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July-2014 News & Updates from the City of Ulhasnagar/Sindhunagar, Maharashtra, India. Ulhasnagar City News indexed across timeline for easy retrieval.

2014-07-30Heavy showers flood Thane & Raigad districts, Math
Heavy showers flood Thane and Raigad districts Sandhya Nair & Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jul 31, 2014, 12.00 AM IST MUMBAI: Rains continued to play havoc in Thane and Raigad districts on Wednesday, causing water-logging and landslides, while several rivers overflowed. District officials decided to release water from the Surya dam (Dhamni dam) in Jawahar taluka, which has neared 82% of its capacity. Five doors of the dam were opened and villagers in the vicinity moved to safety. Officials said if the dam overflows before August 30 it will prove to be dangerous, so water will have to be released regularly. Kalyan and Badlapur were at the receiving end as the Kalyan creek and Ulhas river overflowed. Badlapur village was disconnected from the city as the bridge connecting the city and village was submerged. Around 200 families living close to Waldhuni river in Kalyan were moved to safety after it began overflowing early on Wednesday. Kalyan's Rambaug, Shivaji Chowk, Kala Talao, Shahad, Ulhasnagar's Samrat Nagar, Panchshil Nagar, Renuka Society, Hiraghat and Shanti Nagar areas were flooded as water entered many homes since Tuesday night. In Bhiwandi, around 300 families living close to the Nadi Naka area were shifted. In Virar's Boling, 200 tribal families were moved to safety after water entered their homes early on Wednesday. Nalasopara remained under water on Wednesday though it did not see much rain in the day. The road leading to Nalasopara police station remained water-logged. Residential townships like Vasant Nagri in Vasai (east) remained under water. Most roads developed big potholes following incessant rainfall since Sunday. Raigad received an average rainfall of 97.66 mm in its 15 talukas in the last 24 hours. The hill station of Matheran received the highest rainfall of 230 mm, followed by Karjat (174.4 mm) and Pali (155 mm) till 8 am on Wednesday. Raigad's disaster management officer, Sagar Pathak said: "The total average rainfall here since June 1, is 1,429.04 mm, which is nearly 46.39% of the season's 3,142.83 mm average."Landslides affected traffic on the Mumbai-Agra highway and scores of MSRTC buses were stranded en route to Kasara and Mumbai on the Mumbai-Nashik road. An MSRTC official said the disruption lasted for at least two to three hours. "The buses leave for Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon among other places and ferry hundreds of passengers daily," an official said, adding many waited for as long as three hours for the affected area to be cleared. Trucks carrying essential commodities were also stuck in the ghats. However, despite the heavy rain, the state public works department undertook road widening and filling of potholes ahead of chief minister Prithviraj Chavan's scheduled visit to inaugurate the new Palghar district on Friday.
2014-07-30Ulhasnagar Cong corporator's hubby survives attack
ULHASNAGAR CONG CORPORATOR'S HUBBY SURVIVES ATTACK IN CLUB, TWO AIDES HIT Updated: Jul 30, 2014, 06.57 AM IST Six unidentified armed men barged into an entertainment club at Ulhasnagar and made an unsuccessful attempt to attack the husband of the sitting Congress corporator from Ulhasnagar on Tuesday morning. While two other persons were injured and the assailants managed to flee, police said that business rivalry could be the motive. The club is run by Deepak Sonde who has several cases of attempt to murder, assault and extortion against him. He is the husband of Ulhasnagar Congress corporator Meena Sonde, and has business operations in Thane and Pune. Around 11.45 am on Tuesday, six armed men stormed into Sai Social Club at Akash Complex in Camp No 4 of Ulhasnagar, and attempted to fire at Deepak and his aides. Despite pulling the triggers of their revolver thrice, two of the men failed to fire. However, in their bid to flee, when Sonde's aides tried to overpower them, they did manage to fire one shot at one aide, and injure another with a chopper. Aniket Gaikwad, 40, was hit by a bullet on his hand, and Kumar Shetty, 38, suffered stab injuries on his hand when attacked with the chopper. Both have been admitted to a private hospital in Kalyan and are recovering. "It was a failed attempt to kill my husband. The men seemed to have planned the attack in advance and executed it on Tuesday morning," said Meena Sonde, who is the corporator from Ravindra Nagar in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. Sonde's club is located close to another clubcum-dhaba run by one Vishwas Joshi, who also has cases against him in Kalyan. Police suspect that the attack could be the result of rivalry between the two. Meena, however, denied any rivalry. She said, "The attack has shocked us. We've never had any altercations with Joshi, and are on very good terms with him. We expect the police to take quick action and bring the accused to book." Meanwhile, the police have begun picking up suspects and questioning them. "We suspect that the attack was carried out on the orders of some rival of Deepak Sonde. Our investigations are in progress," said a senior police officer.
2014-07-30Heavy rain floods low-lying areas in Kalyan - Time
Heavy rain floods low-lying areas in Kalyan Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jul 30, 2014, 12.08 PM IST KALYAN: Many low-lying areas in Kalyan and beyond areas like Ulhasnagar, Badlapur and Bhiwandi have been flooded due to heavy rain for the last 36 hours. On Wednesday morning, around 200 families living close to Waldhuni river in Kalyan were shifted to safer places after water in the river started overflowing. The Kalyan creek is also overflowing due to rain. The situation worsened in Badlapur city, which was cut off from Badlapur village after Ulhas river overflowed and submerged a bridge connecting both the areas. In Bhiwandi too, around 300 families living close to Nadi Naka area were shifted to safer places. Water entered many houses in the area. Due to continuous rain since last night many people living in low-lying areas spent sleepless night as water entered their houses. Residents of Rambaug, Shivaji chowk, Market area, Kala Talao, Shahad in Kalyan and Samrat Ashok Nagar, Panchshil Nagar, Renuka society, Hiraghat and Shanti Nagar area in Ulhasnagar spent sleepless night as water entered their houses.
2014-07-30Heavy rain causes flooding in low lying areas of K
Heavy rain causes flooding in low lying areas of Kalyan Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jul 30, 2014, 10.15 AM IST KALYAN: Due to heavy rain since last 36 hours, many river and low lying area flooded in water in Kalyan and beyond areas like Ulhasnagar, Badlapur and Bhiwandi. On Wednesday morning, around 200 families living close to Waldhuni river in Kalyan were moved to a safe place after river overflow. The Kalyan creek is also overflow due to rain. The situation worsen in Badlapur city, where after Ulhas river overflow city disconnected with Badlapur village after bridge connecting both area submerged in water. In Bhiwandi too around 300 families living close to Nadi Naka area were shifted at safe place. Due to continuous rain since night many people living in low lying areas spent sleepless night as water entered in to their houses. In Kalyan, some parts of Rambaug, Shivaji chowck, Market area, Kala talao, Shahad and Ulhasnagar's Samrat Ashok Nagar, Panchshil Nagar, Renuka society, Hiraghat and Shanti Nagar area resident spent sleepless night as water had entered in to their houses. In Bhiwandi too Nadi Naka area residents spent their night in water.
2014-07-29PIL in HC against carving out of Palghar district
PIL in HC against carving out of Palghar district from Thane Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 14:07 [IST] Thane, Jul 29: A PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court by a group of local political leaders and social activists opposing the Maharashtra government's decision to bifurcate Thane district and carve out a new district with its headquarters at Palghar. The PIL has demanded to "quash and set aside the said political decision of the government." A total of 33 persons, including CPI(M) MLA Raja Nathu Ozare (from Jawhar), NCP state unit secretary Rajaram Mukne, ex-MLA and MP from CPI(M) Lahanu Shidwa Kom, Vikramgadh BJP president Sudhakar Patil and Adiwasi Ekta Parishad president Kaluram Dodhade, yesterday filed the PIL against the creation of the new district, which will come into being from August 1. The PIL is posted for hearing tomorrow. The PIL alleged that the decision to have new district headquarters at Palghar is a political one taken by the "insensitive" government under pressure of administration only for the convenience of the administrative staff of the newly created district and in violation of the norms which are required to be followed for the same. "The decision to have proposed headquarters at Palghar is discriminatory and violative of fundamental rights, guaranteed under Articles 14 and 19 of the Constitution for tribal and backward class people of the region. "Their decision is arbitrary, malafide, contrary to public opinion and views of all the five panchayat samitis, MLAs and MPs of area," the PIL alleged. Having a headquarters of a district more than 150-200 kms from most of the predominantly tribal areas of the proposed district Palghar is a negation of the right to live and right to have a dignified life as guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution of India, the PIL further alleged. "The decision is also violative of the directive principles of the state policy and the object of Articles 243 to 243(o) of the Constitution of India are thereby defeated. The decision to have headquarters at Palghar is violative of constitutional rights of tribal and backward class people and the other poor people of the region," it said. The petitioners have also stated that this is a fit case for declaring a separate autonomous district for tribals. They have urged the court to quash the government's decision and restrain the government from shifting the offices from Jawhar to Palghar and having the headquarters of newly created district at Palghar. They also urged the court to direct the respondents to form a separate tribal district consisting of the scheduled areas of Jawhar, Wada, Vikramgadh, Mokhada, Talasari, Dahanu and parts of Palghar, Sahapur and Vasai which are declared as scheduled areas under the 5th Schedule of the Constitution. The respondents to the petition are Maharashtra government, principal secretaries in department of revenue and forest, tribal development department, Konkan divisional commissioner, and collector and additional collector of Thane district. The state Cabinet had on June 12 approved the long pending proposal to bifurcate Thane district, following which Palghar is all set to be Maharashtra's 36th district. Eight talukas of Palghar, Jawhar, Mokhada, Talasari, Vasai, Wada, Dahanu and Vikramgadh will now form part of the Palghar district. The new district headquarters will now be stationed at Palghar. Thane, Kalyan, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi, Murbad and Shahapur will continue to be part of Thane district.
