लिए अकेले आने को कहा। जब दीपक अकेले बताई हुई जगह पर पहुंचा तो पहले से मौजूद अज्ञात युवकों ने दीपक पर हमला कर दिया। गले पर धारदार हथियार से वार किए जाने से दीपक की घटनास्थल पर ही मौत हो गई। घटना की जानकारी मिलने पर पुलिस निरीक्षक घनश्याम पलांगे और क्राइम ब्रांच के सहायक पुलिस निरीक्षक शेख हत्यारों की तलाश में जुट गए। दीपक का शव मध्यवर्ती अस्पताल में पहुंचने पर दीपक के सहयोगियों ने अस्पताल से गोल मैदान तक सड़क के किनारे खड़े वाहनों को अपने आक्रोश का शिकार बनाते हुए जमकर तोड़-फोड़ की।
उल्हासनगर में आरपीआई कार्यकर्ता की हत्या
2016-05-11Thane: RPI activist murdered, accused on the run - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: RPI activist murdered, accused on the run The accused attacked Sansare with chopper, sword and iron rods, killing him on the spot
Thane: RPI activist murdered, accused on the run - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-11Bombay High Court order has not helped Ambernath locals to get water - Daily News & Analysis
Bombay High Court order has not helped Ambernath locals to get water For representation purpose only
Bombay High Court order has not helped Ambernath locals to get water - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-11RPI man murdered in Ulhasnagar; activists smash cars, autos - Mid-Day
RPI man murdered in Ulhasnagar; activists smash cars, autos By Faisel Tandel |Posted 11-May-2016 A 30-year-old Republican Party of India (RPI) member from Ulhasnagar was brutally killed by a group of people on Tuesday night. The deceased, identified as Deepak Bhaskar Sansare was from Ulhasnagar and was called for an settlement over an earlier dispute. He was assualted by a group of people. The Ulhasnagar police have registered a case and are further investigating the matter. After the murder, the RPI members from Ulhasnagar broke down few cars and auto-rickshaw to protest. The incident took place at around 10:15 pm in front Kala palace bungalow, Madhuban chowk, Ulhasnagar 2. Police officials said, "Sansare was called for an settlement over a dispute and was assaulted badly with a sharp weapon. He suffered major injuries on his body parts and was shifted to civic hospital where he was declared dead." The police during investigation found that the accused Gautam Shirandor, Sajan Tak and Harshal Bendre hit deceased with a sharp weapon and Manoj Karotiya, Darpan Karotiya, Babu Karotiya and Sunil Karotiya assaulted with an iron rod. "We have registered a case against all these people for murder. We have also found that few locals broke down around five vehicles as a mark of protest. Further investigation is on," added a officer. According to the police, the deceased is a resident of Prabhud nagar, Bhuddha Vihar near Dolphin club, C block, Ulhasnagar 3. A case has been register at Ulhasnagar police station under section 302, 120 (b), 143, 144, 147, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code and different sections of the Mumbai Police Act.
RPI man murdered in Ulhasnagar; activists smash cars, autos - Mid-Day
2016-05-10Minor breaks friend's head with iron rod over 'Sairat' ticket - Mid-Day
Minor breaks friend's head with iron rod over 'Sairat' ticket By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours The 16-year-old got angry when his friend got tickets for others in the group but left him out of the movie plan, since he was younger than them. The Hill Line police in Ulhasnagar have arrested the minor and sent him to the Bhiwandi remand home. The victim is Krishna aka Monty Shinde (22), a resident of Sahyadri Nagar, Ulhasnagar. The accused resides in a nearby area and recently appeared for his SSC exams. The movie, Sairat has been very popular since its release, and Shinde and his friends, Sagar Asavle, Ravi Andhangle and Amol Lokhande, decided to watch it last week. The group had decided to go for the 3 pm show on Saturday. That day, the minor told Shinde that he wished to go for the movie as well. Since Shinde and his friends are older, they did not take the minor seriously and they did not bring a ticket for him. Heated argument: While the four friends were on their way to the cinema hall, the accused approached them. Shinde said, He stood in the middle of the road and started asking me why I didn't bring him a ticket. He was very aggressive. We had a minor argument and there was some pushing, after which my friends intervened and we decided to leave for the cinema hall. While we were going, he picked up an iron rod from a machine shop, hit me on my head and went away. I started bleeding profusely. My friends then picked me up and rushed me to a nearby hospital, he added. Cops say: Shinde later approached the Hill Line police station and filed a complaint against the minor. PSI Pawan Thakur said, Based on the complaint, we have arrested the minor and filed a case under Section 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the IPC. We have sent him to the Bhiwandi remand home.” Shinde said, He holds a grudge against me, but I am shocked that he attacked me in this manner for a mere ticket. I could have lost my life. I received four stitches on my head.
Minor breaks friend
2016-05-10News Digest: Rajasthan Textbooks Have Cow's 'Letter' to Kids - News18
News Digest: Rajasthan Textbooks Have Cow's 'Letter' to Kids News18.com First published: May 10, 2016, 8:48 AM IST | Updated: 49 mins ago Here are some important reports from the biggest newspapers of India. 1. Raj textbooks have cow's 'letter' to kidsTaking its Hindutva agenda forward, the Vasundhara Raje regime in Rajasthan, the only state government in the country which has a ministry dedicated to cows, has now revised textbooks for government schools to include a chapter in which the cow "writes" a letter to stu dents as a "mother".Introduced in Hindi textbooks for class V students, the chapter has images of Hindu gods within a bigger picture of a cow, signifying the benefits humans can earn if they consider cow as their "mother". Addressing students as "my sons and daughters", the letter says: "I give every individual strength, intelligence and prosperity. Those who feel (my importance) consider me as their mother and I love them like my offspring. "Hailing the chapter, 'Gopalan' (cow) minister Otaram Dewasi told The Times of India, "This is a positive move towards creating awareness on cow benefits."
News Digest: Rajasthan Textbooks Have Cow
2016-05-10Realty Bites: When depressed Mumbai builders committed suicide - Mid-Day
Realty Bites: When Depressed Mumbai Builders Took The Extreme Step May 10, 2016, 17:18 IST Raj Kandhari, a 44-year-old developer from Navi Mumbai, shot himself at his Sanpada home yesterday, and is critical. A look at other recent instances of builders committing suicide Raj Kandhari, a 44-year-old developer from Navi Mumbai, shot himself at his Sanpada home yesterday, and is critical. A look at two other recent instances of builders committing suicide due to depression. Director of Mohan Group commits suicide: Amar Bhatia (40), an Ulhasnagar-based builder, who used to live with his wife and 13-year-old son Ronit at Priya Apartment in front of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, was found dead on railway tracks between Ambarnath and Badlapur in January this year. Amar was one of the directors of Mohan Group that had infrastructural projects across Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Ambarnath, Badlapur, Pune and Goa. Sources from the building company said they were going to expand their project towards Thakurli and Dombivli also. He had also updated his status on social networking website Facebook on December 12 last year that said “Zindagi mazdoor hoti ja rahi hai, aur log seth bol kar tana marte hain” which suggests that he could have been depressed. President of Thane builders' body shoots himself at sample flat: Fed up of the uncertainty looming over the completion of his projects, which had resulted in mounting financial losses, Suraj Ramesh Parmar, a reputed builder from Thane committed suicide in October 2015.The 45-year-old chairperson and managing director of the Cosmos Group, shot himself with his personal .32 calibre pistol in a sample bungalow at one of his upcoming projects in Kasarvadavli. Parmar — who was also president of Maharashta Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI), Thane — left a 15-page suicide note, wherein he blamed red tape and non-payment of loans as primary reasons behind the drastic step. Why builders in the city are taking their lives… In the aftermath of Suraj Parmar committed suicide, builders across Mumbai and its outskirts blamed policy paralysis as the primary reason for Parmar taking the drastic step. Several builders claimed major policy changes were expected with the formation of a new government. But nothing has changed. They alleged that even the draft housing policy, proposing major reforms, has gone into cold storage.Arvind Goel, MCHI-CREDAI president for the Navi Mumbai wing, said, “The situation is bad. Projects are stuck in limbo. While we were expecting better policies and governance from the new government, the ground reality hasn’t changed a bit. While finance from banks has dried up, private borrowing is exorbitant. Our stakes in land have gone high due to escalating prices. To make matters worse, submitted files aren’t being cleared on time. This has made situation precarious for the builders, and could soon force others to take the drastic step.
