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RPI workers protest against Maharashtra police

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 31 Oktober 2014 | 22.23

KALYAN: The Republican Party of India workers in Kalyan on Friday damaged KDMT (Kalyan- Dombivli Municipal Transport) bus near Kalyan station in protest against the failure of the Maharashtra police to make a breakthrough in the savage murder of a three-member Dalit family in Ahmednagar district for more than a week ago.

The RPI workers had staged protest against the incident during which some workers evacuated commuters from the bus near Kalyan railway station later pelted stone on bus damaging it badly.

The workers were demanding to arrest culprits behined the killing of innocent dalits.

On the intervening night of October 20 and 21, Sanjay Jadhav (42), his wife Jayashree (38) and their teenage son Sunil (19), were hacked to death in Javkhede Khalasa village in Ahmednagar's Pathardi Taluk. Their dismembered body parts were later found floating in the well. Sunil was decapitated and his body parts were strewn on the acre-and-a-half plot owned by Jadhav.

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194 million sq ft Grade A office space expected to be absorbed in India’s top eight cities

MUMBAI: Around 194 million sq ft (MSF) of Grade A office space is expected to be absorbed in India's top eight cities between 2014 and 2018, said a report released by global real estate consultant, Cushman & Wakefield and Global Real Estate Institute on Friday.

This absorption is likely to increase at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9% during the same period. The report further said total Grade A office stock across select eight cities is expected to breach the 500 msf mark by 2018 and Bengaluru would be the first Indian city to have more than 100msf of Grade A office stock by 2015.

The highest growth (10%) in new supply is expected in Pune whereas Kolkata (15%) is expected to witness the highest growth in net absorption.

Bengaluru is expected to attract significant demand over the next five years, with almost 29% share in total net absorption, followed by Delhi NCR and Mumbai with 18% and 17% share respectively. Kolkata, on the flip side, is anticipated to witness least demand among the top eight cities.

According to the report, even though overall demand is expected to outstrip supply over the next five years, the trend varies city-wise. Most cities are expected to witness demand outstripping supply, some are likely to see elevated vacancy levels owing to new supply and moderate increase in net absorption. Demand for office space in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune is anticipated to outstrip supply. Chennai is expected to lead the pack with a whopping 68% gap, followed by Mumbai and Ahmedabad with 33% and 28% gap. On the other hand, Kolkata and Delhi-NCR are expected to witness higher vacancy levels as new supply is anticipated to be higher than net absorption by 44% and 9% respectively.

Mumbai is expected to witness highest appreciation in rentals amongst the top eight cities, with an average 12% appreciation in 2015 and 2016 owing to significant supply in Bandra Kurla Complex, which commands higher rents compared to other submarkets in Mumbai, it said.

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School cries foul as BMC razes its rooms

MUMBAI: Four classrooms of Shree Ganesh Vidyamandir, Dharavi, were demolished by the BMC on Thursday. School authorities have alleged that in spite of the paperwork being in place, the BMC conducted the demolition without any notice.

School authorities claim that the four classrooms were built over three decades ago and they had only concretized it. "Four classrooms in the primary section were built in 1972 but were not concrete structures hence were in very poor condition. So we concretized them during the summer vacations in May. We were also adding a loft but the BMC asked us not to do it and we stopped work," said Shivling Vatkar, chairman, Sant Kakkaya Vikas Sanstha, which runs the school.

"The BMC had seen all our papers and we thought it was the end of the problem. Students have been occupying the classrooms since school reopened in June. On Thursday, we received a call from neighbours that the BMC officials had come to demolish the classrooms," said Vatkar. The school is currently shut for Diwali vacation. BMC authorities were unavailable for comment.

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Spooked in Thane city

So you thought there's no room for hauntings in this city? Beneath Thane's modern landscape and highrises, lurk many paranormal tales. Here's looking at some of these urban legends, this Halloween.

Spooky incidents, areas rumoured to harbour ghosts and spirits and inexplicable supernatural occurrences have been a part of the city's legends for a long time now. Some are hearsay and some, as many put it, are a figment of people's imagination. However, there have been instances that Thaneites haven't really been able to explain.

The Cadbury Junction Signal, it is believed, is one of the haunted spots of Thane. Apparently, rickshaw drivers have seen a woman in white in that area late in the night, and the sighting would almost always be followed by an accident. Anisha Shinde a Thane resident says, "The Nitin Casting area also had similar anecdotes."