PIL in HC against carving out of Palghar district
2014-07-272 principals, 1 other booked for cheating - Mumbai
2 PRINCIPALS, 1 OTHER BOOKED FOR CHEATING Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jul 27, 2014, 06.36 AM IST An FIR has been registered against three members of a school in Ulhasnagar in the district, including two headmistresses, for allegedly swindling over Rs 13 lakh from the school funds, police said on Saturday. The accused have been identified as Hema Velani and Geeta Chawla and clerk Hitasha Mansharamani of Sri Gangaram Singh National English School at Ulhasnagar township, senior police inspector V C Dolas of the Vitthalwadi police station said. One of the trustees Daulat Peshumal Valnani, of the Hyderabad Sindh National Collegiate Board, Mumbai which runs the school had registered a complaint against the trio. According to the complaint, during their service in the Sri Gangaram Singh National English School between 2011 and 2013 the trio had swindled money to the tune of around Rs 13.64 lakh. PTI
2014-07-26Snake slips into bedroom, leaves 27-yr-old battlin
Snake slips into bedroom, leaves 27-yr-old battling for life By Leona Nathan |Posted 26-Jul-2014 Ram Palat Pal was bitten by a snake around 4 am yesterday, when he was sleeping in his rented apartment in Ambernath A 27-year-old man who was bitten by a venomous snake at his Ambernath residence in the wee hours of yesterday is battling for life at the KEM Hospital in Parel. Ram Pal is being treated at KEM Hospital in Parel The incident occurred around 4 am, while Ram Palat Pal was sleeping in his rented apartment at Ladi Naka. Soon after he was bitten, Pal was rushed to the nearest hospital, but the doctors there advised his relatives to take him to the Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar. Unable to stabilise him, doctors at the Central Hospital suggested that Pal be shifted to KEM. He was rushed to the hospital around 11.30 am for further treatment. Pal, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, had came to Mumbai five years ago in search of employment and was surviving by doing odd jobs. He is the sole breadwinner for his family back in UP. “My brother’s condition was very serious before we admitted him to KEM. After two bottles of saline were administered, he has shown slight improvement. He now blinks whenever we call out his name. When Ram realised that a snake had bitten him, he immediately called his cousins for help. They informed me about the incident. Ram’s family in Gorakhpur has been told that he is out of danger,” said Pal’s elder brother Tirloki. Doc speak“The patient needs to be kept under observation, as the venom has spread to most parts of the body. We can comment on the patient’s condition only after observing him for the next five to six hours,” said a doctor from KEM.
Snake slips into bedroom, leaves 27-yr-old battlin
2014-07-26Two school headmistresses among three booked in ch
Two school headmistresses among three booked in cheating case Press Trust of India | Thane (Maha) July 26, 2014 Last Updated at 19:38 IST An FIR has been registered against three members of a school in Ulhasnagar in the district, including two headmistresses, for allegedly swindling over Rs 13 lakh from the school funds, police said today. The accused have been identified as headmistresses Hema Velani and Geeta Chawla and clerk Hitasha Mansharamani of Sri Gangaram Singh National English School at Ulhasnagar township, senior police inspector V C Dolas of the Vitthalwadi police station said. One of the trustees Daulat Peshumal Valnani, of the Hyderabad Sindh National Collegiate Board, Mumbai which runs the school had registered a complaint against the trio with the police, after which an FIR was registered. "According to the complaint, during their service in the Sri Gangaram Singh National English School between 2011 and 2013 the trio had swindled money to the tune of around Rs 13.64 lakh," Dolas said. The trio have been booked under sections, including 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust). No arrest have been made in this connection so far, the police officer said adding that further probe was on.
2014-07-26Accident warnings go unnoticed in Lonavala - Daily
Accident warnings go unnoticed in Lonavala Sat, 26 Jul 2014-11:34am , Pune , DNA Pune: Despite appeals to follow precautions laid down by the Lonavala city police for people visiting various tourist spots, three incidents of drowning-related injuries and deaths have taken place in the last two weeks. In two such incidents, the youths had lost their footing while attempting to click pictures, and died. On Thursday, 20-year-old Israr Iliyas Shaikh, a student of BEG visited Shooting point behind Bhushi dam along with his friend to click pictures. He accidentally slipped and fell, and met a tragic end. His body was found nearly 700 feet below, inside the gorge. On July 14, Ulhasnagar resident Ashok Menumal Devnani (37) met a similar fate in Ghubad Lake near Bhushi dam while trying to take a picture. In another incident, a Pimpri youth who went with his friends to Lion Point suffered severe head injuries after skidding from a height. I S Patil Inspector in-charge of Lonavala city police station said, "Our police station is having a strength of 35 policemen and 95 per cent of our strength is on the field deployed in various accident-prone spots, spread over 70 kilometers. We have set up a control room and even placed CCTV cameras which are helping us to monitor tourist movement. We, along with the local citizens have kept precautionary boards, volunteers and policemen are deployed round the clock, right from inspecting bags and vehicles, to other objects. We have also provided breath analyzers to our staff who are screening tourists for alcohol levels during their visit to the waterfalls." He added, "Despite us cautioning the tourists, they insist on climbing atop the rocks on the waterfall, to click pictures. Most often, they choose to ignore our warnings. Additionally, we do not wish to spoil their fun outings. Also, it is not possible for us to keep a track of all the individuals." Patil added that most of the incidents are reported from Bhushi dam, Ghubad lake, Rajmachi, Lion point and the shooting point areas. "For trekkers we have kept a policeman who is keeping a track of their names and contact details, so that their arrival and departure times can be studied. Many trekkers are known to get lost along trekking routes, and we have decided to track people who haven't returned for a long time."
Accident warnings go unnoticed in Lonavala - Daily
2014-07-25Two track deaths at Thakurli station - Times of In
Two track deaths at Thakurli station Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jul 26, 2014, 12.13 AM IST A student lost his life while taking a shortcut to his college at 8.15 am and a senior citizen died while going to the railway station to board a train for Ulhasnagar. The first incident took place when Jay Lothariya (21) of Manpada in Dombivli (E) was going to AKVC college on the west of the station. The GRP said Lotharia Lothariya was hit by the Kalyan-CST fast local and died on the spot. Around 11.30 am, Janardan Gavai (60) of Shelar Chowk, Dombivli (E) died while on his way to his relatives for a family function. The GRP said Gavai was hit by a down line local train. He died in Shastri Nagar hospital. In both the cases, the GRP said they registered an accidental death report.
2014-07-23Those who troubled Bal Thackeray, not welcome in S
Those who troubled Bal Thackeray, not welcome in Shiv Sena: Uddhav Thackeray India TV News Desk [Updated:22 Jul 2014, 12:44 PM] Thane: In a fresh snub to his bete noire and Congress leader Narayan Rane, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray today said those who had troubled party supremo Bal Thackeray in his lifetime are not welcome in the party. “Those Shiv Sainiks who have realised their mistakes and want to return to the Sena-fold are welcome but not those who had troubled Balasaheb,” Uddhav said in an apparent reference to senior Congress leader Narayan Rane, a former Shiv Sainik who resigned as state Industries Minister today. His remarks came on a day when speculation mounted as to the future political course of Rane who resigned from Maharashtra ministry. Addressing a “vijay sankalp” meeting at an auditorium here, Uddhav appealed to Sena cadres to build a strong network and also utilise the social media to ensure the victory of NDA in coming assembly elections. Picking up the famous catchline of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uddhav said “good days are ahead in Maharashtra” and claimed there is a strong saffron wave sweeping the state. “The state under Congress-NCP combine has been undergoing a terrible phase on all fronts like power, water, law and order etc. In Lok Sabha elections, we fought with our own men who had crossed over to other parties and showed them their place,” he said. In his speech, Uddhav said (late) journalist Khushwant Singh had once asked Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to build the party on the lines of Shiv Sena which is a cadre-based organisation. In a veiled attack on NCP, he said any party cannot be built merely by “poaching” leaders from other parties. On the occasion, hundreds of NCP workers from Ulhasnagar in the district joined Sena, along with a local MNS leader. In his speech, Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray asked the party workers not to rest on the laurels of victory in Lok Sabha polls. He later told reporters that he did not give much importance to Rane because there are many important issues facing the state. “Thane has become a den of terrorist activities which is proved by recent case of four local youths going to Iraq to fight as jihadis. The state government has miserably failed to put a leash on these activities. The case of Ishrat Jehan (a resident of Mumbra who had been killed in Gujarat allegedly in a staged encounter along with her accomplices) also points to this,” he added.
Those who troubled Bal Thackeray, not welcome in S
2014-07-22State's decision to abolish escort fees will affec
State’s decision to abolish escort fees will affect TMC’s coffers Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Jul 23, 2014, 02.06 AM IST Thane: The cash-starved TMC will suffer an annual Rs 60 core loss following the decision of the state government to do away with the escort fees payable by truckers or any goods vehicles for passing through the city jurisdiction from August 16. The Thane corporation had levied Rs 110 towards escort fees on each truck that would pass through its gates. According to estimates prepared by the Octroi department, more than 45 lakh goods vehicles used to pay the escort fees.The decision to abolish this, which is perceived as a double taxation measure by traders, will adversely affect the financial management of the TMC, civic officials said. As many as six municipal corporations, including Thane, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Kalyan-Dombvili, Ulhasnagar and Nashik have been collecting escort fees and now have been directed by the urban development department to stop the process. The civic exchequer is believed to be under pressure due to shortfall in incomes from two major tax sources—Local Body Tax and Development Charges. In fact, the civic administration has already tightened the recovery of property taxes and annual bills are being issued to housing societies and house owners in the lake city. Civic officials said the recovery of property tax up to June 21, 2013 was Rs 43.35 crore, but the aggressive recovery measures led in the TMC earning Rs 73.50 crore up to June 21 this year. The TMC had earned Rs 243 crore towards property tax in the previous fiscal and in 2014-15, the property tax collection target has been revised to Rs 350 crore.
