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Third major building crash in the district in the recent past.
Jul 5, 2013, Thane: The BIG Garments factory, located in Arihant Compound campus having many godowns, had collapsed in Kalher village near the powerloom town of Bhiwandi on Thursday in which so far six people have been killed and 24 others injured.
Out of the three more bodies recovered, two have been identified as that of Mohamad Mansoor (22) and Miraj Shaikh (30), both workers employed with the BIG Garment factory.
The Narpoli police have registered an offence under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC against six persons in connection with the building crash, Narpoli police inspector DB Patil said. The Dedhia brothers, who owned the factory, the architect and builder have been named in the FIR, Patil said. However, as of now, no arrest has been made in connection with the mishap.
Around 12 fire engines and scores of personnel of civil defence and home guard carried out relief and rescue operations. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) also visited the spot. The work of clearance of debris will continue today, district disaster control room sources said. Incessant rains in the area are blamed for the collapse, though there is no official confirmation about it. Top officials including district collector P Velrasu, Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation (BNMC) commissioner Achyut Hange, Thane police commissioner K P Raghuvanshi visited the site on Thursdya and supervised the rescue operations.
This is the third major building crash in the district in the recent past.
In April this year, 74 people lost their lives in Maharashtra’s worst building collapse at Shilphata in Mumbra area. Last month, 10 people died when a three-storey building collapsed, also in the Mumbra township of Thane district.
Bhiwandi garment factory collapse: Death toll climbs to six; http://www.firstpost.com/india/bhiwandi-garment-factory-collapse-death-toll-climbs-to-six-931087.html
More than 21 such warehouses have been gutted in fires in different incidents in the past two years in this belt along the Thane-Bhiwandi Road
Jun 22, 2010: Two warehouses containing chemicals were reduced to ash in a major fire that broke out on Monday morning near Thane. The incident occurred at Bhoir Compound at Dapodi Naka in Mankoli Village on the Thane-Bhiwandi Road.
According to the police, the fire started around 10.30am on Monday in one of the 12 warehouses, where different chemicals and other inflammable material, was stored. Before the security guards noticed it and called the fire brigade, the fire had rapidly spread to the neighbouring warehouse.
The flames were visible from a distance of more than five kilometres. Twelve fire engines from Bhiwandi, Thane and Kalyan worked for more than 12 hours to douse the fire. No casualties were reported in the incident that caused losses of several lakh. According to fire officials though the exact cause of fire is yet to be known, it is believed that the short circuit may have caused it. Narpoli police are investigating further. Interestingly, more than 21 such warehouses have been gutted in fires in different incidents in the past two years in this belt along the Thane-Bhiwandi Road.
Chemical plants gutted in fire in Bhiwandi; http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/1399613/report-chemical-plants-gutted-in-fire-in-bhiwandi
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Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”
What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures,”
Social progress depends not upon the ennoblement of the few but on the enrichment of democracy; universal brotherhood can be achieved only when there is an equality of opportunity - of opportunity in the social, political and individual life.
In the new global politico-economic regime with new international division of labour, informalization of labour, free mobility of capital, alarming expansion of reserve army of labour and creation of global reserve army of labour for capital, and a system of regulating at international level and deregulating at national level, the pre-globalization strategies of organizing and collective bargaining have largely become ineffective and irrelevant. Therefore the labour movements and the social, political movements in general need to develop and implement new strategies of organizing and collective bargaining effective in new global politico-economic regime.
Divide, isolate and rule is the most important aspect of the capitalism to control the labour by not letting the working class emerge as a unified force. Dividing the working class in different sectional interests, and intensifying social conflicts (caste, gender, religion, regionality and nationality conflicts etc) are important strategies of capitalism. On the other hand, by its various institutions and propaganda machinery, the capitalism blurs the link between various sectional problems and their linkage with the capitalist system and therefore the movements appear detached from each other and focused on their sectional issues rather than challenging the capitalist system that produces and reproduces these problems.
The fate of social, political movements in India depends on their attitude towards learning and building unity in diversity at various levels to defeat the capital’s attempts to divide, isolate and rule. The revival of the working class movement also depends on this factor.