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Varsity-affiliated colleges refuse to host exams

Written By kom nampultig on Sabtu, 19 April 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Affiliated colleges have refused to host university examinations for lack of time, space and resources. Various departments have now been asked to conduct the exam for their students on the campus. But the arrangement is causing chaos. For instance, the journalism school, which held its master's exam last Thursday, put its students through torture as the exam centres were changed late on Wednesday.

Following that, the exam time for the semester-1 paper —communication theory—was pushed from 11am to 3pm. Of the 80-odd students, 60 were asked to take the exam in affiliated colleges—Saraf College, K J Somaiya College and K C College. Close to 18 other examinees took the paper from the conference room of the university's health centre. "We received a phone call about our exam centre on Wednesday night.

A day before the exam, we had no clue about where we had to go to sit for our paper," said a candidate. Some students received messages on Whatsapp. Several other departments which used to ask colleges to play host as centres are now looking for space on the Kalina campus. "So many departments are short of staff and many don't even have their own lecture halls and work out stopgap arrangements. Also, most lecture halls in the university are not suitable for hosting exams as the benches are on the steps in the auditorium fashion," said a former head of a department.

New rules state that colleges have refused to conduct the smaller exams as they feel that it is difficult to depute staff members and set aside space for a handful of students. "While we do offer master's courses at our colleges, we find it difficult to reserve space and set aside staff for a handful of people who have signed up with the university," said a principal. The matter was raised with the academic council in November last year. In March, the university sent a circular to all departments asking them to conduct the exam with their own resources on the univ campus.

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Retired mercahant navy officer charge sheeted for defamation against actor Aamir Khan

MUMBAI: The cyber investigation cell that arrested a retired merchant navy officer on Thursday in connection with posting false and offensive messages about actor Aamir Khan, charge sheeted the accused within two days. The accused, Ajit Vadakayil (58), had allegedly posted a defamatory post on social media about actor Aamir Khan and his TV show.

A press note issued by the city police stated the complaint was about publication of grossly offensive and false information about Aamir Khan and his talk show, Satyamev Jayate, Seasson 1, on various web sites and blogs. The cyber crime investigation cell arrested Vadakayil from Manipal in Karnataka under the Information Technology Act. Vadakayil was granted bail.

On March 9, Khan had complained that false messages were circulating through electronic media, claiming donations sought in his TV show were going to a trust working for a particular religion. Cops traced the IP address to Mangalore from where they nabbed Vadakayil.

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Manipal man arrested for defaming actor Aamir Khan

MUMBAI: The cyber cell on Thursday arrested retired merchant navy officer who had allegedly posted a defamatory post on social media about actor Aamir Khan and his TV show.

Ajit Vadakayil (58) from Manipal in Karnataka was arrested under the IT Act.

Senior inspector Mukund Pawar said Vadakayil was granted bail. JCP (crime) Sadanand Date the chargesheet will be filed by Monday.

On March 9, Khan had complained that false messages were circulating through electronic media, claiming donations sought in his TV show were going to a trust working for a particular religion.

Cops traced the IP address to Mangalore from where they nabbed Vadakayil.

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Mumbai candidates better off with their better half 

MUMBAI: Despite the cynicism about politicians all around, the fact is, they do have their better halves. And almost all of Mumbai's Lok Sabha candidates are vouching for their spouse's support during the strenuous election campaign. This support has made their gruelling constituency trails easier, and in some cases, gone beyond just being a morale-booster: partners are helping candidates plan and strategise their campaigns so that they can cover the constituency in minimal time and get their message across clearly and concisely.

At the same time, in a role reversal of sorts, some of the male partners of women candidates have been taking care of the home front and ensuring the children are looked after.

Meera Sanyal, AAP candidate from Mumbai South, for instance, is one of the luckiest candidates: her husband, brother and mother have all stepped in to help. Her husband, Ashish, who runs a retail consultancy and lectures at management institutes, has taken a break from work and works as her campaign director.

"My husband brings insights from the world of business and marketing. We treat voters as consumers of services, not as votebanks," she says, adding that he has no vested interests, is good with people and stays calm through the heat of the campaign.

Her brother Dr Manek Hiranandani, a doctor who runs a hospital in Kerala, is currently in Mumbai working as her election agent, dealing with the Election Commission to ensure relevant documents are submitted on time and that the campaign adheres to EC guidelines. And her mother is working on door-to-door campaigns.