The haunting of a Ghodbunder Road building society, one of the oldest societies in Thane is a popular rumour. Some residents claim that it all started when a middle-aged man jumped to his death from Building 66B. Since then, the society watchmen have been witness to a couple of spooky incidents which include being slapped by someone invisible. Neha Shah Patel, a resident of the society for over two decades, gives an insider's take.

"There are a couple of instances when some untoward incidents have led to stories that would suggest that the flats in question were haunted. However, in the past many years, I have personally never come across anything supernatural, so I guess it is all hearsay."

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ISIS admirer Ansari 'may need psychiatric help'

MUMBAI: The lawyers of city-based software engineer Anees Ansari, arrested for allegedly conspiring to blow up a US establishment here, on Friday told the court that the accused suffered from an unsound mind and may need psychiatric help.

"We have moved an application in the court seeking permission that he may be sent to psychiatric counselling as he was of unsound mind," said Ansari's lawyer Chirag Shah.

Shah said that Ansari's parents have said that he used to get very hyper even on trivial things.

"The court is likely to pass an order on our application next week," said Ansari's another lawyer Shahid Nadeem.

Meanwhile, the court on Friday remanded Ansari to judicial custody till November 14.

According to police, Ansari admired the middle east terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The online chats of Ansari, whose office job involved designing navigation maps, hinted at a plot to target US establishments including a school in suburban Bandra, the ATS had said.

Ansari was booked under section 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) read with 302 (murder) of Indian Penal Code, and relevant sections of Information Technology Act.

A resident of suburban Kurla, Ansari had applied for a passport a month ago, which has led the investigators to suspect that he planned to leave the country to support/join the ISIS.

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After Gadkari, CM Fadnavis accused of riding without helmet

MUMBAI: A complaint was filed on Friday in a Pune court against Devendra Fadnavis, the new chief minister of Maharashtra, alleging that he had violated the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act by riding a two-wheeler without wearing a helmet during the Assembly elections campaign.

A similar complaint was recently filed against union minister Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur. The complaint against Fadnavis has been filed by Hemant Patil, president of 'Desh Bachao Party', a local outfit, at the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class at Shivaji Nagar, Pune, under sections 129 and 177 of Motor Vehicles Act.

Section 129 says that wearing a helmet is compulsory for a person driving a two-wheeler, while section 177 prescribes Rs 100 fine for violation. The petitioner has also submitted a photograph showing Fadnavis driving a two-wheeler without wearing a helmet during the campaign in Nagpur (from where he was elected).

Magistrate S S Patil posted the hearing on the complaint on November 5.

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Shivaji-based theme to light up Fadnavis's oath taking

Written By kom nampultig on Kamis, 30 Oktober 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: In reminiscent of the glorious rule of Shivaji, the BJP has decided to recreate the coronation scene of the Maratha ruler as Devendra Fadnavis takes his oath at Wankhede Stadium tomorrow. A giant screen will project the image of Shivaji at Raigad fort even as Fadnavis is sworn in as the new chief minister in front of a crowd, expected to swell to 35,0000-40,000. At the end of the oath-taking, the new ministers, led by the CM, will take a round of the stadium on a chariot. The ceremony will culminate in the evening when 25 floating lotuses, lit from inside, will be set adrift in the sea in front of Wankhede stadium; the glowing lotuses, being ferried on boats to Nariman Point, will make for a spectacular vision in the backdrop of the dark horizon.

Bollywood art director Nitin Desai, who conceived the entire decor, started work on Tuesday. According to him, the history and culture of Maharashtra will be captured through vignettes of images of Shivaji, taking oath, historical places and the traditions of the state. "A huge LED curved screen of 150X30 feet will be used so that people from all corners of the stadium could watch it, feel they are near the stage," said Desai. Three daises will be joined together to accommodate 150 dignitaries there. "I am trying to give the best, and I hope people, who come to attend the ceremony, will be satisfied," Desai said. No wood or plaster of Paris will be used as raw material for the decoration. "It is a challenging job as I have only three days with limited time and money. I also have to keep protocol and security arrangements in mind. But I am happy that I have been chosen for the job," said Desai.

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‘Ordinary’ viral fever lays Mumbai low while dengue occupies the headlines

MUMBAI: Dengue, the mosquito-borne disease, may have been hogging the headlines after a KEM Hospital resident doctor succumbed to it earlier this week, but it's the more commonplace flu or viral fever that has laid Mumbai low this season.

