|2015-06-30||Three members of a family attacked by four youths |
Three members of a family attacked by four youths
Press Trust of India | Thane (Maha)
Last Updated at June 30, 2015 21:28 IST
Three members of a family were allegedly attacked by four youths in Ulhasnagar township in the district this morning, police said.
The victims were identified as 22-year-old Divya Bhatia, her father Lalchand (40) and brother Roopesh (18), police said.
"Divya was on her way to college around 7.30 am today, when four youths followed her and asked her mobile number. However, she retorted and there was a heated exchange of words. Divya came back home and reported the matter to her father and brother," PI G A Palange of Ulhasnagar police station said.
Thereafter, her father and brother went to the youths and asked them why they were harassing her. "This angered the boys and one of them got an axe from a nearby temple and attacked Lalchand," he said.
The four accused later also attacked Divya and Roopesh with stones, in which the duo got injured. The three victims were later given medical treatment and were sent home.
The four have been taken into custody, police said adding that further investigation was being conducted.
|2015-06-30||Student, family attacked by 4 men after she hit ba|
|2015-06-27||कालचाच खड्डा पुन्हा खचला|
कालचाच खड्डा पुन्हा खचला
Maharashtra Times | Updated: Jun 27, 2015, 01:23PM IST
मटा ऑनलाइन वृत्त । मुंबई
शुक्रवारी पहाटे उल्हासनगर रेल्वेस्थानकात रेल्वे रुळांमधील माती खचून मोठा खड्डा पडल्याने लोकल वाहतूक चार तास खोळंबली होती. काल हा खड्डा भरून काढल्यानंतर आज पुन्हा हा खड्डा खचला आणि रेल्वे वाहतूकीसाठी 'गतीरोधक' बनला. त्यामुळे मध्य रेल्वेचे वेळापत्रक पुन्हा एकदा बिघडले आहे.
एका खासगी वृत्तवाहिनेने दिलेल्या वृत्तानुसार आज सकाळी रेल्वे अधिकारी अंबरनाथ-उल्हासनगरमधील रेल्वे मार्गाची पाहाणी करण्यात गेले असता, त्यांना कालच्या खड्ड्याच्या ठिकाणची जमीन पुन्हा खचल्याचे लक्षात आले. त्यामुळे त्यांनी त्वरीत कर्मचाऱ्यांना या खड्ड्याच्या ठिकाणी आणखी भराव टाकण्यास सांगितल्याचे समजते. तसेच कालच्या घटनेनंतर या मार्गवर रेल्वेचा वेग ताशी ३०-४० किमी ठेवण्यात आला होता. तो पुन्हा कमी करून १० किमीवर नेण्यात आल्याचे कळते. यामुळे मध्य रेल्वे सुमारे १० मिनिटे उशिराने धावत आहे.
दरम्यान, शुक्रवारी अंबरनाथच्या दिशेने उल्हासनगर रेल्वे स्टेशन सोडताच काही अंतरावर असलेल्या दोन्ही रेल्वे ट्रॅकच्या मध्यभागी पावसाने मातीचा भराव खचल्याने मोठा खड्डा पडला होता. त्यामुळे शुक्रवार सकाळपासूनच या मार्गावर अंबरनाथ, बदलापूर, कर्जतकडे जाणाऱ्या ट्रेन अडकून पडल्या होत्या. चार तासाच्या प्रयत्नांनंतर रेल्वे सेवा हळुहळू पूर्ववत करण्यात आली होती.
|2015-06-27||'Railway escalators give in often', officials slam|
â€˜Railway escalators give in oftenâ€™, officials slammed for neglecting â€˜world class stationâ€™
Times of India Thane Sat,27 Jun 2015
Summary: The latest incident of the escalator stopping midway was reported on platform numbers 5-6 around 9:30am on Friday.
THANE: The escalators at Thane railway station stopped functioning for a few minutes on Friday morning. Regular commuters complained that the machine stopped midway often and repeated plaints to the authorities have fallen on deaf ears. The latest incident of the escalator stopping midway was reported on platform numbers 5-6 around 9:30am on Friday.
As the stairs came to a grinding halt suddenly, stranded commuters had no other alternative but to start ascending it as a stairway , As Reported By Times of India.
According to the Newspaper,Several elderly were the most affected. "Many times, the escalators stop working and we are forced to walk up the bridges.
If the railways have installed these escalators, they should at least ensure it is operational at all times," said Murari Sharma, a senior citizen who travels daily to Thane from Ulhasnagar. While such situations are common at the railway station, the authorities have been claiming to make Thane in a world class station by introducing elevators.
|2015-06-27||Collision near pothole spurs Mumbai biker to stab |
Collision near pothole spurs Mumbai biker to stab 23-year-old techie
Times of India Mumbai Sat,27 Jun 2015
Summary: Nikhil, a resident of Ulhasnagar, worked as engineer with Mumbai based company was on way alongwith Neeraj to have snacks at Mc Donald on Thursday night. Police said during driving due to sudden pothole on road, Nikhil applied break due to which speeding accused DharmeshSingh Parihar`s motorcle hit to Nikhil`s motorcycle. Police said on getting dashed, Nikhil just asked Daramsingh to drive bike slowly but accused started argument with Nikhil which later turned in to heated argument.ULHASNAGAR: A 23-year-old software engineer Nikhil Surywanshi is critical while his friend Neeraj Khatri(25) is injured after four people attacked them with knife in public over a brawl after his motorcycle hit another bike in Gol Maidan area on Thursday night in Ulhasnagar. After the incident local NCP leader Omi Kalani son of MLA Jyoti Kalani chased main accused Dharamsingh Parihar (30) and handed him to local police while three others managed to escape from the spot. Nikhil, a resident of Ulhasnagar, worked as engineer with Mumbai based company was on way alongwith Neeraj to have snacks at Mc Donald on Thursday night.
While Nikhil was riding motorcycle Neeraj was seating behind him as pillion rider , As Reported By Times of India.
According to the Newspaper, Police said during driving due to sudden pothole on road, Nikhil applied break due to which speeding accused DharmeshSingh Parihar`s motorcle hit to Nikhil`s motorcycle. Police said on getting dashed, Nikhil just asked Daramsingh to drive bike slowly but accused started argument with Nikhil which later turned in to heated argument.
During argument main accused Dharmeshsingh who was carrying knife with him attack Nikhil and Neeraj while his friend manhandled both in which Nikhil suffered serious injuries while his friend Neeraj also got injured. The sources said incident happened in full public view on crowded road of city but no one from spot dared to nab accused but when NCP leader Omie Kalani son of MLA Jyoti Kalani learned about the incident who was in MLA office which was at few distance from spot immediately rushed on the spot and nabbed Dharmeshsingh along with his support while other his three accused friends managed to escape from the spot.
|2015-06-26||ITI students to protest as demands to open Kalyan |
ITI students to protest as demands to open Kalyan institute not met
More than 100 students from Kalyan, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar and Thane Industrial Training Institute (ITI) joined those from Mumbai to meet at the Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGET) at CST. They staged a protest outside their office and burnt the fee hike GR to show that they are not taking that circular into consideration. Students from the Central Suburbs are also waiting for the Kalyan centre to open up as this would ease their travel woes.
The ITI students were protesting as their demands were not met by the department. The students wanted the 10% fee hike to be reduced. Also, they wanted an increase in their stipend and demanded to stop the negative marking system. Around 100 students from the Central Suburbs gathered at the railway station during afternoon hours and went to the DGET office to protest on Thursday.
"They were not paying heed to our demands of bringing an end to the negative marking system and to increase the stipend but they went ahead and increased the fees. So, we all came together to protest," said Rameshwar Shere, president of Students Federation of India.
Thursday was the last day of admissions in ITI. Many aspirants especially from Thane to Ulhasnagar belt are to seek admission in ITI. The online admission process has been well received by students. But, many were eager for the Kalyan centre to be inaugurated for the current academic year.
Prior to sanctioning this plot for ITI, they were conducting classes for Kalyan ITI students at a private building by paying Rs 50,000 as monthly rent. But as they could not afford, they shifted to Ulhasnagar. Forcing all students to travel all the way to Ulhasnagar for ITI. To begin the admission process for the new structure at Kalyan would have been beneficial as their travel woes would have been solved. But, no move in this direction has been made yet.