Realty Bites: When depressed Mumbai builders committed suicide - Mid-Day
2016-05-10Thane: Debt-ridden man and family attempt suicide - Mid-Day
Thane: Debt-ridden man and family attempt suicide By Shikha Vatsala |Posted 10-May-2016 Four members of a family from Ambernath (west) have been admitted at Sion Hospital after allegedly consuming sleeping pills in an attempt to commit suicide. Police said they have found a suicide note that blames harassment from money lenders as the reason for the drastic step. Arjun Gur's sister and uncle Ampayya Gur at the hospital Arjun Gur (34), his wife Jennifer (30), daughter Simran (14) and Akelna D'Souza (65) his mother-in-law, consumed the pills. They were brought to the hospital in an unconscious state and Jennifer and Simran are said to be out of danger. The Gur family was first admitted to the Central Hospital at Ulhasnagar at 11.30 pm on Sunday. They were later shifted to the BMC-run Sion Hospital around 4 am. Arjun owns a small canteen on Badlapur Road in Ambernath. Ampayya Gur, Arjun's uncle said, After consuming sleeping pills, Arjun informed his friend Sanjay Shankar Ilche about it. He informed his nephew (he worked with Arjun and stays near his house) who immediately rushed to the house and took them to the hospital. The door was locked from inside and he had to break it. He found the family in an unconscious state. They called an ambulance and took them to the Central Hospital at Ulhasnagar. As the condition of Arjun and Akelna was serious, they had to be shifted to Sion Hospital along with the others, Ampayya said. The relatives also told mid-day that the family was not in touch with any of them, and they had allegedly borrowed money from some unknown person and were not able to return it. Police Inspector Sunil Ghuge from Ambernath Police station said, We registered a case against Arjun Gur under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of IPC. We also came to know from a suicide note we got from their house, that he had borrowed money and the money lenders were harassing him. So, in severe depression he tried to commit suicide along with his family members.
Thane: Debt-ridden man and family attempt suicide - Mid-Day
2016-05-10Maharashtra wants NEET in Marathi - Hindustan Times
Maharashtra wants NEET in Marathi Aishwarya Iyer, Hindustan Times, Mumbai |  Updated: May 11, 2016 01:04 IST A day after the Supreme Court released a judgment making the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) compulsory for all graduate medical and dental course aspirants, the state said that it is planning to file a review petition in the court, asking for the examination to be made available in languages other than English and Hindi. Officials in the state education department said that while the government hasn't decided whether to seek further review on the SC verdict, they want the examination to be offered in regional languages. Many students have told us about their fear of having to take the exam in English or Hindi. In MH-CET, they could take the exam in Marathi as well. We are putting together a petition requesting the SC to make the NEET exam available in other vernacular languages as well, said a senior official from the state education department. Students were confused with the Monday order. Nuhi Yasin Jalal from CHM College in Ulhasnagar said, We have been preparing for CET the entire year and this sudden change will be very difficult for the HSC students. How does the court expect us to study two years worth of CBSE syllabus in two months? This judgment has been unfair. Sanket Pawar, a student from SK Somaiya College in Vidyavihar felt the judgment has come in too late in the day, therefore leaving students in more anxiety. Had they taken a decision on this at least a year in advance, we wouldn't have complained. There are many students who have taken a year out from academics only to reappear for CET, what about them? he asked, echoing the opinions of several other students who felt NEET should have been made applicable from the next academic year. For a group of students who had filed a separate intervention in SC for exempting the 2016 batch, the decision has crushed many hopes. We welcome NEET but the plea was that students, who have studied the state board syllabus for the entire year, get some exemption. Till the judgment was released on Monday, students were quite hopeful. They are now dejected, said Rajesh Jain, coordinator of Parents Association of Medical Students, Maharashtra.
Maharashtra wants NEET in Marathi - Hindustan Times
2016-05-10Realty Bites: When depressed Mumbai builders took the extreme step - Mid-Day
Realty Bites: When depressed Mumbai builders took the extreme step By A Correspondent |Posted 10-May-2016 Raj Kandhari, a 44-year-old developer from Navi Mumbai, shot himself at his Sanpada home yesterday, and is critical. A look at two other recent instances of builders committing suicide due to depression. Director of Mohan Group commits suicide: Amar Bhatia (40), an Ulhasnagar-based builder, who used to live with his wife and 13-year-old son Ronit at Priya Apartment in front of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, was found dead on railway tracks between Ambarnath and Badlapur in January this year. Amar was one of the directors of Mohan Group that had infrastructural projects across Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Ambarnath, Badlapur, Pune and Goa. Sources from the building company said they were going to expand their project towards Thakurli and Dombivli also. He had also updated his status on social networking website Facebook on December 12 last year that said, Zindagi mazdoor hoti ja rahi hai, aur log seth bol kar tana marte hain which suggests that he could have been depressed. President of Thane builders' body shoots himself at sample flat, Fed up of the uncertainty looming over the completion of his projects, which had resulted in mounting financial losses, Suraj Ramesh Parmar, a reputed builder from Thane committed suicide in October 2015. The 45-year-old chairperson and managing director of the Cosmos Group, shot himself with his personal .32 calibre pistol in a sample bungalow at one of his upcoming projects in Kasarvadavli. Parmar who was also president of Maharashta Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI), Thane, left a 15-page suicide note, wherein he blamed red tape and non-payment of loans as primary reasons behind the drastic step. Why builders in the city are taking their lives hellip, In the aftermath of Suraj Parmar committed suicide, builders across Mumbai and its outskirts blamed policy paralysis as the primary reason for Parmar taking the drastic step. Several builders claimed major policy changes were expected with the formation of a new government. But nothing has changed. They alleged that even the draft housing policy, proposing major reforms, has gone into cold storage. Arvind Goel, MCHI-CREDAI president for the Navi Mumbai wing, said, The situation is bad. Projects are stuck in limbo. While we were expecting better policies and governance from the new government, the ground reality hasn't changed a bit. While finance from banks has dried up, private borrowing is exorbitant. Our stakes in land have gone high due to escalating prices. To make matters worse, submitted files aren't being cleared on time. This has made situation precarious for the builders, and could soon force others to take the drastic step.
