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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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2 bogies of Amravati Express derail near Kalyan, no casualties

KALYAN: The train services of the central railway between Kalyan and Kasara was affected after two bogies of Amravati Express train, including its engine derailed near Kalyan railway station on Thursday morning.

A CR official said that the engine and one general second class cum guard's van of 12112 Amravati-Mumbai Express derailed, while it was entering platform number 4 of Kalyan station. The derailment has resulted in blocking of the up line between Kalyan and Kasara.

The CR official said that until now no casualties have been reported and restoration of traffic is in full swing. Continuous announcements are being made for the benefit of passengers.

After the incident a technical team of the railway department from Kalyan was rushed to the spot. Several local trains were cancelled due to the incident.

To facilitate passengers and commuters, the CR ran special trains between Kasara and Titwala railway stations.

Irfan Shaikh, member of transport committee in KDMT, said that five special buses from Kalyan to Titwala have been deployed so that commuters can reach their offices on time.

However, Rajesh Ghanghav, a railway activist blamed the CR for not carrying out proper maintenance work on the Kalyan-Kasara route as this was the third derailment within a span of few months.

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Run for Unity to mark Rashtriya Ekta Divas in Mumbai on Friday

MUMBAI: Prime minister Narendra Modi's announcement of celebrating October 31 as Rashtriya Ekta Divas will fructify with a run for unity along Marine Drive in Mumbai on Friday.

The occasion marks the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Lohpurush or Iron Man whom Modi reveres. Under the Congress dispensation this day was commemorated as Indira Gandhi's death anniversary so the shift in power equation is visible.

Maharashtra governor C Vidyasagar Rao will launch the Ekta Daud from Hotel Trident, Nariman Point, at 8.00am. This will also be Devendra Fadnavis' first, and likely only, public ceremony as chief minister designate. He will take oath later in the day.

Union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goyal, Mumbai mayor Snehal Ambekar, Maharashtra chief secretary Swadheen Kshatriya, BMC commissioner Sitaram Kunte and police commissioner Rakesh Maria will participate.
The event is organised by the City Collectorate.

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BMC report shows no sign of dengue cases declining

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 29 Oktober 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The incidence of dengue, a mosquito-borne viral disease, across Mumbai is not showing any signs of reducing, indicates the BMC weekly health report.

Worryingly, this is despite several fatalities following which the authorities have woken up and are trying to raise awareness to stop the breeding of mosquitoes.

The latest weekly report, issued a day after news of dengue claiming a KEM hospital resident doctor, showed that 40 patients had tested positive in the fourth week of October in civic hospitals alone. The figure has been hovering at 40-50 patients each week at civic hospitals for the last two months.

The private sector has reported an outbreak of sorts through September and October, but no figures are available.

South and central Mumbai have had more cases than the suburbs, said BMC's epidemiology officer Dr Mangala Gomare. "We have had cases from Mazgaon, Byculla, Dadar, Worli as well as Bandra." A spurt was also noted in Goregaon in western Mumbai and Ghatkopar in the eastern suburbs, she added.

BMC officials blamed the weather and Mumbai's citizens for prolonging the dengue misery. "Dengue-spreading mosquitoes (Aedes Aegypti) breed well in humid weather when the temperature is between 18 and 40 degrees," said BMC's chief insecticide officer R Naringekar. Mumbai thus makes for ideal breeding grounds till mid-November. Dr Gomare said dengue cases could drop next week if the temperatures fall.

The weather disadvantage has been compounded by the Mumbaikars' lack of cleanliness. "A few days ago, our officials got a call from a Bandra housing colony that had a dengue case. On surveying the building, we found hundreds of larvae in potted plants. One family had kept a coconut with a green shoot in a bucket of water that was buzzing with Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes," Naringekar added.

KEM Hospital dean Dr Shubhangi Parkar, who held a meeting with civic engineers, complained that relatives of patients keep throwing styrofoam cups everywhere. "Our cleanliness teams say they have to clear cups every half an hour," she said. Dengue mosquitoes can breed even in small amounts of water in cups.

The insecticide team visited KEM, Sion and Nair hospitals and hostels on Tuesday. Doctors from these three have tested positive for dengue. "We have told the dean water-logging within and around the hospital and hostels should be cleared immediately,'' said Dr M Baviskar, the MARD representative at KEM. The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has also sought separate beds for doctors who fall ill on duty.

On Sunday, Shruti Khobragade (23) from KEM Hospital's anaesthesia department succumbed to dengue within a week of diagnosis. A survey of her hostel revealed two breeding spots -- the "nanhi" trap of a sink and a bucket of water in the ladies common room.

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Hospitals plan stroke mgmt teams for faster treatmen

MUMBAI : Every day, around 100 Mumbaikars suffer stroke or brain attack but barely 10% of them manage to reach hospital in time for treatment. Recognizing this emergency, city hospitals are planning special stroke management teams.

Jaslok Hospital on Peddar Road, on the occasion of World Stroke Day, announced the setting up of a Code Stroke team to provide better detection and quicker treatment. "We noticed that ever since we started our Code Blue programme in response to cardiac arrest, we have been able to save more lives in the shortest possible time within the hospital. Hence, we felt we could try something similar for stroke," said Jaslok Hospital CEO Taran Gianchandani.

Previous studies have shown 3,000-4,000 strokes occur every day across India. "If we extrapolate this number, we will get between 50 and 100 strokes in Mumbai every day. Our practice shows that barely 10% get help in the form of surgery or thrombolysis medication within the four-and-half-hour window," said Dr Shirish Hastak, consultant neurologist from Wockhardt Hospital near Mumbai Central.

With better healthcare facilities, life expectancy is going up around the world. India is no exception, said Dr S M Katrak from Jaslok Hospital. "Life expectancy in India in 2012 was 66.21 years. With an increase in life expectancy, age-related disorders, such as cancers, heart diseases, strokes and dementia, are also increasing,'' he said.

In case of brain attacks, time is critical. If treatment is delayed beyond four and half hours, the patient can suffer permanent disability. "Rehabilitation of such a patient could be expensive as well as stressful,'' Katrak added. If a patient gets thrombolytic injection in time, chances of minimum damage or disability rise.

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Remove seal on seized sonography machines of Navi Mumbai: HC

MUMBAI : In a relief for 12 radiologists in Navi Mumbai, the Bombay high court on Tuesday held that the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has no legal authority to continue to retain the seal on sonography machines following their acquittal under the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act. The court has directed removal of the seals within 8 days.

The advocate of the radiologists, V M Thorat, told a division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice Anuja Prabhudessai that despite their acquittal on June 11, 2014, and direction by the Vashi magistrate to remove the seal and return the seized records after the 15-day appeal period, the NMMC has not complied with the order. He argued that even if provisions of Criminal Procedure Code are considered, the 60-days appeal period is over. Thorat also said the only allegation was that there were some irregularities in maintaining of the F form which gives details of a pregnant woman. "There was admittedly no allegation of sex determination. We are unable to continue with our profession for the last three years," said Thorat.

During a drive on August 6, 2011, NMMC found discrepancies at 14 centres. Two cases resulted in conviction of the proprietors. The 12 radiologists, whose registration was also suspended, had moved the HC earlier but were asked to face trial.

The judges said the Act was enacted to curtail sex determination, which has resulted in many cases of female foeticide and that data in various states show unequal sex ratio between boys and girls. They said considering the misuse of sex determination tests, the Supreme Court had issued directions and the NMMC's drive appeared to be on account of it.

The judges said in the present cases, the magistrate had noted that the NMMC had failed to establish procedural irregularities. They said some irregularities included not displaying registration certificate or keeping a copy of the Act in the sonography room. Also, there is no allegation that the petitioners had advertised they could determine the sex of a child. The judges said NMMC has not complied with the magistrate's direction nor filed appeals, except in one case, within the mandatory period. "Respondent no 1 (NMMC) does not have any authority to continue to keep the seal on sonography machines," they said, directing its removal within 8 days. They said sometimes "over-enthusiasm" on part of authorities leads to "knee-jerk" reaction.

