Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pioneers Come Together to Revamp Bikes like Never Before!

ICustomMadeIt, pioneers of bespoke ecommerce in India, collaborates with the iconic DC Design to launch the DC2 Carbon-Shot Custom Kits for Royal Enfield Classic Bikes.

30th January. Pune. If you are an avid biker who believes your bike should be an extension of your personality, then here’s reason to celebrate! iCustomMadeIt – India’s biggest bespoke ecommerce portal – today announces the launch of a revolutionary concept in bespoke automobiles as it collaborates with DC Design to bring the limited edition DC2 Carbon-Shot on its website. Designed to remodel the aesthetics of the Royal Enfield Classic 350 CC and 500 CC bikes, it is currently available in three stock colours but allows the buyer to order for one in a colour of his choice.

After having tasted superb success with fully customized bikes for which they have collaborated with some of the most brilliant creators in the country, iCustomMadeIt believes this step will make a huge difference and the association will provide a huge boost to the already growing market of automobile customization. On their association with the iconic firm DC Design, iCustomMadeIt CEO Mr. Raj Iyer said, “We are honoured to be associated with DC Design and the legend Mr Dilip Chabbria and are humbled and honoured by their faith in our expertise. DC Carbon-Shot is set to revolutionize the bike customization industry and we aim to play a huge role in its success.”

iCustomMadeIt always strives to provide the finest quality bespoke merchandize to its patrons and this move, which is sure to herald a new era in high-end bike customization, is a result of their efforts in this regard. Carbon-Shot is the first product from the DC2 line-up by DC Design – the firm by Dilip Chhabria that has created a niche of its own in the field of customized four-wheelers, being credited with the creation of India’s first sports car.
Visit the website for more details on this product and book your own limited edition Carbon-Shot and get set to rule the roads … in style!!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Trauma centre on expressway to be operational by April

27 January 2017

PUNE: A 3,500 sq ft trauma care centre constructed by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) on the Mumbai-Pune expressway, which has been ready since the past two years, will be operational by April. The state health department is currently evaluating proposals from three medical institutions to supply staff to the centre.

The centre at Ozarde, near Talegaon has operation rooms, recovery rooms and two helipads. However, it was not commissioned as there were no doctors or paramedical staff to treat accident victims. A senior MSRDC official said the corporation has written several letters to the state health department over the past two years, asking them to appoint an agency to run the centre. However, they have not received a response.

The state health department received proposals from Mahatma Gandhi Medical College in Kamothe, Shree Shankar Charitable Trust in Pune and Sancheti Hospital in Pune to supply staff.

“We are currently evaluating their proposals based on parameters we had set. This will be done by the end of the month and the centre will be operational by April,” said Dr H. H. Chavan, deputy director of health services, Pune.

The 94-km expressway, touted to rival the best in the world, is fast emerging as a death trap considering the number of accidents and deaths on it. Between 2010 and 2016, 4,634 accidents on the expressway cost 1,323 people their lives. With such a high rate of accidents, a trauma care centre is essential to provide medical assistance in the ‘golden hour’ to save lives.

Mumbai’s Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple Trust has agreed to fund the equipment required for the centre. “We have told the MSRDC that we will fund the equipment, for which we have made a provision of Rs1.25 crore in our budget. As soon as the government appoints an agency to run the centre, we will release the funds. We are prepared to donate more if the need arises,” said Naresh Rane, chairman of the trust.

State to review Sainik schools’ performance

27 June 2017

PUNE: The education department has decided to review the work of all Sainik schools in the state. The main aim of the exercise is to see whether the schools were fulfilling the purpose for which they were started, that is, of sending maximum number of students to Armed Forces.

"A committee under the commissioner of education has been formed to carry out the review work. A government resolution to this effect has been released," said N K Jarag, director of secondary education.

"There are nearly 30 Sainik schools in the state. We will visit all the schools and examine the quality of education and infrastructure, among other things. A report will then be submitted to the education ministry for further action," a senior official of education department said.

Pooja Jog, principal of Rani Laxmibai Girls Military School, Pirangut, said the biggest hurdle the girls from Sainik schools face is that they don't have direct entry to defence institutes after passing standard XII. "Boys have direct entry to National Defence Academy after they complete Class XII, but that is not the case with girls as they have to complete their graduation and only then can appear for Combined Defence Services Examination. Till they are in school, they live in a very militarized set up, but when they go for graduation, they get diverted to other fields, hence the number is small," Jog added.

The school was started in 1997, and till now nine girls have joined Armed Services. Men candidates can join at the rank of Jawans after completing Std XII, an option that women don't have. "The only option is to apply for Military Nursing Serviceswhere students are trained for three years and are given BSc nursing degree and posted as nursing officers," Jog said.

