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Won’t tolerate beating up movie-goers: Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Tuesday said beating up movie-goers would not be tolerated and action would be taken against culprits in such incidents.Fadnavis’s statement came after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former minister Jitendra Awhad on Monday forced the cancellation of the screening of the Marathi movie Har Har Mahadev in a Thane mall and complaints emerged of NCP workers assaulting movie-goers.“People are allowed to register their opposition democratically. Entering a movie theatre and beating up moviegoers will not be tolerated. Action will be taken against the (alleged) perpetrators,” said Fadnavis.Meanwhile, the Thane police Tuesday registered an FIR against Awhad and several supporters who were with him at the Viviana mall in Thane on Monday night. Awhad, who led several NCP supporters inside the theatre, asked the patrons to leave, stating that the movie “distorted the Maratha history and such movies would not be allowed to be released in the state”.An officer from Thane police said that the FIR was registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections of rioting, voluntarily causing hurt and provoking breach of trust. The official said that some people who had come to see the movie were also hurt in the melee that ensued. No arrests were made in the case, said the police.The incident happened hours after the NCP warned the film industry, asserting that “any distortion of history under the name of freedom of expression and cinematic liberty will not be tolerated, and such films will face opposition”.The NCP’s move came in support of Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati from the Kolhapur royal family — a former Rajya Sabha member and descendant of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj — who also warned that films distorting historical facts about Shivaji’s life will be strongly opposed, with efforts being taken on preventing the release of such films.This came in the wake of the release of Har Har Mahadev, and the announcement of an upcoming film titled Vedat Marathe Veer Daudale Saat during which state Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray were present.“A number of inaccuracies have been pointed out in the recently released movie Har Har Mahadev. We have also been hearing about fact distortion in Vedat Marathe Veer Daudale Saat. We will stall the release of any other such film in the future,” Sambhajiraje said on Sunday.The FIR was based on the complaint of one Vijay Dhurve who was watching the movie in the theatre. Dhurve in his complaint said that when the NCP supporters started shutting down the screening, he asked that the money he paid for the movie be refunded following which he was roughed up by some of the supporters. Eventually, Awhad intervened in the matter and he was allowed to go.DCP (zone V) Vinay Rathod said, “We have registered an FIR in the matter and so far, no arrests have been made. We have called some of the accused to record their statement and will decide on the course of action after their statements are registered.”

Won’t tolerate beating up movie-goers: Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis
Elderly woman, banker, post-grad click on FB, Insta, WhatsApp links of job opportunities, lose Rs 22.13 lakh
The Indian Express | 4 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
4 weeks ago | |

An elderly woman and two young men–one working as a banker and the other a post-graduate in Mumbai–fell into the trap of cyber fraud and were collectively duped of Rs 22.13 lakh after they clicked on purported job recruitment links on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, respectively.One of the victims, a 28-year-old post-graduate commerce student, who is currently unemployed and his father’s pension is the sole source of income, told the police that around 10:30 am on October 31, he received a WhatsApp message from an unknown number.The message read, “Time is a bird for ever on the wing. Your offer has been sent, please click… to check.” The complainant replied to the message asking for more details.The fraudster replied to the complainant’s message saying, “Hello, nice to meet you, we are hiring for online stores worldwide. Are you here to learn how to make easy money online? Our platform is mainly to help Amazon merchants check product sales and earn commissions on a part-time basis.”The complainant was asked to send Rs 100 and sometime later received Rs 228. He then sent another Rs 500 through UPI transaction and sometime later received Rs 959. He then received a message from the fraudster that he has been registered with their company and another message which read, “Dear friends, you add the telegram of our professional tutor, the tutor will guide you along the way to complete the task and earn a generous commission. Telegram address…”The complainant then created a Telegram account and received a message, “Hello! This is the mall task center, please provide your mall account member name” The complainant fell for the trap and ended up investing Rs 4.38 lakh in 10 transactions thinking he will get a hefty commission.He finally realised he was being cheated and approached the Bandra police station and registered an FIR on November 1.Bank manager In another case, a 28-year-old deputy bank manager in Mumbai fell prey to cyber fraud and lost Rs 2.53 lakh. An FIR has been registered by the Navghar police station on November 1. On October 23, the complainant saw an advertisement on his Instagram account. The advertisement read, “Hello, we are… an investment company in partnership with Amazon. Urgently recruiting part-time/full-time employees, with a daily salary of around 1000-8000Rs.”The complainant clicked on the link and received a WhatsApp message on his phone. The message asked the complainant to open a “work account” after clicking on the link that was provided. After the bank manager created a work account, he received another message where he was asked to join a Telegram account to receive tasks.After creating the Telegram account he received another message which read, “You are welcome to join, I will now pull you into our task release group, the task release group will randomly update lucky tasks, and lucky tasks will get higher rewards.”After paying some amount and completing the first task, the complainant received another message which read, “Now please choose to complete your second task according to the actual situation. The personnel department will approve your employment application and refund your earnings for the day immediately. Regular employee will have more than 3888 rupees of commission sent to your account every day and you can repeat the same task.”Elderly womanIn a somewhat similar case, a 57-year-old woman from Maharashtra lost Rs 15.22 lakh after she clicked on a ‘work from home’ advertisement link on Facebook. An FIR was lodged at the Dombivali police station in Thane district on October 31 and the woman told the police that she was asked to purchase products on Amazon and promised a 40 per cent commission on her investment.The complainant told the police that she was scrolling through her Facebook account on September 18 when she came across the advertisement for “work from home”.When she clicked on the link, she was redirected to the WhatsApp number of a woman. The woman identified herself as Maria De Leon and gave the complainant another number and said it was her senior’s phone number. When the complainant contacted the second mobile number, a person identified himself as Tain Lojoro and offered her a part-time job.As a part of the job, she had to buy Amazon products for which she was promised a 40 per cent commission, the complainant told the police. The woman ended up spending Rs 15.22 lakh in the month of September. Later, the fraudsters asked her to pay Rs 3 lakh which she refused. The complainant initially tried to communicate with the fraudsters for a few days hoping they would return the money but finally approached the police.

