|2011-08-28||Mini Ganesh makes big news|
Mini Ganesh makes big news
Only one inch tall and weighing 40g, couple create world's smallest Ganesh idol
Sushil and Shivani Kanyalal, residents of Ulhasnagar believe in celebrating festivals in an eco-friendly manner. In an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint during this festive season, Sushil came up with the idea of getting a 1-inch Ganesh idol made of mud.For Ganesh Chaturthi, which will start on September 1, Kanyalal began his work in May. But even with the idea of a mini Ganesha he had a tough time finding an artist who could create the miniature clay model. Kanyalal met Ajit Ghadigaonkar, an artist from Lalbaug and convinced him to take on the project. "Though I had the idea, finding an able artist was difficult. I searched for months before finding Ajit who readily agreed," explains Shivani.
"This is the smallest Ganpati ever made and it cost only Rs 1,100. An average idol usually costs around Rs 800," says Shivani.
Initially skeptical about the idea, artist Ghadigaonkar took an entire month to mould the idol. "Making this idol, was a challenge, since every small detail had to be sized-down to perfection. It took me three hours to put the final touches with paint," says Ghadigaonkar.
The Kanyalals, who started the tradition of bringing a Ganpati home five years ago, use environmentally-friendly decorations for the entire span of 11 days. They use a wooden basket instead of thermocol and other biodegradable materials.
Excited about their unique Ganesh idol, Sushil has decided to place a banner outside his building that will let passers-by known about it. He also plans to keep his home's doors open to all devotees. Among those he specially wants to invite is his local MLA -- Kumar Aelani.
The couple has made special arrangements to keep the Ganpati in Maruti's (Hanuman's) hands, so that the idol is visible during darshan.
|2011-08-12||Teen held for hypnotizing, robbing four|
ULHASNAGAR: A 17-year-old boy has been arrested for accosting and hypnotizing people on their way to deposit money and robbing them. According to the Vithalwadi police, the SSC dropout had a good command over different languages and was able to cheat four people in Ulhasnagar and Kalyan with the help of a gang.
On Wednesday, he and another associate were caught in the act by a policeman while they were trying to dupe a man on his way to deposit Rs 20,000 in a State Bank of India branch. The accomplice managed to escape. The police is on the lookout for two other gang members.
|2011-08-12||CID to probe Ulhasnagar self-immolation case|
Giving in to the demand of the family members as well as political parties, the investigation in the Prashant Lahane self-immolation case was transferred to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Thursday.
Lahane, 30, had committed suicide in front of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) on August 2 to protest against the alleged physical and mental harassment of his handicapped sister Sangeeta, a UMC employee, by senior officials.
Reacting to the move, Shivajirao Rathod, DCP, Ulhasnagar, said, “Sangeeta Lahane took time to record the statement. The investigation couldn’t have progressed without it.”
Meanwhile, Sangita Lahane registered a supplementary FIR in which she has named advocate Sunil Dhanwani, ex-chairman of UMC school board Kishore Vanvari, ex-corporator Asaram Dodke and Ramesh Gorad as the co-accused.
Lahane’s sister Sulakshana said, “Our family has been demanding a CID inquiry into the case from the beginning.”
Anticipatory bail applications of accused Shiv Sena leader Chandrakant Bodare and education officer Suresh Gaikwad will be heard on August 19.
|2011-08-04||Ulhasnagar immolation: Kin demand CID probe|
ULHASNAGAR: Family of 28-year-old Prashant Lahane who set himself ablaze outside the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) on Tuesday has demanded a probe by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), saying the local police are trying to shield the accused.
Prashant was upset that the UMC had not taken action on his sister's complaint of sexual harassment against an officer of its education department and some political leaders from Ulhasnagar. Prashant's father Sandulal told TOI, "We want home minister R R Patil to order a CID probe into the matter. The police are trying to shield the accused due to political pressure. Initially, the cops said they had found a suicide note but later denied this."
Accusing the cops of high-handed behaviour, Sandulal said his daughter was forced to leave the Vithalwadi police station when she went there to lodge a complaint against education department officials. "Instead of filing an FIR, the policemen told her to leave the station premises," he said, adding that the same fate met his daughter at the Central police station where she had gone to file the complaint.
Deputy commissioner of police Shivaji Rathod said, "The family's allegations are false. We did not find any suicide note at the spot. It is probable that Prashant was carrying a note on him and it may have been destroyed in the fire. We have registered a case against four persons and are investigating the matter."
|2011-08-04||Protests against FIR in lahane case|
Protesting against police action against an Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) secretary and a teacher in Tuesday’s self-immolation case, 2,700 UMC employees and 300 teachers working in the Ulhasnagar Municipal School Board’s school went on a stop-work agitation on Wednesday.
Teachers also organised a silent march to the office of the deputy commissioner of police.
Prashant Lahane, 30, had committed suicide in front of the UMC on Tuesday, to protest against the alleged physical and mental harassment of his handicapped sister Sangeeta, a UMC employee, by senior officials.
Sangeeta had accused the education officer and some politicians of harassing her.
Charansingh Tak, UMC labour union leader, said, “Ganesh Shimpi, the UMC commissioner’s secretary, was no way concerned with the Lahane issue. They should withdraw his name from the FIR.”
Ashok Patil, a teacher, said, “We are shocked that our teacher Subhangi Salukhe’s name figured in the case. She has nothing to do with the Lahanes, how can she instigate the suicide? Her name should be withdrawn from the case.”
Sandulal Lahane, father of the deceased, said, “Our family is shocked and frightened. The people whom Sangeeta accused are well known criminals-cum-politicians. They should be arrested and police protection should be given to us.”
Sandulal said the case should be transferred to the CID or Special Investigation Team.
|2011-08-03||Man sets himself ablaze in Ulhasnagar, Thane|
In a tragic incident, a thirty-year-old man committed suicide on Tuesday morning by setting himself on fire in front of the municipal office in Ulhasnagar in Thane district, Maharashtra.
The man identified as Prashant Lahane allegedly did so to protest the alleged injustice meted out to his sister Sangita who is employed by the education department on a contract basis.
"I had just reported to duty in the morning when I saw a man engulfed in flames running towards the building entrance. A guard tried to douse his flames, but in vain," said senior security guard Shankar Chauhan. Lahane died before any help could arrive.
Besides his sister Sangita, Lahane is surived by his parents, wife and daughter. He used to run a cutlery shop at Ambika Nagar in Ulhasnagar.
Ulhasnagar Municipal commissioner Ashok Kumar Rankhamb denied the civic body's responsibility for the incident.
According to civic officers, Sangita was in the verge of being sacked, owing to mounting complaints against her from elected representatives and officials.
Sangita, too, had complained against S B Gaikwad, an education officer for sexual harassment. Gaikwad denied the allegations when this reporter contacted him, and claimed that the allegations were meant to blackmail him from taking action against her.
Image: Prashant Lahane