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Republic Day celebrated with rescued homeless people at Navi Mumbai shelter home
Times of India | 4 days ago | |
Times of India
4 days ago | |

NAVI MUMBAI: The Republic Day was celebrated with cheer and gusto at the New Panvel-based Social and Evangelical Association for Love (SEAL) Ashram, wherein many rescued homeless people and children participated in the flag hoisting ceremony. Former vice-chairperson of Maharashtra Minorities Commission, Dr Abraham Mathai, and his wife Susan Mathai, were also present at the shelter home during the event."The SEAL Ashram celebrated the Republic Day with orphans and rescued people. Since 1999, the SEAL Ashram has been rescuing destitutes and missing children from railway platforms and streets of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. In view of the Republic Day, we are thankful to the god and our friends who are standing with us for the work for the street people and missing children and we are proud we could give freedom to these children and people from deprivation; and have lived up to the core ideals and values of our Constitution,'' said the SEAL founder, Pastor K M Philip.Dr Mathai, who is the chief patron of SEAL, commented: "This New Panvel shelter home is doing remarkable work in not only rescuing homeless people (who mostly have mental ailments) but also trying to reunite them with their families who are obviously worried while searching for their missing loved ones. Hence, it was an honour to celebrate the Republic Day with them, since our Constitution also aims for a free and fair India where there is no discrimination.''Mathai added that SEAL had earlier launched a hi-tech programme 'Rescunite' (rescue and reunite) in order to help reunite the rescued destitutes with their families, by taking the assistance of government agencies.

Republic Day celebrated with rescued homeless people at Navi Mumbai shelter home
Maharashtra Woman Jailed For Forcing Women Into Prostitution
Ndtv | 1 week ago | |
Ndtv
1 week ago | |

The woman was rescued and the accused was arrested. (Representational)Thane: A court in Maharashtra's Thane district has sentenced a 39-year-old woman to three years rigorous imprisonment for forcing women into flesh trade.In the order passed yesterday, Special Judge V V Virkar pronounced the accused guilty under provisions of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on her.The woman was residing in Turbhe area of Navi Mumbai township in Thane district.Special Public Prosecutor Rekha Hiwrale told the court that the accused used her residence in Turbhe for prostitution and pushed women and minor girls into it.On May 30, 2018, a team of the Navi Mumbai police's anti-human trafficking cell raided the premises and found a woman being forced into flesh trade.The woman was rescued and the accused was arrested.Twelve prosecution witnesses were examined to prove the charges against the accused, Hiwrale said.The judge in her order said the prosecution has successfully proved the charges against the accused, who needs to be convicted.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAnother woman accused in the case was given the benefit of doubt and the court acquitted her of all the charges.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayMicrosoft Set To Lay Off Thousands Of Employees: Report

Maharashtra Woman Jailed For Forcing Women Into Prostitution
Mechanism required for regulating stray dog population, observes Bombay High Court
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

THE BOMBAY High Court on Monday observed that a mechanism needs to be evolved for the regulation of the high population of stray dogs on the streets regarding their feeding, grooming, neutering and vaccination. The court sought assistance from a city-based NGO ‘The Welfare of Stray Dogs.’A division bench of Justice G S Patel and Justice S G Dige was hearing a plea filed by six residents of a society in Navi Mumbai seeking to direct the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) to identify and demarcate feeding stations in public places for stray dogs. The plea also challenged the fines imposed by the concerned housing society for feeding stray dogs. The HC appointed a lawyer in December 2021 to mediate the issue.“When we have a high population of stray dogs, a mechanism has to be evolved for their neutering, collaring, vaccination and grooming. We have to seek the assistance of such groups that have been working towards the welfare of such dogs,” Justice Patel orally observed.The court noted that the petitioners referred to the wider issue of care, control and upkeep of stray dogs along with the protection of the rights of citizens and said that if an NGO added as a party to the case, which has expertise on the matter, it would be helpful to assist the court.The court also pulled up the Seawoods Estates Limited (SEL) which manages the residential complex for not allowing drivers, domestic helps and other service providers to the petitioners’ houses.The bench said that an earlier bench had directed SEL not to take any action against the petitioners. “So now you (SEL) reduce their lives to such utter misery by not allowing basic service providers to their homes? How can you prevent people from going?” Justice Patel questioned SEL.The bench asked the NGO to be made a party to the case, and also asked the petitioners to file an application raising their grievances and posted further hearing in the matter to March 2.