Elderly woman, banker, post-grad click on FB, Insta, WhatsApp links of job opportunities, lose Rs 22.13 lakh
  • Maharashtra woman loses Rs 15.22 lakh after clicking ‘work from home’ ad on Facebook
  • The Indian Express

    A 57-year-old woman from Maharashtra lost Rs 15.22 lakh after she clicked on a ‘work from home’ advertisement link on Facebook. An FIR was lodged at the Dombivali police station in Thane district on October 31 and the woman told the police that she was asked to purchase products on Amazon and promised a 40% commission on her investment.The complainant is a homemaker from Dombivali. She told the police that she was scrolling through her Facebook account on September 18 when she came across an advertisement for “work from home”.When she clicked on the link, she was redirected to the WhatsApp number of a woman. The woman identified herself as Maria De Leon and gave the complainant another number and said it is her senior’s phone number. When the complainant contacted the second mobile number, a person identified himself as Tain Lojoro and offered her a part time job.As a part of the job, she had to buy Amazon products for which she was promised a 40% commission, the complainant told the police. The woman ended up spending Rs 15.22 lakh in the month of September. Later, the fraudsters asked her to pay Rs 3 lakh which she refused. The complainant initially tried to communicate with the fraudsters for a few days hoping they would return the money but finally approached the police.A 28-year-old deputy bank manager in Mumbai fell prey to cyber fraud and lost Rs 2.53 lakh. An FIR has been registered by the Navghar police station on November 1. On October 23, the complainant saw an advertisement on his Instagram account. The advertisement read, “Hello, we are Flipkart, an investment company in partnership with Amazon. Urgently recruiting part-time/full-time employees, with a daily salary of around 1000-8000Rs”.The man clicked on the link and received a WhatsApp message on his phone. The message asked the complainant to open a “work account” after clicking on the link that was provided. After the bank manager created a work account, he received another message where he was asked to join a Telegram account to receive tasks.After creating the Telegram account he received another message which read, “You are welcome to join, I will now pull you into our task release group, the task release group will randomly update lucky tasks, and lucky tasks will get higher rewards.” After paying some amount and completing the first task, the complainant received another message which read, “Now please choose to complete your second task according to the actual situation. The personnel department will approve your employment application and refund your earnings for the day immediately. Regular employee will have more than 3888 rupees of commission sent to your account every day and you can repeat the same task.”The complainant started investing money repeatedly to complete the tasks given to him and ended up paying Rs 2.53 lakh. When he asked for his money back, the accused asked him to invest more money after which he realised he was being cheated. The bank manager then approached the police.

  • Maharashtra loses Tata-Airbus JV to Gujarat: BJP’s stand is fraught with political risk
  • The Indian Express

