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Maharashtra attaches 10 properties related with Yash Birla group
The Maharashtra Home Department has attached 10 properties of the Birla Group in connection with the alleged scam of over Rs300-crore involving Birla Power Solutions Ltd (BPSL), says a report. The attachment also includes 69 bank accounts.
 
As per the report from Mumbai Mirror, the properties in Mumbai that have been attached include a row house at Grand Paradi, Kemps Corner, a flat in Ashoka Apartments on Nepean Sea Road, a 4,000 sq mt plot at Oshiwara, and an apartment in the Sagar Darshan Society on Carter Road in Bandra. The deputy collector, who has issued the notices, has also sought a valuation of these properties.
 
The Home Department notification, issued on 19 March 2016, states that the Maharashtra government was convinced that Birla Power Solutions would not be able to return the investors' and creditors' money. “The government has to protect the interest of the depositors, and hereby attaches the properties of the said financial establishment,” the notification said. 
 
Advocate Ramakant Gaur had filed an objection on behalf of Yash Birla and BPSL saying there was no need to attach his ancestral property. “After the government notification, an affidavit is supposed to be filed by the competent authority within 30 days, which was done three days later. Moreover, there are no reasons assigned for attaching ancestral property such as the Grand Paradi row house," the newspaper quoted from the objection letter.
 
"...more than 9,000 of the 11,000 investors have been paid, and the value of the properties far exceeds the pending amount," the report added quoting Adv Gaur.

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Anil Kumar

4 months ago

Great news. Of late I find the Maharashtra government vigilant. It initiated cases against road contractors of BMC for shoddy work. This is another feather in their cap.

manoharlalsharma

4 months ago

if such a small co., can do this then what done by ORKAY industry,Akai impax,Genelac like peoples,they must go through this route only./thanks

How to effectively use a smartphone to make your life so much easier
A smartphone and some carefully chosen apps (properly used) can transform your life in many ways, like staying in touch with your near and dear ones all the time, ordering things from the comforts of your home and perform all your banking transactions, explained Dushyant Saraswat, Vice President of Paytm. He was speaking at a packed workshop "Learn how your Smartphone can make your life so much easier" organised by Moneylife Foundation in Mumbai.
 
 
But there are downsides to technology as well and Mr Saraswat explained this to audience. “Nowadays everyone owns a smartphone and the phone may contain a wealth of information of the user. This can be misused if the phone ends up in the wrong hands. With technology ever-changing, it is important for consumers to protect vital financial and personal information stored on their phones—either in their phonebook, messaging, email or social media applications. You should never store ATM passwords, net-banking account numbers, PINs or other passwords on your phone, he advised. To prevent unauthorized access to your personal accounts or applications, you should always make use of a screen lock password,” he said.
 
According to Mr Saraswat, who handles wallet marketing and Digital Content at Paytm, one should, be very careful about downloading unofficial or unauthorised apps on mobiles. Also, instead of just using an anti-virus, one should use a complete security suite that will protect you from frauds or data theft, he added.
 
Almost every app allows you to sign up with your Facebook or Google account. While this allows hassle-free signups, you also end up sharing personal contact information stored in those accounts. Therefore, to avoid third-party applications misusing your account data, you should not put your phone number and date of birth on Facebook or Google, he cautioned.
 
Often, one has to maintain several passwords to sign in to different accounts. Therefore, many end up creating passwords that can be hacked very easily. Most often people create passwords using family member names or different versions of their date of birth. As these are commonly used, it is the easiest for hackers to crack. Therefore, one should always use a combination of text in upper case and lower case combination, numbers and special characters in between to create a safe password.
 
However, he said, creating a secure password is of no use if you share it with someone. There are several phishing scams where the caller pretends to be calling from the bank and asks for your account details and passwords. Banks will never do this. One should never share their passwords or PIN to anyone via text message or other messaging apps. One may receive emails, which appear to come from your bank asking you to signup or login to internet banking. Or emails announcing you won a lottery. You should always avoid clicking on such links, he said.
 
 
There are several applications available for download through non-official sources. One should only download applications from official sources such as Google Play Store (or iTunes). Mr Saraswat also recommended that one should install complete security applications and not just anti-virus apps. Complete security apps come with several additional features like anti-theft, anti-phishing, and internet security.
 
 
Mr Saraswat speaking at the programme. A complete recording will be uploaded in our channel youtube.com/MoneylifeTV soon.

