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Theft or mistakes? Bankman-Fried jurors hear competing explanations for FTX collapse

Theft or mistakes? Bankman-Fried jurors hear competing explanations for FTX collapse Sam Bankman-Fried's lawyers and federal prosecutors clashed on Wednesday in opening statements over whether the former billionaire's FTX cryptocurrency exchange collapsed due to massive fraud by its founder or errors in business judgment. Bankman-Fried, 31, has pleaded not guilty to charges he used FTX customer money from the exchange's 2019 launch until its November 2022 bankruptcy in order to prop up his hedge fund, Alameda Research, buy luxury real estate, and donate to U.S. political campaigns and candidates. The trial kicked off with jury selection on Tuesday, nearly a year after the collapse of FTX shocked financial markets and tarnished the budding entrepreneur and philanthropist's reputation as an honest actor in a crypto sector prone to scams and purported get-rich-quick schemes. In his opening statement on Wednesday, defense lawyer Mark Cohen portrayed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology physics graduate as a math nerd who overlooked risk management in building FTX, but did not steal customer money. Cohen acknowledged that FTX lent money to Alameda, but said Bankman-Fried easonably believed that those loans were permitted and backed up by collateral. He said some key aspects of FTX's business, such as risk management, were overlooked as the startup grew rapidly. Sam and his colleagues were building the plane as they were flying it, Cohen said. No one person - no one CEO, certainly not Sam, could be everywhere and do everything. But prosecutor Thane Rehn said Bankman-Fried took more than $10 billion from unsuspecting FTX customers, and that he doubled down when Alameda's risky investments in cryptocurrency began to lose money in May and June of last year. All of it was built on lies, Rehn said. He was using his company, FTX, to commit fraud on a massive scale, and the money he was spending to build his empire - it was money he was stealing from FTX customers. JURORS TO HEAR FROM INNER CIRCLE Prosecutors are expected to call three former members of Bankman-Fried's inner circle - former Alameda chief executive Caroline Ellison and former FTX executives Nishad Singh and Gary Wang - to testify against him. All three have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. They will give you an insider's view of how the crimes occurred, Rehn said in his opening statement, without naming the witnesses. Cohen suggested they may spin Bankman-Fried's good-faith decisions that they agreed with at the time as deceitful in hindsight. He also said Bankman-Fried urged Ellison to hedge Alameda's crypto bets, but that she did not. Here in the real world, cooperation means testifying against Sam in a way that will help the government's case, Cohen said. Jurors are expected to hear from Wang by the end of the week, another prosecutor, Danielle Sassoon, said in court. Earlier on Wednesday, a jury of 12 primary members and six alternates was selected from a pool of residents of Manhattan, the Bronx, and New York City's northern suburbs. The group includes a retired investment banker, a school librarian and a train conductor. Bankman-Fried's parents, Stanford Law School professors Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried, were seen arriving at the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning. They had not attended the trial's first day. Once known for his casual attire and mop of unkempt curls, Bankman-Fried sported a trim haircut and wore a suit and tie in court on both Tuesday and Wednesday. He has been detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since Aug. 11, when U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan jailed him for likely tampering with witnesses, including by sharing Ellison's private writings with a reporter. Bankman-Fried and Ellison were at times romantic partners.

devdiscourse 5 Oct 2023 3:44 am

Bankman-Fried's lawyer says 'crypto was not for everyone.' FTX said the opposite.

Bankman-Fried's lawyer says 'crypto was not for everyone.' FTX said the opposite. In his opening statement at Sam Bankman-Fried's fraud trial on Wednesday, the FTX cryptocurrency exchange founder's lawyer acknowledged that his client was in a risky business, noting that crypto was not for everyone. But FTX had asserted the opposite in an online post about a car race it sponsored in Miami Beach, Florida, six months before its November 2022 collapse. Crypto is for everyone, as should be motor sports, FTX posted on May 13, 2022 on its official account on Twitter, alongside a video showing racing cars, bartenders pouring cocktails, and retired basketball star Shaquille O'Neal giving high-fives. At Bankman-Fried's trial on Wednesday, prosecutors played for the jury FTX video advertisements in which a narrator said, we're inviting everyone in, as well as spots featuring NFL quarterback Tom Brady and comedian Larry David. Bankman-Fried, 31, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of fraud and five counts of conspiracy over the collapse of FTX. Prosecutors said in opening statements on Wednesday that he stole $10 billion in customer funds to buy luxury real estate, donate to U.S. political candidates and plug losses at his hedge fund. FTX's marketing to retail investors to try to broaden the appeal of cryptocurrency, once a niche asset class, could be a key issue in the trial. Prosecutor Thane Rehn said FTX's commercials promoted the exchange as trustworthy - even while Bankman-Fried was allegedly stealing deposits. Rehn said the recruitment of additional customers helped FTX meet demands from others to withdraw their money, masking the theft for a time. Mark Cohen, Bankman-Fried's lawyer, said his client never intended to steal funds. His opening statement portrayed Bankman-Fried as an ambitious entrepreneur who overlooked key business functions like risk management as FTX grew rapidly during a boom in the values of digital assets. You will learn that crypto was not for everyone. On the one hand it was new and exciting, Cohen said, addressing the jury. But on the other hand, many factors that nobody controlled could make crypto go up and down in value. So too crypto companies themselves could rise and fall very quickly. Cohen also said, it's not a crime to try to get Tom Brady to come on ads for your company. A spokesman for Bankman-Fried did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The video about the car race, dubbed FTX Off the Grid, harks back to the boom times in crypto before rising interest rates led to a sell-off in tokens like bitcoin. It shows women in swimsuits posing on a beach with a mascot for the Miami Heat basketball team and a crowd dancing at a concert featuring smoke and flashing lights. FTX's celebrity promoters including O'Neal, Brady and David were sued over claims they engaged in deceptive practices. The celebrities have said the lawsuit should be dismissed, arguing they did not cause FTX investors' losses.

devdiscourse 5 Oct 2023 3:02 am

Sam Bankman-Fried's trial: four key points raised in opening statements

Sam Bankman-Fried's trial: four key points raised in opening statements Jurors in the trial of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried heard from both sides for the first time on Wednesday, receiving dueling portrayals of key events and players involved in what prosecutors have called a multibillion-dollar fraud that affected thousands of the cryptocurrency exchange's customers. Bankman-Fried pleaded not guilty. Opening statements by prosecutor Thane Rehn and defense lawyer Mark Cohen made it clear that four points of contention, described below, will be crucial to the trial, which is expected to last up to six weeks. Was Bankman-Fried a power-hungry thief or a math nerd startup CEO? In his opening statement, Rehn said Bankman-Fried used more than $10 billion in FTX customer funds to amass his own wealth, power and influence. Rehn said he bought beachfront property in the Bahamas and donated to a nonprofit his brother founded. Cohen, Bankman-Fried's attorney, called that depiction a cartoon of a villain, and said evidence would show that his client was actually a math nerd who didn't drink or party. Bankman-Fried, he said, was in reality a CEO of a startup company that collapsed after it was faced with an unanticipated perfect storm. It's not a crime to be a CEO of a company that later files for bankruptcy, he said. Did FTX collapse because of a smear job or fraud? From Cohen's point of view, FTX and Alameda Research - a crypto-focused hedge fund also controlled by Bankman-Fried - were casualties of a downturn across the cryptocurrency sector, which was subject to fluctuations based on many factors that nobody controlled. As Bankman-Fried's companies sought to weather the storm, public attacks by the crypto press and Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of rival exchange Binance, led to a run on FTX, Cohen said. But Rehn said FTX collapsed because of Bankman-Fried's plundering of FTX customer cash. Blaming FTX's implosion on the broader downturn in crypto amounts to excuses, Rehn said. FTX's relationship with Alameda: nefarious or normal? Rehn told jurors that Bankman-Fried stole customer funds in two ways: by duping FTX customers into sending money intended for their trading accounts to Alameda, and through a secret special privilege embedded in FTX software that let Alameda make unlimited withdrawals. Cohen said prosecutors had misconstrued instances of Alameda performing functions for FTX that the fledgling exchange was not yet set up to perform itself. He said the software allowed FTX to rely on Alameda as a market maker, which let Alameda buy and sell crypto as the exchange sought to attract more customers. Caroline Ellison: failed deputy or front? Each side presented different stories about former Alameda chief executive Caroline Ellison, who has pleaded guilty to fraud and agreed to cooperate against Bankman-Fried. According to prosecutors, Bankman-Fried installed Ellison, his sometime romantic partner, as a front to lead Alameda in 2021. In reality he was still calling the shots at Alameda, Rehn said. But Bankman-Fried's lawyer said that handing over the reins was normal as FTX grew and took up his time. It was just as natural for Bankman-Fried, still Alameda's majority owner, to stay involved, he said. He relied on her and he trusted her to act as the CEO and manage the day-to-day, he said. Cohen also said Bankman-Fried had asked Ellison to hedge Alameda's investments after crypto's successful year in 2021, but that she failed to do so.

devdiscourse 5 Oct 2023 2:23 am

Sam Bankman-Fried was 'math nerd' who did not steal, defense says at trial

Sam Bankman-Fried was 'math nerd' who did not steal, defense says at trial Sam Bankman-Fried's lawyer laid out his defense case at his fraud trial on Wednesday, portraying the 31-former billionaire as a math nerd who overlooked risk management in building his FTX exchange, but did not steal customer money. Bankman-Fried has pleaded not guilty to charges he used FTX customer money from the exchange's 2019 launch until its November 2022 bankruptcy in order to prop up his hedge fund, Alameda Research, buy luxury real estate, and donate to U.S. political campaigns and candidates. In his opening statement, defense lawyer Mark Cohen acknowledged that FTX lent money to Alameda, but said Bankman-Fried - who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a physics degree in 2014 - easonably believed that those loans were permitted and backed up by collateral. There was no theft, Cohen said. Sam didn't defraud anyone. Sam didn't intend to defraud anyone. Sam acted in good faith. Instead, Cohen said some key aspects of FTX's business like risk management got overlooked as the startup grew rapidly . Sam and his colleagues were building the plane as they were flying it, Cohen said. No one person - no one CEO, certainly not Sam, could be everywhere and do everything. Bankman-Fried's trial kicked off on Tuesday, nearly a year after the collapse of FTX shocked financial markets and tarnished the budding entrepreneur and philanthropist's reputation as an honest actor in a crypto sector prone to scams and purported get-rich-quick schemes. Earlier on Wednesday, prosecutor Thane Rehn said Bankman-Fried took more than $10 billion from unsuspecting FTX customers. He said the former crypto tycoon claimed in television commercials and in FTX's terms of service that customers' cryptocurrency would always belong to them, not the exchange. But Bankman-Fried, Rehn said, was not who he appeared to be. All of it was built on lies, Rehn said. He was using his company, FTX, to commit fraud on a massive scale, and the money he was spending to build his empire - it was money he was stealing from FTX customers. Bankman-Fried did not take the money all at once, and a growing customer base helped him paper over the theft, Rehn said. But all along, Rehn said he had been directing customers to deposit their money to accounts controlled by Alameda, and had used FTX's computer code to let Alameda withdraw deposits. When Alameda's risky investments in cryptocurrency began to lose money in May and June of last year, Bankman-Fried doubled down and took more money from FTX than ever before, Rehn said. But he said the scheme fell apart in November 2022, when a leaked Alameda financial statement set off panic by FTX customers. In the end, the hole that the defendant had created at FTX was too big, Rehn said. Once customers started asking for their money back, the whole thing came crashing down. JURORS TO HEAR FROM INNER CIRCLE Prosecutors are expected to call three former members of Bankman-Fried's inner circle - former Alameda chief executive Caroline Ellison and former FTX executives Nishad Singh and Gary Wang - to testify against him. All three have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. They will give you an insider's view of how the crimes occurred, Rehn said in his opening statement, without naming the witnesses. Earlier on Tuesday, a jury of 12 primary members and six alternates was selected. Bankman-Fried's parents, Stanford Law School professors Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried, were seen arriving at the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning. They had not attended the trial's first day. Their names were both on a list read by a prosecutor on Tuesday of possible witnesses or individuals who may be otherwise mentioned in testimony, along with Bankman-Fried's brother Gabriel Bankman-Fried and former Donald Trump staffer Anthony Scaramucci. That does not necessarily mean they will be called to testify. Once known for his casual attire and mop of unkempt curls, Bankman-Fried sported a trim haircut and wore a suit and tie in court on both Tuesday and Wednesday. He has been detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since Aug. 11, when Kaplan jailed him for likely tampering with witnesses, including by sharing Ellison's private writings with a reporter. Bankman-Fried and Ellison were at times romantic partners.

