Friday, 24 June 2016

Liver transplant gives new lease of life to Pune man


PUNE: Liver transplant by a man from Aurangabad has given a new lease of life to a 55-year-old in Pune who was suffering from chronic liver disease.

This successful green corridor was created from Aurangabad to Pune and the organ reached Sahyadri Hospital Deccan at around 10.40 am, in about 3.5 hours (which normally it takes 6 hours). This was all due to the combined efforts of Pune and Aurangabad traffic police.

Aurangad based man was admitted to a Hospital after he met with an accident in Aurangabad on Monday late evening. The patient was declared brain dead and the ZTCC (Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre) was notified, who then according to the regulations allocated the Liver to Sahyadri Hospital Deccan.

News broke to the medical team at Sahyadri Hospital Deccan who soon made their way to Aurangabad to consult the family of the deceased about Organ Donation. After receiving consent from the family, the liver of the brain dead patient was harvested and transported via 'Green Corridor' from Aurangabad to Sahyadri Hospital Deccan on Tuesday.

This liver transported from Aurangabad was successfully transplanted in the 55 year old who was suffering from chronic liver diseases at Sahyadri Hospitals, Deccan Gymkhana. Dr. Bipin Vibhute, Liver & Multi Organ Transplant & Hepatobilliary Surgeon – Sahyadri Hospital commented, "In a span of last few months, from its inception Sahyadri's Centre for Organ Transplant has performed 11 successful liver Transplants. He further added, "This is the second time in last few months when a liver has been transported to Sahyadri Hospital, Deccan, Pune via green corridor for carrying out transplant surgery".

Dr. Prashantha Rao, Liver & Multi Organ Transplant & Hepatobilliary Surgeon – Sahyadri Hospital said, “The decision by brain dead patient’s family to donate his liver to a needy patient is also worth appreciating. It is very important to note that, through organ donation one man can give a new lease of life to another man. Sahyadri Hospitals is trying its level best to increase awareness about organ donation.”

Dr. Alapini Thopte, Manager operations, Sahyadri Hospital Deccan Gymkhana commented, "Usually it takes 6 hours to travel from Aurangabad to Pune, thanks to the green corridor created by traffic police." 

Haier India invests Rs 490 cr in Pune plant


PUNE: Consumer appliances and electronic goods maker Haier India is planning to set up a manufacturing plant at Ranjangaon near Pune with the total investment of Rs 490 crore. The plant will be fully operational by September 2017.

Haier India is expecting to close the year with over Rs 2,000 crore revenue as compared to Rs 1,700 crore in FY16. The company is looking to treble its revenue to Rs 6,500 crore by 2020 on the back on increased manufacturing and increased penetration of consumer goods in the country and plans to achieve top three position in the market.

"With the expansion of the manufacturing facility, Haier aims to gradually reduce the dependence on imports and increase exports from the country to aggressively contribute to the growth of the Indian economy. By 2020, we are looking at being a $1 billion company. Our turnover will be close to Rs 6,500 crore. We will also have our higher production capacity in place," said  Eric Braganza, president, Haier India.

Currently, the company has a network of 700 direct dealers and plans to expand it by another 300 in the next two years. "We have invested Rs 490 crore at our plant at Ranjangaon Pune to double capacity of refrigerator production and make new products too. We had to increase the production capacity due to the growth in the sales, therefore we had to build up additional manufacturing facility in India," he added.

Earlier the company was only making refrigerators at the plant. Now it will also make washing machines, ACs, TV panels and water heaters. “Globally, Haier Group has been a pioneer in home solutions and appliances technology and has enjoyed a great market share across the world. The growth demonstrated by Haier India in the recent few years has been phenomenal and we’re really optimistic about the company’s position in the country. The expansion of Haier’s manufacturing facility in Pune further strengthens the group’s focus on India,” said Song Yujun, managing director Haier India.