Kalyan west has an ITI building for which they spent around Rs3.70 crore, built on a 2 acre plot. This two storey structure comprises 20 rooms that are ready to be used but the admission process has not begun yet. Eager students are awaiting the inauguration of the new building.
|2015-06-26||Thane: CR services hit as soil below tracks at Ulh|
Thane: CR Services Affected As Soil Below Tracks At Ulhasnagar Gets Washed Away
Jun 26, 2015, 10:23 IST | A Correspondent
Central Railway Commuters Had A Horror Time On Friday Morning As Services On The Line Were Disrupted Again After The Soil Below The Tracks Beside Ulhasnagar Station Got Washed Away Leading To A Crater-Like Formation
Central Railway commuters had a horror time on Friday morning as services on the line were disrupted again after the soil below the tracks beside Ulhasnagar station got washed away leading to a crater-like formation.The incident occurred around 6:40 in the morning following which trains on the Down line were suspended while those on the Up section were held up for nearly an hour.Services were restored at around 9:15 am, but trains are running slowly.On Tuesday as well, train services were hit on the Central line after an overhead wire snapped at Dadar.
|2015-06-26||Thane: CR services affected as soil below tracks a|
Thane: CR services affected as soil below tracks at Ulhasnagar gets washed away
Mid Day Mumbai Fri,26 Jun 2015
Summary: Central Railway commuters had a horror time on Friday morning as services on the line were disrupted again after the soil below the tracks beside Ulhasnagar station got washed away leading to a crater-like formation. The gaping hole on the track next to Ulhasnagar station. The incident occurred around 6:40 in the morning following which trains on the Down line were suspended while those on the Up section were held up for nearly an hour.Central Railway commuters had a horror time on Friday morning as services on the line were disrupted again after the soil below the tracks beside Ulhasnagar station got washed away leading to a crater-like formation. The gaping hole on the track next to Ulhasnagar station. The incident occurred around 6:40 in the morning following which trains on the Down line were suspended while those on the Up section were held up for nearly an hour.
Pic/Shrikant Services were restored at around 9:15 am, but trains are running slowly. Men at work to repair the hole. Pic/Shrikant On Tuesday as well, train services were hit on the Central line after an overhead wire snapped at Dadar.
People walking towards Ulhasnagar station as train services were stopped.Â .. , As Reported By Mid Day.
|2015-06-26||Crater between tracks derails CR services in Mumba|
Crater between tracks derails CR services in Mumbai
Somit Sen & Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jun 27, 2015, 03.14 AM IST
MUMBAI: A crater in between two railway tracks resulted in trains running late on the Central Railway early Friday morning and inconvenienced scores of office-goers, specially from far flung suburbs.
It not only affected suburban services but also long distance trains to Pune, Bengaluru — which had to take a long detour via Diva and Panvel to reach Karjat.
Officials said that the crater was detected in between tracks on the Kalyan-Ambernath section around 6.25am. "The crater was formed due to heavy rains in the area. Fortunately it was detected and train services were stopped so that there was no untoward incident/mishap," an official stated.
Railway staffers filled the ballast to carry out settlement of tracks at the spot. The Up line services were restored gradually after 8 am while the work on Down services continued for some time. Those staying in Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Badlapur were badly hit.
While a few suburban trains were cancelled, commuters were largely inconvenienced due to delays and crowds on platforms between Kalyan and Ghatkopar. The trains arrived 20 to 30 minutes behind schedule. Commuters were seen fuming at Ambernath and Badlapur railway stations where they complained about no proper announcement by CR railway about cancellation of services.
Some got off trains which were stranded on tracks and walked to the nearest station. Others complained of missing important meetings for the day. "I had a client meeting at 10 am in BKC. I left my home early so I could reach the office early. But because of the train problem, I have missed the crucial meeting and my client will now be out of town for two weeks. This is frustrating," said Naresh Chaudhari (25) whose train was stuck near Ambarnath station.
"Train disruptions happen very regularly on the Central Railway and it affects our jobs as we are reaching late in the morning. Also, this monsoon, there have been a series of disruptions," pointed out Kalyan resident Santosh Rai.
The long distance trains that took a detour in the morning were CST-Pune Intercity Express, LTT-Vishakapatnam Express, CST-Pune Deccan Express, CST-Bengaluru Udyan Express, Hubli Express and CST-Kolhapur Koyna Express. The KDMT ran 21 special buses for the convenience of rail commuters who were stranded.
|2015-06-26||मध्य रेल्वेलाच ‘भगदाड’|
मध्य रेल्वेलाच ‘भगदाड’
Maharashtra Times | Updated: Jun 27, 2015, 01:54AM IST
रुळांजवळ खड्डा आढळल्याने ४ तास सेवा विस्कळीत
म. टा. वृत्तसेवा, उल्हासनगर
गेल्या आठवड्याभरापासून सुरू असलेल्या पावसानेे मध्य रेल्वेच्या वेळापत्रकाचे तीन-तेरा वाजले असून, प्रवाशांचे हाल सुरू आहेत. दोन दिवसांपासून पावसाने थोडी विश्रांती घेतल्याने रेल्वेसेवा सुरळीत सुरू असतानाच, शुक्रवारी पहाटे उल्हासनगर रेल्वेस्थानकात रेल्वे रुळांमधील माती खचल्याने मोठा खड्डा पडला. त्यामुळे कर्जत व मुंबईकडे जाणारी लोकल वाहतूक चार तास खोळंबली होती.
अंबरनाथ दिशेने उल्हासनगर रेल्वे स्टेशन सोडताच काही अंतरावर असलेल्या दोन्ही रेल्वे ट्रॅकच्या मध्यभागी पावसाने मातीचा भराव खचल्याने मोठा खड्डा पडला होता. पहाटे ५.५०च्या खोपोली ट्रेनने उल्हासनगर सोडताच काही अंतरावर हा खड्डा दिसल्याने गाडी थांबविली. त्यामुळे सकाळपासूनच या मार्गावर अंबरनाथ, बदलापूर, कर्जतकडे जाणाऱ्या ट्रेन अडकून पडल्या. त्यापाठोपाठ इंद्रायणी एक्स्प्रेस व इतर लांबपल्ल्याच्या गाड्याही रखडल्या. त्यामुळे कर्जत आणि सीएसटी दिशेने जाणाऱ्या दोन्ही मार्गावरील रेल्वे वाहतूक बंद पडली. अंबरनाथ स्थानकावरील सकाळी ६.३३ची लोकल पाऊण तास स्टेशनवर रखडली. सकाळची वेळ असल्याने सर्वच रेल्वे स्थानकांवर प्रवाशांची प्रचंड गर्दी उसळली. अनेक प्रवासी रिक्षा आणि इतर मार्गांनी कल्याण स्टेशन गाठले. यावेळी लातूर-मुंबई आणि पुणे-मुंबई या गाड्यांतून प्रवास करण्याची मुभा दिली होती. पुण्याला जाणाऱ्या गाड्या पनवेलमार्गे वळविल्या.अखेर एका मालगाडीतून खडी आणत हा खड्डा भरला व १०च्या सुमारास रेल्वे सेवा हळुहळू पूर्ववत झाली. मात्र संध्याकाळी उशिरापर्यंत वेळापत्रक बिघडलेलेच होते.
|2015-06-25||In two cases, shops robbed of Rs2.21 lakh - Daily |
In two cases, shops robbed of Rs2.21 lakh
Police registered a case on two unknown accused for robbing a garment shop at Lodha heaven in Dombivali. The incident took place around 9am between June 21 and June 23. The accused are absconding.
Bhanudas Chaskar, 45, the shop owner had locked the shop on June 21 during the night hours. On June 23, when he returned, he was shocked to see that the lock has been changed. The victim broke the lock and found that the shop had been robbed. The accused decamped with cash to the tune of Rs2.19 lakh. The victim then lodged a robbery complaint with Manpada police station.
A case has been registered with Manpada police station under sections 454(lurking house-trespass or house-breaking in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment), 457(lurking house-trespass or house-breaking by night in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment) and 380 (theft in dwelling house, etc) of the Indian Penal Code.
"We doubt that the shop could be robbed by a single and hence, we have registered the complaint on two unknown accused. Also, we are looking for CCTV footage to trace the culprits. We re on a lookout for the accused and are hopeful of their arrests. Further probe is on," said a police official, Manpada police station.
In another case, a video parlour has been robbed of Rs2,000 on June 23. Central police of Ulhasnagar are on a lookout for the accused. The incident took place at Lucky wheel video parlour, in Ulhasnagar.
S Kumar, 31, (name changed) alleged that two men wearing masks entered his video parlour and threatened to kill him if he does not handover the money.
A case is registered with Central police station under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. The accused are at large. Further investigation is on.
|2015-06-23||Attempts to locate kin fail, cops bury minor TB pa|
Attempts to locate kin fail, cops bury minor TB patient who died
Shamshad was admitted at Sewri TB hospital on March 24 after tests confirmed TB infection in his chest. A week later, he succumbed to the infection.
Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Published: June 24, 2015 1:40 am
Weeks after Mohammad Shamshad (14), who succumbed to pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) on April 2, was rescued by Shil-Dayghar police from a local workshop of embroidery in Thane, the minor was buried on Tuesday after all attempts to trace his parents failed.