devdiscourse 4 Oct 2023 11:13 pm

Sam Bankman-Fried's wealth was 'built on lies,' prosecutor says at trial

Sam Bankman-Fried's wealth was 'built on lies,' prosecutor says at trial Sam Bankman-Fried's wealth and power was uilt on lies, a U.S. prosecutor said on Wednesday in opening statements for his trial on charges of stealing billions of dollars from customers of his now-bankrupt FTX cryptocurrency exchange. Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan say Bankman-Fried used FTX customer money from the exchange's 2019 launch until its November 2022 bankruptcy in order to prop up his hedge fund, Alameda Research, buy luxury real estate, and donate to U.S. political campaigns and candidates. Thane Rehn, a prosecutor, said it looked like Bankman-Fried was on top of the world a year ago after amassing power and influence, but he was not who he appeared to be. All of it was built on lies, Rehn said. He was using his company, FTX, to commit fraud on a massive scale, and the money he was spending to build his empire - it was money he was stealing from FTX customers. Bankman-Fried's lawyers are expected to give their opening statement later on Wednesday. The 31-year-old-former billionaire has pleaded not guilty and is likely to argue that while he failed to manage risk adequately, he did not steal money. His lawyers are likely to try to shift the blame for FTX's dramatic failure to the cooperating witnesses, and argue they are implicating Bankman-Fried in order to seek lenient sentences. Prosecutors are expected to call three former members of Bankman-Fried's inner circle - former Alameda chief executive Caroline Ellison and former FTX executives Nishad Singh and Gary Wang - to testify against him. All three have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. Bankman-Fried's trial kicked off on Tuesday, nearly a year after the collapse of FTX shocked financial markets and tarnished the budding entrepreneur and philanthropist's reputation as an honest actor in a crypto sector prone to scams and purported get-rich-quick schemes. Earlier on Tuesday, a jury of 12 primary members and six alternates was selected. PARENTS IN COURT Bankman-Fried's parents, Stanford Law School professors Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried, were seen arriving at the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning. They had not attended the trial's first day. Their names were both on a list read by a prosecutor on Tuesday of possible witnesses or individuals who may be otherwise mentioned in testimony, along with Bankman-Fried's brother Gabriel Bankman-Fried and former Donald Trump staffer Anthony Scaramucci. That does not necessarily mean they will be called to testify. Once known for his casual attire and mop of unkempt curls, Bankman-Fried sported a trim haircut and wore a suit and tie in court on both Tuesday and Wednesday. He has been detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since Aug. 11, when Kaplan jailed him for likely tampering with witnesses, including by sharing Ellison's private writings with a reporter. Bankman-Fried and Ellison were at times romantic partners.

devdiscourse 4 Oct 2023 10:15 pm

Potential source of ancient methane eruption identified

Seabed eruptions tied to the start of a sudden warming event 55 million years ago.

Ars Technica 4 Oct 2023 8:01 pm

Patient deaths: Shiv Sena MP makes Nanded hospital dean clean toilet, doctors threaten strike

The Maharashtra chapter of the Indian Medical Association said in a release that a memorandum has been submitted to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde demanding necessary action. THANE: A doctors' body has threatened to launch a stir if the Maharashtra government doesn't take action after a video of the acting dean of a state-run hospital in Nanded , where 31 patients have died in 48 hours, being forced to clean a toilet by a Shiv Sena MP went viral. Amid outrage over the deaths, Shiv Sena MP from Hingoli, Hemant Patil, visited Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday and made acting dean S R Wakode clean a dirty toilet and urinals. On Wednesday, police registered an FIR against Patil on Wakode's complaint on the charges of obstructing the public servant from doing his duty and defaming him. READ MORE | Maharashtra hospital deaths: Congress demands probe, Kharge slams state health apparatus The Maharashtra chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said in a release that a memorandum has been submitted to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde demanding necessary action into the treatment meted out to the acting dean. Instead of questioning his own government about non availability of many essential drugs, he was shamefully forced to the Dean of SCGMC Nanded to clean the Toilets ! Does he have enough guts to ask questions to the Government?? #NandedHospital #nandedgovernmenthospital pic.twitter.com/MeSAktoLbE Dr.Sanjay MD (@DrSanjay277) October 3, 2023 IMA (Maharashtra) president Dr Ravindra Kute said the medical fraternity also wants a proper investigation into Nanded hospital deaths. All these patients were admitted in a critical condition at the Nanded hospital which is a tertiary care centre. We request for proper inquiry. However, the treatment given by the local politician and MP to the dean and the HOD of the medical college is not justifiable, the release said. The IMA claimed the number of staff at the hospital is inadequate considering the huge footfall of patients. We will be forced to launch a statewide agitation if necessary action is not taken, the memorandum said. ALSO READ | 59 die in two Maharashtra govt hospitals in last 48 hours, CM orders high-level probe

The New Indian Express 4 Oct 2023 3:41 pm

Case against 6 persons for thrashing man in Thane

Case against 6 persons for thrashing man in Thane A case has been registered against six persons for allegedly beating up a 22-year-old man in Maharashtra's Thane district, the police said on Wednesday. The incident took place in Manpada area of Dombivli on Tuesday when the victim was travelling in an auto-rickshaw with his girlfriend, an official from Manpada police station said quoting the FIR. The accused, including the woman's brother, allegedly pulled the victim out of the auto-rickshaw and beat him up severely. They also threatened him with dire consequences if he came to their locality again, he said. The victim later managed to escape from the clutches of the accused. He rushed to a police station to file a complaint after which he was given first aid for his injuries, the official said. Offences have been registered against the accused under relevant provisions, he added.

devdiscourse 4 Oct 2023 1:06 pm

India must Adopt Zero-emissions Technology to Mitigate Methane Emanating from Transport Sector

A pledge was made during a brainstorming session on transport emissions to formulate policy and a roadmap for methane mitigation using available technologies and also developing new technologies to capture fugitive methane. India is already in the process of transitioning to renewable energy sources, investing heavily in renewable energy to reduce its carbon intensity.

News Voir 4 Oct 2023 11:09 am

SLB Launches First-of-Its-Kind, Easy-to-Install Methane Measurement Instrument

Business Wire India SLBs End-to-end Emissions Solutions (SEES) business today introduced its next generation methane point instrument, a self-installed continuous methane monitoring system that uses IoT-enabled sensors to quickly and cost effectively detect, locate and quantify emissions across oil and gas operations. Effective monitoring is essential to reduce emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas (GHG) which has a climate change impact up to 84 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 20-year timescale and represents about half of the oil and gas sectors operational emissions. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20231003896530/en/ The compact, self-install device for continuous methane monitoring enables fast, affordable deployment at any scale. (Photo: Business Wire) The methane point instrument represents a step change in methane measurement technology, providing operators with industry-leading leak detection sensitivity in a small, durable, first-of-its kind plug-and-play solution. The technology automates continuous methane monitoringeliminating the need for manual data collection during typical intermittent site visits, which only offers producers a small sample of their emissions. Designed for always on, accurate measurement and fast, affordable deployment at any scale, our next generation point instrument widens the accessibility to continuous methane monitoring for the industry, providing producers with a practical pathway to achieve a more complete picture of their emissions profile, said Kahina Abdeli-Galinier, emissions business director, SLB. Having this level of insight, with a new level of deployability, is becoming increasingly important for producers as pressure mounts from regulators and the public across the globe to address the near-term warming effects of climate change caused by methane. Light and portable, the compact device contains an integrated solar panel, wind measurement and methane sensor. The instrument can be self-installed in minutes, mounted on existing infrastructure and deployed at virtually zero costmuch like a self-installed home security camera. It enables operators to more economically scale up and quickly roll out continuous methane monitoring across their facilities. The methane point instrument supports the reporting requirements of the Oil & Gas Methane Partnership 2.0, or OGMPthe flagship reporting and mitigation program of the United Nations Environment Programme. It also supports related reporting requirements in the EU and is aligned to satisfy the proposed US EPA rules for methane monitoring at active onshore US production facilities. Todays announcement was made as part of ADIPEC, an international platform uniting industry to accelerate urgent, collective and responsible action to decarbonize quicker and future-proof our energy system, taking place in Abu Dhabi through October 5. SEES was launched in March 2022 and offers a comprehensive set of services and cutting-edge technologies designed to give operators a robust and scalable solution for measuring, monitoring, reporting and, ultimately, eliminating methane and routine flare emissions. Since its launch, SEES has undertaken customer projects worldwide, deploying its portfolio of capabilities, including consulting, optimized surveillance planning, measurements, and interpretation via a secure digital platform. About SLB SLB (NYSE: SLB) is a global technology company that drives energy innovation for a balanced planet. With a global footprint in more than 100 countries and employees representing almost twice as many nationalities, we work each day on innovating oil and gas, delivering digital at scale, decarbonizing industries, and developing and scaling new energy systems that accelerate the energy transition. Find out more at slb.com . Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws that is, statements about the future, not about past events. Such statements often contain words such as expect, may, can, estimate, intend, anticipate, will, potential, projected and other similar words. Forward-looking statements address matters that are, to varying degrees, uncertain, such as forecasts or expectations regarding the deployment of, or anticipated benefits of, SLBs new technologies and partnerships; statements about goals, plans and projections with respect to sustainability and environmental matters; forecasts or expectations regarding energy transition and global climate change; and improvements in operating procedures and technology. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the inability to achieve net-negative carbon emissions goals; the inability to recognize intended benefits of SLBs strategies, initiatives or partnerships; legislative and regulatory initiatives addressing environmental concerns, including initiatives addressing the impact of global climate change; the timing or receipt of regulatory approvals and permits; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in SLBs most recent Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K filed with or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. If one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize (or the consequences of such a development changes), or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those reflected in our forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and SLB disclaims any intention or obligation to update publicly or revise such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20231003896530/en/

BusinessWire India 4 Oct 2023 11:04 am

21 killed after bus falls from Venice bridge and catches fire

At least 21 people, including two children and foreign tourists, were killed Tuesday and several others wounded when a bus running on methane plunged off a bridge in Venice and caught fire

The Daily Star 4 Oct 2023 9:44 am

21 killed after bus plunges off Venice bridge in Italy

Venice: At least 21 people, including two children and foreign tourists, were killed Tuesday and several others wounded when a bus running on methane plunged off a bridge in Venice and caught fire. A tragedy has struck our community this evening, mayor Luigi Brugnaro wrote on Facebook, describing the site of the crash as an [] The post 21 killed after bus plunges off Venice bridge in Italy appeared first on Pragativadi .

Pragativadi 4 Oct 2023 9:42 am

Backed by Bill Gates, this firm has a unique methane solution

Over 286.7 billion cubic feet of gas had gone to waste in 2021 in the US through flaring or venting from gas and upstream oil facilities. However, it is believed that the actual figure is much larger as not all releases get reported.

The Economic Times 4 Oct 2023 9:30 am

MJK president Ansari meets EPS in Salem; seeks support for prisoners release

MJK, which was in the AIADMK alliance till 2021 assembly election parted ways and supported the DMK after AIADMK joined hands with the BJP. SALEM/ERODE: Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi (MJK) president Thamimun Ansari on Tuesday described AIADMKs exit from the BJP-; ed NDA alliance as a bold decision. Speaking to media persons after calling on AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami, Ansari said, AIADMK has now left the BJP alliance. This is definitely good news for the state and this decision of the AIADMK is bold. I met Edappadi K Palaniswami and conveyed our appreciation. We didnt talk to him about anything else politically. We have been urging the state government to release prisoners who are in lifetime imprisonment and have completed 20 years in the prisons in the state without discrimination of caste, religion and case. However, the state government has not taken any action till now. So we are meeting the leaders of all parties and submitting a petition in this regard. We submitted as petition in this regard to EPS as the Assembly session will begin on October 9. MJK, which was in the AIADMK alliance till 2021 assembly election parted ways and supported the DMK after AIADMK joined hands with the BJP. Meanwhile, senior AIADMK leader KA Sengottaiyan said in Erode that AIADMK will form an alliance for the 2024 elections. He said this taking part in a protest in Sathyamangalam demanding the removal of boars from the list of wild animals. Sengottaiyan said, People want political change in the state, the main reason for this is the breakdown of law and order. The AIADMK cadre need not worry about the parliamentary election. An alliance will be formed under the leadership of EPS.

The New Indian Express 4 Oct 2023 8:39 am

21 Killed After Bus Falls From Bridge, Catches Fire In Italy

At least 21 people, including two children and foreigners, were killed Tuesday and several others wounded when a bus running on methane plunged off a bridge in Venice and caught fire.