Realty Bites: When depressed Mumbai builders took the extreme step - Mid-Day
2016-05-10Thane: Minor breaks friend`s head with iron rod over `Sairat` ticket - NYOOOZ
Thane: Minor breaks friend`s head with iron rod over `Sairat` ticket Mid Day Mumbai Tue,10 May 2016 The Hill Line police in Ulhasnagar have arrested the minor and sent him to the Bhiwandi remand home. The victim is Krishna aka Monty Shinde (22), a resident of Sahyadri Nagar, Ulhasnagar. The accused resides in a nearby area and recently appeared for his SSC exams. The movie, Sairat has been very popular since its release, and Shinde and his friends, Sagar Asavle, Ravi Andhangle and Amol Lokhande, decided to watch it last week. The group had decided to go for the 3 pm show on Saturday. That day, the minor told Shinde that he wished to go for the movie as well. Since Shinde and his friends are older, they did not take the minor seriously and they did not bring a ticket for him. Heated argument: While the four friends were on their way to the cinema hall, the accused approached them. Shinde said, He stood in the middle of the road and started asking me why I didn't bring him a ticket. He was very aggressive. We had a minor argument and there was some pushing, after which my friends intervened and we decided to leave for the cinema hall. While we were going, he picked up an iron rod from a machine shop, hit me on my head and went away. I started bleeding profusely. My friends then picked me up and rushed me to a nearby hospital, he added. Cops say: Shinde later approached the Hill Line police station and filed a complaint against the minor. PSI Pawan Thakur said, Based on the complaint, we have arrested the minor and filed a case under Section 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the IPC.
Thane: Minor breaks friend`s head with iron rod over `Sairat` ticket - NYOOOZ
2016-05-09Hotelier tries to kill wife, her mom, kid & self - Times of India
Hotelier tries to kill wife, her mom, kid, self TNN | May 9, 2016, 09.59 PM IST AMBERNATH: Unable to repay a loan, Arjun Guru, a hotelier, reportedly tried to kill his wife, their 10-year-old daughter and his mother-in-law by mixing sleeping pills in their food in Ambernath. He later consumed the same food. Guru's daughter is said to be out of danger, while the three others are battling for their lives at Sion hospital. When Guru did not turn up at his hotel on Monday, his employees contacted the police. The cops had to break the main door of the flat to enter. When they found them in an unconscious state, the victims were rushed them to Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar and later to Sion Hospital. A case of attempt to commit suicide and suicide abetment has been lodged.
2016-05-08Bombay High Court tells Ulhasnagar, Ambernath civic body to provide water tankers to residents immediately - Daily News & Analysis
Bombay High Court tells Ulhasnagar, Ambernath civic body to provide water tankers to residents immediately Acting on a petition filed by resident associations, the Bombay High Court on Saturday asked the civic body of Ulhasnagar and MJP, Ambernath to provide water tankers to the residents immediately. The residents had alleged that the civic officials have created water scarcity in their areas, which is benefiting the water mafia. On May 6, the Bombay HC came to the rescue of Ulhasnagar and Ambernath residents while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the Nagarik Seva Mandal and the Ambernath residents forum. The bench o justices V M Kanade and M S Karnik ordered that "water tankers should be provided from tomorrow (Sunday) morning." The associations had filed the PIL on April 20, alleging that the Ulhasnagar municipal corporation and the Maharashtra Ambernath Municipal Council (AMC) have created an artificial water scarcity in those areas. "The current water crisis in Ulhasnagar and Ambernath is not because of water shortage, as we learnt that the MIDC was providing water to the civic bodies. But the civic authorities are not supplying that water to the residents," alleged Satyajeet Burman, president of the Ambernath citizens forum. "This is to benefit the water tanker mafia, which charges anywhere between Rs3,000 and Rs3,500 per tanker," he added. While the water shortage situation is still manageable in most parts of Thane, Dombivli and Kalyan, it is the worst in Ulhasnagar and Ambernath. There are areas in Ulhasnagar where residents have not received water for 70 days to four months. "In Ambernath, there are 22 villages that do not have water pipe line even after 68 years of independence. Though the AMC provides water to these areas through tankers, it takes seven days after booking for the tankers to reach people," he alleged. The resident associations also wanted an inquiry to be conducted into the pending amount to be paid by UMC to MIDC, which supplies water to UMC and the latter has to pay Rs394 crore to the former. "While we pay our water bills, religiously, why the civic body has not paid the bill to MIDC yet?' he asked.
Bombay High Court tells Ulhasnagar, Ambernath civic body to provide water tankers to residents immediately - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-08HC seeks govt reply on non-payment of stamp duty by toll agent - Times of India
HC seeks govt reply on non-payment of stamp duty by toll agent PTI | May 8, 2016, 11.20 AM IST The Bombay High Court has directed Revenue Ministry of Maharashtra Government to file a reply to a writ petition alleging non-payment of registration fees and stamp duty amounting to crores of rupees since 2005 by a toll collecting agent of seven municipal corporations in the state. Public Prosecutor J P Yagnik made a statement in the court that the revenue authorities had called for reports from these 7 municipal corporations in the state pertaining to payment of registration charges and stamp duty payable on the agreements made by them with M/s Konark Infrastructure which was asked to collect toll/Octroi from vehicles at toll nakas. In view of this statement, a division bench of justices Naresh Patil and A M Badar, on May 5, asked the Revenue department to file its response within six weeks. The petition, filed by Jeet Pratap Satyanarayan Singh through lawyer Laxman Kanal said Konark Infrastructure was the toll collecting agent of Municipal corporations in Bhivandi, Nashik, Kalyan-Dombivali, Ulhasnagar, Mira-Bhayander and Akola. The corporations had entered into agreement every year with Konark company for collecting toll/Octroi from vehicles at check nakas. It was the bounden duty of the company to pay stamp duty under the Bombay Stamp Act and also register the document with the Registrar under the Registration Act. However, Konark Infrastructure allegedly failed to pay the charges from 2005 resulting in heavy losses to the exchequer to the tune of crores of rupees, the petitioner, a 67-year-old social activist, contended. He also prayed that the amount may be recovered from the company and urged that the respondents may be prosecuted for failing in their duty to pay the stamp duty and registration charges during the period. The evasion of amount for stamp duty and registration fees of the agreements in question from the year 2005 till date runs into crores of rupees, which in a way is loss to the state as public exchequer is affected.
2016-05-07Two toddlers booked for putting up illegal hoarding in Thane - Mid-Day
Two toddlers booked for putting up illegal hoarding in Thane By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours Two toddlers were booked for putting up an illegal hoarding after Assistant Municipal Commissioner Nandlal Samtani from Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation filed a complaint. It was later discovered that it was put up by a member of RPI (A), who listed the names of his son and niece both two years old on the banner. The illegal hoarding installed by Gautam More to celebrate his birthday displays the names of his son and niece. Speaking to mid-day, Inspector Ghanshyam Palange from Ulhasnagar police station said, "Samtani approached us and asked us to register a complaint after citing the High Court order on illegal banners. We registered a case based on his narration of the names mentioned on the hoarding. We had no idea that the accused were two toddlers. Statement will be recorded of the adults whose pictures have been put on the illegal banner, following which a detailed report will be sent to the court." Despite repeated attempts, Samtani remained unavailable for comment Yuvraj Bhadane, deputy municipal commissioner and PRO for UMC, said, "Action initiated by Samtani was in accordance with the HC order. But he failed to verify the facts. We'll ensure that no action is initiated against the toddlers. In fact, action will be taken against Samtani if found guilty of wrongful conduct." Family says It was actually RPI (A) member Gautam More, a resident of Ulhasnagar-1, who had installed the hoarding. He said, "It was my birthday on May 1, so I installed a poster in the area. I wrote my son and niece's names under the 'courtesy' section. However, we were stunned upon discovering that a case was registered against the two toddlers. It's a shameful act on the part of the authorities." He added that after finding out the age of the two children, the cops said they would cancel their names from the complaint. "If authorities wake up from their slumber, they'll find at least five illegal banners every 50 metres. They need to take action against these culprits rather than harassing innocent people who celebrate occasions without going overboard," More said. Sagar Baviskar, father of the toddler, said the entire family was surprised to learn about the police case. "Gautam More is my brother-in-law. Being family, he put my daughter's name on the poster," he added.