The committee will also review the syllabus of Sainik schools to see if it can be upgraded to the level of Central Board of Secondary Education. 

Mumbai-Nashik-Nagpur fast train corridor likely

27 January 2017

PUNE: Three cities from the state are expected to undergo a rail network revamp as part of the Union government's plan to start fast train corridors.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the Centre was ready to consider the development of the Mumbai-Nashik-Nagpur fast-train corridor. In reply to a text message sent by TOI on the possibility of the Union government's ambitious bullet train project including Pune and Nashik, the CM said, "Not as yet. But the Union government is ready to consider Mumbai-Nashik-Nagpur fast corridor in lieu of that."

Earlier, the government had agreed to the state's request to extend the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project to Pune and Nashik. Sources told that it was a possibility even now.

"It has not been refused by the CM. He has said it has not yet been approved so it can mean that a request may have gone to the Union government and is waiting for approval. However, that the Centre is considering the fast rail corridor is good news for the state. The cities are expected to see several infrastructural developments. If the fast corridor is to be developed between the three cities, setting up of new tracks and land acquisition will be needed," a Railways official requesting anonymity told.

The Rs 98,000 crore Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project may go operational by 2023. The corridor is expected to have 10 stations and Japanese International Cooperation Agency that had conducted studies recently said the fares will be among the cheapest in the world. The maximum design speed of this train is 350 kmph and the journey would take 2 hours 58 minutes.

The Railways ministry recently said they were considering new corridors that could be converted into high speed with trains travelling at 250 kmph. The corridors include Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Chennai, Delhi-Kolkata and Delhi-Nagpur.

"Once the Union government approves the route, work will begin. On Tuesday, the state government provided a seed funding of Rs 500 crore to Maharashtra Railway Infrastructure Development Company to facilitate new and existing rail projects in the state. The company will also look into land acquisition, rehabilitation and compensation," another Railways official said.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Govt agencies acquire land, fail to update records

25 January 2017

PUNE: The ownership rights of nearly 516 cases of private land spread on 3,593.28 hectares acquired for government purposes in Pune division has come under the scanner after the names of government organization did not reflect in the record of rights.

Various government organizations like Public Works Department, irrigation department, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, municipal corporations and councils, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporationhave acquired private land for various purposes but records do not show their ownership.

While the acquisition process may have been completed with the awards declared to the private owner, the final ownership of the government organization, which should have been recorded in the mutation entries or the record of rights is absent, a report procured by TOI from revenue authorities shows.

These cases were reviewed last week and the organizations have been given two months to complete the process of updating the records. Of the 516 pending cases, 304, the maximum are from Pune, followed by 101 from Satara, 21 from Sangli, 14 from Solapur and 65 from Kolhapur according to a report submitted by the revenue authorities in a recent review.

A circular was issued by divisional commissioner S Chockalingam to government bodies to prepare a detailed report after the controversy came up over MIDC's land allegedly involving former revenue minister Eknath Khadse and Mumbai's Economic Offences Wing chief Dhananjay Kamlakar last year.

Chockalingam had told all the government organizations in the division last June to update their names in the record of rights. After June, the division listed 1,103 cases spread over 14,948.07 hectares in Pune division covering Pune, Satara, Sangli, Solapur and Kolhapur.

The report states that in 587 cases, the government bodies have updated their names updated on the record of rights, while 516 cases have yet to be updated. These 587 cases have acquired land from five divisions spread over 11, 354 hectares.

"In all these cases due process of acquisition has been completed but the final stage of updating the records remains. There are several disputes which emerge in such cases later. We have ordered the updating of record of rights for all the five divisions,'' senior revenue officials from Pune division said.

According to revenue officials, these lands acquired by the government body have completed the various stages of land acquisition but the final process of updating the records has not been completed.

"It could be laxity or negligence for the incomplete process. The special drive is to set right these issues as it could be problematic in the future,'' a revenue official said. In some cases, owners who sold the land acquired by the government have been taken to court, the official added. Officials also said the sheer volume of data and shortage of staff to verify the documents that go back to 60-70 years have delayed work. 

Country vacation directed to refund Rs 71k to Pune woman

25 January 2017

PUNE: The district consumer court has directed Country Vacation, a division of Hyderabad-based hospitality service provider Country Club (India), to refund Rs 71,000 with 9% p.a. interest since July 14, 2012 to a Pune resident for deficient service.

The interest component, so far, works out to more than Rs 28,755 and will continue to grow till actual payment to the complainant. Country Vacation has also been ordered to pay Rs 5,000 as damages to the complainant.