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BEST agrees to increase lights in Mahim lanes

MUMBAI : Activists have been complaining for a year to the BEST and BMC about poor lighting of lanes off L J Road in Mahim. Finally, they have received a response with the BEST acknowledging in writing that there is a "problem" of streetlights and the bulb wattage should be increased to improve visibility.

The activists had complained that the dimly lit lanes are being frequented by drug addicts and have turned unsafe. Activist Irfan Machiwala said, "We hope the authorities provide a solution at the earliest.

In a letter to a G-north ward official, a BEST spokesperson said: "We found the lux readings of streetlights on two lanes off L J Road were less than stipulated." Civic officials were unavailable for comment. — Somit Sen

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‘When will state implement panel’s suggestions to protect women?’

MUMBAI : The Bombay high court on Tuesday questioned the state government about the implementation of the recommendations of a panel set up to suggest measures to prevent crime against women.

Justices Abhay Oka and A S Gadkari reacted after the government's advocate said 109 of the 141 recommendations made in five interim reports of the Dharmadhikari committee have been accepted. They pointed out that they were informed about this at the previous hearing. "It is one thing to say that you have accepted them, but what about implementation of these recommendations?" said Justice Oka.

The court heard two PILs, including one in which it took spontaneous cognizance of the molestation of a woman on a train between Nerul and Juinagar in the wee hours of June 9, 2011.

The judges also questioned the government about the remaining 32 recommendations of which 21 were sent to a special task force as they pertain to changes in the law. They directed the government "to make a statement on the next date on the outer limit for the remaining 32 recommendations".

Petitioner Help Mumbai Foundation's advocate Rajiv Chavan said the government had extended the panel's tenure only till November 30. The judges said the panel's tenure will have to be extended and directed that a decision in this regard be taken before the next hearing on November 11.—Rosy Sequeira

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Hospitals plan stroke management teams for faster treatment

MUMBAI : Every day, around 100 Mumbaikars suffer stroke or brain attack but barely 10% of them manage to reach hospital in time for treatment. Recognizing this emergency, city hospitals are planning special stroke management teams.

Jaslok Hospital on Peddar Road, on the occasion of World Stroke Day, announced the setting up of a Code Stroke team to provide better detection and quicker treatment. "We noticed that ever since we started our Code Blue programme in response to cardiac arrest, we have been able to save more lives in the shortest possible time within the hospital. Hence, we felt we could try something similar for stroke," said Jaslok Hospital CEO Taran Gianchandani.

Previous studies have shown 3,000-4,000 strokes occur every day across India. "If we extrapolate this number, we will get between 50 and 100 strokes in Mumbai every day. Our practice shows that barely 10% get help in the form of surgery or thrombolysis medication within the four-and-half-hour window," said Dr Shirish Hastak, consultant neurologist from Wockhardt Hospital near Mumbai Central.

With better healthcare facilities, life expectancy is going up around the world. India is no exception, said Dr S M Katrak from Jaslok Hospital. "Life expectancy in India in 2012 was 66.21 years. With an increase in life expectancy, age-related disorders, such as cancers, heart diseases, strokes and dementia, are also increasing,'' he said.

In case of brain attacks, time is critical. If treatment is delayed beyond four and half hours, the patient can suffer permanent disability. "Rehabilitation of such a patient could be expensive as well as stressful,'' Katrak added. If a patient gets thrombolytic injection in time, chances of minimum damage or disability rise.

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EOW lens on Shilpa Shetty firm for gold discount scheme

Written By kom nampultig on Selasa, 28 Oktober 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Actor Shilpa Shetty's firm, Satyug Gold, has come under the city economic offences wing (EOW) scanner for its schemes of selling gold at discounts. The EOW has initiated a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the firm's scheme on a reference from market regulator Sebi. While Shetty is one of the directors of the company, her husband Raj Kundra is the chief executive officer.

A police source said one Bhavik Mehta had given an application to Sebi which was forwarded to the EOW. The complainant had apprehension that the scheme business model was not realistic. Although the applicant, after meeting Satyug's management, withdrew the application, the EOW is continuing its inquiry, taking it as suo motu.

Mehta had said under Satyug's scheme, a buyer gets a discount between 15% and 35% on the market price of gold released by the Indian Bullion & Jewellery Association on the day of the purchase, but the gold is delivered after two to three years from the date of booking. Satyug Gold runs a series of gold jewellery shops In Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Ludhiana and Chandigarh. A source said Mehta has said as per the scheme, the customer can buy 10gm of gold by paying 85% of the market price for delivery after two years or by paying 76% for delivery after three years.

Mehta raised apprehension that in a hypothetical situation, if the firm gets deposits of up to Rs 5,000 crore under the scheme and there is an escalation in gold price at the deliverytime, would it be feasible to deliver the gold and even if it does, how would it sustain those losses? The applicant had written to Sebi to probe to find out if the firm has worked out a realistic model and whether it had obtained approvals from all government departments.

Shetty, through a text message, said: "That was two weeks ago. The main person met Raj and cleared the misunderstanding. This was related to an offer we launched for a short period earlier this year. It was a special offer. Now we have launched satyugmgp.com, a gold plan backed by IDBI Trusteeship...."

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No fitness test for 3 of 10 public vehicles: RTO

MUMBAI: With at least three of every 10 public transport vehicles not having undergone the mandatory annual fitness test, the Regional Transport Office, or RTO, on Monday issued a stern warning to owners of such public transport vehicles. These include school buses, taxis, autorickshaws among others. The RTO has asked vehicle owners to expedite the process to procure fitness certificates or face stringent action.

The fitness tests for are a must to check their running condition, hygiene and to ensure that operators or owners comply with passenger safety norms. If a vehicle does not have the test certificate, it is difficult to claim insurance in case of an accident. The high court has laid down procedures to be followed while conducting the fitness test.

Deputy regional transport officer Sanjay Dhaygude said that RTO flying squads will soon nab errant operators plying vehicles without the certificate. He said that a transport department survey recently showed that 65% to 70% of vehicles in Mumbai metropolitan region had taken the fitness test. "So, at least 30% vehicles are plying without going through the test. This is not in the interest of commuters or drivers," said Dhaygude.

State transport commissioner Mahesh Zagade said that rules mandate that the fitness test be conducted periodically and vehicle owners cannot skip it. "Those caught will be dealt with sternly," said Zagade.

According to rules, an RTO official needs to inspect all documents, working of steering wheel, gear box, clutch, etc, ensure that seats are in good condition, that there is adequate leg space and baggage hold area, handles and doors/windows are not broken, meters (for taxis and rickshaws) are foolproof and with proper seals and vehicle have undergone pollution checks.

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‘Start-up challenges same for women, men entrepreneurs’

MUMBAI: Challenges faced by women entrepreneurs are the same as encountered by men, said participants at this year's IIT-Bombay's entrepreneurship contest Eureka!. Putting together finances continue to be one of the major challenges for budding entrepreneurs and it's the same for women. However, all this has not deterred them, as this year's event too saw more participation from women as compared to the last year. As many as one in five entries were from woman contestants this year. Last year, the ratio stood at 1:7.

Participant Lisa Mohapatra, who co-founded a service providing firm in the home industry after eight years of corporate experience, said, "Finance and resource crunch is a problem initially. But start-up challenges are same across the board. If you have the right intent and a great concept, nothing would deter you from pursuing your dream." She always wanted to start something of her own, she added. "Though for some women, priorities change after they get married and have children," she said.