Two toddlers booked for putting up illegal hoarding in Thane - Mid-Day
2016-05-07Thane crime branch fails to arrest two kingpins in drug bust case - Times of India
Thane crime branch fails to arrest two kingpins in drug bust case TNN | May 7, 2016, 10.14 PM IST Thane: Almost 25 days after the country's biggest drug bust of over Rs 2,000 crore at Avon unit of Solapur, investigators are still unable to trace the two alleged kingpins, Kishor singh Rathod, son of former Congress Gujarat MLA and Jay Mukhi. They played the key role in manufacturing and supplying drugs to Kenya's Akasha brothers and their Indian partner Vicky Goswami. Besides the Thane crime branch, several other government agencies like the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad, Food and drug Administration and Narcotics control bureau were roped in to investigate case. The Thane crime branch have formed an additional seven squads wherein the five units of the crime branch—Thane city, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Wagle estate—have been roped in.
2016-05-07Dad-to-be critically hurt on way to grandma's funeral - Times of India
Dad-to-be critically hurt on way to grandma's funeral Vijay Singh | TNN | May 7, 2016, 06.49 PM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Life of a 24-year-old happy-go-lucky Vashi based office boy, Mahesh Gaikwad, whose wife is soon expecting their first baby, turned upside down this Thursday as he was rushing to Pune to attend his grandmother's funeral. Mahesh and his brother-in-law, Sandeep Sabale (27), are critically injured with deep head injuries due to a road accident at Badlapur, where their motorcycle met with an accident while en route to Pune for the funeral. This is a terrible and shocking news for the kith and kin of the duo, especially Mahesh's wife, Poonam, who is heavily pregnant and due for delivery on May 14. But, today, he is lying unconscious in the hospital ICU along with his brother-in-law. We are all hoping and praying that they survive,'' said a close relative, Ravindra Sabale. He added that both the accident victims are currently admitted at the ICU of Fortis Hospital in Kalyan. Already, in the last two days, the hospital bills have crossed over Rs 3 lakh as they had to undertake several CT scans for their head injuries. Mahesh's wife insisted on traveling to Fortis despite her heavy pregnancy. It is quite sad and worrisome,'' said Sabale. Meanwhile, several citizens and city based activists have also started appealing for help on social networking sites for their further medical treatment. When I first heard how this office boy was seriously injured while going to attend a funeral, my first thoughts were about his wife who is almost nine months pregnant. We are also urging people to reach out and save these two young lives,'' said social worker Hemant Sharma of the NGO Disha Parivartan. Reportedly, Mahesh and his brother-in-law have received deep head injuries while driving on the highway at Badlapur. Fortunately, a passing motorist informed the local police and an ambulance service (Dial 108) which first rushed them to Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar. They were later transferred to the bigger Fortis Hospital in Kalyan. Those interested in helping the victims can either directly call up Fortis Hospital in Kalyan ( 0251 669 4444 / 6694100) or contact the relative Ravindra Sabale on 9167305012.
Dad-to-be critically hurt on way to grandma
2016-05-07Dhaval Ajmera, Director, Ajmera Realty - Indiainfoline
Dhaval Ajmera, Director, Ajmera Realty Mumbai | May 07, 2016 15:45 IST “The affordable housing segment is looking good and promising. I believe Mumbai will definitely witness tremendous growth as a city, with the way infrastructure is moving. Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad are some of the other cities that look promising area-wise.”Dhaval Ajmera, Director, Ajmera Realty, is an MBA in Finance from the Cardiff University He has successfully under his leadership taken care of projects in Mumbai, Bangalore as well as of Bahrain. He aims to create landmark to further enhance the presence of Ajmera’s in the real estate sector. He is also the promoter of the upcoming Ajmera Global school, which is one of its kind and aims to develop each child into well-balanced individual who has a thirst for knowledge. His focus is to constantly seek to innovate and create world class complexes for every strata of society because his ideology is customer is king. Ajmera Group, having established itself over 48 beautiful years, Ajmera Group is recognized as one of India's leading Real Estate Company. The company now has a strong presence in and around Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Bangalore as well as an international project in Bahrain. Quality, innovative construction technology, comfort, aesthetic appeal and maximum value for your money are few attributes that enrich Ajmera with the belief that people have entrusted in them. Replying to Anil Mascarenhas of India Infoline, Dhaval Ajmera says, “The affordable housing segment is looking good and promising. I believe Mumbai will definitely witness tremendous growth as a city, with the way infrastructure is moving. Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad are some of the other cities that look promising area-wise.” The real estate segment has been passing through challenging times. Is the situation finally getting better? Indeed, the bad days of the real estate industry seem to have bottomed out and definitely sales have picked up in a few cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Developers’ initiatives like offering attractive schemes, festive offers coupled with lowering of interest rates by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), have activated fence-sitters. The key challenges faced from a year are: The DDP 2034 drew mix views from the industry, which were mostly inclined towards negative. The FSI norms too continued to be a problem. This impacted the industry as developers were compelled to take decision on the pricing from the sales point of view. Hence, high prices were a major challenge for 2015. The global scenario of the suppressed markets had changed the entire outlook of real estate sector. However, with the growth in the sector, this negative outlook is slowly spinning into a positive one but this factor can be counted as one of the key challenges for the real estate fraternity in 2015. From a developer’s perspective, the fluctuations that were happening in terms of the circular from the BMC pertaining to the rules and regulations gave rise to a lot of uncertainty in terms of costing for MCGM. This factor created a plethora of confusion because eventually the developer passed the cost on the consumer like any other business. These kind of different circulars, hike in pricing in different zones, created a lot of challenges for the developer to grapple with in the past year. Has the cut in interest rates over the last two years brought in the desired result for the realty sector? The interest rate cut has indeed been a very positive sign for the realty sector. But predominantly, we have witnessed is with the rate cut, there has been an incremental cost from the government in terms of the premium and the other charges which have ultimately overshadowed the cut in interest rate. So even though on one hand there is reduction in interest rates, on the other hand, the premiums are increasing, which the developer passes on to the consumers in the long run. The premium charges, which have jumped up by 20-30% in the last few years have completely overshadowed the cut in interest rates. What steps need to be taken to trigger growth in the sector? We are definitely expecting a lot from the government in the coming year that will help boost the real estate sector. Reduction in different taxes levied by the Central and the State Government on the developers is a much-needed reform. The fraternity would also welcome an income tax benefit, which was given to the developers earlier. These moves will help growth in sales for the sector. What are some of your upcoming projects where buyer interest is high? Some of our projects in Mumbai that have witnessed a huge buyer interest are Ajmera i-Land in Wadala and Ajmera Pristine in Borivali West, Mumbai. You are also promoting Ajmera Global school. Is it part of the offering to your customers or a separate project by itself? Ajmera Global School is a separate project by itself, and not any separate offering to our buyers. As the school is a part of our township, it is branded as Ajmera Global School. What is the revenue break-up between various segments you operate? Which are the segments that appear promising in the coming years? In FY2015, Ajmera Realty saw realizations coming in from projects based in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Bahrain among other centres. The company realised net sales of Rs 136.44 crore. Its net profit for the year rose 262 per cent amounting to Rs 22.19 crore as compared to Rs 6.13 crore in FY14. Ajmera i-Land at Bhakti Park, Wadala, comprising towers Aeon, Zeon and Treon, has made a remarkable progress with the use of mivan technology. In the coming years, the affordable housing segment is looking good and promising. I believe Mumbai will definitely witness tremendous growth as a city, with the way infrastructure is moving. Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad are some of the other cities that look promising area-wise. Give us an idea of your geographical presence. What is the landbank you have? Ajmera Group is recognized as one of India's leading Real Estate Company after having itself established over the last 50 years. The reach and interest of the Ajmera Group has only grown with time and has extended to other realms, such as solar power, sports, vaults security, cement and social welfare. The company has a strong presence in and around Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Bangalore as well as an international project in Bahrain. Ajmera is creating its footprint in Bahrain with the proposed landmark in Bahrain Bay, an iconic residential building complex. To bridge the gap between Ahmedabad’s dream and reality, Ajmera has launched Casa Vyoma, a six-tower luxury housing project spread across six acres with each tower at least 12 stories tall. We have few properties in Mumbai which we will be announcing in the coming months. We also have properties in Kanjurmarg, Andheri, Malad and a few properties which are under discussion in South Mumbai. Pune, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Rajkot etc are also some of the cities that we have land in. Comment on the tie-ups you have in place. Some builders are partnering with niche designers like Armani and Versace for exclusive offerings. Do you have any such plans? As of now, Ajmera Realty does not any such tie-ups What are the opportunities and challenges for the industry? The key challenges that have been faced could be broken into the below points: The DDP 2034 drew mix views from the industry which were mostly inclined towards negative. The FSI norms too continued to be a problem. This impacted the industry as developers were compelled to take decision on the pricing from the sales point of view. Hence, high prices were a major challenge for 2015. The global scenario of the suppressed markets had changed the entire outlook of real estate sector. However, with the growth in the sector, this negative outlook is slowly spinning into a positive one but this factor can be counted as one of the key challenges for the real estate fraternity in 2015. From a developer’s perspective, the fluctuations that were happening in terms of the circular from the BMC pertaining to the rules and regulations gave rise to a lot of uncertainty in terms of costing for MCGM. This factor created a plethora of confusion because eventually the developer passed the cost on the consumer like any other business. These kind of different circulars, hike in pricing in different zones, created a lot of challenges for the developer to grapple with in the past year. What are your views on the real estate regulator development? Real estate regulator development is a positive sign where in it will keep a check on the developer. But I am also of the opinion that the check should also be from the buyer’s perspective too. It has to be a holistic one, keeping in mind the entire scenario. You had announced your plans to develop 10,000 affordable homes in the next 10 years in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Tell us more about this. Following the MoU signed between the MCHI – CREDAI and Government of Maharashtra for Affordable Housing in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Ajmera Realty has pledged to contribute to this initiative by developing 10,000 affordable homes by 2026. With the objective of the MoU to take immediate steps to encourage construction of more Affordable Housing and to address the housing deficit in the MMR, so that this deficit can be reasonably brought under control, our initiative to develop affordable housing will focus on areas of Kalyan, Ulhasnagar & Khardi and will have projects starting at just Rs 10 Lakhs. This project will construct homes that will range from 1 room kitchen, 1BHK to 2 BHK. Ajmera Group is built on the value of trust. The value of the brand trickles down creating a foundation that creates a value for the people. The highlight for last year has been the sudden eruption of affordable housing sector. The boost witnessed and created a new wave for the sector as a whole. By contributing towards the ‘Housing for All’ initiative, Ajmera Realty envisions to provide affordable houses to the masses and we aim to be part of this remarkable move towards a better India. As a group that has been in this sector for over the last 5 decades, we hope to transform the areas of Kalyan, Ulhasnagar & Khardi into a fully integrated city-within-a-city that offers its residents a chance of having their dream home. Also, with the announcement of no service tax for houses under 60 square meters in non-metros and under 30 square meters in metros in the Union Budget 2016, it is indeed a good support for affordable housing. As a part of the MOU, we envision to develop 10,000 affordable homes with a total area of 6990000 sq. ft. Brief us on your financials. What is the outlook? We have a strong financial backing with our current projects. With our low debt, it give us a positive outflow and we as a group have always maintained certain standards which we stick go. Is raising money still a major issue for the real estate sector? What is your experience? What are your expansion plans? How would they be funded? Today, funding is witnessing a huge upsurge in India and we see a huge opportunity coming in from the same. But at the same time the restrictions too need to be opened by the RBI in terms of funding on the land. The government should also make certain policies in the banking sector which will help the developer to take funding on the land. When the government opens up funding for land, it definitely will result in huge opportunities in the banking sector as well as the real estate sector How is the approval process across regions in which Ajmera operates? The process is stringent and time consuming in Mumbai, even though there is ease of doing business which is not completely operational which makes it a long process. Talking about Ahmadabad, Bangalore and Pune, the processes take comparatively lesser time than Mumbai. What is the sales volume/value growth you are targeting for FY17? As compared to the sales in 2015, we are expecting a 30-40% hike in our volumes in 2017. We already have a holistic strategy in place, and strive to achieve our target that we set forth for ourselves. What is your message to shareholders? Our shareholders have shown immense faith in our company over the years and should continue to do so. We truly believe that the future of Ajmera Group looks promising with launches coming every year on year. We are striving growth in those terms which will surely have a positive look on the shares.
2016-05-07Vashi youth, kin, critically hurt after bike mishap at Badlapur, lie in ICU - Times of India
Vashi youth, kin, critically hurt after bike mishap at Badlapur, lie in ICU | TNN | May 8, 2016, 12.52 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Life of a 24-year-old happy-go-lucky office boy from Vashi, Mahesh Gaikwad turned upside down on Thursday as he was rushing to Pune to attend his grandmother's funeral. Gaikwad and his brother-in-law, Sandeep Sabale (27), are critically injured with deep head injuries due to a road accident at Badlapur, where their motorcycle met with an accident. Gaikwad's wife is soon expecting their first baby. Both the accident victims are currently admitted in the ICU at Fortis Hospital, Kalyan. "Already, in two days, the bills have crossed over Rs 3 lakh, as they had to undertake several CT scans for their head injuries. Mahesh's wife, Poonam, insists on travelling to Fortis despite her pregnancy," said a relative, Ravindra Sabale. Meanwhile, several citizens and city-based activists have started appealing for help on social networking sites for their medical expenses. "When I heard how this office boy who is seriously injured, my first thoughts were about his wife. We are also urging people to reach out and save these two young lives," said social worker Hemant Sharma of the NGO Disha Parivartan. Reportedly, Mahesh and his brother-in-law have received deep head injuries. Fortunately, a passing motorist informed the local police and an ambulance service rushed them to a hospital in Ulhasnagar. They were later transferred to the bigger Fortis Hospital in Kalyan. Those interested in helping the victims can call up Fortis Hospital in Kalyan.