NDTV 4 Oct 2023 3:07 am

Commuters irked as platforms at Panvel suburban train station renumbered `without notice'

Commuters irked as platforms at Panvel suburban train station renumbered `without notice' The Central Railway on Tuesday changed the numbering of suburban train platforms at Panvel station in neighbouring Raigad district which led to confusion among commuters for some time. The old platform number one will be renumbered as three, and the old platform number three renumbered as one, the CR said in a release here. The number two platform will remain unchanged, whereas the old platform number four will be dismantled, it said. The platform numbers were changed in view of the Panvel suburban yard remodelling work, the release said. The CR informed about the renumbering through its handle on X around 5 pm, though the new numbering went into effect in the morning. ''Have you woken up from sleep now? When people have been harried since morning...'' replied Jitendra Utekar, a commuter, in reply to the CR post on X. Why no advance notice was given to commuters, he asked. Panvel is one of the major railway stations in the Mumbai region with a daily footfall of around 2.5 lakh passengers. Daily hundreds of suburban services operate from the station, linking it to CSMT (in south Mumbai), Thane and Goregaon (in western suburb of Mumbai).

devdiscourse 3 Oct 2023 11:34 pm

59 die in two Maharashtra govt hospitals in last 48 hours, CM orders high-level probe

The Maharashtra CM denied the Opposition's allegations that the deaths in Nanded and Ghati took place due to shortage of medicines and unavailability of doctors. A total of 59 deaths have been recorded in two Maharashtra government hospitals in the last 48 hours -- 35 in Shankarrao Chavan hospital in Nanded and 24 in Ghati hospital in Aurangabad. Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde took serious cognizance of the deaths in Nanded and Ghati and ordered a high-level inquiry. He denied the Opposition's allegations that the deaths in Nanded and Ghati took place due to shortage of medicines and unavailability of doctors. The guilty will be punished after the findings of the probe committee. We have taken serious cognizance of these incidents and sent a team of minister, secretary and officers to visit the hospitals in Nanded and Ghati in Aurangabad and submit a report, Shinde said. However, former Congress chief minister Ashok Chavan who comes from Nanded alleged that the deaths of 35 people including 16 infants was due to shortage of medicines and unavailability of medical staffers. ALSO READ | Maharashtra hospital deaths: Congress demands probe, Kharge slams state health apparatus There are 70 other people in serious conditions. We came to know that medicine supply and recruitment of doctors has been stuck due to unknown reasons and that cost the lives of several people. The state government should fix the responsibility and improve the system, he said. Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole alleged that the contract for medicine supply has been stuck as 40% commission has been demanded for the procurement of the medicines by the state public health department. He said earlier 17 people died in the Thane Municipal Corporation run civic hospital, but no lesson has been learnt so far from such tragedies. The public health system in the state is suffering from the disease of corruption and the entire system is on a ventilator. There aren't enough doctors and staff in government hospitals and there is also a shortage of medicines. The equipment in the hospitals is dysfunctional and lying idle. If this is the state of health services in major cities, one can only imagine the condition in rural hospitals. A culpable homicide case under IPC 302 should be filed against the state government, Patole demanded. MNS chief Raj Thackeray also slammed the triple engine government, saying it has failed to provide public health to the common people.

The New Indian Express 3 Oct 2023 8:56 pm

Best MacBook bags, cases and sleeves 2023

Macworld A good MacBook bag shares many qualities with Apples laptops. We want it to be tough, so it needs to be made from good materials. We want to use it for multiple tasks, so it needs to have plenty of pockets and compartments. Lets admit it, with the diminishing number of ports on the MacBook, the bags often have the edge. And since we all admire good design here, we certainly dont mind if the bag looks fantastic. Plus, whatever MacBook youve got, Air or Pro, youve probably spent enough on it that you dont want to risk it breakingand dont mind spending just a little more to keep it safe. Theres no shortage of companies out there that make protective accessories for MacBooks, from laptop bags and rucksacks to sleeves, covers, and cases that clip on directly, and plenty of them do their best to be just as stylish as the Mac theyre protecting. Weve rounded up a selection of our favorite cases, sleeves, backpacks and bags for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, whether you have a 13-, 14- or 16-inch model, to keep your Mac safe. All of the bags below fit those criteria, but weve been careful to choose bags that meet specific needs. Keep in mind that every bag here wont fit every MacBook, but if a bag cant handle the 16-inch MacBook Pro, weve been sure to make a note of it. Case Logic Laptop Sleeve Most colorful simple MacBook sleeve Pros Tight fit Padded Colors Cons Lack of pockets Price When Reviewed: $31.99 Best Prices Today: $10.3 at Walmart $22.49 at Amazon $25.99 at Adorama Fits : 13-inch Case Logic makes many laptop sleeves that are suitable for various sizes of MacBook and come in all number of colors. The Case Logic Laptop Sleeve fits a 13.3in MacBook, such as the M1 MacBook Air or M2 MacBook Pro. Its form-fitting, so the MacBook shouldnt slip about inside, and it features padding for extra protection. There is woven webbing along the sides to further protect the laptop and strengthen the case. Its a slim case that should fit nicely inside your bag. Available in a range of strong colors, including Pink, Dark Blue, Lime Green and Teal. STM Myth Laptop Brief Best MacBook shoulder bag Pros Slim 7L storage bag with pockets Handle and detachable shoulder strap Price When Reviewed: $79.95 Best Prices Today: $79.95 at Amazon $79.95 at Lenovo $79.95 at Lenovo USA Fits : up to 14-inch STMs Myth laptop bag will fit up to 14-inch MacBooks, although it officially stated up to 13-inch laptops. It comes in Black, Granite Black, and Slate Blue depending. The slim shoulder bag protects your laptop by suspending it, so that it doesnt touch the bottom of the bag. Its also encased in foam. The shoulder strap is easy to adjust and has a non-slip pad to make it more comfortable. With a subtle luggage trolley sleeve, it can slip onto the telescopic handle of a suitcase for easy of use when not on your backhandy for busy travel interchanges and crowded trains and buses. Its well-made, with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) coated webbing handles with rivets, reverse coil zippers, and water-repellent C6DWR coating applied to the fabric. Inside there are plenty of sections and pockets (we counted 10 but there could be even more hidden away) to help with organization. Cable-routing means you can charge your laptop or other devices while still in the bag. Troubadour Apex 3.0 Backpack Best premium MacBook backpack Pros Super stylish Plenty of storage Smart organizer sections Hidden iPhone pocket AirTag pocket Cons Premium price Price When Reviewed: $245 Best Prices Today: $245 at Troubadour $245.00 at Amazon Fits : up to 17-inch Apple builds its MacBooks to a high spec and premium design, so if you are carrying yours around in a backpack maybe that should also be top-notch, too. And, like Apples products, the Troubadour Apex 3.0 comes with a premium price tag attached. You do get your moneys worth, with chic styling and a generous selection of storage pockets, including one for your iPhone hidden in one of the straps, which means you can access itor other valuable item such as your walletwithout having to remove the bag from your shoulders. And theres even a special pocket for an Apple AirTag. The laptop section is at the back and easy to access, with easily enough space for a 16-inch MacBook Pro. Altogether there are 14 sections or pockets, pen holders and zipped enclosures. It features a trolley sleeve on the back to attach to a suitcase handle, and a robust handle at the top for when you want to give your shoulders a rest or not bump into people in crowded spaces. Its lightweight and comfortable but still generous, with a 25L capacity. Available in Black, Navy, Air Force Blue and Obsidian Green. Harber Nomad Organiser Best Premium Organiser for MacBook Pros Pockets for tech organization Premium luxury leather looks Can hold MacBook and iPad Handle and detachable shoulder strap Cons Bulks up quickly if over-stuffed Expensive Price When Reviewed: $404 Best Prices Today: $404 at Harber $416.00 at Amazon Fits : 13-inch, 14-inch While a laptop seems like a self-contained unit, with keboard, screen, trackpad, hard drive and everything all in one tidy package, its not quite as easy as that. You need a charger and charging cable for starters, and when youre on the move you have to carry around your AirPods, and maybe you prefer a proper mouse to the MacBooks trackpad. And what if you have an iPad to work on, too? A simple sleeve cant cope with all that lot, but the Nomad Organiser, from luxury bag maker Harber London, certainly can. The Nomad has ten pockets: a padded one for your MacBook Pro, and another padded pocket that fits an iPad from 9.7 to 12.9 inches, and capacious enough to handle the tablet with a Smart Cover. Be warned, though, that holding both laptop and tablet, the sleeve can be tricky to close if you are stuffing in chargers and other tech too. One lower pocket is big enough for your MacBook charger, but youll notice a bump in the fine lines when closed. I prefer to keep my bulky stuff in a wider-opening bagcheck out our favorite tech organizer bags and use this sleeve for the thinner essentials. Two pockets are zipped for safe-keeping (for example, cash or memory cards) and theres a handy key fob strap. Theres a couple of holders for pens or an Apple Pencil. Theres a phone pocket, too, but Im not sure Id want all my devices in one place, and most of us prefer our phone at hand in a pocket or more-easy-to-dip-in bag. If you do, its large enough for a Pro Max iPhone. Below that pocket are a couple of slots for credit or travel cards, and above it are five straps that will hold an AirPods case, cables and even an AirTagafter, all, at this price, even the sleeve on its own is definitely worth keeping tabs on at all times. Id have preferred elasticated straps for a firmer hold but I can appreciate the all-leather design looks super lush. You can carry the Nomad Organiser under your arm, via a subtle built-in handle, or you can attach a matching strap to sling it over your shoulder like a messenger bag. It is a premium MacBook sleeve, handcrafted with full-grain Spanish leather, and really does shout cool luxury. Available in Tan, Dark Brown, Black and Navy. Mujjo Envoy Laptop Sleeve Smart sleeve with storage Pros Premium look and feel Accessory pockets In-sleeve charging Cons No sealed pockets Price When Reviewed: $119 Best Prices Today: $119 at Mujjo Fits : 14-inch, 16-inch Made from top-quality waterproof vegan leather, the Envoy Laptop Sleeve from Dutch design brand Mujjo offers portable storage not just for the MacBook but your favored accessories, too. There are tight outside pockets to store your charger and cables plus phone and other essentials. The laptop is secured by the classy sleeves magnetic opening that combines fast access with a firm close. Handily, theres a generous side opening that allows for easy in-sleeve charging. At the back theres an easy-access slip pocket for a notebook or passport. You can carry just about anything slim in this sleeve so dont leave it unattended at the caf! The Mujjo Envoy is available in Black or Blue and for both the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, although 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks are comfortably (if slightly loosely) held, too. Woolnut Leather Sleeve for MacBook Luxury leather sleeve Pros Premium look and feel In-sleeve charging Cons Lack of pockets Expensive Price When Reviewed: $119 Best Prices Today: $79.00 at Amazon $119 at Woolnut Fits : 12-inch, 13-inch, 14-inch, 15-inch, 16-inch Available in four deeply stylish colors (Black, Cognac, Green and Gray), the Woolnut Leather Sleeve snugly fits every recent MacBook from the 12-inch original, the Air and all the Pro models. Each size is tailor-made for every model. This minimalist sleeve might lack pockets but it is as luxe as youll find and will draw admiring looks and awed strokes from fellow MacBook owners. The exterior is made from full-grain Scandinavian leather, with the interior soft 100% natural wool felt from Germany. Speck SmartShell Simple, colorful shell Pros Protects in use Cons More colors, please Price When Reviewed: $49.95 Best Prices Today: $37.99 at Amazon $40.99 at Best Buy $49.95 at Speck Fits : 13-inch If you want to protect your laptop while you are using it you can pop a clear or tinted case on it. The Speck SmartShell case comes in various sizes to suit different MacBooks. Theres clear cases as well as a few different colored options, including Cosy Pink, Obsidian and Clear variant for the M2 MacBook Air, so you can pick one to suit your personality. UAG Plyo Case Extra robust laptop shell Pros Super robust shell Cons Particular about exact MacBook model Price When Reviewed: $79.95 Best Prices Today: $59.95 at Amazon $79.95 at Best Buy Fits : 13-inch Some shell cases are built to do more than give your MacBook a bit of color. A number of manufacturers build hard shell cases that will add an extra layer of protection to your MacBook Pro or Air. UAG (Urban Armor Gear) makes impact resistant armour for your MacBook. The Plyo series has extra strength built into the cushioning corners and cooling vents to ensure that there is adequate airflow (to stop your laptop from overheating). Make sure you buy the exact shell for your model MacBook. Case Logic Bryker Backpack Roller Laptop bag with telescope handle Pros Telescopic handle Wheels Versatile Cons Not a suitcase replacement Price When Reviewed: $149.99 Best Prices Today: $149.99 at Case Logic Fits : up to 15.6-inch and a 10-inch tablet If youd prefer not to carry your laptop in a bag on your back all the time then this is a great solution that offers a telescoping handle that retracts into zippered compartment and padded storage for a laptop up to 15.6-inches and an iPad. It even has wheels (that can be covered when the bag is worn as a backpack) so you can drag it like a suitcase. The laptop storage section can be detached. A lower storage pocket provides space for bulky accessories, and theres a side pocket for a water bottle. Timbuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack Deluxe Padded laptop bag Pros Premium backpack Plenty of pockets Decent 28L capacity Cons Premium price Price When Reviewed: $159 Best Prices Today: $159 at Timbuk2 $159.00 at Amazon Fits : 15-inch If you have an Apple laptop and intend to take it outside the house or office from time to time, it goes without saying that you will need a good sturdy bag to carry it in. We recommend getting a well padded backpack that is designed for carrying a laptop. A well designed backpack will include lots of areas insider the bag to store things in: such as a front pocket, a large main compartment and a large side pocket. Quilted shoulder straps and a padded back should ensure the backpack is comfortable to wear. Its pricy, but the Timbuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack Deluxe is a good option. Thule Gauntlet Attach Laptop briefcase Pros In-use hard-shell case Detachable shoulder strap Cons Black only Price When Reviewed: $74.95 Best Prices Today: $34.99 at Best Buy Fits : 13-inch If you are looking for a briefcase style bag with a solid construction, a good option is the Thule Gauntlet attach. Its a slim and rugged case with enhanced corner and edge protection. There is a single, removable shoulder strap as well as handles. You dont even need to remove the Mac from the case to work. Twelve South SuitCase for MacBook Hard shell, carry-on fabric hybrid Pros Slim but in-use hard shell Handle Cons Lack of pockets Price When Reviewed: $79.99 Best Prices Today: $49.99 at Amazon $69.99 at Walmart $79.99 at Twelve South Fits : 13-inch, 14-inch, 16-inch Laptop backpack and bags can be bulky, expecting you constantly to be travelling to airports or on trains, when sometimes you just need the convenience of a slim briefcase with the protection of a hard shell. SuitCase from Twelve South is an odd name for what is effectively a briefcase with a recessed handle, but its a great hybrid of sleeve, shell and carry on. There are three layers of protection: a water-resistant, quilted gray fabric exterior; underneath the twill textile is a layer of hard plastic to protect your MacBook from impacts; and inside is a soft layer of microfiber to protect the surface of your Mac. You dont even have to remove your MacBook from the case to get working, and, when closed, dual zippers keep it securely closed, even when charging. Laptop Accessories