    It’s not just another investment that Maharashtra has lost to Gujarat in the Rs 21,935-crore Tata-Airbus plant — the development poses the danger of weakening the BJP’s Rate of Return (RoR) on political investment in Maharashtra, besides rendering the state leadership vulnerable like never before. Coming just after the Foxconn-Vedanta mega project spurning Maharashtra for Gujarat, Tata-Airbus’s move is bound to raise an important question: Where does the state BJP leadership go from here?The Maharashtra BJP leadership had three leaders who played defining roles as the party charted its national ambitions. Each one from the troika of Pramod Mahajan, Gopinath Munde and Nitin Gadkari was instrumental in the BJP breaking its inherent barriers. Mahajan effortlessly steered the party away from the shadow of the RSS, Munde was the face of the BJP’s mission to bring OBCs into its fold and Gadkari was a vital bridge between the old and new BJP. Then emerged Devendra Fadnavis in the vacuum created by the untimely deaths of Mahajan and Munde, to share space with Gadkari. Incidentally, both Brahmins, equally suave and media-savvy, come from the same city Nagpur and have a strong allegiance to the RSS. A point to be noted: Fadnavis and Gadkari both possess excellent skills to lead the party at the national level and both have mastered statecraft.So a bird’s eye view of the recent developments, where Eknath Shinde was handed the reins of the BJP-Sena breakaway group, followed by the Tata-Airbus project moving to election-bound Gujarat even though Gadkari was seen trying to get it to Maharashtra, offers one message: Anyone who comes closer to emerging as a national leader faces ignominy at the hands of the party’s masters in Delhi. Whether Congress or the BJP, no party likes its regional leadership to grow beyond permissible limits. Besides, the episode also says something about the BJP’s political exuberance.For the BJP what matters more is the arithmetic for the 2024 general elections. Each and every seat counts. Earlier it had two big “safe” states: Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Thanks to Nitish Kumar, it is now left with only UP. Having lost Bihar, the party was in search of a region that could make up for the damage that could be caused by an important alliance partner like the JD(U). With 48 seats, Maharashtra was the obvious choice. This numerical reality explains the BJP’s urgency in forming an alliance with the Shiv Sena breakaway group and installing Shinde as the chief minister.Having secured Maharashtra and disarmed the Shiv Sena for the 2024 polls, the second most important state for the BJP’s central leadership is Gujarat, for obvious reasons. Though it is ruling the western state, the political situation there is far from being comfortable. Despite two of its tallest leaders coming from Gujarat, the circumstances of the BJP’s victory in the 2017 state elections were hardly reassuring. In the 182-member Gujarat assembly, the BJP, despite its leadership and all the resources at its command, barely managed a simple majority with 99 seats. On the other hand, the leaderless, rudderless Congress, with all its weaknesses, bagged as many as 77 seats. The BJP state leadership since then — first Vijay Rupani and now the incumbent chief minister Bhupendra Patel — has been anything but inspiring. It’s no wonder that the party is leaving no stone unturned to retain Gujarat.Though the BJP’s desperation for and obsession with Gujarat is understandable, its move in Maharashtra — leaving its own state leadership bruised, if not battered — is intriguing. Right from the day both states came into being in 1960, Maharashtra and Gujarat have shared an acrimonious history. The fact of the then leadership of the Congress, Moraraji Desai and others, having an apparent bias against Maharashtrians, leading to the Shiv Sena’s rise, should have made the BJP leadership wary of being seen as so pro-Gujarati. However, the party seems totally unmindful. Or maybe the confidence of being able to “manage” states on its own, irrespective of the ground reality has blurred, if not blinded, the BJP leadership’s political vision.Whatever the cause, the effect is twofold. On the one hand, it has put the state BJP leadership in an awkward position, and on the other, the party has placed itself, inadvertently maybe, next to Congress which ceded its political space in Maharashtra because of its apparent anti-Maharashtra politics. The difference this time, however, is the rise of the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party. On paper, it looks like yet another Congress off-shoot. However, in reality, it is a rural version of the Shiv Sena which is thriving on strong regional sentiments. It’s no wonder that it’s the NCP and not the Shiv Sena that is at the forefront in attacking the BJP for snatching investors from Maharashtra. The BJP, by blatantly taking two of Maharashtra’s mega projects away to Gujarat, has thus strengthened the NCP’s plank. It’s not for nothing that it’s the NCP leadership that is now facing constant attack from the BJP: The party knows that the NCP and the Shiv Sena — both playing the regional pride card, the former in rural Maharashtra and the latter in cities — continue to pose a formidable challenge.It is this backdrop that makes the BJP leadership’s pro-Gujarati stand inexplicable, besides making for bad optics. In trying to win over Gujarat, the party may end up helping the opposition in Maharashtra. History shows that political hubris does not always lead to a happy ending.The writer is editor, Loksatta

  • Maharashtra lost Tata-Airbus project as then-CM Uddhav Thackeray ‘locked himself at home’, says BJP
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: Maharashtra lost the Rs 22,000-crore Tata-Airbus military aircraft project to Gujarat because then-chief minister Uddhav Thackeray "locked himself at home", for which he should apologise to the people of the state, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Friday. The Eknath Shinde-BJP government and the opposition in Maharashtra are engaged in a bitter war of words after European aviation major Airbus and a Tata consortium chose Vadodara in Gujarat as the site for its Rs 22,000-crore project to build C-295 military transport aircraft. The opposition has slammed the Shinde-led government for Maharashtra losing out on another mega project after Vedanta-Foxconn's Rs 1.54 lakh crore semiconductor plant, earlier proposed to come up in Pune, was moved to Gujarat in September. In a series of tweets, the party said proposals from Bengaluru (Karnataka), Hyderabad (Telangana), Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh were assessed in September 2021 and it was in principle decided the Tata-Airbus project will be set up at Dholera in Gujarat. The BJP claimed there was no record of the then-Maharashtra government under Thackeray giving a proposal or even holding discussions with the company for the mega project. An assessment was done again in February this year, during which, too, there was no proposal to Airbus from the Maharashtra government, the BJP claimed. The BJP, however, claimed there was record of Maharashtra Industries Minister Uday Samant discussing the Airbus project with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September this year (after change of government in the state). "Uddhav Thackeray should apologise to the people of Maharashtra. The proposal went to Gujarat because Uddhav Thackeray had confined himself to his home," the BJP tweeted. Thackeray, who headed the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government (November 2019 to June 2022), underwent a cervical spine surgery in November 2021 and attended official duties from home for several months. The BJP further slammed Thackeray by stating no industry comes to the state without any effort, along with a conducive environment. A consortium of Airbus and the Tata group will manufacture C-295 transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Vadodara in Gujarat, the Defence ministry had said on Thursday. The Rs 22,000-crore project will see a military plane being built in India for the first time by a private company, it had said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the facility that will make the aircraft.

