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2014-08-30Gangster threatens corporator: Give Rs 5 crore or
Gangster threatens corporator: Give Rs 5 crore or will kill your sons Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Aug 30, 2014, 11.57 PM IST KALYAN-DOMBIVLI: After making threat calls to several films stars, Ravi Pujari has now dialled the number of a leading distributor of liquor in the state, Godhumal Kishnani. Pujari is said to have called up Kishnani, who is also a Congress corporator in Ulhasnagar, and demanded Rs 5 crore from him, threatening to bump off his two sons if not given the money. In a complaint to the Central police station in Ulhasnagar, Kishnani said he had been receiving threat calls from Pujari from August 11. He said that he initially took the calls lightly, but finally decided to approach the police with a complaint upon receiving a text message in which Pujari threatened to kill his sons, Pravin and Manish. The police said Kishnani and Pravin already have police security. On Friday, after both approached the police with their complaint about extortion calls, the police extended the security to Manish, the elder son of the Ulhasnagar corporator. Speaking after lodging the police complaint, Kishnani said he decided to act when he learnt that Pujari had been quite active in making extortion calls in recent days. "The caller has made several calls to me from an international number as well as local phone numbers to demand money," Kishnani said. "Initially, I thought that some local goon was behind the calls, but when I saw that Pujari in recent days had made several such calls to prominent people, I decided to approach police." Pujari is said to have made several calls to businessmen, politicians and Bollywood personalities like film starsand producers to demand under various threats. Kishnani is the fourth person from Ulhasnagar in the past month to have received such threatening calls from Pujari, said the police Pujari had recently called Omie Kalani, son of Ulhasnagar strongman-politician Pappu Kalani, and threatened him that he should not contest the upcoming assembly election against BJP MLA Kumar Ailani. The police aid the extortion calls to Kishnani had caused a stir in the business community in Ulhasnagar.
2014-08-27Cops to 'shoot' & shame eve-teasers this Ganeshots
Cops to ‘shoot’ & shame eve-teasers this Ganeshotsav Mumbai | Published:August 28, 2014 12:36 am The Mumbai Police have resorted to a successful decades-old proven method to deal with eve-teasers. Starting Tuesday, the police began rounding up young men caught eve-teasing women in public spaces and called their parents to inform them of their misdeeds. Anti-eve-teasing squads comprising woman police officers in plainclothes and two male constables shot pictures and videos of men sexually harassing women near Ganpati Mandals in the northern suburbs on Tuesday. In all, 25 men aged between 20 and 22 were caught on Tuesday and hauled to local police stations. “We then called the parents of these youths to show them what their sons had been up to. They were let off with a warning that they would be arrested if caught again,” said Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria. The exercise that began on Tuesday in the northern suburbs, will now be replicated across the city, Maria said. The anti-eve-teasing squads were first formed last year in the run-up to Ganesh Chaturthi. Plainclothes male and female officers visited every Ganpati mandal across the city to catch eve-teasers red-handed. This year, however, the police are also capturing their actions on cameras. “The teams have been instructed to shoot pictures and videos of molestation incidents on their cell phones before nabbing the accused. They also use video cameras provided to each police station. At the police station, we call the parents of the accused and show them the videos,” said Kishor Jadhav, Additional Commissioner of Police, North Region. Jadhav said that the measure would continue beyond the festival under the supervision of zonal deputy commissioners. According to a senior Mumbai Police officer, this method has been implemented successfully across the state since 1990. “It was first implemented in Kalyan and Ulhasnagar, followed by Baramati in Pune district. Subsequently, this exercise was successfully replicated in Nagpur, Pune and Akola,” he said. Maria also said that all registered sexual offenders would also be arrested prior to the festival as a preventive measure. Other security measures Security measures this festive season will also see regular monitoring tightened. This will also be the first year where the security tier shifts to an equally elaborate plainclothes bandobast. The police are concentrating on clearing drug addicts and drug peddlers off the streets during the ten-day festival. Teams have been formed and deputed on select circles where the crime is more prevalent. The Anti Narcotics Cell of the Crime Branch is doing the rounds and has briefed each police station on the presence of pedlars and other such known offenders in each zone. With the crime statistics showing trends that chain snatchers target chains, bags and mobile phones of devotees, the police zonal heads have devised new methods to nab offenders. According to officials, they have devised a strategy of introducing patrol in lanes behind mandals. Last year, statistics showed that devotees were targeted especially inside dark lanes behind the mandals, usually used during the evening by returning crowds. Not many chain snatchings were reported in the main roads as they were mostly crowded. Further, the police have also devised a special drive to check two wheelers to ensure instances of chain snatching. In meetings with Ganpati mandals, separate instructions were given to ensure that no volunteers misbehave or manhandle any of the devotees or any one in the crowd. Last year, a volunteer with Lal baughcha Raja was probed after a woman devotee complained manhandling and misbehavior. “In meetings with Ganpati mandals, we have instructed volunteers that no misbehavior towards devotees will be tolerated this time,” said Rakesh Maria, commissioner of Police. The volunteers have also been instructed not to gamble inside mandals this year. Meanwhile at the biggest mandal a command post will be established at Lalbaugcha Raja in the form of a police van.
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2014-08-22Cops on door-to-door drive to weed out child labou
Cops on door-to-door drive to weed out child labour Aug 22, 2014, 10.07 PM IST THANE: In a first-of-its-kind exercise, the Thane police will start a drive to identify commercial and residential pockets were minor children are being exploited. Many small scale industries, hotels and even household employee children to do odd jobs and run errands. Some even employee kids as maids. The cops have decided to come down heavily on all such people found exploiting kids. This initiative is the brain child of Thane police commissioner Vijay Kamble, who has established the state's only Child Protection Unit (CPU) under the Thane police. Sources said that the main motive is to identify areas where people are flouting rules. The employers will be educated about the child labour laws so that they are aware about the rules. A senior police official said that the drive will start from Ulhasnagar. Members of the Child Welfare Committee and several NGOs will be roped in for the drive. ''The exercise will commence mostly from industrial pockets falling under the Thane police commissionerate were children are made to do menial jobs. The drive will be carried out at small scale industries, manufacturing units, etc. Also, residential and housing complexes will be covered,'' said police inspector Madan Ballal. The cops will educate to the employers, chairman and secretary of residential complex about the child labour issue. A bond or an undertaking will be taken from them to refrain from such activities. If they are caught employing kids, they can face stringent action and could even be booked under relevant sections of the law, a police official told TOI. Even the begging community will be on the radar. If they are caught using kids while begging then they too will be booked. Meanwhile, the CPU has also undertaken a drive wherein they will click pictures of street kids found at railway stations. These pictures will be maintained in a file. ''This will help us identify any runaway child from various parts of the country. This will also help build a database for future references,'' said a police official.