Macworld 3 Oct 2023 7:55 pm

MNS activists beat up hawkers over dispute with Marathi-speaking customer in Thane district

MNS activists beat up hawkers over dispute with Marathi-speaking customer in Thane district Activists from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) beat up a group of hawkers after one of them allegedly argued with a Marathi-speaking customer in Maharashtra's Thane district. A video of the incident, which took place in Kalyan town on Sunday, has surfaced on social media. Local MNS leaders who spoke to the media claimed that a man purchased an item from a hawker on a skywalk and later returned it citing that it was not proper. The hawker allegedly argued and verbally abused the Marathi-speaking customer, who approached the local MNS office and complained, they said. The video shows the MNS activists beating up the hawker and a few other vendors on the skywalk. They are then dragged away accompanied by policemen. According to the local police, no one has approached them with a complaint so far.

devdiscourse 3 Oct 2023 3:31 pm

Local train services on Mumbai's Harbour, Trans-Harbour rail network delayed due to 'point failure' at Panvel

Local train services on Mumbai's Harbour, Trans-Harbour rail network delayed due to 'point failure' at Panvel Local train services on Mumbai's Harbour and Trans-Harbour suburban network were affected due to track changing point failure that lasted nearly two hours early Tuesday morning, Central Railway (CR) officials said. The point failure at Panvel railway station located in neighbouring Raigad district took place between 5.35 am to 7.25 am, due to which the suburban services terminating at and originating from Panvel got delayed by about 30 minutes. The Harbour line of the Central Railway (CR) connects Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai to Panvel as well as the Navi Mumbai suburbs, while the Trans-Harbour line connects Panvel to Thane. ''Panvel-bound Harbour and Trans-Harbour suburban trains are running 30 minutes late between Belapur Panvel section,'' Dr Shivraj Manaspure, chief public relations officer of Central Railway said in the morning. He claimed that Vashi and Belapur-bound trains from the CSMT were running at the right time. However, commuters complained that the trains were at least 10 to 15 minutes behind their regular schedule. A point failure is a fault with the movable pieces of track or their operating equipment that enable trains to change tracks. A day earlier, the CR's 38-hour long mega block for the infrastructure work to make way for two new lines of ambitious Western Dedicated Freight Corridor passing through the Panvel station yard concluded after a delay of more than four hours, bringing hardship to the commuters of Harbour and Trans-Harbour lines. Local trains in Mumbai's Central Railway network ferry around 35 lakh commuters on a daily basis. The Harbour and Trans-Harbour lines are in addition to the CR's Main Line service that operates on the CSMT-Kasara and CSMT-Khopoli routes.

devdiscourse 3 Oct 2023 12:11 pm

Seven more patients diedin Nanded govt hospital; total 31 succumbed in 2 days:Maharashtra officials

The District Information Office of Nanded confirmed this on a social media platform, which took the total count of deceased patients in the hospital in 48 hours to 31. AURANGABAD:A day after it came to light that 24 patients died in a 24-hour period at a government-run hospital in Maharashtra's Nanded, the authorities on Tuesday confirmed that seven more deaths occurred at the same facility between October 1 and 2. The District Information Office (DIO) of Nandedconfirmed this on a social media platform, which took the total count of deceased patients in the hospital in 48 hours to 31. Earlier, 24 deaths were reported at the Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital in Nanded in 24 hours between September 30 and October 1. Twelve of the 24 deceased were infants, a top Maharashtra health department official said on Monday. In a social media post, the Nanded DIO said, The facts related to the death of patients at Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital is as follows: 24 deaths between September 30 and October 1; seven deaths between October 1 and 2. Please do not panic. A team of doctors is ready, it added. . . . . . . @MahaDGIPR pic.twitter.com/6GX4pHFQYG District Information Office, Nanded (@InfoNanded) October 3, 2023 Taking to microblogging site X on Tuesday morning, Chavan said, Deaths continue unabated at the hospital in Nanded. Seven more patients, including four children, died since yesterday (October 2) at the Government Medical College and Hospital. The state government should fix the responsibility, the former Maharashtra chief minister demanded. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Medical Education Minister Hasan Mushrif will visit the GMCH in Nanded on Tuesday. He will also address a press conference following his visit to the hospital, a district official said. In its official statement released on Monday, the Nanded district collectorate said that between September 30 and October 1, a total of 24 deaths were reported at the hospital. Among the 12 adults who lost their lives, five were male and seven female. Four adults had heart-related ailments, one was suffering from an unknown poisoning, one had a liver issue, two were kidney patients, and one case was of complications during pregnancy. There were three accident cases, it said. Among the deceased infants, four were brought to the hospital at the last stage, the collectorate statement said. Incidentally, in a 24-hour period between August 12 and 13, a total of 18 patients died in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital at Kalwa in Thane district, leading the opposition to question the Eknath Shinde government. READ MORE | Maharashtra hospital deaths: Congress demands probe, Kharge slams state health apparatus

The New Indian Express 3 Oct 2023 11:45 am

Another 7 patients died in Nanded govt hospital between Oct 1 and 2; total 31 succumbed in 2 days: Officials

Another 7 patients died in Nanded govt hospital between Oct 1 and 2; total 31 succumbed in 2 days: Officials A day after it came to light that 24 patients died in a 24-hour period at a government-run hospital in Maharashtra's Nanded, the authorities on Tuesday confirmed that seven more deaths occurred at the same facility between October 1 and 2. The District Information Office (DIO) of Nanded, located around 280 km from here, confirmed this on a social media platform, which took the total count of the deceased patients in the hospital in 48 hours to 31. Earlier, 24 deaths were reported at the Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital in Nanded in 24 hours between September 30 and October 1. Twelve of the 24 deceased were infants, a top Maharashtra health department official said on Monday. In a social media post, the Nanded DIO said, ''The facts related to the death of patients at Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital is as follows: 24 deaths between September 30 and October 1; seven deaths between October 1 and 2.'' ''Please do not panic. A team of doctors is ready,'' it added. Taking to microblogging site X on Tuesday morning, Chavan said, ''Deaths continue unabated at the hospital in Nanded. Seven more patients, including four children, died since yesterday (October 2) at the Government Medical College and Hospital.'' ''The state government should fix the responsibility,'' the former Maharashtra chief minister demanded. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Medical Education Minister Hasan Mushrif will visit the GMCH in Nanded on Tuesday. He will also address a press conference following his visit to the hospital, a district official said. In its official statement released on Monday, the Nanded district collectorate said that between September 30 and October 1, a total of 24 deaths were reported at the hospital. ''Among the 12 adults who lost their lives, five were male and seven female. Four adults had heart-related ailments, one was suffering from an unknown poisoning, one had a liver issue, two were kidney patients, and one case was of complications during pregnancy. There were three accident cases,'' it said. Among the deceased infants, four were brought to the hospital at the last stage, the collectorate statement said. Incidentally, in a 24-hour period between August 12 and 13, a total of 18 patients had died in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital at Kalwa in Thane district, leading the opposition to question the Eknath Shinde government.

devdiscourse 3 Oct 2023 11:30 am

No shortage of medicine: Nanded Hospital Dean denies medical negligence as cause of deaths of 24 patients

On Tuesday, Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge called for a detailed investigation into the case saying the incident was extremely painful, serious and worrying. Recalling a similar incident that happened in Thane two months ago, Kharge said 18 patients lost their lives and such accidents raise questions about the health system of the state government.

The Economic Times 3 Oct 2023 9:50 am

Maharashtra hospital deaths: Congress demands probe, Kharge slams state health apparatus

Maharashtra hospital deaths: Congress demands probe, Kharge slams state health apparatus The Congress on Tuesday demanded a thorough investigation into 24 deaths at a government hospital in Maharashtra's Nanded with party chief Mallikarjun Kharge raising questions on the state government's health system. Twenty-four deaths, including that of 12 infants, were reported between September 30 and October 1 in a government hospital in Nanded, a top Maharashtra health official said on Monday. In a post in Hindi on X, Kharge expressed his concern over the deaths. ''It is said that these patients died due to lack of medicines and treatment. A similar incident took place in a government hospital in Thane in August 2023 in which 18 patients lost their lives,'' Kharge said. ''Our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. Such incidents taking place repeatedly have raised a question mark on the health system of the state government,'' the Congress chief said, hitting out at the BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra. ''We demand a thorough investigation so that the culprits of this negligence are given strict punishment by the judiciary,'' he said. Former party chief Rahul Gandhi Monday night alleged why there was no money for children's medicines while the BJP government spends crores of rupees on publicity. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also demanded strict action against those responsible for the inordinate number of deaths and compensation for the affected families. In a post on X, Rahul Gandhi expressed his grief at the news of the deaths and offered his condolences to the bereaved families. ''The BJP government spends thousands of crores of rupees on its publicity, but there is no money for medicines for children? In the eyes of the BJP, the lives of the poor have no value,'' he alleged. Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh also asked Modi to break his ''silence'' on the incident. In a post in Hindi on X on Monday, Priyanka Gandhi said ''May God grant peace to the departed souls. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families.'' ''Strict action should be taken against those responsible and compensation should be given to the affected families,'' she said. Dr Dilip Mhaisekar, Director of Medical Education and Research in Maharashtra, told PTI, ''In the last 24 hours, 24 deaths have been reported at Nanded Government Hospital and Medical College (GMCH). Out of these, 12 are infants who were referred here by some local private hospitals. The remaining deaths are of adults from various causes.'' Dean Dr S R Wakode of Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital told reporters the 12 infants comprised six males and six females. Most of them were in the 0-3 day age group and had ''very low weight,'' he said.

devdiscourse 3 Oct 2023 9:03 am

We demand a detailed investigation: Congress President Kharge over death of 24 people in Maharashtra

We demand a detailed investigation: Congress President Kharge over death of 24 people in Maharashtra Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday expressed his deepest condolences over the death of 24 people, including 12 newborns in 24 hours, in a civil hospital in Nanded, Maharashtra and called for a detailed investigation. Mallikarjun Kharge posted on X, The news of the death of 24 patients, including 12 infants, in a civil hospital in Nanded, Maharashtra is extremely painful, serious and worrying. It is being said that these patients died due to a lack of medicines and treatment. A similar incident took place in a government hospital in Thane in August 2023 in which 18 patients lost their lives. Our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. Continuous such accidents have raised a question mark on the health system of the state government. We demand a detailed investigation so that the culprits of this negligence are given strict punishment from the judiciary, he added. At least 24 persons, including 12 infants died in the past 24 hours at a government hospital in Maharashtras Nanded allegedly due to a shortage of medicines. The incident was reported at Shankarao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital due to the alleged scarcity of medicines. Shyamrao Wakode, in charge dean of the Medical College, said that the deceased were suffering from various ailments including snake bites, arsenic and phosphorus poisoning etc. Around 12 children died in the last 24 hours...12 adults also died due to various ailments (snake bites, arsenic and phosphorus poisoning etc). Due to transfers of various staff, there was some difficulty for us...We were supposed to buy medicines from the Haffkine Institute but that also didn't happen....Also, patients come from far off to this hospital and there were many patients whose sanctioned budget also got disturbed..., he said. Ex-CM and senior Congress leader from Nanded, Ashok Chavan, said that besides these deaths, another 70 patients, referred from other private hospitals in the district, are reported to be critical. Around 24 people's death has been reported at the Dr Shankarrao Chavan Medical College and Hospital and therefore I have come here and met the Dean. The situation is concerning and serious. The government should take this up and provide immediate help...Around 70 other people are critical. Replacement of a lot of nurses who were transferred has not been given, Chavan said. (ANI)

devdiscourse 3 Oct 2023 8:28 am

24 deaths, including 12 infants, reported in 24 hours from Nanded govt hospital: Maharashtra official

Speaking on the issue, Congress leader and former CM Ashok Chavan said the Eknath Shinde govt must make arrangements for medical staff as well as funds for the Nanded GMCH on priority. MUMBAI:Twenty-four deaths, including that of 12 infants, have been reported in the last 24 hours in a government hospital in Nanded, a top Maharashtra health official said on Monday. In the last 24 hours, 24 deaths have been reported at Nanded Government Hospital and Medical College (GMCH). Out of these, 12 are infants who were referred here by some local private hospitals. The remaining deaths are of adults for various reasons, Dr Dilip Mhaisekar, Director, Medical Education and Researchin Maharashtra, told PTI. A three-member expert committee from Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar (formerly Aurangabad) district has been formed with a mandate to submit a report by 1 pm on Tuesday. I am personally visiting the hospital to review the situation, he informed. Speaking on the issue, Congress leader and former chief minister Ashok Chavan said the dean of GMCH had told him about the 24 deaths. Of the 24 who have died, 6-7 are infants and some are pregnant women. Another 70 patients are critical. Some deaths have taken place due to some unknown poisoning reasons, he said quoting information from the hospital dean. Chavan said the Eknath Shinde government must make arrangements for medical staff as well as funds for the Nanded GMCH on priority. Chavan said the hospital has 500 beds but some 1,200 patients are admitted at present. It is natural that medical staff and doctors are overburdened due to such a large number of patients. I will speak to state deputy chief minister and finance minister Ajit Pawar seeking his intervention for funds, Chavan said. The dean has also said posts continue to remain vacant after the transfer of some nurses, while there is also a shortage of medical officers, the Congress leader claimed. I have suggested to the state government that they can take the help of private doctors. It is up to the state government to implement it or not, he added. When asked if the Haffkine Institute has not supplied medicines to the hospital, he said he was unaware of such minute details. Incidentally, in a 24-hour period between August 12 and 13, a total of 18 patients had died in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kalwa in Thane district, creating a furore across the state.