Rashmi Singh, a resident of NIBM road, Undri, had filed a complaint alleging that Country Vacation had collected Rs 71,000 from her towards full charges of members for an attractive scheme of club membership and allied facilities.

Singh complained that despite her paying the full membership fees, the service provider did not gave her a membership card nor did it provide any of the promised services such as hotel bookings during holidays etc.

On its part, Country Vacation had resisted the complaint, arguing that the same was filed against its manager and that, the terms of agreement with the complainant clearly stated that the membership fees was non-refundable. It challenged Pune consumer court's jurisdiction on the grounds that as per the agreement, all disputes were subject to the jurisdiction of a court in Hyderabad.

The bench of V P Utpat and Onkar G Patil, however, dismissed these arguments, observing that it was significant to note that even after collecting the entire membership fees, the opposite party (Country Vacation) did not issue a membership card to the complainant. Nor did it provide any documentary evidence to show that the service provider gave all the facilities and amenities as were assured at the time of making the scheme offer to the complainant.

On the term of fees being non-refundable, the bench said, even though such term was inserted in the agreement, the same was encroaching upon the rights of the consumer. "The payment made to the opposite party is not a gratuitous payment and as the complainant has not availed service, she is entitled for refund with interest," the bench ruled.

New RTO to fee rates confuse officials

25 January 2017

PUNE : The spike in fees and fines of the processes at the Regional Transport Office (RTO), that were declared on December 29, 2016, caused a lot of stir among civilians. The initial reactions to the announcement of the manifold rise were unanimously negative and the circumstances have been no different when it comes to the implementation.

With RTOs themselves confused over revised rates for certain procedures, only Kolhapur facility has adhered to the hiked fees and fines, while they have been charging old rates for RTO-related works. Other RTOs are waiting for clarification.

The government resolution (GR) regarding the implementation came into force on January 6, 2017 across the state. Following the directives, the Pune RTO began collecting fees and fines according to the prescribed rates, while RTO-related processes lie in a limbo. To resolve this, the state transport ministry has written to the Central ministry of road transport and highways asking if they should have charged the revised rates from December 29, 2016 or take low rates for pending work.

“We have been receiving complaints and queries from RTOs and people across the state. While we have been clear about charging revised fees and fines from December itself, there is no clarification over pending works of permits, vehicle registration and licences, which were supposed to be done before that day. To get our questions answered, we have sent a letter to the Centre,” said state transport minister Diwakar Raote.

Meanwhile, the Pune RTO has sent notices to 10,000 people who had carried out several processes between December 29, 2016 and January 6, 2017. They have been told to pay the difference amount according to the revised fees and fines for their work.

The notices and the GR in itself has come as an unpleasant surprise to many like Abhishek Khole, a businessman from Pune, who had purchased his car just a few days before and was charged the hiked fee. “After purchasing the car in the last week of December 2016, I was told by the dealer that the vehicle registration process will take some time. Meanwhile, this new GR came into force and later I was told that I need to pay more Rs 2,000 for the vehicle registration fee. But, if I have bought the car before the GR was in picture, I should be charged the old rates.’

Bappu Bhave, president of Pune Auto Rickshaw Federation, said, “Majority of the auto drivers in the city have suffered due to this sudden fee and fine hike. Government should have got in the hike in several stages and not all of a sudden. One auto driver hardly earns Rs 400 per day and if they are now forced to pay heavy fees and fines for RTO-related works, it will be difficult for them to survive.”

According to the Centre’s notification, the fee for the learner’s licence has been hiked from Rs 30 to Rs 150 — a five-fold increase, while that of driving tests has been hiked from Rs 50 to Rs 300. For registration of vehicles in different categories, the amount and various fines over delay of procedure have been increased. Whereas for heavy and passenger vehicle registration, the amount has been increased from Rs 600 to Rs 1,500 while for imported four-wheelers, the hike has been from Rs 800 to Rs 5,000. “We are receiving queries from RTOs and people across the state. A letter has been sent to Centre for answers,” said Diwakar Raote, State transport minister.

Cash-strapped criminal goes on burglary spree, arrested

25 January 2017

PUNE: No one is immune to cash crunch, not even burglars. After spending over three years in Yerawada prisonVikram Thakur was in desperate need of some cash. To overcome the problem, Thakur broke into at least five houses in Pimpri Chinchwad area within a span of 20 days and made away with booty worth about Rs 8 lakh.