2014-08-22'Be Indian, Buy Indian' revisited - Free Press Jou
Home Cities Mumbai Indore Bhopal Ujjain Opinion Nation World Business Sports Cricket Football Football World Cup 2014 Hockey Tennis Local Sports Other Glam Features Etcetra Food Health Life-Style Travel Wealth & Health Weekend Weekend Guide Guiding Light PR Corporate Corner Event Corner Business Wire India Interviews Epaper My India My Way MenuHome Cities + Mumbai Indore Bhopal Ujjain Opinion Nation World Business Sports + Cricket Football Football World Cup 2014 Hockey Tennis Local Sports Other Glam Features + Etcetra Food Health Life-Style Travel Wealth & Health Weekend Weekend Guide Guiding Light PR + Corporate Corner Event Corner Business Wire India Interviews Epaper My India My Way Home / Edit / â€˜Be Indian, Buy Indian’ revisited ‘Be Indian, Buy Indian’ revisited — By Sunanda K Datta-Ray,  August 23, 2014 12:08 am If Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech continues to resonate it is because he set himself the arduous task of recasting the national character in a new mould. As he himself admitted, the ramparts of the Red Fort was “not a platform for politics but nation-building.”  Instead of projecting a lofty vision or preaching pious platitudes, he addressed matters of daily concern that go to the heart of our way of life.  He mentioned punctuality in going to work, asking “Should government officials going to work at the right time be news in this country?” Government servants should not merely do a job, they should provide a service while adding in a conciliatory tone that every government servant from a chaprasi to the Cabinet Secretary is competent. “We will harness that strength.”  He spoke of rape shaming every Indian and demanded why parents were not as strict with sons as with daughters. “After all, those who rape are also someone’s son.”  He invoked Mahatma Gandhi to stress the importance of cleanliness. “If we keep our country clean, no one can come from outside and spoil it.” Every road, school, office, locality and neighbourhood should be clean, he insisted.  These were simple but absolutely essential and yet infinitely complex matters. But it will be far more difficult to achieve these aims than to build roads and railways, reinforce defence or enter into strategic partnership with a foreign country. Punctuality, sexual morality, parental discipline or hygiene can be enforced in some societies, but India isn’t one of them. A corrupt official is not shot here, as in China. The police can’t forcibly remove banned headgear, as in Kemal Ataturk’s Turkey.  But it sounded great to hear Modi boom “Come, Make in India!” At first, I wasn’t sure whether he was inviting the FDI or whether he was urging young Indians to take up the challenge of manufacture. Both, it seemed, when he added he had full confidence in the capability of Indians to produce in all sectors.  “I invite our youth involved in manufacturing to ensure that all over the world, products say ‘Made in India’”, he continued, adding that there is no reason why we should have to import things when we have the capacity to make them at home. He was rightly categorical that it will benefit the country if we start manufacturing the electronic goods we now import. “Out of all the things we import, I will ensure that we start making at least one of those in India.” Amen to that.  But the idea is hardly new. “Import substitution” was Jawaharlal Nehru’s highly publicised mantra. It was expected to conserve valuable foreign exchange for essential purposes, while developing a manufacturing base in India that would generate employment and develop indigenous skills. The Ambassador car, modelled on the 1950s Morris Oxford, was the outstanding symbol. Initially, our success in import substitution made India the envy of all developing countries. In the 1960s, India also planned a series of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Kandla in Gujarat, Falta in West Bengal and other places to manufacture only for export.  One reason why the experiment collapsed is evident from the tremendous popularity of so-called “export rejects” and the cachet attached to two other magic words “export quality.” There is a mad stampede whenever a sale of Chinese goods is announced. Sir Vidya Naipaul, with his unerring eye and ear for human frailties, exposed this aspect of the Indian psyche by making a woman say in An Area of Darkness, “I am craze for foreign.”  Indira Gandhi must have had someone like her in mind when she told the story of Indians abroad gleefully buying up a whole wardrobe of garments with ‘Made in USA’ labels. It was only on their return to India that they discovered to their chagrin that ‘USA’ stood for Ulhasnagar Sindhi Association somewhere near Mumbai.  Taste can’t be legislated though it can be changed through persuasion and instruction over a period of time. That didn’t happen with India’s aspiring upper middle class. Another example that comes to mind is of an American-made sharp, hot sauce called Tabasco. When luxury consumer goods could no longer be imported, Indians generated a very similar indigenously-made sauce called Capsico. I don’t know whether it was made under licence or was a totally indigenous product, but Capsico seemed perfectly acceptable and was served in many hotels and restaurants. Its popularity dropped with the advent of liberalisation when the much more expensive Tabasco was again freely available.  Although set up long before China’s, our SEZs didn’t work as originally planned because of several reasons. First, the quality and packaging of Indian manufacture did not appeal to buyers in Europe, America and – increasingly – the richer nations of East and South-east Asia. Second, foreign buyers complained of the absence of follow-up service and the difficulty, often impossibility, of getting spares from India. Third, delivery schedules were not kept. Fourth, many Indian exporters manipulated invoices and demanded payment on the side to avoid Indian foreign exchange and tax regulations, which respectable buyers abroad found unacceptable.  There were other abuses. An Indian exporter of medical supplies was banned in Australia because some bandages were found to be infected. The exporter promptly changed his brand name and continued sending the same contaminated stuff to the same destination. When he was caught out, he sold his company to another, but innocent Indian businessman, who began exporting to Australia in all good faith until he discovered his products had a bad name there.  Disincentives are not always criminal. A flourishing black market is always a challenge to legitimate production. Kolkata boasted a young businessman who was referred to as the “Chocolate man” and who could supply anything from a small bottle of French perfume to a German hi-fi set. He went round from office to office with a large suitcase full of imported tinned foods and – more to the point – several bulky catalogues of foreign goods that could be ordered. Some of his supplies came from Western diplomatic missions who sold wines, cheese and other foodstuffs on the quiet, and also from five-star hotels that didn’t make full and proper use of their import licence for consumerables. But, obviously, more professional contraband operators were also at work.  Liberalisation has increased the flow of such goods to a flood without the taint of illegality. They obviously can’t be banned because apart from WTO rules, liberalisation has also added to wealth and many more Indians can afford imported goods. But the Modi Government can try to ensure that Indian manufactures are of world class quality and that the abuses listed above are eliminated. Even so, the Indian public will have to be persuaded that desi is better than pardesi. It won’t be an easy task. Sunanda K Datta-Ray Share this Post: « Previous Article Govt hikes import duty on sugar to 25% Next Article » Imagine, top class Goa hotels without a bar! 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2014-08-22Cops on door-to-door drive to weed out child labou
Cops on door-to-door drive to weed out child labour Aug 22, 2014, 10.07 PM IST THANE: In a first-of-its-kind exercise, the Thane police will start a drive to identify commercial and residential pockets were minor children are being exploited. Many small scale industries, hotels and even household employee children to do odd jobs and run errands. Some even employee kids as maids. The cops have decided to come down heavily on all such people found exploiting kids. This initiative is the brain child of Thane police commissioner Vijay Kamble, who has established the state's only Child Protection Unit (CPU) under the Thane police. Sources said that the main motive is to identify areas where people are flouting rules. The employers will be educated about the child labour laws so that they are aware about the rules. A senior police official said that the drive will start from Ulhasnagar. Members of the Child Welfare Committee and several NGOs will be roped in for the drive. ''The exercise will commence mostly from industrial pockets falling under the Thane police commissionerate were children are made to do menial jobs. The drive will be carried out at small scale industries, manufacturing units, etc. Also, residential and housing complexes will be covered,'' said police inspector Madan Ballal. The cops will educate to the employers, chairman and secretary of residential complex about the child labour issue. A bond or an undertaking will be taken from them to refrain from such activities. If they are caught employing kids, they can face stringent action and could even be booked under relevant sections of the law, a police official told TOI. Even the begging community will be on the radar. If they are caught using kids while begging then they too will be booked. Meanwhile, the CPU has also undertaken a drive wherein they will click pictures of street kids found at railway stations. These pictures will be maintained in a file. ''This will help us identify any runaway child from various parts of the country. This will also help build a database for future references,'' said a police official.
2014-08-21Thane: Man Set on Fire over Dispute Succumbs - NDT
Thane: Man Set on Fire over Dispute Succumbs Updated: August 21, 2014 13:19 IST THANE: A 22-year-old man from Ulhasnagar town in the district, who was allegedly set on fire last week, succumbed to his burns at a hospital here, police said today. Renku Rubaali Khalipa (22) was allegedly set afire on August 15 by a group of men at his tailoring shop in Ulhasnagar's Azadnagar locality following a dispute over Khalipa and his associates allegedly trying to extort money from them, police inspector G V Palange said. A severely burnt Khalipa was rushed to Shree Hospital at Katemaivili where he died at around 11.30 PM yesterday, he said. One of the accused, identified as Sunil, has been arrested while police are on the lookout of the others involved in the offence, he said. Offences were earlier registered under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (rioting) and 148 of the IPC, but following Khalipa's death, a case of murder under section 302 of the IPC was also registered, he said. Earlier, the accused had also lodged a complaint of extortion against Khalipa, the police officer said. Following the man's death, there was tension in the locality. Police patrolling in the area has been stepped up, Palange added.
2014-08-20'Gangster' warns NCP man not to fight polls - Time
‘Gangster’ warns NCP man not to fight polls Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Aug 20, 2014, 07.13 AM IST ULHASNAGAR: NCP leader Omie Kalani, son of Ulhasnagar strongman Pappu Kalani, allegedly received a call from gangster Ravi Pujari threatening him not to contest the assembly polls against BJP's Kumar Ailani. Claiming it to be baseless allegations, Ailani demanded that the Thane police must find out who made the call and at whose behest. Omie on Tuesday lodged the complaint at the Central police station, saying a person, identifying himself as Pujari, called up on his election campaigning number around 12.30am. "He abused me and told me not to fight the polls. He even threatened to kill me if I didn't listen," Omie told TOI . But Ailani claims that since the BJP has become powerful in Ulhasnagar city, Omie is scared he might be defeated and so cooking up the story. Cops said they were probing if someone posed as Pujari.
