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Hong Kong based Brick Eagle announces acquisition of Tanaji Malusare City township

Written By kom nampultig on Selasa, 03 Maret 2015 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The Hong Kong-headquartered Brick Eagle on Tuesday announced the acquisition of the 105-acre Tanaji Malusare City township project near Karjat, which plans to house 20,000 families.

The project has been stuck ever since it was first announced by Matheran Realty way back in 2008. The developer then had claimed to have received 66,000 applications for its phase-one sale of 3,000 units. About 40% of these were to be 300-sq-ft flats.

''Due to a shareholder dispute and a court injunction, the project was delayed by five years leaving over 3,600 house buyers in the lurch. After Brick Eagle's acquisition in September 2014, the company has moved ahead to complete the project with modern specifications under the design and master plan of Architect Hafeez Contractor,'' said a press release.

The project is being developed by Sheltrex, which is an incubated developer of Brick Eagle Group. Delivery is scheduled to start in April 2015 with the first 500 keys.

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Hit-and-run case: Court rejects prosecution plea asking Salman Khan to produce driving licence

MUMBAI: A sessions court on Tuesday rejected the plea of the prosecution in the 2002 hit-and-run case seeking a direction to actor Salman Khan to produce his driving licence to prove the charge that he was driving car at the time of mishap without valid papers.

Special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat argued that Khan did not possess a licence when his car ran over people sleeping on the pavement in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one person and injuring four.

He (Khan) obtained a driving licence only in 2004, as per the record available with Regional Transport Office, said the prosecution.

The actor has denied that he was driving the car at the time. He has also disputed the RTO record. His lawyer, Srikant Shivade, opposed the prosecution's application, saying it was not maintainable.

Khan's lawyer opposed the prosecution's application saying it violated the fundamental right against exploitation enshrined in the Constitution as it had asked the accused to produce documents incriminating him. He argued that the prosecution should prove its case that Khan was not holding driving licence without asking him to produce it.

READ ALSO: Salman Khan had no driving licence during 2002 hit-and-run?

Earlier, a Regional Transport Officer had deposed in the court saying that Khan did not possess a driving licence when his car met with an accident in 2002. He also produced office records to show that Khan had obtained licence only in 2004, two years after the mishap.

On September 28, 2002, the actor's car had rammed into a bakery in suburban Bandra and ran over people sleeping on the pavement outside, killing one and injuring four.

The case, dragging on for over a decade, took a twist when a city Magistrate, after examining 17 witnesses, held that the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder was made out against the 49-year-old actor, and referred the case to the sessions court.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Bombay HC directs police to ensure beef ban

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court in an interim order has directed Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria and BMC commissioner Sitaram Kunte to ensure that the slaughter of bulls and bullocks are stopped at the Deonar abbatoir.

Hearing petitons filed seeking the enforcement of the new law banning the sale and possession of beef, a division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice A R Joshi asked the Maharashtra to prevent the slaughter of bulls and bullocks and act against violators across the state.

READ ALSO: Cow slaughter a non-bailable offence in Maharashtra

The court has not gone into the legal validity of the ban and gave its directive after the petitoners' lawyers said that the President of India had given his assent to the change in law. The judges said that if the law had indeed been amended then it was the statutory obligation of the authorities to enforce it.

Woman spreads out fodder for rescued cattle at a 'goushala', or a cow shelter, run by Bharatiya Gou Rakshan Parishad, an arm of Hindu nationalist group VHP, at Aangaon village. (Reuters photo)

President Pranab Mukherjee last month gave his sanction to changes in the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill. While earlier, the slaughter of cows was banned, the new rule adds bulls and bullocks to that list. Anyone found to be selling beef or in possession of it can be jailed for five years and fined Rs 10,000.

READ ALSO: B-Town calls for 'freedom of choice' post beef ban

The court was hearing a petiton filed by Bharatiya Govansh Rakshan Sanvardhan Parishad and other organizations seeking the implementation of the new rules at the Deonar abattoir and other slaughter houses across the state.

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Mumbai EOW arrests three brokers in the NSEL cheating case

MUMBAI: The economic offences wing (EOW) of the Mumbai police, which is probing the Rs 5,600 crore cheating case involving the National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL), on Tuesday arrested three brokers in the cheating case.

Those arrested include Amit Rathi of Anand Rathi Commodities Ltd., CP Krishnan of Geojit Comtrade Ltd. and Chintan Modi of India Infoline Commodities Ltd. They were arrested at 2.30 pm by the EOW. In May last year, the EOW had arrested Jignesh Shah, chairman of Financial Technologies (FTIL) group, and MCX CEO Sreekanth Javalgekar for their alleged role in the biggest payment default in the Indian commodity market.

The trio was initially summoned by the EOW for questioning and later placed under arrest.

All three will be kept at the Mumbai crime branch's lock-up in the police commissionerate compound near Crawford Market, and will be produced before a special court.