  • In last 3 months, Maharashtra has lost 4 projects worth Rs 1.80 lakh crore to other states
  • The Indian Express

    Maharashtra has lost four major projects with a total investment of around Rs 1.80 lakh crore to other states in the last three months. As a result, the state has also potentially lost out on an opportunity to generate over 1 lakh direct and indirect jobs through these projects.The latest in the list is the announcement on Thursday that the Rs 22,000 crore Tata-Airbus C-295 transport aircraft manufacturing plant will now come up in Vadodara, Gujarat. Maharashtra Industries Minister Uday Samant, as well as Union minister Nitin Gadkari, were hopeful of bringing the project to Nagpur’s Mihan. The project was expected to create around 6,000 direct and indirect jobs in the state.A similar big-ticket project was the Rs 1.54 lakh crore Vedanta-Foxconn project that was to come up in Maharashtra. The company was to set up a semiconductor fab unit in the state’s Talegaon industrial area for which even the location was finalised. In September, the project shifted to Gujarat’s Dholera. As per estimates, the project and other dependent small industries would have created around 1 lakh jobs in the state.Maharashtra was one of the main contenders for the bulk drug park project, estimated to be around Rs 3,000 crore and with the potential to create around 50,000 direct and indirect jobs. Maharashtra was pushing for Roha and Murud tehsils in coastal Raigad district and had even earmarked 5,000 acres in these two tehsils. On September 1, however, the Centre extended an ‘in-principle’ approval to the proposals of Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh under the scheme for the promotion of bulk drug parks – a key initiative to support the bulk drugs manufacturing industry.Similarly, in the last week of September, the central government turned down Maharashtra’s proposal to set up a Rs 424 crore Medical Devices Park project in Aurangabad’s Auric city, approving proposals from Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh instead. The previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government had approved the project in October 2020 with special incentives. The government then had estimated the creation of over 3,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Hubballi organization campaigns for locally-made lamps
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

HUBBALLI: A Hubballi-based foundation has launched a campaign, appealing to people to encourage and strengthen local artisans engaged in making Diwali diyas, instead of buying them from malls or online stores. Even after the lockdowns have eased, earthen lamp makers have struggled to earn enough. To make this Diwali special for them, the Rajat Ullagaddimath Foundation has launched the campaign. The foundation launched the initiative to help vendors who were impacted by demonetisation, GST, Covid-19 and the consequent lockdowns and curbs during Diwali in the last two years. Rajat Ullagaddimath said that he plans to seek the assistance of notable people in the twin cities. He has purchased locally-made earthen lamps from street vendors, which he wants to use to decorate a temporary tent installed by construction workers on the sides of the roads of Hubballi. "Already, I have identified the location to celebrate Diwali with migrant labours from Maharashtra in Hubballi, planning to decorate their temporary homes with 500 locally-made diyas and also spend a time with them,” he said. He also appealed to people to buy things from local merchants this Diwali and support them because the last two Diwalis were financially difficult for them. He said that he will meet prominent persons and solicit their support for the effort. Parvatevva, an earthen lamp maker in Hubballi, said: “We have been selling diyas for ten years. Earlier, people used to buy diyas from us in large quantities. In recent years, people are not coming to us in large numbers, opting to buy diyas from malls and other big stores, where diyas are imported from other places. These are not made of mud.” Manjunath, a diya vendor, said he was hoping Diwali will bring some happiness for him. He is selling diyas for Rs 5, 10, and 15, he said, as a result of the campaign to buy locally-made diyas.

Hubballi organization campaigns for locally-made lamps
Policy drafted for fire safety norms at EV charging stations, parking areas
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

The Mumbai Fire Brigade is drafting a new policy for fire safety purposes at electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and guidelines for parking e-vehicles across the city, that is likely to be finalised within the next few days, said a senior fire official on Monday.The new policy and guidelines will apply to EV charging stations in all residential and commercial buildings, public parking lots, hospitals, hotels, malls, and petrol pumps in Mumbai. The move came amidst a rapid increase in the use of EVs in the city, especially after the Maharashtra government’s 2021 e-vehicle policy.Hemant Parab, Chief Fire Officer of Mumbai Fire Brigade, said, “Our primary aim is to prevent electric fire incidents, which is not always in control. The next objective is to ensure safety of life and property.”The draft policy is likely to cover categories of safety at e-vehicle charging stations at public spaces such as municipal parking lots, semi-public spaces — malls and hospitals, and private spaces — residential buildings, among others. According to Parab, the fire brigade is exploring recommendations such as EV charging stations at parking areas in buildings could be restricted to top basements with ramp access as this will help them in “pulling vehicles out of the building after fire incidents are under control”. The recommendations in the new policy and guidelines may also include regular fire safety audits of EV charging stations, maintaining well-ventilated parking areas that have charging stations, not storing flammable material and items near such spots, maintaining riser systems, and using fire retardant paints in surroundings. Private buildings with parked EVs are always recommended to have a parking area in the open, instead of an enclosed space, a fire brigade official said.EV fire incidents are concerning as they continue for a longer period of time, said Parab, adding, “The structural stability of buildings are affected adversely where burning e-vehicles are parked at or are being charged as these fires burn for a longer period of time. This could lead to severe accidents, even in the long-run, which may not be restricted to the burning e-vehicles.”Dousing fires caused due to high-power electric batteries in EVs require about three times more water in comparison to other fire incidents. “Such fire incidents also have the highest probability of reigniting within a few hours after they are doused,” Parab said.Fire mishaps in EVs usually originate from the battery of the vehicles, said a senior official from the Mumbai Fire Brigade. “The causes can include overcharging of an EV, which could lead to overheating of the battery, and eventually cause it to ignite or explode. Apart from this, if EV charging stations are set up on an existing e-network, it can overburden the system and lead to short circuits,” said the official.About 70% of the fires reported in Mumbai have electric origins, according to an official data. The city reported 2,902 fire incidents in 2022, of which, 1,996 were caused due to short circuits.In 2019, the traffic department of BMC had approached the Mumbai Fire Brigade for an approval to set up EV charging stations in municipal multistorey public parking areas, keeping the fire safety point in view. Following this, the fire brigade began drafting detailed guidelines for EV charging and parking stations.The fire brigade has also been exploring advanced methods to tackle e-fires, said another senior fire official, adding, “Our tool at present is water, and we can provide as much as it is required. But internationally, it is recommended to use encapsulated fire extinguishing agents, which help douse fires faster.”On September 27 and 28 this year, senior officials from the fire brigade attended an international symposium organised by IIT Gandhinagar on fire safety in EVs, where presentations were made regarding best practices across the world.