Suhani Mohan, an IIT-B pass-out, who is part of a three-member team, said, "I worked as an investment banker for a few years, so financially I was better off when I launched my start-up this June." Suhani has set up a business in manufacturing, where she along with her co-founders—both men—are into manufacturing a low-cost sanitary napkin-making machine. However, she feels, as a woman, staying out late and going to far-off remote places for research are some of the challenges women have to face. "But these are minor hiccups that can be dealt with," she said.

Most women participants, around 32%, have come up with business ideas in the education sector of the 16 categories they had to choose from, said one of the organizers, Sagar Sheth from IIT-B's entrepreneurship cell. "We have not given special attention to promote women participation. But we think it is the change in perception over time that has allowed more women to take risks and start a venture of their own," he said.

The total entries have also gone up from last year's 6,000 to 7,100 this year. Overall, the sectors that saw most entries were from technology (31%), followed by education (23%) and services (21%). Several start-ups from all over the country and abroad will be participating this year at the event. The event saw around 21 international entries this year from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The final event will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2015. Eureka! aims to provide a platform for potential ideas and early stage start-ups to evaluate their business plan in the risk-free environment of a competition. This year, there are total prizes worth Rs 45 lakh at stake.

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Kids from BMC schools may get full pants from Class V

MUMBAI: Considering that classes V to VII civic students do not wear the half pants provided to them as part of the free-of-cost school uniform and prefer full pants, the next education committee meeting to be held at the civic headquarters will take up the issue.

Officials will discuss what pants the 60,000 civic students in classes V to VII should wear in schools. Students of classes VIII to X are given trousers.

The BMC distributes free of cost 27 school items like textbooks, notebooks, geometry box, uniform, raincoat, shoes-socks, tiffin box and school bag among others, to its students.

Corporator Dr Sayeeda Khan (NCP) from Kurla Teacher Nagar has moved a notice of motion before the committee, suggesting that the BMC supply full pants to all students above Class V.

"I noticed in my ward that civic students from classes V to VII don't like to wear half pants and wear their own full pants. In that case, the intention to supply uniforms free of cost is not being fulfilled and it is also proving to be waste of public money," said Khan.

Khan also proposed that instructions be given to contractor to stitch full pants with students' measurements.

The civic body has been supplying school items free of cost since 2007-08. It spends over Rs 90 crore per year to supply 27 school items to the 4.33 lakh students in all civic-run schools across Mumbai region. The contract has been allotted to a contractor for Rs 181 crore for last two consecutive years.

Vinod Shelar, chairman of the education committee, said a decision has not been taken yet. "The issue will be discussed."

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Public, private sectors join in ‘Swachh’ drive

MUMBAI: PM Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat' campaign is drawing participation from public and private organisations from Haryana and Maharashtra which have each taken a step forward in Mumbai.

Dera Sachcha Sauda, a Haryana-based controversial religious and social organisation, will initiate a cleanliness drive in Bandra-Kurla Complex on Tuesday morning. Its founder Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will wield the broom at MMRDA grounds with volunteers from the state. Dera spokesman Aditya said, "We will plunge into sewers and drains to clean them...."

Besides, Food Corporation of India, a central government body, has adopted the Swachh Bharat movement across Maharashtra. In Mumbai, employees from its Borivli office took the pledge of cleanliness.

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1 in 4 HIV-TB patients is resistant to drugs

MUMBAI: Several HIV-positive people in the city directly contract drug-resistant tuberculosis as their first TB infection, shows a new study by international NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Mumbai. The study, conducted by the BMC along with MSF and published in medical journal PLoS One, last week, reveals that the proportion of drug-resistant TB was 25% among new cases of TB and 44% among previously treated TB cases.

"The study provides evidence that primary transmission is the cause of DR-TB (drug-resistant) in as many as one in four newly-diagnosed TB patients," said the MSF release. These patients were exposed to DR-TB mycobacterium either in their communities or during their visits to health facilities as they have no previous records of receiving treatment for TB.

The study's co-author Dr Arun Bamne, who was the city's executive health officer until recently, said such studies give insight into the TB load among marginalised populations and help shape specific health intervention programmes.

The study was conducted among HIV-positive people attending seven ART (anti-retroviral therapy) centres. More than 14,000 visits were studied, and sputum of 1,724 patients with TB symptoms was collected.

The study was released to coincide with the Union World Conference on Lung Health which begins in Barcelona later this week. "The findings reinforce the need for national health authorities to ensure timely diagnosis of DR-TB (drug resistant), especially for vulnerable populations and including people living with HIV, in order to curb primary transmission," said the MSF press release.

"We need to urgently prevent transmission of DR-TB to others. With DR-TB, treatment is prevention, and these findings should lead to a stronger focus on diagnostics and treatment of DR-TB, particularly in high HIV-prevalent settings," said Eldred Tellis of the Mumbai AIDS Forum.

The study says there is a need to promptly diagnose drug-resistance among all HIV-infected people by systematically offering access to first- and second-line drug-sensitivity testing to patients with 'presumptive TB' rather than 'presumptive DR-TB' and tailor treatment regimen based on the resistance patterns. MSF has been running an HIV/DR-TB clinic in Mumbai since 2006, focusing on patients with drug-resistant TB, HIV or both infections together.

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‘NCP to abstrain if BJP seeks trust vote in Maharashtra'

Written By kom nampultig on Senin, 27 Oktober 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The NCP in Maharashtra will abstain from voting in legislative assembly if a minority government headed by the BJP seeks trust vote.

"If Shiv Sena joins the government, there will be no problem. We will not be part of the government but do not want to create instability by voting against a minority government. So NCP will abstain if there is voting," NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said.

NCP would like to honour the people's mandate which is in favour of BJP ,the single largest party, he said.

Seven independents and five MLAs from smaller parties will support the BJP government during the floor test taking the total strength to 134, ten short of the simple majority mark in the house of 288. There is one nominated member taking the total strength of the legislative assembly to 289.

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‘NCP to abstain if BJP seeks trust vote in Maharashtra'

MUMBAI: The NCP in Maharashtra will abstain from voting in legislative assembly if a minority government headed by the BJP seeks trust vote.

"If Shiv Sena joins the government, there will be no problem. We will not be part of the government but do not want to create instability by voting against a minority government. So NCP will abstain if there is voting," NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said.

NCP would like to honour the people's mandate which is in favour of BJP ,the single largest party, he said.

Seven independents and five MLAs from smaller parties will support the BJP government during the floor test taking the total strength to 134, ten short of the simple majority mark in the house of 288. There is one nominated member taking the total strength of the legislative assembly to 289.

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Not averse to any relief new govt may offer Mumbai's Campa Cola society residents: SC

MUMBAI: The Supreme Court once again offered a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered residents of Campa Cola society in Worli, Mumbai where the fate of over 100 illegal flats hangs in the balance. An SC bench of Justices S J Mukhopadhaya and Sharad Bobde said it would "not be averse to any relief that the new government in Maharashtra may offer the residents, if it does."

The residents' lawyer Kamini Jaiswal sought an adjournment when the matter regarding their plea for a clarification of the earlier apex court order came up in court for a hearing. She sought an adjournment since their senior counsel Shanti Bhushan was unable to make it to the court on Monday.

The SC had last year upheld the demolition notice issued by the BMC years ago to the society. The residents sought a clarification on the possible actions that the BMC could take and said regularization is a possibility especially since the civic body itself had earlier agreed to it and had even accepted the most of the regularization fee.

But at the last hearing the last month the BMC told the Supreme Court that it may not be possible to regularize Campa Cola Compound buildings. The apex court had thus given gave Campa Cola residents two weeks time to file a reply to the written reply which the BMC had submitted.

On Monday, the SC said if the new government which is yet to be formed in Maharashtra offers any relief to Campa Cola residents, it would not averse to any such relief.

Jaiswal clarified that the residents were not seeking an adjournment because they were waiting for the new government formation.

But with the SC adjourning the matter to next Monday now, the development comes as a relief to the residents whose hopes could now rest on the new BJP-led government in the state.