MP and Congress candidate from Mumbai North-Central Priya Dutt's husband, 43-year-old Owen Roncon, a partner in a music promotion company and a marketing firm, is currently playing, in his own words, surrogate mother. He is looking after their two sons. "That is my most important job," he says. But that's not all. He is also involved in planning her campaign. He says his wife's best quality is her "heart of gold". "She genuinely cares about the welfare of people. She has no other reason to be in politics," he claims. At present, the couple's day begins at 6.30am and never seems to end. "It merges into the morning," Roncon says.

Sanjay Nirupam, Congress candidate from Mumbai North, has his Maharashtrian wife Geeta to thank for facilitating communication with Marathi-speaking voters. A homemaker, she vigorously campaigns among the womenfolk. "I engage the women in Marathi," she says. Even when Nirupam is unable to reach a scheduled meeting in time as he is busy elsewhere, Geeta steps in and addresses the public.

Their daughter Shivani is holding youth rallies, apart from assisting her father in his social media campaign. She even created an Android application for him.

Milind Deora's wife Pooja Shetty-Deora, 35, joint managing director, Walkwater Media, is an entrepreneur in her own right. But she supports the Mumbai South Congress candidate's back-end team which has many professionals and experts in it. She is, however, modest about her contribution. "I do make suggestions and sometimes steer conversations in a certain direction," she says.

Minal, wife of AAP candidate for Mumbai North West Mayank Gandhi, is a clinical psychologist by profession and thus well-equipped to help him deal with a high-pressure campaign. She accompanies him on the campaign trail every day, plying him with food and an array of juices and taking care of him generally. His son, a doctor, has taken a break to work for him, and his son's fiance has come down from Gujarat to support him. While his daughter and son-in-law are both in government service and therefore unable to campaign for him, his son-in-law's parents travel to Mumbai from Pune to offer help.

For Medha, wife of BJP candidate from Mumbai North-East Kirit Somaiya, election time is exciting as she says she is herself a party worker first, having been to prison at the age of 15 during the Emergency. She is also BJP Mumbai unit vice-president, while their son is general secretary of the party's youth wing. She says she is "in charge of the campaign in an entire ward, number 101. I am also interested in the EC's workings and help party workers with work related to the EC. At the same time, I ensure Kirit eats and sleeps well."

The family of Satish Jain, AAP candidate from Mumbai North, has moved base from south Mumbai to Kandivli because Jain is working towards building a base for the party in north Mumbai not just for the LS polls but for the assembly elections too.

His wife Meenal is in charge of his campaign. She works out his daily schedule and goes door-to-door with him through the narrow gullies of his constituency, broom in hand, exhorting women from each locality to vote for the 'jhadoo.' She also helps him secure the many permissions needed for rallies and manages the campaign when they're running behind schedule.

(Inputs from Clara Lewis, Sandhya Soman, Nergish Sunavala and Anahita Mukherji)

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Buses collide on Mumbai-Goa highway; 2 dead, 9 injured

NAVI MUMBAI: Two private buses had a head-on collision on the accident prone Mumbai-Goa highway, near Mahad in Raigad district on early Saturday, killing two persons and injuring nine others.

The injured have been sent to a government hospital in Raigad district while one seriously injured victim was rushed to Sion hospital in Mumbai.

Mahad police said that prima facie it appeared to be the fault of the Mumbai-bound non-AC bus, since it was reportedly trying to overtake another vehicle on the narrow road at around 2.30 am. While overtaking rashly, the bus going from Goa to Mumbai came on the wrong side of the highway and collided head-on with another private bus going in the opposite direction towards Ratnagiri,'' said a police official at Mahad.

The names and identities of the victims will be available later in the day, after police finish the paperwork involved.

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Three held for selling fake vehicle insurance policies in Vasai.

MUMBAI: Three men have been arrested for allegedly selling forged vehicle insurance policies to car owners in Vasai.

The Valiv police in Vasai (east) seized around 1,500 policies from Kishore Pawar (30), Dhirendra Tripathi (48) and Anand Singh (32). The matter came to light when a policy holder approached one of the insurance company's for claim, only to be told that his policy did not exist. The 'original' copy of the policy when produced before the insurance company, turned out to be fake. He registered a complaint with the police.

