Monday, August 29, 2016

Nepal bans Pune police couple for 10 years over ‘fake’ Everest claims

PUNE: THE Nepal government has imposed a 10-year ban on a police couple from Pune who had allegedly bluffed about scaling Mount Everest on May 23. Nepal officials have told Pune police a letter has been sent to inform them of the decision to bar the couple from entering Nepal for that period, Pune police commissioner Rashmi Shukla said.

“This means the probe ordered by Nepal government has confirmed the two had lied about scaling Everest… This is indeed shocking. The couple have tarnished the image not only of police force but of the whole country,” Shukla said. 

Dinesh and Tarkeshwari Rathod, both 30 and serving constables with Pune police, held a press meet in Kathmandu on June 5 and announced they scaled Everest on May 23, becoming the first Indian couple to do so. The two are posted at Shivajinagar headquarters of Pune city police. Shukhla said she will initiate “strong” action against the couple. Asked if they can be arrested, she said the action will be as per laid-down norms.

She said the couple have been absconding since the Pune police initiated a departmental inquiry against them. “The two have disappeared without a trace even as we were conducting the inquiry,” she said.
Senior officials added the couple might not be arrested, but could face demotion or have their annual increments stopped. Officials said by remaining out of bounds for the probe, the couple have “already confirmed they had done something wrong”.

Days after the couple’s press briefing, a group of mountaineers had approached Pune police alleging they had faked their expedition. Surendra Shelke, one of the complainants and secretary of a city-based mountaineering association, had alleged the couple had morphed pictures and there were discrepancies in their description of the summit. The Pune police probe followed.

A mountaineer from Kolkata had told this paper that he and another climber had scaled Everest on May 21 and their pictures were misused by the duo. “I had scaled Mt Everest along with another climber and two sherpas on May 21,” Satyrup Siddhantha, a software engineer working in Bangalore, had said. He said he had given his pictures to some people, including sherpas at the base camp.

“They had copied the pictures into their pen drives. They might have shared the pictures with other climbers,” he said. Siddhantha had uploaded his pictures on Facebook on June 2.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tork Motorcycles to launch first electric bike T6X soon

PUNE: The Pune-based family enterprise Tork Motorcycles is gearing up to launch the country's first electric motorcycle under brand T6X with a claim to offer 100 km travel on a single charge that can vroom at 85 kmph.

The Pune-based company, partly owned by entrepreneur Kapil Shelke and his father, and funded by two angel investors -- Ankit Bhati and Bhavesh Agrawal of Ola Cabs in their personal capacities -- has so far developed five prototypes of electric bike and the one it plans to commercialise is the fifth model called T6X.

Shelke is a mechanical engineer from the Pune University and started the firm in 2009.

He, however, did not offer any financial details about his family's investments or those by the angel investors. The company did not showcase the product, but is awaiting ARAI clearance and looking at a commercial launch in about two months.

Asked if it needs more cash to begin production, Shelke said the company is adequately funded.  On cost of product development and foreign technology partner, Shelke answered in the negative. "Barring the lithium batteries, we have no imported spare parts nor any technology tie-ups," he told PTI here over the weekend.

He also claimed that the company has almost readied a manufacturing plant at Chakan near Pune, with an installed capacity of 50,000 units a year.  He parried a question about how many units he plans to manufacture, only saying he hopes to sell 10,000 units in the first year of operations.

On facility for public charging of the vehicle, Shelke said the company has already set up two charging stations in Pune and one at Lonavala. Initially, there are plans to launch at least 100 charging stations per city prior to or along with the commercial launch in Pune, Bengaluru and Delhi in the first phase and Mumbai and Hyderabad in the second phase. Shelke said his prototype has already cleared electric motorcycle racings like Isle of Man TTX-GP or the TTX-GP Championship over the past six years.

Some of its other feats include the podium finishes at the 2009 Isle of Man TTX-GP and 2010 TTX-GP Championship. In 2012, it entered the 400-metre drag race-demo run at the Valley Run, where their first small capacity electric bike built on the Yamaha FZ recorded 0-100 kmph sprint in 8.7 seconds.

Maharashtra's 'Dr Death' - five bodies unearthed

SATARA : Police on said they had found bodies of five of the six people murdered in cold blood by self-confessed medico Santosh Gulabrao Pol in a case that has stunned Maharashtra.
Solapur Range Inspector General of Police Vishwas Nangre-Patil and Satara Superintendent of Police Sandip Patil said that following the shocking revelations by Pol, police dug his poultry farmhouse premises and discovered the remains of the five bodies.
Charged with kidnapping and murdering an 'aanganwadi worker' Mangal Jedhe, 49, on June 16, Pol admitted to committing a total of six murders, including that of a man, after administering them lethal overdose of some medicines, earning him the sobriquet 'Dr. Death'.
The 41-year-old Pol's associate, nurse Jyoti Pandurang Mandre, 25, has also been arrested. Both have been sent to police custody by a court.
Pol was also functioning as a police informer on corruption cases against government officials and flaunted his 'links' with top police officials whenever anyone tried to enquire about his activities, said Nangre-Patil.
Nangre-Patil added that a probe would be conducted why the local police were scared of taking action against the accused pair if they did have information about suspicious happenings at the farmhouse.
SP Patil said they were attempting to trace the body of a woman, Vanita Gaikwad, whose body was thrown into a water reservoir of Krishna river.
Senior Inspector of Wai Police Crime Branch Padmakar Ghanvat revealed that soon after Jedhe's disappearance, Pol lodged a police complaint on June 24 accusing her of fleeing with 200 gms of gold on the pretext of doubling them in a ponzi scheme.
In his latest revelations under custodial interrogation, Pol has claimed that he had conspired to kill Jedhe almost three months ago and even kept a dug-up grave ready for her.
He was also planning to eliminate his associate Jyoti Mandre and he had planted an almond tree on one of his victim's grave.
He has confessed to killing Surekha Kisan Chikane on May 20, 2003, Vanita Narhari Gaikwad on August 12, 2006, Jagabai Laxman Pol on August 13, 2010, Nathmal Dhanaji Bhandari on December 7, 2015 and an orphan Salma Shaikh on January 17, 2016, said Ghanvat.
A majority of the victims either worked with him or came in contact as patients, and their remains have been sent for forensic and DNA tests, Ghanvat added.
"We shall investigate all the missing persons' cases in and around Wai since 2003, the hospitals where he worked, question other patients and employees, tackle all possible angles," Patil said.
Nangre-Patil assured that nothing was being ruled out, including the possibility of more murders of missing persons in the region that may have been committed by the accused.
Pol, described as an 'Electro-Homoeopath', practiced in some local hospitals and at his farmhouse, 13 km on the outskirts of the quaint Wai town, at the base of the twin hill stations of Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani, around 175 km south of Mumbai.
The medico's alleged crimes came to light after police began to probe the suspicious disappearance of Jedhe, President of the Purva Prathmik Shikshika Sevika Sangh (MPPSSS), on June 16.
"She had left Wai for Pune on June 15 evening to attend to her pregnant daughter's delivery but never reached there," said MPPSSS general secretary Shaukat Pathan.
Ghanvat said investigations revealed that prior to leaving for Pune, she was in touch with Pol and both had a bitter fight when she threatened to reveal his activities, and later her husband Bhikhu R. Jedhe had pointed a finger of suspicion at the medico.
As the horrifying details of the case tumbled out since Monday, hundreds of curious onlookers from Wai and surroundings came to view Pol's home and farmhouse.