Haier India, a 100% subsidiary of China's Haier Group, began operations in 2004 and started manufacturing in India by acquiring a 40-acre plant at Ranjangoan in 2007.

Cinepolis launches second Multiplex in Pune with 'IMAX Theatre'


PUNE: Cinepolis, India's first international and world's fourth largest movie theatre circuit announced the opening of eight-screen multiplex at Westend Mall in Pune.

The iconic mega-plex was inaugurated in the presence of internationally acclaimed actor, Irrfan Khan along with MD Cinepolis India, Javier Sotomayar.The recent launch is in line with the Mexican multiplex operator's strategic vision of widening its pan-India footprint.

The state-of-art multiplex has an IMAX theatre, Dolby Atmos, RealD 3D technology. Total seating capacity of the multiplex is 1369 and will have 40 shows daily.
Cinepolis now has over 246 screens in 38 cities across India. The company already has a strong presence in the city, with its existing (India's largest) megaplex, 15-screen property in Season mall, Pune.

With this launch Cinepolis is opening the first Imax theatre in Pune. In addition, another auditorium in the complex is equipped with Dolby Atmos, which employs up to 64 speakers to heighten the realism of every scene.

"Cinepolis is committed to offering the best cinema experience to movie goers in India. We already have presence in Pune with India's biggest multiplex at Seasons Mall and this technologically advanced multiplex with IMAX theatre, Dolby Atmos, RealD 3D will widen our presence in this city. On the back of this success, we aim to reach the 400-screen landmark by 2017," said Managing Director Cinepolis India, Javier Sotomayor.

"At Cinepolis, we have already expressed the vitality of Western India for our business development. We already have strong presence in Mumbai as well in Pune with 15 Screen Megaplex. With this opening our presence in Pune has increased to 23 Screens. We have more than 10 screen planned to be opened in city in couple of years helping in increasing our presence in the country," said Director-Expansion Cinepolis India, Ashish Shukla.

Gera Developments fined Rs 50,000


PUNE: The district consumer court has imposed Rs 50,000 cost on Gera Developments Private Limited and its two directors for not complying with their "statutory obligation" of obtaining a full completion certificate and executing deed of apartment in favour of each unit owner in a condominium at Lullanagar.

Rohit Gera, one of the firm's two directors, is also the vice-president of the Pune unit of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai), a body of realtors.
The bench of V P Utpat and Kshitija Kulkarni ordered the realty firm to obtain full completion certificate in respect of 'Gera Junction' condominium, hand over a copy to the apartment owners' body, and execute a registered deed of apartment in favour of each unit-holder within three months. The firm has to report compliance of these directives to the consumer court.

Built in 2005, the condominium houses about 65 commercial shops and consists of basement, stilt and four commercial. All units were sold 10 years ago. Gera Junction's association of apartment owners had filed a complaint accusing Gera Developments of deficiency in service for not executing deed of apartment, not obtaining full completion certificate and for surrendering a portion of the basement parking area to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) as amenity space. PMC was named the fourth respondent in the complaint.

The bench observed, "Opposite parties No 1 to 3 (Gera Developments and its two directors) have neither produced full completion certificate before the forum nor have handed over the same to the complainant (apartment owner's body)."

"As per provisions of the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act, 1963, it is a statutory duty of the builder/promoter to execute deed of declaration as well as deed of apartment and obtain full completion certificate from the local body. Opposite parties No 1 to 3 have not produced any cogent documentary evidence to prove that they have discharged their statutory and contractual obligations," the bench said.

Gera told, "We will file an appeal against the order since there is an error on the face of the record. The PMC had issued us occupancy certificates (OCs) in parts On June 2, 2005, for the use of basement, stilt and the first two floors, and on November 25, 2005, for the use of the third and fourth floor of the condominium."