Shamshad’s burial was held Tuesday at Nariyalwadi Cemetery, after two months of unsuccessful search for his parents brought the case to a close for the Women and Child Development (WCD) department’s Ulhasnagar wing. The police, however, will continue its search in Mumbai and Sitamarhi district in Bihar, which is reportedly his “He was rescued on March 19 and admitted at Ulhasnagar’s Children’s Home. But he was very thin and soon took ill,” said Santosh Khopade, WCD counselor at Ulhasnagar.
Shamshad was admitted at Sewri TB hospital on March 24 after tests confirmed TB infection in his chest. A week later, he succumbed to the infection.
“His employer gave us an address in Bihar. But we found no relative of the boy there,” said Police Sub-Inspector M D Gadade from Shil-Dayghar police station. According to Vikas Mahajan, who works with WCD’s Ulhasnagar office, advertisements in local papers in Bihar were also published after the minor’s death. “Our WCD team in Bihar did a local search in Sitamarhi, but could not locate his parents,” he said.
According to the Shil-Dayghar police, the minor’s employer was arrested under Section 374 of the Indian Penal Code, which relates to unlawful compulsory labour, and under Section 23 and 26 of the Juvenile Justice Act, dealing with cruelty and exploitation of juvenile.
Gadade said search would now be narrowed down to Mumbai where his family might reside. “We have distributed his picture to all police stations,” said Gadade. On Monday, the Child Welfare Committee approved the burial of Shamshad, whose body was kept at TB hospital’s morgue since April. The hospital called seven locals from nearby slums to bury the minor’s body. “We have made arrangements for bathing and conducting the final prayers for the boy at Nariyalwadi,” said Abdul Gani, a local who monitored the minor’s burial.
|2015-06-21||Mumbai: Colleges to give warm welcome to transgend|
Mumbai: Colleges to give warm welcome to transgenders
By Shreya Bhandary |Posted 1 hour
Varsities to conduct sensitisation programmes for staff, students toward third gender
This admission season, while most things remain the same, one added feature is the acceptance of the third gender at colleges under the instructions of University of Mumbai (MU).
Also read: Mumbai University grants recognition to third gender in application forms
Most colleges have already printed and distributed admission forms with third gender as a separate column (Male, Female, Others) under the gender category. However, colleges are also taking steps to ensure that their students and staff are sensitised toward the transgender community and are ready to welcome the third gender with open minds.
File pic for representational purposes
"We want to make sure that when they enter our campus, they feel welcome and are a part of it. Our staff has attended several workshops to understand how to handle cases where third gender students apply for admissions. The aim is to get rid of the social stigma around this community," said Indu Shahani, principal of HR College at Churchgate, which was one of the first institutes in the city to add the "others" category under gender in their admission forms.
The Supreme Court, in its judgment dated April 15, 2014, had asked the Centre to treat transgenders as socially and economically backward and that transgenders be allowed admission in educational institutions and given employment on the basis that they belonged to the third gender category. Following this, in August 2014 the University Grants Commission (UGC) opened all its scholarships to people from the third gender and also requested universities to make similar changes to their admission process.
"We started sensitisation programmes last year and our students had also performed a skit all over the city to raise awareness. This year too, we will conduct similar workshops for students as well as staff," said Padma Deshmukh, principal of CHM College in Ulhasnagar.
According to Mrudul Nile, in-charge of the students' welfare department at MU, the university wants colleges to bring about structural changes like separate rest rooms for these students. "We also want them to focus on providing counselling whenever needed as well as have a grievance cell for the third gender at the earliest. Colleges have also been asked to appoint one teacher as a mentor for third gender students," Nile said.
|2015-06-21||500 civilians to work with cops, keep an eye on st|
500 civilians to work with cops, keep an eye on street crime in Thane
Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 21, 2015, 11.53 AM IST
THANE: The Thane police plans to rope in around 500 civilian volunteers in their early 20's, to wage a war against street-crime in all the 33 police stations from Thane to Badlapur under the jurisdiction of the Thane police commissioner.
The police-public initiative is an extension of the successfully concept,'Eagle Brigade', which is assisting the uniform cadre in Dombivali and Mumbra to battle crime.
The civilian volunteers of Eagle Brigade along with the police personnel has successfully brought crime under check in Dombivli and Mumbra and has encouraged the police top brass to emulate the concept all over for effective policing.
It is believed that a first batch of 15 volunteers will be enrolled in each police station and this group will be tasked to to keep a hawk-eye vigil on the worst crime spots notorious for incidents of chain snatching and house break-in, a police officer told TOI
"Up till now, 15 police stations have already finalized their civilian groups and others are in the process of shortlisting the candidate with the right profile. The civilian force will be ready in all the 33 police stations for policing duties shortly," the officer said.
He added that the Eagle Brigade volunteers works shoulder to shoulder with the force and has helped overcome its biggest concern about inadequate staff strength. The civilian force will also assist the police during the festival season and during any emergency situations.
"The volunteers are selected for the assignment after a careful scrutiny. They are highly motivated youths and are eager to assist the police to maintain law and order in the soceity. Nonetheless, we will also make sure that they do not misuse their new-found status and take law in their hands," added the police officer.
DCP (crime) Parag Manare said local youths with no criminal record would be inducted in the Eagle Brigade. The civilian volunteer will patrol the streets on his bike with a constable. Each beat constable will be assigned a civilian volunteer and their task is to stay vigilant and on the roads looking for anything suspicious," Manere said
"This will create a confidence among the citizens. Moreover, the youngster using his riding skill can act swiftly and chase any suspicious looking motorcycle rider. In fact, we have nabbed the chain-snatchers in three different incidents in Ambernath, Ulhasnagar and Manpada police station with the help of these youths," Manere told TOI.
The senior police inspector of every police station shall be the incharge of the group and has been given the task of identifying people who can do the policing job. Also, the instructions to the youngsters and according to the need of the particular areas they shall be given the tasked.
|2015-06-21||4 new varsities to come up - Pune Mirror|
4 NEW VARSITIES TO COME UP
Pune Mirror | Updated: Jun 22, 2015, 02.30 AM IST
Out of the proposed 21 in the state, four are from the city; privatised higher education likely to raise course costs
With four private universities already functioning in the state, including three in the city, four more are in the offing. In fact, of the 21 which have been proposed, four are Punebased - MIT University, Symbiosis Open University, Sonhira Globus University and Career University.
Dr Sanjay Chahande, secretary of the higher and technical education department, said these proposals are at various stages of clearance. "It's been a year since the state approved the Maharashtra Self-Financing Universities Act, which is expected to enable institutions to independently design courses and fee structures. While they will be expected to incorporate constitutional reservations, they will also have liberty in examination patterns, admission process, etc."However, Chahadne pointed out that such rapid privatisation of higher education, which will enable varsities to be flexible, will increase the cost of courses.
Speaking about its proposal, Dr Swati Mujumdar, principal director at Symbiosis Open Education Society, said, "As mentioned, we ex-pect to run several courses in distance and open learning. The approval process has two stages and we have already cleared the first stage. We expect to being operating as a university by the next academic year." At present, Symbiosis runs the Centre for Open and Distance Learning from its Model Colony campus.
The existing private universities in the state include Amity University (Panvel), Ajeenkya DY Patil University (Pune), FLAME University (Pune) and Spicer-Adventist University (Pune).
Among the 21 new proposals, six are from Mumbai, two from Nagpur (ICFI University and Panchsheel Progressive University) and one each from Dhule (SVKM), Amravati (GH Raisoni) and Ahmednagar (Dahanukar University).
The ones under Mumbai region are Terna University (Navi Mumbai), Somaiya Vidyavihar (Mumbai), ITM University (Navi Mumbai), Riveira (Thane) HSNC University (Ulhasnagar), Amity(Panve and Raigad), Techno India (Panvel, Raigad).
|2015-06-20||Man with gold bars in rectum held at KIA - The Hin|
Man with gold bars in rectum held at KIA
BENGALURU: JUNE 20, 2015 00:00 IST
UPDATED: JUNE 20, 2015 05:40 IST
A 35-year-old man, who arrived at Kempegowda International Airport here from Bangkok, was found to be transporting four gold bars, together weighing around 490 g, by concealing them in his rectum.
Vikas Kumar alias Vicky, a resident of Ulhasnagar in Thane district of Maharashtra, was caught soon after he landed here on June 10, sources said on Friday.
Customs officials here had been tipped off by their counterparts.
Though Vikas confessed that he was a garments businessman and smuggled gold into the country to avoid taxes, the police suspect that he was a courier for an international gold smuggling racket. Initially, Vikas was scheduled to reach Mumbai, but chose to land in Bengaluru in view of high security in Mumbai. He was scheduled to reach Mumbai from here by a domestic airline, the police said.
Sources said that concealing gold in rectum was not new, but it was becoming a trend as detection was difficult. In March, Customs officials at Mangaluru airport held Deepak Nachaldas Wadhwa, (43), a resident of Ulhasnagar, Thane, who had concealed 10 gold bars, together weighing 472.52 g, in his rectum.
|2015-06-18||Maharashtra government gets 21 fresh proposals of |
Maharashtra government gets 21 fresh proposals of private universities, 6 from MMR
The state government has received 21 fresh proposals of private universities, with six from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. All are at various stages of approval.