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Bar opens its doors for Daniel Pearl memorial concert on Wednesday

MUMBAI: Western music artistes in the city are awaiting the annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Concert which will take place in the Fort precinct October 29. Vernon Noronha will sing and play the guitar alongside Hitesh Kumar on the djembe at a bar called The Local at 9.00pm.

This day the organisers will welcome other musicians and patrons into the bar without the mandatory "password" required to enter.

Pearl, who was South Asia bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal, was killed by the Taliban in February 2002. Incidentally, an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan acquitted one of the suspects Qari Hashim Saturday.

This is the 13th year of the annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days which take place throughout October. The reporter, an accomplished violinist, was based in Mumbai for a time and often performed at Soul Fry, Bandra.

Soul Fry owner Meldan D'Cunha said, "The Daniel Pearl Foundation was established to carry on his legacy using music, journalism and dialogue to counter the hatred and violence that took his life. He had performed on several occasions at Bandra, and we have been a part of the annual music event since its inception."

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Post Diwali sugar-free sweets still in demand in Thane

THANE: Diwali is over, yet, the demand for sugar-free sweets is still going strong in the city. There are many health-conscious Thaneites who, aware of the harmful effects of sugar, are opting for sweets that are without sugar.

R K Pandey, from a sweet shop in Manpada says, "There is a huge market for sugar-free sweets. During Diwali, we saw a huge increase in the demand and we were expecting a lull in the sales after the festivities were over. But the fact is that even now, we are witnessing a marked rise in the requests for sugar-free sweets."

Khajur paak and anjeer paak - the two most popular sugar-free sweets, are palatable thanks to the pure ingredients used feel the mithaiwalas. "We use silvered, powdered or chopped dry fruits to make these sweets and so they are healthy also," says a worker at a local shop.

The khajur and anjeer have high sweet content and so no extra sugar is added to them.

Niharika Dalal, a resident of Wagle Estate says, "I know that anjeer and khajur are not good for diabetics because they are naturally very sweet, yet the fact that no extra sugar is added to make these sweets has tempted me to buy these."

Chetan Patil from a sweet shop in Vikas Complex says, "There are also sugar-free cookies that are in demand here."

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Waiter held for assaulting employer's wife in Mumbai

MUMBAI: A waiter who was caught stealing cash allegedly assaulted his employer's wife at Palghar on Sunday.

Bipinkul Thapa (23), originally from Nepal, was employed in a beer bar at Satpati in Palghar six months ago. The owner Ramesh Dhavne allowed Thapa, who claimed to be an orphan, to stay in the bar.

Soon he gained Dhavne's confidence and visited his home for household work. On Sunday when Dhavne was in the bar, Thapa came to his employer's home and tried to steal cash kept in the cupboard.

Dhavne's wife Usha caught Thapa red handed and slapped him. Thapa pulled out a sharp weapon and assaulted Usha on the head and then tried to strangulate her. Usha raised and alarm which alerted the neighbours.

He was handed over to the police and has been booked under section 324 (assault) of the IPC and has been remanded to police custody.

Police said that Dhavne had not carried out the police verification of Thapa before employing him.

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‘Women suffer dowry torture, rarely tell parents’

Written By kom nampultig on Minggu, 26 Oktober 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Indian women suffer silently in the fond hope that husbands and in-laws will treat them properly and do not share with their parents their problems, said the Bombay high court while dealing with a dowry case.

A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode recently dismissed an Ahmedabad-based man's plea, made along with his parents and married sister based in Dubai, to quash the first information report filed by his wife in Thane for dowry offences, including under Section 498A (husband or his relative subjecting the wife to cruelty).

The man's lawyer had claimed that documentary evidence in the form of emails sent by the woman to her parents shortly after her marriage shows she was happy and thus falsify allegations in the FIR, which had been filed in Thane to harass the family as they would have to attend cases there. He added that emails and other documents sent by his client before the marriage establish that he or his family never sought any financial assistance or dowry.

The judges said at this stage it is not possible to look into the man's emails, and emails sent by the wife "also cannot be said to be the circumstances which indicate that she was looked after properly by the applicants".

"They (Indian women) suffer in silence with the fond hope that one day the husband and his parents would improve their behaviour and would treat the newly-wedded wife properly,'' they wrote, adding that women normally do not share with their parents the trouble faced at their matrimonial homes, either from husbands or in-laws. So, "merely these emails by themselves cannot be considered for the purpose of coming to the conclusion that the averments made by her in her complaint are false", the judges ruled.

Also, the judges took the materials on record in the FIR to find out if at face value they constitute an offence. They were satisfied that, prima facie, all the allegations in the complaint constituted offences.

Taking into consideration the facts, the judges said they were "not inclined to quash the FIR or the chargesheet" and said the applicants can seek exemption from appearance before the trial court and also file for discharge from the case.

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Spurt in hand, foot, mouth disease

MUMBAI: Children are vulnerable to a relatively new viral infection called hand, foot and mouth disease, warn doctors. Doctors say the number of cases has almost doubled compared to last year.

"I've been seeing dozens of children in the last few weeks," said Dr Vijay Yewale, president of Indian Academy of Paediatrics.

The infection, considered highly contagious, is relatively unharmful. "The problem is that parents forget to keep the child hydrated.," said Dr Deepak Ugra from Lilavati Hospital in Bandra.

Caused by a virus, paediatrician Dr Prashant Moralwar said this is the season for the disease and infected children must be kept away from school and human interaction.

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2 cops suspended over Sena man’ s killing

MUMBAI: Days after a 27-year-old Shiv Sena worker was killed for intervening in a fight between two groups, assistant inspector Prasad Pitale and sub-inspector Nitin Khairnaar from the Dindoshi police station were suspended on Saturday for reportedly conducting shoddy probe.

The development comes a day after a peace meeting was organized in the locality on Friday to quell tension among the public. At the meet, people from various communities collected nearly Rs 8 lakh to help the family of the deceased, Ramesh Jadhav, who was murdered on October 21 when he tried to broker peace between a group of youths and a woman.

Five people, including a minor, have been arrested on charges of murder. Jadhav is survived by his wife, a daughter and mother.

"People from all committees contributed to help Jadhav's family. Some agreed to pay at least Rs1,000 a month to them," said DCP Punjabrao Ugle. "The peace meet has sent out a positive message for Hindu-Muslim unity. People promised to keep up this unity in future." Ex-Sena legislator Vinod Ghosalkar announced a contribution of Rs1 lakh. He said his party would also bear education expenses of Jadhav's daughter.

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Sena-BJP together would've won over 200 seats: Sanjay Raut

MUMBAI: Had the Shiv Sena and BJP contested the Maharashtra Assembly elections together, they would have won more than 200 seats, Sena's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut has said.

However, the voters have brought the two parties to such a situation that they should come together to form the next government, Raut, the executive editor of Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' wrote in his weekly column in its today's edition.

The results of the just-concluded assembly elections in Maharashtra show that the state's Gujarati community voted against Sena and in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Even though Gujaratis have been living in Maharashtra for long, they came together to support Modi and Amit Shah as both hail from Gujarat. They forgot Sena chief late Balasaheb Thackeray's favours to them on Hindutva issue," Raut said.

However, the leader was quick to assert that frank analysis of the election results does not mean that Shiv Sena had taken an anti-Gujarati stand.

He highlighted the defeats of senior leader Subhash Desai in Goregaon, Vinod Ghosalkar in Dahisar and Pandurang Sapkal in Colaba to stress his point of Gujaratis voting against Shiv Sena.

"What does the defeats of Sena leaders despite doing good work signify. Maharashtra had once again voted in the name of Narendra Modi and BJP had succeeded," he wrote.

With reference to BJP's support for Vidarbha statehood and speculations that the Modi government wanted to undermine the importance of Mumbai, Raut asked, "What did Maharashtra get out of the results...cloud of uncertainty over United Maharashtra and status of Mumbai."