Gera referred two OCs in support of his claim and said, "The deed of declaration executed in 2005 in relation to the condominium also contained OC for the first four floors." A senior PMC official said, "An OC is issued only after the builder receives a completion certificate for the building from PMC. Issuing OCs in parts is not an authorised act but it is practised in many civic bodies, including PMC."

The apartment owners claimed that since September 2013, when PMC took possession of the surrendered parking area, they were facing vehicle parking issues due to inadequate space and the traffic police's parking restrictions on the road outside the condominium.

However, the consumer court dismissed the plaint against PMC on the grounds that the promoter/builder had agreed to allot a portion of the parking area to PMC as amenity space at the time of sanctioning of the building plans and the same reflected in the records.

The bench held that it can not adjudicate the parking area issue in a summary trial as the matter involved a civil dispute requiring investigation and recording of evidence. "The complainant condominium is at liberty to move the civil court, by filing a civil suit, as regards to issue of parking," the bench observed.

Jews of Pune happy with minority status


PUNE : The Jewish population in the city welcomed the State Cabinet’s move of granting minority status to the Jews in the state on Tuesday. While the total population of the Jews in the city is around 4,400, the city has nearly 200 Jews.

Yoses Nowgaonkar, secretary of Succath Shelmo Synagogue, said, “The entire community is very happy with the decision of the government. We will now be able to get holidays for our festivals which we did not get earlier. Our contribution is finally being recognised.”

Nathan Aston, former principal of is also ecstatic with the news and said Jews will now be able to enjoy the benefits of a minority community. “Maharashtra is not the first state to do so, West Bengal had done it earlier. Although small in numbers, Jews are spread all over the country,” added Aston.
According to Marcelle Samuel, who is the HoD of Economics and Banking at the Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, the minority status will benefit the students of the Jewish community as they will be able to apply for various scholarships in their respective courses or streams.

There are also a few who are questioning the need for a minority status. “More than 4,000 Jews are living in India and since we all are hard working and are well off, many of us felt that it would be seen as an act of disrespect or dishonor. However, we had an hour-long long discussion at our Synagogue over this and we concluded that this will be a good opportunity for our community to be recognised and for our future generations as well,” said George Judah, a retired pilot from Indian Air Force, who is now the director of the Management School in DY Patil University.

Judah added that Jews as a community in the country have never faced any kind of harassment from any other community or individuals. “We have asked for such a recognition keeping in mind our future generations, large numbered communities like those of Christians or Muslims have minority status but us being such a minuscule community in the country, find it only fair to have such a status granted to us,” he said.

Scania to showcase Ethanol powered Green bus in Pune


PUNE: Leading commercial vehicle and engine manufacturer Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt. Ltd. kickstarted a smart city initiative in Nagpur with the first Ethanol powered Green Bus as a pilot to show the environmental, social and commercial benefits of a Scania Bharat Stage V bus run on locally produced alternate fuels. The bus was handed over to the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in August 2014 and has been in use in the city.

The Municipal Commissioner of Nagpur, Shravan Hardikar, has offered to showcase India’s first ethanol powered city bus in Pune on 25th June 2016, at the city’s first anniversary of the smart city project launch. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the event and launch a number of initiatives under the smart city project. Scania is honoured to participate the Pune smart city anniversary with the Green Bus on behalf of Nagpur Municipal Corporation.

Scania is closely aligned with the mission of establishing sustainable smart cities that balance superior citizen services with ecological benefits and provide clean green and sustainable mass transit options. The ethanol powered bus is a first step in that direction. Developed as Scania’s pilot project in the area of bio fuel powered transport solutions, the trial run of the Ethanol Green Bus in Nagpur has clearly demonstrated the merits of implementing sustainable transport solutions in a country that is in a phase of rapid urbanisation.

Clean and green renewable fuels, together with safe and smart mobility solutions, play a vital role in India’s smart city mission. They provide the blueprint for smart cities to develop sustainable urban transport solutions. Mobility solutions that use bio fuels can not only help in reducing emissions but also create value from waste. As India grapples with climate change and waste disposal, bio fuel technologies hold significant opportunities for the nation. These sustainable fuels also have an important role to play in helping the Government of India achieve its objective of reducing dependency on imported fossil fuels and reducing pollution. 