2014-08-19Can Modi make desi better than pardesi? - Deccan C
Can Modi make desi better than pardesi? Published Aug 19, 2014, 12:42 pm ISTUpdated Jan 10, 2016, 8:38 am IST As commentators trip over each other to applaud Narendra Modi’s first address to the nation as Prime Minister, I must confess to the slight feeling of scepticism that laced my own admiration as I sat glued to the box on August 15. How will Mr Modi’s seemingly simple, absolutely essential and yet infinitely complex, aims be achieved, I wondered. Instead of projecting a lofty vision or preaching pious platitudes, he addressed matters of daily concern that go to the heart of the national character. It sounded great, for instance, to hear him boom “Come, Make in India!” At first I wasn’t sure whether he was inviting foreign direct investment or whether he was urging young Indians to take up the challenge of manufacture. Both, it seemed, when he added he had full confidence in the capability of Indians to produce in all sectors. “I invite our youth involved in manufacturing to ensure that all over the world, products say ‘Made in India’,” he continued, adding that there is no reason why we should have to import things when we have the capacity to make them at home. He was rightly categorical that it will benefit the country if we start manufacturing the electronic goods we now import. “Out of all the things we import, I will ensure that we start making at least one of those in India”. Amen to that. But the idea is hardly new. “Import substitution” was Jawaharlal Nehru’s highly publicised mantra. It was expected to conserve valuable foreign exchange for essential purposes while developing a manufacturing base in India that would generate employment and develop indigenous skills. The Ambassador car, modelled on the 1950s Morris Oxford, was the outstanding symbol. Initially, our success in import substitution made India the envy of all developing countries. In the 1960s, India also planned a series of special economic zones (SEZs) in Kandla in Gujarat, Falta in West Bengal and other places to manufacture only for export. One reason why the experiment collapsed is evident from the tremendous popularity of so-called “export rejects” and the cachet attached to two other magic words “export quality”. There is a mad stampede whenever a sale of Chinese goods is announced. Sir Vidya S. Naipaul, with his unerring eye and ear for human frailties, exposed this aspect of the Indian psyche by making a woman say in An Area of Darkness “I am craze for foreign”. Indira Gandhi must have had someone like her in mind when she told the story of Indians abroad gleefully buying up a whole wardrobe of garments with “Made in USA” labels. It was only on their return to India that they discovered to their chagrin that “USA” stood for Ulhasnagar Sindhi Association somewhere near Mumbai. Taste can’t be legislated though it can be changed through persuasion and instruction over a period of time. That didn’t happen with India’s aspiring upper middle class. Another example that comes to mind is of an American-made sharp, hot sauce called Tabasco. When luxury consumer goods could no longer be imported, Indian generated a very similar indigenously-made sauce called Capsico. I don’t know whether it was made under licence or was a totally indigenous product but Capsico seemed perfectly acceptable and was served in many hotels and restaurants. Its popularity dropped with the advent of liberalisation when the much more expensive Tabasco was again freely available. Although set up long before China’s, our SEZs didn’t work as originally planned because of several reasons. First, the quality and packaging of Indian manufactures did not appeal to buyers in Europe, America and — increasingly — the richer nations of East and Southeast Asia. Second, foreign buyers complained of the absence of follow-up service and the difficulty, often impossibility, of getting spares from India. Third, delivery schedules were not kept. Fourth, many Indian exporters manipulated invoices and demanded payment on the side to avoid Indian foreign exchange and tax regulations, which respectable buyers abroad found unacceptable. There were other abuses. An Indian exporter of medical supplies was banned in Australia because some bandages were found to be infected. The exporter promptly changed his brand name and continued sending the same contaminated stuff to the same destination. When he was caught out, he sold his company to another but innocent Indian businessman who began exporting to Australia in all good faith until he discovered his products had a bad name there. Disincentives are not always criminal. A flourishing black market is always a challenge to legitimate production. Kolkata boasted a young businessman who was referred to as the “Chocolate man” and who could supply anything from a small bottle of French perfume to a German hi-fi set. He went round from office to office with a large suitcase full of imported tinned foods and — more to the point — several bulky catalogues of foreign goods that could be ordered. Some of his supplies came from Western diplomatic missions who sold wines, cheese and other foodstuffs on the quiet, and also from five-star hotels that didn’t make full and proper use of their import licence for consumerables. But, obviously, more professional contraband operators were also at work. Liberalisation has increased the flow of such goods to a flood without the taint of illegality. They obviously can’t be banned because apart from World Trade Organisation rules, liberalisation has also added to wealth and many more Indians can afford imported goods. But the Modi government can try to ensure that Indian manufactures are of world class quality and that the abuses listed above are eliminated. Even so, the Indian public will have to be persuaded that desi is better than pardesi. It won’t be an easy task.
2014-08-19Omie Kalani receives threat to not contest assembl
Omie Kalani receives threat to not contest assembly poll against BJP's Kumar Ailani Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Aug 19, 2014, 01.56 PM IST ULHASNAGAR: NCP leader Omie Kalani son of former MLA Pappu Kalani, received a call from underworld don Ravi Pujari threatening him to not contest election against BJP MLA Kumar Ailani in the upcoming assembly polls. However Ailani claimed that this is a baseless allegation against him to malign his image and demanded Thane police undertake a high-level probe into the matter to find out really who made the call and on whose behalf. Omie, on Tuesday morning, lodged the complaint with Central police station in Ulhasnagar alleging that a person identifying himself as Ravi Pujari called up on his election campaigning number at around 12.30am telling him not to contest the election. Talking to TOI, Omie said, "Caller threatened and abused me to not contest but when I refused to follow his order he threatened to kill me". On the basis of complaint of Omie, police have registered NC against unknown caller and have started a probe into the matter. Ailani, meanwhile, said that BJP has become powerful in Ulhasnagar city and Omie who is keen to contest election after his father was sent to jail is afraid of defeat in the election and this was the reason he had made up a false story of threat call.
2014-08-19Injuries make dahi handi victims see reason in cou
Injuries make dahi handi victims see reason in court rulings Sumitra Deb Roy | TNN | Aug 19, 2014, 11.37 PM IST MUMBAI: A fracture following a fall from the third tier of a human pyramid has made Rajesh Katkar (32) saw reason in the multiple court rulings to make dahi handi celebrations safer. The father of two is now staring at three months of unemployment after Monday's accident. "It may be my last dahi handi as my family is against it," said Katkar, from his cot at KEM Hospital, Parel. He underwent a four-hour long surgery after the fall at Worli left him with a left fractured leg. His mother Lata has made her dissent quite clear. "There was so much being shown on television about the lack of safety of govindas. We had discouraged him from participating," she said. Katkar, who works as a manager in a private canteen, is also worried about his prolonged absence from work. "My family has to manage without my salary," he said. While Katkar was lucky to have survived with a fracture, there are a few still battling serious health problems. Devidas Mahale (42) is one of two patients to have sustained serious injuries this year. The Ulhasnagar resident has sustained head injury and has bilateral contusions. The fall from the fourth tier has caused disorientation, which doctors say will only get resolved over a period of time. One of his friends said that his family is in shock. The city witnessed a relatively safer dahi handi this year with lesser injuries barring a handful instances, where the patients may need prolonged stay. Around nine patients are admitted to Sion and 11 to KEM hospitals. For several victims while this was their last brush with death, others feel injuries should not take the spirit of the festival away. Dilip Shenvi (25), a staffer of a private firm, is now lying with a badly injured left leg. "Some incidents cannot be avoided. As long as safety precautions are followed, the sport should be allowed to survive," he said. Ramji Kadam (31), who is also admitted to KEM with a shoulder injury, said that he has participated in dahi handi since childhood. "I cannot imagine gokulashtami without participating in dahi handi," he said.