Following investigation, the police picked up Pawar and Tripathi, both Vasai residents. They confessed to the crime and even named Singh, a Bhayander resident as an accomplice. The police raided homes of the three suspects and seized laptops, policies, letter heads and stamps of insurance companies. The seized policies are valued at Rs 5.60 lakhs, said the police.

Investigators are ascertaining whether employees of insurance companies are involved in the racket. The police have also not ruled out an inter-state gang. The three introduced themselves as insurance agents, collected cash and gave fake insurance policies. Vehicle users hit the road without realizing that their insurance policies were fake.

The police is now contacting vehicle owners based on the seized policies. Police said unless motorists approach the insurance company for claims, they will assume that their policies are genuine.

They have been arrested under sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery),467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for cheating), 471(using as genuine a forged document) and 34(common intent) of the Indian Penal Code and have been sent to magisterial custody till May 4 by the Vasai sessions court.

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Police nabs two fake cops in Mumbai

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 18 April 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The L T Marg police arrested two people who posed as police officials and cheated a transporter of Rs 15,000 on the pretext of frisking him for security reasons.

The two accused - Afzal Jaffery (52) and Masha Allah Kamal (29) - both resident of Thane district, were arrested by the patrolling police team of the L T Marg police station. The L T Marg police constables, in mufti, were on their patrol duty at Zaveri Bazaar, at around 9 pm when they noticed four men frisking Vijay Mishra alias Pappu (33), a transporter. The patrol team approached them and inquired what they were doing. Realizing that the real cops had arrived, two of the four suspects fled while the police patrol team nabbed Jaffery and Kamal.

The case is being investigated by assistant inspector Rahul Naik.The accused have been remanded in police custody till April 21.

During the interrogation, they admitted their crime. "Pappu told us that they had taken Rs 15,000 from him in the name of checking. While we recovered Rs 3,000 from the two arrested accused, the two wanted fled with Rs 12,000. They are also wanted in a few cases in Madhya paradesh," said Sanjeev Mandli, senior police inspector.

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Mumbai: After 7 years in jail, man acquitted of charge of killing wife

MUMBAI: Seven years after he was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his wife by setting her afire, a man has been acquitted by the Bombay high court.

The court held that the dying declarations of the victim were contradictory and not enough for the conviction of 42-year-old Akaram Malappa Aaivale, who was in jail since being held guilty in April 2007 by a Kolhapur sessions court for the death of Vijaymala, his wife of 22 years. Also, it said, the evidence could not rule out suicide.

He too had sustained 10 per cent burn injuries in the incident which occurred in 2006. Being aggrieved, he filed an appeal in the high court which set him free two days ago, by giving him the benefit of doubt on account of "weak evidence".

"In our opinion, the conviction of the appellant cannot be sustained on the basis of dying declaration alone. All other witnesses, including the daughter of the appellant and mother of deceased Vijaymala, did not support the prosecution and were declared hostile," said a bench headed by Justice P V Hardas.

The court also took into account the evidence tendered by the mother of deceased that on account of the demise of Vijaymala's son-in-law, the latter had become mentally disturbed.

"In such a situation, therefore, according to us the possibility of deceased Vijaymala committing suicide on account of trivial quarrel between the appellant and Vijaymala cannot be ruled out," said the judges.

Moreover, the judges held that Dr Shashikant Dhumale has admitted that injuries sustained by the appellant were possible in an attempt at dousing the flames.

The possibility of Vijaymala committing suicide is certainly rendered probable in the light of the dying declaration as recorded in medical case papers, the bench observed.

The entire evidence rested on two declarations given by the deceased to Nayab Tehsildar Ranjeet Desai and head constable Dinkar Kawale.

According to the prosecution, the husband had killed his wife as he suspected her character.

However, the court held that in the dying declaration recorded by the head constable, there is no reference to the appellant suspecting the chastity of Vijaymala prior to the day of the incident.

"It is unbelievable that the appellant after more than 22 years of the marriage would suddenly start suspecting the chastity of his wife on the day of the incident and set her ablaze," the judges observed.

In the dying declaration recorded by the constable, Vijaymala had stated that she had been set ablaze by the appellant as he was suspecting her character. She said that the appellant had poured kerosene from a container and lit a match-stick and set her ablaze.

However, in the history narrated and which is found in medical case papers in another dying declaration recorded by Nayab Tahsildar, there is a total absence of any averment about the appellant setting Vijaymala ablaze, the bench noted.