2016-05-07Protesters demand release of Tata dam water - Times of India
Protesters demand release of Tata dam water TNN | May 8, 2016, 12.43 AM IST Pimpri Chinchwad: Solapur and Lonavla residents held an agitation at the Tata Power dam in Valvan on Saturday, demanding that water from the reservoirs be released for drought-affected areas. Activist Praful Kadam, who led the protesters, said, "Tata Power controls about 48.97 TMC water in its six dams, including Valvan, Mulshi, Maval, Lonavala, Thokalwadi and Shirota. This water must be released for drought-affected people in the state. The chief minister must take a stand." Kadam claimed that water released by Tata Power could be supplied to two crore drought-affected people and could irrigate about four lakh hectare additional farmland. Meanwhile, Tata Power released a statement saying that the company was "sensitive" towards the drought. "Tata Power officials are in touch with irrigation officials from Pune and Raigad districts to decide the water usage pattern while considering all the stakeholders, impacted areas and power generation requirement," the statement said.It further said, "Tata Power lakes cater to various requirements like drinking water (for villages around lakes, Kusgaon and Karla drinking water schemes, Lonavla and Khopoli towns, parts of Ulhasnagar, Badlapur suburbs, villages along the Patalganga river), irrigation requirements in Karjat, Kolad, Roha, Mulshi, Paud areas and industrial requirements in Patalganga, Rasayani, Roha, Badlapur area." These lakes were established by the founders of Tata Power more than 100 years ago to supply power to Mumbai. Over the years, the lakes became multipurpose, in addition to fulfilling the main purpose of supplying peak power to Mumbai.
2016-05-062 municipalities told to supply tanker water - Times of India
2 municipalities told to supply tanker water TNN | May 7, 2016, 05.22 AM IST MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Friday directed the Ulhasnagar and Ambernath civic bodies to provide water through tankers to affected areas in the two towns. Hearing a petition that civic agencies were not supplying water since two months, a division bench told the authorities to supply water at reasonable rate. "We don't expect such vengeful attitude from municipal officers," the judges said, when told that residents had complained that water was being diverted to factories. Ulhasnahar's population is about 6 lakh while Ambernath's is 4 lakh. "From tomorrow morning, water should be supplied to residents," the judges said. The civic officers present in court assured that water tankers would be deployed in affected areas.
2016-05-06Thane cops seize four firearms, arrest three - Daily News & Analysis
Thane cops seize four firearms, arrest three Updated: May 6, 2016, 07:35 AM IST In a bid to curb illegal sell of firearms, the Thane crime branch has on Thursday arrested three persons and seized a revolver, three country-made pistols and live cartridges from them. One of the seized firearms is believed to be manufactured in the Indian Ordinance Factory. The crime branch received a tip-off that one Chetan Naik (28), a Kalyan resident, would arrive at Classic Hotel in Dombivli carrying a revolver. A team of police officials laid a trap and arrested Naik with a .32 bore revolver, believed manufactured in Indian Ordinance Factory. A case was regarding this has been registered at Manpada police station. The police also seized a 7.65mm pistol and two rounds. On the other hand, later, a country-made pistol was found on Durgesh Mhatre, Naik's friend. Mhatre has also been arrested. The value of the seized weapons are estimated at Rs1,15,300. Both have been booked under relevant sections of the Arms Act. In another incident, one Sonu Parihar (24) was found in possession of 2 country-made pistols and seven rounds of live bullets in Ulhasnagar. He was taken into custody. "The revolver seized from Naik had the mark of manufacture from Indian Ordinance Factory. We are investigating if the mark is real and how he procured the firearm," said a senior crime branch officer. "We suspect that they were into smuggling of weapons. Further investigation will reveal their roles," he added.
Thane cops seize four firearms, arrest three - Daily News & Analysis
2016-05-05Three held; five firearms seized in separate incidents - Business Standard
Three held; five firearms seized in separate incidents Press Trust of India Thane May 5, 2016 Last Updated at 19:57 IST Police have arrested three persons and seized a total of five firearms from them in two separate incidents in the district, an officer said today. "One of the firearms seized from them was manufactured at Indian Ordnance Factory at Kanpur and of 0.32 bore," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Parag Manere told reporters. He said police arrested Chandrakant Naik (28) from Dombivli (east) in the district on May 3 and seized from him the Kanpur-make revolver, besides a 7.65 mm bore pistol and 2 cartridges. Police also picked up his accomplice, identified as Durgesh Mhatre, and recovered a country-made revolver and a cartridge from him on the same day. The collective value of the weapons is Rs 1.15 lakh, the officer said. "Thane police are in the process of finding out from the Ordnance Factory whether the revolver was stolen from there," he said, adding that police are also trying to identify the person who was supposed to purchase the weapon from Naik. Another person, identified as Abhay Mhatre who is believed to be an aide of the duo, is absconding. In another case, police picked up one Sonu Tajisingh Parihar from Ulhasnagar township and seized two country-made revolvers from him yesterday. Singh is charged under Arms Act.
2016-05-04If Anil Jaisinghani's on the run, why are cops in touch with him? - Daily News & Analysis
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2016-05-03After four years of legal battle, HC grants custody of abandoned children to foreign couple - Mumbai Mirror
After four years of legal battle, HC grants custody of abandoned children to foreign couple By Sunil Baghel, Mumbai Mirror | Apr 30, 2016, 08.19 PM IST The Bombay High Court has allowed two minors, a boy and a girl to be adopted by an American couple, one of whom is of Indian origin, after the first attempt at adoption had to be abandoned due to intervention from the kids' biological mother. "I simply do not have it in me to refuse this adoption or to delay it. I expect that given the delicate and perhaps volatile emotional state of both these children, the parents will have to work very hard to make them feel secure again," observed Justice Gautam Patel, while passing the order last Wednesday. The court observed that the case was different from usual inter-country adoptions, as the kids were abandoned by their biological mother, followed by a claim from her just as the kids were about to be adopted and then virtually abandoned again. The boy, born in December 2007, and the girl, born January 2009, were originally found abandoned in Ulhasnagar in December 2012. After due diligence, they were declared 'free for adoption' by the Thane Child welfare Committee a few months later. The couple finalised both the kids for adoption and filed a Foreign Adoption Petition in Bombay HC. Just as the petition was close to getting finalised, the biological mother approached the court seeking custody of the children. Not satisfied with her conduct, the HC passed a conditional custody order in the biological mother's favour in December 2014, asking her to show improvement in her conduct as a mother. An official of the Indian Council for Social Welfare was asked to make a home visit report of the biological mother and file a report. Finding no real improvement in her conduct, the HC revoked the custody of the kids from the biological mother in April 2015 and asked them to be declared 'free for adoption' once again. "The birth mother showed absolutely no affinity or anything resembling a normal maternal communication or attachment to the two children. She kept a distance from them. She sat on her own in one corner. She appeared to have no interest in the children. The conscience of the Court was not satisfied by her conduct," the Court observed in a hearing in April 2015. The court, while passing the order for giving the children for adoption last week noted that though the kids had not met their new prospective parents, they were regularly counselled, shown photographs and albums of their proposed new home and so on. The court then met the kids and found the girl to be bright but shy and the boy to be delightfully mischievous and intelligent. After making positive observations about the couple, who are in their fifties, the court granted the adoption.