But before Thakur could burgle a few more houses and escape to his native place in Solapur district, the Pimpri police team led by senior inspector Vivek Mugalikar nabbed him at Moshi toll plaza on January 20 on a tip-off. The police have recovered 290 gram gold ornaments, a cell phone and tablet all collectively worth Rs 8.23 lakh.

On January 10, when Arjun Dhumal (54) of Kalbhor Nagar in Chinchwad returned home, he found his house was burgled and gold ornaments, cash and a cell phone collectively worth Rs 2.60 lakh were missing.

After Dhumal lodged the complaint, the Pimpri police swung into action. Police sub-inspector Shriniwas Kamuni got a tip-off that Thakur was involved in the burglary at Kalbhor Nagar. "We got 
the information that he would be coming near Moshi toll plaza on January 20," Mugalikar said.

A police team was rushed to the spot. When Thakur saw the police team, he started to run away. "Our team nabbed him after a hot chase. We found a cellphone on him, which we found was stolen from Dhumal's house in Kalbhornagar," Mugalikar said.

Mugalikar said that Thakur was brought to the police station for questioning. "During sustained interrogation, Thakur admitted his involvement in five burglaries, including three in Pimpri Chinchwad area and two in Wakad," Mugalikar said

Sub-inspector Harish Mane told that Thakur has 32 cases, including burglaries, thefts and robberies, registered against him. About four years ago, Thakur was arrested in a robbery and murder case in Chakan. He was in prison for about three-and-half-years. "Thakur was released from the jail on December 29," Mane said.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

‘Sex racketeer turned social worker’ arrested for 10-year-old murder

25 January 2017

PUNE: The Crime Branch of Pune city police have arrested a “sex racketeer turned social worker” for allegedly killing his lover following a property dispute about ten years ago. Police have identified the suspect as Santosh Nandakishor Katore, resident of Shroff Srushti in Mulshi. Acting on a tip-off received by senior police inspector Milind Gaikwad, a crime branch team picked up Katore for questioning in connection with a fraudulent land deal.

The police got information that Katore and his lover Archana Dagdu Sangle had jointly purchased an apartment in Sanskruti Prangan in Baner in December 2005. Later, they found that Archana went missing since November 4, 2006. Her father Dagdu Bhaurao Sangle had lodged a complaint in this case at Chaturshringi police station.

Probe revealed that even though Archana was missing, Katore allegedly forged the documents of the apartment that they joined owned. Using forged documents, Katore got the ownership of the apartment transferred in his name on February 6, 2012. Then he sold the apartment on September 14, 2014.

The police had arrested Katore on January 17. On confirmation of his involvement in forgery, the police registered an offence against him at Khadki police station under Sections 420, 466, 467, 468, 471, 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Meanwhile, during investigation, police found that Katore had murdered Archana on November 1, 2006, following a dispute over selling their apartment. Police said that Katore took Archana to Kolhapur for pilgrimage, but with the help of his two aides, he strangulated her and dumped her dead body near Macchindragad Fort in Sangli district. After Sangli police found the dead body, an offence of murder was registered at the Islampur police station in this case.

The police also said that Katore was arrested by Chaturshringi police following a complaint lodged by Archana’s father on May 26, 2007 after she went missing. But he was released as per the provisions of section 169 (Release of accused when evidence deficient) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Now, the police investigation has revealed that Katore had killed Archana, who worked as a teacher in local school. Probe in the murder case has been initiated again and search is on for his two aides, who were involved in the crime.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) P R Patil said that Katore was earlier involved in a flesh trade. He was also arrested under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) at Hinjewadi police station. Police said that two years ago, he has started a non governmental organisation (NGO) named as Suryaprakash Foundation and was pretending to be a social worker.

Pune: ‘Kapda bank’ spreads warmth to deprived

25 January 2017

PUNE: In the biting chill of the first week of January this year, 25-year-old Sangeeta Subash Babar, a migrant living in a roadside tent, had a surprise in store. A group of women from Sanaswadi had landed at her tent with a ‘bag of goodies’. When the group handed over a saree, a sweater and other clothes to her, Sangeeta could not hold back her tears.

“Forget sweater, my one-year-old child does not even have proper clothes to wear…these tais are like gods for us,” said Sangeeta.

Like Sangeeta, 24-year-old Shobha Shinde, who lives in a nearby tent, too got clothes for herself and other members of her family. “These clothes mean a lot to us…we have been thrown out of our homes in Nagar district. We have no money, no roof. In these cold conditions, this kind of help —especially clothes —mean a lot for each one of us,” she said.

Several other migrants, who too were beneficiaries of sarees, shirts and trousers, water bottles, towels, blankets, carpets, expressed their joy on largess bestowed on them by the group of women living in Sanaswadi, near Shikrapur, in the district.