These are apart from the four private universities — Amity University (Panvel), Ajeenkya DY Patil University (Pune), FLAME University (Pune) and Spicer-Adventist University (Pune) — which have already got approval from the government.
"These proposals are at various stages of clearance at present," confirmed Dr Sanjay Chahande, principal secretary, Higher and Technical Education Department.
Most proposals have come from education barons who already run several institutes and deemed universities across the state. A few of them are owned by politicians.
The MMR proposals are Terna University (Navi Mumbai), Somaiya University (Mumbai), ITM University (Navi Mumbai), Riveira University (Thane), HSNC University (Ulhasnagar), and Techno India (Panvel, Raigad).
The Hyderabad (Sindh) National Collegiate board runs big colleges across the MMR, including HR college, KC college, Mithibai college, Thadomal Shahani college of engineering and CHM college. On the other hand, Somaiya group runs also various institutes, including medical and engineering colleges at Vidyavihar and Sion campuses.
On the other hand, at least five proposals are from Pune. In the pipeline are MIT University, Symbiosis Online University, MIT University of Art and Design, Sonhira Globus University, and Career University.Panchsheel Progressive University (Nagpur), ICFI University (Nagpur), SVKM (Dhule), Dahanukar University (Ahmadnagar), and GH Raisoni (Amravati) are also in the pipeline.
Once the approvals come, which may take a few months to a year, privatisation of higher education in Maharashtra will get a momentum. This will also give rise to stiff competition among private universities to attract students, especially when state-run ones are already facing 40-50% vacancies.
Interestingly, it's been just a year since state enacted the Maharashtra Self-Financing Universities Act, enabling educational institutions to set private universities in Maharashtra, with the freedom of designing own courses and fee structure.
However, they will have to offer 50% seats to reserved category students. They will also have to admit a minimum of 70% students from Maharashtra. They are not allowed to charge capitation fee, and admission must be based on merit and competitive exams for professional courses.
They will also have to abide by other rules and welfare schemes for weaker sections and minorities as prescribed by the government.
Amity University, which was the first to get the nod, has started admission this year, while other three are yet to open the doors due to delayed clearances. ADYPU is trying hard to launch few courses by next month to set the ball rolling. However, FLAME and Spicer-Adventist are still stuck at Mantralaya despite all papers in place, allegedly due to red-tapism.
ADYPU chairman Dr Ajeenkya Patil admitted to the upcoming competition but insisted that this would help improve the quality and affordability of the higher education sector. "If you offer quality education, you will get students. And when students have more choices, institutions would have to keep their fee structure reasonable, which will ultimately make education more affordable."
MMR proposalsTerna University, Navi MumbaiSomaiya Vidyavihar, MumbaiITM University, Navi MumbaiRiveira, ThaneHSNC University, UlhasnagarAmity, Panvel & RaigadTechno India, Panvel, Raigad
Pune proposalsMIT UniversitySymbiosis Online UniversityMIT University of Art and DesignSonhira Globus UniversityCareer University
|2015-06-18||Thane girl abducted, sold in Gujarat, reunites wit|
Thane girl abducted, sold in Gujarat, reunites with family
Updated: June 18, 2015, 1:37 PM IST
Thane: A teenaged girl from Ulhasnagar here who was allegedly abducted and sold in Gujarat, managed to escape from clutches of her predators and has been reunited with family, police said on Thursday.
The 14-year-old victim, a resident of a township in Ulhasnagar went missing on May 9, following which her mother filed a missing report with the police. Inspector Madan Ballal, Child Protection Unit of Thane police said the girl managed to flee from the clutches of the accused in Gujarat and reached Dadar in Mumbai on June 16 and was reunited with family on Wednesday.
Ballal said during the probe, police zeroed in on a woman, named Pooja Shaddar alias Ruma (29). Through Ruma, one woman fish-seller, Shobha Jadhav (45), was nabbed who told the police that she took the victim to Bhavnagar and sold her to one Bharatbhai Govind Makhwana (60). She also informed that Makhwana married the girl off to an autorickshaw driver Raju Waza (32). The team reached Bhavnagar on Wednesday and arrested Waza, and Makhwana from a lodge, the officer said. According to Waza, he had paid Rs 65,000 to Shobha and Rs 11,000 to Makhwana.
The girl told police that she escaped from clutches of Waza with help of a woman who gave her Rs 500 to reach Mumbai. The case is being now probed by Vitthalwadi police station which is carrying out further investigation.
|2015-06-18||Thane girl abducted, sold in Gujarat, reunited wit|
Thane girl abducted, sold in Gujarat, reunited with family
By PTI |Posted 18-Jun-2015
Thane: A teenaged girl from Ulhasnagar in Thane who was allegedly abducted and sold in Gujarat, managed to escape from clutches of her predators and has been reunited with family, police said on Thursday.
The 14-year-old victim, a resident of a township in Ulhasnagar went missing on May 9, following which her mother filed a missing report with the police. Inspector Madan Ballal, Child Protection Unit of Thane police said the girl managed to flee from clutches of the accused in Gujarat and reached Dadar in Mumbai on June 16 and was reunited with family on Wednesday.
Ballal said during the probe, police zeroed on a woman, named Pooja Shaddar alias Ruma (29). Through Ruma, one woman fish-seller, Shobha Jadhav (45), was nabbed who told the police that she took the victim to Bhavnagar and sold her to one Bharatbhai Govind Makhwana (60). She also informed that Makhwana married the girl off to an autorickshaw driver Raju Waza (32). The team reached Bhavnagar on Wednesday and arrested Waza, and Makhwana from a lodge, the officer said.
According to Waza, he had paid Rs 65,000 to Shobha and Rs 11,000 to Makhwana. The girl told police that she escaped from clutches of Waza with help of a woman who gave her Rs 500 to reach Mumbai. The case is being now probed by Vitthalwadi police station which is carrying out further investigation.
|2015-06-18||Maharashtra woos foreign investors with land alloc|
Maharashtra woos foreign investors with land allocation
MUMBAI, JUNE 18:
Maharashtra government will allocate land to foreign manufacturers who invest in the State in partnership with Indian companies. The government has identified land banks in Ozar in Nashik district, Amravati and Aurangabad have been earmarked for such joint ventures.
“Some major foreign companies have approached us and are eager to invest in the Defence sector. They have the technology and we have the resources. These companies are expected to visit Maharashtra in coming days and we have even earmarked the sites we plan on offering them,” Industries Minister Subhash Desai was quoted in a PTI report.
The ventures will be formed with prominent Indian engineering companies. “There is possibility that these companies may manufacture parts of combat aircraft and parts of submarine or warships in Maharashtra,” he said.
“The manufacturing companies will need the facility of an airport strip which is available at these places and the MIDC, too, has a huge land bank of 48,000 acres,” Desai added. The minister did not give any more details.
The Maharashtra government had recently unveiled its new information technology (IT) policy providing a hike in floor space index. IT/ITES units have also been offered exemptions from stamp duty, electricity duty, property tax, octroi or LBT, VAT and works contract taxes.
“For integrated IT townships in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Mira-Bhayander, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporations and Ambernath Municipal Council limits, the permissible FSI would be 2.5. Elsewhere, the FSI will be 2 with a premium. The premium will be used for developing critical infrastructure related to IT parks,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said while announcing the policy.
|2015-06-17||Three women rescued from flesh trade by anti-human|
Three women rescued from flesh trade by anti-human trafficking cell of Thane police
Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 17, 2015, 06.54 AM IST
A prostitution racket was busted by the Anti-human trafficking cell of Thane police operating from a plush locality in Ulhasnagar and arrested four persons including three women.
The police said that they have rescued three women forced into prostitution from the apartment located at the Green land building of Ulhasnagar, recently.
The accused--Reshma Shrivastav (46) Sunita Hasanand (36) Kavita Ghitavani (38) and Khalil Shaikh (27) were arrested by the sleuths.
Based on a tip-off that illegal activity has been going on, the police initially sent a decoy and confirmed about the activities. Upon his cue to the plain cloth policemen raided the apartment and arrested the three women and rescued the three women during the raid,a said a police officer.
Shakeel Shaikh, senior police inspector of AHTC informed that the other families living in the apartment faced difficulties due to the illgal activity going on and had received number of complaints from the local residents of number of unknown persons frequenting the building.