The New Indian Express 2 Oct 2023 11:49 pm

Spain, IEA back Dutch call to phase out fossil fuel subsidies

Spain, IEA back Dutch call to phase out fossil fuel subsidies Spain's energy minister and the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Monday backed the Netherlands' call for an international coalition to phase out fossil subsidies. Such subsidies are a major incentive to increase fossil fuel use, IEA chief Fatih Birol told a news conference after an international summit of energy ministers and climate leaders in Madrid, adding that eliminating them is an absolute must. Spanish Energy Minister Teresa Ribera also expressed support for the Dutch efforts. We should be serious and consider how we can reduce these subsidies so as to ensure that in case there is any subsidy, it is for social reasons, she said. Dutch Climate Minister Rob Jetten said on Monday he would work in coming weeks to set up an international coalition to phase out subsidies and tax breaks tied to the use of fossil fuels blamed for global warming. Ribera has warned talks at the upcoming COP28 climate summit will be challenging. Spain, which holds the European Union's rotating presidency, is pushing for an international coalition to back the 2015 Paris deal's target to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. At the COP28 conference, countries will assess how efforts to tackle climate changing are falling short of the Paris agreement goal and discuss plans to get on track. EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said the 1.5C target was achievable but large investments would be needed. We must massively invest in the deployment of the technologies of today and at the same time develop the technologies of tomorrow, she said. There are five conditions for the upcoming summit to be considered successful, IEA's Birol said. These include tripling global capital expenditure on renewables, a doubling of energy efficiency improvements and an agreement on mechanisms to support clean energy financing in emerging countries. He warned that geopolitical fragmentation was one of the main hurdles to reaching the 1.5C goal and that more international cooperation was needed. Global coal, oil and natural gas consumption may peak before 2030, he added. The future of fossil fuels remains a major sticking point ahead of the COP28, with some countries calling for a phase-out of planet-warming fossil fuels and others insisting on preserving a role for coal, oil and natural gas. More than 20 oil and gas companies had positively answered calls to align around net zero by 2050, to eliminate methane emissions and stop routine flaring by 2030, COP28 president Sultan al-Jaber said at the conference.

devdiscourse 2 Oct 2023 10:05 pm

Twenty-four deaths, including that of 12 infants, reported in 24 hours from Nanded govt hospital: Official

Twenty-four deaths, including that of 12 infants, reported in 24 hours from Nanded govt hospital: Official Twenty-four deaths, including that of 12 infants, have been reported in the last 24 hours in a government hospital in Nanded, a top Maharashtra health official said on Monday. ''In the last 24 hours, 24 deaths have been reported at Nanded government Hospital and Medical College (GMCH). Out of these, 12 are infants who were referred here by some local private hospitals. The remaining deaths are of adults for various reasons,'' Dr Dilip Mhaisekar, Director, Medical Education and Research, Maharashtra, told PTI. ''A three-member expert committee from Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar (formerly Aurangabad) district has been formed with a mandate to submit a report by 1pm on Tuesday. I am personally visiting the hospital to review the situation,'' he informed. Speaking on the issue, Congress leader and former chief minister Ashok Chavan said the dean of GMCH had told him about the 24 deaths. ''Of the 24 who have died, 6-7 are infants and some are pregnant women. Another 70 patients are critical. Some deaths have taken place due to some unknown poisoning reasons,'' he said quoting information from the hospital dean. Chavan said the Eknath Shinde government must make arrangements for medical staff as well as funds for the Nanded GMCH on priority. Chavan said the hospital has 500 beds but some 1,200 patients are admitted at present. ''It is natural that medical staff and doctors are overburdened due to such a large number of patients. I will speak to state deputy chief minister and finance minister Ajit Pawar seeking his intervention for funds,'' Chavan said. The dean has also said posts continue to remain vacant after the transfer of some nurses, while there is also a shortage of medical officers, the Congress leader claimed. ''I have suggested to the state government that they can take the help of private doctors. It is up to the state government to implement it or not,'' he added. When asked if the Haffkine Institute has not supplied medicines to the hospital, he said he was unaware of such minute details. Incidentally, in a 24-hour period between August 12 and 13, a total of 18 patients had died in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hopsital in Kalwa in Thane district, creating a furore across the state.

devdiscourse 2 Oct 2023 9:30 pm

Maharashtra: Persons with disabilities protest in Thane for their demands

A group of persons with disabilities (PwDs) held a `mock funeral` protest in Thane, Maharashtra, an official said

Mid Day 2 Oct 2023 6:58 pm

Thane: After Stalking 13-yr Old Girl, Man Slits Wrist On Getting No Response, Then Sends His Nude Pics

Fed up with the accused, the girl approached the police to file a complaint following which an FIR was lodged under relevant sections of the IPC & POCSO Act

News18 2 Oct 2023 1:38 pm

Promised Good Returns In Bitcoin Trading, Thane Man Cheated Of Rs 77 Lakh: Cops

A 36-year-old man from Maharashtra's Thane district has been cheated of more than Rs 77 lakh by a person after being assured of good returns by getting into bitcoin trading, police said on Monday.

NDTV 2 Oct 2023 10:40 am

Lured by good returns on bitcoin trading, Thane man loses over Rs 77 lakh

Lured by good returns on bitcoin trading, Thane man loses over Rs 77 lakh A 36-year-old man from Maharashtra's Thane district has been cheated of more than Rs 77 lakh by a person after being assured of good returns by getting into bitcoin trading, police said on Monday. The Kalwa police on Sunday registered a case against the unidentified accused under Indian Penal Code section 420 (cheating), an official from Kalwa police station said. The accused lured the victim between April 2 and 8 this year, asking him to indulge in bitcoin trading for good returns, the official said quoting the victim's complaint. The victim invested a total sum of Rs 77,91,090 from time-to-time, but did not got any return and also lost the invested amount, he said. The man then filed a police complaint against the unidentified fraudster, the official added.

devdiscourse 2 Oct 2023 10:23 am

Case Against Man For Harassing, Stalking 13-Year-Old Girl In Thane: Cops

Police have registered a case against a man for allegedly harassing and stalking a 13-year-old girl in Maharashtra's Thane city, an official said on Monday.

NDTV 2 Oct 2023 10:13 am

Case against man in Thane for harassing, stalking minor girl

Case against man in Thane for harassing, stalking minor girl Police have registered a case against a man for allegedly harassing and stalking a 13-year-old girl in Maharashtra's Thane city, an official said on Monday. The girl, a resident of Wagle Estate area, some months back opened an account on an instant messaging app on her mother's mobile phone and accepted a friend request from the accused, the official from Srinagar police station here said quoting the FIR. The duo exchanged messages and chatted with each other. The accused allegedly stalked the girl at times and told her that he would marry her after she turns 18. He also allegedly touched her inappropriately, the official said. When the girl did not respond to his advances, he slit his wrist with a blade. The accused later also sent his nude pictures to the girl, he said. Following constant harassment, the girl fell sick a couple of times, the police said. She approached the police with a complaint on Sunday, based on which an FIR was registered against the accused under Indian Penal Code sections 354D (stalking) and 366A (procuration of minor girl), as well as provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Information Technology Act, the police said.

devdiscourse 2 Oct 2023 10:06 am

In Thane, poor roads force pregnant tribal woman carried in 'dholi' to give birth in transit

The woman from Patikacha Pada hamlet was being carried in the dholi in the late morning hours by her family members and some villagers. THANE: A tribal woman carried in a 'dholi' (makeshift stretcher) due to lack of proper roads after she went into labour gave birth in transit in Shahapur taluka of Maharashtra's Thane district. A video of the woman being carried in the dholi on Sunday has gone viral on social media. The woman from Patikacha Pada hamlet was being carried in the dholi in the late morning hours by her family members and some villagers.She delivered a girl at around noon, a villager and an ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) worker said. The woman and the baby were later taken to the Kasara primary health centre (PHC) in a private vehicle. A villager said they crossed streams and difficult terrain while taking the woman to the nearest PHC from their hamlet. Luckily, an ASHA worker accompanied us and helped in the smooth delivery, he said. The mother and the baby are safe and stable, the health worker said. Locals claimed their village was adopted by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde when he was the guardian minister of Thane district.

The New Indian Express 2 Oct 2023 9:27 am

Maharashtra: No road, pregnant tribal woman carried in 'dholi' gives birth in transit in Thane

A villager said they crossed streams and difficult terrain while taking the woman to the nearest PHC from their hamlet ...

Bing 2 Oct 2023 2:08 am

Maharashtra: Consumer Commission Orders Developer To Provide Flat, 3.15 Lakh Compensation To Thane Resident

The order dated September 26 was passed by Justice S P Tavade, president and A Z Khwaja, judicial member of the state consumer disputes redressal commission (SCDRC). The order was passed on a ...

Bing 1 Oct 2023 11:00 pm

Swachhata Hi Seva: Over 350 cops join cleanliness drives in Thane, Palghar

Swachhata Hi Seva campaign: Several establishments, including govt, police officials and civic offices got together for cleanliness drives in Thane and Palghar

Mid Day 1 Oct 2023 9:59 pm

Four wagons of goods train derail in Maharashtra

Among the freight trains that were delayed in the wake of the derailment at the Panvel-Kalamboli section were the Gorakhpur-Panvel Express at Kalamboli, LTT-Mangluru Express at Thane, Mumbai ...

Bing 30 Sep 2023 10:48 pm

MNS Stages Protest Against Hike in Toll at Mumbai's Entry Points

Activists led by the party's Thane and Palghar units chief Avinash Jadhav carried party flags and banners and shouted slogans condemning the hike

News18 30 Sep 2023 6:54 pm

Thane's 'noisy farewell' to Ganpati prompts concern from activists

The city bid farewell to Lord Ganesha with loud processions, reaching ear-splitting noise levels of 110 decibels, as reported by anti-noise activists.

The Times of India 29 Sep 2023 7:31 pm

TMC asks residents to join `Swachhata Hi Seva` campaign on Sunday

In a bid to promote cleanliness and hygiene, the Thane Municipal Corporation has embraced Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s call for the `Swachhata Hi Seva` campaign

Mid Day 29 Sep 2023 7:00 pm

Thane: Man gets life sentence for killing paternal uncle over property dispute

Thane crime: A court in Maharashtra has sentenced a 52-year-old man from Palghar district to life imprisonment for killing his 75-year-old paternal uncle over a property dispute seven years ago

Mid Day 29 Sep 2023 10:57 am

US Congressman Thanedar announces launch of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, and Jain (HBSJ) American congressional caucus

Indian American Congressman Shri Thanedar has launched the Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, and Jain (HBSJ) American congressional caucus. The caucus aims to address issues of religious discrimination and promote religious freedom for Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains. It also aims to ensure accurate representation and inclusion of these perspectives in policy discussions.

The Times of India 29 Sep 2023 9:08 am

Mumbai rains: Heavy rains lash city, IMD issues yellow alert

Mumbai rains: The Indian Meteorological Department on Thursday issued a yellow alert for Mumbai and its neighbouring areas including Thane, Palghar and Raigad

Mid Day 28 Sep 2023 3:38 pm

Live: IMD issues yellow alert in Mumbai, Thane for today

The Times of India 28 Sep 2023 6:54 am

Thane: Has rogue Mumbra cop got clean chit?

