Sunday, December 30, 2018

Tehsildar arrested for taking bribe of Rs one crore


PUNE: A tehsildar (revenue officer) posted in Pune district was caught red-handed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau officials Saturday while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs one crore.

Sachin Dongare (43), the accued, had sought the bribe to facilitate registration of new names in land records, an ACB official said. The complainant in the case wanted to register his heir's name in the records of his ancestral properties. The matter was sent to Dongare who is the tehsildar of Mulshi in Pune district, the ACB official said.

Dongare allegedly demanded bribe to give a favourable report and facilitate entry of new names in the land record, also known as 7/12 extract. After the complainant approached the ACB, a trap was laid. Dongare was arrested while accepting a bag containing Rs 15 lakh in bank notes and pieces of blank paper below them, the official said, adding that further probe was on.

Kaivalyadham's intl yoga conference inaugurated


PUNE: A four-day-long International Yoga Conference - Yoga was Therapy - Scope, Evidence and Evolution organised by Lonavla-based Kaivalyadham Yoga Institute was inaugurated recently. The conference, that kicked off on December 27, is aimed at understanding the evolution of Yoga as a form of therapy in the historical and current context.

Chairman of Kaivalyadham, Swami Maheshananda, Minister of Health for Maharashtra, Deepak Sawant and Former Director of CBI and member of Kaivalyadham Advisory Board DR Karthikeyan were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.

CEO of Kaivalyadham, Subodh Tiwari said, "Over the next few days, brilliant minds from all over the globe will come together to discuss the place of Yoga in the realm of healing. Through multiple academic plenary sessions and panel discussions, our endevour would be to delve deeper into the intricate aspects of understanding yoga as a therapy."

The conference will also set the tone about the future scope of yoga therapy and studying its place in various fields like academia, modern medicine and yoga teaching. Among the topics to be discussed at the conference are Evidence-based Yoga, the future road map and Yoga as therapy in women's health.

 Assistant professor of medicine at Hardvard Medical School, Satbir Singh Khalsa said, "Today, there is a disconnect. We've taught about dental hygiene, but not mental hygiene. Now, through the lens of yoga, as a form of healing, both from the scope of prevention and cure, we must ask ourselves how do we go from where we are not to where we need to be? I believe this conference will help answer this question and establish a road map for the practice and discipline of yoga therapy."

Visible policing for peaceful New Year celebrations


PUNE: PUNE: Over 6,000 policemen will focus on “visible policing” to maintain law and order during the New Year celebrations.

Commissioner of Police (CP), Pune, K Venkatesham told newspersons, “There will be two types of arrangements on the New Year Eve - intensive checking of vehicles at nakabandi points and extensive use of CCTV cameras. We will make good use of body cameras, too.”

Venkatesham said, “We have 240 breath analysers, including 100 received from the Pune Municipal Corporation, for checking drunk driving on roads. We have launched a drive and prosecuted over 500 motorists for drunk driving as there should be no fatal or serious accidents on December 31.”

He advised people not to create problems for others while ushering in the New Year and warned them against drinking and driving vehicles for their own safety and that of others.

People will have to seek police permission to play loudspeakers at parties and functions. He said the traffic police had launched the drive against two-wheeler riders not wearing helmets and penalised the rule violators. He declined to specify if the drive would be intensified.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Atlas Copco unveils new variant of VSD compressors


PUNE (MUMBAI): Atlas Copco - a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions - launches the new range of Variable Speed Drive compressors at a customer meet ‘Seeing is Believing’ in Mumbai.

Atlas Copco is the first compressor company to unveil the world-famous energy saving Variable Speed Drive compressors in India. The new compressors have been introduced under three categories - Industrial Air Compressor, Medical Gas Solutions and Vaccum Pumps Solutions. Furthermore, the company showcases its commitment to manufacturing under the Government's 'Make in India' initiative with the newly launched Industrial Air Compressor and Medical Gas Solutions product ranges which are manufactured in India.

Conrad Latham, General Manager, Atlas Copco Compressor Technique in India, said, “Manufacturing in India has seen strong growth in many industrial segments during 2018. We are always striving to enhance customer experience and increase productivity through innovation and design. True to our commitment to ‘Make in India’, we continue to push the boundaries of excellence with our latest range of compressor products.”

Atlas Copco enjoys pride of place among air compressor manufacturers in India, with a 400-plus team and a strong dealership network. The company supplies compressed air solutions across industries such as general engineering, automotive, manufacturing, textile, pharmaceuticals, power, food, automobile, iron and steel, and all other industries that require compressed air in their applications and processes. The company is committed to offer the best air compressor sales and service to customers.

