Friday, December 2, 2016

Avoid social media shocks - Follow simple rules, says Maha Govt

Social media is becoming integral part of one's life and what you post becomes reflection of you/your organization. Unauthorized access to the social media accounts by threat actors like hackers or other adversaries, at times may result in public embarrassment, reputational damage (Personal/Organizational), Law & Order situation etc.
How to avoid Social Media Shocks!

Following is the advisory issued from the office of Sp.IGP Cyber & PAW, Brijesh Singh, IPS – Govt of Maharashtra - to help you keep your Social media account safe:

1. Enable login verification (e.g. two factor authentication). This is the single best action you can take to increase your account security immediately.

2. Use a strong password (with numbers, characters, capitals, non dictionary word) that you don’t reuse on other websites/accounts. Change your password on a periodic basis (at least once a month).

3. More the number of people having access to your company’s social accounts, greater is the chance that those accounts may be compromised. Use social media management system where you can grant your employees access to your social accounts without disclosing sensitive account information to them.

4. Use a password manager to make sure you’re using strong, unique passwords everywhere.

5. Social media accounts are sometimes handled by multiple users. If the feature of authorizing each post is available, enable them.

6. While using your social media accounts from public computers, do take care to log off on use. Preferably do not login from public computers (cybercafes, Airport terminals).

7. Avoid using social media accounts containing personal information from public WiFi.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Call to book Breach Candy Club 'Scamsters'

• Crores of rupees misappropriated, say many members
• Dethroned chairman Dipesh Mehta ran Club as his 'fiefdom'
• Mehta’s bid to paint Europeans Vs Indians racist angle demolished
• Members up in arms against his series of misdeeds, corruption

MUMBAI: A strong plea has been made to the Mumbai Police Commissioner to take criminal action against two heavy weights who perpetuated a scam running into crores of rupees and a series of misdeeds at Breach Candy Swimming Bath Trust, better known as Breach Candy Club in South Mumbai.

An earlier complaint against dethroned purported chairman Dipesh Mehta and his henchman Lalit Agrawal has been pending with the Joint Police Commissioner (crime) and now members want the investigation to be looked into again and action to be taken against the duo and all those responsible for the unprecedented scam in any registered charitable trust, says leading lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani, who is a member of the Club and leading the fight for justice.
An enchanting view of Breach Candy Club
"It appears that in a complaint of forgery, criminal breach of trust and destruction of records, filed by some members against Dipesh Mehta and Lalit Agrawal and others on the managing committee at the time, a Chargesheet has been only Lalit Agrawal, which is much to the members ire," he said.

The genesis of the scam dates back to four years ago when Dipesh Mehta has been brought into the Club as a Legal Advisor to liaison with the BMC. Mehta subsequently manipulated and morphed his way to come on to the Managing Committee and later become Chairman of the Club, usurping all powers and run the affairs in a bizarre manner, members say. This despite the fact that the Constitution of the Club never doesn’t permit it. Even worse was that, if anyone raised their voice, they would be threatened to lose their membership.

The membership fee was then raised from Rs 7 lakhs to Rs one crore and Mehta’s committee enrolled members at their whims and fancy, by a manipulative web of using old forms of pending applicants, to accommodate new applicants willing to jump the queue in lieu of underhand monies. Whats even worse is, during their reign – Dipesh Mehta was Chairman and Lalit Agrawal was Member of Ballotting Committee, when the Dipesh is found to be not even a member of the Club and Lalit Agrawal’s membership form is prima facie found to be forged. In another shocking departure from usual procedures (don’t hold your breath because this is only one of many) there appear to be no balloting committee meeting minutes, when all these new members seem to have been taken in. The fact that there was a 50% jump in the membership amply proves this.

Mahesh said some of the series of misdeeds perpetuated by Mehta and Co include: causing a loss of Rs 22 crore in just three years, manifold rise in expenses, bid to carve out an acre of the Club plot in an apparent bid to hand it over to a developer, collection of crores of rupees as membership fee and appointment of key senior employees who would carry out his orders. Additionally, it seems Mehta’s Legal Firm (Dipesh Mehta & Associates) were also paid legal fees by the Club and some of his secretaries were made members whilst other juniors were on the Club payroll month on month. Again, why did this happen? It seems asking these questions is just taboo!

Mehta tried to take shelter under his claim that he was being opposed by a section because he was not of European origin. But then again, in an email of 27 January 2009, when some persons ask Dipesh Mehta (who has become Chairman by then) if Indian Nationals can be accommodated on the Managing Committee, he flatly refuses saying it would need an amendment to the Constitution of the Club. This is the same person who is now screaming ‘racism’ as his only card.