API Krupali Borse, who went on sick leave after being caught in a hotel lobby with a criminal, is back at work; with murmurs of her political backing, seniors are mum on action taken against her

Mid Day 27 Sep 2023 7:01 am

Tamil Nadu: Local seek action to clear water hyacinths inVaigai River

Environment activist Raja stated that these water hyacinths are an invasive species that have to be periodically cleared in order to preserve the water source. MADURAI: The uncleared water hyacinths in the Vaigai River near the Arapalayam - Thathaneri bridge have been affecting the environment and creating a haphazard situation in the locality, said the activists and environmentalists in the district. The locals also urged the corporation and the department concerned to take measures to remove the invasive species from the river. The first sight that emerges when one visits the Vaigai River near Arapalayam is the sprawling bed of water hyacinths over the water. Though the corporation has been making efforts to clear the invasive aquatic plants through massive cleaning drives, the situation has remained the same in the area. The locals stated that the water hyacinths are also a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. Since there is not enough water or decent currents in the river, the hyacinths do not get washed away, and have remained here for months. The corporation or the authorities concerned must make efforts to clear the water hyacinths clogging the river, they said. Environment activist Raja stated that these water hyacinths are an invasive species that have to be periodically cleared in order to preserve the water source. Improper cleaning will only fasten the growth of the water hyacinths in the water body. Action should be taken to clear the water hyacinths and other invasive plants like seemai karuvelam trees greatly affecting the flow of water in the river, he added.

The New Indian Express 27 Sep 2023 6:46 am

Ex-MLA's PA and his wife suicide case: Kalyan session court grants bail to three accused

The Thane crime branch probing the duo's suicide case last month on August 18 had arrested four accused including Nikam and Shashikant Sakhe who is PA of Shiv Sena MLA Balaji Kinikar.

The Times of India 26 Sep 2023 9:08 pm

Road rage: Two arrested for stabbing truck driver to death in Maharashtras Thane district

The incident took place after their two-wheeler rammed into the heavy vehicle in Kalyan taluka in the early hours of Monday, police said on Tuesday.

The Times of India 26 Sep 2023 6:10 pm

Thane court acquits four men accused of dacoity

Additional sessions judge Premal S Vithalani noted that the prosecution failed to prove the charges against the alleged accused Gopal Lakhma Pachkudwa (58), Deepak Bandhu Navla (48) Sandeep Walku Khanzode (54) and Dashrath Ramu Khanzode (49).

The Times of India 25 Sep 2023 4:52 pm

Thane: Third arrest made in Jamil Shaikh's murder case

The accused identified as Habib Shaikh was arrested in the wee hours of Sunday, said a senior police official.

The Times of India 24 Sep 2023 8:16 pm

Thane: Two dead, six injured in Ulhasnagar plant blast

The explosion occurred at the Century Rayon factory, and rescue workers are still looking for two employees who are missing

Mid Day 24 Sep 2023 7:49 am

3 dead, 5 injured in blast at factory in Ulhasnagar town

Three persons died while five others suffered injuries in major explosion occurred at Century Company, located in the Shahad area of Thane District's Ulhasnagar on Saturday.

The Times of India 23 Sep 2023 3:07 pm

Harnessing women power in electoral politics

The traditional kolam, a prerogative of women who draw the patterns by sunrise, was once used by former chief minister M Karunanidhi to popularize his election symbol. Not many took serious note of the vignette of kolams (rangoli) thanking Chief Minister M K Stalin in front of houses on September 15, the day he launched the Kalaignar Mahalir Urimai Scheme that gives Rs 1,000 a month to 1.06 crore women heads of families. The traditional kolam, a prerogative of women who draw the patterns by sunrise, was once used by former chief minister M Karunanidhi to popularize his election symbol, the Rising Sun in his maiden electoral contest from Kulithalai in 1957. The Rising Sun which was then a symbol of independence needed some publicity locally and Karunanidhi had asked the women to draw it in front of their homes even as he solicited their support. That the women obliged finds mention in his autobiography Nenjukku Neethi. In a polling booth for women at Thaneerpalli, the opponent Congress candidate did not get even a single vote when the constituency sent Karunanidhi to the Assembly, thanks to women. The kolams thanking Stalin were not only reminiscent of Karunanidhi winning over women through his pioneering acts and schemes launched after the DMK came to power in 1967 like awarding property rights to women in the family but also pointed to the present chief minister endearing himself to women. While eliciting the views of common people on the honorarium scheme, a woman in an Ariyalur village termed it Thai Veetu Seethanam. I was taken aback as her words contained some shade of MGR-ism in them. Stalin, too, while launching the Puthumai Penn scheme benefiting women students, said, I would support you like a father. In a similar vein, during the launch of the Magalir Urimai scheme, Stalin spoke about the love and respect he had for women in his family, evoking the womens sentiments with expressions like Thayin Karunai (mothers mercy), manaiviyin uruthunai (wifes support) and magalin peranbu (daughters love). A few days after the launch, I was talking with two acquaintances with political inclinations opposed to DMK. Both their wives had received Rs 1,000, which could mean that votes from their families may go over to the DMK. Of course, the political affiliations of men do not necessarily influence the voting pattern of women in their families. Many men complained of their wives and mothers casting votes in favour of J Jayalalithaa and M G Ramachandran against their wishes. Now with Stalin launching back-to-back schemes benefitting women, his popularity is increasing among them, going by their reactions. Schemes such as Vidiyal Payanam (free bus service for women), Puthumai Penn (Rs 1,000 monthly aid for girls going for higher studies) and CMs breakfast scheme for school students have already become topics of discussion among women. So the Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Scheme may be changing the political dynamics bringing more supporters to the DMK as first-time voters, women and subaltern classes are seemingly impressed by the welfare measures. Though the DMK enjoyed substantial support from women for its schemes in its initial days, it lost it when MGR launched the AIADMK. MGR came in as a protector of women, an image cultivated through films and a personal aura created through his customary address of women as Thai Kulam. MGR might not have launched any women-specific welfare project other than his signature mid-day meal scheme but remained an icon for women. His series of films with titles prefixed or suffixed with the Thai (mother) evoked a maternal sentiment among voters. Next came J Jayalalithaa, the former chief minister who enjoyed the lions share of support from women. The ubiquitous persona of MGR and the partys traditional support base among subalterns helped her initially. Later she cultivated an image as the champion of women. Besides schemes like Thottil Kuzanthai, free mixer-grinder, and free two-wheelers for working women, she was seen as a saviour of victims of sexual violence. She lived up to the image by sacking party leaders accused of disloyalty or misbehaviour by women and her women supporters never let her down. The present DMK governments targeted schemes aimed at uplifting women by changing their livelihood, dignity, honour and lifestyle are doing the same magic to Stalins image and popularity that Karunanidhis charisma, womens faith in MGR and Jayalalithaas iron Lady image did in the past. Footnote is a weeklycolumn that discusses issues relating to Tamil Nadu K Ezhilarasan is chief reporter of TNIEs Tiruchy bureau

The New Indian Express 23 Sep 2023 9:01 am

Man held for sexually harassing woman at Thane railway station

The incident took place around 8.30 am on Thursday when the woman alighted from a local train and was walking on the platform, he said.

The Times of India 22 Sep 2023 5:49 pm

High noise levels during Ganpati visarjan in Thane despite fewer processions

Immersion rituals during Ganeshotsav continued to remain a noisy affair in Thane with sound levels during visarjan processions hitting 100 decibels (dB), anti-noise activist Dr Mahesh Bedekar said on Thursday.

The Times of India 21 Sep 2023 11:04 pm

Man held from West Bengal for killing live-in partner in Thane's Bhiwandi

The decomposed body of the 36-year-old woman, identified as Madhu Prajapati, was found in Ganesh Nagar and a murder case was filed due to the presence of multiple wounds, Senior Inspector Rajendra Pawar of Kongaon police station said.

The Times of India 21 Sep 2023 6:44 pm

Maharashtra: Two held for gang-raping 19-year-old girl in Thane's Dombivali

The girl and her live-in partner had gone to fetch some goods from a friend on September 17, where the two accused were present, the Vishnu Nagar police station official said.

The Times of India 21 Sep 2023 6:26 pm

Buy house : Golden opportunity to buy cheap house in Mumbai, know what is the starting price

These houses are located in the satellite towns of Thane, Palghar and Raigarh near Mumbai. The prices of these houses range between Rs 9 to 49 lakh. Of these, 1,000 houses are being sold under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). Applications for these houses can be given till October 16, 2023. The lottery results [] The post Buy house : Golden opportunity to buy cheap house in Mumbai, know what is the starting price first appeared on discountwalas .

DiscountWalas 21 Sep 2023 5:09 pm

MahaRERA cracks whip on 41 Nagpur builders for various lapses

Nagpur: The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has taken stringent action against 388 builders across the State, with 41 of them located in Nagpur, for various lapses and frozen their projects bank accounts, media reports said. The remaining 388 builders are from various regions in the state, including Pune 89, Thane (54), Nashik (53), [] The post MahaRERA cracks whip on 41 Nagpur builders for various lapses appeared first on Nagpur Today : Nagpur News .

nagpurtoday 21 Sep 2023 2:35 pm

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Family Give Ganesha Grand Send Off In Thane

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde along with his family members performed Ganapati Visarjan in Thane. This ritual is part of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations that started on Tuesday. Ganesh Chaturthi is an Indian festival that commemorates the birth of the Hindu god Ganesh.

NDTV 21 Sep 2023 8:12 am

Two held in Thane with 300 bottles of Codeine syrup

The value of the seizure is estimated to be worth more than Rs 5 lakh, the police officer said

Mid Day 21 Sep 2023 7:49 am

Thane crime: Man, 5 members of family arrested for torturing his wife to death

Woman had consumed poison in 2022 but survived suicide attempt at the time

Mid Day 21 Sep 2023 7:16 am

Thane civic commissioner issues warning over water and power connections to illegal constructions

Thane's Civic Commissioner, Abhijit Bangar, has issued a stern warning to municipal staff and a private electricity provider, cautioning them to be held accountable if they are found to have facilitated water and power connections to ongoing illegal construction projects in Kalwa, Mumbra, or Diva, as reported by officials.

