Times of India | 1 month ago | 02-12-2022 | 10:10 am
NASHIK: Twenty-two passengers were injured after a Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus, travelling from Chalisgaon in Jalgaon to Nandurbar, overturned on the Chalisgaon-Dhule road at 7.15 am on Thursday. According to a police officer, 15 of the 22 injured passengers were taken to a government medical hospital in Dhule, while three were admitted to a private hospital. "Four passengers, who had sustained minor bruises, decided to travel ahead to Nandurbar. There were as many as 22 passengers along with five staff and crew members in the bus," the officer said, adding that no casualty was reported in the accident that occurred near the Shirud crossroads. The Chalisgaon (Jalgaon)-Akkalkuwa (Nandurbar) bus started the journey at 6 am. "The accident took place when the bus driver tried to avoid collision with a truck coming from the opposite direction. Road repair works were being carried out at the said stretch. As a result, the carriageway had become narrow. Despite the driver's efforts to avoid the collision, the rear section of the bus hit the truck and toppled," the officer said. "As the bus toppled to its side, the passengers were thrown off their seats and they fell on each other. The injured were quickly moved to the hospital. Movement of vehicular traffic was also affected for some time due to the accident," the officer added. Three passengers have received injuries to their legs and chest, for which they are undergoing treatment at private and government hospitals. "The MSRTC has provided forms to the injured passengers that will help them get free of cost treatment," an MSRTC official from Dhule division said.
MUMBAI: The city crime branch investigating the fake passport and visa racket on Friday arrested a key accused of the gang from Chunabhatti. Fifty-nine-year-old Sanjay Dattaram Chavan is an expert in making alterations to the original passports and would add or remove pages from passports to help his customers avail European visas. Police have identified 10 people who got European visas and have flown abroad using passports and visas made by this gang. Sources said they will soon intimate the embassy concerned and issue Look Out Circulars (LOC) against them. Chavan is the third accused to be arrested in the case. He was earlier linked with the Delhi gang headed by mastermind Chandrakant Rahate, who died of Covid-19 in 2021. Chavan was produced before the 37th Metropolitan Magistrate on Friday and was remanded to police custody.Police said Chavan's arrest assumes significance as he is an expert in stitching passport pages, and it is nearly impossible for any immigration official to tell the difference between the fake and original. "The modus operandi of the gang is very unique. It would look for aspiring candidates whose portfolios for European visas are weak and whose visa application it suspects can get rejected. The accused would use their old passports to add/remove pages to show the customer's travel to countries that would help him acquire a European visa. They would also forge bank statements for the purpose," said Shyam Nair, senior inspector of crime branch unit 5. Police said the accused would charge anywhere between Rs one lakh to Rs 5 lakh depending on the customer's need and emergency.Police had last week arrested conmen Imtiaz Shaikh and Sudhir Sawant, and seized huge quantity of fake passports, visas, and rubber stamps of immigration of various countries such as the UAE, Mauritius, Thailand, Malaysia, South Africa, Singapore, Roissy, Maldives, Canada, Istanbul, France, Athens and Republic De Guatemala.Police on Tuesday raided a flat in D N Nagar in Andheri, and seized huge quantity of fake documents, including 28 fake passports, 16 colour pages of front page pictures of passports, 24 visas of various countries and rubber stamps of immigration of various countries and rubber stamps of deputy passport officer, fake rubber stamps of State Bank of India, Punjab National bank, HDFC Bank, Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank, Central Bank of India, and other materials used to make key documents.
MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to flag off two Vande Bharat Express trains - CSMT-Solapur and CSMT-Shirdi - during his visit to Mumbai on February 10. As per a tentative schedule drawn by officials, Modi is expected to visit CSMT to flag off these trains that will provide easy connectivity to popular pilgrimage towns in Maharashtra. The inaugural run is tentatively scheduled at 3pm from CSMT to Shirdi and Solapur to CSMT.Maharashtra will be the first state to have two intra-state Vande Bharat Express. This will be the third Vande Bharat to operate from Mumbai, with the first running between Mumbai Central and Gandhinagar Capital. Sources said CSMT-Solapur train will run 6 days a week, the exceptions being Wednesdays from CSMT, and Thursdays from Solapur. The train is expected to depart from Solapur at 6.05am and arrive at CSMT at 12.35pm. From CSMT, the departure time will be 4.10pm; it will reach Solapur at 10.40pm. The train will take 6 hours and 30 minutes to cover this distance as against 7 hours, 55 minutes by Siddeshwar Express. Enroute, the train will have halts at Dadar, Thane, Lonavala and Kurduwadi.For regular runs, the CSMT-Shirdi will depart from CSMT at 6.15am and arrive at Sai Nagar Shirdi at 12.10pm. On its return journey, the train will leave from Sai Nagar Shirdi at 5.25pm and arrive CSMT at 11.18pm. This train will take 5 hours and 55 minutes to travel between these two destinations as against 6 hours by the existing CSMT-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express, and will halt at Dadar, Thane and Nashik road. It will run 6 days a week, except Tuesdays.Both Vande Bharat Expresses will have 16 coaches that can accommodate 1,128 passengers. Indigenously produced under Atmanirbhar Bharat, Vande Bharat has better ride comfort (Ride Index 3.2 against 3.8 earlier). It has faster acceleration with 160 kmph in 129 second as against 146 second earlier.