2014-08-18Granddad too held for 2-year-old's murder - Times
Granddad too held for 2-year-old’s murder TNN | Aug 18, 2014, 11.58 PM IST Kalyan: The police, probing the case of a grandmother who killed her two-year-old grand-daughter due to her disability and lied about her kidnapping, have also arrested the grandfather, Pradeep Borse (58), in Badlapur on Monday.Pradeep was aware about the plan of his wife Mangal (55) but said she left home with Ketki Hire at 9am, though at 6am itself she had dumped the child in a nullah at Ganesh ghat. Both were remanded to jail custody by an Ulhasnagar court, as police said both could end their lives in custody, as Mangal had tried to on Sunday. —Pradeep Gupta
2014-08-17Grandmother held for kid's murder tries to end lif
Grandmother held for kid’s murder tries to end life Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Aug 18, 2014, 12.08 AM IST BADLAPUR: The woman, who was arrested on Saturday for allegedly killing her granddaughter, tried to commit suicide in the police lock-up a day later. A constable posted at the lock-up rescued the accused, Mangal Borse (55), immediately and she was taken to an Ulhasnagar hospital. Doctors said her condition was stable. Cops may book her for the suicide bid. Borse had reportedly confessed to killing the two-and-half-year-old physically challenged girl, Ketki Hire, by throwing her into a nullah on August 15. "The accused was upset after committing the crime and told policemen that she wanted to end her life," said a police officer. Borse is said to have told interrogators that she killed her granddaughter out of frustration as everyone would taunt her because of the girl's disability and the family was worried as to how she would live as she could neither walk nor understand anything. In her statement, Borse said that the victim's parents —Mayuri and Kapil—were unaware of the whole incident. But the police are probing whether or not they have a role in the killing. Initially, Borse maintained that Ketki had been snatched while they were travelling in an auto.
2014-08-17Police on extra vigil for glitch-free Dahi Handi c
Police on extra vigil for glitch-free Dahi Handi celebrations in city B B Nayak | TNN | Aug 18, 2014, 12.00 AM IST Thane: This year's Dahi Handi celebrations will be held amidst heavy police bandobast at over 1,778 locations in the city police commissionerate that includes Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan-Dombivli and Ulhasnagar. There are 392 community handis at public places and 1,386 private handis at housing societies and slums. In view of the court directives for not allowing sound levels beyond 65 decibel and children below 12 years taking part, the police are not taking any chances. They want to strictly follow these norms to avoid any untoward incident. "We have taken a lot of care on the security front to maintain peace," said police chief Vijay Kamble. According to city police sources, over 2,000 cops will deployed for Dahi Handi. Three assistant commissioners of police will head their teams to monitor the law and order situation. Besides, 16 police inspectors have been deployed in respective areas to assist their seniors and oversee their subordinates. As many as 75 assistant police inspectors and police sub-inspectors have been deputed for Dahi Handi duties. "Fifty-three walkie-talkies and 35 wireless devices have been given to the police squads for communicating among themselves. Three companies of the state reserve police force have been called as back up for local cops for better vigilance," said police sources. Meanwhile, Tembhi Naka Mitra Mandal, founded by late Shiv Sena leader Anand Dighe, has announced a cash price of Rs 2.51 lakh to each govinda mandal participating in the Dahi Handi celebrations. Unlike previous years, this time the occasion will be celebrated in a simple manner without competing for supremacy for being the highest pyramid maker. "This will set an example for all organizers to keep the festive fervor and tradition alive without the commercialization of this occasion due to growing competition for formation of highest human pyramids in which many lives have been lost. Taking serious note of the risks involved, we will not encourage any mandal to compete unnecessarily. But all Govinda troupes that participate in the function will be awarded," said Eknath Shinde, MLA and head of Tembhi Naka Mitra Mandal.
2014-08-15531 private, 176 public handis this year - Times o
531 private, 176 public handis this year Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 15, 2014, 02.13 PM IST THANE: Thane is known for its high-profile Dahi Handi celebrations which are organized at a grand scale, however, there are many from the city who prefer to have Dahi Handi celebrations at community levels. Going by the data available with the Thane police, there are 176 community celebrations, which are organized on a higher scale and nearly 531 Dahi Handis which will be celebrated privately in complexes and by-lanes. Organisers of community Dahi Handis will have to seek police permission whereas the Dahi Handi held at a complex or a chawl in private doesn't need cop permission. The festival of Dahi Handi in Thane has gathered too much of attention in the last few years, owing to the swanky organisers and big prize money. However, its not only the swanky prize money that lure govindas, but also the local and smaller Dahi Handis organized in the by lanes get a lot of attention. Statistics show that the Thane commissionerate, which comprises five zones including zone I, Bhivandi, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Wagle Estate and zone V, the total number of Dahi Handi Public celebration is only 392 whereas there are 1,386 private celebration. In community celebrations, amateur boys form their own teams and try to break the handis that are hung in lanes and complexes. This handi is organized just for fun sake. A Panchpakhadi resident, Manish Agrawal (21) said, "It is better to celebrate Dahi Handi in a peaceful manner rather than going out to witness jam-packed celebrations in public. Though the big Dahi Handis attract a lot of people, I don't want to take risks by being a part of the crowd." A housewife, Chetna Chaudhari said, "I would prefer to be in my complex and enjoy the celebration rather than go at the big and crowded venue. I'm sure that women and girls don't find it safe to go in public as it is jam-packed. It is better if we have a private Dahi Handi in our complex and enjoy the mega Dahi handi on television. Also, no mandal arranges separate pandals for women to watch the proceedings from afar."
2014-08-14531 pvt, 176 public handis this year - Times of In
531 pvt, 176 public handis this year Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Aug 15, 2014, 02.05 AM IST Thane: Thane is known for its high-profile Dahi Handi celebrations which are organized at a grand scale, however, there are many from the city who prefer to have Dahi Handi celebrations at community levels. Going by the data available with the Thane police, there are 176 community celebrations, which are organized on a higher scale and nearly 531 Dahi Handis which will be celebrated privately in complexes and by-lanes. Organisers of community Dahi Handis will have to seek police permission whereas the Dahi Handi held at a complex or a chawl in private doesn't need cop permission. The festival of Dahi Handi in Thane has gathered too much of attention in the last few years, owing to the swanky organisers and big prize money. However, its not only the swanky prize money that lure govindas, but also the local and smaller Dahi Handis organized in the by lanes get a lot of attention.Statistics show that the Thane commissionerate, which comprises five zones including zone I, Bhivandi, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Wagle Estate and zone V, the total number of Dahi Handi Public celebration is only 392 whereas there are 1,386 private celebration. In community celebrations, amateur boys form their own teams and try to break the handis that are hung in lanes and complexes. This handi is organized just for fun sake. A Panchpakhadi resident, Manish Agrawal (21) said, "It is better to celebrate Dahi Handi in a peaceful manner rather than going out to witness jam-packed celebrations in public. Though the big Dahi Handis attract a lot of people, I don't want to take risks by being a part of the crowd." A housewife, Chetna Chaudhari said, "I would prefer to be in my complex and enjoy the celebration rather than go at the big and crowded venue. I'm sure that women and girls don't find it safe to go in public as it is jam-packed. It is better if we have a private Dahi Handi in our complex and enjoy the mega Dahi handi on television. Also, no mandal arranges separate pandals for women to watch the proceedings from afar."
2014-08-13Disburse compensation to 13/7 victims within 4 wee
Disburse compensation to 13/7 victims within 4 weeks: Bombay high court URVI MAHAJANI | Wed, 13 Aug 2014-06:40am , DNA More than three years after the July 2011 triple bomb blasts, victims who haven't received compensation are likely to get it soon now. The Bombay high court on Tuesday directed the collector, Thane, to disburse compensation of Rs3 lakh, announced by the central government, to the blast victims within four weeks. A division bench of justices Abhay Oka and AS Chandurkar was hearing bunch public interest litigations (PILs) seeking disbursal as well as enhancement of the compensation. The judges have directed that the amount be disbursed to the victims with interest from October 18, 2011, the date on which it was announced. According to a PIL filed by Mumbai resident Prakash Seth, through his advocate Rahul Kadam, four people in Thane and Ulhasnagar haven't received the compensation till date — Himmatbhai Gadia, Baburam Das and Bhupatbhai Navadia of Thane and Lalchand Ahuja of Ulhasnagar. And there are others as well, added Kadam. The government claimed the amount (Rs3 lakh) was not disbursed by the collector as he does not have the power to disburse more than Rs1.5 lakh. However, Kadam argued that the central government had made the necessary amendment to the 'central scheme for assistance to civilian victims/family of victims of terrorist/communal and Naxal violence' and given the collector powers to disburse Rs3 lakh. During the last hearing, HC had questioned whether Rs3 lakh compensation was enough. The judges had even expressed dissatisfaction with the system of awarding a standard compensation amount to the families of those killed in the blasts. Another PIL by advocate Rajeshwar Panchal has sought that a just and fair amount should be given as compensation to the families of those killed. He contended that the income of the deceased, the social status of his/her family and the number of dependents should be taken into account while deciding the compensation. The advocate pointed out that the Motor Vehicles Act and the Workmen's Compensation Act laid down a formula to work out such a compensation. The judges suggested to the government to come up with a workable policy to determine the quantum of compensation by making amendments to these Acts. Additional solicitor general Anil Singh then informed the HC that they will have to put up the amendments before the cabinet. To this, justice Oka remarked: "You (government) are not giving them (victims or their families) anything extra. It is their constitutional right." The judges had even appointed senior advocate SR Nargolkar as amicus curie (friend of court) to assist in the matter. The Centre had issued a circular announcing an ex-gratia payment of Rs4 lakh to the families of those killed in the blasts. Of the Rs4 lakh, Rs3 lakh would be given by the Centre, and the rest by the respective state governments.