The Times of India 20 Sep 2023 10:48 pm

The best iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro cases

Macworld The iPhone 15 is lots of things, but it isnt indestructible. Drop it, knock it, or scratch it, and it will suffer damage that no one would wish on their expensive new purchase. The most obvious way to protect your iPhone 15, 15 Pro, 15 Plus, or 15 Pro Maxaside from leaving it in the boxis to buy a case that will take the hard knocks and scrapes, leaving your iPhone as Apple intended. What to look for in an iPhone case Protection: According to surveys in the U.S., 45 percent of phone owners will accidentally damage their phones, on average only 10 weeks after purchase. Keep your iPhone in a case and, whichever way it lands, it should be protected from everyday drops. If the case has a raised lip around the front, the screen should be saved from a crack. Look also. for a raised edge around the cameras at the back. Apple doesnt bother, but many case makers claim their cases either meet or exceed certified military-grade protection, usually MIL-STD-810G, which is a series of U.S. Department of Defense tests to determine the overall durability of material system design of objects. This doesnt mean you can take them into combat, but does implyalthough not proventhat the protection offered is robust and tested. The product should have been sequentially dropped onto each face, edge, and corner for a total of 26 drops onto two-inch thick plywood over concrete. Some cases are made from TPU, a cover made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) thats designed to protect your cell phone from getting scratched. It is softer and more flexible than plastic, but not as soft as silicone. Fit: Aside from protective features, make sure you choose the right case for your exact model. That will ensure that it fits correctly over the buttons for uninterrupted use. MagSafe: Also ensure that the case is MagSafe compatible so that you can charge wirelessly with a MagSafe charger while your iPhone 15 stays in its case. Check out our tests of the best MagSafe wireless chargers . You can, of course, still charge via a cablewhich always be the fastest way to charge an iPhone but make sure you use a USB-C to USB-C cable for iPhone 15 and at least a 20W USB-C chargerwe recommend you start with a 30W or 45W charger; check out our recommended best iPhone chargers . Style: Finally, while protection and charging are key factors to your iPhone 15 case, many of us appreciate some individuality to mark out the phone as ours. If this is important to you, look out for color choice and customization options. Here we round up the best cases for the Apple iPhone 15 line, from Apples own range of cases, which for the first time doesnt include any leather options, to third-party options that other leather and other features, colors, and designs that Apple doesnt. Best iPhone cases for iPhone 15, 15 Plus, Pro and Pro Max Apple iPhone 15 Silicone Case with MagSafe Popular, Apple-branded colorful case range Pros Made by Apple MagSafe compatible Cons Expensive Price When Reviewed: $49 Best Prices Today: $46.99 at Amazon $49 at Apple $49 at Apple United States MagSafe compatible: Yes Colors: Orange Sorbet, Orange Sorbet, Winter Blue, Winter Blue, Guava, Clay. Light Pink, Black Available for: iPhone 15 | iPhone 15 Plus | iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone 15 Pro Max The smooth Apple Silicone case is a classic, popular protective iPhone coveringavailable in the widest range of colors. Theres enough choice here to satisfy most people, but if you prefer to see the color of the iPhone itself, look to a clear case; see below. Inside, the lining is soft microfiber to protect the iPhone itself from scratches. Theres nothing particularly special about this Apple case apart from the fact that its made by Apple and has the famous logo on the back, but it is colorful and as protective as you need for everyday calamities. You cant go wrong buying an Apple-made case, but you can find more options elsewhere. Apple iPhone 15 Clear Case with MagSafe Best clear iPhone 15 case Pros Made by Apple Shows off iPhone's color MagSafe compatible Cons Expensive Price When Reviewed: $49 Best Prices Today: $46.99 at Amazon $49 at Apple $49 at Apple United States MagSafe compatible: Yes Colors: Clear Available for: iPhone 15 | iPhone 15 Plus | iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone 15 Pro Max This simple iPhone 15 protective case from Apple is thin and light and doesnt cover the color of your iPhone 15 that you purposefully chose when you purchased it. Why pick out a Pink or Yellow iPhone 15, only to cover it up in a black plastic case? With Apples Clear case, you get protection without ruining the look of the phone, although the prominent MagSafe icon on the back isnt necessary, surely. Its made from a blend of optically clear polycarbonate and other flexible materials, with a scratch-resistant coating on both the inside and outside. The colors on the new iPhone 15 models arent exactly exciting, though, so we wouldnt blame you for deciding on something more joyful. ESR iPhone 15 Zero Clear Case Budget clear iPhone 15 case Pros Shows off iPhone's color Affordable Cons Not MagSafe compatible Price When Reviewed: $19.99 Best Prices Today: $19.99 at ESR MagSafe compatible: No Colors: Clear Available for: iPhone 15 | iPhone 15 Plus | iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone 15 Pro Max If you want basic protection for your new iPhone 15, the clear ESR Zero Clear Case has a 1.2mm front edge to protect the screen and a 0.7mm camera guard. It isnt wireless compatible so youll need to flip the case off if charging wirelessly. While its not too big a deal, Id still pay extra upfront not to have to do that every time I want to charge wirelessly. This bendable case weighs just 28g. QDOS Hybrid Cases for iPhone 15 Budget clear iPhone 15 cases Pros Shows off iPhone's color Affordable Cons Basic clear case isn't MagSafe compatible Price When Reviewed: $19.99 Best Prices Today: $19.99 at QDOS MagSafe compatible: Yes, except basic Hybrid Clear case Colors: Clear, Clear/Blue, Clear/Green, Clear/Pink, Clear/Gray, Clear/Black Available for: iPhone 15 | iPhone 15 Plus | iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone 15 Pro Max QDOS has a range of similar but subtly different cases for the iPhone 15 family. The most basic is the Hybrid Clear Case , which is affordable and does, unlike the ESR Zero case, support wireless charging, although not fast MagSafe. One level up is the flexible Hybrid Soft + Snap Case thats available in a range of clear/colored tones. The Snap part of its name relates to its MagSafe compatibility. MagSafe means a more secure connection, a therefore more efficient power exchange and a resulting faster charge. The Hybrid Force + Snap Case has a rigid polycarbonate back and a flexible TPU frame with air cushions, compared to the Hybrid Softs soft-touch polycarbonate back panel and TPU bumper. It also has an antimicrobial treatment that QDOS claims eliminates up to 99.9% of bacteria. All three cases can absorb falls up to 2m and feature an anti-yellowing agent for long-lasting transparency. Aside from its clear cases, QDOS also sells a Touch Pure + Snap Case range of colored cases that are MagSafe compatible, in blue, green, pink, gray, and black. It features a rigid polycarbonate back with a liquid silicone coating. ESR iPhone 15 Classic Hybrid Case with Stash Stand Best clear iPhone 15 case with stand Pros Shows off iPhone's true color MagSafe compatible Built-in kickstand Price When Reviewed: $32.99 Best Prices Today: $32.99 at ESR MagSafe compatible: Yes Colors: Clear, Clear/Black Available for: iPhone 15 | iPhone 15 Plus | iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone 15 Pro Max A more functional clear option is ESRs Classic Hybrid Case with Stash Stand, available for all models of the iPhone 15 family. Make sure you choose your exact model. It is transparent aside from the giant MagSafe icon, MagSafe compatible and more affordable than the Apple clear case. And the kickstand is an added bonus, working in both landscape and portrait modes. ESR even suggests you can use it to carry your iPhone on your finger when your hands are full. If so, youll be interested in the protection it offers if it slides off your finger Theres the usual tough talk of military-grade protection, with the case featuring shock-absorbing AirGuard corners. ESR ESR has a range of iPhone 15 cases. The toughest is the iPhone 15 Armor Tough Case with Stash Stand (above), which features a two-part rugged MagSafe case with Stash Stand, built-in tempered-glass screen protector, dual-layer edges and even individual Armorite lens protectors. iPhone 15 | iPhone 15 Plus | iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone 15 Pro Max Casetify Ultra Bounce Case Best custom iPhone 15 cases Pros Plenty of customization options Protection levels MagSafe Compatible Cons Expensive Price When Reviewed: From $72 Best Prices Today: $72 at Casetify MagSafe compatible: Yes (where stated) Colors: Multiple customization options Available for: iPhone 15 | iPhone 15 Plus | iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone 15 Pro Max Admit it the iPhone 15 colors are, well, dull. The most customizable range of iPhone 15 cases weve seen are from Casetify, where you can choose colors, patterns, prints, artists, and personalization options, as well as levels of protection. These cases are more expensive than the standard, but you pay for the widest range of options. The level of choice is almost overwhelming and youll have fun choosing the case that looks just right for you. You can add a name or short word, plus add hearts and stars, fonts, and text colors if you desire. Casetify also offers a range of protection levels: Basic (4.9ft drop protection), Strong (8.2ft drop protection, 3x MIL-STD-810G), Extreme (Bounce corners, 21.3 ft. drop protection, 6x MIL-STD-810G) and, for the 15 Pro and Pro Max, Ultra (Ultra Bounce corners, 32.8 ft. drop protection, 10x MIL-STD-810G, 6-layered rugged protection). Youll find all the customization options direct from Casetifysee the links aboveand a wide selection on Amazon.com for U.S. customers, Benks MagClap ArmorPro Best Protective Case Pros Nice woven kevlar design Extremely protective Cons Not all models are MagSafe compatible Price When Reviewed: $39.99 Best Prices Today: $39.99 at Amazon $39.99 at Benks MagSafe compatible: Yes Colors: Black Available for: iPhone 15 | iPhone 15 Plus | iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone 15 Pro Max If you want something to really shield your new iPhone, the Benks MagClap ArmorPro is a grippy protective case that the maker is very proud to tell you is made from 3X military standard aerospace-grade 600D DuPont Kavlar fibera super-strong material used in body armor and bulletproof vests, so it should be up to the job. Its a woven fiber so it also feels slightly rough, which should stop the iPhone from falling out of your hand, as is often the case with smooth cases. On the back, youll find a metal frame giving raised protection around the camera lenses. The buttons on the sides are nicely solid in the TPU frame that offers superior shock resistance. Benks also sells a lighter MagClap ArmorAir model that has exposed buttons and no TPU frame. The ArmorPro can withstand a 6-foot drop; the ArmorAir just 4ft. Both are MagSafe compatible, and priced the same. The iPhone 15 version of the Benks case also fitted our iPhone 13, so wed expect the same for the 15 Plus. Apple iPhone 15 FineWoven Case with MagSafe Replaces Apple's leather cases Pros Made by Apple MagSafe compatible Cons Expensive Price When Reviewed: $59 Best Prices Today: $55.99 at Amazon $59 at Apple $59 at Apple United States MagSafe compatible: Yes Colors: Pacific Blue, Mulberry, Evergreen, Taupe, Black Available for: iPhone 15 | iPhone 15 Plus | iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone 15 Pro Max If you arent bothered about the actual color of your iPhone 15 and are happy to choose a different Apple-approved color for your case, the FineWoven Case adds protection and a soft, almost suede-like feel but not real suede as Apple has banished animal leather from its products, which would have pleased vegan co-founder Steve Jobs. Apple hasnt gone the polyurethane vegan leather route eitherits all in on anti-leather. This case is instead made from durable micro twill, a fabric material known for its smooth texture, durability, and subtle diagonal pattern. Its eco credentials are superior to Apples plastic Clear Case, as its made from 68% post-consumer recycled content, which Apple believes reduces carbon emissions compared to its old cow-based leather iPhone cases. Apple does warn that the FineWoven material may show wear over time, and that using MagSafe accessories will leave slight imprints. Torro Leather iPhone 15 Case Proudly leather iPhone 15 case range Pros Variety of styles Wallet-style features stand Cons Wallet Case is not MagSafe Price When Reviewed: $37.99 Best Prices Today: $37.99 at Amazon MagSafe compatible: Leather Bumper Case (yes); Leather Wallet Case (no) Colors: Black, Tan, Dark Brown, Red, Navy Blue, Green iPhone 15 | iPhone 15 Plus | iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone 15 Pro Max All the Torro cases are handcrafted from premium top-grain US Aniline cowhide leather. For protection, Torro claims that its GEO-AS-3 frame includes specially designed thermoplastic elastomer into the internal structure of the frame. The Leather Wallet Case gives an all-around covering and includes an integrated stand function. You can store up to three credit/travel cards, and theres even a compartment for old-school bank notes. The iPhone 15 Bumper Case offers a good-looking leather back and side cover with a soft microfibre lining and a raised screen and camera lips for additional layers of protection. The Leather Flip Case (Pro and Pro Max only) covers both the front and back of the iPhone and stores up to two credit or travel cards. The Leather Pouch Case fits all 6.1-inch iPhones, including the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus. As a holding pouch, this case lets you handle your iPhone as naked as Apple intended, but with drop and scratch protection while youre on the move. Its quick push release at the base means you can easily remove the phone when you need it. You can charge your phone while its in the pouch, both via a USB-C cable and wirelessly at 7.5W. Mujjo Full Leather Case for iPhone 15 Stylish leather iPhone 15 cases Pros Stylish MagSafe compatible Cons Cards prevent wireless charging Price When Reviewed: $49 Best Prices Today: $52 at Mujjo $53.95 at Amazon MagSafe compatible: Yes Colors: Light Tan, Black, Monaco Blue, Steel Blue Available for: iPhone 15 | iPhone 15 Plus | iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone 15 Pro Max Another leather iPhone case maker is Dutch designer Mujjo. Mujjo has four different cases available for the iPhone 15, and all of them are crafted from premium leathera material now abandoned by Apple itself. Eager to win some green points, the company points out that sustainable DriTan water-free leather tanning is involvedthis uses the moisture already present in the hides. The buttons, camera bump, microfibre lining, and polycarbonate inner shell are made from recycled plastic. The Mujjo iPhone 15 Pro Shield Case (for iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max) is designed to be super protective, as the name suggests, and is available for the two Pro models of the 15. Mujjo claims that drop protection is rated to 15 feet (5m), and it features an ImpactCore internal bumper. Take your choice of colors from Black or Steel Blue. From $64/59/59, depending on iPhone model: iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone 15 Pro Max The Mujjo Full Leather Case for iPhone 15 (all models) is a more classic leather case, with a machined-metal rear camera bump that protects lenses. Its available in Light Tan, Black, or Monaco Blue. (From $49/49/49, depending on iPhone model: iPhone 15 | iPhone 15 Plus | iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone Pro Max ) The Mujjo Full Leather MagSafe Wallet Case for iPhone 15 (all models) turns your iPhone into a physical as well as digital wallet. The leather card pocket can hold two or three bank, ID or travel cards. Note that the cards must be removed for wireless charging. Available in Light Tan, Black, or Monaco Blue. From $54/54/54, depending on the iPhone model. ( iPhone 15 | iPhone 15 Plus | iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone 15 Pro Max ) Mujjo claims that its case for iPhone 13/14 and iPhone 14 Plus fit those models of the iPhone 15, but this compatibility goes against Apple and other case makers advice that the new iPhone is very similar in size but different enough to warrant a specific case rather than a case that fits older models. When we have samples in, we will test the claims. Totallee iPhone 15 Clear Grip Case Pros Shows off iPhone's color Cheaper than Apple Cons MagSafe version costs extra Price When Reviewed: $39 Best Prices Today: $39 at Totallee $39.00 at Amazon MagSafe compatible: Costs extra Colors: Clear Available for: iPhone 15 | iPhone 15 Plus | iPhone 15 Pro | iPhone 15 Pro Max You can save some money by buying a Clear Grip case from Totallee , although note that the MagSafe-compatible version costs extrastill a little cheaper than Apples clear case but not by much. If you dont charge wirelessly the entry-level non-MagSafe version is good value. Wed still prefer the wireless option, though. The company claims that the case is made with shock-absorbing material, although its quite flexible (which does make it easy to remove from the iPhone). Totallee also has a non-clear Thin Case for all models in white, black, red, green, and blue colors, a bit like the Apple FineWoven Caseagain you have to shell out extra for the MagSafe version of the Totallee cases. Does the iPhone 15 fit cases made for the iPhone 14 or 13? Some case manufacturersfor example, Mujjo and Zaggstate that their iPhone 13/14 and iPhone 14 Plus cases will also fit the equivalent models of the 15 and that if you are upgrading from one of these models you might be able to switch out your case rather than need to buy a new one. However, other casemakers specifically advise against this. Ashley Huang, MOFT co-founder and product manager, told Macworld that the data size is completely different. The corners of this generation of Apple are rounded and thinner than previous models. They do not match each other Unless the mold is made very loose and not tightly matched, low-priced products that require a very low fit with the phone may have the opportunity to be compatible. Totallee stated that the sizes of the iPhone 13/14/15 are similar but different. We design our cases to the exact specifications of each model to ensure an optimal fit. Apple Mobile Phone Accessories

Macworld 20 Sep 2023 2:45 pm

Man booked for attacking 2 persons in Ganesh pandal in Thane

A case has been filed against a 30-year-old man from Kalyan in Maharashtra's Thane district for reportedly assaulting two individuals with an iron rod at a Lord Ganesh pandal.