An offence has been registered at the Ulhasnagar police station under section 370 of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1956.The rescued women has been sent to rescue home and the accused has been remanded to police custody for further investigations by the the magistrate court.
|2015-06-17||उल्हासनगर मनपा उपचुनाव में वंदना पाटील विजयी|
उल्हासनगर मनपा उपचुनाव में वंदना पाटील विजयी
नवभारत टाइम्स | Updated: Jun 17, 2015, 08:30AM IST
उल्हासनगर मनपा प्रभाग-6 के रविवार को हुए उपचुनाव में वंदना पाटील ने एनसीपी के कमलेश निकम को 116 मतों के अंतर से पराजित किया। उल्हासनगर मनपा के जनसंपर्क अधिकारी युवराज भदाने की पत्नी वंदना पाटील इस उपचुनाव में शिवसेना-भाजपा युति की उम्मीदवार थीं। उन्हें 1692 वोट मिले, जबकि कमलेश निकम को 1576 मत हासिल हुए।
|2015-06-16||Maharashtra IT policy envisages integrated, 'walk |
Maharashtra IT policy envisages integrated, 'walk to work' IT towns
PTI|Updated: Jun 16, 2015, 09.58 PM IST
MUMBAI: Maharashtra government's new Information Technology (IT) and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) policy proposes integrated IT townships with 'walk to work' concept which envisages people living and working in the same area.
The government hopes to attract investment of Rs 50,000 crore and generate employment for ten lakh people in the IT sector with the new policy.
Addressing a press conference after the weekly cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today announced the new policy.
The proposed integrated townships would be spread over 10-25 acres.
"For integrated IT townships in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Mira-Bhayander, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporations and Ambernath Municipal Council limits, the permissible FSI would be 2.5. Elsewhere the FSI will be 2 with a premium. The premium will be used for developing critical infrastructure related to IT parks," he added.
The government is also proposing to develop 'rural BPOs' to ensure penetration of information technology in rural and semi-urban areas and providing jobs locally, he said."Rs 2.5 lakh would be given for setting up rural BPOs. About 50 youths from rural and semi-urban areas would be trained through modules developed by well-known institutions," Fadnavis said.
|2015-06-16||Kalyan APMC to generate revenue from 2020: Unity I|
Kalyan APMC to generate revenue from 2020: Unity Infra
Jun 16, 2015 04:45 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18
Unity Infra has joined hands with Deepak Fertilizers to build an agriculture produce market committee (APMC) on a 90 acre land in Kalyan, Mumbai.
The financing will be divided as 75 percent debt, which is about Rs 320 crore, and 25 percent from equity, Unity Infra COO Nilesh Jamdar told CNBC-TV18. In January 2015, the company had received a corporate debt restructuring (CDR) approval to aid cash flow.
The company has got a lease of 35 years for the land from Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board.
Jamdar said that the company will hold 60 percent stake in the special purpose utility (SPV) whereas Deepak Fertilizer will have 40 percent share. He is anticipating 5500 metric tonne of fruits and vegetables to be handled at APMC on a daily basis. Sixty percent of the state-of-the-art terminal market will be utilised for payable facilities like cold storage, warehouse while the rest will be used for commercial activities, he said. The company is expecting a 22 percent internal rate of return from the project, he said adding they are also looking to expand the business in the overseas market.
The existing debt of Unity Infra will be separate from the debt of the SPV. Jamdar said it is on verge of completion of various SPVs and is divesting its holdings to reduce the company's existing debt.
The agriculture segment of the project will be launched in 2020 and the commercial segment will be launched in 2021.
|2015-06-16||Bookies' men in stadium relayed info before TV - M|
BOOKIES’ MEN IN STADIUM RELAYED INFO BEFORE TV
Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jun 17, 2015, 01.47 AM IST
Using the deferred live telecast on TV to their advantage, Chhotu Jalandhar's men relayed game information to fellow bookies before it flashed on TV screens helping them win big bets.
IPL spot-fixing - ED identifies the man bookies used to fool punters
Six to seven seconds. That was the only advantage that bookies had during the last season of IPL - and that helped them make a killing.
In the charge sheet filed at an Ahmedabad district court, the Enforcement Directorate stated that associates of a bookie, Chhotu Jalandhar, would relay ball-byball updates from the stadium to him and this helped other bookies accept bets, knowing the outcome before bettors watching the match on TV.
The agency's charge sheet hinges on the statement of an arrested bookie Ritesh Bansal, who spilled the beans on the modus operandi. Bansal, sitting in Gurgaon, would get updates about the matches from Chhotu Jalandhar. Bansal has given ED the number used to relay this information. He claimed Chhotu had given him this number, and five others.
Bansal also revealed his links with bookies based in Dubai and Pakistan. He told ED that he had to take Rs 1.5 crore from a Pakistani bookie named 'Ittesham' and he had approached another Pakistani bookie name 'Numan' to realize the payment, but in vain. He also revealed that he made payments to bookies in Dubai and Pakistani through an Indian bookie called 'Shibu Jaipur'.
The ED's charge sheet also talks about the role of angadias (traditional couriers) in the betting racket.
The bookies also revealed that for a "super master login identity" of Betfair.com - a UK-based betting site -- an upfront payment of around $300,000 had to be made to those who were illegally managing it. And this is where the role of angadias comes into play, according to the agency. The payment was to be made in equivalent of Indian rupees, which was transferred out of India through angadias. They said that one super master login catered to at least 310 accounts and sub login IDs. The bookies further took commission of Rs 30 per dollar from punters. One of the arrested bookies, Mukesh Kumar alias Mukesh Delhi, said he had earned Rs 15 crore in commissions in three years using this modus operandi.
The ED's charge sheet makes no mention of match-fixing. This is also evident from the fact that the ED did not name controversial Ulhasnagar based bookie Anil Jaisinghani. ED officials said that it would find mention in the supplementary charge sheet only if Jaisinghani is traced.
Seven bookies were arrested between March and May. The Ahmedabad ED had conducted raids following information of large scale hawala racket in cricket betting through Betfair.com. The ED arrested Girish Patel alias Tommy Patel and his associate Kiran Jayantilal Mala (Thakkar) following a raid in a farmhouse in Vadodara in March. The ED then arrested five bookies, including two from Delhi, in the subsequent months.
|2015-06-16||Maha proposes waiver in stamp duty, LBT, more FSI |
Maha proposes waiver in stamp duty, LBT, more FSI for IT and ITeS units
BS Reporter | Mumbai
June 17, 2015 Last Updated at 00:25 IST
Information technology (IT) and allied services companies interested in investing in Maharashtra could soon be given a waiver on stamp and electricity duty, octroi, and entry and local body taxes.
In its new IT and IT-enabled services policy, the government has proposed this waiver. Besides this, the companies would also be entitled to power supply at industrial tariff and subsidy, pay property tax at residential rates and get concessions in contract and value-added taxes.
The government has set a target of attracting investment of Rs 50,000 crore, creation of 1 million jobs and increase annual exports to Rs 1 lakh crore. The policy will be in place for next five years.
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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who released the new policy, said during the period of earlier policies of 2003 and 2009, employment of 7,48,000 was created and exports worth Rs 3,24,700 crore was achieved.
According the new policy, the definition of IT-enabled services has been modified to the definition provided by Central Board of Direct Taxes in Section 10 of the Income Tax Act.
Further, the premium of additional floor space index (FSI) has been rationalized with a premium of 10 per cent of the prevailing ready recknor (RR) rate for all areas other than areas in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, Greater Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan Dombivli, Mira Bhayander and Ulhasnagar municipal corporations, Ambernath municipal council and no industry districts and Naxal affected areas.
A premium off 30 per cent of the prevailing RR rate will be applicable in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, Greater Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan Dombivli, Mira Bhayander, Ulhasnagar municipal corporation and Ambernath municipal counci.
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This apart, premium of additional FSI is rationalised to 30 per cent for all areas in Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Pune and 10 per cent in other areas for all users. For giving a further boot to the IT industry, built up premises at lesser rentals or price will be made available.
The government has proposed additional FSI of up to 200 per cent over the base FSI by charging premium.
Maximum 20 per cent built up area excluding parking are will be permitted for support services in IT parks and additional FSI will be provided for support facilities in public and private IT parks. Moreover, to implement walk to work culture and development of smart cities, the government has proposed Integrated IT Townships across the state.
|2015-06-16||High cut-offs cut off many - Mumbai Mirror|
HIGH CUT-OFFS CUT OFF MANY
By Arita Sarkar & Ankita Bhatkhande, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jun 17, 2015, 12.39 AM IST
Scores of students failed to secure admissions, despite scoring above 80% in HSC exams, due to high cut-off percentage.
The much-awaited cut-off percentages for admissions to the first-year degree colleges were released on Tuesday, and saw an increase in most subjects at the top colleges in the city. The cut-off list was declared around 7.30 pm, an hour-and-a-half later than the scheduled time.
Traditional courses saw an increase of an average of two to three per cent in top colleges. For the Bachelor of Arts (BA) course, colleges such as Ruia had a spike of four per cent (90.92), while the KC College reported a hike of seven per cent (87). Ruia has an increase of eight per cent in B.Sc (78.77) and a massive 17 per cent increase in B.Sc Biochemistry (82.15).