"All that is stated is that Vijaymala had sustained burns at 4.45 p.m. or one hour prior to her admission in the hospital," the bench said.

Vijaymala had an opportunity of informing the Medical Officer that the appellant had set her ablaze. In fact, the statement that she was set ablaze by the appellant had been scored out in medical case papers, the judges said.

"The prosecution has made no attempts at explaining the reason for scoring out the said part of the sentence. It would thus be seen that if Vijaymala was really conscious and as per the medical evidence she indeed was conscious, she would have disclosed to the Medical Officer that it was the appellant who had set her ablaze", the bench observed.

"In fact, Vijaymala makes a reference to the kerosene from the stove and does not refer to kerosene being poured by the appellant from a container. There is a total absence of the statement that the appellant had poured kerosene and had set Vijaymala ablaze", the bench said.

The disclosure made to Medical Officer, which is the Vijaymala's first dying declaration, runs counter to another declaration given to the constable, the bench said.

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Raj Thackeray Times Now interview

MUMBAI: MNS chief Raj Thackeray, in an interview to Arnab Goswami, the editor of Times Now, on Thursday, said his party's support exists for Narendra Modi, and not the BJP. Not even for the party president Rajnath Singh.

Asked about Rajnath, that in recent weeks he has taken repeated swipes at Raj saying the MNS is misleading voters, and Raj is feigning support for Modi, the MNS chief retorted, "I don't pay attention to these comments. My support is for Narendra Modi. If anybody has to comment, it has to be Modi, not Rajnath. I did not say I am supporting BJP, I said I am supporting Modi. I am supporting him for his work."

Pressed further on BJP chief's adverse comments on MNS, Raj lost his cool and said, "My connection is only with Modi. If this is the line of questioning, then I would like to discontinue the interview..."

However, when asked if he saw a Modi wave in the country, Raj said, "There is. That's what it feels. You are the guys showing it." Pressed for his view, Raj said, "Do you ask every person on the street if there is a wave? It is you (media) who is showing the wave and then people talk about it."

Asked what if Rajnath were to again tell him the BJP does not need unwanted support, Raj said, "I am talking about Modiji. This will be decided by Modiji. (Rajnath may be BJP president) But, the point is who the prime ministerial candidate is.

"I never said I will support NDA. Did I say I will support BJP? No. I said I will support Modi if need be. I have not demanded anything. I have not asked them to give me admission into the NDA. I have no demands and I do not want anything. I just want the country to get a stable government and a man who does good work for it. What could be better for them? Have I asked for anything?"

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Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road thrown open to motorists

MUMBAI: The 3.45km long Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR) was finally thrown open to motorists on Friday morning.

The Rs 450 crore SCLR project offers faster connectivity between Western Express Highway and Eastern Express Highway (EEH). The SCLR comprises 1.8km long double-decker flyover above the Central Railway's main line and Harbour line tracks. It has access to Kurla (W), Kurla (E), Tilak Nagar, Amar Mahal and Eastern Express Highway.

Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road at night

The flyover had a soft opening as official function is not allowed due to code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections.

BKC commuter Shyam Pandya said, "It took me hardly 10 minutes to travel from Ghatkopar to CST road in Kurla (W)."

The traffic on the SCLR was skeletal as most of them are unaware about its opening.

Cletus D'souza, a resident of Kurla, said, "I came to know about its opening only today morning after I read about it in newspaper."

Though the flyover is fit to use, commuters complained of dust.

Santosh Chavan, a biker said, "The road has not been properly swept because of which there is too much dust, affecting visibility near Tilak Nagar-end of SCLR."

The SCLR missed 12 deadlines, the last on March 31, since construction began in 2006 (the project was planned in 2002). The delays were due to reasons like not getting permission from the railways to build the double-decker flyover, and the rehabilitation of more than 3,500 families in Gazi Nagar, Buddha Colony, Sable Nagar, Rahul Nagar and Indira Colony, and of commercial units in Kurla and Chembur. The delays resulted in the cost of the project to escalate from Rs 115 crore to Rs 450 crore.

An MMRDA official said, "The SCLR was part of the World Bank-funded Mumbai Urban Transport-I project aimed at improving rail and road infrastructure in Mumbai. Mumbai has always had an excellent rail transport network, which offers linear connectivity between the suburbs and the island city. But east-west connectivity has always been poor."

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