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2014-08-13Mumbai fast bowler's rehabilitation suffering due
Mumbai fast bowler's rehabilitation suffering due to lack of funds By Sundari Iyer | Posted 13-Aug-2014 On May 28, 2004, when Ulhasnagar-based fast bowler Mohsin Shaikh left Dombivli from the Mumbai Cricket Association U-15 camp, little did he know that he would never bowl again. While returning home, Mohsin, now 23, fell off the train before Vitthalwadi station and suffered a head injury.The youngster cannot speak, move without support or perform any daily tasks on his own after the accident. After reading about his plight (published in mid-day on February 28), help poured in. The donors got in touch with Mohsin's family and got him admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Andheri in March. He underwent a rehabilitation programme till May 11. But, due to lack of funds, further treatment could not be carried out. Condition deteriorating Mohsin's mother Mehrunissa (56) explained how the condition of her husband Hussain (58) has deteriorated since the treatment started. "My husband and me used to do small packaging work at our residence. But since Mohsin was shifted to the Andheri hospital, we had to be by his side and had to stop working. The physiotherapy sessions have given Mohsin a better body balance. He is able to walk a few steps with some help," she said.His father Hussain said that despite poor financial condition, all they pray for is Mohsin's recovery. "For us, Mohsin's treatment is the priority. We were under immense pressure when we ran out of funds to pay the hospital bills. That is when we decided to get Mohsin home. He has improved a lot, but without money we cannot carry on further treatment," he said. Lending support Even as the family struggles to make a living, it is coach Mobin Shaikh who is trying his best to get the family much-needed help. With doctors advising Mohsin a long-term treatment that could cost up to Rs 30 lakhs, Mobin is aware that he cannot help the cause single-handedly. "Mohsin has shown a lot of improvement since he was treated at Ambani Hospital. It is my dream to see him stand on his feet. I would say we who belong to Mumbai's cricketing fraternity should facilitate his cure. We need a larger sum to ensure he gets the needed treatment. For that, the MCA and the cricketers need to come forward. We can have a charity cricket match to gather funds for him." Mobin stressed: "As a coach, it is my duty that he stands on his feet." Meanwhile, Dr Abhishek Srivastava, Director for the Center of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Ambani Hospital, who treated Mohsin, said: "I have not seen Mohsin for almost three months. He needs to come for a check-up so that I can analyse him and see the progress. Only then can I suggest further treatment. It's been 10 years since he met with an accident so we cannot expect immediate results."
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2014-08-12NGOs in Ulhasnagar, Ambernath join hands to protec
NGOs in Ulhasnagar, Ambernath join hands to protect environment Tue, 12 Aug 2014-08:00am , DNA A host of organisations in neighbouring Ulhasnagar and Ambernath have joined hands to curb pollution, caused particularly during major festivals which is damaging the environment. The eleven groups have set up a forum and have named it OMG – short for 'Oh My God'. The initiative to bring the NGOs and institutions together was taken by Hirali Foundation, which is working with underprivileged children in Ulhasnagar. "The inspiration came from my daughter Sparsh after she joined a clean-up drive at Juhu beach, some days after the Ganesh immersion. She was in tears, seeing the way in which the statues were picked up," says Sarita Khanchandani, who together with husband Purshottam – an advocate – set up Hirali three years ago. That's when they talked about the possibility of a campaign to deal with pollution, specially during festivals. Sparsh had played the role of Iccha as a child in the popular TV serial "Uttaran". After much consideration, they invited more than 50 organisations to come together in this initiative. Eleven responded, and on August 5, 2014, they set up OMG. Sarita wishes that the pollution control board would step up vigilance during the festivals, whether it is Dahi Handi, Ganesh, Navratri or Diwali, to check noise or the damage to water bodies due to immersion of idols. "We will work out ways in which the festivals can be celebrated in an eco-friendly manner," Sarita says. "We will meet the municipal commissioner, tehsildar and collector in Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, and even the deputy commissioner of police, to seek their help in the campaign. We ill also make an appeal to the state and central ministries." The forum has planned a special programme in schools that will collect signatures of students on a pledge to celebrate festivals in ways that do not cause damage to the environment. "This will help us to curb air, water and noise pollution," she says.
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2014-08-12Mumbai Crime: Man kills wife, scribbles on wall ab
Mumbai Crime: Man kills wife, scribbles on wall about 'next target' By Vinay Dalvi | Posted 12-Aug-2014 An Ulhasnagar resident brutally killed his wife and left a chilling message on the wall of his house, claiming he would kill another person.Cops at the Central police station in Ulhasnagar, where the case is registered, are now trying to identify who the next victim could be. According to police officers, Dnyanchand Narayan Meghrajani (34), stabbed his 30-year-old wife, Kavita, several times in her private parts and killed her. Their five-year-old daughter was asleep at that time. When she got up in the morning yesterday, she saw her mother lying in a pool of blood and found the door locked. The child then called her grandmother to inform her of the incident. The police, along with the girl’s uncle, Kishore Megnani, broke down the door and saw the dead body.They also discovered that the man had written a message on the wall: “Agar main bach gaya toh ab doosre ki baari (If I’m alive, I’ll kill the second one)”. The body was sent for a post-mortem at Ulhasnagar Central Hospital. The family resides at Pavan Dham Apartments, in Camp Number 3, Ulhasnagar and Meghrajani owned a local travel agency named Yatri, which was making losses. Copspeak “Neighbours told us the couple had been fighting a lot in the past few days. We suspect that the wife might have been having an affair and the husband, who is absconding, wants to kill her boyfriend,” said the officer. PSI Dinesh Patil of Central police station told mid-day, “We are investigating all possible angles in the case. The accused was in debt and we also suspect the wife was having an affair.” Decoding the message Cops are trying to find out who the ‘doosra’ could be, by searching for the deceased’s friends, in order to prevent another murder. The husband is still at large.
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2014-08-12Man stabs wife to death in Maharashtra, threatens
Man stabs wife to death in Maharashtra, threatens to kill `next target` Last Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 17:15 Thane: In a chilling incident, a 38-year-old man, running a travel agency, allegedly stabbed his wife in her private parts several times and then fled the house in Thane`s Ulhasnagar township, police said on Tuesday. The man also left a shivery message on the wall of his house, claiming he would kill another person.Kavita Gyanchand Meghrajani (32) was found lying dead with multiple stab wounds at her house in Ulhasnagar yesterday, inspector PD Pandre of Central police station said. As per a police complaint filed by a relative of the deceased, Kavita`s husband Gyanchand Narayandas Meghrajani, who owns a travel agency, brutally killed her some time before noon yesterday and fled from the scene, he said. Police also discovered that the man had written a message on the wall: “Agar main bach gaya, toh ab doosre ki baari (If I’m alive, I’ll kill the second one)”. The body has been sent for postmortem and an offence has been registered against the deceased`s husband under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC, Pandre said. The reason behind the killing was yet to be ascertained, he said, adding that a search has been launched to nab the culprit. The couple` s five-year-old daughter was asleep at that time. When she woke up in the morning, she saw her mother lying in a pool of blood and called her grandmother to apprise her of the incident.