The group of women, who are all housewives, have formed what they claim is the first of its kind ‘kapda bank’ in Pune district. “If their can be a roti bank, why can’t there be a kadpa bank?,” said activist Seema Pawar, who is instrumental in bringing the women in the area together.

The ‘kapda bank’ has just come into operation and till now, the group claims that they have reached out to at least 400 people that includes migrants, slum dwellers and the homeless. As a rule, Pawar said, ‘kapda bank’ does not accept torn clothes or clothes that are not fit to wear. “And it is all a voluntary thing,” said Pawar, adding the idea of a the bank came up after she witnessed the plight of migrants and slum dwellers living in Sanaswadi, Shikrapur and other nearby areas. 

“In the meeting of our Yeshkiriti Samajik Sanstha, the members agreed to do their bit for the sake of deprived sections of the society,” said Pawar.

Pune: Soon, you may complete passport process at doorstep

25 January 2017

PUNE: This is first of its kind project in the country where the passport issuance authorities will go to the doorsteps of passport seekers instead of them reaching to Passport Seva Kendras

Enthused by the success of a pilot project of processing passport application in a mobile van, Regional Passport Office, Pune, is now planning to start a permanent mobile passport processing facility which will go to interiors of the region which has low passport issuance.

Atul Gotsurve, Regional Passport Officer, Pune, said that within a period of two to three months, the RPO Pune will get its own van, equipped with all the facilities to process passport applications. It needs high-speed internet connectivity which can be obtained from telephone exchange offices which are common at every taluka headquarters.

“We can use the reliable high-speed internet at the telephone exchange offices and without any glitch we would be able to process as many as 150 applications per day from the Mobile Passport Van,” Gotsurve said.

This is first of its kind project in the country where the passport issuance authorities will go to the doorsteps of passport seekers instead of them reaching to Passport Seva Kendras, which are located in big cities like Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.

“Last week, during a two-day passport camp in Baramati, we conducted a trial of mobile van processing of the passport application by using infrastructure of Vidyapratisthan’s Institute of Information Technology (VIIT). Two applications were processed without any glitch and the applicants will soon get their passports once they clear police verification,” said Gotsurve.

The RPO said that even before acquiring its own mobile van, it would continue to use the VIIT van to conduct the camps in some parts of Pune district.

“Using the VIIT van and internet from the telephone exchange we can go ahead and organise such camps at taluka level. We will soon conduct such camp at one of the centres where the moble van processing will be rolled out in a full-fledged manner,” Gotsurve said.

Pune cops launch app to map real-time locations of patrolling teams

25 January 2017

PUNE: A press release, issued by the police department, said the mobile phone-based application will record timings of the patrolling, its route and the stops taken during the rounds.

The Pune City Police have started using a ‘Beat Marshall Monitoring Mobile App’ on experimental basis to map the real-time locations of patrolling teams from police stations. The data collected would then be used for effective response during the emergencies.

A press release, issued by the police department, said the mobile phone-based application will record timings of the patrolling, its route and the stops taken during the rounds. The application will be installed on the cell phones of Beat Marshals or patrolling cops so their movements can be mapped real-time by the control room staffers.

The locations can be seen on the city’s map, which would make dispatch of the nearest patrolling parties easier. Police officials said the application will help increase the patrolling frequency in times of emergency.

Pune pre-poll tie-ups: Party leaders go into a huddle

25 January 2017
PUNE: The polling to PMC and PCMC is slated for February 21 while the result is on February 23. The filing of nominations would begin from January 27 till February 3.
With less than a month left for the civic elections, city unit leaders of political parties are in a last minute huddle to take a call on pre-poll alliance so that the aspirants could start the campaign for the elections to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

The polling to PMC and PCMC is slated for February 21 while the result is on February 23. The filing of nominations would begin from January 27 till February 3. Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar was scheduled to hold a meeting with the senior leaders of city unit to discuss on the pre-poll alliance pact with Congress late on Monday evening. In the previous meeting, Pawar had directed the city unit chief to give a proposal to Congress on seat-sharing but there has been no decision on it. “A detailed discussion on pre-poll alliance would be held with the Congress…” said an NCP leader.

The city Congress unit though keen for a pre-poll alliance is not happy with the NCP proposal. It has decided to take up the matter with the state leadership of the party. “The Parliamentary Board of the party meeting is schedule in next two days. The pre-poll alliance matter would be taken up in the meeting. Meanwhile, a list of probables for all the 162 seats of PMC would be prepared in case of no alliance,” said a Congress leader.