Mechanism required for regulating stray dog population, observes Bombay High Court
Teen delivers girl in toilet in Navi Mumbai, hurls her out of window
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

NAVI MUMBAI: A 19-year-old unmarried girl from Yavatmal, who gave birth to a girl child in the toilet of a flat in an Ulwe society - the residence of her maternal aunt - flung the newborn out of the toilet window within minutes of her birth as the child was born out of an illicit relationship with her cousin. While the girl child was declared brought dead at the NMMC hospital in Vashi, the accused teenage girl has been admitted to NMMC's Meenatai Thackeray hospital in Nerul, informed Uttam Jagdale, senior inspector of NRI coastal police station, where an FIR has been registered against the accused teen girl, who works as a maid. She has been booked under IPC section 315 for an act done with intent to prevent child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth, and IPC section 302 for murder.As per the FIR, on January 13, around 12.45am, while beat marshal constable Santosh Khandare and his collegue Madane were on night patrol, an autorickshaw driver informed them that a newborn was found dumped in the premises of a building in sector 21, Ulwe. The constables informed API Ganesh Jadhav and headed for the society. A police team led by API Jadhav enquired about the newborn's mother, but no one was able to provide information. The cops then saw that the washroom window of a second floor flat in B-wing did not have glass panes. Suspecting the infant might have been thrown from there, the cops reached the said flat and enquired with the owner, who revealed that his sister-in-law's teen daughter was also staying with them. API Jadhav then summoned a lady constable to enquire with the teen, who revealed she had conceived after being in a sexual relationship with her cousin. She claimed that even though she was eight months pregnant, her baby bump wasn't visible so she did not reveal about her pregnancy to her family and even her maternal aunt and uncle at whose Ulwe flat she had been staying. She confessed she delivered the child in the flat's toilet and threw it out of the window before anyone could suspect her.Watch Mumbai: 19-year-old woman throws baby out of toilet window

Teen delivers girl in toilet in Navi Mumbai, hurls her out of window
Mumbai’s air quality rank falls to 29th from seventh in 2019
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