BMS in high demand
The city college principals have said that the Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) has been a hit among the students. Manju Nichani, principal, KC College, said, "Many Arts students have applied for BMS this year. There is a high demand for the course followed by Bachelor of Accounting and Finance (BAF) and Bachelor of Banking and Insurance (BBI)."
Owing to the high cut-offs and more number of applicants, a large number of students had to return home without securing admissions. Most students said that they will not be able to study at the college of their choice, as the second and third cut-offs are also expected to go higher than last year.
Zenia Ditta, who stood third in her college with an overall score of 82.77%, did not get through the first merit list at St Xavier's. "I want to study English Literature and was really hoping that I get through," Zenia said.
B.Com student Parag Khaire secured 83% in HSC exams but missed the cut-off at Sydenham College by almost two per cent. "I was confident of securing the admission and came to check my name all the way from Virar. I won't wait for the second list and secure admission in a college near Virar," he said.
Surprisingly, apart from a few colleges such as Narsee Monjee, where the B.Sc IT cut-off has increased by two per cent (70%) compared to last academic year, most colleges saw a fall in the percentages. At St Xavier's College, the cut-off has gone down by six per cent (90%), and by three per cent (77) at Ruparel College.
As per the Mumbai University guidelines, colleges were supposed to put up the lists at 6 pm. But in most colleges, there was utter chaos as systems were down and the lists were not put even by 7.30 pm, because of which a large number of parents and students had to wait outside the colleges in heavy rains.
One such parent, Mahesh Narula, had to wait for more than an an hour at Jai Hind College to check his daughter Nidhi's name in the list. "We have been waiting since 6 pm and there is utter chaos," he said.
BMM aspirant Mallika Khatri, a resident of Ulhasnagar, came all the way to south Mumbai to check the list at the KC College and Jai Hind College. "It's been two hours since I am waiting but the list hasn't been put up. I am getting calls from my friends saying that the situation is similar in most colleges," she said.
|2015-06-16||Can't have smart cities with dumb administrators: |
Can’t have smart cities with dumb administrators: Christopher Benninger
By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: December 22, 2015 3:13 pm
American-Indian architect and planner Christopher Benninger, who is an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has taught at the Harvard’s Graduate School of Design from 1969 to 1972, talks about the challenges of rebuilding Pune and the project’s viability.
Sunanda Mehta: You are not really sold on the idea of Smart City, why is that so?
Christopher Benninger: ‘Smart City’ is a catchy term coined by US-based consultancy firm McKinsey. They gave five weeks of free consultancy to Chandrababu Naidu because they wanted to be involved in the development of the new capital of Andhra Pradesh. I think the reason why politicians have picked up this term in India is because they know that a new massive electorate, comprising young people, is on the rise. These voters are interested in the development of infrastructure. Politicians know they can woo these youngsters with the term smart city. Apparently, this electorate has many swing voters and the governments are afraid that if they don’t push for ‘smart cities’, they’ll lose voters. However, what they don’t understand is that it won’t deal with the basic urban issues. One should understand that it’s not possible to have ‘smart cities’ with dumb administrators. There is a lot of incompetence at the administrative planning level. In these ‘smart cities’, 70 per cent of the current population won’t be able to afford a residence. The all-class inclusiveness is clearly missing. A few years ago, 30 per cent of residents of Pune could afford to pay any EMI to purchase a new flat in an upcoming scheme. I’m not aware about the current percentage. However, it is better than Mumbai. In Mumbai, only three per cent of people can afford to stay in MNC area, south of the airport. Another six per cent can afford to stay in Vashim and Thane. Ulhasnagar, Karjat and Panvel are affordable to another 17 per cent but it is too far from their workplaces. Which means 74 per cent of people from Mumbai can’t afford to live in Mumbai. It leads to illegal housing, squatting etc.
Partha Biswas: Affordable schemes for common people are on a decline. The new schemes are coming up in remote areas. What is the solution?
If you fly over Pune, you can see that the city is growing like a spider’s web, which means there are many open spaces in between which have been left vacant. To control rates, there must be proper utilisation of small places. It can be achieved with the Site and Services scheme. This scheme gained popularity in the 1980s and 90s, however, it didn’t receive impetus in India. Site is land, which is not affordable to common people, and services are basic amenities like roads and street-lights which people can’t build. People then have to build their own houses according to their financial capacity and upgrade infrastructure. In 1972, under this scheme, I had consulted for Madras Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA) on their housing sector investments, a project which was backed by the World Bank. The idea was to avoid the resale of subsidised housing, given to low income groups. Our project came up in Arambukkum, Chennai. Today, there are over 25,000 houses constructed under this scheme which have been upgraded over the years. It can be implemented in Pune, but requires government’s will. Recently, a 10,000-acre plot, which is just outside Mumbai, was given to a private company under SEZ. Why can’t we afford to make a Special Habitat Zone? I’ve given suggestions to implement Site and Services in the New Capital Committee of Andhra Pradesh.
Anuradha Mascerenhas: Many NGOs from Pune are working on such affordable and hygienic houses for slum dwellers. What do they lack?
Yes, these projects can work, but only for small geographical areas. The scheme should be such that its implementation should be very easy even at a big level where thousands of acres are involved. In India, we’ve sanctioned huge portions of land for SEZ. The government is constantly using its acquisition powers in doing so. In Pune, you have places like Chakan and Hinjewadi, which are very well planned. But most of our problems like slums and footpath squatting are also because of the mismanagement of land. The SEZ mechanism can be used effectively for SHZs. Unfortunately, until three weeks ago, Pune was the only city of its size and population to not have a Metropolitan Region Development Authority. Now that the PMRDA is here, we can hope for better things.
Ajay Khape: Isn’t it already too late for PMRDA?
It is never too late to start doing things right. Earlier, it was difficult to find planners. You just had a couple of arrogant ministers to face. Now, with Girish Bapat as the chairperson and Mahesh Zagade as the CEO, we at least have a team responsible for things.
Nisha Nambiar: Have you been added to the advisory body of PMRDA?
No. The thing is that I’m very hesitant. Not just with the PMRDA, but with anything, to be honest. Frankly, I’m very busy and I don’t like giving free advice to government on what they should or should not do. Advising people who don’t show any interest in doing something is not my thing. If the government is interested and they show keenness, like Chandrababu Naidu did, I don’t have any qualms in giving advice. Otherwise, there are good architects like Sharad Mahajan and Anita Benninger in this city who are doing a great job.
Ajay Khape : What do you think about the new township culture rising around Pune?
This is actually a problem related with land market and government apathy. Between Pune and Mumbai, there are a lot of places where you find 30-storey buildings coming out of nowhere. It won’t be appropriate to blame the builders for them because the land rates are cheaper outside the city. It is profitable for them. If they buy 80 or 100 acres, they can build a new township on their own terms and conditions. Interestingly, the government is also eager to offload their responsibility towards the population living in these townships and asks builder to provide basic amenities like schools, hospitals, fire-stations and so on. People seem to enjoy these private services more than government services because they are more efficient and don’t include many administrative hassles.
Anuradha Mascarenhas: Do you think Pune has a better future? What are you optimistic about?
As an observer, I feel Pune has developed well due to benign neglect. The city did not have an urban development authority for so many years, that is why we didn’t hung up like Bangalore. In Bangalore, it takes at least an hour and a half to reach the airport, no matter where you are traveling from. Pune is attracting investors in the form of IT and animation companies.
But the investment is majorly from the private sector, not public sector. What I absolutely love about Pune is the spirit of people here. I think it has kept the city going. In Kolkata, people are very good at convincing you, why you can’t do something. Pune is very optimistic.
Anuradha Mascarenhas: Recently, there has been a proposal to increase the FSI in Cantonment area, do you think high rises are a solution to the woes of Cantonment?
I think it is a ridiculous idea. Increasing FSI and TDR is the easiest solution that everybody thinks about. I’ve heard that PMRDA is looking to increase the FSI dramatically, like four times. They are planning to reduce the size of plots and increase the size of roads. They believe that new FSI will help them to collect four times more money from a plot than what they’re receiving now. But they are ignoring that they’ve to supply water and electricity to these people, they are forgetting about the sewage facilities. I feel that instead of Cantonment, high risers should be built near Metro stations, which can later be developed into commerce and entertainment hubs. That’s how the government can get good tax rates as well.
Sunanda Mehta: What are your suggestions as an architect?
Focus on mapping. I would begin with water drainage systems in the city, followed by underground water reservoirs, sewage lines and ecologically fragile places. These places can be turned into biodiversity parks later. Pune has many river-beds and hills, which can be utilised later to avoid ecological degeneration. I would build many sidewalks and curbs, which are missing in the city. To be honest, to manage a city, government needs to create a post of City Manager. In the US, we have such posts. Here, IAS officers are burdened with that responsibility. The poor guy can’t handle highly corrupt corporations. The government retains employees who are incompetent or indolent. That is why the hire and fire culture of corporates should be introduced to ensure a rapid progress.
Nisha Nambiar : What do you think about Lavasa?