In the discussion between Shiv Sena and BJP, the leaders have not made much of a headway as they think the pre-poll alliance in PMC would depend on the outcome of pre-poll pact between the two parties in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). “We are just waiting for the outcome of discussions of pre-poll alliance in the BMC. There is no meaning holding a discussion in PMC until things are clear in the BMC,” said a BJP leader.

Though the leaders of both the parties have been meeting but not much of a discussion is being done on pre-poll alliance, he said.

The claims of seats in both the parties are going to clash, said a Sena leader. “The old part of city along with Kothrud are bastions of Sena but the BJP after its good performance in assembly elections is trying to show their strength in Sena-dominated areas.” 

After rail mishaps across nation, Pune Division to boost security

25 January 2017

PUNE: In the light of as many as three train derailments in little over two months, the Pune Division of Indian Railways has stepped up the vigil and increased the patrolling to prevent any such mishaps in the future. The officials said the patrolling officers, inspectors have been asked to check everything more rigorously. Other staffers manning the level crossings and gates have also been asked to remain extra cautious.

On November 20, 2016, 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed at Pukhrayan, 60 km from Kanpur, resulting in at least 150 deaths. Since the three such accidents have occurred. A month later, 15 coaches of the Ajmer-Sealdah Express flew off the tracks, again near Kanpur, injuring at least 50 passengers. Both accidents were suspected to have been caused by fractures in the tracks.

On Saturday evening, about 40 people were killed and over 65 injured after the 18448 Hirakhand Express went off the rails in Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram district.

A week after the Pukhrayan incident, three persons, arrested in Bihar, claimed responsibility for the derailment, saying that it was carried out on behalf of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

Following this, security across the Indian Railways has been strengthened. “Since it’s a security and safety issue, we can’t disclose much. But we have stepped up our vigilance and people involved in the safety and security have been asked to be extra cautious. Instructions for heightened patrolling of tracks as well as increased awareness among the personnel at the gate, along with the guards, has been solicited,” a senior official with the Pune Division said.

Prima facie, the cause of most of these derailments was “fractured tracks”, apparently due to low mercury levels, the technical department has also been asked to make sure that such fractures are detected at early stages to avoid mishaps.

Friday, January 20, 2017

26 girls, women rescued from flesh trade in Pune; five held

20 January 2017

PUNE: Pune police today claimed to have busted a prostitution racket by rescuing 26 girls and women from different lodges here and arresting five people. 

According to police, the girls were brought from Kolkata, Jharkhand, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and were forced into flesh trade in Pune.

"We had received a complaint from the programme head of 'The Freedom Project India', an organisation working against human trafficking and slavery. In its complaint, the organisation had said that the girls and women are being brought here from various states and forced into flesh trade," said a police officer. 

Based on the complaint, decoy customers were sent to three particular lodges located on Pune-Satara road and raids were conducted, he said. 

"We have booked over eight people, including the proprietors of the lodges and so far arrested five people under the relevant sections of Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA)," the officer said. He added that all the rescued girls and women have been sent to Rescue Foundation and other facilities in the city.

Almost 50% ATMs still not replenished daily

20 January 2017

PUNE: A majority of the ATMs in the city are yet to get over the cash crunch.

Even as the RBI claims to have pumped more cash into the banking system, almost 50% of the ATMs in Pune fail to receive cash on daily basis. Also, the ones receiving the cash daily, tend to run out of it the same day.

"Though more ATMs have become operational than before, still about 50% of them do not receive the cash daily," said a currency chest official of a leading public sector bank.

However, this does not mean that the cash situation still remains precarious. The banks TOI contacted said there has been a considerable decline in queues at branches. "But there is no pattern to these queues. The cash availability from currency chests still remains low, though it has improved compared to the December 2016 period," a branch manager of a public sector bank said.

Since the banks are still getting not getting enough cash from the chests, what is driving the improvement. Branch manager of another PSU bank said, "Besides getting cash from the RBI, current account holders are also bringing back more money into our branches. Also, we are using our relationships with petrol pumps and retailers and asking them to park money with the branches."

RBI governor Urjit Patel told a parliamentary panel on Wednesday that the RBI has pumped back Rs 9.2 lakh crore worth of new notes into circulation. When the demonetisation drive was initiated on the evening of November 8, Rs 15.44 lakh crore was withdrawn from the system. However, it is estimated that only Rs 9-10 lakh crore was in actual circulation and the balance was in the banks or stashed away at homes.

Online transactions

Meanwhile, various online modes of transactions have not shown any measurable
growth in the first fortnight of January over the same period of December 2016. January month has been a bit of a mixed bag as far as use of alternate channels of banking is concerned. Bankers said in some cases the demand for fresh point of sale terminals has started to come down.