MUMBAI: From ranking seventh in the country for air quality measured in terms of concentration of PM 2.5 and PM 10 in 2019, the city slid to the 23rd and 29th positions, respectively, for the two types of carcinogenic particles in 2022., reports Chittaranjan Tembhekar.Particulate matter 2.5 and particulate matter 10 concentrations have gone up by 44% and 46%, respectively, said a study released by the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) that saw the announcement of the new rankings. The NCAP is an initiative of the Centre.Navi Mumbai, Chandrapur, Pune and Nashik, which were also among the least polluted in 2019, are now fast falling behind in air quality in terms of PM 2.5 or PM10, said experts.Aggressive action is needed to meet AQI targets: ExpertsDelhi, one of the top polluted cities in the world, ranked the most polluted in India in 2022, with an annual average PM 2.5 concentration of 99.7 ug/m3. However, Delhi's PM 2.5 levels improved by over 7% compared to 2019, suggested an analysis by the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).Four years ago, the Rs 6,897.06 crore NCAP was launched to monitor and ensure reduction in pollution by implementing effective measures in 131 non-attainment cities.Non-attainment cities are defined as the ones that do not meet the national standards for air quality, and the city is one of them.The country's current annual average safe limits for PM 2.5 and PM 10 are 40 micrograms per cubic metre and 60 micrograms per cubic metre.The NCAP initially set a target of reducing key air pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 by 20%-30% in 2024, taking the pollution levels in 2017 as the base year to improve upon. In September 2022, the Centre set a new target of 40% reduction in particulate matter concentration in cities covered under the NCAP by 2026.To meet these targets, over Rs 6,897 crore was released to the cities under the programme as well as the 15th finance commission."Unlike the most polluted cities, most of the least polluted cities in 2019 saw air quality levels deteriorate and rankings slip. For instance, Mumbai was the seventh-least polluted city in 2019 but its PM 2.5 levels increased from 34 ug/m3 in 2019 to 49 ug/m3 in 2022 and dropped to being the 23rd least polluted city in the country. In 2019 there were just nine air quality monitoring stations in Mumbai, which improved to 20 operational stations in 2022," said an analysis by the NCAP, which is run by Climate Trends and Respirer Living Sciences.The analysis was based on Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data from air quality monitoring stations installed in 131 cities.While Nashik and Pune showed a rise in PM 10 concentration levels, Chandrapur and Navi Mumbai too showed a marked rise in PM 2.5 concentration levels, eventually bringing their rank down. Nashik and Solapur, though, still figure among the 10 least polluted cities."Analysis of air pollution levels of cities across the country show that coastal cities like Mumbai are equally affected by air pollution," Aarti Khosla, director, Climate Trends, said. "While the CPCB has already issued stricter reduction targets for the non-attainment cities, we are just a year away from 2024, the original target for the NCAP. Many cities are still far from reaching their reduction targets and may be unable to do so without aggressive plans and stringent measures."Ronak Sutaria, founder and CEO, Respirer Living Sciences, said that for the more harmful PM 2.5 pollutants, which tend to have different sources than PM 10, the improvements have been marginal at best."This shows that much work is needed to reduce the more finer sources of pollutants," Sutaria said. "The trend of the most polluted showing improvement and cleanest or least polluted cities showing deterioration holds true for PM 2.5 pollutants. This is indicating that most polluted cities which are more vigilant and are implementing action plans are showing results while less vigilant cleaner cities are making themselves worse."

Mumbai’s air quality rank falls to 29th from seventh in 2019
1,004 black spots identified in Maharashtra; 48 on Mumbai roads
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

MUMBAI: There are 1,004 black spots or accident-prone zones across Maharashtra, and Mumbai and Navi Mumbai are among the top five districts with highest number of such locations, according to a road-crash analysis report by the state transport department. While Navi Mumbai has 52 black spots, Mumbai has 48 such locations, the statistics showed.With Maharashtra observing Road Safety Week from January 11 to 17, experts have stressed the need for correctional measures. "Death by road crashes has risen by 17% in 2022 as compared to 2019, which is why there is urgent need to correct maximum black spots," an expert said.State transport commissioner Vivek Bhimanwar told TOI: "The ministry of road transport and highways has given a target to reduce road fatalities by 50% in 10 years, but we plan to achieve this target much before the deadline."He added: "We have started counselling centres on the Mumbai-Pune route, where we had started a six-month road safety campaign on December 1. The drive has resulted in reduction of fatalities by 33% on the Mumbai-Pune route - 18 deaths in December 2022 as compared to 27 deaths in December 2021." Bhimanwar said similar counselling centres will come up on Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Mahamarg from next week. "All heavy vehicle drivers entering Maharashtra can rest at the facilities at the border checkposts and get educated on how to avoid crashes on highways," he said.United Way Mumbai CEO George Aikara said measures can be undertaken to curb crashes, especially at black spots. "It should be done with a combined approach of electronic and manual enforcement such as setting up surveillance cameras at major traffic joints and speed cameras at strategic points, issuing e-challans along with photographic evidence, and periodic enforcement drives such as helmets for pillion riders, seat belts," he said.