2014-07-22State's decision to abolish escort fees will affec
State’s decision to abolish escort fees will affect TMC’s coffers Nitin Yeshwantrao | TNN | Jul 23, 2014, 02.06 AM IST Thane: The cash-starved TMC will suffer an annual Rs 60 core loss following the decision of the state government to do away with the escort fees payable by truckers or any goods vehicles for passing through the city jurisdiction from August 16. The Thane corporation had levied Rs 110 towards escort fees on each truck that would pass through its gates. According to estimates prepared by the Octroi department, more than 45 lakh goods vehicles used to pay the escort fees.The decision to abolish this, which is perceived as a double taxation measure by traders, will adversely affect the financial management of the TMC, civic officials said. As many as six municipal corporations, including Thane, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Kalyan-Dombvili, Ulhasnagar and Nashik have been collecting escort fees and now have been directed by the urban development department to stop the process. The civic exchequer is believed to be under pressure due to shortfall in incomes from two major tax sources—Local Body Tax and Development Charges. In fact, the civic administration has already tightened the recovery of property taxes and annual bills are being issued to housing societies and house owners in the lake city. Civic officials said the recovery of property tax up to June 21, 2013 was Rs 43.35 crore, but the aggressive recovery measures led in the TMC earning Rs 73.50 crore up to June 21 this year. The TMC had earned Rs 243 crore towards property tax in the previous fiscal and in 2014-15, the property tax collection target has been revised to Rs 350 crore.
2014-07-22CR coffers soar, but safety of commuters takes a b
CR coffers soar, but safety of commuters takes a backseat Nitin Yeshwantrao | Jul 22, 2014, 11.24 PM IST THANE: The population rush in and around Diva, Kopar, Titwala and Badlapur and over-crowded train compartments has resulted in growing incidents of fatalities. While the over-priced real estate in Mumbai has pushed a sizeable chunk of the working population to suburban Thane and beyond, commuting facilities has remained woefully inadequate. The Central Railway (CR) statistics based on the sale of the tickets indicate that its income has soared by 30% in the last five years, reflecting on the rising footfall. The CR earnings swelled from Rs 86 crore in 2009-10 to Rs 112 core in 2013-14 from the sale of season tickets at 14 stations—Thane, Kalwa, Mumbra, Diva, Kopar, Dombivli, Thakurli, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Shahad, Ambivli, Titwala, Ambernath and Badlapur . Diva station topped the chart of big earners for the CR on this route, projecting a 87% growth in ticket sales in the last five years from Rs 3 crore in 2009-10 to Rs 5.79 crore in 2013-14. The Diva township is notorious in the corridors of the TMC for the maximum number of illegally-built chawls and multi-storied buildings. The working class population moved out to these chawls, which were sold at cheaper rates by the slumlords and builders.Interestingly, the soaring CR incomes did not match with most basic commuter facilities of ensuring safety on the trains. ''On an average four to five people get knocked down by trains due to overcrowding. The height of the platforms, public toilets and inadequate seating arrangements at the stations are a common problem. Commuters continue to be victims of the huge gap between the foot-board and platform,'' said Akash Pathak a regular commuter. While elected representatives have installed escalators at select railway stations like Thane, Kalyana and Dombivli, the condition of others stations such as Badlapur, Titwala and Diva, where the CRs revenue has soared between 46% to 87%, remains a state of neglect, he said. The CR income chart reveals that these three stations have seen a massive population growth and footfall at the station as income from the sale of tickets has multiplied phenomenally. The income at Titwala station touched Rs 3.56 crore in 2013-14 from 2.02 crore five years ago, indicating a jump of 75% in the CR revenue. Badlapur station showed a rise in income by 46% in the five year period. Thane station, which is said to have the highest footfall, topped the CR chart of low income from sale of season tickets as the growth was a poor 2%—from Rs 15.27 crore in 2009-10 to Rs 15.70 crore in 2013-14.
2014-07-21A '2G' Connect between India and the World - The N
A ‘2G’ Connect between India and the World By Mathew Joy Maniamkott | Published: 21st July 2014 06:00 AM | Last Updated: 20th July 2014 11:15 AM | BANGALORE: Make free calls over a poor internet connection and still be able to talk clearly. It is clearly the stuff of dreams given the fact that call rates in the country have drastically increased recently. Thanks to FreeCallApp that offers unlimited free calling, this is made possible. Thank Jitesh Lalwani, 28, Aquib Maniyar, 24 and Dhiraj Bijlani, 26, for creating this app that has the potential to change how much we talk on the phone. FreeCallApp is a free calling Android app that not only works on 3G/4G but also works on 2G and provides crystal clear quality to users for making voice calls. They started work on January 20 with a team size of four and it took them two months to develop the app. Jitesh who hails from Pune has an Engineering degree from Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Bandra. Aquib, also from Pune, is an MCA graduate from MIT Kothrud and Dhiraj has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Smt CHM College and is from Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra. Jitesh is a Senior Application Developer with Faichi Solutions, while Aquib is a Java developer with the same company and they reckon that learning about agile practices here has helped them much in their journey towards creating FreeCallApp. Dhiraj has been taking care of his family business for the past seven years. On how they came up with the app, Jitesh says, “Aquib and I were discussing how the penetration of calling apps in India is very low because people in India use 2G while only 3G networks give a good call experience. We developed the app in two months, as we were very excited about the prospect of introducing a calling app that works as advertised.” Aquib adds, “We have made the app keeping in mind that the majority of the people in India do not have 3G. One can either download the app on Android Play store or give a missed call to 08030636316.” FreeCallApp supports operations in more than 15 countries including India, US, UK, Singapore, Germany, Canada, Brazil, among others. It is being readied for iOS and Windows. The FreeCallApp uses advanced compression algorithms that make a voice connection between two users extremely lightweight and uses very less bandwidth. A self-funded venture, the founders say, “We dream of making FreeCallApp people’s first choice of calling the way WhatsApp is used ubiquitously for sending messages.” As a word of motivation to the entrepreneur in all of us, the founders advise entrepreneurs to start working on one’s idea no matter how small it is. “Start working and believe in it with all the faith in the world,” says Jitesh.
2014-07-21Help pours in for family of Mumbai bar dancer stuc
Help pours in for family of Mumbai bar dancer stuck in remand home By Shirish Vaktania |Posted 21-Jul-2014 With the sole bread earner in the home, lack of funds had caused her 4-year-old child to be pulled out of school Last week, mid-day had reported on the plight of a family after its sole bread earner an HIV-positive bar dancer, was sent to a remand home after being picked up by the police in a raid. Orchid Bar With the woman’s crippled husband unable to make ends meet, their four-year-old child was pulled out of school (‘Family struggles as HIV+ bar girl languishes in remand home,’ July 15). Moved by their plight, several citizens have offered to help the family. One of them is a senior executive working with a well-known insurance company. mid-day reported on the family last week Meanwhile, Childline, an NGO, has also intervened, and is in the process of admitting the son into a private organisation, where his education and other requirements will be taken care of. While some of the generous benefactors showed willingness to bear the cost of the child’s education, others have offered top pay for his father’s medical expenses. The 25-year-old woman was picked up by the police during a raid in Orchid Bar in Mira Road (East), after which she was sent to a remand home in Ulhasnagar. The police said that she has not been released in the past two months from the home, as some of her documents are missing. Meanwhile, her husband, who is also HIV-positive and was injured in a road accident last year, has been at home since last August, with no livelihood. The child was removed from school owing to lack of funds.