"Cheque transactions has more than doubled. We are clearing cheques for even small amounts like Rs 50 and Rs 70. So, a lot of time is going in this. Since National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) transactions has also grown, much time is going in clearing those," a top public sector bank manager said.

But, are cash transactions back? Traders and bankers tend to agree. "One disturbing trend is that the number and value of transactions at PoS terminals have come down from the peak of December 2016," Manju Agarwal, deputy managing director - Corporate Strategy and New Business, SBI, said. 

New DC rules for Pune give more floor space index, boost to realty

20 January 2017

PUNE: The state government on Thursday facilitated the dream of many citizens to own a home in the city by granting more Floor Space Index (FSI) in the Development Control (DC) rules for Pune Municipal Corporation.

Some localities, like the transit-oriented development (TOD) zones along the Pune metro corridor and the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), that are high population density areas will now have an FSI of 4. Municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar said the new DC rules open the doors for the comprehensive development of the city and will cater to the housing needs of citizens. "The rules are progressive as they strike the best balance between development, environment, business and heritage. They mark a new be ginning," the commissioner said.

"More small flats will come up because of various FSI proposals, including premium FSI, for the transit corridor. It will control realty prices in the city," city engineer Prashant Waghmre said. In the next 20 years, the city will need about six lakh houses of which three lakh will accommodate slum dwellers while the rest will be required for non-slum population, city engineer Prashant Waghmare said.

The city will witness planned development as the state government on Thursday approved one set of development control rules in the old and new city areas to check haphazard growth. Waghmare said the new FSI will allow for the creation of tenements between 25 sqm (about 270 sq ft) and 120 sqm (about 1,290 sq ft) of built-up area in the transit-oriented development (TOD) zones. Commercial and residential properties may be permissible on residential plots in the TOD zones if the road is 12m wide. Large wholesale stores, car dealers' showrooms, warehouses, storages, auto service centres and garages will not be allowed in the TOD zones, Waghmare said.

FSI is the ratio of the total covered area of construction to the total plot size. If the FSI is 1 and the total plot area is 2,000 sq ft, the maximum area of the building cannot be more than 2,000 sq ft. FSI may be available for payment of premium charges as per prescribed rules.

"The new DC rules will boost construction projects. We hope that starting from this year the number of constructions will rise. "Such development will not put any pressure on the basic infrastructure as the civic body will use the premium amount collected from developers for civic amenities,"
Waghmare told reporters on Thursday .

The new DC rules will make Pune a well-planned metro, Shantilal Kataria, Credai Pune Metro chairman said. "It will generate employment and increase housing stock. It will boost the housing sector and help the real estate market," Kataria added The rules allows small businesses in residential zones with extra FSI which will provide jobs. " The PMC will have to use 50% of the premium it gets from builders to develop civic amenities which will take care of the city's infrastructural needs, " Kataria added. The government was quiet about the construction permissions in biodiversity parks, hilltops and slopes.

IT sector

A maximum of 3 FSI is al lowed to develop IT parks and additional FSI could be used by paying a premium to the civic body. IT parks developed on two hectares or less will not have to keep amenity space. A penalty equal to 0.3 % of the prevailing ready reckoner value of the built-up area will have to be paid if the place reserved for IT is used of non-IT purpose.

Govt housing

The new DCR has proposed up to 4 FSI in the place of earlier 1FSI to develop and redevelop housing for the state government and civic employees. The move will benefit development of residential quarters for civic and employees including police who are facing major problems due to insufficient housing.

High rises

City engineer Prashant Waghmare said the state go vernment has removed restrictions on high rises. "The 100m height restriction for the buildings has already been removed. However, developers who are into high rises above 70m will have to approach the high rise committee for permission," he added.

Flood line construction The area between the ri ver bank and the blue flood line (towards the river bank) shall be prohibited zone for any construction except parking, open vegetable markets, gardens, lawns, open space, cremation and burial grounds and public toilets. Redevelopment of existing properties within river bank and blue flood line may be permitted with certain rules and regulations.

Congested zones
Minimum FSI of 1.50 has been allotted for development in congested areas where road width is 9m while a maximum 3 FSI will be allowed for development where the road width is 30m and above. In noncongested areas 1.10 FSI will be permitted. "It is possible that some congested areas in the mid-city will get high-rise buildings where the road width is more. As of now, only 1FSI is used in non-congested areas," Waghmare said.