1,004 black spots identified in Maharashtra; 48 on Mumbai roads
No privatisation of state-owned power companies, assures Maharashtra deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis; unions call off stir
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

MUMBAI: There will be no privatisation of the three state-owned electricity companies, assured deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who holds the energy portfolio, a day after workers from MSEDCL, Mahagenco and Mahatransco went on strike . The state-wide strike, which began at midnight, was called off on Wednesday afternoon.The agitation had an impact in various districts, including Mumbai Metropolitan Region, parts of which faced outages upto eight hours. A few industries in Taloja were also affected. MSEDCL spokesperson said 'standby' teams were deployed to cater to power faults across districts. Fadnavis held discussions with 32 organisations representing 86,000 employees and 40,000 contract workers from the three companies. He announced that unlike Odisha and Delhi that had allowed private licensing for power distribution, in Maharashtra, there would be no privatisation. "In fact, over the next three years, the gove-rnment will invest Rs 50,000 crore in the assets owned by these companies," he said.He further said the government was considering setting up an agriculture company to understand how much electricity input happens in the sector, what is the bill and whether inefficiencies and power thefts were being passed off as non-payment of dues. Fadnavis said the main contention was that a private company - Adani Electricity Navi Mumbai Ltd - had filed an application with MERC for a parallel power distribution licence in areas served by MSEDCL. "The unions have contended that MSEDCL should have filed an objection as the decision to issue the licence could impact its profitability. When MERC issues the notification we shall contest it and make use of the law to protect the interests of the companies," he said.MSEB holding company director Vishwas Pathak said: "Even if a licence is granted, Adani Electricity Navi Mumbai Ltd will create its own network, and have its own consumer base. There is no privatisation of state power discom as nothing will be at the cost of MSEDCL "MSEB Workers' Federation president Mohan Sharma told TOI that the power outages due to the strike had left "the government worried and they had to take a decision to prevent further damage". "We are glad Fadnavis has considered relaxing the age of contract workers and absorbing them in the workforce, while also ensuring full pay and zero commission," Sharma added.(Inputs from Pradeep Gupta & George Mendonca)

No privatisation of state-owned power companies, assures Maharashtra deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis; unions call off stir
Drugs worth Rs 1.5 crore seized in Maharashtra; five arrested
Times of India | 4 weeks ago | |
Times of India
4 weeks ago | |

MUMBAI/NAVI MUMBAI/THANE: Drugs worth Rs 1.53 crore were seized from different places in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane on Saturday and Sunday. Five people, including two Nigerian nationals, were arrested. The anti-narcotics cell of Mumbai police early on Sunday arrested three persons, including a Nigerian national, and seized 610 grams of banned drug mephedrone also known as MD worth Rs 1.22 crore.In Navi Mumbai, narcotics worth around Rs 24 lakh were seized from a car on the Sion-Panvel highway on December 31. The car driver has been arrested, while an African woman escaped. In Thane, the crime branch arrested a Nigerian national for carrying cocaine worth Rs 6.5 lakh ahead of the New Year Eve.

Drugs worth Rs 1.5 crore seized in Maharashtra; five arrested
  • Over 31,000 kg of drugs seized in Gujarat this year; strict vigil for New Year’s Eve
  • The Indian Express