Man stabs wife to death in Maharashtra, threatens
2014-08-12Authorize Thane collector to pay Rs 3 lakh to kin
Authorize Thane collector to pay Rs 3 lakh to kin of four Opera House blast victims, Bombay high court tells Maharashtra govt Rosy Sequeira | TNN | Aug 12, 2014, 11.27 PM IST MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Tuesday gave the state government two weeks to authorize the Thane district collector to pay compensation of Rs 3 lakh each under a central scheme to the dependents of four men killed in the 13/7 blast at Opera House in south Mumbai. The payment is to be made within four weeks thereafter. The HC also said that it is a "fit case" for it to consider directing interest to be paid for the delay. On July 13, 2011, three bombs exploded at Opera House, Zaveri Bazar and a bus stop in Dadar, claiming 27 lives. Mira Road residents Himmatbhai Gadiya and Bhupatbhai Navadiya, Baburam Das from Bhayander and Lalchand Ahuja from Ulhasnagar died in the blast at Opera House. A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice A S Chandurkar passed the direction after hearing a public interest litigation by activist Prakash Sheth seeking immediate release of funds under the central scheme for assistance to civilian victims of terrorism/communalism/naxal violence to the kin of the four victims. State pleader Samir Patil confirmed that compensation has not yet been released. The HC said under the central scheme, which was amended on June 29, 2012, powers were conferred on the district collector/ magistrate to sanction and issue cheques to the beneficiaries. They referred to letters from the Centre to the collector to release the payment and noted that only because no separate head for disbursal was created, the state withheld payment to the legal representatives. Sheth's petition followed a pending PIL by advocate Rajeshwar Panchal stating that the compensation for terror victims is meagre. The HC said while the concept in the mind of the state seems that it wants to help, it has to be in discharge of its obligation under Article 21 (Right to Life) of the Constitution. "But the approach of the government seems to be different. That the payment to be made is in the nature of ex gratia, and not compensation," said Justice Oka. The HC also directed the state to reply if similar compensation to be paid to the kin of other terror attack victims under the central scheme is pending only on the grounds that the collector doesn't have the authority and, if so, to clear them.
Authorize Thane collector to pay Rs 3 lakh to kin
2014-08-12Man stabs wife to death in Maharashtra, threatens
Man stabs wife to death in Maharashtra, threatens to kill `next target` Last Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 17:15 Thane: In a chilling incident, a 38-year-old man, running a travel agency, allegedly stabbed his wife in her private parts several times and then fled the house in Thane`s Ulhasnagar township, police said on Tuesday. The man also left a shivery message on the wall of his house, claiming he would kill another person. Kavita Gyanchand Meghrajani (32) was found lying dead with multiple stab wounds at her house in Ulhasnagar yesterday, inspector PD Pandre of Central police station said. As per a police complaint filed by a relative of the deceased, Kavita`s husband Gyanchand Narayandas Meghrajani, who owns a travel agency, brutally killed her some time before noon yesterday and fled from the scene, he said. Police also discovered that the man had written a message on the wall: “Agar main bach gaya, toh ab doosre ki baari (If I’m alive, I’ll kill the second one)”. The body has been sent for postmortem and an offence has been registered against the deceased`s husband under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC, Pandre said. The reason behind the killing was yet to be ascertained, he said, adding that a search has been launched to nab the culprit. The couple` s five-year-old daughter was asleep at that time. When she woke up in the morning, she saw her mother lying in a pool of blood and called her grandmother to apprise her of the incident.
Man stabs wife to death in Maharashtra, threatens
2014-08-11Bizman stabs wife to death over illicit relationsh
Businessman stabs wife to death over illicit relationship Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Aug 11, 2014, 11.47 PM IST ULHASNAGAR: A 38-year-old travel and tours operator allegedly stabbed his wife to death at their Khemani home on Monday over her reported infidelity. His 12-year-old daughter was asleep in another room when the incident occurred. The accused, Gyanchand Meghrajani, then fled the scene. Meghrajani is suspected to have committed the offence after learning that his wife had an extra-marital affair with someone from the neighbourhood. Police fear that after stabbing his wife, Meghrajani had gone searching for the person who was having an affair with her. He had left a note threatening to kill one more person if he survives (the note said agar mein bach gaya toh doosre ki bari hai). "The incident came to light around 12 noon when the accused's daughter woke up and found her mother Kavita (32) in a pool of blood. She alerted her aunty after her father didn't respond to her calls," said Zone-4 DCP Vasant Jadhav.Police sources said Gyanchand was upset with his wife's affair and that the couple used to have frequent fights on the issue. Due to this, Gyanchand was not able to concentrate on his business and was incurring losses since the last few months.
2014-08-10After over 24 hrs, woman is united with her husban
After over 24 hrs, woman is united with her husband Sunday, 10 August 2014 - 7:40am IST | Agency: DNA DNA Correspondent Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Ratan Devi with her four-year-old daughter A woman with her four-year-old daughter, had a harrowing day travelling from one end of Mumbai to the other in local trains trying to reach her home. The woman, who is from Allahabad was finally united with her husband after 24 hours, with the help of passengers and GRP officials from Dadar. Ratan Devi Mishra (24), had come to Mumbai, a month back with her husband RC Mishra. The family lives in a chawl at Ganesh Nagar in Dahisar (E). On Thursday, Ratan Devi along with her daughter, had gone to deliver goods. However, on her way back she got lost. Ratan Devi boarded a train from Dahisar and travelled to Dadar, as someone told her that Ganesh Nagar was in Dadar. Later, when she got down at Dadar, and asked some more passengers about Ganesh Nagar, she was told that it was in Ulhasnagar. During her commute to Ulhasnagar, she was accompanied by a woman. However, when she reached Ulhasnagar, she could not identify the station. She soon realised that she was at the wrong station. Having no place to go. The woman invited her at her place. The next day Ratan Devi, went back to Dadar in search of her home. Mexy Xavier, a photo journalist noticed the confused Ratan Devi. Xavier made some inquiries, and realised that the woman was lost. "I got down with her at the Dadar and asked her whereabouts. She told me that she wanted to go to Ganesh Nagar, but failed to tell me the exact location," said Xavier. Xavier then took Ratan devi to RPF officials. She could then recollect Dahisar and they decided to accompanied her to Dahisar station. The RPF officials, meanwhile, alerted all the other police stations and found out that her husband had registered a missing person complaint with the Dahisar police. The police along with Ratan Devi and Xavier, went to Dahisar police station where she was united with her husband. "I'm thankful the lady, who's house my wife spend the night at, Xavier and the officials, who brought her back home safe and sound," said RC Mishra. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit DadarDahisarlocal trainsLostmissing case
After over 24 hrs, woman is united with her husban
2014-08-07Indusind Bank expands presence across Thane Distri
Indusind Bank expands presence across Thane District August 7, 2014: Indusind Bank Ltd has informed BSE that the Bank has opened a new branch in Ulhasnagar. The new branch is located at shop number 2, Ground Floor, Maharaja Hall, Kalyan Ambernath Road, Ulhasnagar, 421003. The Bank plans to further strengthen its presence and customer reach in Thane district with more branches in the coming quarters. In this connection, the Bank has submitted to BSE a copy of Press Release dated August 07, 2014 titled "Indusind Bank expands presence across Thane District".
2014-08-04Two killed, three injured in Wangani wall collapse
Two killed, three injured in Wangani wall collapse THANE, AUGUST 04, 2014 12:19 IST UPDATED: AUGUST 04, 2014 12:19 IST Two women were killed and three others injured in a wall collapse at Wangani (near Badlapur), Thane, on Monday following heavy rains. The incident took place in the Nagpur compound around 5 a.m. when the wall of a hut came crashing down due to heavy rains, burying two occupants, Ambernath Tehsildar Amit Sanap said. The deceased have been identified as Lata Sonawane (65) and Malsa Hatangle (28), he said A two-year-old child was seriously wounded in the mishap. All of them have been admitted to the Central hospital in Ulhasnagar, police said. Soon after the incident, firemen, local disaster control team and police rushed to the spot and began rescue operations, which are still on.