Members who opposed Mehta and his misdeeds sought to dispel his theory and pointed that it was a myth propagated him. “In fact, both European and Indian members are unitedly fighting the battle against the scam,” said one businessman who has  been the member since 1972.

Mehta and his Committee had not filed audited reports with the Charity Commissioner for three years and the membership records are not traceable.

Mehta took away the sensitive original documents of the Trust from the custodian HSBC Bank on the pretext that the Bank could not preserve them and with the criminal intension of getting transferred the title of the Trust property. He subsequently kept them with IL&FS after some members smelt the rat and raised a hue and cry, it is alleged.

Mehta also allegedly threatened the Club staff with dire consequences if they opposed or spoke against him and several criminal complaints have been filed against him with the police.

When all of this was noticed, the members called for an Extraordinary General Meeting on 21 October 2013 and – by following the procedure in the Constitution – voted Mehta and his Committee out and voted a New Managing Committee in. Yet, these persons did not relinquish charge and so the New Managing Committee had to file a case in the Mumbai High Court. After a long drawn legal battle (in which again shockingly Dipesh and gang bled the Club’s coffers to fund the litigation of over 5 Crores whilst members pooled in their resources) the Mumbai High Court passed an Order on 29 October 2015 vindicating the stand of the New Managing Committee and holding that Dipesh and gang were validly removed, Mahesh said.

Not to miss one important detail in this myriad twists and turns of the scam, during the time that the case was being heard in the Mumbai High Court, in November 2014, one of Dipesh’s associates on the Managing Committee Mr. Vikram Malik filed an affidavit placing on record an entirely new Constitution of the Club, a Constitution in which he alleged that – all the provisions that Dipesh and gang were in violation off – had actually been deleted in the Original records and did not exist, but that no one had ever realized these deletions from 1967 till 2014 – but eureka Dipesh and gang had realized it and so therefore, by a stroke of good there was no illegality that Dipesh and gang had committed. Through their own diligence and common sense, the New Committee was able to explain and show to that the deletion marks on the Original Records was the handiwork of an interested person and thus the original records were intentionally tampered.

Of course, in its Order, Justice Gupte of the Mumbai High Court had come down heavily on the fact that the original records seemed to have been prima facie tampered with and, whilst not expressing any final opinion on who tampered with it, held that the law presupposes that a presumption ought to be against the person who would benefits from such illegal act of tampering.

Moreover, the fact that Dipesh and Lalit could not even prove their primary membership of the Club was found to be a telling factor.

Inevitably, Dipesh and gang appealed the Order and the matter is pending in the Appeal.

During the pendency of the Appeal and as a stop gap arrangement for a few months while the Appeal is heard,

A Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur appointed a three member administrative - retired Supreme Court judge B N Srikrishna, former Bombay High Court Judge R Y Ganoo and a senior partner from Ernst & Young – to look after the day-to-day affairs of the Club.

The Club was formed in 1878 and reserved only for Europeans till much after the Independence. In 1967 the Bombay City Civil Court allowed a new constitution where Indians and other nationals were allowed to be Members, but management was to be retained by Europeans as per the terms of the Principal Indenture for which the Trust was founded.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hello CM, Wanted: War Memorial in Mumbai!

Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat Message dedicating this Diwali to soldiers defending the country’s borders amid tremendous odds, a national body of communication professionals has launched a campaign for a War Memorial in Mumbai.
“The financial capital, which also houses the Western Naval Command, is out to have a permanent War Memorial. Several people from Maharashtra have also sacrificed and continue to do so for the nation,” said B N Kumar, national president of Public relations Council of India (PRCI), and a trained war correspondent.
“This is part of our series of social communication endeavours and we are keen to communicate to all concerned to work on a War Memorial in Mumbai,” said PRCI chairman emeritus and chief mentor M B Jayaram.
“Recently, we have seen a war memorial in Dharamshala which is a huge tourist draw and serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by our soldiers. It was heartening to see many tourists saluting the soldiers and taking selfies and posting them on the social media,” Kumar said.
PRCI will tweet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and others and seek people's support for the memorial.
PRCI said part of one of the mills lands could be used for the war memorial. Or between the State government and CIDCO, they could look at a suitable place in Navi Mumbai.
The War memorial can house war planes, battle tanks, and artillery guns, apart from plaques highlighting some sacrifices and achievements.

This can also inspire the youth to join the armed forces which offer adventurous life and are one of the large employers with pretty decent salaries and perks and even post-retirement benefits.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New ‘local’ Rly station near Panvel soon ?