Help pours in for family of Mumbai bar dancer stuc
2014-07-21They lied to me for 15 years of my life, says asbe
They lied to me for 15 years of my life, says asbestosis-afflicted labourer By Sharad Vyas | Posted 21-Jul-2014 During a Diwali break from his hectic factory work last year, 34-year-old Yogesh Sawant suddenly woke up from sleep and mumbled to his wife: ‘Ata Mala He Nahi Karaicha Ahe’ (I don’t want to do this work anymore).When this happened, Sawant, who was working as a labourer in Ashadeep Frictions Ltd at Ambernath, had been undergoing tests for chest pain and breathing problems. Little did he know what was in store for him in the months to come. While the factory management and its medical team kept assuring him there was no cause for worry, Sawant kept exposing himself to the deadly asbestos dust in the factory loom.“The management and their medical staff kept saying there was no cause for worry as test after test came back negative for occupational diseases. But, at some point, he was convinced there was something fishy about the factory work he was doing,” Sawant’s wife Sarala said, with a faraway look in her eyes, sitting in their tiny home at Maralgaon in Kalyan. Soon Pawar himself chips in, but stumbles over the word asbestosis. “I don’t even know how to pronounce it (asbestosis). For 15 years, I worked in that factory but nobody bothered to even tell me what I was dealing with,” he said. The family was in for a rude shock when a team of experts from the Union Ministry of Labour descended on their home towards the end of last year and made Sawant undergo X-ray scans and blood tests. Two workers from the factory: Sawant and Manoj Saroj turned out to be the first confirmed cases of the deadly asbestosis disease in Maharashtra. In all, 13 cases of asbestosis and silicosis were detected by the central agencies in Maharashtra last year alone even as over 2,44,890 tests conducted by 105 certified private doctors between January 2013 and May 30, 2014, reported no occupational disease, including the 13 later found positive by the central teams. Worse, an inspection of Ashadeep by a state team of the Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health (DISH) on February 23, 2012, had found no violations or chemicals or other hazards at the factory. “No contravention. No violations. Cases filed,” it reads. The factory management did not own up responsibility and allegedly held back details of the case from the government. And it did not provide adequate medical care and compensation to Sawant. In a letter (99/7/ NRDC/ 2013CLI), the central government was informed that the owner was dilly-dallying in giving compensation. In another scathing letter (DISH/medical/13641-43/9), the agency noted to factory owner Prabhakar Shetty: “You were repeatedly directed to send these two cases to the Workmen’s Compen-sation Commission. But it seems you have refused to follow the directions completely.” Meanwhile, a tired and frustrated Sawant dropped out of work without a notice in March this year. Since then, he has been spending as much as Rs 3,000 a month for his treatment. Saroj has shifted to his village for the time being. “I gave 15 years of my life to that company, but there has been no help from the owners,” Sawant told mid-day. His final diagnosis reads: Asbestosis-profusion 2/3, t/t. The medical report advises ‘medical surveillance, and detailed clinical examination every six months’. “I have to make ends meet and cannot sit at home without any work. If my daughters get something at least, I’ll be happy. They should get some money so they can take care of themselves should something happen to me” Embarrassment Documents accessed by mid-day under RTI expose the neglected state of affairs within the state’s Directorate of Industrial Safety & Health (DISH), its failure to make owners comply with norms on workers’ safety and compensation, and put a big question mark on its ability to detect occupational diseases. An internal report prepared following the visit of an expert team of the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH), confirmed cases which had been rejected by the state’s industrial safety officers. A report (DISH/Medical/3151-64/10), rips apart the private doctors who had failed to detect a single occupational disease. “These doctors are repeatedly inspecting the factories with our own team that is monitoring situations in the factory. Yet, this visit by NIOH has exposed our weaknesses and left a big question mark over our inspections, supervision, and medical examination methods. This is a big embarrassment for Maharashtra,” reads the internal report prepared by DISH Director V S Moray. The 100-odd private doctors are monitored by a single government surgeon, who not only authorizes but performs medical examinations as well. The lone government surgeon for Maharashtra, Dr Atul Band, conducted 2,500 tests last year and confirmed the 13 cases highlighted by the NIOH. “There is a clear nexus of private doctors and factory inspectors. This nexus is just fooling the people of Maharashtra into believing that all is well in our factories and industries. But unfortunately that is not the case,” he told mid-day. When we repeatedly asked Moray to provide details of industrial cases detected by certified private doctors, Moray said: “This is confidential information and not in the public domain, as much as we want to keep things transparent.” The NIOH inspection report accessed by mid-day under the RTI Act clearly reveals how factory owners and managers were allowed to go scot-free despite violating norms. The inspections revealed that 23 asbestos factories, host to 2,583 workers, and several other factories in the MMR region were not conducting the mandatory membrane filter test to monitor presence of asbestos fibre in the work environment, and were not even conducting awareness training programmes for the workers. The inspections found M/s Ashadeep Frictions, M/s Graphics India (Ambernath), Eastwell Asbestos Industries (Ulhasnagar), Hyderabad Industries (Thane), Mechanical Packaging (Tarapur), Nella Asbestos (Dahanu) and Wilson Products (Kolhapur), not carrying out the all-important membrane tests. Of the seven inspections in Thane, six factories had not organized training programmes for workers — M/s Champion Seals, M/s Mechanical Packaging, M/s Standard Clutches & Spares, M/s Standard Friction, M/s Ashadeep Frictions and Graphics India. The inspections found that several other factories — where stone cutting, crushing and glass work is done and popcorn and rice puffs are made — were host to factors causing silicosis. In all, four cases of silicosis and nine of asbestosis were detected by NIOH. DISH is doing a follow-up on all these cases. “All these were first found negative by private doctors. We have now ordered an inquiry on them,” said a senior official. According to data from the department, total compensation of Rs 8.46 crore had accrued and an ex-gratia amount of Rs 3.7 crore was paid last year to workers across the state.
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2014-07-21Ulhasnagar: Officer suspended for collecting prope
Ulhasnagar: Officer suspended for collecting property tax from illegal buildings By PTI |Posted 21-Jul-2014 Mumbai: Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court today that it had suspended an officer of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation for allegedly collecting property tax from 600 builders in respect of unauthorised constructions and pocketing the money. Milind Sawant, the officer, was not authorised to collect the tax. He was suspended on July 4 this year, the affidavit filed by Pratibha Kiran Mangudkar, Under Secretary, Urban Development Department, said. The charge sheet against Sawant had been submitted to the General Administration Department and it will be served to him once state government sanctions action, Mangudkar said. The affidavit came in response to public interest litigation filed by Ved Prakash Rohira, an activist, alleging that illegal constructions had mushroomed in Ulhasnagar, one of the satellite towns on Mumbai's outskirts, due to corruption in the civic administration. Sawant, then the Deputy Engineer in Ulhasngar Municipal Corporation, is now with the Collector's office at Nashik. Government pleader Abhinandan Vagyani said the PIL may be disposed of as the officer had been suspended. However, the division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka said mere suspension was not enough and the court would prefer to wait until further action was complete. The hearing was adjourned for two weeks.
2014-07-21Uddhav Thackeray snubs Rane again - Business Stand
Uddhav Thackeray snubs Rane again Press Trust of India | Thane July 21, 2014 Last Updated at 23:56 IST In a fresh snub to his bete noire and Congress leader Narayan Rane, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray today said those who had troubled party supremo Bal Thackeray in his lifetime are not welcome in the party. "Those Shiv Sainiks who have realised their mistakes and want to return to the Sena-fold are welcome but not those who had troubled Balasaheb," Uddhav said in an apparent reference to senior Congress leader Narayan Rane, a former Shiv Sainik who resigned as state Industries Minister today. His remarks came on a day when speculation mounted as to the future political course of Rane who resigned from Maharashtra ministry. Addressing a "vijay sankalp" meeting at an auditorium here, Uddhav appealed to Sena cadres to build a strong network and also utilise the social media to ensure the victory of NDA in coming assembly elections. Picking up the famous catchline of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uddhav said "good days are ahead in Maharashtra" and claimed there is a strong saffron wave sweeping the state. "The state under Congress-NCP combine has been undergoing a terrible phase on all fronts like power, water, law and order etc. In Lok Sabha elections, we fought with our own men who had crossed over to other parties and showed them their place," he said. In his speech, Uddhav said (late) journalist Khushwant Singh had once asked Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to build the party on the lines of Shiv Sena which is a cadre-based organisation. In a veiled attack on NCP, he said any party cannot be built merely by "poaching" leaders from other parties. On the occasion, hundreds of NCP workers from Ulhasnagar in the district joined Sena, along with a local MNS leader. In his speech, Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray asked the party workers not to rest on the laurels of victory in Lok Sabha polls. He later told reporters that he did not give much importance to Rane because there are many important issues facing the state. "Thane has become a den of terrorist activities which is proved by recent case of four local youths going to Iraq to fight as jihadis. The state government has miserably failed to put a leash on these activities. The case of Ishrat Jehan (a resident of Mumbra who had been killed in Gujarat allegedly in a staged encounter along with her accomplices) also points to this," he added.
2014-07-19Insurance co told to pay Rs 2.5 lakh compensation
Insurance co told to pay Rs 2.5 lakh compensation to Thane man Press Trust of India | Thane July 19, 2014 Last Updated at 13:41 IST Holding that ICICI Lombard General Insurance was deficient in its services while dealing with a claim, the district consumer forum here has asked the company to pay a compensation of Rs 2.50 lakh to a policy holder. In their recent ruling, Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum President Umesh Jhavalikar and Member N D Kadam also directed the private insurer to pay the medical claim amount of Rs 37,858 within 30 days from the date of order to the complainant, Hiralal Sobhraj Keswani. As per guidelines of insurance watchdog IRDA, if a person files claim and submits relevant documents within the stipulated period, the insurer is bound to take a decision on it and communicate the same to him/her within a time-frame, the quasi-judicial body pointed out. However, in this case the insurer has kept the claim pending for "unduly long period" without justified reason and hence it can be construed that the insurer was deficient in its services, the Forum observed. Keswani, a resident of Ulhasnagar, had taken a medical insurance policy from ICICI Lombard which was valid till November 2008. On January 13, 2008 he had chest pain and underwent angiography at a well-known private hospital that cost him Rs 37,858. He submitted his claim to ICICI Lombard for the amount with relevant documents on January 24, 2008. The company sought some more papers from the complainant which he provided from time to time. But despite repeated reminders, the firm didn't respond to his query regarding the claim. In January 2009, Keswani sent a legal notice to the company that again sought certain documents, which he had already submitted. According to the claimant, ICICI Lombard kept the claim pending for unjustified reasons. On its part, the company argued that Keswani's claim was not in order and hence it was rejected. However, the Forum held the policy holder had provided all relevant papers and there was no reason for ICICI Lombard to keep the claim pending. This amounted to deficiency in service, the Forum said and ordered the company to pay Rs 2.50 lakh to Keswani for causing mental suffering and towards legal expenses.
2014-07-19Insurance Cos Told to pay Rs 2.5 L Compensation to
Insurance Cos Told to pay Rs 2.5 L Compensation to Man 19 JULY 2014 Last Updated at 2:05 PMNATIONAL Holding that ICICI Lombard General Insurance was deficient in its services while dealing with a claim, the district consumer forum here has asked the company to pay a compensation of Rs 2.50 lakh to a policy holder. In their recent ruling, Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum President Umesh Jhavalikar and Member N D Kadam also directed the private insurer to pay the medical claim amount of Rs 37,858 within 30 days from the date of order to the complainant, Hiralal Sobhraj Keswani. As per guidelines of insurance watchdog IRDA, if a person files claim and submits relevant documents within the stipulated period, the insurer is bound to take a decision on it and communicate the same to him/her within a time-frame, the quasi-judicial body pointed out. However, in this case the insurer has kept the claim pending for "unduly long period" without justified reason and hence it can be construed that the insurer was deficient in its services, the Forum observed. Keswani, a resident of Ulhasnagar, had taken a medical insurance policy from ICICI Lombard which was valid till November 2008. On January 13, 2008 he had chest pain and underwent angiography at a well-known private hospital that cost him Rs 37,858. He submitted his claim to ICICI Lombard for the amount with relevant documents on January 24, 2008. The company sought some more papers from the complainant which he provided from time to time. But despite repeated reminders, the firm didn't respond to his query regarding the claim. In January 2009, Keswani sent a legal notice to the company that again sought certain documents, which he had already submitted. According to the claimant, ICICI Lombard kept the claim pending for unjustified reasons. On its part, the company argued that Keswani's claim was not in order and hence it was rejected. However, the Forum held the policy holder had provided all relevant papers and there was no reason for ICICI Lombard to keep the claim pending. This amounted to deficiency in service, the Forum said and ordered the company to pay Rs 2.50 lakh to Keswani for causing mental suffering and towards legal expenses.