Policy drafted for fire safety norms at EV charging stations, parking areas
  • Maharashtra: SOP for electric vehicles lays stress on parking & charging safety
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: Parking of vehicles other than electric vehicles (EVs) will now be prohibited in designated charging areas in housing societies and parking lots of malls. E-scooters cannot be taken to different floors or individual flats for charging purposes. These rules are part of the detailed standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the state government recently in the wake of EV fires. "Maharashtra is the first state to come out with these guidelines," said Kaustubh Gosavi, consultant (sustainable cities and transport), WRI India, on Friday. "This advisory will help guide citizens to install individual EV charging points in a safe way, thus avoiding harm to human life." The BMC has also distributed a copy of the guidelines among senior officials. The SOP, a copy of which is with TOI, said: "... [T]he parking of other vehicles in charging areas should be prohibited. In some cases, the introduction of barriers or other physical measures to prevent charging bays being used as conventional parking spaces, may need to be considered." It stated that for e-scooters/bicycles with detachable/portable batteries, owners shall not use household 15A/3-pin switch sockets for charging. Dedicated EV charger conforming to the standards shall be installed to prevent fires. The SOP will be applicable to all multi-storey buildings, including residential buildings, hospitals, malls and hotels, across the state. The SOP stated: "Where charging points are to be provided in multi-storey car parks, consideration should be given to locating these in the open air at roof deck level to minimise potential for fire spread within the structure. All electric vehicle charging points shall be installed so that any socket-outlet of supply is at least 800 millimeters above the highest flood level. Also, charging points should be child-proof and preferably installed away from any children's play area." State chief electrical inspector Dinesh J Khonde said the number of electric vehicles in the state was close to 1.5 lakh and was rising at a rapid pace. "While acknowledging the growth trajectory, it is imperative to ensure that electrical and fire safety standards are followed across all EV charging stations in buildings and other areas," Khonde said The SOP prohibits charging within 10m of combustible materials. No charging should be undertaken within 15m of hazardous installations such as transformers, inflammable liquid stores and liquefied petroleum gas tanks.

Mall management booked for cheating & forgery at Kharar
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

The Balongi police registered a case against the management of a mall at Kharar’s Ballomajra village for cheating and forgery on the complaint of a Mumbai-based businessman who alleged that items worth around Rs 58 lakh were not returned to him.The case was registered against the management of VR Punjab at Balongi police station under sections 406 (forgery) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the complaint of Shailesh Sangani, the managing director of Just Lifestyle Private Limited Company based in Maharashtra.The officials of the VR Mall’s administration, however, said that they were unaware of the registration of the case. Speaking to The Indian Express, the manager of the mall, Vikram Singh, said that he was not aware of the registration of the case against the company.The complainant stated to the police that his company’s operation manager Gaja Nand had signed an agreement to open an outlet ‘Just Watches’ at the mall in 2018 and as per the condition, if his company had to close the outlet, it had to inform the management of the mall six months in advance.The complainant said that he had also made an advance payment to the mall’s management but after the COVID-19 pandemic, the outlet was closed.“Our company had sent emails to the mall’s management and informed them that we wanted to close the outlet by April 2021,” the complainant stated to the police.The complainant alleged that when his company had sent their workers to take away the items in their outlet, which were worth around Rs 58 lakh, some people of the VR Mall had attacked them and did not allow their workers to take away their items.A police officer said that they were investigating the matter.

Mall management booked for cheating & forgery at Kharar
Mumbai firing incident: Motorcycle of similar make seized, those involved identified, say cops
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

MUMBAI: The persons allegedly involved in the firing incident in Bandra in Mumbai's western area a few days ago have been identified and the motorcycle that may have been used in the crime has been seized, a police official said on Saturday. On Thursday night, three persons on a motorcycle had fired in the air near a shopping mall, though no one was injured, he said. Read AlsoMumbai: Three on bike fire rounds in air at Linking Road shopping centreKhar police are in the process of registering a first information report against unidentified persons."The motorcycle was found abandoned near Bandra railway station and was seized by the local traffic police as it was lying in a no-parking area. Probe into the details of the vehicle showed it may have been used in the firing incident," he said. "We have found that the persons involved in the incident are from Santacruz and Bandra East's Nirmal Nagar locality. Efforts are on to nab them. A few people have been questioned," he added. A hawker named Imran Qureshi who operated near the Gazebo mall on Linking Road had in May complained against three persons in connection with a shop dispute, and it may be the same trio that fired in the air on Thursday, the official informed. "No arrest has been made in the case. CCTV footage of the area is being checked. Khar police and Crime Branch are conducting parallel investigations," the official said.