Around the world in 159 days on Bicycle


PUNE: On Sunday morning, when Vedangi Kulkarni cycled into Kolkata, she probably became the fastest Asian woman to cycle around the globe.

Having spent 159 days on her bicycle — covering 300 km every day — Kulkarni, who is from the Nigdi area in Pune, completed the mandatory 29,000 km required to qualify for bicycling across the globe. In the evening, she left for Perth — the Australian city from where her record-setting cycling trip officially started in June.

The certificate confirming her status as the “fastest woman in Asia to cycle across the globe” will come only on submission of documents to the authority concerned. That process can take a while, sometimes 8-9 months — more than it took her to pedal around continents. But Kulkarni is patient and resilient — qualities that served her well in achieving this momentous feat.

It has not been all smooth riding for this student of sports management at the University of Bournemouth, in the UK. Earlier, she had to fight a head injury and get decent grades to bag a 50% scholarship to the university of her choice. She then took up cycling. “During that time, I dreamt of cycling around the world and breaking the current record. The more I trained, the more I fell in love with the idea,” said Kulkarni, who had completed her school education at the Jnana Prabodhini Prashala in Nigdi.

And two years on, she is all but confirmed as the fastest Asian woman to cycle around the world. Kulkarni started the bicycle trip as a 19-year-old but turned 20 midway. And the journey has been eventful — Kulkarni was mugged at knifepoint, rode through forest fires and thick smoke, had close encounters with wildlife and did not let even thunderstorms stop her progress. “I wanted to promote the message of being brave, facing fears and conquering them. In essence, this trip was to encourage a new generation of adventurers who push their limits,” she said.

Starting off from Perth, she cycled through the outback to reach Brisbane. From there she flew over to Wellington, New Zealand, to cycle the entire length of the country. She then flew to Vancouver in western Canada and continued her eastward cycle journey till Halifax. Europe beckoned next. She chose Iceland to start and later went through Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland to enter Russia. From Russia, she flew to India for the last 4,000 km. She had to carry her own luggage which included tools and equipment.

“Most of the journey was solo. My parents accompanied me on some stretches. They also funded the trip,” she said. About the future, Kulkarni said she had thought of more expeditions but the plans were not concrete yet. She will be reaching Pune by end of the month.

Nanavati launches new treatment for Parkinson


PUNE: Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital in association with Kings College, London launched a revolutionary treatment that will change the way Parkinson’s has been treated in India. Apomorphine Pen and Pump, the treatment that will radically change the life of a Parkinson’s patient will now be available in India.

The treatment was launched by the Health Minister of Maharashtra, Dr. Deepak Sawant and Paresh Rawal, Actor and Member of Parliament.

Parkinson’s disease is one of the common neurodegenerative disease affecting the people over the age of 55 years. Parkinson’s is characterized by slowness, stiffness and tremors is a special neurodegenerative disorder with very few therapeutic options available. In India, the prevalence of this disease advances between the age of 70-79. It is caused by dopamine deficiency which is a chemical neuro transmitter in the brain mainly in the centers controlling the mobility.

Apomorphine is a highly selective Dopamine receptor stimulator, which promotes the release of dopamine in the brain from the nerve cells, that is otherwise absent.

Announcing the launch of the radical treatment of Parkison’s, Dr. Rajendra Patankar, COO, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital said, “Apomorphine is a revolutionary breakthrough to treat the Parkinson’s patients. Associating with the prestigious King’s College, London has been an honor for us. As a healthcare provider, we would like to commit ourselves to improve the healthcare in India and bring in such great advancements in the field on medicine to India.” 

The pen and pump treatment is an effective alternative for those who do not want to undergo Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). According to Dr. Neeta Shah, Consultant Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Specialist, NanavatiSuper Specialty Hospital, said,“Parkinson’s disease in advance stage is a challenge to treat. Patient suffer from progression in symptoms and side effects of increasing dosages of standard medications. We need some novel way to treat this. This treatment will be a boon for such patients.”

Speaking about the launch, Dr. Vinod Metta, Movement Disorders Specialist from London, UK, who is leading one of biggest set of patients on Apomorphine in United Kingdom, told that Apomorphine pens work dramatically with giving benefits to patients within couple of minutes and are very similar to usage that of Insulin Pens.

Mahindra’s SUV, the S201 is christened XUV300


PUNE (MUMBAI): Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M), a part of the US $20.7 bln Mahindra Group unveiled the brand name of its highly-anticipated new offering, code-named S201, as the XUV300.

