|2012-07-26||Citing jurisdiction, police refuse to record dying|
Citing jurisdiction, police refuse to record dying declaration of womanExpress News Service , Express News Service : Mumbai, Thu Jul 26 2012, 12:22 hrs
A tussle over jurisdiction between the Ulhasnagar police and their counterpart in Sion has resulted in a serious lapse in a murder case in which a woman was allegedly set ablaze by her husband. The police cited jurisdictional problems while refusing to take down the victim's dying declaration against her husband.
Ulhasnagar resident Surekha Pawar (28) was allegedly set on fire on July 8 after a brawl with her husband and died on July 15.
Surekha's family claims her husband Santosh Pawar (35), father-in-law Sitaram and mother-in-law Akkabai were involved in the incident.
"My sister was constantly abused and tortured by her in-laws. On July 8, she left her house, with her two kids, following a fight with her husband. Surekha had decided to come to us at Satara," said her brother Suryakant Jadhav.
Anuradha Kharat, a lawyer-activist fighting for the family said, "Surekha came back the same night after she was coaxed to return by her husband. After reaching their house, Pawar sent the two kids to a neighbour's house and set her ablaze."
"Neighbours who rushed hearing Surekha's cry found Pawar in the house," she said.
According to the family, soon after the incident, Surekha had lied to the police that it was an accident. But later, when she was shifted to Sion Hopsital, she opened up to her parents and brother, they claimed.
"She told us how her husband had set her on fire. However, when we approached the police, they refused to lodge our complaint," Suryakant said.
On July 15, when her health deteriorated, the doctors had allegedly asked the family to inform the police and get her dying declaration recorded.
"When we approached the police, they sent us back saying she was hospitalised in Sion and hence they could not register the complaint. She died without her statement being recorded," said a relative.
|2012-07-23||Va Tech to recast business model|
Va Tech to recast business model
CHENNAI, JULY 23:
Water treatment company, Va Tech Wabag is restructuring its business model for strengthening focus, a top company official said on Monday.
“To strengthen the business focus, your company is restructuring the business model. The focus will be on each product vertical going forward — as opposed to geography to scale up the business,” said Mr B D Narang, Chairman, VA Tech Wabag Ltd at the company annual general body meeting here.
He said, “As part of the strategic initiatives, the business development function is being centralised under corporate marketing which will add to strengthening the relationship with customers“.
“The business vertical is reorganised into product—based. It will be now municipal business vertical, industrial water segment, desalination business and operation and maintenance vertical,” said an official.
On the company’s ongoing projects, Mr Narang said their flagship Nemmeli Desalination Project (near Chennai), has made a “steady progress” during the year and was expected to be “completed” by September—end.
Besides, he said, the company achieved financial closure for the BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) project at Ulhasnagar during the year.
|2012-07-23||Latest from Mumbai varsity: First class for 2 of 3|
Latest from Mumbai varsity: First class for 2 of 3 students writing examDipti Sonawala , Dipti Sonawala : Mumbai, Mon Jul 23 2012, 06:45 hrs
A small change in the marking system of Mumbai University's Third Year Bachelor of Commerce (TYBCom) examination has resulted in an extraordinary outcome — two of three students or 64 per cent of those who appeared for the examination have scored a first class or above. Only 22 and 28 per cent students had managed a first class in 2011 and 2010.
However, not all academicians and senior teachers are impressed by the "performance". The primary reason for students doing so well, they claim, is the new 60:40 system of marking introduced in 2011 as part of the continuous and comprehensive evaluation. Under the new system, students are evaluated by colleges in all seven subjects for 40 marks — 20 for assignments and 20 for internal papers. The final theory examination is for 60 marks.
The new system has ensured that the TYBCom pass percentage has jumped to 81.5 per cent in 2012 — it was 62.9 per cent in 2011 and 63.7 per cent in 2010. A professor who did not wish to be named even alleged that marks were being sold in some colleges and many principals and teachers have demanded a review of the rule.
It is true that many teachers hate the new system as it involves considerable extra work such as preparing question papers for internal tests, assignments, projects and the like. Many of them claim that such elaborate work leaves them with little time to conduct classes. Subhash Athavale, librarian and faculty at CHM College, Ulhasnagar, had raised these issues by writing to university authorities and the examination department. "Teachers will hardly get time to take classes. I have written to the varsity and am planning to file an RTI query, seeking details of pass percentage of students in the theory part and internal exams. Most colleges have misused this system; there is no way that university authorities are unaware of these issues, they should immediately act on this," Athavale told The Indian Express.
|2012-07-14||Kid, dad run over by local train|
Kid, dad run over by local train
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Updated: Jul 17, 2012, 03.36 PM IST
THANE: A man and his 9-year-old daughter were run over while trying to cross the tracks at Vithalwadi station on Friday.
Mohan Yelande (35) was headed for his in-laws' residence in Vangani along with his daughter, Nisha, the Kalyan GRP said.
Mohan saw a Karjat-bound train pull into the station around 5.20pm, since he did not want to miss it, he picked up Nisha and decided to cross the tracks."The victims did not spot a train heading towards CST on the other side and got crushed under its wheels," said a senior GRP official.
According to the police, Mohan lived in near Ulhasnagar court and was employed with a private firm. "Mohan was estranged from his wife, Sangeeta, who lived with her parents in Vangani. Mohan was taking Nisha to meet her mother," said a GRP official. After the mishap, the victims were taken to Central hospital in Ulhasnagar.Central Railway officials said the mishap did not affect train services. "Most commuters prefer to enter from an opening in the boundary wall to save time, instead of using the foot-overbridge at Vithalwadi station," said local resident Ram Pandey.
The Kalyan GRP has registered an accidental death case.