2014-07-17Maharashtra govt makes conversion of agricultural
Maharashtra govt makes conversion of agricultural land simpler Chittaranjan Tembhekar | TNN | Updated: Jul 17, 2014, 11.26 AM IST MUMBAI: In a move that could boost development in Maharashtra, the state cabinet has simplified the process to convert agricultural land in cities and towns into non-agricultural land. The owners of these plots will no longer have to take prior permission of the collector for the conversion if the plots are earmarked in the region's development plan for residential townships or industrial units. The collector's nod, which was so far mandatory, had given rise to complaints of undue delays and corruption. The move will pare both, officials said. By rough estimates, tens of thousands of hectares will be unlocked because of the cabinet's Wednesday decision.It will benefit the municipal corporations and councils in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Vasai-Virar, Nalasopara, Ambernath, Kulgaon-Badlapur, Panvel, Alibaug, among others. "Land owners will have to seek the permission of the municipal body for their non-agricultural plans. Once the municipal corporation or municipal council gives the go-ahead, the owner just needs to intimate the collector in 30 days. No permission from the collector is required. Revenue officials will then recover a one-time land conversion tax and a non-agriculture cess," said an official after the state cabinet approved the move.This process will apply to those who are direct owners of the land. For those who have leased land from the government, the collector's permission is still required, though the conversion procedure has been made simpler for them as well. "The leaseholder will have to offer a certain share of the profitable deal on the land to the government," said another official. According to sources, masses of application for land conversion to non-agricultural use are pending, particularly in Mumbai region and around, stalling development. In rural areas, where there are no municipal corporations or councils, revenue officials will now be asked to create a databank of conversion applications, so that decisions can be made quickly, an official said.
2014-07-17Maha cabinet cuts red-tape in Mumbai region land p
Maha cabinet cuts red-tape in Mumbai region land purchases; but home buyers need not celebrate BusinessSunainaa ChadhaJul, 17 2014 15:29:36 IST Realtors can salivate. Tens of thousands of hectares of land may soon be unlocked in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, thanks to a decision taken by the state cabinet on Wednesday (16 June) to streamline the clearance of agricultural lands for developmental activities. But home buyers need not salivate. Their homes are unlikely to get any cheaper, though the rate of appreciation might taper off. The state cabinet's decision means land owners in Maharashtra will no longer need the district collector's permission to sell agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes as the state cabinet scrapped the system of seeking permission for changing the status of agricultural land to "Non-Agriculture" for land already earmarked in the development plan (DP) for residential and industrial purposes. In other words,the entire process of acquiring NA status has been brought under one roof, the town planning authority, instead of the collector. Once theland owners have secured the permission of the municipality for their non-agricultural plans, the owner just needs to intimate the collector in 30 days, following which revenue officials will recover a one-time land conversion tax and non-agricultural cess. Earlier, builders were expected to pay upwards of Rs 5 lakh per acre as kickbacks for this change of use. The move is aimed at boosting housing and infrastructure since NA clearance for any property takes around 12 months owing to the huge backlog of applications with all collectors and the involvement of multiple departments and which result in project delays and cost escalations. Currently, people have to go over seven different stages to obtain NA permissions from the district authorities concerned. This procedure is not only time-consuming but also encourages corruption. Now that one stage of the process is done away with, developers breathe a bit easier. " Obtaining the collector's nod, which was earlier mandatory, resulted in a lot of time lag and added a huge bribery cost to the price of land. For instance, if a developer had to pay Rs 200 per sq ft for land, the actual cost of land would only be Rs 20 while the remaining would be 'corruption charges," said an industry official who did not want to be identified. Underhand payments make it difficult for developers to secure bank funding while purchasing land, pushing them into the arms of private equity players or secondary sources of money, where interests rates are often as high as 25-30 percent. Developers have often claimed that approval costs constitute 40 percent of the total cost of construction and, if this process can be curtailed, costs would come down significantly. "The government's move of doing away with the district collector's nod is a major victory for developers in the state who will now have to pay less than half the cost for procuring land and this benefit will ultimately benefit the home buyer," said Pankaj Kapoor, MD of real estate consultancy firm Liases Foras. This decision will also help land owners who have their agricultural lands at the edge of large cities and towns which are getting rapidly urbanised. So in essence Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Vasai-Virar, Nalasopara, Ambernath, Kulgaon-Badlapur, Panvel and Raigad could not only see more supplies in the residential space but price increases in these areas will also be capped. A press release issued by the Chief Minister's office said that land holders who are keen to convert their agriculture lands to non-agriculture only have to inform the municipal and revenue authorities by a written application. Besides, a data bank will be created at all district levels for compiling the necessary documents in order to give the relevant permissions in a decentralised manner. So each department will now demand all documents separately from the applicants. Says Samanthak Das, Director, Research, at Knight Frank India, " The move is a definite positive for real estate players because less government intervention implies a lower transaction cost. Any government intervention in land deals has a rate attached to it. So even if one step is eliminated, the transaction cost for the builder will come down which should be ideally passed on to home buyers." Das, however, does not expect an immediate price drop in the far-flung areas of Panvel and Thane because of other existing fixed costs. "But now that more supply will be easily released, the future growth of prices will be pushed down. So if you were expecting a 10 percent capital appreciation in Panvel, that expectation will now be truncated to 6-7 percent, but it will not impact current prices. Anuj Nagpal,MD, investment solutions,DTZ, also has a similar view. "Most of the agricultural land that falls under the residential zone is only in the far-flung suburbs of Mumbai. But the builders are unlikely to pass on the benefits of this to end-consumers and more likely to pocket the gains themselves. However, they may also cut prices in the medium term to push up sales. For Mumbaikars, this news offers little solace," he told Firstbiz. However, there are concerns that unrestricted change of land use permissions could result in land grabbing tactics by corporates and realtors. "The act of doing away with the district collector's nod is just to prevent redundancy and improve systemic efficiencies. If a land portion is already designated in the development plan for residential use, there is no point in duplicating approvals and delaying the process," explains Kapoor. While the time taken to seek approvals will surely be reduced, one cannot term the government's move as laying down the red carpet for builders in the state. Bribery is not going to die out given the new clauses in the centre's Lan Acquisition Act of 2013. In its current form, the land bill specifies the compensation one has to pay- two times the market rate for land close to urban areas, and four times elsewhere. As Firstbiz said earlier, "This is not sensible for it is this clause that interferes completely with market mechanisms in land pricing. Fixing any price always leads to corruption and funny deals." But given that the provisions of the Act will be applicable in cases of land acquisition of 50 acres in urban areas or 100 acres in rural areas, most residential, commercial and retail projects will be immune to them as they occupy smaller land parcels. Says Lalit Kumar Jain, Chairman of the developers' lobby, Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India: "The uncertainty in acquiring land will deter developers, especially those developing huge townships. But the land bill as such will not impact private developers because a builder acquiring 100 acres of land is very uncommon."
2014-07-17New registration deadline issued to doctors by PMC
NEW REGISTRATION DEADLINE ISSUED TO DOCTORS BY PMC By Mayuri Phadnis, Pune Mirror | Jul 18, 2014, 02.30 AM IST BIOMEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL Citing penal action if doctors ignore 2-month deadline, civic body claims it is charging lowest possible disposal rates, all issues have been resolved; IMA still not completely satisfied, says some doctors generate less waste A year after doctors across the city hit the streets to protest the civic body's diktat on biomedical waste disposal, the Pune Municipal Corporation's (PMC) Health department has issued a new deadline for hospitals, clinics, blood banks and pathology labs to register for the scientific disposal of such waste. The corporation has now warned that any practitioners failing to do the needful within two months will face penal action. A similar PMC notification in mid- 2013 had seen doctors claim that charges levied for such a service were too high, and additionally allege that while the drop-off points for biomedical waste were too few, the pick-up timings were also odd. At the time, doctors had protested that it was not feasible for them to leave their patients and wait endlessly to drop off their garbage. However, PMC officials claim these issues have now been sorted out, and there will be no reason for doctors to complain again. "We now have the lowest rates in the country for this service, at Rs 6 per day, according to what the doctors themselves had suggested," said Dr Sanjeev Wavare, Assistant Medical Officer, PMC. He added, "We are expecting more doctors to register, now that all the issues have been sorted out — failing to comply will lead to penal action on our part. We have seen doctors dispose of this highly sensitive waste like normal trash —- this cannot happen anymore." General Practioners' Association president Dr Sunil Paigude hailed the move, but pointed out, "While issues have been ironed out, a final meeting is yet to take place. The civic body has agreed to a rate of Rs 2,100 per year. Doctors will drop off their medical waste at either a PMC-run hospital or ward offices, from where it will be collected. Only, it should not remain on paper — PMC should also disclose how much waste they have collected." However, Dr Dilip Sarda, state president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), remained dissatisfied with the civic body's solution. He explained, "They should have involved us as stakeholders too in this process, and had more discussions across the table. We all totally support that biomedical waste should be disposed of properly — but it is the generators of this waste that need to take responsibility. For example, my practice as a paediatrician generates negligible medical waste. In this case, Rs 2,100 per year is not justifiable. In Ulhasnagar, the collection of fees is in ratio to the waste collected. They should adopt a similar system here." So far, 2,400 clinics, 280 pathology labs and 176 blood banks are registered with PMC, which generates around 2.5 metric tonnes of biomedical waste per year. Post the newest notification, around 5,500 more doctors are expected to register.