The XUV300 shares its platform with the SsangYong Tivoli which is a globally successful product that has sold over 260,000 vehicles in 50+ countries since its launch in 2015. The Tivoli has also received multiple safety and ergonomic awards including a Grade 1 (highest) safety award from the 2015 KNCAP (Korean New Car Assessment Program), automotive safety test.

The XUV300 carries forward the characteristics of the XUV500 with its cheetah-inspired design, cheetah-like agility, thrilling performance and advanced technology features. The XUV300 ‘s headlamps integrate with the fog lamps forming a Cheetah-like tear-duct, while the pronounced wheel arches are inspired from the muscular haunches of the Cheetah. Its modern grille, sculpted bonnet, pronounced shoulder and body lines along with an elevated stance, give the XUV300 a bold and charismatic road presence. In addition, its dual LED DRLs and bold LED tail lamps, create an indelible visual signature.

Speaking at the name reveal, Dr. Pawan Goenka, MD, M&M Ltd. said “The XUV300 is our latest offering in the next generation of aspirational Mahindra vehicles, after the Marazzo and the Alturas G4. Our new breed of vehicles are products of engineering excellence, offer high refinement and are built on global platforms. XUV500 enjoys huge equity in consumers’ minds and now with the XUV300, the XUV brand will evolve into a family of vehicles that stands for sophistication with performance.”

Rajan Wadhera, President Automotive Sector, M&M Ltd. said “The XUV300 is an all-new product that is built on a global platform and comes with many segment firsts. The XUV300’s head-turning, cheetah-inspired design, ‘fun-to-drive’ performance, first-in-class hi-tech features, best-in-class safety and class-defining interiors, make it an exciting & comprehensive package that will find a strong connect and appeal among consumers. We will offer the XUV300 in both petrol and diesel options.”

The XUV300 will be manufactured at the company’s manufacturing facility at Nasik, in Maharashtra and will be launched in the 1st half of February 2019.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

NFAI, FTII sign MoU for film storage facility


PUNE: A storage facility for films and film materials will be constructed on Kothrud campus of Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. The new facility will be spread in an area of three acres of land.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) and FTII on Thursday. According to the MoU, the land belonging to FTII at Kothrud campus in Pune will be transferred to the NFAI for creating the new facility. MoU was signed by FTII director Bhupendra Kainthola and NFAI director Prakash Magdum.

Stressing that NFAI is conserving the legacy of Indian cinema, FTII director Kanthola said, "For decades now, NFAI has been doing a remarkable national service by conserving India's cinematic legacy. Any contribution in this direction can never be enough. FTII is pleased to offer its might to this gigantic effort."

NFAI director Magdum, while thanking FTII for joining hands with NFAI in this cause of film preservation, said that "due to increased efforts of NFAI, there has been a steady inflow of celluloid films for preservation in last three-four years. This has resulted in the storage capacity of NFAI almost becoming full. Therefore, there is a need to construct a new storage facility.

Steel your car with Zinc coat


PUNE: The Union road transport ministry is considering a proposal to make it mandatory for the automobile industry to use only galvanised steel. The government has asked leading automobile safety and engineering institutions such as the Inter­national Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), Manesar, and the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) in Pune to send inputs and recommendations for the plan. The proposal will then go to a standing committee of Parliament before a final call is taken.

“Although there are 150 steel standards, vehicle steel has no standards in India. We adopt European standards. Cars with a value of less than Rs 10 lakh have the minimum galvanisation. This proposal was submitted to the government on the premise that galvanisation will increase life of a vehicle against corrosion and rust. I have advised the ministry to improve standards to reduce fatalities in road accidents through this. The technical standing committee will eventually set standards on galvanisation and make it compulsory,” says Veerendra Singh Rathore, technical advisor, road safety, ministry of road transport, and the person behind the proposal. Once this is done, this will become the automobile industry standard.

The ministry has also written to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the holding union of car manufacturers in India, this December and sought their views on the subject. SIAM’s response is awaited.

At present, less than 30 per cent of the steel used in cars is galvanised and that too is not on a regular basis across car manufacturers. In export models, the amount of galvanisation is often around 70 per cent. This is primarily because Europe and the US have stringent rules mandating galvanisation of automotive steel. Flat products, such as hot rolled, cold rolled and coated steel sheets, account for about 80 per cent of steel products consumed by the auto makers. Steel is used for roof, chassis, wheels, brakes, exhaust and engine.

Galvanised steel, a must abroad, will shield cars from rust, corrosion. Make them last longer. In 2015, IIT Bombay carried out an extensive study of automotive body corrosion in Mumbai and adjoining areas to track corrosion performance of currently used materials in India-made cars valued at less than Rs 10 lakh.