Mumbai firing incident: Motorcycle of similar make seized, those involved identified, say cops
Mumbai: Couple held for pinching diamond ring from mall
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

MUMBAI: A Goregaon woman and her Delhi-based boyfriend have been arrested by Dindoshi police for shoplifting a diamond ring at a mall. Police said they are still verifying the boyfriend's role in the case. The woman, Sucheta Devi (35), is currently out of work. Her boyfriend (28) is an engineer; he had come down from Delhi last month to visit. The boyfriend has not been identified as he claimed he was not involved in the shoplifting. Police are probing if he had the knowledge and intention. On August 1, the couple decided to go shopping for the woman's birthday. They went to Oberoi mall where they visited a jewellery outlet. Her boyfriend told the police he wanted to buy her a ring. The woman tried several pieces on, one after another, to check how they would look on her. The couple left the store without buying. Later that night, the store employees were carrying out an audit of all the pieces of jewellery when they could not locate a ring. They checked their CCTV footage where they found grabs of the woman trying various pieces before shoplifting the ring. Dindoshi police were summoned. The 2gm ring was valued at Rs 17,000. "We began gathering and analysing CCTV footage from the mall and outside. After leaving the jewellery outlet, the couple walked around the mall for some time. They then stepped out and took an auto for Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivli. Later, they returned to Santosh Nagar in Goregaon East where the woman lived," said assistant inspector Chandrakant Gharge of Dindoshi police. The autorickshaw's registration number was retrieved from the footage and investigators tracked down the driver. He led them to the street in Santosh Nagar where he had last seen the couple. Armed with the woman's images captured in the outlet's camera footage, police went door-to-door until they finally found her on the night of August 7; she was wearing the ring. The couple was booked on charges of theft and produced before a magistrate court on August 8. They were remanded to judicial custody. Police have recovered the ring.

Mumbai: Couple held for pinching diamond ring from mall
IKEA to launch its second city store in Mumbai’s R City Mall
The Indian Express | 4 months ago | |
The Indian Express
4 months ago | |

Continuing its expansion in India, IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings retailer, on Saturday announced its second small-format city store in India. The new store is slated to open in Mumbai’s famous retail destination, R City Mall at Ghatkopar (West).This will be the first in-mall store for IKEA in India. It will strengthen IKEA’s commitment to expand its omni channel presence in Maharashtra and become more accessible to the many people of Mumbai.Spread across 72,000 sq ft of retail space, the store will be opened to the public in coming months. It will be located on the third floor of the shopping mall. The store will offer customers over 7,000 well-designed, affordable, sustainable, and functional products.Susanne Pulverer, CEO and Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA India, said: “With our second city store, we strengthen our omni channel presence in Maharashtra. The goal is always to be close to the customers, becoming more accessible and convenient and creating a great IKEA experience for our customers.”It will be connected to IKEA’s restaurant with a seating capacity of around 130 people. It will offer a wide range of Indian and Swedish delicacies including Vada Pao, Dhokla, Biryani, Dal Makhani with rice among many others.IKEA started its journey in Maharashtra in 2019 with the launch of e-commerce platforms, followed by the launch of its big format store in Navi Mumbai in 2020 and opening of the first city store in Worli in 2021.

IKEA to launch its second city store in Mumbai’s R City Mall
Mumbai's oldest retail chain Apna Bazar enters 75th year
Times of India | 6 months ago | |
Times of India
6 months ago | |

MUMBAI: A David among Goliaths, the city's oldest surviving retail chain, Apna Bazar, launched its 75th anniversary celebration last week. Loyal employees proudly led a grand 'Amrit Mahotsav' procession in the vicinity of its Dadar Naigaum headquarters. Instituted by Dadasaheb Sarfare on May 9, 1948, this low profile Maharashtrian workers' cooperative is a rare departmental store that continues to function on socialist principles, on a no-profit no-loss basis. And unlike other retail cooperatives, Apna Bazar bravely maintains its independence from giant retail chains. "Our founder Sarfare started Apna Bazar as a small grocery store in Naigaum. Since then we have opened 22 branches including eight large 3,000-6,000 sq ft departmental stores and 16 smaller units of 600-1,500 sq ft," says chairman Shripad Phatak. There is one branch each in Ratnagiri, Khed and Gujarat as well. Phatak terms Apna Bazar's survival as a miracle. Indeed, it has outlasted the era of mushrooming kirana stores, shopping malls and now online retail. Most employees are Maharashtrian -- 90% are approximately 50 years old and have a service record of 20-25 years. Senior officials like Phatak work on an honorary basis. Anil Bane, general manager, finance, says, "We buy good quality food products from APMC Vashi, and we also source Maharashtrian items from women who are home cooks. So apart from our own 412 employees we support the livelihoods of nearly 1,000 people. We sell products below MRP, but unlike large retailers, we do not rush to procure items from big brands that distribute one-for-one free because the expiry date is nearing. And no one can accuse us of ever having defaulted on payments or salaries." At Apna Bazar, Andheri West, Saturday, Sneha Patil had come shopping from Seven Bungalows. "I am a loyal customer since 20 years because I find the service is attentive and the products are fresh," she said. Gazala Syed of Jogeshwari has been visiting since 15 years. She said, "The quality here is superior than malls. Apna Bazar updates its products date-wise. For me, that is more important than discounts." On one occasion, a cosmopolitan buyer was browsing through ethnic Maharashtrian flours and masalas when a helpful attendant shared the recipes for those dishes. Like the humble kirana store Apna Bazar personnel make free home delivery on bicycles or on foot. Buyers participate in consumer awareness meet-ups and are asked to give feedback on the goods and services. "We also appoint consumers as committee members. Even the state government approaches Apna Bazar for consumer outreach initiatives," said Phatak. The store that neither closed during the Bombay riots nor the Covid lockdown hopes to celebrate milestones beyond its diamond jubilee.