He said 17 Sena candidates were defeated with a margin of 49 to 1,500 votes.

"They fell prey to money and muscle power. If they would have been elected, the Sena's strength would have been more than 80. In Mumbai, Thane and Pune belt, Sena votes were taken away by MNS. This benefited BJP in Kalyan, Dombivali and Pune," Raut said.

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Shiv Sena should sit in opposition, former MP Bharatkumar Raut says

MUMBAI: Senior journalist and former Shiv Sena MP Bharatkumar Raut has said the party should sit in opposition and not have a post-poll alliance with BJP.

"Shiv Sainiks put up boards appealing leaders to show self respect. Hope Shiv Sena leadership takes signals and prepare to sit in opposition," Raut said in a post on Twitter.

In another tweet, Raut said media reports indicate that BJP and Sena are discussing 28:14 formula for alliance government.

"Is this acceptable to Uddhav Thackeray and why?" he asked.

In an earlier tweet, Raut said the BJP is trying to push Shiv Sena to a corner as much as possible.

"Now it's for Uddhav Thackeray to decide how much to bend to come to power," he said.

When asked to comment on Raut's statements, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray's public relations officer Harshal Pradhan said, "We don't know if Shiv Sainiks have put up boards. Raut is not a party spokesman and does not hold any post in the party."

Back channel talks were said to be on between BJP and estranged former ally Shiv Sena for forming a coalition government.

BJP, which has emerged as the single largest party in the 288-member assembly with 122 seats, has already been offered outside support by 41-member NCP.

With its 63 MLAs, Shiv Sena is the second largest party in the House.

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Sixty-year-old beggar held red hand while kidnapping a kid in Kalyan

KALYAN: A-60 year old beggar has been arrested red handed for allegedly kidnapping four year old kid in Kalyan. The police suspect that accused could be part of a gang running begging racket.

The accused identified as Anil Desai, he is resident of Saki Naka area in Andheri and work as beggar.

The police said on Sunday at 9.30 am victim kid Deewan Gaud who stays in Raj Niketan building in Shahad area near Kalyan was playing inside his building compound, ?when accused Desai came over there and tried to kidnap kid by taking him but at same time victim's mother who stays on first floor of apartment saw accused taking her kid and she came below the building and with help of locals caught accused.

The locals later manhandled accused when he do not given proper answer about why he was taking kid and handed him to local Mahatma Phule police station.? The police have booked accused under kidnapping charges. "The primary probe suggest accused could be part of any begging racket who after kidnapping kids forced them in to begging but further probe is on" said Vijay Bhise, Police Inspector of Mahatma Phule police station.

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Mumbai records hottest October day in 10 years

Written By kom nampultig on Sabtu, 25 Oktober 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The city's scorching heat hit a new high on Thursday with maximum temperatures touching 37.2 degree Celsius. The Santa Cruz observatory recorded the highest maximum temperature in the past 10 years. The all-time record so far has been 37.9 degree Celsius, recorded way back in October 1972.

The heat is responsible for dragging a lot of people to the sick bay this festive season. From fever, dengue and malaria to skin allergies, Mumbaikars are waiting for respite from the heat that is unlikely to ease any time soon. "October itself is known for such high temperature patterns," said a weather official.

People feel even more uncomfortable because they have just got out of the pleasant monsoon weather with maximum temperatures of around 30-31 degree Celsius," said a weather official. Humidity levels in Santa Cruz dropped below 60%, which caused the heat to intensify. Colaba registered 70% humidity.

In the past 10 years, the highest maximum temperature recorded for October has been 37 degree Celsius in 2008. This month, temperatures touched 37 degree Celsius twice on October 16 and October 22.

Hospital OPDs are flooded with cases of fever and prolonged cold and cough. "Viral fever is rampant. We are treating up to 15 to 20 cases everyday," said a resident doctor from KEM Hospital in Parel, who has been working at the special monsoon outpatient department. While dengue and malaria are at the root of 50% of fever cases, the rest are flu-like ailments, the doctor said.

Experts caution that while gulping a glass of cold drink or water or switching on the air-conditioner may provide momentary relief, it could trigger an infection waiting to overpower the body's immunity. "The temperature is such that people are sitting under the AC the entire day. The body, therefore, does not get any time to acclimatize when you step out in the sun," said Girgaum-based physician Dr Krishnakant Dhebri.

Adding to Mumbaikars' woes is the fluctuating humidity that swings from 55% to 99% within a span of a few hours. "This causes a lot of sweating that, in turn, can lead to unprecedented loss of electrolytes from the body if not replenished from time to time," added Dhebri. Dehydration induced by unusual sweating can also lead to muscle cramps, nausea and even blackouts.

The doctor from KEM Hospital also said how one could also be dehydrated even without stepping out in the sun. "Heat exhaustion is very common and the only solution is to keep the body well hydrated," said Dr Falguni Parikh from Kokilaben Hospital.

Skin and sun allergy cases, too, have seen a rise in the past one month, say city doctors. Dhebri said a lot of the health problems could also be related to a person's immunity. "It is important to eat, drink and sleep right," he added.


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Event manager killed as a result of firing in D N nagar

Mateen Hafeez, TNN | Oct 24, 2014, 12.27AM IST

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MUMBAI: Two persons opened fire and attacked on two other persons with choppers at a flat in D N Nagar on Thursday night in which an event manager was killed.

The accused, whose identity was not known, and the deceased, Deven Desai, an event maanger, along with the injured Sandeep Kawa met at Desai's flat for a party. The incident took place at around 8 pm, the police said. The accused had attacked Desai and Kawa with chopper and even fired one round from a revolver. While Desai died, Kawa was admitted to Cooper Hospital and police was waiting to record his statement. It is still not clear what led to the fight and the subsequent firing.

"When all of them gathered for a party it shows they were known to each other. We are waiting for Kawa to regain conscious and record his statement for further course of action. Menwhile, we are talking to other people who could help in the probe," said a police officer.

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Family struggles to come to terms with the gradual changes in terror suspect case

MUMBAI : A middle-class family has been struggling to come to terms with the gradual change in Anis Ansari - from being a studious boy interested in a career to a radicalised youth - they have noticed for some time. While the family openly spoke about Ansari's radicalized views, it also narrated an incident when they told Ansari to get him checked with a psychiatrist.

Sitting on a chair at Jamiat-ul-Ulema office at Bhendi Bazaar, Shakeel Ahmed, Ansari's father, looked tired. He approached the Jamiat for legal help in his son's case. Jamiat is yet to take a decision. Ansari (24) has been arrested by the state ATS on charges of conspiring to target an American school in BKC. Ansari, said police, conspired through facebook. "I took educational loan to give Ansari the best education I could. Throughout he has been a brilliant student and would mingle with others easily. He passed bachelor in computer science with first class and got a job easily. Later, he asked me to quit my job since he started working," said Ahmed.

Police said Ansari had been chatting through internet to some unknown persons. Police are trying to find out those who allegedly chatted with Ansari. Ansari, being the eldest among four brothers in the family, took responsibility and even managed to get a rented flat at Quresh Nagar in Kurla for his family three months ago. "He would be busy on his mobile phone most of the time and never brought any pamphlet or literature at home. For the last one year, his view gradually began changing and he started talking about Khilafat (Islamic rule) in the world. Though, he was never part of any banned or extreme outfit, but would talk things like he wanted to receive Shahadat (martyrdom). Since he would be scared when I was at home, he would, however, irritate his mother who would break down most of the time. We didn't know what to do to handle him. One day I suggested him to accompany me to psychiatrist so that I could get him treated for talking all non sense," a firm Ahmed recalled.