Rajvardhan Sinha, additional commissioner of police (EOW) who has been supervising the probe, said, "The EOW has arrested three brokers and they are being interrogated." Earlier, cops arrested certain borrowers and middlemen like Sanjeev Bhasin, Rajesh Mehta of Lotus group and Indrajit Namdhari of Namdhari Food International. During Javalgekar's interrogation, it transpired that as group financial manager of FTIL, he was in full control of the Indian Bullion Merchants Association (IBMA, in which FTIL has a major stake) and NSEL for a long time. We found that he was in criminal conspiracy with other accused in the NSEL crisis.

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Aadhar linkage to be made compulsory for ration card holders in Maharashtra

MUMBAI: Aadhar linkage will be compulsory for ration card holders taking benefit of the subsidized commodities through over 52000 ration shops.

For this the state will undertaken a programme to create a linkage through a Rs 173 crore programme. This, the cabinet said, would bring in transparency in the distribution system.

Under the programme state will soon distribute bar-code bearing ration cards to over 2.32 crore beneficiaries of the public distribution system.

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Infant boy found abandoned near temple in Manor

MUMBAI: A seven-month-old boy was found abandoned on the footsteps of a temple in Manor in Palghar district on Tuesday.

According to the Manor police, devotees of the Hanuman temple in Haloli village, off the Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway found the child crying. They looked around for the child's parents but did not find anyone. They informed the police who took custody of the child and admitted him to the government hospital.

Police are ascertaining whether the child was abandoned or left behind by mistake. The boy was wrapped in a cloth. The child was crying due to the extensive cold following rains in Manor. Police are also ascertaining whether the child was kidnapped and later left near the temple.

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Frisbee sessions, yoga music and art enthral all

Written By kom nampultig on Senin, 02 Maret 2015 | 22.23

The last time I played frisbee was at least a decade ago," said Pradip Agarwal, laughing as he prepared to toss the disc to his son Ayush, on a stretch along Bandra's Linking Road on Sunday. Agarwal, who lives in Khar, said it was a revelation to find the street free of the traffic chaos that plagues it on weekdays.

Since its launch in November 2014, the Equal Streets movement has provided a much-needed weekly breather to the Agarwals and about 50,000 other Mumbaikars. Brought to the city by NGOs, think-tanks, citizens' associations and cycling groups, and supported by the BMC, Mumbai police and the Times of India, the initiative involves closing a 6.5-km stretch to motorized vehicles from 7am to 11am every Sunday. The route extends from Bandra's HP junction down Linking Road before looping back to the junction via SV Road.

The stretch is overrun with people of all ages taking part in net football, dance aerobics or yoga sessions, making street art or simply wandering about listening to the street musicians, without needing to dodge a maze of vehicles. While those living in the neighbourhood are now accustomed to stopping by for a quick game of badminton or frisbee before brunch, many have made it a point to visit from as far as Borivli.

On Sunday's roster were workshops on growing plants indoors, on-the-spot cartoon drawing, archery, net football, pickle ball, as well as sessions on first aid. Yoga and aerobics had been organized by teams from Reebok Fitness, Santacruz's Yoga Institute and Gold's Gym. There was also a session by Capoeira India on the Brazilian martial arts form that incorporates music and dance, and one on Falun Dafa, a Chinese spiritual discipline.

For those looking to try their hand at crafts, there was origami, painting, and even graffiti-drawing. The frisbee sessions by the Storm Chasers gang were a hit with all ages. "My favourite part of Equal Streets is the group of musicians (from the National Streets for Performing Arts)," said banker Sameer Vyas. "I usually pass this stretch on my way to work, and it's a relief hearing something other than constant honking. Makes me feel like I'm on vacation."

With the city caught by surprise by a drizzle on Saturday evening, visitors made the most of the cool weather. "It'd be great to drop by every Sunday," said Kritika Nachani, whose daughter Bhumi (6) nodded in approval. "I want to do skating and dancing next time," she chimed in.

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BJP workers accuse telecom staffers of threatening them

MUMBAI: BJP MP Kirit Somaiya has lodged a complaint with the Mulund police against four employees of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL), accusing them of threatening his party workers who questioned them about 4G towers that were being installed at a civic garden in Mulund (W) on Saturday.

The police have registered an FIR under IPC Section 504 (II) (criminal intimidation). "The party workers thought that the tower did not have permissions. But the BMC confirmed that it had given a nod for the work. The environment department too has approved the work," said senior inspector Rajaram Vhanmane.

A RJIL official said that the firm was yet to receive a copy of the police report and will comment only after going through it. The official said the firm had permissions to instal the towers and had sought the same from BEST for streetlight poles. "All towers (and cells) are 100% safe and built in conformity with approvals," said the spokesperson, "There is no need for citizens to panic as it is not hazardous to public health."

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Rare brain disorder gets ‘Make-in-India’ answer?

MUMBAI: Keeping in tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' slogan, treatment for a rare brain disorder may just have emerged from India.