  • ·         Suresh Prabhu responds to Sena MLA Barne’s demand for Bhingarwadi station

MUMBAI: Hopes of a new suburban railway station near Panvel on the trans-harbour line of the Central Railway have soared with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu positively responding to Shiva Sena MP Shrirang Appa Barne’s demand for it.
Mr Barne, MP from Maval Lok Sabha constituency, has been representing to Mr Suresh Prabhu a new suburban station at Bhingarwadi on Panvel-Karjat line to serve the commuting needs of eleven villages which have been unserved by rail service so far.
Barne says people from the eleven villages under his constituency – Khanavali, Poyanje, Bhingarwadi, Bhingar, Shedung, Vardoli, Bherle, Belavali and Machiprabal – have been facing innumerable difficulties in the absence of a railway station close to them.
In his latest letter to the Minister, Barne pointed out that Panvel-Karjat section has just three stations – Vchikale, Mohope and Chawk. Moreover, Mohope is a crossover and never operational as a station since the station is inaccessible by road.
He, therefore, suggested station at Bhingarwadi which is reachable by a 60 mtr wide road that passes under the rail line, connecting the national highway. It is also accessible by the surrounding 11 villages.
Mr Prabhu as initially responded to Barne stating that the proposal was being examined and subsequently he informed that the Chief Commercial Manager of Central Railway has been asked to study it and report urgently.
Mr Barne said with the connectivity from Bhingarwadi the people of his constituency coukld become part of the rapid urbanization that has been talking place in this area. The national common goal of affordable housing could be effectively met with peripheral developments like suburban rail connectivity, he pointed out.
Meanwhile, a Central Railway committee report has said the traffic on the Central Railway has been rising at 4% a year where as it is falling by 1% annually due to the real estate boom in Central suburbs. The pressure on CST-Panvel section is more than that of CST-Kalyan line.
The committee of Railway officers, civic administrators and public representatives which has gone into rising trend of deaths on tracks has highlighted the need for acquisition of 150 new trains, increasing the frequency of trains, stabling lines (parking places for trains) at Panvel, Thane and Kalyan. It particularly stressed on the need for induction of ten new rakes in trans-harbor section since no addition has been made during the last ten years.
The report pointed out Navi Mumbai and its surrounding areas have since emerged as the new realty destination, thanks to the infrastructure boom in the area.
The committee has been appointed at the instance of Mr Prabhu himself who was moved by a video clip showing the falling of a youth from a speeding train that went viral. The panel admitted that ten people die daily on an average on the Central Railway’s suburban section and another ten get seriously injured.
The committee suggested a Rs 21,000 crore makeover plan for the Central Railway whose new General Manager Mr Akhil Agrawal said the report is being studied. He said the Central Railway is looking for constructing stabling lines in areas like Thane, Kalyan and Panvel since space is a major constraint in Mumbai city.
The report - which has been signed by MPs Rajan Vichare, Poonam Mahajan and Arvind Sawant, apart from S K Sood, (then General Manager of Central Railway), Ketan Goradia (Commuters Association), L R Nagwani (NGO), Ajoy Mehta (BMC Commissioner) and E Ravindran (Kalyan Dombivili Municipal Commissioner) - is now placed on the CR website.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Deaths on CR Tracks: Can Be Explosive by 2030!

  • Ten people die daily & ten get seriously injured
  • Central Railway Panel suggests Rs 20,000 cr makeover Plan
  • Focuses on Parking for Locals at Panvel, Thane, Kalyan
  • Underground loop at CST, off Pdemelo Road