Mumbai's oldest retail chain Apna Bazar enters 75th year
Masking recommended as Covid cases in Mumbai breach 100 after 57 days
Times of India | 7 months ago | |
Times of India
7 months ago | |

MUMBAI: Maharashtra's Covid-19 task force has expressed concern over the rise in cases in states including Delhi and Karnataka and recommended a return to masking. In particular, it has recommended compulsory masking in indoor spaces like cinema theatres, auditoriums and malls. It has also said that masking should be urgently resumed in both public and private hospitals. The development comes on a day Mumbai breached the 100 mark to report 102 fresh cases on Tuesday, its highest single-day jump in 57 days. The last time the city reported more than this tally was on February 27 (103 cases). The city's daily positivity rate has now touched 1.4%. The state too registered a notable rise in cases compared to Monday. From 84, new detections nearly doubled to 153 on Tuesday. Maharashtra registered four Covid-19 deaths, of which three were from Thane city. The task force met on Monday to review the pandemic, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting on the issue on Wednesday. The task force has conveyed its concerns to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray about the rise in cases in parts of the state. Intensivist Dr Rahul Pandit, who is a member of the task force, said enough scientific evidence exists to support that masking in closed spaces remains the most important barrier to avoid infection. "There are papers about air ventilation, how the virus lingers since its airborne and how it can spread quickly in closed and less ventilated spaces such as malls, hotels, cinema halls, offices and hospitals," he said. The task force expressed concern about the inadequacy of testing and said the rate of testing should be increased. It said people are relying on rapid action tests and home-isolation; people are avoiding the RT-PCR test and not undergoing a quarantine period. Dr Pandit said that while the mandate for each district is to carry out 140 tests per million population, it could be pushed to 200 tests per million. "We also need to capture the home testing data well," he said. In Mumbai, cases are largely asymptomatic, but vigilance has been increased, said additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani. "Almost 98% of the cases found are asymptomatic and don't require hospitalisation," he said.

Masking recommended as Covid cases in Mumbai breach 100 after 57 days
Price of diesel for bulk users hiked by 25/L
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

Mumbai: The price of diesel for bulk users, such as public transport buses, trains, industries, airports and malls, was hiked by Rs 25 per litre on Sunday. This has increased the operational costs by 27% for such users, said sources in the oil marketing companies. They added that the price hike is a fallout of the recent increase in global crude oil rates due to the Russia-Ukraine war.The price of diesel for common citizens in Mumbai, however, has remained unchanged at Rs 94.14 per litre for 136th day in a row, while that of petrol is also constant at Rs 109.98 per litre.Sources in BEST, which runs bus services in Mumbai, and MSRTC, which operates buses across Maharashtra, said they will either absorb the hike burden or send some buses to private retail pumps to fill up diesel—where prices will be cheaper as compared to bulk user rate of around Rs 120 /litre.Apart from public transport buses, the railways will also be affected by the hike to some extent as it operates diesel engines. A senior Central Railway official, however, said that in 2021-22, there was a huge saving of Rs 88 crore on diesel expenditure by adopting Head On Generation (HOG) in which power is fed from an electric locomotive that draws power directly from electric traction through pantograph to meet requirement in coaches of Mail Express trains for air conditioners, electric bulbs, fans and pantry, etc.Sources said other bulk users to be impacted are industries that use bulk diesel, as the hike in their input costs may lead to increase in manufacturing prices of the goods. Others hit by the surge include malls and airports as they use huge quantities of diesel for generating back up electricity, said sources.When contacted, BEST general manager Lokesh Chandra said that with operational costs going up by 27%, it will be a burden on the transport undertaking. "We are making efforts to phase out diesel vehicles gradually and have only buses running on cleaner fuel which is less expensive," he said. The BEST owns 185 single-decker buses and 45 double-deckers running on diesel. It has decided to run fewer buses on diesel during the weekends when the demand is low.A senior official of the MSRTC said that most of its fleet of over 18,000 buses run on diesel, but there are plans to switch to CNG and electric buses to reduce operational costs in the future. "We will not be hiking any fares, and to reduce our expenses, we will be sending as many buses as possible to the retail diesel pumps where the fuel price is cheaper," said a senior official from MSRTC management.For BEST buses running on diesel, the per km cost is Rs 40 (which will now shoot up to around Rs 50), while for CNG buses, it comes to Rs 26 per km and for an electric bus, the cost is as low as Rs 9 per km.