2014-08-04Navi Mumbai Metro: CIDCO to expand proposed Belapu
Navi Mumbai Metro: CIDCO to expand proposed Belapur-Khandeshwar metro service By PTI |Posted 04-Aug-2014 Navi Mumbai: CIDCO plans to expand the proposed Belapur-Khandeshwar metro service up to Kalyan and Ulhasnagar to improve the connectivity between these suburbs and Navi Mumbai. "We are on track to complete phase I of the first 23.4-km CBD Belapur to Khandeshwar Metro project. We now plan to extend the line to Kalyan and Ulhasnagar to improve the connectivity between these three suburbs," City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) Chairman Pramod Hindurao told reporters here today. Far from over: Though the Navi Mumbai metro line was supposed to start in 2014, it is now said that it will become operational only in 2016. File pic CIDCO is developing the Metro project in three stages, comprising the 11.1-km Belapur-Pendhar section, the 8.35 km Khandeshwar-Taloja section and the 2-km Taloja-Pendhar interconnection corridor. The construction work on the first phase of the line is expected to be completed by 2016, Hindurao said. "The work on the first phase will be completed by 2016. Out of the Rs 2,800 crore approved for the project, works worth Rs 2,200 crore have already been completed. The remaining Rs 500 crore worth works will be soon completed," he said. The Belapur-Pendhar corridor missed the original deadline of 2014 as Cidco decided to increase the width of the coaches so as to align with the Mumbai Metro. For this change in plan, Cidco gave time to its rolling stock vendor Ansaldo to rework the coaches, from the earlier planned width of 2.9 meters to 3.2 meters, which resulted in the delay. According to a CIDCO official, 73 per cent of the civil work of viaduct is completed, while nearly 55-60 per cent work on the 11 stations is still pending. Besides, 15-20 per cent of the civil work of the metro depot at Taloja is also completed. This project is being executed by a consortium led by Ansaldo STS of Australia, Tata Projects and Zhuzhou ElectricLocomotive of China and CSR. "We will ensure that all safety norms are met to enable safe journey to commuters. Also, the fares fixed will be affordable," he added.
Navi Mumbai Metro: CIDCO to expand proposed Belapu
2014-08-04Two killed in wall collapse in Maha - Zee News
Two killed in wall collapse in Maha Last Updated: Monday, August 4, 2014 - 11:20 Thane: Two women were killed and three others injured in a wall collapse at Wangani near Badlapur here on Monday following heavy rains. The incident took place in the Nagpure compound around 5 AM when the wall of a hut came crashing down due to heavy rains, burying two occupants, Ambernath Tehsildar Amit Sanap said. The deceased have been identified as Lata Sonawane (65) and Malsa Hatangle (28), he said. A two-year-old child was seriously wounded in the mishap. All of them have been admitted to the Central hospital in Ulhasnagar, police said.Soon after the incident, firemen, local disaster control team and police rushed to the spot and began rescue operations, which are still on.
2014-08-04Cidco plans to extend proposed metro service to Ka
CIDCO PLANS TO EXTEND PROPOSED METRO SERVICE TO KALYAN, ULHASNAGAR Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Aug 5, 2014, 03.21 AM IST Cidco plans to expand the proposed Belapur-Khandeshwar metro service up to Kalyan and Ulhasnagar to improve connectivity between these suburbs and Navi Mumbai. "We are on track to complete Phase I of the first 23.4-km CBD Belapur-to-Khandeshwar metro project. We now plan to extend the line to Kalyan and Ulhasnagar to improve the connectivity between these three suburbs," Cidco chairman Pramod Hindurao told reporters in Navi Mumbai on Monday. Cidco is developing the metro project in three stages, comprising the 11.1-km Belapur-Pendhar section, the 8.35-km Khandeshwar-Taloja section and the 2-km Taloja-Pendhar interconnection corridor. The construction work on the first phase of the line is expected to be completed by 2016, Hindurao said. "The work on the first phase will be completed by 2016. Out of the Rs 2,800 crore approved for the project, works worth Rs 2,200 crore have already been completed. The remaining Rs 500 crore worth of works will be soon completed," he said. The Belapur-Pendhar corridor missed the original deadline of 2014 as Cidco decided to increase the width of the coaches so as to align with Mumbai Metro. For this change in plan, Cidco gave time to its rolling stock vendor Ansaldo to rework the coaches, from the earlier planned width of 2.9 meters to 3.2 meters. According to a Cidco official, 73 per cent of the civil work of viaduct is completed, while nearly 55-60 per cent work on the 11 stations is still pending. Besides, 15-20 per cent of the civil work of the metro depot at Taloja is also completed. This project is being executed by a consortium led by Ansaldo STS of Australia, Tata Projects and Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive of China and CSR. "We will ensure that all safety norms are met to enable safe journey to commuters. Also, the fares fixed will be affordable," he added.
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2014-08-03When there's a will, there's a way - Pune Mirror
WHEN THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY Pune Mirror | Aug 4, 2014, 02.30 AM IST Nandita Bhavnani's, The Making of Exile, vividly captures the repercussions of Partition as experienced by Sindhis In Nandita Bhavnani's book, The Making of Exile, a record of the displacement of Sindhis after Partition, provides both a historical and an immediate context to the exodus. At the launch of the book by Meera Sanyal, Bhavnani described to the packed audience, the brief, but poignant moment in which she became sharply aware of her loss of a homeland. Married to a Gujarati, whose family had deep roots in Ahmedabad, she was being shown the family's ancestral neighbourhoods and homes and even the cradle in which the family's babies had slept. And the thought came to her, where is my great-grandfather's house? Where is my cradle? With a sudden rush of retrospective guilt I remembered what I, as a child of nine, had felt when a large Sindhi family came to stay in our neighbourhood. Their dress was different, their language was different and their ways were different. I remember wondering who these people were, where they had suddenly sprung up from and why. I remember how we children watched them with something like resentment because their children were playing all over our playground. We had been told they were refugees. And that's what they continued to be for us till some Sindhi children joined our school and acquired a more specific identity. Just as there were Marathis, Gujaratis, Punjabis, Tamils, Muslims and Christians in the school, now there were Sindhis sharing our benches. This assimilation, although good for everybody in the long run, did, however, erase from our consciousness their loss of home. It is the pain of this loss, presented objectively, that gives Bhavnani's book its heart and soul. She has read, researched and spoken to dozens of people to try and understand the circumstances under which her people left Sindh and resettled here. Much of her understanding, and consequently ours, flows from the stories of actual experiences that she records. The loss that Sindhis suffered was not only of home as territory, but home as lifestyle and culture. The experience of Sindhi women in Gujarat is a vivid reminder of this. "Gujarati society was hostile to Sindhis. Many were orthodox Jains or Vaishanavs and therefore vegetarian. We ate meat, so people refused to give us their houses on rent." "How long could we eat it in secret? Many of us simply gave it up so that we would be accepted by them. Then there was our dress. None of us ever wore saris; we wore patloon-kurtas. But we could not get that kind of cloth here. And anyway, this dress made us look like Muslims. So we started wearing saris in the Gujarati style." The interviewee lists other erasures of their culture. They had never worn bindis, but started wearing them to look Hindu. Having lived in a syncretic society, they often exclaimed, "Ya Allah". Now they had to watch their tongues. One of the saddest stories in the book is narrated by S K Kripalani, secretary for relief and rehabilitation of refugees. In the Kalyan camp, which later became Ulhasnagar, he found an old acquaintance "huddled in a room of a mud-hut dormitory with his wife and two children" This was the man, whom he had visited in Trinidad years ago. "He had a beautiful bungalow near the European Club, which was eloquent testimony to his status". The man had returned to Sindh a few years before Partition and invested his money in attractive landed property. But when he was forced to flee Sindh at short notice, it was with just two tin trunks. However, despite the nightmarish journeys from home and hellish life in refugee camps, the Sindhi spirit remained indomitable. Along with stories of remembered loss, Bhavnani also records stories that inspire. One such story is of the confrontation between Morarji Desai, then Home Minsiter of Bombay Presidency and T M Advani, the founder of Jai Hind College. To Desai's remonstration, "You Sindhis had no reason to leave your homeland and come as refugees to India," Advani replied calmly, "No one leaves his ancestral land unless he is obliged to do so... India got its independence on the backs of Sindhi Hindus and you do not wish to admit this fact. I wish you good luck and I say good-bye." Morarji Desai gave in. The prestigious Jai Hind College stands as testimony to his grit and dynamism. Bhavnani's book and our own daily experience confirm that you can't keep a Sindhi down for too long. He soon springs up and makes a good life for himself.