ATS arrested Ansari for `chatting' with his friends on Facebook about jihad and attacking the American school in BKC. Police said he was indoctrinated by hearing lectures of al-Qaida preachers, Nouman Ali, Ahmed Farooque and Abu Bakr Bagdadi on the internet. He would read stories about Salahuddin Ayyubi, the first Sultan of Egypt and Syria and the founder of the Ayyubi dynasty. A Muslim of Kurdish origin, Salahuddin led the Muslim opposition to the European crusaders in the levant. At the height of his power, his sultanate included Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Hejaz, Yemen and other parts of North Africa. "The day Bagdadi proclaimed himself as the Calipha (in charge of Muslims in an Islamic country as per Shariah), Ansari was very happy. We were upset with his behavior and tried to make him understand what he was thinking was wrong. He was immature and would talk about leaving us if we could not bare him," said Ahmed.

He added that Ansari never reacted about the four Kalyan youth who went missing in Iraq and allegedly joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces. There were several proposal for marriage for Ansari but "he rejected the entire proposal saying he did not want to get married since he had to achieve something big. Fed up with his behavior, we stopped talking to him about marriage," said an aggrieved father. "I took education loan for my second son too, who did graduation in computer science, and still repaying the loan. My entire family is disturbed and we don't known what to do?" an upset Ahmed said.


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BMC babus' bribe rate card for builders: Rs 1,200 a square feet

MUMBAI: Corrupt officials in the BMC's building proposals department are extorting huge sums from developers to clear legal projects. The situation is such that recently a group of 25 top builders met to decide on approaching senior department officials to seek reasonable bribe rates.

The new development control rules introduced two years ago leave no scope for manipulation or illegality in building plans. So, engineers intentionally delay sanctioning projects to pressure builders to pay up. Any delay in starting a building project could cause severe loss to developers, who procure loans at interest rates as high as 24%.

Sources said the three engineers arrested by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) in the E-Ward office in Byculla on Monday had "crossed all limits" in their demands. "The complainant was a small builder, who was at his wits end and was forced to approach the ACB to trap these officers," said industry insiders.

One of the engineers was earlier posted at the Kandivli office, but was transferred to the Byculla division following complaints from builders in the western suburbs. On Tuesday, civic chief Sitaram Kunte told TOI that the three engineers have been suspended following their arrests for allegedly accepting Rs 15 lakh in bribe.

Industry sources said the bribe demands are mind-boggling: Rs 1,200 a sq ft in the island city, Rs 800 a sq ft between Bandra and Andheri, and up to Rs 600 a sq ft in the eastern suburbs. "It could cost a builder Rs 5-30 crore, depending on the size of the project," said industry sources. Builders complained that despite complaints, the civic administration has failed to rein in these rogue officials.

"I have repeatedly asked the Maharashtra chamber of housing industry to complain against any official who demands a bribe," said Kunte. "It is an ethical issue and very difficult to control."

Construction industry insiders said corruption increased manifold after the development control rules were amended in 2011 to curb the discretionary powers of officials to favour certain builders.

"Since such powers are gone, officers now hold back files and demand huge sums from builders just to sanction what is laid down in law," said architect Shirish Sukhatme. Probably the most sought-after posting is in the Bandra (West) section. For over a decade, a local politician-turned-builder used to influence transfers of officers in this section. The Bandra-Khar-Santa Cruz belt is witness to some of the most blatant building violations, with skyscrapers permitted to be built on extremely narrow plots.

"In the 1980s, builders would voluntarily give 'bakshish' to officers for clearing files as a goodwill gesture. Today, these officers demand it as a right as they know builders are making super profits," said an industry source.

Several builders said that at every stage, officers and engineers demand Rs 5-20 lakh for basic permissions to start construction. "The all-important occupation certificate could set back a developer by over Rs 1 crore," they said.

In 2012, the civic administration issued a circular to speed up building approvals, curb corruption and fix responsibility for delays. But it was conveniently buried.

The circular stipulated a maximum of 60 days for plans to be approved and warned department staff that "any lapse" in approving plans within the period would be "viewed seriously". Former municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar issued it after complaints that officials delayed approvals by seeking irrelevant information, forcing developers to part with bribes.

But over the past few years, a gang of professional blackmailers claiming to be RTI activists have connived with BMC engineers to extort money from builders. A false complaint to the BMC could stall work for a couple of months. Any delay results in losses. A builder prefers to pay up. "Sometimes, civic officers themselves tell us to settle with these people," said a developer. He alleged that some BMC employees were hand-in-glove with extortionists and could well be guiding them.


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Babu in rape case told not to alter FB profile

Shibu Thomas, TNN | Oct 24, 2014, 02.20AM IST

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MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed a senior state bureaucrat facing rape allegations not to make any changes to his Facebook page, even as it granted him interim protection from arrest till October 31.

Vivek Dahiphale, a joint secretary in the irrigation department, had approached the HC vacation bench following a case registered by a 41-year-old Nahur resident he had met on Facebook and who accused him of raping her on the pretext of marriage. The HC order to preserve online evidence reflects the trend of social media profiles, posts and messages playing a crucial part in criminal investigations.

Justice A K Menon directed that in the event Dahiphale is arrested, he should be released on a bail of Rs 25,000 and a surety of a like amount. "Prima facie it does not appear that custodial interrogation is necessary in the case at this stage," said Justice Menon.

"Dahiphale is directed not to contact the complainant. He shall not make any changes to his Facebook page or tamper with other evidence in connection with the offence," the judge added. The HC has restrained Dahiphale from leaving the country without prior permission and has also asked him to report to the Alibaug police station, where the case is registered, every Friday for the purpose of investigations.

The Nahur resident had approached the Kherwadi police station on September 28, 2014 and lodged an FIR alleging rape under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code. She alleged that the accused had met her online on the social media site in 2012 and had later proposed marriage. She alleged that the accused had raped her at various places in Alibaug after assuring her that he will marry her.

The Kherwadi police station transferred the case to Alibaug police, under whose jurisdiction the crime was alleged to have been committed. Earlier this month, a sessions court refused to grant interim protection after which Dahiphale approached the HC. Additional public prosecutor Arfan Sait opposed the bail application. Advocate Prashant Pandey, counsel for the accused, claimed that Dahiphale had been falsely implicated in the case and the relationship was consensual. The petition, among its exhibits, relies on transcripts of facebook conversations.

The HC has scheduled the hearing of the application on October 30, once the court reopens after Diwali vacation.

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Mumbai-Nashik seaplane runs into rough weather

MUMBAI: Activists, NGOs oppose landing site at Gangapur Dam, says it will affect birds.

A plan to connect Mumbai with Nashik by seaplane has run into rough weather. The proposed landing site at Gangapur Dam, near Nashik, has been opposed by activists and NGOs, who say the activity will affect thousands of migratory and residents birds.

Based on two separate complaints — by Bombay natural history society and by Bishwarup Raha, honorary wildlife warden, Nashik District — the directorate general of civil aviation is taking a relook at flight operations to Gangapur.

Raha, a birder of over two decades, said, "Gangapur Dam is an important bird area and home to 3,000 resident birds, besides 10,000 migratory birds. I was aghast to hear a seaplane would be allowed to land here. It will disturb the bird ecology, and the plane will be at risk of a bird hit. I wrote to DGCA opposing the plan."

According to Raha, the dam attracts migratory birds such as shovelers, flamingos, pintail ducks, pochards and gulls among other species. It is also home to birds such as cormorants, spoonbills and others.

BNHS director Asad Rahmani also confirmed writing to DGCA. "It is an important bird area and seaplane activity will create a lot of disturbance. We hope DGCA will not allow it."

Senior DGCA officials said they are examining the objections. "Permission to carry out operations will have to wait," an official said.

Seaplane operations in Mumbai are run by Maritime Energy Heli Air Services (Mehair) along with MTDC, with regular flights between Juhu Aerodrome and Pawna Dam in Lonavla. On Wednesday, a trial flight was operated between Juhu and Girgaum, making it the first intra-city flight.