MUMBAI: Twentyone year old Bhavesh Nakhate wouldn’t have risked his life to catch a crowded train and precariously hang on to the coach’s handles had he known that there was another train in just two minutes.
But unfortunately, there was no train in two minutes and Bhavesh had to take that particular ‘local’ at Dombivali on his way to CST. Many people were hanging on to the train and there was someone who was shooting the journey on his mobile from inside. Suddenly, you see Bhavesh slipping away between Kopar and Diva. Thud. He falls and he was dead. The video clip went viral creating a sensation in social media.
Moved  by this, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered both Central and Western Railways to study the accidental deaths and come out reports to improve the situation.
The Central Railway came out with a report which, when  implemented, could convert the suburban into Metro like services with two-minute headway.
The situation with the existing stock can be “explosive” by 2030 as the number of casualties will multiply manifold due to open doors on the trains, the committee cautions and stresses that CR trains need air-conditioning and door closures much before the Western Railway
The committee which had four MPs - Kirit Somaiya, Rajan Vichare, Poonam Mahajan and Arvind Sawant – apart from S K Sood, (then General Manager of Central Railway), Ketan Goradia (Commuters Association), L R Nagwani (NGO), Ajoy Mehta (BMC Commissioner) and E Ravindran (Kalyan Dombivili Municipal Commissioner).
The committee members deliberated and finally signed a big report which is now placed on CR website.
The “Report on Review of Rising Trend of Accidental Deaths in Mumbai Suburban System” comes out with a Rs 20,000 crore makeover plan for CR including.
Some pointers from the report are:
·         Purchase of 150 new trains
·         Door closures and A/C trains
·         Additional platforms and stabling lines (parking for trains) at CST, Thane, Kalyan and Panvel
·         Disaster management plan
·         ROBs, fencing of tracks and so on
·         Committee discusses at length on the lack of parking places for trains which creates congestion (drag) on the system and leads to delays in train running.
·         Committee suggests ways to increase frequency of trains at two minute intervals by providing for loops, stabling lines etc.,
·         Underground loop at CSR and stabling lines at Thane, Kalyan and Panvel discussed.
·         Thane, KDMC and BMC commissioners were also on the committee and signed the report.
·         The situation with the existing stock can be “explosive” by 2030 as the number of casualties will multiply manifold due to open doors on the trains, the committee cautions and stresses that CR trains need air-conditioning and door closures much before the Western Railway
·         To be fair to CR, the committee recognises the fact that CR works at 400+% capacity on normal days and at times even exceeds 800+% capacity and calls for additional exclusive platforms to handle suburban trains, new trains to bridge the gap, and stabilizing lines to help double the services.
·         The panel envisages that half of the projected investment is to go for acquiring new rakes, while the stabling lines or parking places for trains to reduce piling up of rakes – akin to bumper-to-bumper road traffic - will be developed on self-financing basis.
·         Discussing the pressure on the existing system, the committee notes that at CST as many as 584 trains terminate and turn back in 20 hours. Similarly, 395 trains terminate at Thane, 256 at Panvel, 194 at Kalyan, 181 at Vashi, 72 at Karjat, 34 at Kasara and 30 at Khopoli.
·         This leads to a drag on the rail network and leads to piling up of trains approaching these stations – CST, Kalyan, Panvel in particular – which in turn causes delays.
·         To reduce this congestion and to improve efficiency of the network, the committee discusses at length proposals to construct auxiliary platforms and lay stabling/loop lines. The stabling lines and loops – proposed at CST, Kasara, Thane, Kalyan, Vashi and Panvel - will free the platforms and allow smooth flow of traffic since the rakes do not have to turn back as is the case now at most terminal stations.
·         CR has stabling lines for about 120 trains, and the facility is being increased to accommodate another 29 trains. However, stabling lines for another 150 rakes needs immediate attention, the committee says.
·         With the fate of CST-Panvel elevated corridor unclear and considering the rapid growth on the section, the committee says the only way to is CBCT or Communication-Based Train Control which can reduce the headway from four minutes limit of existing signaling system to two minutes.
·         Communications-based train control (CBTC) is a railway signaling system that makes use of the telecommunications between the train and track equipment for the traffic management and infrastructure control.
·         The Committee notes that the introduction of CBTC, at a cost of Rs 800 crores, can lead to requisition of 35 rakes and as many stabling lines in Panvel-Roha and Panvel-Karjat sections. This should be done immediately under MTP by the Railways and the Government of India.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently promised to take up the CBTC issue with the Railways.
CR GM Akhil Agrawal also promised to study the report and he also indicated that the Railway is looking beyond Mumbai City for parking places in places like Thane, Kalyan and Panvel.
With Suresh Prabhu himself taking keen interest in the suburban services, one hopes to see some action on this important report.
Prabhu was in Mumbai recently appreciating the beautification of 36 railway stations under Hamara Station, Hamari Shaan campaign.
Hope he will also focus on Beauty With Safety and Punctuality.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sahara says it deposited more than Rs.14,000 crores with SEBI

  • Saharasri offers gratitude to all who stood by Sahara in difficult times
  • Sahara has already deposited more than Rs.14,000 crores with SEBI, but  in the last 43 months, SEBI has repaid only around Rs.50 crores to the esteemed Investors, of course after verification all these monies shall come back to Sahara

Mumbai, July 17, 2016:‘Saharasri’ Subrata Roy Sahara, Managing Worker and Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar,culminates his gratitude journey today at Mumbai. ‘Saharasri’ Subrata Roy Sahara had commenced the ‘Abhaar Yatra’ – an emotional gratitude journey to offer his thanks and appreciate the unprecedented support extended by crores of esteemed members, associates and over 12 lakhs workers of Sahara India Pariwar. During his journey which started on 27th May, 2016 from Hyderabad he travelled across India including cities like Vijayawada, Raipur, Nagpur, Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Lucknow, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Patna, Muzaffarpur, Ranchi, Varanasi, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.