    Over 31,000 kg of drugs worth Rs 5,137 crore was seized in Gujarat this year, with 484 cases registered between January 1 and December 30 under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985, according to police. In view of the rise in drug peddling, police will have strict surveillance during the New Year festivities that begin Saturday.These seizure figures from police’s NDPS cell, however, do not indicate the consumption trend, a top Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official said.Police have registered 30 cases of drug seizure in December alone. Of these, 22 are cases of marijuana seizure while three cases of hashish and five cases of synthetic or other drugs were also registered, the total seizure amounting to 2,984 kg of drugs worth nearly Rs 3 crore.According to data shared by the Ahmedabad Special Operations Group, 34 cases were registered in Ahmedabad city, nine of them in December. They were related to the seizures of mephedrone, cough syrups, hashish and marijuana.As many as 279 of the total drug seizures in the state were related to marijuana while 149 were related to synthetic or other drugs, 27 to hashish, 10 to opium and nine to heroin (brown sugar).Synthetic drugs accounted for 17,977 kg of seized drugs, followed by 12,230 kg of marijuana and over 10 kg of opium.In 2021, 461 cases were registered in the state, as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data.The Ahmedabad Special Operation Group on Wednesday caught two people for peddling 296.78 g of mephedrone worth Rs 29.68 lakh on Sindhu Bhavan Road, an area that will be under strict vigil.Two days earlier, the Indian Coast Guard and the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad caught 10 Pakistanis with 40 kg of heroin, arms and ammunition from a vessel off the Dwarka coast.Director-general of police Ashish Bhatia said the consignment was sent by Haji Salim Baloch, a drug lord in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, and was meant to be dropped between the Okha and Salaya ports.The biggest single seizure in Gujarat was the 2,988 kg of heroin that was smuggled from Afghanistan and seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence from a freight container at the Mundra port on September 13, 2021.S K Mishra, NCB zonal director for Gujarat and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, said, “The number of seizures in a state is not indicative of its consumption trend. The cases we come across are mostly midway seizures, caught in the route of trafficking to some other state or territory… A comparison cannot be drawn between the seizures made in two years as it depends on the quantity of a drug, commercial quantity and its effect. Drugs such as mephedrone can do huge damage even in smaller quantities and are severely habit-forming.”“In the current year, we have 21 such cases where we seized 3,000 kg of narcotics, caught 60 people and seized related properties… The cases are registered under the NDPS Act,” Mishra said, adding that 550 kg of charas, 225 kg of methamphetamine, 1,700 kg of marijuana and about 70 kg of mephedrone were among the drugs seized in 2022.As per the NCRB data for 2021, 461 NDPS Act cases were registered in the state.Ajay Choudhary, a joint commissioner of police with the special branch, told The Indian Express, “Drugs have become a medium to experience ‘thrill’, especially among the youth. It’s just not a one-event thing that we have to be vigilant for a day… it is a gradual, whole-year process…We keep organising events to increase awareness among the youth to stop the use of drugs, and look for the thrill through ‘health addiction’.”A night half marathon would be organised in January 2023 towards this end.Ahead of New Year’s Eve, police have set up 200 checkpoints in and around Ahmedabad, including on SG Highway, Sindhu Bhavan Road, Riverfront, SP Ring Road and Prahaladnagar, near the Vastrapur lake, and in the university area.“Narcotic drug detection kits and drug testing analysers would be used…Various teams have been deployed to keep a check on any case of pick-pocketing, harassment, illegal consumption of drugs or liquor on December 31. Arrangements to prevent traffic jams, rash driving etc have also been made,” Choudhary said.Hotels, guesthouses, clubs, farms and party plots will also be under police surveillance on New Year’s Eve, he added.

Navi Mumbai petrol pump operating without CRZ clearance, greens demand inquiry
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