2014-07-15Mumbai family struggles as HIV+ bar girl languishe
Mumbai family struggles as HIV+ bar girl languishes in remand home By Shirish Vaktania | Posted 15-Jul-2014 A raid conducted by the Social Service Branch and Mira Road police at a bar two months ago has robbed an entire family of its livelihood, forcing a four-year-old child out of school.For the past two months, a 25-year-old bar dancer, who was picked up by the police during a raid in Orchid Bar in Mira Road (East), has been languishing in a remand home in Ulhasnagar. The woman, an AIDS patient, was the sole breadwinner in her family. She would work in the bar to make ends meet. Her husband, who also has AIDS and was injured in an accident last year, has been at home since last August, with no livelihood. The couple’s son has also been removed from school, as the family can no longer afford to pay his fees. A total of seven bar dancers were arrested in the raid in May. Police said that the court has not released the woman and the six other bar dancers who were picked up from the remand home, as the documents that were submitted as address and age proof were found to be invalid. The ailing husband told mid-day: “I met with an accident in August last year. My left leg is still broken. The doctor asked me to undergo an operation, which would cost me in lakhs at a private hospital and thousands in a general hospital. I cannot afford to undergo the surgery. Ever since the accident, I have been staying at home, and have not been able to do any work anywhere. My son and I are dependent on my wife, but she has been in a remand home for the past two months.”Manish and Reshma fell in love and married in 2008. During a check-up in 2010, Reshma learnt that she had AIDS. The doctor advised Reshma’s family to undergo tests as well, and her husband was also diagnosed with AIDS. Their son, however, is not infected. Both started undergoing medical treatment, and the condition is under control at present. Manish lives in a rented flat with his four-year-old son. He already owes Rs 6,000 to his landlord and is planning to move back to his parents’ home in Mulund. Manish added, “I need a wheelchair, so that I can start working and earn money for my son and my operation. The wheelchair costs Rs 3,500, which I cannot afford. I have been trying to secure my wife’s release from the remand room for the past two months, but have failed. A family needs a wife and a mother. I request the police and the court to save our family.” Senior Inspector Dhanaji Shirsagar of Mira Road police station said, “When we came to know that she is an AIDS patient and her family is fully dependent on her, even we tried to secure her release, but the decision lies in the hands of the court. Other women who were rescued from the raid have also been in the remand home for the past two months. This bar girls don’t have valid age proof or residence proof documents.” The manager of Orchid Bar said, “We are trying to get the girls released from the remand home for the past two months, and are ready to pay the release amount to the court, but all the girls don’t have valid age proof or residence proof documents. We are trying to get hold of the required papers with the help of their families.”
Mumbai family struggles as HIV+ bar girl languishe
2014-07-14Monsoon claims first victim as youth drowns at Lon
Monsoon claims first victim as youth drowns at Lonavla Mon, 14 Jul 2014-09:22am , Pune , DNA Monsoon has become active and the rains in Lonavla have started attracting tourists, but negligence claimed its first victim of this season as a 37-year-old drowned in Bhushi dam on Saturday evening. The deceased has been identified as Ashok Menumal Devnani, a resident of Ulhasnagar in Thane. He, along with his friends, had gone to the dam on Saturday morning. A case of accidental death has been registered with Lonavla city police station. IS Patil, inspector in-charge of the police station, said, "Ashok was into electronic business. He came to Khandala on Saturday with five of his friends. Around 12 noon, they had lunch and gone to Bhushi dam. It was raining heavily and they halted near the flow of waterfall at Ghubad lake near Lion's Point. Around 4.30pm, he jumped into the water for a photo, but he slipped and drowned. We fished out his body in 20 minutes and rushed him to Parmar Hospital. But he was declared dead. He added, "We have kept a sign board warning tourists not to stand or play near the lake. Our volunteers had also warned them but Ashok wanted to click a picture."
Monsoon claims first victim as youth drowns at Lon
2014-07-14'Incomplete swipe' costs man 20k at Vashi ATM, ban
‘Incomplete swipe’ costs man Rs 20,000 at Vashi ATM TNN | Jul 14, 2014, 10.55 PM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Ulhasnagar resident and employee at an oil major, Vikramjeet Singh Chawla, was in for a rude shock after Rs 20,000 was debited from his account without him receiving or even swiping for the amount. The transaction took place at an ICICI Bank ATM centre in Vashi on July 5. Chawla complained to the bank and also filed a complaint with the Vashi police. He was informed that he will get his money back only after the bank completes its investigation on the transaction. "I swiped my card at one of the five machines, which appeared to be working in the kiosk. I realized that the password was not registering properly and the screen had gone blank. I cancelled the transaction, swiped my card at another machine and withdrew Rs 2,500," said Chawla. Soon, he got two smses for two transactions, one being a debit of Rs 20,000, which was never carried out. Chawla contacted the customer care section of the bank, filed a complaint to block his ATM card and also lodged a complaint with the local police. He then followed it up with the branch manager, who told him that they will investigate the matter. "A day later, the manager told me it was a case of fraud and not a technical fault. The manager also said that the bank investigation is on but is yet to get back," Chawla said. Cyber experts claim tricksters have resorted to stuck-key fraud. "I came across such cases, including four to five in the same branch," alleged Chawla. ICICI Vashi branch manager, Rajesh P admitted that Chawla had filed a complaint. "The matter is being investigated by a team and we have informed our central ATM team. The customer's complaint will be resolved but we need time to look into it," he said.When asked about similar complaints being registered with the branch, he added that those were of a different nature. The corporate communications head of the bank, Kausik Datta sought some time to respond.
2014-07-14Another case of stuck key fraud as man loses Rs 20
Another case of stuck key fraud as man loses Rs 20,000 TNN | Jul 14, 2014, 11.40 PM IST NAVI MUMBAI: BPCL employee Vikramjeet Singh Chawla was in for a rude shock after he found that Rs 20,000 was fraudulently debited from his account without him receiving the money. The transaction took place after the Ulhasnagar resident swiped his ATM card at an ICICI Bank ATM centre at their mega branch in Vashi on July 5. Thereafter Chawla has been pursuing the bank to get his money back. The bank insists that an inquiry is on and that he would get his money back only after it is over. Officials at the bank initially refused to accept that the fault was at their end, claims Chawla. "I entered the ATM centre and found there were five machines, of which two were non-functional. I swiped my card on one machine which appeared functional and typed my password. I then realised that the symbols for the password were not appearing on the screen and it had gone blank. I cancelled the transaction and swiped my card on another machine in the same kiosk and withdrew Rs 2,500," said Chawla. Shortly, he got two messages of two transactions, one of which was a debit of Rs 20,000, which he never carried out. Chawla immediately contacted the bank and registered a complaint and the card was blocked. He also filed an FIR."A day later, the manager told me it was a case of fraud," Chawla said. Cyber experts claim that in certain cases, tricksters have adopted the stuck key fraud to scam ATM users and one should ensure that no one else is present in the ATM kiosk. "At least four or five similar incidents have taken place in the same branch," alleged Chawla. ICICI Vashi branch manager, Rajesh P admitted that Chawla had complained. "The matter is being investigated by a team of the bank and we have also informed our central ATM team. The customer's complaint will be resolved, but we require some time," said Rajesh.When asked about complaints of similar incidents being registered with the branch, Rajesh P said those were of a different nature. ICICI Corporate Communications head Kausik Datta sought some time to respond.
2014-07-13GRP to probe torture, detention of 2 students - Ti
GRP to probe torture, detention of 2 students Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jul 13, 2014, 11.58 PM IST MUMBAI: Faced with criticism over allegations of two female students from Goregaon that Dombivli government railway police (GRP) personnel framed them in a theft case, tortured them and forced a confession from them, deputy commissioner of police Deepak Devraj on Sunday defended the personnel involved.On how he could give them a clean chit without a probe, Devraj said it would be completed in 48 hours. Chitra Kuwar and her friend Radha (names changed), both in their 20s, were travelling to Ulhasnagar to celebrate a friend's birthday on June 29. They had taken an Asangaon local from Dadar, and as it takes the Kasara route, they alighted at Dombivli to take another train to Ulhasnagar. When they alighted, three women who were with them in the train followed them. One of the women allegedly told the girls to pick up a purse on platform 2. When she refused, the woman allegedly held her by the neck and forced her to pick it up. The woman then took both and filed case of theft against them. The students alleged that at the police station, a female and male constable tortured them to force out a confession.Sources said CCTV cameras at Dombivli railway station, which could be key to the investigations, have a 10-day recording capacity. The girls complained to the GRP commissioner on July 7.
2014-07-13Mourning trekkers descend from Badlapur hill - Tim
Mourning trekkers descend from Badlapur hill Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jul 13, 2014, 11.51 PM IST MUMBAI: The body of a trekker who died while awaiting medical help after being hit by a stone while descending from Chanderi hill near Badlapur in Thane was brought down by a rescue team on Sunday morning. Seven of his teammates, including a woman, who stayed back awaiting his rescue also descended safely along with the rescue team around 10am. Malad resident Abhijit Kadam (25) had suffered head injuries after a rock fell from the top soon after the group started its descent in the afternoon. Heavy rain made his medical evacuation difficult. He died late on Saturday, the police said. A doctor, who had climbed up the hill in response to calls for medical help from Kadam's teammates, administered treatment, but Kadam could not be saved. The doctor returned to the base of the hill late at night. Kadam's body was sent to Central Hospital, Ulhasnagar, for a post-mortem examination.The trekkers were part of a group of 48, who had leftfor the hill on Saturday morning. Forty of them climbed down to safety in the evening. The rescue team, formed of the local Kulgaon police and the fire brigade, went to the spot, but rain and fog hampered their progress. The team achieved breakthrough around 4am on Sunday. Kadam's body was brought down with great difficulty as the path was narrow and slippery, said Badlapur tehsildar Amit Sanap. The police recorded the statements of all the trekkers and allowed them to go home.
