Sena morcha against water scarcity in Nallasopara
BHAYANDAR: Acute water scarcity prevailing in several localities across Nallasopara, triggered into a protest agitation in the form of peaceful morcha led by local BJP and Shiv Sena units on Monday. Hundreds of locals, joined by the Shiv-Sena and BJP activists and led by municipal corporator, Rajan Naik, thronged the Divisional Municipal Office in Nallasopara on Monday morning protesting the acute scarcity of water in areas, including Nagindas Pada, Vijay Nagar, Tulinj Pada, More-Gaav and Ganesh Nagar for the past 10 days. The agitation was withdrawn after Additional Municipal Commissioner, Surendra Patil, assured to resolve the crisis within a fortnight.

Arrest, produce Pune chief cop, NHRC tells State govt
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: National Human Rights Commission on Monday asked the State government to arrest and produce the Pune Police Commissioner for “wilful disobedience” of its directions in connection with a case of violation of rights of a man from the scheduled caste community. The matter relates to the complaint of Kishan Namdev Godke alleging abduction and killing of his son on April 30, 2007 by some persons and inaction by the local police. According to an NHRC statement, released on Monday, the rights panel has taken a serious view of the “casual and mechanical” approach adopted by the Commissioner of Police, Pune, Maharashtra, that too in a matter relating to the human rights violation of a person from the Scheduled Caste community. “The Commission found it to be indicative of wilful disobedience of its directions. Therefore, it has asked the Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, to arrest and bring the Commissioner of Police, Pune before the Commission on January 28, 2014 at 3 pm,” the statement said.

Fraudster builder in police net
BHAYANDAR: The Mira Road police have arrested a fraudster who posed as a builder to dupe home seekers under the pretext of providing cheap flats in Nallasopara. Identified as Prashant Mohapatra,the accused floated a fly-by-night construction company with its head office in Mira Road and branches located at Grant Road, Nana Chowk and Vasai. Posing as a builder with various upcoming housing projects in the region, Mohapatra lured gullible home seekers by offering cheap flats with an option of easy interest free instalment facilities. It has been alleged that the company, which had been operating in the region for the past couple of years, had even placed advertisements in newspapers apart from initiating publicity campaigns in the form of banners and outdoor hoardings at strategic locations offering flats in bogus pre-launch schemes to lure their targets. Following a series of complaints against Mohapatra, the Mira Road police arrested him and booked him under Section 420 of the IPC. “So far 11 people have lodged complaints against the fraudster, who has a series of complaints registered against him at the Mira Road and Kashimira police station.” Said API Prafful Wagh who appealed other victims cheated by the conman to come forward and register their complaints with the Mira Road police.

Mediator will settle Yukta-hubby dispute
MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Monday appointed a mediator in the matrimonial dispute between former Miss World Yukta Mookhey and her estranged husband Prince Tuli. Justice R P Sondurbaldota appointed senior advocate Rajiv Patil as a mediator so that the parties could arrive at an amicable settlement. “The High Court has appointed Rajiv Patil as mediator. The first date of mediation is Monday (November 26),” Tuli’s advocate Filji Fredrick said. In a complaint to police in July this year, Yukta accused her husband and in-laws of subjecting her to domestic violence and harassment. She also accused Tuli of unnatural sex. Tuli and his family approached the Sessions Court seeking anticipatory bail. The court granted others bail while Tuli was given interim protection from arrest.
Yukta approached the High Court, challenging the Sessions Court order.

IMC insurance summit held
MUMBAI: Indian Merchant’s Chamber organized its annual insurance summit at the Trident Hotel. The theme of the summit was ‘Effective delivery mechanisms for better penetration of insurance in India’. Among the speakers were the notable names like Justice B N Srikrishna, former Judge of the Supreme Court of India. T S Vijayan, chairman, IRDA and IMC vice president Probodh Thankkar also addressed the summit. Justice Srikrishna observed that major obstacle to insurance penetration was lack of faith of in private insurance companies. He stressed that even among those who are insured, a vast majority is underinsured or overinsured. T S Vijayan expressed his optimism about the current insurance scenario but explained the impact of ‘ lack of awareness’ on the ‘penetration of insurance’.

Auxiliary Warning System averts a mishap
MUMABI: Auxiliary Warning System (AWS) of a Virar-bound train saved the day after the motorman missed a signal between Churchgate and Marine Lines on Saturday during peak hours. The motorman of the train that was running two minutes behind schedule jumped signal between Churchgate and Marine Lines stations even as a Churchgate- bound local was signalled to cross over from track number two to four while exiting the Marine Lines station. According to a source from WR, the motor man was well informed about the signal ahead. However, he failed to realise that the train was too fast to stop at a safe spot. Following the incident, the Churchgate-bound local was diverted and asked to go from Platform Number 2 to 4 and had to cross over the track leading to Platform Number three, on which the Virar train was bound.” According to the statement by the motor guard, he had asked the motorman several times if he was approaching the signal, but he insisted that there was enough time to apply the brakes. Anyway, he wasn’t able to judge the distance and jumped the signal. After the incident the blood samples of the motorman and the guard were taken to check the alcohol content. An inquiry report into the matter is awaited after which necessary actions will be taken.

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