NAVI MUMBAI: Activists in Navi Mumbai have expressed concern and shock over a CRZ violation involving a petrol pump in Nerul. They have demanded a state-level inquiry into the matter.RTI activist Anarjit Chauhan said: "On obtaining information through RTI, it is surprising that a Nerul based petrol pump, next to Palm Beach road, which has not got the mandatory CRZ clearance from Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA), is actively doing business from this site. The state and civic authorities must thoroughly inquire into this environmental violation and also shut down this petrol pump since it does not have all the clearances and permissions."The director of NatConnect Foundation, B N Kumar, said: "I have written to the state environment principal secretary, Praveen Darade, about this Nerul petrol pump issue, since the CRZ clearance has not been procured for this site. Darade has directed us to approach the Thane District Coastal Management Committee, headed by the district collector, in this regard. I also feel that the local municipality must take strong action on this issue to set an example for all CRZ violators."It is gathered that in 2018, the MCZMA had rejected the ``post facto CRZ clearance'' for this petrol pump as the proposal for eco clearance was applied after a stipulated date. However, activists further questioned why the NMMC had granted commencement certificate (CC) and occupation certificate (OC) for this petrol pump construction much earlier in 2005, when this site violated the CRZ rules.The in-charge NMMC municipal commissioner, Abhijit Bangar, commented: "While the CC was granted to this petrol pump, the CRZ clearance has still not been given by the MCZMA. However, we have come to know that there are total 161 buildings in the city with the same situation as this petrol pump as they are partly in CRZ. If the state government does give a clear order on action to be taken on the petrol pump, we will do so."However, Chauhan responded: "NMMC should cancel the CC given to this petrol pump at least now, since it is quite apparent that environmental clearance has not been taken. Otherwise, take action against those civic officials who are deliberately ignoring the CRZ violation."Kumar added: "It is also the responsibility of the oil company associated with this petrol pump to ensure that the site meets all compliance and other requirements."Quoting his recent conversation with a senior official from the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Kumar said that the MCZMA has all the powers to enforce its orders. "It is sad that such an important body is neglected as it does not have the wherewithal to check legalities of maintaining CRZ properties. It is the responsibility of the State Government to ensure that the MCZMA has adequate machinery to protect our coasts," added Kumar.NatConnect once again demanded the setting of a permanent, dedicated Green Police to handle environmental crimes.

Navi Mumbai petrol pump operating without CRZ clearance, greens demand inquiry
2 cousins held for murder of 80-year-old man in Maharashtra
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

NAVI MUMBAI: After three months of investigation, police have arrested two for the murder of an 80-year-old man in Poyanje village of Panvel taluka. The senior citizen's body with multiple stab injuries was found dumped in a pond in September. The murder motive was previous enmity, informed Anil Patil, senior inspector of Panvel taluka police station. "The arrested accused, Sachin Waghmare (36) and Dhanraj Waghmare (33), are neighbours of victim Pandurang Mate. When detained, the cousins revealed they had nursed a grudge against Mate, as he frequently visited Sachin's house when only women were at home. Also, Mate would flash a torch light on their face at night and pick up quarrel," said Patil.

2 cousins held for murder of 80-year-old man in Maharashtra
  • Two siblings held for murdering their father in Pune
  • Times of India

    PUNE: The Chakan police have arrested two brothers on the charge of smothering their father, Dhananjay Bansode (43), owner of a snacks manufacturing unit, in their house at Moi near Khed and later burning the body into a furnace at the unit sometime between December 15 and 16.The brothers, both college students, told police that they threw the remnants, including the bones, collected from the furnace into the Indrayani river. “The duo, Sujit (21) and Abhijit (18), were upset with their father over the latter’s affair with a woman,” senior inspector Dnyaneshwar Sabale of the Chakan police told TOI.Mahalunge police chowky’s inspector Kishor Patil, who was part of the team that cracked the case, cited investigation and told TOI, “A few years ago, the Bansodes moved from Osmanabad to Moi near Khed where Dhananjay started the snacks unit (farsan and groundnuts). His sons are pursuing their higher studies at colleges in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Dhananjay and the woman came in contact through a social networking site and they started dating each other. His wife came to know about his affair and she left their home and started staying with her relatives in Pimpri.”Patil said, “Investigations revealed that the brothers first hit Dhananjay on the head with an iron rod and later smothered him with a pillow. Later, they put the body in the big furnace of the snacks unit and set it ablaze. After that, they collected the remnants and threw the smae in Indrayani river.”“The woman with whom Dhanraj was frequently exchanging messages on social media started inquiring about his whereabouts when she did not get either any call or message from the victim. She reached Pune from her home in Vidarha region searching for Dhananjay. On learning about the woman’s search, Sujit and Abhijit approached us on December 19 and lodged a missing person’s complaint,” the officer said.