2016-05-02Couple held for beating, looting jewellery dealer - The Asian Age
Couple held for beating, looting jewellery dealer May 02, 2016 - Ashita Dadheech | mumbai The Kasturba Marg police has nabbed a couple for cheating and assaulting a jewellery dealer of Rs 3 lakh and his gold ornaments. While the arrest was made on April 29, the accused were presented to court on Sunday and have been remanded to police custody till Tuesday. The couple, Nagnath Shedge (33) and his wife Anjana Shedge (30) had lured a Bhayander-based jewellery shop owner by telling him that that they had come across some gold while ploughing their filed in their village. The couple claimed that they wanted to avoid hassles and offered to sell it off to him at a lower price. Agreeing to the deal, on April 17, the businessman accompanied the accused to a village near Pandharpur in Solapur district carrying Rs 3 lakh cash with him in order to pay them for the gold that was claimed to have been found. On reaching the village, however, the couple first assaulted the dealer and then robbed him of the valuables that he had been carrying, including his gold chain and ring. The victim approached Kasturaba Marg police station on Wednesday and registered a complaint. During investigation, the police received a tip off that Anjana was travelling to Pandharpur from Mumbai. They informed the local police and Anjana was detained late on Thursday. The Kasturba Marg police got her custody on Friday and during the interrogation she revealed the whereabouts of her husband, who was nabbed from Ulhasnagar on Friday. Police sources have said that it is likely that the couple had used the same modus operandi on other people and are checking their records to ascertain the same. The police also said that Shedge has a case of cheating registered against him in Pune as well.
2016-05-025 years, 225 arrests: Meet Mumbai's very own supercop - Mid-Day
5 years, 225 arrests: Meet Mumbai's very own supercop By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours Meet Thane's very own supercop 50-year-old Uday Raghunath Palande who was single-handedly responsible for putting a staggering 225 criminals behind bars in just five years. Over the years, he has come to be known as Thane's very own Dabangg policeman, but even the most thrilling and action-packed cop movies can't match up to the story of this singular cop, who hopes to hit 300 arrests soon. On Maharashtra Day, yesterday, Uday Palande was felicitated with the Director General of Police Insignia award at the hands of Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde for his bravery in police work. While Palande's family hails from Khed, Ratnagiri, they were based in Pune, where his father was an army captain with the Bombay Sappers. His father had high hopes that Uday would grow up to reach even greater heights in the army, but destiny had something else in mind for him. My father was my inspiration and it was because of this that I started boxing, since that was a popular sport in the military circles. It was this hobby that gave me a direct entry into the police force on April 2, 1985 when I was just 18 years old, recalled Palande, who was felicitated with the Director General of Police Insignia award at the hands of Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde yesterday. Whats interesting is that Palande spent a majority of his 31-year career in fairly routine postings, doing administrative and beat duties at police stations, or carrying out court service by escorting undertrial offenders to court. There was no glamorous crime-fighting in any of these postings, but Palande still recognised an opportunity. For over two decades, he quietly cultivated an extensive network of contacts comprising history-sheeters, lawyers and cops all of which would prove useful later. During that period, I would visit the court on a daily basis and build contacts with criminals, advocates, police officers and other people. I learnt things like who the history-sheeters were, and which criminals were wanted, said the 50-year-old. Naturally gifted. It was thanks to this massive bank of contacts that Palande could hit the ground running when he was transferred to the Ulhasnagar Crime Branch in 2011. Not only did he get valuable tip-offs from his sources, Palande had a natural gift for crime detection which he proved with his very first arrest in a near-perfect murder. The Mumbra police had registered a case of accidental death after a body was found in a lake, but it was Palande who figured out that it was a murder after a source tipped him off (see Case files). Palande similarly cracked other cases, using his wits and innumerable sources, and many of these were serious crimes such as murder or major robberies. But solving so many crimes comes at a cost. My wife and kids support me a lot, but they also get angry and depressed because I am rarely there for family occasions. They have no idea when I'll get home as I stay out for work for hours. Even if my shift is over, I get back to work the moment I get a call from an informant, he explained. All these years later, his hard work has paid off, as he is amongst the most distinguished cops in the Thane police department, with even the Thane Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh giving him high praise. In fact, the CP appreciated his work so much, he asked Palande to train other cops in the commisionerate as well. In the past three months, Palande has held training sessions across 34 police stations, with even senior police inspectors turning up to learn tips from him. As a constable, I am training even officers; what can be a greater achievement? All the cops turn up for the lectures to learn how to build contacts and use their network to trace the accused. The policemen get excited after these sessions and many even ask to help in solving cases, said Palande. Case files First arrestIn 2011, Nivruti Patil nearly got away with the murder of his cousin brother. The Mumbra police registered an accidental case after the body was found in a lake. It was Palande who figured out that it was a murder. It turned out the accused killed his cousin brother after he discovered he was having an affair with his cousin sister (a widow). The accused took the victim fishing, murdered him and then dumped the body in the lake to mislead cops. Through my sources, I found out that it was a murder. I laid a trap for the suspect and arrested him after he confessed to the crime, said Palande. Wanted for 31 years Nandasautaram Jadhav a notorious robber was declared a wanted man in 1979 but no one had managed to catch him till 2012. My sources told me he was holed up in Bhiwandi, so I waited outside his house for five days and finally arrested him. I hadn't even told my family where I was for those few days, said Palande. Bomb blast: 21-year-old Labu Shaikh was wanted for a bomb blast in West Bengal that killed one. Labu had been absconding for 10 months when Palande received information in February, that Shaikh was residing in a rented flat in Ulhasnagar. The bomb blast was carried out over a family dispute, and the accused moved to Mumbai to escape the police. High praise: Thane CP Param Bir Singh said, No one can match his working style and performance, arresting so many accused. There are no words to describe his work. I think he must be the first person in Maharashtra police to arrest so many accused. During Crime Branch meetings, I ask him to share clues to solve cases. I have also assigned him the job of training cops how to work on the field. Crime detection 101 Murders, 8 Chain-snatching incidents, 45Major house break-ins, 40 Motor vehicle theft, 6 Temple robberies, 2 Cheating, 4 Total major cases, In 5 years 225 Number of arrests made by Palande since he joined the Ulhasnagar Crime Branch in 2011. 393 The number of cash rewards Palande has received from the police department for his performance. 21 The number of certificates he has received in appreciation for his work.
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2016-05-01HC allows US couple to adopt abandoned siblings - The Hindu
HC allows US couple to adopt abandoned siblings Sonam Saigal The Bombay High Court has finally allowed an American couple to adopt minor siblings found abandoned in Ulhasnagar in 2012, after their mother's claim for their custody had stalled the adoption for several months.The case dates back to December 31, 2012, when a girl aged three and a boy aged five were found abandoned by the Central police station, Ulhasnagar. They were taken to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) at Thane and their custody was given to one Shejar Chhaya at Vasai. The CWC subsequently declared them free for adoption.While the process was pending, the siblings biological mother approached the CWC and claimed their custody. In April 2015, the mother was permitted to take custody of the children on certain conditions. But she had not met the children since December 2014, and had not shown anything resembling a normal maternal attachment to them. She kept a distance from them and sat on her own in one corner and appeared to have little or no interest in the children.The siblings were then transferred to the Children of the World India Trust. The trust put them up for adoption for a second time in August 2015. The boy's physical pathology report assessed that the boy was in a fragile emotional state, reflecting anger, uneasiness and disappointment.A single bench of Justice Gautam Patel stated, I have before me what I can only describe as an utterly heart-rending situation. The two minors have been footballed between their birth mother, one agency, another agency, been once previously placed for adoption only to see that possible dream evaporate and are now been suggested for adoption again. Their bond with their mother, if it existed, was broken. The birth mother returned with her claim. It is difficult to begin to imagine the kind of trauma these young children must have suffered. The court ruled, I simply do not have it in me to refuse this adoption or to delay it. Before allowing the adoption to the couple, both in their 50s, the court took into consideration their religion, financial condition, their nature, their qualifications, their relationship with each other, the condition of their house and their family backgrounds.I have before me what I can only describe as anutterly heart-rending situation.