2014-07-12GRP detained us wrongly, wanted to frame us for th
GRP detained us wrongly, wanted to frame us for theft: Students Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jul 12, 2014, 11.09 PM IST MUMBAI: Two girl students from Goregaon have accused personnel of the Government Railway Police (GRP) of framing them in a theft case and torturing them in the police station. The students, pursuing MCom and LLB, have now approached the GRP commissioner who has ordered an inquiry. On June 29, the students, Chitra Kuwar and her friend Radha (name changed)—both in 20s—were travelling to Ulhasnagar to celebrate a friend's birthday. They had taken an Asangaon local from Dadar. As the Asangaon train takes the Kasara route, they got off at Dombivli to take another train to Ulhasnagar. Both claimed to be NCC cadets. Chitra said, "When we alighted, three women who were with us in the train followed us. Suddenly, one of them asked my friend Radha to pick up a purse lying on the floor at platform number 2. When she refused to pick it up, the lady forcefully held her by the neck and forced her to pick it up. The woman then accused her of theft." The three women then took them to the Dombivli GRP office. That's when the girls realized that the three women were cops. "On the way, they kept hitting us. We didn't realize they were cops as they were not in uniform," Chitra said. "We requested them to allow us to speak to our parents but they refused. They did not inform our parents. At the police station, they beat us with belts, wanting us to accept the theft charge," said Radha.When the women constables failed to extract confessions, male constables interrogated us separately in different rooms. "They wanted each of us to implicate the other in the theft," she said. When the students refused, the GRP registered an FIR naming them. "They even threatened to sever my friend's head and dump her on the tracks and record it as an accidental death," Chitra said.The duo was sent to Kalyan jail, where they spent the night. They got bail the next day. A friend whom they had texted informed their parents. Both have now approached the Thane GRP commissioner as well as State Women's Commission. ACP Rajeshwari Redekar of Kalyan region GRP will probe their complaint. Mahesh Bagwe, senior inspector of Dombivli GRP, said the girls' allegations are baseless. "They were caught red-handed stealing the purse of the complainant, a teacher by profession."
2014-07-11Budget 2014: Focus now on 'smart cities', satellit
Budget 2014: Focus now on ‘smart cities’, satellite towns Friday 11 July 2014 Internal roads, street-lighting, water supply and sewage networks in Mumbai’s satellite towns like Kalyan-Dombivli, Bhiwandi-Ulhasnagar, Mira-Bhayander, Panvel, Ambernath, Kulgaon-Badlapur and Nallasopara may get better soon. Officials expect a reasonable slice of the Rs 7,060 crore earmarked for satellite towns will benefit these areas and convert them into smart cities for Navi Mumbai, Alibaug, Vasai-Virar, Thane and surrounding townships. “The infrastructure connecting regional roads and bridges can be funded under this programme. Municipal corporations and councils in the Mumbai metropolitan region will benefit from this,” said sources. “The prime minister has a vision of developing ‘100 smart cities’ as satellite towns of larger cities and modernising the existing mid-sized cities. To provide the necessary focus to this critical activity, I have provided a sum of Rs 7,060 crore in the current fiscal,” finance minister Arun Jaitley said in his budget speech. “As the fruits of development reach a large number of people, the pace of migration from rural areas to cities is increasing. A neo-middle class is emerging which has the aspiration of better living standards. Unless new cities are developed to accommodate the burgeoning number of people, the existing cities would soon become unlivable,” he added. The budget announcement to provide facilities and support to encourage the manufacturing sector and planned special economic zones (SEZ) might help revive the Navi Mumbai and Mahamumbai SEZ in parts of Uran, Panvel and Alibaug. This might also boost the prospects of the Navi Mumbai international airport planned by Cidco.
2014-07-10Focus now on 'smart cities', Mumbai's satellite to
Focus now on ‘smart cities’, Mumbai's satellite towns will benefit Chittaranjan Tembhekar | TNN | Jul 10, 2014, 11.09 PM IST MUMBAI: Roads, street-lighting, water supply and sewage networks in Mumbai's satellite towns like Kalyan-Dombivli, Bhiwandi-Ulhasnagar, Mira-Bhayander, Panvel, Ambernath, Kulgaon-Badlapur and Nallasopara may improve. Officials expect a reasonable slice of the Rs 7,060 crore earmarked for satellite towns will benefit these areas and convert them into smart cities for Navi Mumbai, Alibaug, Vasai-Virar, Thane and surrounding townships. "The infrastructure connecting regional roads and bridges can be funded under this programme. Municipal corporations and councils in the Mumbai metropolitan region will benefit from this," said sources. The announcement to encourage planned special economic zones might help revive the Navi Mumbai and Mahamumbai SEZ in parts of Uran, Panvel and Alibaug.
2014-07-04Prostitution racket busted, 6 held - Times of Indi
Prostitution racket busted, 6 held Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 5, 2014, 02.04 AM IST THANE: The Anti Human Trafficking Cell, Thane, rescued five women from a lodge in Ulhasnagar and busted a prostitution racket on Wednesday night. Investigating officer Abhijeet Bhujbal said that Diamond Lodging and Boarding was luring customers by keeping women in the lodge and carrying out a prostitution racket.The sleuths raided the lodge based on a tip off. "Initially we spotted only a woman. However on searching further, we found four others hiding behind a bathroom wall built in a unique way.Six persons have been arrested, including the owners of the lodge, Ravi and Raghu Shetty. The officer added that those rescued were natives of West Bengal but lived in Ulhasnagar and reportedly forced into prostitution. A case has been registered at a local police station under the Prevention Of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) Sections 3, 4 5 and 6 and Sections 308 and 370 (2) (3) of the Indian Penal Code.
2014-07-04Go nuts over Hokey Pokey in Mumbai - Mid-Day
Go nuts over Hokey Pokey in Mumbai By The Guide Team | Posted 04-Jul-2014 A much-loved Kiwi brand Hokey Pokey is marking its presence in city stores. Traditionally, a word for ice cream itself, the brand is known to be delicious with its small nuggets of honey toffee in vanilla ice cream and as a matter of fact is a favourite after vanilla flavour in New Zealand. Available across various locations in the city, one can choose from a variety of flavours that are divided into three categories — Indulge, Exotic and Gourmet. While Indulge contains traditional favourites such as Fresh Cream and Chocolate Temptation, you just might go weak in the knees when you hear of Banana Caramel Crunch in the Gourmet category. The least heard i.e. the Exotic includes Granny Green Apple and Fruits of the Forest that just by their sheer interesting names will have you try them once. Their edge in the market is due to the fact that they have their own selection of mix-and-match flavours such as Strawberry Cheesecake NY Style (Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream with Cracker Biscuit and Strawberry Comfiture) priced at `75 for a scoop though you can create customised versions as well.Other creations such as Manic Monkey, Brownie Break, Knight In Armour, Black Forest Blend and Double Chocolate Therapy which are the most popular with the sweet-toothed cost `110 each for a scoop.
Go nuts over Hokey Pokey in Mumbai - Mid-Day
2014-07-03Rabodi cops foil dacoity bid at petrol pump, 5 hel
Rabodi cops foil dacoity bid at petrol pump, 5 held Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 3, 2014, 12.05 PM IST THANE: A dacoity bid at a petrol pump was foiled in Kolbad area on Monday afternoon.The polcie have arrested five accused in the case.The cops had received a tip-off that a gang of thieves were planning to loot a petrol pump. The police laid a trap and waited till the gang arrived. The accused reached the spot by taxi and two of them came on bikes. The cops caught them unaware and arrested the accused, said K G Chavan, PI (crime) of Rabodi police station. The police seized chilly power and sharp weapons from them. ''Our officials intercepted the gang and during a search we found the three knives, ropes and chilly powder. The accused must have done a recce of the place. We have seized the taxi and motorcycles,'' said Chavan.The accused have been identified as Abhishek Singh (21), Raj Jaiswal (19), Deepak Jha (20), Vinod Yadav (21) and Mohammad Ansari (25), all residents of Ulhasnagar. Investigations are on and a few of them were involved in cheating cases outside banks. The accused may be involved in many more such crimes,'' said Chavan. A case has been registered by the Rabodi police under Section 399 (making preparation to commit dacoity) and 402 (assembling for purpose of committing dacoity) of the Indian Penal Code.
2014-07-03SRA may spread its wings to Thane district - Mid-D
SRA may spread its wings to Thane district By Ravikiran Deshmukh |Posted 03-Jul-2014 The state government has appointed a study group to work on the possibility of forming Slum Rehabilitation Authorities in 15 civic bodies across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region The Slum rehabilitation authority (SRA), which, of late, has become a sought-after state enterprise by developers, local leaders and the administration, is set to spread its wings in the adjoining Thane district in a big way. The study group will look into the issues affecting slum dwellers in Thane district in detail, and submit a report to the government on whether an SRA body is required or not. File pic Giving in to constant demands by the elected representatives, the state government has decided to appoint a nine-member study group to work on creating SRA for as many as seven municipal corporations and eight municipal councils from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) that is spread between Mumbai city to Virar, Bhiwandi, Ambernath and Nhava Sheva. The principal secretary of the state housing department will be the coordinator of the study group, which comprises principal secretaries of the state forest and urban development departments, managing director of town planning body CIDCO, chief executive officer of MIDC, the municipal commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation, and state director of town planning as its members. Currently there are four SRAs, one each for Mumbai, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Nagpur. These bodies are limited to the areas under the respective civic authorities. The study group will now work on modalities for rehabilitation of slum dwellers living in MMR. After studying the issues of slum pockets in these regions, it will recommend whether an SRA for all the civic areas would be feasible or not. Besides this, the group will also recommend whether it would be appropriate to give special powers to those civic bodies or setting up a special planning authority for the region. The committee is expected to submit its report by the end of this month. Demand for SRAThe seven municipal corporations which want an SRA: Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivli, Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Vasai-Virar, Mira-Bhayander, Ulhasnagar. Apart from these, eight municipal councils have also asked for the body to be set up. These are: Panvel, Ambernath, Badlapur, Alibaug, Pen, Khopoli, Matheran, and Karjat.