MUMBAI: The most-awaited event of the year in Indian racing, the Indian Derby, may be shorn of a sponsor for the first time in decades, but it will not fall short on the usual glamour and high-octane action, the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) has promised. Jagatjit Industries Ltd, a leading liquor producer, which had agreed to sponsor the mega race, has backed out owing to the ban on liquor sponsorship in the country and the recent advisory against the surrogate advertisement.RWITC said both the race-loving and fun-seeking enthusiasts, who make their annual pilgrimage to the hallowed turf of Mahalakshmi racecourse, will not miss the glamour and glitz. "Sponsor or no sponsor, our Indian Derby day will be bigger and better than ever, and we will leave no stone unturned to make it an unforgettable experience for the people of Mumbai," said Surendra Sanas, chairman of the RWITC.Apart from the usual Derby day glamour and the glimpses of the best of Bollywood personalities that Mahalaxmi racecourse is known for on the first Sunday of every February, this year's action will unfold in the evening under the lights. Another added attraction in the evening on February 5 will be the presence of the Lil Flea, a curated festival of homegrown brands, music & food, who have promised to host the biggest racing party of the year.The Indian Derby will, as usual, showcase an impressive line-up of premium horses and skilled jockeys aiming to prove their mettle and enthrall the audience. With total guaranteed stakes of Rs 2 crore on offer, this year the Derby will see as many as five to six outstation horses challenging the local stars. The champion filly (female horse) from Bengaluru, La Reina, will not be coming. Her trainer S Padmanbhan, feels that the 400kg small-built star will not be able to take the rigorous travel to Mumbai within 10 days of her grand triumph in the Bangalore Derby held on Republic Day."It will be a celebration of fashion, style, horse racing and much more. This year's Indian Derby evening is unmissable, and everyone is invited," said Shiven Surendranath, marketing head of the RWITC.
THANE: Nearly 300km of Metro network lines will be made operational in phases in the coming 1.5-2 years, and the state will start work on Line 3 soon, said chief minister Eknath Shinde in Thane.Shinde was addressing a crowd of visitors to a cultural festival in Thane organised by party colleague and MLA Pratap Sarnaik over the weekend."We are working towards mitigating road traffic-related issues in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, and following the inauguration of two Metro lines last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we are working towards completing work on nearly 300km of Metro network here which would be made operational in the next two years. The work on Line 3 will also start soon," said Shinde.The chief minister said he was confident that nearly 60 lakh private cars would go off the Mumbai roads as motorists would get a comfortable option to travel by switching over to the vast Metro network that will not just save their time and fuel, but also help reduce pollution levels. The tunnel road connecting Borivli and Thane is yet another project that will help boost connectivity, he said."We are already working towards improving the commute for Mumbai and Thane motorists. In addition to the Rs 7,000 crore road concretising work in Mumbai, the local corporation and MMRDA have been asked to mitigate congestion at vital crossroads," he said. On a lighter note, Shinde also disclosed how Sarnaik had managed to get approvals for all the developmental projects collectively worth over Rs 900 crore in his constituency during their Guwahati trip. "I simply signed on the dotted lines at that time. Even though the money will be made available over the next few years in phases, it is probably the highest that has been sanctioned for any MLA in the state at one go," Shinde said.
Fake immigration rubber stamps of many countries were found in the flat. (Representational)Mumbai: Two persons, including a 62-year-old man, were arrested by the Mumbai Crime Branch on Wednesday for allegedly making fake passports and visas and issuing bogus COVID test reports, an official said.The police are on the lookout for the third member of the gang, he said.The three operated from a flat in suburban Andheri. The Crime Branch raided the apartment and seized 28 duplicate passports, 24 bogus visas of different countries and several fake COVID-19 test certificates, said the official.Fake immigration rubber stamps of many countries were found in the flat, he said.The police have learnt that the three were charging lakhs to make fake passports and visas. They suspect the gang has already sent many people out of India with the help of the fake documents made by it.The three had made 414 fake rubber stamps carrying the names of government departments and officials, and bank staffers. There were fake rubber stamps in the name of officials from the state-run JJ hospital to issue COVID test certificates, which are required for travel to some countries, the official said.The Crime Branch also recovered stickers with images of the national emblem and the logo of the Income Tax department.Three colour printers, scanners and seven pen drives were seized from the flat, said the official.The three have been booked for cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Passport Act.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comA court has remanded the arrested persons in police custody till February 4, the official added.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayNDTV Exclusive: Super 30 Founder Anand Kumar On Being Awarded The Padma Shri