HC allows US couple to adopt abandoned siblings - The Hindu
2016-05-01एटीएममध्ये पैसे भरणाऱ्यांनीच लुटले ८० लाख
एटीएममध्ये पैसे भरणाऱ्यांनीच लुटले ८० लाख Updated: May 1, 2016, 06:00AM IST बँकांच्या एटीएममध्ये रोख रकमेचा भरणा करणाऱ्या कर्मचाऱ्यांनीच उल्हासनगरमधील बँकांच्या पाच एटीएममधून ८० लाखांची लूट केल्याचे उघडकीस आले आहे. तीन आरोपींपैकी एक शिवसेनेच्या पदाधिकाऱ्याचा मुलगा आहे. पोलिसांनी या प्रकरणी दोघांना अटक केली आहे. उल्हासनगरमधील काही बँकांच्या एटीएममध्ये रोख रक्कम भरण्याचे काम मुंबईस्थित ईपीएस कंपनीद्वारे केले जाते. त्या कंपनीला सीसको प्रोसिजर होल्डिंग प्रायव्हेट लिमिटेडद्वारे विविध बँकांमधून रोख रक्कम त्या त्या बँकेच्या एटीएम मशिनमध्ये भरणा केली जाते. ही रक्कम भरण्यासाठी आकाश, विलास डांगे आणि विनायक सातपुते या तीन कंत्राटी कामगारांची नियुक्ती केली होती. त्यासाठी त्यांना सिक्युरिटी पासवर्डही दिले होते. या कंपनीकडून शहरातील नऊ एटीएममध्ये रोख रक्कम भरणा करण्याचे काम केले जाते. मात्र मागील तीन वर्षांपासून हे तिघे त्यातून रक्कम काढत होते. कॅम्प ४ येथील आशेळेगावजवळील एसबीआय बँकेची एटीएम मशिन आण‌ि होली फॅमिली शाळेजवळील एसबीआय बँकेच्या एटीएम मशिनमधून आकाश डांगे, विनायक सातपुते आणि योगेश डांगे यांनी पासवर्डचा गैरवापर करत २० लाख ६१ हजार २०० रुपये तसेच युको बँक शहाड येथील दोन एटीएमसाठीचे ३२ लाख ५० हजार १०० अशी रक्कम लंपास केली. या प्रकरणी विठ्ठलवाडी, उल्हासनगर पोलिस स्टेशनमध्ये सीसको कंपनीचे मॅनेजर जावेद शेख यांनी तक्रार दाखल केली असून आकाश डांगे, त्याचा चुलत भाऊ योगेश डांगे या दोघांना पोलिसांनी अटक केली आहे. आरोपींना ३ मेपर्यंत पोलिस कोठडी सुनावण्यात आली आहे. या तिघांनी मध्यवर्ती पोलिस ठाण्याच्या हद्दीतही एका बँकेच्या एटीएम मशिनच्या पासवर्डचा गैरवापर करून जवळपास १६ लाख रुपयांच्या रकमेचा अपहार केल्याची माहिती समोर आली आहे.
एटीएममध्ये पैसे भरणाऱ्यांनीच लुटले ८० लाख
2016-05-01Bombay High Court Allows US Couple To Adopt Abandoned Siblings - NDTV
Bombay High Court Allows US Couple To Adopt Abandoned Siblings Mumbai | Press Trust of India | Updated: May 01, 2016 15:39 IST Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has cleared the decks for adoption of two minor children, who were abandoned by their biological mother in 2012, by a US-based couple. The children's adoption was held up since 2013, as the biological mother, after initially abandoning them, sought their custody when the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) put the kids up for adoption by a Canada-based couple of Indian origin. In 2014, the High Court stayed the adoption process and allowed the biological mother to take her children. But, when the mother failed to do so and did not even meet them after the High Court order, the CWC once again approached the High Court and sought permission to allow adoption by another couple, who were based in the United States. Justice Gautam Patel, on April 27, after perusing the facts of the case and interviewing the minor children, a boy, 9, and a girl, 7 - permitted the US-based couple to adopt them. "I have before me today what I can only describe as an utterly heart-rending situation. There are two minors who have, for the better part of their childhood, been footballed between their birth mother, one agency, another agency, been once previously placed for adoption only to see that possible dream evaporate and have now been suggested for adoption again. Their bond with their mother, if it existed, was broken," the court said. "It is difficult to even begin to imagine the kind of trauma these young children must have suffered. After all they were not abandoned at birth, but at the ages of five and three, when they must have had at least some degree of awareness," Justice Patel said. "Sufficient liberty was given to the birth mother even at the cost of the welfare of the children, and certainly to the disappointment and trauma caused to the previous adoptive parents, who travelled frequently to India to bond with these children. She squandered that opportunity. I will not permit this to be repeated," he said. The judge noted that while the mother may have abandoned the children in dire circumstances the first time, the court had at the cost of the first adoptive parents and at the cost of the welfare of the children given the mother another chance. "Why did she not take it? Why did she never meet the children after December 2014? We may never know and it is now for the best, and certainly for the best for these two children, that it stays that way for all time. To reverse the April 2015 order of the high court forfeiting the mother's rights on the children would be to subject them to a horror they have done nothing to deserve," the court said. The court also took note of the home study of the US-based couple, who are the proposed adopters, and said both the husband and wife have had a stable childhood and are well settled in their lives. The boy, who was born in December 2007, and his sister, born in January 2009, were abandoned by their mother and found on December 31, 2012, by police at Ulhasnagar in neighbouring Thane district. They were taken to the Child Welfare Committee which put them up for adoption. A Canada-based couple of Indian origin expressed the desire to the CWC to adopt the children, following which an Inter-Country Foreign Adoption Petition was filed in the High Court. However, the children's biological mother approached the CWC seeking their custody. The same was informed to the High Court which put the adoption process on hold in November 2014, and directed the DNA tests to be conducted. After the DNA tests confirmed that the woman was the biological mother of the children, the High Court in December 2014 allowed her to take the children's custody from the Children of the World India Trust, where the two were kept. In April 2015, the trust approached the High Court and informed it that since December 2014, the biological mother had not taken the children back and not even met them once. The High Court then passed an order forfeiting the mother's rights on the children, and said it would hear the trust's petition seeking permission for the US-based couple to adopt the children.
Bombay High Court Allows US Couple To Adopt Abandoned Siblings - NDTV
2016-05-01Determined to deluded, these star-struck fans make Mumbai cops sweat - The Indian Express
Determined to deluded, these star-struck fans make Mumbai cops Written by Srinath Rao Mumbai Published:May 2, 2016, 1:13 Two weeks ago, there was high drama at the Bandra-Worli Sea Link when a young man attempted to walk on to the bridge. Scouting locations for my film, you see, and a helicopter is going to come pick me up any minute now, he told the bewildered guards. But before any chopper could be sighted, the police quietly took him away as they realised that the youngster did not belong to any film crew, but was a passionate Salman Khan fan loitering around the city. Over the next one week, as though right out of the scene from the recently released Shah Rukh Khan starrer Fan, the man was housed at the Bandra police station. We had to tie his hands with a rope so he wouldn't harm himself or anyone else, claimed a police officer. The police found that the man had quit an elite school in Punjab after his classmates got better jobs than he did.
Determined to deluded, these star-struck fans make Mumbai cops sweat - The Indian Express

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