"We've worked on the Mumbai-Nashik project for two years and have received clearances from several authorities including coast guard, Indian navy, Mumbai Port Trust, DGCA and AAI," a Mehair spokesperson said.

When asked, co-founder and Mehair director Siddharth Verma said he wasn't aware of the bird problem. "I'm not aware of any such issue or complaints to DGCA," Verma said.

The company also said it was ready to launch flights to Gangapur Dam if clearance is given. Connecting Dhoom Dam in Mahabaleshwar with Mumbai is their next plan.

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Smoke from local slows down CR

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 24 Oktober 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Services on the Central Railway were disrupted for a few minutes after smoke started emanating from a CST-bound local between Mulund and Bhandup at 8.30 am on Thursday.

The rake was held up for 15 to 20 minutes and later withdrawn from service. "The incident occurred because of binding of brakes and there was no safety scare," a CR spokesperson said.

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Event manager killed as a result of firing in D N nagar

MUMBAI: Two persons opened fire and attacked on two other persons with choppers at a flat in D N Nagar on Thursday night in which an event manager was killed.

The accused, whose identity was not known, and the deceased, Deven Desai, an event maanger, along with the injured Sandeep Kawa met at Desai's flat for a party. The incident took place at around 8 pm, the police said. The accused had attacked Desai and Kawa with chopper and even fired one round from a revolver. While Desai died, Kawa was admitted to Cooper Hospital and police was waiting to record his statement. It is still not clear what led to the fight and the subsequent firing.

"When all of them gathered for a party it shows they were known to each other. We are waiting for Kawa to regain conscious and record his statement for further course of action. Menwhile, we are talking to other people who could help in the probe," said a police officer.

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Family struggles to come to terms with the gradual changes in terror suspect case

MUMBAI : A middle-class family has been struggling to come to terms with the gradual change in Anis Ansari - from being a studious boy interested in a career to a radicalised youth - they have noticed for some time. While the family openly spoke about Ansari's radicalized views, it also narrated an incident when they told Ansari to get him checked with a psychiatrist.

Sitting on a chair at Jamiat-ul-Ulema office at Bhendi Bazaar, Shakeel Ahmed, Ansari's father, looked tired. He approached the Jamiat for legal help in his son's case. Jamiat is yet to take a decision. Ansari (24) has been arrested by the state ATS on charges of conspiring to target an American school in BKC. Ansari, said police, conspired through facebook. "I took educational loan to give Ansari the best education I could. Throughout he has been a brilliant student and would mingle with others easily. He passed bachelor in computer science with first class and got a job easily. Later, he asked me to quit my job since he started working," said Ahmed.

Police said Ansari had been chatting through internet to some unknown persons. Police are trying to find out those who allegedly chatted with Ansari. Ansari, being the eldest among four brothers in the family, took responsibility and even managed to get a rented flat at Quresh Nagar in Kurla for his family three months ago. "He would be busy on his mobile phone most of the time and never brought any pamphlet or literature at home. For the last one year, his view gradually began changing and he started talking about Khilafat (Islamic rule) in the world. Though, he was never part of any banned or extreme outfit, but would talk things like he wanted to receive Shahadat (martyrdom). Since he would be scared when I was at home, he would, however, irritate his mother who would break down most of the time. We didn't know what to do to handle him. One day I suggested him to accompany me to psychiatrist so that I could get him treated for talking all non sense," a firm Ahmed recalled.

ATS arrested Ansari for `chatting' with his friends on Facebook about jihad and attacking the American school in BKC. Police said he was indoctrinated by hearing lectures of al-Qaida preachers, Nouman Ali, Ahmed Farooque and Abu Bakr Bagdadi on the internet. He would read stories about Salahuddin Ayyubi, the first Sultan of Egypt and Syria and the founder of the Ayyubi dynasty. A Muslim of Kurdish origin, Salahuddin led the Muslim opposition to the European crusaders in the levant. At the height of his power, his sultanate included Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Hejaz, Yemen and other parts of North Africa. "The day Bagdadi proclaimed himself as the Calipha (in charge of Muslims in an Islamic country as per Shariah), Ansari was very happy. We were upset with his behavior and tried to make him understand what he was thinking was wrong. He was immature and would talk about leaving us if we could not bare him," said Ahmed.

He added that Ansari never reacted about the four Kalyan youth who went missing in Iraq and allegedly joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces. There were several proposal for marriage for Ansari but "he rejected the entire proposal saying he did not want to get married since he had to achieve something big. Fed up with his behavior, we stopped talking to him about marriage," said an aggrieved father. "I took education loan for my second son too, who did graduation in computer science, and still repaying the loan. My entire family is disturbed and we don't known what to do?" an upset Ahmed said.

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BMC babus' bribe rate card for builders: Rs 1,200 a square feet

MUMBAI: Corrupt officials in the BMC's building proposals department are extorting huge sums from developers to clear legal projects. The situation is such that recently a group of 25 top builders met to decide on approaching senior department officials to seek reasonable bribe rates.

The new development control rules introduced two years ago leave no scope for manipulation or illegality in building plans. So, engineers intentionally delay sanctioning projects to pressure builders to pay up. Any delay in starting a building project could cause severe loss to developers, who procure loans at interest rates as high as 24%.

Sources said the three engineers arrested by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) in the E-Ward office in Byculla on Monday had "crossed all limits" in their demands. "The complainant was a small builder, who was at his wits end and was forced to approach the ACB to trap these officers," said industry insiders.

One of the engineers was earlier posted at the Kandivli office, but was transferred to the Byculla division following complaints from builders in the western suburbs. On Tuesday, civic chief Sitaram Kunte told TOI that the three engineers have been suspended following their arrests for allegedly accepting Rs 15 lakh in bribe.

Industry sources said the bribe demands are mind-boggling: Rs 1,200 a sq ft in the island city, Rs 800 a sq ft between Bandra and Andheri, and up to Rs 600 a sq ft in the eastern suburbs. "It could cost a builder Rs 5-30 crore, depending on the size of the project," said industry sources. Builders complained that despite complaints, the civic administration has failed to rein in these rogue officials.

"I have repeatedly asked the Maharashtra chamber of housing industry to complain against any official who demands a bribe," said Kunte. "It is an ethical issue and very difficult to control."

Construction industry insiders said corruption increased manifold after the development control rules were amended in 2011 to curb the discretionary powers of officials to favour certain builders.

"Since such powers are gone, officers now hold back files and demand huge sums from builders just to sanction what is laid down in law," said architect Shirish Sukhatme. Probably the most sought-after posting is in the Bandra (West) section. For over a decade, a local politician-turned-builder used to influence transfers of officers in this section. The Bandra-Khar-Santa Cruz belt is witness to some of the most blatant building violations, with skyscrapers permitted to be built on extremely narrow plots.

"In the 1980s, builders would voluntarily give 'bakshish' to officers for clearing files as a goodwill gesture. Today, these officers demand it as a right as they know builders are making super profits," said an industry source.

Several builders said that at every stage, officers and engineers demand Rs 5-20 lakh for basic permissions to start construction. "The all-important occupation certificate could set back a developer by over Rs 1 crore," they said.

In 2012, the civic administration issued a circular to speed up building approvals, curb corruption and fix responsibility for delays. But it was conveniently buried.

The circular stipulated a maximum of 60 days for plans to be approved and warned department staff that "any lapse" in approving plans within the period would be "viewed seriously". Former municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar issued it after complaints that officials delayed approvals by seeking irrelevant information, forcing developers to part with bribes.

But over the past few years, a gang of professional blackmailers claiming to be RTI activists have connived with BMC engineers to extort money from builders. A false complaint to the BMC could stall work for a couple of months. Any delay results in losses. A builder prefers to pay up. "Sometimes, civic officers themselves tell us to settle with these people," said a developer. He alleged that some BMC employees were hand-in-glove with extortionists and could well be guiding them.