Wada development
All certified tenants of the building shall be re-ac old building shall be re-accommodated in redeveloped buildings. The DC rules state," Each tenant shall be rehabilitated and given free of cost the carpet area occupied by him for residential purpose in old building subject to maximum carpet area up to 27.87 sqm or existing carpet area whichever is more subject to maximum carpet area up to 70 sqm. The tenants who have non-residential areas in old building will get similar area in the redeveloped building."

The rules do not mention cluster development of wadas.

Techie kills wife for sharing personal details, ends life

20 January 2017

PUNE: A software professional allegedly murdered his wife and then hanged himself from the ceiling fan at their rented accommodation at Shiv Park Apartmentsin Manjri Budruk near Hadapsar, around 12km from here, late on Tuesday night.

A note written by the software professional, Rakesh Gangurde (34), said there were frequent arguments between him and his wife, Sonali (28), over her sharing details with her friends on social networking sites about their marriage and other personal matters.

The Gangurdes, who hailed from Satana taluka in Nashik district, were married for the last four years but did not have children. Rakesh, a B.Sc. as well as an MBA, was employed with a private firm at Swargate. Around a month back, he had resigned from the job and was set to take up a better assignment with a company in Surat. Sonali, BE (computers) degree-holder, was a homemaker.

Sonali's brother, Harshal Pawar, who lives at Baner, told the police that he got a call around 5pm on Wednesday from his mother in Nashik saying that Sonali was not reachable on her phone since afternoon. Pawar too tried Sonali's number as well as Rakesh's, but got no response.

Pawar and his cousin, Prashant Deolekar, rushed to the flat and summoned a keymaker to open the door. However, the flat was locked from inside. Pawar then used a small hammer and tried to break the window grille, but was told by neighbours to call the police instead. The police, when called, came to the flat and broke open the door.

Assistant inspector Kiran Londhe from the Hadapsar police station told TOI that the note found in the flat read that the couple was living a happy married life but relations began souring after Rakesh learnt about Sonali sharing details about their family planning measures and other personal matters with her friends on social networking sites.

Londhe said Rakesh apparently throttled Sonali to death on the bed and hanged himself with a nylon rope. The bed was found broken. The note, written by Rakesh in Marathi, read that he was responsible for the crime.

Senior inspector Vishnu Pawar of the Hadapsar police station said they had received no complaint from Sonali against Rakesh. Sonali's family too had no clue of any dispute between them. The bodies were handed over to the respective families after the post-mortem. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

झी युवावर नवीन चेहऱ्यांना संधी...

11 January 2017

कुठल्याही क्षेत्रात नव्या गोष्टी येणं ही नेहमीच एक सकारात्मक गोष्ट असते. कलाकृतीचं जगही त्याला अपवाद नाही. नवीन टॅलेंट नेहमीच एक फ्रेशनेस घेऊन येतात, प्रचंड एनर्जी घेऊन येतात, नवीन आयडियाज घेऊन येतात. झी युवा सारखी यूथफूल वाहिनी, जिचे ब्रीद वाक्यच आहे, "नवे पर्व युवा सर्व " हि सातत्याने अशा नव्या टॅलेंटच्या शोधात आहे.

झी युवावरील सर्वच मालिकांमध्ये, झी युवा ने अनेक नवीन चेहऱ्यांना संधी दिलेली आहे. झी युवाचा अतिशय लोकप्रिय कार्यक्रम "युवागिरी " नवीन रूपात नवीन थाटात येत आहे आणि त्याकरिता झी युवा वाहिनी एका नवीन अँकर जोडीच्या शोधात आहे. त्यासाठी झी युवाने " युवागिरी अँकर हंट " हि स्पर्धा आयोजित केली आहे.

जर तुम्हाला खरंच अभिनय क्षेत्राकडे वळायचं आहे. भरपूर मेहनत घेऊन एंटरटेन्टमेंटच्या दुनियेत स्वतःच नाव कमवायचं आहे. कलाकारांची दुनिया तुम्हाला आकर्षित करत आहे, तर झी युवा वाहिनी तुमच्यासाठी एक मोठी संधी घेऊन आली आहेझी युवानेयुवागिरी अँकर हंट" हि स्पर्धा १० जानेवारीपासून आयोजित केली आहे. या अँकर हंट च्या ऑडिशन्स नवीन टेक्नॉलॉजी प्रमाणे ऑनलाईन ऑडिशन द्वारे होतील. या ऑडिशन मध्ये भाग घेणाऱ्या स्पर्धकांनी स्वतःच्या अँकरिंग चे व्हिडिओ बनवताना, स्वतःचे नाव आणि शहर सांगून अँकरिंग व्हिडिओ शूट करावा आणि आपल्या अँकरिंग

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