A city hospital's medical team has published a study in an international medical journal about arresting the debilitating effects of the progressive supranuclear palsy, a debilitating condition that leaves patients wheelchair bound in less than three years. "PSP is similar to Parkinson's Disease, both manifest with slowness, falls, speech difficulty and swallowing difficulties,'' said Jaslok Hospital's neurosurgeon Dr Paresh Doshi who led the study. However, in PSP, the eye movement gets restricted and the patients don't respond to regular Parkinson drugs.

In the paper published in Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery's February issue, the Jaslok team has described the use of deep brain stimulation electrodes to check the progress of the disease in four patients between 2010 and 2012. Four patients-three women of their mid-sixties and a 50-year-old man-were part of the initial study. "We implanted electrodes in the part of the brain that is called the pedunculopontine nucleus area located between the lower midbrain and the brain stem. Stimulation of this area was shown to help in patients with gait problem," said Dr Doshi. The Jaslok team has thereafter performed the operation for five other patients as well with good results.

The four patients were evaluated at intervals of six months and two years and the surgery was found to be effective for all of them at the six months follow-up. However, the improvement was lost at the two-year period in patients suffering from a subtype of the disease. "The other patients are continuing to do well as far as their gait is concerned," said the doctors.

The research gains significance because it is rare to hear of original research from India. "Usually, all treatment protocols, including newer drugs, come from the western world as they have an established research and development machinery. Moreover, India has limited resources. Hence, the international medical community doubts the authenticity of research done in India," said the doctor. Other doctors said the findings were too new for them to comment.

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MPID Act does not debar consumer complaint

Can a depositor who is defrauded approach the consumer forum? Or would the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors in Financial Establishments Act, 1999, (MPID Act) oust the jurisdiction of the consumer fora? This interesting issue has been decided in favour of the consumer in a recent ruling of the national commission.

Case Study: Shivaji Estate Livestock & Farms invited people to invest in its goat farming and allied activities by purchasing units of several schemes floated by it. The company's brochure stated it was arranging 25 to 50 sheds, each housing 500 goats. The animals would be looked after by experienced vets. The entire livestock would be insured, which would guarantee 100% safety of the invested amount. Additionally, the investors would also have a hypothetical charge on 1,000 sqft of land owned by the company. The projected growth target was to have 25 such rearing centres in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh in five years.

There were several types of schemes to suit various investor budgets, with different frequency for returns. All the schemes assured that a one-time investment through purchase of units would give consistently attractive returns over a period of 15 years. Over and above the minimum expected yield, the investor would also be entitled to bonus if the scheme performed well and the desired targets were achieved. An investor wanting to opt out could apply for premature withdrawal by giving a 45-day notice.

Several gullible consumers fell for the scheme. Initially the company gave some returns to the investors, but later failed to keep their commitment. Disillusioned, investors applied for premature withdrawal from the scheme, but the company failed to repay the amount. The firm did not even return the principal amount. A group of 373 investors then filed a joint complaint before the national consumer commission, alleging deficiency in service.

The company objected, saying that the consumer fora would not have the jurisdiction to decide the dispute. It argued that proper remedy would be under the MPID Act, which provides for a complete machinery for recovery of deposits made by investors. The company also claimed that the case was sub-judice as the crime branch had filed a chargesheet against it and nine of its officers on the basis of an FIR lodged by one of the investors, and the matter was pending before a designated court. The company, however, did not dispute the facts or merits of the case.

The commission observed that by taking money from people and investing it on their behalf into its own schemes was a service being rendered to them. Such depositors and investors are consumers, and hence would be entitled to file a consumer dispute for deficiency in services. Advocate Shirish Deshpande, who appeared on behalf of the investors, argued that the MPID Act ousts the jurisdiction of other courts and provides for criminal prosecution and punishment of officials who defraud the investors. The designated court under the MPID Act does not have the power to compensate the investor. In contrast, the consumer forum is not a court, and provides an additional remedy to the aggrieved consumer. It also has the power to grant compensation for deficiency in services.

The national commission, in its judgment of February 16, delivered by Justice V K Jain on behalf of the bench with Dr B C Gupta, observed that the designated court under the MPID Act cannot provide adequate redressal as it does not have the power to grant compensation to the victim. Hence, the national commission concurred with Deshpande that the consumer forum was the appropriate civil remedy available to such investors to claim compensation for deficiency in services.

Upholding maintainability of the complaint, the national commission directed the company to repay the investment along with 9% interest from the date of filing of the complaint till the amount is refunded. Additionally, compensation to the tune of 10% of the investment amount was also awarded, along with costs of Rs 1,000 to each of the 373 complainants.

Impact: This pathbreaking judgment will help victims of fraudulent schemes get justice through the consumer fora.

(The author is a consumer activist and has won the government of India's national youth award for consumer protection. His email is jehangir.gai.articles@hotmail.com)

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