The Times of India 19 Sep 2023 4:45 pm

Periyar follower gets death threat after rally against Sanatana Dharma

In his complaint to DSP Sathiyaraj, the district organiser of Tamilar Vidiyal Katchi said he received the call twice in the wee hours on Monday. THOOTHUKUDI: Periyariya Unarvalargal Kootamaipu coordinator Sema Chandanaraj (47) lodged a complaint with Thoothukudi police seeking action against an anonymous caller, who allegedly issued a death threat to him over the phone, on Monday. He was the coordinator of 'Samooga Neethi Perani', a rally against Sanatana Dharma, held on Sunday. It was organised in line with the Social Justice Day declared by the Tamil Nadu government to honour Periyar's 145th birth anniversary. In his complaint to DSP Sathiyaraj, the district organiser of Tamilar Vidiyal Katchi said he received the call twice in the wee hours on Monday. The caller asked me if I was a Christian and made derogatory remarks about my mother and me. Warning about my participation in anti-Sanatana activities, the caller also issued death threats, the complaint read. Activists Hassan of Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, Balasubramanian of Dravidar viduthalai Kazhagam, Prasad of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, Das and Kattar Balu of Tamil Puligal Katchi, who accompanied Chandanaraj, urged the police to register FIR against the suspects and bring him before the court of law and to provide security for Chandanaraj.

The New Indian Express 19 Sep 2023 8:34 am

Thane: Lack of water, dirty toilets and irregular lectures plague campus

Students at Mumbai Universitys Thane sub-campus complain of subpar conditions despite paying hefty fees

Mid Day 19 Sep 2023 8:22 am

Poetic rendition of Portico Bistro, Thane in sonnet style

In the heart of Thane, Portico Bistro offers a modest yet tantalizing dining experience. The restaurant serves an eclectic array of dishes that blend the old with the new, traditional with health-focused. With a menu...

The Times of India 9 Sep 2023 3:46 pm

There is a strong demand for these CNG vehicles

In recent years, the automotive industry has witnessed a significant shift in consumer preferences and environmental awareness. One of the notable developments is the growing demand for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles. This shift is driven by various factors that are reshaping the way we think about transportation and its impact on the environment. Understanding the CNG Advantage What is CNG? Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a clean-burning alternative fuel that is gaining popularity worldwide. It is composed primarily of methane and is extracted from natural gas reservoirs. CNG is stored and distributed in high-pressure cylinders, making it a viable option for powering vehicles. The Environmental Edge One of the key reasons behind the surge in demand for CNG vehicles is their environmental friendliness. CNG produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional gasoline or diesel fuels. This reduction in carbon footprint aligns with the global efforts to combat climate change. Cost-Efficiency CNG vehicles offer a cost-effective solution for both consumers and businesses. The price of natural gas is generally lower than gasoline or diesel, resulting in reduced fuel expenses. Additionally, CNG engines tend to have lower maintenance costs, contributing to long-term savings. Meeting the Demand Expanding Infrastructure To accommodate the rising demand for CNG vehicles, there has been a substantial expansion in the CNG refueling infrastructure. Gas stations offering CNG are becoming more widespread, making it convenient for consumers to access this eco-friendly fuel. Government Incentives Many governments around the world are incentivizing the adoption of CNG vehicles. These incentives include tax benefits, rebates, and grants for purchasing CNG-powered vehicles. Such policies encourage consumers and businesses to make the switch. Auto Industry Response Automakers are recognizing the growing demand for CNG vehicles and are introducing a wider range of options. From compact cars to heavy-duty trucks, there is now a CNG-powered vehicle for various needs and preferences. The Advantages of CNG Vehicles Reduced Emissions CNG vehicles produce fewer pollutants, contributing to cleaner air quality and a healthier environment. This aligns with global efforts to reduce air pollution and combat climate change. Economic Benefits The lower cost of natural gas translates into savings for both individual drivers and fleet operators. Reduced fuel and maintenance expenses can have a significant impact on the bottom line. Energy Security CNG is domestically sourced in many regions, reducing dependency on foreign oil. This enhances energy security and reduces the vulnerability to oil price fluctuations. Challenges and Considerations Limited Range One challenge associated with CNG vehicles is their limited driving range compared to gasoline-powered counterparts. However, advancements in technology are addressing this issue, with improved CNG storage solutions being developed. Refueling Infrastructure Although the CNG refueling network is expanding, it may still be less accessible in remote areas. This limitation could affect the feasibility of CNG vehicles for some consumers. The Future of CNG Vehicles Technological Advancements The future of CNG vehicles looks promising as ongoing research and development aim to enhance their performance and range. Innovations in CNG storage technology and engine efficiency are on the horizon. Sustainable Transportation CNG vehicles are an essential component of sustainable transportation solutions. As environmental concerns continue to grow, CNG will play a vital role in reducing the carbon footprint of the transportation sector. The surge in demand for CNG vehicles reflects a global shift towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation options. With its reduced emissions, cost-efficiency, and governmental support, CNG is positioned to meet the needs of both individual consumers and businesses. As technology continues to advance, the future of CNG vehicles is promising, and they are set to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of transportation. Include these cholesterol free foods in daily diet, heart will remain strong, risk of heart attack will reduce Foods to Treat Fatty Liver Disease 7 Heart-Healthy Foods: Enjoy in Moderation for Optimal Health

News Track 8 Sep 2023 9:08 pm

Mumbai's Second Zika Virus Case

Concerns Arise as Mumbai Reports Second Zika Infection Mumbai, the bustling metropolis of India, is grappling with its second reported case of Zika virus infection within a short span, causing alarm bells to ring at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The latest patient to test positive for the Zika virus is a 15-year-old girl hailing from Kurla in eastern Mumbai, and notably, she has no recent travel history. A Quick Recap In a rather perplexing turn of events, both reported Zika cases in Mumbai share the absence of any travel history. The initial case emerged in a 79-year-old resident of Chembur who contracted the virus but managed to recover. BMC's Vigilant Approach In light of these developments, the BMC has swiftly devised a plan to enhance surveillance by conducting random sampling. Furthermore, they are intensifying preventive measures aimed at mosquito control, as reported by the Times of India. Understanding Zika Virus Zika Virus: A Brief Overview Zika virus has made sporadic appearances in several Indian states over the past few years. However, its origins trace back to 1947 when it was first detected in monkeys in Uganda. Subsequently, in 1952, the first human case was reported. The primary mode of transmission for this virus is through the bite of Aedes mosquitoes, which are also responsible for the spread of diseases like dengue and chikungunya. The Selective Nature of Transmission It's essential to note that not all mosquito species can transmit the Zika virus, and not everyone bitten by an infected mosquito will fall prey to this ailment. The highest risk of contracting the virus is typically associated with individuals residing in or traveling to regions with active Zika transmission. Geographic Considerations Zika virus predominantly thrives in tropical and subtropical regions. Aedes mosquitoes exhibit a distinct feeding pattern, with a propensity to bite during daylight hours, especially during the early morning and evening. Unraveling Zika's Spread Routes of Zika Virus Transmission The Zika virus predominantly spreads through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, particularly Aedes aegypti. In addition to mosquito transmission, the virus can also be transmitted through human interactions, such as sexual contact. It's crucial to highlight that sexual contact with an infected partner, as well as transmission from an infected pregnant woman to her fetus or through blood transfusion, can facilitate the spread of Zika. Recognizing Zika's Telltale Signs Symptoms of Zika Virus Infection When it comes to Zika virus infection, symptoms typically mirror those of a common flu, including fever, rashes, headache, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain, and conjunctivitis. Most cases manifest mild symptoms, with severe instances necessitating hospitalization. Rare Complications In some rare cases, Zika infection can lead to paralysis, a condition known as Guillain-Barr Syndrome, and pose a potential risk of birth abnormalities in pregnant women. What to Do if Symptoms Arise Seeking Help for Zika Symptoms If an individual experiences the aforementioned symptoms, it is advisable to consult a medical professional and undergo Zika virus testing. Healthcare providers will inquire about the patient's travel history and assess the possibility of local transmission. Zika and Pregnancy Zika's Implications for Pregnant Women Zika virus infections in pregnant women heighten the risk of birth defects and neurodevelopmental problems in their unborn babies. However, it's crucial to clarify that a positive Zika test result during pregnancy doesn't guarantee that the child will face these challenges. Guarding Against Zika Preventive Measures Preventing Zika primarily revolves around avoiding travel to regions with active Zika transmission. If travel is unavoidable, consistently using mosquito repellents is strongly advised. Additionally, sexual contact with an infected partner should be avoided. Choosing the Right Repellent To ward off mosquitoes effectively, opt for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. These products contain active ingredients like DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), Para-menthane-diol (PMD), and 2-undecanone. The Quest for a Zika Vaccine Current Vaccine Status As of now, there is no available vaccine for the prevention or treatment of Zika virus infection. In conclusion, staying informed about the Zika virus, its transmission, symptoms, and preventive measures is essential to safeguarding your health, particularly if you reside in or plan to visit areas where Zika is prevalent. Always consult with healthcare professionals for guidance and take necessary precautions to minimize your risk of exposure. Health Horoscope Today - September 6, 2023 Skincare Tips: Shahnaz Husain's Beauty Hacks Fake Healthy Eating Suggestions: Don't Fall for These Common Myths

News Track 6 Sep 2023 12:31 pm

Raj Thackeray's Party Stages Protest Over 18 Deaths At Thane Hospital

Activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Monday staged a protest outside the office of the Thane municipal commissioner over the deaths of 18 patients at a civic hospital in Kalwa over the weekend. Protesters carrying placards shouted slogans against the civic administration accusing it of being responsible for the deaths Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (CSM) Hospital in Kalwa. Earlier on Sunday, civic commissioner Abhijit Bangar said 10 women and eight men died in 24 hours at CSM Hospital in Kalwa.

NDTV 14 Aug 2023 11:38 pm

Greenhouse gas from wasting food at home

Almost half of wasted food comes from homes, and almost half of that Tags: food , garbage , methane , Reuters

FlowingData 9 Aug 2023 2:06 pm

Maharashtra CM announces Rs 5 Lakh ex-gratia to kin of deceased in Thane Girder machine collapse

Maharashtra CM announces Rs 5 Lakh ex-gratia to kin of deceased in Thane Girder machine collapse

The Times of India 1 Aug 2023 5:45 pm

16 Killed In Crane Accident At Thane Expressway Site, 5 Feared Trapped

Sixteen workers were crushed to death late last night when a crane collapsed on them at a construction site in Thane's Shahapur in Maharashtra, police said.

NDTV 1 Aug 2023 8:15 am

Five immediate impacts of boosting the biogas sector

Biogas, or biomethane, is clean energy that is produced from organic materials such as agricultural residue, food waste, and sewage. It has been gaining popularity in recent years due to its large-scale application and numerous...

The Times of India 13 Jul 2023 9:46 pm

Supporters gather to welcome NCP Chief Sharad Pawar at Mumbai-Thane Border

Supporters gather to welcome NCP Chief Sharad Pawar at Mumbai-Thane Border

The Times of India 8 Jul 2023 5:39 pm

Monsoon Madness: Mumbai Rains Unleashes A Flood Of Memes And Here Are The Best Ones

Andheri Subway mat chale jaana! The monsoon season has begun, and it is evident in Mumbai's Andheri subway. Heavy rainfall hit various areas of Mumbai, including Thane, Palghar, and Navi Mumbai, on Saturday. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that by 8:30 pm on Saturday, Mumbai had received 115 mm of rain. Out of this

mashable 25 Jun 2023 1:20 pm

Maharashtra: Shahnawaz Maksood Khan alias Baddo produced in Thane Court

Maharashtra: Shahnawaz Maksood Khan alias Baddo produced in Thane Court

The Times of India 12 Jun 2023 5:53 pm