2014-08-02Presto Announces Launch of Three New Franchise Sto
Presto Announces Launch of Three New Franchise Stores in Bhopal, Chennai and Mumbai Kolkata, India, August 02, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Presto, the leading brand in personalised gifting industry announced the inauguration of three new franchises in Bhopal, Chennai and Mumbai. Following the launch of its online portal Presto rolled out the franchising plan with an aim to help aspiring entrepreneurs to have a share in the success of the Presto brand while supporting the company’s ambition to expand its market presence. The grand prospect that the personalisation industry boasts, Presto’s franchise propositions have created a win-win situation both for the brand as well as for the franchise owners. Presto franchises in C 21 Mall in Bhopal, T.Nagar in Chennai and Ulhasnagar in Mumbai are latest additions to its 130+ store count across India. In the near future, Presto is eyeing to penetrate the global marketplace by opening franchise stores in foreign locations. According to Mr Anil K. Jhawar, one of the founder Directors of Presto, “Franchising has always been an ideal growth vehicle for any brand and ours is no different.” He added. “With more and more aspiring entrepreneurs joining our profit-driven franchise bandwagon, we have been able to re-emphasize on our product development model, refine brand building strategies and modified different technical aspects so as to support our franchise owners in the best manner. With the right entrepreneurial spirit, our franchise owners have been able to add to our brand value while deriving volumes of profit.” Presto’s franchise opportunities have opened the doorway for IT professionals and women to earn surplus revenue, without investing extensive time. Presto also offers all-round support to the franchises As far as the training is concerned, Presto will offer all-round support system to its franchisees. Right from site selection to providing assistance in store fit-outs, staff-recruitment and training to store merchandising, Presto takes care of all the necessary things, thus minimizing the hassle of the franchise owners.
2014-08-01Now, 'Ravi Pujari' threatens ex-corporator - Times
Now, ‘Ravi Pujari’ threatens ex-corporator V Narayan | TNN | Aug 1, 2014, 11.34 PM IST MUMBAI: Two days ago, on July 30, a man called up a former Ulhasnagar corporator, identified himself as "Australia-based gangster Ravi Pujari" and threatened to bump him off if he did not part with certain information. "Pujari" demanded names of two men who had opened fired at a Congress corporator's husband, Deepak Sonde, in a club near a cinema in Vithalwadi, Ulhasnagar, the day before, July 29. The victim, Bharat Rajwani, got a total of three international calls. "I answered the third call. The caller asked for my name and then addressed himself as gangster Ravi Pujari and threatened to pump bullets into my back saying that I had given a supari to kill Sonde (who, according to caller, was closely known to the gangster)," Rajwani told TOI on Friday. Rajwani was having dinner with his NCP party colleagues after paying a visit to his mothr who is admitted to Aastha Hospital in Mulund (West), when he got the calls between 10pm and 10.30pm. "The person was not ready to listen to me and repeatedly demanded that I spill the names of the two who fired at Sonde. He also threatened and demanded to know how much money I had given to bump off Sonde." Rajwani immediately left and approached Mulund police to get an FIR registered. The police have booked the unidentified caller under the Indian Penal Code sections for criminal intimidation and threat. Mulund police told TOI they are investigating whether any political rivalry is involved as Rajwani is angling for an NCP ticket for the assembly elections. They are also probing whether the caller was actually the fugitive gangster. "The caller claimed to be gangster Ravi Pujari and said he was calling from Australia. The three calls, though, were made from different locations—Romania, Taiwan and Thailand. A probe is on to track the network location from where the calls were transferred and connected to Rajwani. The caller threatened to kill him if did not reveal the names of persons who fired at Sonde in Vithalwadi on July 29," said Fulsing Pawar, Mulund police senior inspector. Police said the calls may have been made using "khacha" sim cards, which are procured with fake documents."Sonde and I are like family members and his wife is the current Congress corporator from the same ward number 67, where I worked from 2007 to 2012. The question of firing at Sonde and his guards does not arise at all," said Rajwani. Mulund police said while they are investigating Rajwani's complaint, the Sonde case is being probed by their counterparts in Thane.Pujari has made a series of threatening phone calls to several high profile legal personalities, Bollywood celebrities and businessmen saying that he lives in Australia. The last person to receive a phone call from Pujari was Mumbai entrepreneur and textile magnate Nusli Wadia on June 18, after a public and acrimonious breakup with his girlfriend, Bollywood actress Preity Zinta.
2014-08-01Maharashtra gets 36th district - gulfnews.com
Maharashtra gets 36th district Published: 18:07 August 1, 2014 Mumbai: The tribal-dominated area of Palghar, around 90km from Mumbai, became the 36th district of Maharashtra on Friday after being carved out of India’s most populous Thane district. The new district, will have eight administrative blocks — Palghar, Jawahar, Mokhada, Talasari, Vasai, Wada, Dahanu and Vikramgad — and has been formed following a long pending demand to bifurcate Thane district. A notification from the government on the formation of the new district was issued in June. The new district headquarters will be stationed in Palghar. Thane, Kalyan, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi, Murbad and Shahapur will continue to be part of Thane district, which earlier had a population of 12 million. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who travelled to the district in the morning by a train due to bad roads and weather was welcomed by party workers at the Palghar railway station. A formal function was held even as hoardings announced and heralded the creation of Palghar.This is a major bifurcation of a district since 1999 after Gondiya and Gadchiroli were formed in eastern Vidarbha region. Though the formation of a smaller district is expected to help in better administration of this predominantly tribal district, a public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Bombay High Court by a group of local political leaders and social activists including tribals opposing the Maharashtra government’s decision to carve out this new district. A total of 33 persons, including legislators belonging to the Left parties, National Congress Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and others have filed the PIL. The PIL has demanded to “quash and set aside the said political decision of the government.” They have also appealed to the court to direct the respondents — the Maharashtra government, principal secretaries in department of revenue and forest, tribal development department, Konkan divisional commissioner and collector and additional collector of Thane district — to form a separate tribal district. This should consist of, the PIL says, the scheduled areas of Jawhar, Wada, Vikramgadh, Mokhada, Dahanu and parts of Palghar, Sahapur and Vasai. Those opposing the new district feel the present structure of Palghar will concentrate on urban areas and tribal areas and villages will continue to be neglected. They have even alleged that the present Palghar district would benefit government officials and deprive more than 90 per cent of the new district’s three-million strong population of any development. Palghar has good connectivity from Western Railway and Western Express Highway and attracts weekend tourists to its fruit farms, Kelva Beach, Vaghoba waterfalls, Seetladevi temple and Shirgaon Fort.
2014-08-01Now, 'Ravi Pujari' threatens ex-corporator - Times
Now, ‘Ravi Pujari’ threatens ex-corporator V Narayan | TNN | Aug 1, 2014, 11.34 PM IST MUMBAI: Two days ago, on July 30, a man called up a former Ulhasnagar corporator, identified himself as "Australia-based gangster Ravi Pujari" and threatened to bump him off if he did not part with certain information. "Pujari" demanded names of two men who had opened fired at a Congress corporator's husband, Deepak Sonde, in a club near a cinema in Vithalwadi, Ulhasnagar, the day before, July 29. The victim, Bharat Rajwani, got a total of three international calls. "I answered the third call. The caller asked for my name and then addressed himself as gangster Ravi Pujari and threatened to pump bullets into my back saying that I had given a supari to kill Sonde (who, according to caller, was closely known to the gangster)," Rajwani told TOI on Friday. Rajwani was having dinner with his NCP party colleagues after paying a visit to his mothr who is admitted to Aastha Hospital in Mulund (West), when he got the calls between 10pm and 10.30pm. "The person was not ready to listen to me and repeatedly demanded that I spill the names of the two who fired at Sonde. He also threatened and demanded to know how much money I had given to bump off Sonde." Rajwani immediately left and approached Mulund police to get an FIR registered. The police have booked the unidentified caller under the Indian Penal Code sections for criminal intimidation and threat. Mulund police told TOI they are investigating whether any political rivalry is involved as Rajwani is angling for an NCP ticket for the assembly elections. They are also probing whether the caller was actually the fugitive gangster. "The caller claimed to be gangster Ravi Pujari and said he was calling from Australia. The three calls, though, were made from different locations—Romania, Taiwan and Thailand. A probe is on to track the network location from where the calls were transferred and connected to Rajwani. The caller threatened to kill him if did not reveal the names of persons who fired at Sonde in Vithalwadi on July 29," said Fulsing Pawar, Mulund police senior inspector. Police said the calls may have been made using "khacha" sim cards, which are procured with fake documents."Sonde and I are like family members and his wife is the current Congress corporator from the same ward number 67, where I worked from 2007 to 2012. The question of firing at Sonde and his guards does not arise at all," said Rajwani. Mulund police said while they are investigating Rajwani's complaint, the Sonde case is being probed by their counterparts in Thane.Pujari has made a series of threatening phone calls to several high profile legal personalities, Bollywood celebrities and businessmen saying that he lives in Australia. The last person to receive a phone call from Pujari was Mumbai entrepreneur and textile magnate Nusli Wadia on June 18, after a public and acrimonious breakup with his girlfriend, Bollywood actress Preity Zinta.

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