2014-07-03First meeting for panel on illegal bldgs on July 1
First meeting for panel on illegal bldgs on July 11 TNN | Jul 3, 2014, 11.56 PM IST Mumbai: A committee set up to tackle illegal constructions in the city will hold its first meeting on July 11. The panel is supposed to recommend ways to handle the existing illegal constructions and to suggest measures to prevent new ones from coming up. Headed by BMC commissioner Sitaram Kunte, its other members include the civic chiefs of Thane, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Pune. The city is creaking under the burden of unauthorized constructions. While Thane has been given the cluster redevelopment route to tackle both old and dilapidated buildings as well as illegal structures, in Ulhasnagar, regularization did not take off. Officials said it was now to be seen how the panel tackled the irregularities and if the state accepted its recommendations to solve the problems.
2014-07-026-year-old dies after eating tiffin at Ulhasnagar
6-year-old dies after eating tiffin at Ulhasnagar school ARVIND WALMIKI | Wed, 2 Jul 2014-07:30am , DNA A six-year-old boy mysteriously died after eating from his tiffin box at Century Rayon school, Ulhasnagar, on Tuesday morning, leaving his parents and the school authorities grappling to determine what had happened. Arjunsingh Mohansingh Jina, left from his home, which is quite close to his school, at around 7.30 am. During recess at 10.30 am, he was eating from his tiffin box, which he allegedly got from his home, when he suddenly fell to the ground. A watchman on duty saw the boy lying on the floor and informed his class teacher Prema, who rushed to the spot, picked up the boy and took him to the hall. Arjunsingh then opened his eyes and told her that he had just had his tiffin, and that he felt like vomiting. After being administered some medicine, he vomited, after which the teacher and some members of the school staff took him to a nearby hospital. On the way, they informed Arjunsingh's parents who then rushed to the hospital. However, during treatment, the doctor on duty declared him dead. An officer from Ulhasnagar police station said, "The post-mortem reports are awaited. We have registered a case of accidental death as of now, and are investigating further to ascertain the exact cause of death." Sources said they suspected a case of food poisoning. After the news of their son's death, Arjunsingh's parents met school principal Kailashpati Pal and asked her the reason. When she was unable to give a satisfactory answer, they allegedly broke a few objects in her office. The principal immediately alerted the police. Arjunsingh's mother said, "My son died because of the school's negligence. Going by the amount it charges, it is the school's duty inform the parents if anything happens to the children. Though he was taken to the hospital, we were informed late." Principal Pal said, "The boy had bought the tiffin box from home and he had not been well for the past few days. We haven't done anything that can be termed as negligence."
6-year-old dies after eating tiffin at Ulhasnagar
2014-07-02Boy dies in class after vomiting, family blame sta
BOY DIES IN CLASS AFTER VOMITING, FAMILY BLAME STAFF By Yogesh Sadhwani, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jul 2, 2014, 06.19 AM IST Relatives of Arjun Singh Jena, 5, allege that Shahad schoolteachers failed to tend to him and simply asked him to lie down on the last bench. A senior KG student died mysteriously in his class after vomiting during the lunch break on Tuesday morning. Five-year-old Arjun Singh Jena, who studied in Cenray Toddlers' Academy in Shahad near Kalyan, threw up after having home-cooked food and was asked by his teacher to lie down on the last bench. When his mother, Maya, came to take him home, he was unresponsive. Arjun was rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. The boy's relatives have accused the school of negligence, saying they failed to alert his parents about his poor health or call a doctor. They believe Arjun choked on his own vomit after the school staff failed to tend to him. The school, however, denied the charges. It has filed a police complaint against the relatives after they allegedly assaulted the principal, P N Pal, and damaged school property. The Ulhasnagar police, under who jurisdiction the school falls, refused to comment on the cause of death, saying they would wait for the post-mortem report. Cenray Toddlers' Academy reopened after the summer break on Tuesday. Maya said that Arjun and her elder second son, Karan, were very excited to return to school and meet their friends. Karan is a Std III student. "I dropped them off at 7.30 am and gave them their lunch boxes containing roti sabzi. Arjun seemed absolutely fine then," she said. Around 8 am, during the recess, Arjun had his lunch and within minutes, he vomited. His class teacher asked him to lie down on the last bench FOR some time. While the school claims that his parents were promptly alerted, Maya said that she received no such call and went there to pick up her sons at 10.30 am when the last pre-primary class ends. "When I reached there, Arjun's class teacher, Prema, told me that he was sleeping on the last bench as he was not feeling well. I went to wake him up, but he did not respond. We immediately took him to a hospital then," said Maya, whose husband works as a cook in a hotel in Raigad. Arjun was admitted to the nearby Century Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. His body was taken to Rukminibai Municipal Hospital in Kalyan for a post-mortem. The family, in the meantime, filed a complaint of negligence against the school. "The school had my and my husband's phone numbers. They could have at least informed us that our son was not feeling well. Instead, the teacher simply asked him to lie down. They didn't even clean him up after he vomited," Maya said. "The school is responsible for our son's death." Inspector Ghanshyam Palange of the Ulhasnagar police station said that a case of accidental death had been registered for now. "We will take further action after seeing the post-mortem report," he said. Brig (retd) VPPS Gusain, senior general manager of the school's administration, provided a different account of the events leading up to Arjun's death. He said that after Arjun threw up, his parents were contacted. "The child's mother and relatives promptly came to the school and rushed the child to Century Hospital, where the he was administered treatment. Regrettably, the child did not recover and passed away in 20 minutes. The cause of death would be known only after the post-mortem," Gusain said. He added that a mob gathered at the school and ransacked its property. The management had filed a police complaint for the same, and would not conduct classes on Wednesday to protest the vandalism.
2014-07-02Rabodi cops foil dacoity bid at petrol pump, 5 hel
Rabodi cops foil dacoity bid at petrol pump, 5 held Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 2, 2014, 10.45 PM IST THANE: A dacoity bid at a petrol pump was foiled in Kolbad area on Monday afternoon.The polcie have arrested five accused in the case. The cops had received a tip-off that a gang of thieves were planning to loot a petrol pump. The police laid a trap and waited till the gang arrived. The accused reached the spot by taxi and two of them came on bikes. The cops caught them unaware and arrested the accused, said K G Chavan, PI (crime) of Rabodi police station. The police seized chilly power and sharp weapons from them.''Our officials intercepted the gang and during a search we found the three knives, ropes and chilly powder. The accused must have done a recce of the place. We have seized the taxi and motorcycles,'' said Chavan. The accused have been identified as Abhishek Singh (21), Raj Jaiswal (19), Deepak Jha (20), Vinod Yadav (21) and Mohammad Ansari (25), all residents of Ulhasnagar. ''Investigations are on and a few of them were involved in cheating cases outside banks. The accused may be involved in many more such crimes,'' said Chavan. A case has been registered by the Rabodi police under Section 399 (making preparation to commit dacoity) and 402 (assembling for purpose of committing dacoity) of the Indian Penal Code.
2014-07-01Dacoity attempt foiled in Thane; five held - Busin
Dacoity attempt foiled in Thane; five held Press Trust of India | Thane July 1, 2014 Last Updated at 19:13 IST Police claimed to have foiled dacoity attempt at a petrol pump with the arrest of five youths in Kolbad area here. Acting on the information that a gang of robbers would target Babu Bhai petrol pump, a trap was laid last evening. The patrolling beat Constables spotted the gang members who came in a taxi and two motorcycles, police said today. They were intercepted and on body search they were found in possession of three knives, ropes and chilly powder, said Sub-Inspector D H Badhane of Rabodi Police Station. Those arrested were identified as Abhishek Singh (21), Raj Jaiswal, (19), Deepak Jha (20), Vinod Yadav (21), all residents of Ulhasnagar, and Mohammad Ansari (25) of Mumbra. They all are employed in odd jobs, he said. "A few of them have been found to be linked to some cheating cases. Further investigations are on to find if they were involved in more criminal cases," an official said. They have been booked under IPC Sections 399 (making preparation to commit dacoity) and 402 (assembling for purpose of committing dacoity).
2014-07-01Kid dies after eating tiffin, parents say school a
Kid dies after eating tiffin, parents say school aid late Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jul 1, 2014, 11.28 PM IST THANE: A six-year-old boy from the kindergarten section of Century School, Shahad, died on Tuesday, triggering violent reaction from his parents, relatives and locals who blamed school authorities for delay in providing medical help. Arjun Singh Jinnah is said to have vomited during school recess, around 9.30am, after eating from the tiffin packed by his mother. The child, who lived in Kamla Nehru Nagar area, Dhobi Ghat in Ulhasnagar Camp 1, was rushed to Century Rayon Hospital in the vicinity by his parents and relatives, but pronounced dead on arrival."His class teacher, Prema, took charge of Arjun after he began to throw up in the classroom. With the help of other staffers, she made him lie on the bench and immediately informed the principal who, in turn, called his father. The boy was attended to in the school and after his parents arrived, rushed to Century Rayon Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival," said K D Jadhav, senior police inspector, Ulhasnagar police station. While mystery surrounds his death, the police are also inquiring if the boy had a medical history.The school management said it would be incorrect to point an accusing finger at them. "We did inform the boy's father immediately after he vomited. He said he was in Raigad, but his relatives and his mother came around 10.15am and rushed him to the hospital. We did whatever we could by summoning his parents but, unfortunately, the boy passed away in the hospital," a school spokesperson told TOI. Police have registered an accidental death report. "The body has been sent for post-mortem. An informal conversation with doctors indicated death could be due to an undetected illness; they suspect symptoms of bronchopneumonia. We have taken his blood samples and will send them to National institute of Virology, Pune," said Jadhav. Other parents and locals met high school principal Kailash Pal. The mob vandalized the office.

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