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Mumbai records hottest October day in 10 years

MUMBAI: The city's scorching heat hit a new high on Thursday with maximum temperatures touching 37.2 degree Celsius. The Santa Cruz observatory recorded the highest maximum temperature in the past 10 years. The all-time record so far has been 37.9 degree Celsius, recorded way back in October 1972.

The heat is responsible for dragging a lot of people to the sick bay this festive season. From fever, dengue and malaria to skin allergies, Mumbaikars are waiting for respite from the heat that is unlikely to ease any time soon. "October itself is known for such high temperature patterns," said a weather official.

People feel even more uncomfortable because they have just got out of the pleasant monsoon weather with maximum temperatures of around 30-31 degree Celsius," said a weather official. Humidity levels in Santa Cruz dropped below 60%, which caused the heat to intensify. Colaba registered 70% humidity.

In the past 10 years, the highest maximum temperature recorded for October has been 37 degree Celsius in 2008. This month, temperatures touched 37 degree Celsius twice on October 16 and October 22.

Hospital OPDs are flooded with cases of fever and prolonged cold and cough. "Viral fever is rampant. We are treating up to 15 to 20 cases everyday," said a resident doctor from KEM Hospital in Parel, who has been working at the special monsoon outpatient department. While dengue and malaria are at the root of 50% of fever cases, the rest are flu-like ailments, the doctor said.

Experts caution that while gulping a glass of cold drink or water or switching on the air-conditioner may provide momentary relief, it could trigger an infection waiting to overpower the body's immunity. "The temperature is such that people are sitting under the AC the entire day. The body, therefore, does not get any time to acclimatize when you step out in the sun," said Girgaum-based physician Dr Krishnakant Dhebri.

Adding to Mumbaikars' woes is the fluctuating humidity that swings from 55% to 99% within a span of a few hours. "This causes a lot of sweating that, in turn, can lead to unprecedented loss of electrolytes from the body if not replenished from time to time," added Dhebri. Dehydration induced by unusual sweating can also lead to muscle cramps, nausea and even blackouts.

The doctor from KEM Hospital also said how one could also be dehydrated even without stepping out in the sun. "Heat exhaustion is very common and the only solution is to keep the body well hydrated," said Dr Falguni Parikh from Kokilaben Hospital.

Skin and sun allergy cases, too, have seen a rise in the past one month, say city doctors. Dhebri said a lot of the health problems could also be related to a person's immunity. "It is important to eat, drink and sleep right," he added.

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Babu in rape case told not to alter FB profile

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed a senior state bureaucrat facing rape allegations not to make any changes to his Facebook page, even as it granted him interim protection from arrest till October 31.

Vivek Dahiphale, a joint secretary in the irrigation department, had approached the HC vacation bench following a case registered by a 41-year-old Nahur resident he had met on Facebook and who accused him of raping her on the pretext of marriage. The HC order to preserve online evidence reflects the trend of social media profiles, posts and messages playing a crucial part in criminal investigations.

Justice A K Menon directed that in the event Dahiphale is arrested, he should be released on a bail of Rs 25,000 and a surety of a like amount. "Prima facie it does not appear that custodial interrogation is necessary in the case at this stage," said Justice Menon.

"Dahiphale is directed not to contact the complainant. He shall not make any changes to his Facebook page or tamper with other evidence in connection with the offence," the judge added. The HC has restrained Dahiphale from leaving the country without prior permission and has also asked him to report to the Alibaug police station, where the case is registered, every Friday for the purpose of investigations.

The Nahur resident had approached the Kherwadi police station on September 28, 2014 and lodged an FIR alleging rape under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code. She alleged that the accused had met her online on the social media site in 2012 and had later proposed marriage. She alleged that the accused had raped her at various places in Alibaug after assuring her that he will marry her.

The Kherwadi police station transferred the case to Alibaug police, under whose jurisdiction the crime was alleged to have been committed. Earlier this month, a sessions court refused to grant interim protection after which Dahiphale approached the HC. Additional public prosecutor Arfan Sait opposed the bail application. Advocate Prashant Pandey, counsel for the accused, claimed that Dahiphale had been falsely implicated in the case and the relationship was consensual. The petition, among its exhibits, relies on transcripts of facebook conversations.

The HC has scheduled the hearing of the application on October 30, once the court reopens after Diwali vacation.

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Western Express Highway choked as work begins on Kherwadi flyover

Written By kom nampultig on Kamis, 23 Oktober 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Motorists complained of bumper-to-bumper traffic along the entire Western Express Highway on Wednesday as the city's development agency began work on the north-bound arm of the Kherwadi Junction flyover in Bandra (E). The traffic police faced a tough time clearing the jams along the highway, which connects Bandra to Dahisar.

Motorists can expect traffic snarls on the Western Express Highway for a few months.

The 580m southbound arm of the Kherwadi flyover was opened in June, easing traffic congestion between Kalanagar and Western Express Highway. "The south-bound carriageway has led to a signal-free drive from Dahisar to Worli," said an official of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

Nearly 5,000 vehicles cross Kherwadi junction during peak hour per hour every day.

"The 580-m north-bound stretch will be completed by April 2015. The south-bound arm was completed in 225 days; we aim to finish the north-bound lane on schedule," said Dilip Kawathkar, joint project director, MMRDA. "The advantage in case of this arm is that the precast concrete girders for four of the five spans have already been casted at the Wadala casting yard. This arm comprises of a total 25 precast girders of which 20 are ready. The span at the junction is the biggest, and girders for this span will have to be casted at the project site."

Traffic has already been diverted to the 600m stretch on the service road on the west side of the highway. Besides, the traffic police will keep one lane of the south-bound arm open for north-bound traffic during peak hours.

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Parsi couples settling down get preference for flats: BPP

MUMBAI: Bombay high court has rejected the plea of Dahanu resident Rohinton Taraporewala for a house meant for the poor among Parsis in Andheri.

In his plea challenging the Bombay Parsi Punchayat's decision not to allot him a flat, Taraporevala said he preferred to be in Mumbai as he had high blood pressure, heart and prostate problems and diabetes while his wife suffered from depression and anxiety.

The punchayat countered him, saying he was "adequately housed" in a two-storey, 2,000-square-foot bungalow, was not a resident of Mumbai and "on his own showing lived at Dahanu, close to the Gujarat border". Further, it pointed out that Taraporewala's son and daughter were settled in the UK and the US with their families. The trustees said they had adopted the criteria after the high court in October 2009 allowed them to sell flats in two buildings on an ownership basis. Also, that preference was to be given to those who wanted to settle down after marriage.

In their order, a division bench of Justices S J Vazifdar and Revati Mohiti Dere noted that Taraporewala had an income far in excess of Rs 90,000 as well as assets worth a lot more than Rs 25 lakh. They said his application form for allotment of a flat itself discloses that he owns 17 acres of land outside Mumbai, which he has valued at Rs 51 lakh. "It is, in fact, doubtful if the land is worth only Rs 51 lakh. The fact that it is ancestral land makes no difference. The petitioner admittedly owns the same," the judges wrote.

They also noted that Taraporewala's income-tax returns indicated a net income of more than Rs 11 lakh for 2008-09. "The petitioner is, therefore, neither poor nor needy nor deserving for the allotment of a flat. The petitioner, therefore, is not entitled to an allotment as per the criteria," the court ruled.

The judges declined to hear Taraporewala's challenge to the trustees' decision to reserve 26 flats as a transit accommodation for the poor, needy and deserving Parsis whose flats are undergoing repairs. "Even assuming that the same is contrary to an order of the division bench of this court, we are not inclined to exercise our writ jurisdiction at the instance of the petitioner, who admittedly does not fulfil the criteria of a poor, needy and deserving Parsi,'' the judges concluded.

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