While addressing the meeting of over five thousand managers, here at MumbaiSaharasri said, “I feel utmost proud to see the faith shown by you which has always been the real strength of Sahara India Pariwar.”  The event saw the emotional outburst of many workers who were reduced to tears on seeing Saharasri among them.  People wanted to touch him and shake hands with him, or take hisphotographs.
He further emphasized, “Sahara India Pariwar has always had absolute faith in the Indian Judiciary and we strongly believe that justice may get delayed for various genuine reasons but will prevailand it does, in the end and same will happen in Sahara SEBI case as well.”

Friday, March 18, 2016

Police ‘brutality’ on Canadian bizman: NHRC notice to 13 cops, 2 lawyers

 Cops raid Arnool Jamal’s room in wee hours in August 2013
MUMBAI: Acting on a complaint of a Canadian businessman of harassment by Mumbai police, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has served notices on 16 people, including four senior police officers, five constables and two lawyers.
This may be the first time that as many as 13 police personnel from Mumbai police have been served NHRC notices. They have been given four weeks time to respond to the notice, as per information posted on NHRC web site.
The complainant, Alnoor Jamal, a Canadian senior citizen of Indian origin, in a strongly worded complaint raised issues of extreme high handedness and police brutality on part of the officials of Mumbai police, who on the instructions of Shobhit Rajan, a local real estate businessman, and his two local lawyers swooped down on him and his indisposed wife at 0130 hours on August 29, 2013 at his hotel room in South Mumbai.
In his petition to the NHRC, Jamal named senior officers ACP Shivajitrao T Kolekar (Bandra Division), Police Inspectors Vikas Daulat Sonavane, Bapurao Narayan Pawar and Chagan Raghunath Jadhav and PSI Cellists Baptist D’mello (of Khar Police Station) and Lawyers Vibhav Krishna and Maurya of lawfirm M/s Juris Concillis.
Jamal said the entire police action is recorded on CCTV of the hotel and he cited hotel staff as the witness to the episode as the latter was present with him throughout.  
He urged NHRC to take suitable legal action be taken against all responsible.
Jamal had earlier petitioned the PMO who had referred the matter to the Maharashtra Government for inquiry.
The genesis of the case goes back to Jamal’s complaint against Rajan of indulging in criminal activities, including fraud, misrepresentation, money laundering, and direct theft from this joint venture company.
Jamal told NHRC that on Shobhit Rajan’s instructions, officers of Khar and Marine Drive Police Stations “have displayed high level of corruption, complete lack of accountability and professional ethics, and defiance of law. The police apparatus has allowed itself to be miss-utilized by Mr. Shobhit Rajan who in cohorts with unscrupulous lawyers have displayed wanton and complete disregard for the rule of law.”
“They intimidated and threatened my wife aged 62 and me and coaxed us to settle our disputes with Rajan on his terms or face immediate arrest after barging into the privacy of my hotel room,” he said.
Alnoor Jamal and Shobhit Rajan have several disputes in respect of Parke Davis property now called Rajaskaran Tech Park (Logitech Park). Jamal claims that Shobhit has used his muscle power by using his lawyers and police machinery as tools to intimidate Jamal into settlement.
"The depravity of these policemen was brought out in the report of October 18, 2013 prepared by the Senior Police Officer, the then Deputy Commissioner of Police Zone XI, Mumbai, Mr. Cherring Dorje. In spite of this Report, the local Indian authorities have refused to take any action against any one of them" he said in his plaint to NHRC.
Parts of Dorji’s report accessed by us, finds these policemen guilty of serious misconduct and recommends severe punishment. "The audacity of the police and especially the lawyers Vibhav Krishna and Maurya forcefully entering the privacy of a hotel room in the dead of the night where my wife and I were resting is unheard off even in remote Africa. I'm surprised such lawyers are given licenses by the bar council of India. They have acted like criminals"
Earlier, Supreme Court had dismissed Shobhit Rajan's petition challenging the Bombay High Court Order that quashed all cases against Alnoor Jamal's uncle Nazir Mussa, a UK based businessman, who was wrongly implicated in a criminal case by Shobhit Rajan.
Jamal said Mussa was forced to suffer the ignominy of imprisonment of nearly a month before he was granted bail by Bombay High Court which later was found to be a frivolous case and accordingly quashed and set aside by the High Court and then by the Supreme Court. Mussa, he said, was picked up the police from the CCI Club of Mumbai, when he was playing cards, even though he had nothing to do with the dispute.