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Dr P M Deshpande

4 months ago

I haven't seen the video but there is no concordance between the title and the printed content. The speech is mainly about safety.

Strangely, MSRDC once again calls for videographic traffic count survey at Mumbai’s entry points
In a strange move, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), has once again invited online tenders for videographic traffic count survey for all five entry points to Mumbai (when such a survey was done a year ago); for the Peth-Sangli-Miraj-Mhaisal state highway (the toll booth of which was closed after residents fought and won a court order) and of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link project.
 
The e-tender called for by the MSRDC on 2nd August from traffic survey consultants comprises ‘carrying out continuous 24-hour videographic traffic count survey of the vehicles using a video camera for seven days at ROB on Peth-Sangli-Miraj-Nhaisal state highway; carrying out a similar survey at five toll stations of Mumbai’s entry points and; a similar survey for the Bandra-Worli Sea Link project toll plaza for three days including a survey of number plates too.
 
RTI activist Sanjay Shirodkar has shot off a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, questioning the call for an e-tender, when the earlier survey done for the same places have not been made public nor has the report of two committees been made public. Shirodkar has brought the following to the notice of the CM:
  • Why should there be a toll count once again when the toll plaza of Peth-Sangli-Miraj-Mhaisal SH 138 @ 8km. 56/420, was closed after residents protested and there was a court order?
  • Already such a survey has been done through Videography at All Five Mumbai Entry Points in July 2015. That report has not yet been published in public domain. Why? These surveys are done with Public / Tax payers’ money but are not published for Public/Citizens. Why?
  • Are these activities planned to extend the concession period or to cancel the exemptions? Not clear
  • Why Mumbai-Pune Expressway is excluded from such initiatives where 50,000 ghost/free/exempted/VIP passes vehicles are plying through every day?
  • Along with the Videography survey, why has the CP Joshi and Anand Kulkarni Committee report  NOT been published by the Government of Maharashtra? 
  • I have already complained in January 2016 to VC & MD that MSRDC is under reporting while showing these vehicles under free/exempted/VIP passes categories. The percentage ranges from 25%-50%. No action till date
  • Under section 4 of RTI, it would be interesting to see the names of people asking for exemption on the Bandra Worli Sea Link project.
 
The VIP passes issue on Mumbai-Pune Expressway:
 
Sanjay Shirodkar had also invoked the RTI regarding VIP passes for exemption of toll on this expressway. States he, “PIO-MSRDC simply redirected my application to the contractor (MSRDC reply dated 04 December 2015 & 18 January 2016) requesting the contractor Mhaiskar Infrastructure Pvt Ltd. to provide information on VIP passes issued for exemption in toll on Mumbai-Pune Expressway. PIO-MSRDC requested twice but the contractor Mhaiskar Infrastructure Pvt Ltd did not provide the information. Contractors’ reply dated 19 December 2015 denied the information saying that being a private company they do not come under RTI.’’
 
Says Shirodkar, “It is the duty of the public authority to procure such information from contractor and it should be given to the applicant, but this has not been done till date.”
 
“By his acts, PIO-MSRDC has violated section 4(1) (b), section 6(3), section 7(8), section 11 of right to information, 2005.”
 
Clauses from current contract:
Original BID document of MPEW & NH4 15 year current contract says,
 
Page 189, point 5.1.1.25 says,
Traffic data and data relating to the operation & maintenance of the project facilities are collected.
 
Page 224, point 7 mentions,
About concessional rates for frequent travellers
 
Page 226, point 7.3.4 says,
Contractor shall collect and submit data of prepaid toll and exempted vehicles in the form prescribed by the corporation on request of corporation
 
Page 227, 7.3.13 says,
Contractor shall give all required information and inspection of records to the authorized officers of corporation regarding collection of toll, if asked for
 
Page 228, 7.3.19 says,
Contractor shall issue the monthly passes, concessional coupons, multiple entry passes at respective toll stations only
 
Page 228, 7.3.21 says, 
Contractor shall submit the traffic details and revenue collected on each toll plaza to the MSRDC every month
 
In conclusion, MSRDC is a spineless body, overpowered by contractors – this is despite the fact that commuters pay through their nose for toll tax.

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Vishal Thakkar

4 months ago

I have started a petition to curb such malpractices at entry points in Mumbai, Mumbai Pune Express Highway and Bandra Worli Sea link. Requesting YOU to support my petition by YOUR signature. Here is the link: https://www.change.org/p/stop-taking-cash-at-toll-nakas-on-mumbai-entry-points

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