Ahead of PM Modi’s visit, fight begins over credit for smart city projects in Pune


PUNE: Ahead of the mega event of inauguration of select projects of Pune smart city by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pune Mayor Prashant Jagtap has sparked a controversy by announcing that three of the 14 projects that would be launched by the Prime Minister are that of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and not of the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (PSCDCL). However, the municipal commissioner was quick to say that the projects are linked to the smart city projects.

The Prime Minister will arrive in Pune on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
“There are 14 projects of Pune that would be launched by the Prime Minister on Saturday. The Utility Vehicle Management System and Grievance Redressal, GPS on BRT and non BRT buses, Smart Mobility Card and Mobile App are the projects of PMC,” said Jagtap.

He said that it was a good moment for the PMC as its three projects alongwith the smart city projects would be launched by the Prime Minister. “I have urged the civic administration to ensure that the public is aware that three of the 14 projects are of PMC. These are being implemented using the civic funds,” said Jagtap.

When contacted, Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar said the projects that have been pointed out by the mayor are linked to smart city mission. “They are linked to smart city mission and would be implemented under the area development,” he added. Kumar said that there would be an exhibition at the venue where the PSCDCL would have three stalls on sustainable development, smart mobility and area development of Baner Balewadi.

He said that it has been decided to invite 5,000 people for the event. “The plan is to invite people from all sections of the society. There would be people representing the slum, women, students and other social sectors,” Kumar said.

The Prime Minister would launch the smartnet portal that would have all information of all the smart city projects being implemented by the 20 smart cities in the country, he said.“The Make You City Smart contest’ of the Union Urban Development Ministry would also be launched on the occasion. The event would have a direct video conferencing link with the 98 potential smart cities selected by the union government and the Prime Minister would communicate with the representatives of the few cities,” he said. 

Force Motors opens Rs 100 cr facility in Pune

Force Motors opens Rs 100 cr facility in Pune


PUNE: Force Motors inaugurated its brand new facility here, entailing an investment of Rs 100 crore, to supply engines and axles to Mercedes-Benz India.The plant, which is dedicated to the production of engines and axles for all Mercedes Cars and SUVs made in India, was formally inaugurated by Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar. "The inauguration of this plant marks a significant step in our 45-year-long association with Mercedes Benz," Force Motors Managing Director Prasan Firodia said.

This new plant will help Force Motors be more flexible in terms of the production capacity demands, he added. Force Motors has been the preferred partner for producing engines for all Mercedes Benz cars and SUV's made in India since 1997.

The new plant, which is spread over 1,30,000 sq ft, has eight lines that produce and test up to 14 engine variants. This includes the 4 cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, 6 cylinder V-type gasoline and diesel engines. It employs around 200 people and works in two shifts. Made with an investment of Rs 100 crore this plant is a part of the Rs 700 crore investment pledged by Force Motors over the next two years, across its value chain for multiple products, business verticals.

The facility has a current annual capacity of 20,000 engines and 20,000 front and rear axles. This capacity can be further enhanced, should there be a requirement from Mercedes, Firodia said. Till date Force Motors has supplied over 60,000 engines and over 50,000 axles to the German luxury carmaker.

Last year, the company had inaugurated a plant in Chennai that produces power trains for German car major BMW. Pune-based Force Motors expects to triple its revenue to Rs 3,000 crore in next three years driven by its contract manufacturing business for leading automobile companies like Mercedes Benz and BMW.

Currently, the revenue generated (from OEMs business) is around Rs 1,000 crore. Force Motors sells vehicles including small commercial vehicles, multi-utility vehicles, light commercial vehicles, sports utility vehicles and agricultural tractors.