I don’t have anything against Lavasa. The arguments of environmentalists were not proved. I don’t see anything maleficent about a project, unless it is completely corporate owned. Lavasa has restaurants and shops owned by different investors. If you say that Lavasa is for the elite, that is right. It is meant only for the upper middle class and wealthy people. You can’t build a hill-station for poor after all, the idea is super romantic.
|2015-06-15||FYJC Admissions: 2 lakh apply, merit list soon - T|
FYJC Admissions: 2 lakh apply, merit list soon
By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:June 16, 2015 1:48 am
More than 2 lakh applications have been received by the office of the deputy director of education, Mumbai, for first year junior college (FYJC) online admission. The deadline for filling up application and option forms was Monday.
Around 1 lakh students from the 3 lakh who appeared for the SSC exam from the city have either secured admission under various quotas or have opted for technical education.
According to figures from the deputy director’s office, it received around 2,01,877 applications that were complete and approved. Of these, 1,82,771 applicants submitted completed and approved option forms too. The number of approved forms, however, is lower than last year’s 1.9 lakh. In Mumbai city and suburbs, Mumbai West region saw the highest number of applications at 51,898, of which 47,748 were submitted with option forms. Mumbai North had the second largest number of applicants at 34,712 of which 31,762 submitted completed option forms. The list included applications from other municipal wards like Thane, Navi Mumbai, Mira-Bhayander, Vasai-Virar, Kalyan-Dombivali, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi and Panel this year.
According to officials, the applicants are not only those from the SSC board but also other boards like CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE and IB.
The total students eligible for admission in junior colleges in the city and its surrounding areas is around 3.3 lakh. Around 2 lakh have applied for in-house, minority and management quota admissions, which had started soon after the SSC results were declared on June 8.
“The first merit list will be announced after minority institutions surrender the excess seats that remained unfilled in the quota round of admission,” said S Phadtare, deputy director of school education, Mumbai.
|2015-06-13||Developers will soon get bldg plans okayed online:|
Developers will soon get bldg plans okayed online: Fadnavis
TNN | Jun 14, 2015, 04.24 AM IST
PUNE: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told city-based developers that his government aims to weed out corruption in the process of granting building permissions by introducing 100% online sanctions.
Fadnavis gave a patient hearing to the builders' complaints during his visit to the city. Some of them drew the CM's attention to the fact that despite the online system being in place in some civic bodies, human intervention remains a major hurdle.
"The state is of the view that there should not be any human intervention in sanctioning building plans. Discretion leads to corruption and hence online permission without any intervention must be part of policy. The state is working on this," said Fadnavis at a meeting with city builders' recently.
Fadnavis said the builders won't be required to visit municipal corporations for building plans. "Once the entire system is online, there is no need for them to go to municipal corporations. The state government is working towards making this model operational," he said.
Seven cities in the state namely Mumbai, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, Solapur, Nagpur, Amravati and Lavasa give online building permission sanctions.
"The Pune Municipal Corporation has developed an AutoDCR system. The model has won praise from other cities who want to imitate it. But there are loopholes in the system which calls for human intervention. The PMC has to ensure that each and every matter related to building plan sanction is online," the CM said.
After becoming the first corporation in the country to use the AutoDCR, the automatic approval system to read CAD drawings, the PMC recently upgraded the system enabling auto scrutiny for plan approvals.
Online plan sanction
A total of 27 urban bodies in the country have put the online building plan sanction process in place which will help reduce time taken for according necessary approvals.
Maharashtra leads the list with seven of its urban bodies going online followed by Kerala with five. Municipal corporations that have done so include: Greater Mumbai, New Delhi Municipal Council and Municipal Corporation of South Delhi, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Coimbatore, Indore, Nagpur, Solapur, Amravati, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Ujjain, Gwalior, Ulhasnagar, Hubil-Dharwad and Lavasa
The development authorities to have done so are: New Town Kolkata Development Authority, Chennai, Haryana, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad and Jaipur
|2015-06-09||Home guard held for stealing mobile from commuter |
Home guard held for stealing mobile from commuter at Vashi station
George Mendonca | TNN | Jun 10, 2015, 01.10 AM IST
NAVI MUMBAI: An on-duty home guard has been nabbed by the Vashi GRP for allegedly stealing the mobile phone of a commuter who had dozed off on a railway platform bench. The complainant, Ashish Goyal (25), is a resident of Ajmer, Rajasthan and has been working as an engineer in Vietnam.
The incident occurred during the early hours of May 30 on platform number 3, where Goyal was waiting for the first train to Dahisar. The FIR was registered five days later, as the victim was initially reluctant to do so but finally agreed at the insistence of his friend from Kalyan.
Although the CCTV footage of the platform was fuzzy, the cops spotted a man, dressed in khaki, loitering near the victim's bench when he was asleep. Within 24 hours of filing the FIR, the Vashi GRP zeroed in on home guard, Amol Pandurang Jadhav, who was on duty that day.
The stolen mobile has been recovered from the accused and will be returned to Goyal on Thursday by the railway court. Jadhav is attached to the Ulhasnagar Home Guard Division but was deployed with the Vashi GRP for a month. On June 1, he was transferred to Thane GRP, informed Vashi GRP's senior inspector Nitin Bobade.
"The accused claimed that he had found the mobile lying on the platform and did not steal it. We have sent a notice to the commandant of the Ulhasnagar Home Guard Division, informing the authorities about the incident," said Bobade.
"The accused has not been arrested due to insufficient evidence. We will submit a charge-sheet in the court against him," added Bobade.
|2015-06-09||Junior college seats too few for Standard X kids -|
Junior college seats too few for Standard X kids
Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jun 10, 2015, 01.09 AM IST
NAVI MUMBAI: Colleges in urban pockets of Thane district may find it difficult to accommodate students, who have cleared their SSC exams, as the total number of students outnumbers the seats available in junior colleges in the four streams of commerce, arts, science and vocational courses.
A calculation of the number of first year junior college seats available in these townships showed a deficiency of 15,272 spots.
The number of seats available in junior colleges in Navi Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Vasai-Virar, Mira-Bhayander, Ambernath- Badlapur- Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi total up to 1,02,350.
A maximum of 46 per cent of these seats are reserved for the commerce category, followed by science with 35 per cent and 18 per cent for the arts discipline.
The twin townships of Kalyan-Dombivli top the chart with the highest number of seats (24,795), followed by Thane colleges which have the capacity to admit 24,396 students in the four streams.
Similarly, the 21,818 Std X students from state board schools in Kalyan-Dombivli will have no trouble seeking admission in colleges there, which have a total availability of 24,795 seats.
However, students in areas including Navi Mumbai and Bhiwandi, will have to hunt for seats outside their city boundaries as the number of successful SSC students here outnumbers the available seats.
While Navi Mumbai has a cumulative seat capacity of 12,400, it saw as many as 13,762 passouts.
|2015-06-09||NCP councilor Ashish Damle arrested from Jhansi - |
NCP councilor Ashish Damle arrested from Jhansi
Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jun 9, 2015, 08.31 PM IST
THANE: Fugitive NCP councilor, Ashish Damle was arrested by the Thane rural police on Tuesday morning fram Jhansi after a week long chase across Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
Damle was on the run following a criminal complaint registered against him for leading a violent attack and stealing Rs 1 lakh cash from Sadhana ashram in Badlapur on June 2.
Video clippings of the incident revealed that Damle and his more than 15 of his supporters had entered the ashram premises apparently to "rescue" a girl.
The CCTV recordings showed the girl walked down the stairs and was embraced by Damle and she is seen walking out of the premises.
Curiously, the police parried all questions about the girl or the motive behind the incident and insisted that they will disclose the issues before the magistrate court at Ulhasnagar, where he was produced after tracking him down from the Orsa in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.
"Three police teams of Thane rural police were dispatched to trace Damle, who was on a run in a private car and kept changing locations from Bhopal, Indore and Devas. However, he was arrested from Orsa village 18 kilometers from Jhansi and was brought to Ulhasnagar court," Rajesh Pradhan, the superintendent of police of Thane rural informed.
The police teams who tied-up with the MP's local police, through their network of informers learnt that Damle was hiding in a hotel in Bhopal on Saturday, however, before police reached the spot, Damle had fled the hotel and travelled towards Uttar Pradesh and before he could enter UP, he was tracked near Jhansi, Pradhan added.
Damle along with his aide Kewal Verma was also arrested from the spot and were brought by road to Ulhasnagar court and later would be interrogated at Kulgaon police station, Pradhan told TOI.
The officer added that Damle on June 5, had applied for anticipatory bail at the magistrate court however, looking at the seriousness of the case, the court promptly rejected the plea.
Earlier, rhe incident had attracted attention of the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis who had ordered an inquiry after the chief patron of the ashram Naresh Ratnakar had complained that Damle along with 15 aides came to a ashram belonging to him and a brawl ensued and a heated argument ensued in which Damle opened fire from a licensed pistol allegedly "to rescue his love interest" and robbed Rs 1 lakh cash from the ashram.