Doctors' clinics are witnessing a steady stream of patients with complaints of fever and sore throat with or without rashes. "We check such patients for dengue and malaria as well, but most of them test negative for them and are likely to be suffering from viral fever," said general physician Dr Hozie Kapadia, who has a clinic in Byculla.

The weekly civic health report released on Tuesday showed that patients admitted to BMC hospitals with fever are almost 10 times the number of patients admitted with dengue between October 19 and 26. "Patients with flu have been thronging our fever wards," said a civic doctor. While 10,490 patients with fever were admitted to various BMC hospitals in October so far, the corresponding number for dengue was 948.

Doctors blame the flip-flop weather in the city for leading to a spike in viral ailments. "Last week's cyclonic storm-related weather change, along with a spike in pollution, have led to an increase in cases of sore throat and fever," said Dr Altaf Patel, who consults at Jaslok Hospital, Peddar Road.

Dr Amol Manerkar, who is attached to hospitals in the Ghatkopar-Kurla stretch, said dengue and viral fever have resulted in long queues at doctors' clinics. "The numbers will increase next week when the flu season sets in with temperatures dipping a bit," he said.

Mayor Snehal Ambekar took a meeting on dengue-malaria control on Wednesday at the BMC headquarters, which was attended by the city's chief health officers and doctors from all major public hospitals. Ambekar has said it's important for the public to be extremely aware of their surroundings and in case of fever or any indications of ailments, to contact the nearest public hospital for treatment.

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Boy hangs self in Mumbai after parents reject demand to study in UK

MUMBAI: A 16-year-old boy allegedly hanged himself after his parents turned down his demand to go to London for studies. The incident took place on Tuesday night at a building at Clare Road in Byculla (W).

The Nagpada police, which registered an accidental death case, said the deceased was studying in class X of a Mazgaon school. "He had studied in London till class V and then took admission in Mumbai. He wanted to go back to London for studies but his parents refused to send him. His parents said he could go to London once he finished class XII in Mumbai. The boy was upset for the last couple of days. On Tuesday night, his parents had gone to a hospital, where their daughter was admitted for malaria, and the boy was alone at home. When they returned, they found their son hanging.

Police sources said that the family told them that they had stayed in Switzerland and the UK, where the boy's father worked as a banker. They returned and to India five years ago. "The boy wanted to go back to London. But his parents' refusal to send him there upset the boy. He was undergoing counselling for this," the police said. Cops did not find any suicide note. His family told police that the boy was not happy studying in India and that could be the reason behind taking such an extreme step. The police did not suspect any foul play.

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TOI manifesto for new Maharashtra govt

On March 14 of this year, in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, and just before the major political parties announced their manifestos, The Times of India came out with its own manifesto, with detailed proposals for the next government across a wide range of areas such as the economy, agriculture, health, education, women, urban development, energy, defence and internal security, foreign policy, legal and administrative reforms, and the environment. In the five months since it assumed office, the NDA government's policies — both in terms of directionality, as well on specific issues — have been in line with the letter and spirit of our manifesto.

The broad philosophy that underpinned our manifesto for the central government would be valid for a state government too. Obviously, there are areas where only the Centre can frame policy; but in others, such as education, health, infrastructure, agriculture and urban development, the goals and objectives would be similar, although the solutions might need to be localized.

Maharashtra is politically the second-largest state in the country with 48 MPs in the Lok Sabha. But in economic terms, it towers above every other state — about 80% larger than the next state (UP) and more than twice the size of Gujarat.

And yet, there is a gnawing sense of decline that goes beyond hard numbers. Some of it stems from Mumbai's expensive real estate, which drove many of the multinationals that entered India in the 1990s to base their headquarters in Gurgaon (proximity to the capital was another reason). Maharashtra also faced growing competition from other parts of the country for investments, particularly states like Tamil Nadu and Gujarat which offered both domestic and foreign companies attractive incentives to set up manufacturing facilities in emerging industrial hubs.

But a lot of Mumbai and Maharashtra's problems are of its own making—led by the decline and decay of its institutions. Look at the state of Mumbai University and Mumbai Police, what they once were and what they are today. Inefficiency, political interference and corruption have been eating away at the foundation of Maharashtra's administrative framework. This is where Devendra Fadnavis will need to focus first; everything else will follow. But this will also be the most difficult, because of the vested interests that have entrenched themselves in the system over the years.

It's time to arrest the slide, and restore our city and state to their former glory.

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