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ACB report: 56 corrupt Thane officials caught red-handed


Mumbai: Thane, an important contender in the smart city race recently came under the scanner of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and was declared as an extremely corrupt city with 56 officials caught red-handed in taking bribes.

Thane ranks first in corruption in the Thane range, according to the ACB report. The Thane range includes Thane, Navi Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Palghar and Sindhudurg in its jurisdiction.

Through carefully laid traps in the city within the period of January to November this year, the ACB caught 56 corrupt officials in Thane, while only 10 officials from Sindhudurg were caught in the region’s 131 ACB traps.

Raigad offered 24 corrupt officials, Palghat elicited 16, while Navi Mumbai gave up 14 officials to the corruption test.

“The reason for increase in number of traps laid by the ACB is more because there has been a sharp rise in the number of victims coming forward to file complaints against those accepting bribes,” an ACB official stated.

“In addition, we have been creating awareness and taking prompt action against the wrongdoers,” he added.

Another 357 officials caught from the revenue department have made it the most corrupt department at the state level, with the officials facing 278 cases against them.

The police department is no less corrupt. As many as 329 cops were arrested and 247 cases were registered against them.

Closely following are the Panchayat Samiti officials in the state rank, with 156 people caught and 123 cases against them.

In cases of disproportionate assets, the police department led with 12 cases, followed by the civic officials with seven cases. The revenue department officials faced six cases.

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Thane (Maharashtra) to be assessed for implementing district cooling system

Thane (Maharashtra) to be assessed for implementing district cooling system (Image:wikipedia)

Chennai, November 2, 2017: Thane in Maharashtra will be the first Indian city to be assessed for potential for implementation of district cooling system, said the Indian subsidiary of Danish company Danfoss A/S.

In a statement issued here, Danfoss Industries said: “As part of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, six cities in India including Thane, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Rajkot, Coimbatore and Bhopal have been chosen to explore District Energy systems.”

 “Thane – also part of the Central Government’s Smart Cities Mission – will be the first city to be assessed for its potential for implementation of the district energy system,” it said.

Simply put, district cooling is a system where water is chilled at a central place and is sent to various buildings via pipelines to cool indoor air using the air conditioning system there.

According to Danfoss, district cooling systems are energy efficient and would reduce total power consumption for cooling buildings.

The water is not for human consumption.

“With the Central Government’s vision to build 100 smart cities and the UN’s District Energy in Cities initiative, we are certain that the six pilot projects of District Cooling which are being launched today, will serve as an inspiration for the rest of the country,” Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss Industries was quoted as saying in the statement.

“Danfoss has implemented both, district cooling and district heating technologies around the globe and we are now looking to showcase this expertise in India as well,” he added.(IANS)

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Puroshottam Das Gupta: An Auto rickshaw driver who is making the India Greener

Purushottam with other members celebrated the World Environmental Week from 5th June to 11th June by planting 50 trees

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  • An increase in the living standards of people has resulted in the Ozone hole
  • Purushottam named the mission as ‘Sadbhavana- Hara Bhara Bharat’
  • Purushottam with other members celebrated the Environmental week from 5th June to 11th June by planting 50 trees

With the increase in global warming,the only hope of mankind seems to be trees that can restore balance. The increase in population, lots of trees are cut on a daily basis. This deforestation can lead to several disasters. The need of the hour is to grow trees and adopt afforestation.

Trees provide us with many benefits like they reduce noise pollution, the bind the soil together so as to prevent soil erosions, they lower the temperature by causing rainfall, they reduce the possibility of flood and storm runoff. They are also known as carbon sinks as they accumulate carbon in themselves by growing.

Deforestation in India. Image Source:
Deforestation in India. Image Source:

An increase in the living standards of people has resulted in the Ozone hole. Extra use of refrigerators, ACs are responsible for producing Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which are responsible in depleting Ozone layer. Depleting of Ozone layer will cause skin cancers, colour blindness and other problems which we will regret later.

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It is our responsibility to save trees to save ourselves. One such initiative is taken by Purushottam Das Gupta. Purushottam felt sad when the trees on the streets were cut down to plant new trees and the news ones are not given the proper care.

Puroshottam is an Auto Rickshaw driver in Thane, Mumbai. Purushottam with his family decided to plant new trees and take care of the existing trees. With this mission, he started carrying a 15 litre. Bottle to provide water to the trees. When his own efforts were not sufficient, he called the other Auto Rickshaw Drivers and urged them to join him in this mission. Purushottam named the mission as ‘Sadbhavana- Hara Bhara Bharat’.

Puroshottam Das Gupta planting tree along with group members. Image Source: TheBetterIndia
Puroshottam Das Gupta planting a tree along with group members. Image Source: TheBetterIndia

Today he has around 50 members in his group whose name he has written in the register. Puroshottam Das urged the members to celebrate their special days by planting trees. He celebrated his anniversary in March by planting two trees.

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Purushottam with other members celebrated the World Environmental Week from 5th June to 11th June by planting 50 trees. Now they have their Whatsapp group in which they post about the tree planting calendar.

Puroshottam is an example for all of us. Instead of cribbing about pollution, one has to take a stand on his own.

-prepared by Aparna Gupta, an intern with NewsGram. Twitter: @writetoaparna99


4 responses to “Puroshottam Das Gupta: An Auto rickshaw driver who is making the India Greener”

  1. He is an inspiration for all of us. We should also plant trees instead of cribbing about the pollution and rise in global warming.

  2. If an ordinary rickshaw driver can do so much for the environment, we educated people can surely do much more

  3. This is a great initiative. Everyone should learn from him and should understand the importance of tree so that our future generation can have a better life.

  4. Indeed Laudable……hats off to this man Puroshottam Das Gupta . We need more people like him who can serve to the Mother Nature. This is high time to serve Mother Nature.

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US Professor creates awareness about Sanskrit among students of Thane


Thane: It was an opportune moment for the students of Thane’s Bedekar College. The US Professor Emeritus George Cardona came down on Saturday to conduct a workshop in the college, creating awareness among pupils about the basics and nuances of the age-old mother of Indian languages, Sanskrit.

Cardona is a notable linguist and Indologist from the University of Pennsylvania. He was in Thane, Mumbai on February 6.  Professor Narayan Barse said, “He is here to conduct a Sanskrit workshop in Pune, which is being relayed through video-conferencing to 7-8 centres in the world, Bedekar College is one of these centres.”

Cardona talked about the ancient scholar Panini and his ‘Karak’ theory in grammar while addressing the students. A Sanskrit grammarian from ancient India, Panini was the renowned creator of 3,959 rules of Sanskrit morphology, syntax and semantics.

“Globally, Panini is considered an authority on Karak theory. Cardona made this complex theory so simple for the students. It was a pleasure to learn this from him,” Barse added.

Talking about the significance and rising demand for ancient language globally, Cardona insists about learning the language and other topics related to it. He said that because all sacred books in India are in Sanskrit, it is important to learn it.

Also giving examples about the difference in Marathi and English languages, he told about how a pot can be any utensil in English, but in Marathi, every pot holds a particular name.

According to the US Professor, Sanskrit is a treasure trove of our culture and we should preserve it.

“Cardona speaks the language like a pandit. If a person like him is teaching Sanskrit, then everybody would like to learn from him,” said Barse.