Price of diesel for bulk users hiked by 25/L
Thane: Citizens, malls, hoteliers rejoice Covid relaxations
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

THANE: The relaxation in Covid norms in Thane city, at par with 14 districts in the state with low infection and high vaccination rate, has brought in cheer for residents and the commercial sector alike. While residents said they were thrilled after desperately waiting for routine life to return to normalcy and visit places of interest like malls, recreation areas and restaurants, management of commercial establishments like hotels, malls said they were equally looking forward to regaining normalcy in business. “We were waiting to meet and celebrate a few professional achievements and the timing of these relaxations has come at an appropriate time. We are scheduling a luncheon over the weekend with our team comprising of 25 people which would otherwise have been difficult with the Covid norms in place,” said a resident. Meanwhile, the Viviana mall management said they welcomed the decision to allow 100% capacity inside malls saying the relaxations will help uplift the mood of citizens. “Our retailers and staff are ready to welcome patrons and them a wonderful shopping experience. The food court is also gearing up to provide the best services,” said Rima Kirtikar, CMO at Viviana Mall. Hoteliers Ujjwal and Sham Maurya who own restaurants in the city said the relaxations in timings and capacity will help them maximise the services for their clientele. “The extension in timings and allowing us to operate with full guest capacity will help boost the industry to a large extent. We will also be able to maximise our services and schedule several facilities for customers now,” Maurya said. It may be recalled, the Thane district disaster management authority had eased Covid norms in Thane and Navi Mumbai corporation limits bringing relaxations in these two cities at par with Mumbai and other districts that reported high vaccination and low Covid infection ratios, collector Rajesh Narvekar announced on Thursday. The relaxations are in force starting Friday, March 4 allowing 100% capacity in shopping complexes, theatres, religious places among others for fully vaccinated people in Thane and Navi Mumbai city limits as per the state guidelines issued on Wednesday, said an official. The district administration justified the relaxations to the two cities based on the state mandate that corporations be considered as separate units and analyse their respective Covid and vaccination status independently. Even though, the overall Thane district figures were short on meeting one of the four parameters for enhanced relaxations, Thane and Navi Mumbai cities fulfilled the criteria following which the DDMA that met on Thursday decided to extend the relaxations to them. “Navi Mumbai has completed 113% first dose and 98% second dose of vaccination ratio while the same in Thane city is 90% and 74% which fulfils the state mandate of having 90% and 70% vaccination count. Accordingly, we decided to allow relaxations to these two cities. However, the rest of the corporation and civic body limits in the district will continue to face the curbs,” he said. Narvekar added that the DDMA has also decided to request the state government to include the entire of Thane district in the Mumbai metropolitan region area. Presently, only few major corporations and councils are included in the MMR.

Thane: Citizens, malls, hoteliers rejoice Covid relaxations
While 14 districts in Maharashtra open up, restaurant associations ask for relaxation in the other 22 districts
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

Amidst a decline in Covid cases, the Maharashtra Govt recently lifted all restrictions and allowed malls, cinema halls, bars, sports complexes, swimming pools, religious places, tourist places etc to operate with 100 per cent capacity. Full vaccination will remain mandatory for those visiting malls, theatres, restaurants, sporting events, religious places, tourist places This easing of restrictions across many of the metro cities is a positive sign for the hospitality industry. But non-uniform guidelines across States and districts have the restaurant associations worried. Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, Vice President, Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) tells Bombay Times, “The Government now needs to lift all kinds of restrictions across the country and allow business and life to return to the pre-pandemic times. We request the Governments at both the State and Centre to bring back regularity and uniformity in operations to encourage and promote travel so that the wheels of the doomed hospitality industry can start to circulate. The non-uniform guidelines are a cause for concern not just for the hospitality industry but also for travellers. Tourists will not be able to keep a tab on which destination is fully functional and which isn’t. This will only create confusion and discourage tourists from travelling.” While the easing of restrictions and allowing restaurants to operate at 100 per cent capacity is a big relief for restaurants in some districts, the remaining restaurants in the state continue to suffer say association authorities. Pradeep Shetty, Sr. VP., Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) says, “Almost after 708 days, restaurants in fourteen districts including Mumbai will go back to operating at 100 per cent capacity. While this is a big relief for restaurants in these districts, the remaining restaurants in the State continue to suffer. Not only are these restaurants continuing to operate at 50 per cent capacity but also timing restrictions have not been lifted for restaurants in the remaining 22 districts.” The authorities feel that the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conference/Conventions and Exhibitions/ Events) segment across hotels and independent venues has taken a major beating all through the last couple of years. “All kinds of events and social gatherings should be now allowed to operate at full capacity like it was prior to March 2020. The hospitality industry needs this urgently. The State now should do everything it can to bring back confidence amongst its citizens and businesses. We request the Government to restore normal timings as well as allow all hotels and restaurants to operate at 100 per cent capacity across all the districts in the State,” adds Pradeep. With over 90 per cent of the eligible people having received the first dose of vaccine against COVID-19 and 70 per cent having received both the doses, there are apprehensions among some about the state. Shivanand Shetty, President, AHAR says, “While we welcome the move to open restaurants fully, given the negligible new Covid cases, the 90-70 clause is not well thought through as there is a Supreme Court ruling that vaccination cannot be forced upon an individual. Since Centre has given a go-ahead to start off economic activities and even schools and colleges have started, we fail to understand why not open up for the whole of Maharashtra instead of only 14 districts. This will also help the industry to bounce back in a much faster way.”

While 14 districts in Maharashtra open up, restaurant associations ask for relaxation in the other 22 districts