Subsequently, Damle was booked for carrying out armed robbery, kidnapping and threatening and even the NCP expelled him from the party.
|2015-06-07||Two married couples booked for harassing 18-year-o|
Two married couples booked for harassing 18-year-old girl
Press Trust of India | Thane
June 7, 2015 Last Updated at 18:22 IST
Two married couples from Ulhasnagar were booked for allegedly beating up an 18-year-old girl and tearing off her clothes near a court on June 2, a police official said here today.
Police sub-inspector H B Dagade of the Ulhasnagar Central Police station told PTI that one of the accused named Sandeep Gaikwad, allegedly photographed the 18-year-old girl while she was bathing.
Later, he allegedly blackmailed her and raped her several times at different places for six months, the girl's complaint stated.
On June 2, 2015, the two married couples caught hold of the girl near the Chopda court beat her up and tore off her clothes, the complaint said.
The four accused have been charged under Section 376, Section 354(k), Section 323 and Section 405 read with Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code, the police official stated.
According to the police official, the other three accused who beat up the girl are Madhukar Birhade, his wife and Sandeep Gaikwad's wife, who are all residents of a slum colony near the Chopda court.
However, nobody has been arrested so far, the police official said.
|2015-06-07||Thane dist gets drier by 40% than last May, tanker|
Thane dist gets drier by 40% than last May, tanker use up
Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jun 7, 2015, 12.37 PM IST
THANE: The water scenario in Thane has worsened by nearly 40 per cent compared to last year. State records reveal a number of villages and hamlets in Thane and Palghar districts remaining parched by May end necessitating increased supply by tankers.
Around 79 villages in Palghar and Thane had to be supplied water through 51 tankers in the last week of May this year, including nearly 196 hamlets in the two districts through private tanker services. This is a marginal increase from the situation witnessed during mid-May this year where nearly equal number of tankers supplied water to 75 villages and 189 hamlets.
In comparison, last year the number of tankers required in these two districts during the same period was just 49 and the number of hamlets supplied with water was just 147. Interestingly, in 2014 the number of villages that required water supply was less than Raigad and Ratnagiri in entire Konkan region while this year, the collective demand for the two districts here has surpassed neighbouring Raigad and is almost the same as that in Ratnagiri.
District officials said the demand here was comparatively lesser as the region has many developed areas as compared to Palghar that still has many tribal belts. "No major projects have been undertaken in the district in recent times as many areas in the district are urban areas and have adequate water resources," said an official.
However, while residents from urbanized pockets of Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath talukas face comparatively lesser problems, those staying in remote areas of Murbad and Shahapur said the demand for water during summer increases manifold. Residents are forced to draw water from wells and any available resources like natural tanks," says a resident.
In neighbouring Palghar, the situation is equally bleak as Wada, Vikramgadh, Jawhar and Mokhada areas face acute water crisis almost every year, said a district official.
"There is water scarcity in parts of Murbad and Shahapur and we are reaching out to them with adequate supply through tankers. We are also working out solutions like drilling borewells and setting up storage tanks in consultation with the Groundwater Surveys and Development Agency," said Ashwini Joshi, collector, Thane.
|2015-06-07||Rain in Mumbai - Eprahaar|
Rain in Mumbai
Sunday, June 7th, 2015
Mumbai : The first rains showers of the season hit parts of Mumbai and Thane at around 4 pm, much to the delight of heat harried citizens.
The rains lashed parts of kalyan, Dombivali, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Badlapur, Kamothe, New Panvel, Kharghar, Belapur and south mumbai for a good 15 to 20 minutes on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Mumbai’s spirits were lifted with early morning pre-monsoon showers in many parts of the city. While the rains were heavy in Dadar, Parel, Lal baug,Bandra, Mahim, Sion and Mulund, the intensity of rain was low in other areas.
The day, however, remained cloudy giving the city some respite from the sweltering heat. Mumbai is expected to remain cloudy with showers and thunderstorms expected in continuous intervals for the next 48 hours.
People on the streets of Panvel scurried for cover, smiling nevertheless as they looked skywards to thank the rain gods.
The system will result in rainfall over Mumbai and coastal regions including Karnataka and Konkan and Goa in next 48 hours.
|2015-06-07||'Gangster' lynched as his pet dog disturbs cricket|
‘Gangster’ lynched as his pet dog disturbs cricket match, 7 held
By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: June 8, 2015 9:12 am
A day after the pet dog of an alleged gangster reportedly snarled at a few youths who were playing cricket, a mob barged into his house and lynched him. The victim, Anil Pandey, 30, a resident of Bhandup West, was allegedly a former member of Kumar Pillai gang.
Seven persons have so far been arrested while a hunt is on for five others. “There were nearly 10 to 12 men in the mob. They attacked Pandey with swords, knives and even cricket stumps. Pandey’s wife Priya and daughters Anishka (3) and Joya (1), however, managed to save themselves,” said Inspector Siddheshwar Gove of Bhandup police station.
The accused have been identified as Sameer Chavan (21), Gautam Ghadge (25), Sagar Gavas (25), Sameer Kadam (26), Ravindra Wandre (22), Saurabh Khopde (18) and Shubham Bhosle (18). The police said they were charged with murder, trespassing and rioting under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code. Gove said Pandey was initially rushed to Agarwal Hospital in Mulund where he was declared dead on arrival. His body was later sent to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar for post-mortem. According to the police, the alleged assault took place at Durga Mata Chawl in Ram Nagar area of Bhandup West between 2.30 am and 2.45 am Sunday.
“On Saturday afternoon, Pandey had taken his pet Doberman, Kiwi, for a walk into the nearby forest area. A few youths from Matoshree Mitra Mandal in Bhandup Complex were playing cricket in the same area. But when their cricket ball strayed near Kiwi, she grabbed it and damaged it. She also bit the hand of one man who tried to pull it out of her mouth. The youth then began to argue with Pandey, who took Kiwi away,” said Gove.
Around 10.30 pm Saturday, there was another argument between the two parties. “Pandey was passing through a playground where the youngsters were sitting. A heated argument took place about the afternoon incident before Pandey went home,” Gove said.
Anil Pandey was accused of killing a security supervisor, Sunil Mahagade, in 2007. He had also allegedly opened fire outside the residence of Annu Manwani, a BJP corporator in Ulhasnagar. He was arrested by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch in 2008.
According to the police, Pandey was a member of gangster Kumar Pillai’s gang at that time.
“A number of attempt to murder cases and extortion had also been registered against him. However, after 2013, he did not commit any crime,” Gove said.
|2015-06-06||Man stabbed 'for kicking his friends out of WhatsA|
Man stabbed 'for kicking his friends out of WhatsApp group chat'
By Tom Parfitt / Published 6th June 2015
Bunty Kurseja was attacked at his clothes shop after removing Anil Mukhi and Naresh Rohra from a WhatsApp conversation, according to reports.
The pair apparently posted porn in the group, which Kurseja, 30, set up to discuss the clothes industry.
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It's claimed that Kurseja warned them about posting the X-rated photos – but they carried on anyway.
He reportedly removed them from the chat a few days later – and they hired two friends to get their revenge at his shop in Ulhasnagar, India.
According to a cop, one of the men behind the alleged attack has been caught and will appear in court soon.
Manoj Chouhan said: "We have got footage of the shop's CCTV, where it is clearly seen that the victim was attacked with a knife by the accused."
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|2015-06-05||Badlapur ashram ransacked: Hunt on for NCP corpora|
Badlapur ashram ransacked: Hunt on for NCP corporator Ashish Damle
MUMBAI Updated: Jun 05, 2015 22:48 IST
Nine people were arrested by the Kulgaon Badlapur police on Friday for accompanying NCP corporator Ashish Damle in ransacking an ashram on Tuesday night.
While Damle, the main accused, is yet to be arrested, two constables - Anis Shaikh and Mayur Gaikwad, both 28 - who were with him during the incident have been suspended on Thursday. The accused were produced in Ulhasnagar court and were remanded in police custody for three days.
"We arrested nine of Damle’s aides on Friday. We scanned the CCTV camera footage and found them ransacking the ashram. We are interrogating them about Damle whereabouts,” said deputy superintendent HT Vhatkar.
Damle allegedly ransacked an ashram belonging to Ratnakar Maharaj in Badlapur with around 25 men. They allegedly manhandled people at the ashram and also robbed Rs1 lakh in cash.
Ratnakar Maharaj, who filed the complaint against Damle and his aides, said, “If he (Damle) has done nothing wrong, why is he hiding? Why can't he come forward and reveal the truth? The CCTV camera footage does not lie. We want him arrested.”
In the complaint, Ratnakar Maharaj said Damle was trying to forcibly take away a woman from the ashram. When the people at the ashram stopped him, the corporator and his men manhandled them.