The study adopted methodology similar to the one used in North America to check for visible perforations, paint blisters, and surface red rust. The survey was conducted in coastal and other humid regions of Mumbai. The results were surprisingly similar to those seen in a Detroit survey despite the fact that no road de-icing salts are used in Mumbai. The IIT report proved there is a corrosion problem affecting the durability and the eventual safety of cars in India. This is particularly visible in all coastal and high-humidity areas.

“In India, regulations are weak and carmakers are taking advantage of that. Cold-rolled sheets have to go through a seven-round cleaning process which can be totally avoided if galvanised steel is used. This can neutralise any costs that accrue because of galvanisation. There is also no impact on the weight of the car as the total thickness (of the zinc layer) is of 40 micron, which will add only around a couple of kilograms to the weight of the car,” says Prof Anand Khanna of IIT Bombay who headed the Mumbai study.

Also in India, most car owners get an underbody and body coating done to prevent corrosion at a cost of anything between Rs 4,000 and Rs 8,000. According to experts, this can be avoided if galvanised steel is used by carmakers. What’s more, the net cost burden on consumers would be under Rs 10,000 if steel in a car was to be galvanised and the results are far better than the coating that lasts only two to three years. Galvani­sation lasts a vehicle’s life.

There are many advantages for carmakers as well, apart from the savings on cleaning the CR sheets. Rahul Sharma, director, India, Interna­tional Zinc Association, says: “Paintability in galvanised steel is much better than plain cold-rolled steel. It can be taken straight to the paint shop instead of going through a cleaning process.” Galvanisation is required in a car chassis, wide body and nuts and bolts. But just 30 per cent galvanisation is there in the chassis of Indian cars, he adds.

It is also a fact that India has abundance of zinc. “India produces sufficient zinc. Its availability will never be a problem for either the steel industry or auto industry. Galvanisation of steel used in car body enhances the life of a vehicle multifold…your recurring expenditure on repairs decreases and your safety increases. Use of galvanised steel in cars will definitely add to the safety of passengers and bring enhanced value to the cars. The new mega infrastructure development that is happening in India today, with the use of steel, should only use galvanised steel for strength and long life,” says Sunil Duggal, CEO of Hindustan Zinc Limited, one of the world’s largest zinc manufacturers.

While a lot of thought is going towards various aspects of road safety, it is surprising that India still follows old and archaic rules when it comes to automotive steel. Perhaps the government and its committees will act on this soon and mandate zinc coating of vehicles to make them stronger and reduce fatalities in road accidents.

Pune ranked India’s 7th most congested city


PUNE: Pune is the seventh most congested city in India, according to a recent research published under the US-based organisation, National bureau of economic research (NBER). Conducted by a team of researchers at theUniversity of California, Berkeley and three other U.S. universities, the research studies the current status of mobility in urban India, using Google maps.

According to the findings, Bangalore tops the index for most congested city, and Mumbai in the second position, while Pune follows in the seventh place. In another index of traffic speed, Kolkata has been found to be the slowest city, while Pune manages to hold down its position to the 20th place.

Tejaswi Satpute, the deputy commissioner of police (traffic), Pune, said that the probable cause of the ranking can be the limited infrastructure and citizen approach. “There is a lack of proper infrastructure in the city, when it comes to accessing mobility and traffic condition. While the government is making it attempts to fill that gap, there is a big lack of scope for widening infrastructure in the heart of the city, which includes peth areas especially. Congestion is the highest in those areas mostly,” she said.

Satpute added that the traffic department, in order to install their own traffic monitoring system, have tied up with a Dutch-based software company called TomTom NV. Currently on a trial period of 2 months, they plan to propose the civic body and the smart city body, to purchase the software for better monitoring.Pune ranks as the 7th most congested city in India

“There are a number of flaws when it comes to monitoring congestion and traffic through apps like Google maps, which is not really on real-time. For instance, Google data is always on a 10 minute lag, while TomTom data refreshes after 5 minutes. Also, both the apps mistake parked vehicles as those stuck in traffic, and considering the huge number of vehicles parked on the streets, the data is not always accurate. We are trying to find a better monitoring system to provide better solutions to congestion,” she added.

In terms of public approach, she added that more number of people in Pune prefer to travel with their own vehicle and not the public transport. Such factors also cause congestion on the roads.

The research paper,‘Mobility & Congestion in Urban India,’ byVictor Couture of Haas school of business, University of California, Berkeley, Adam Storeygard of Tufts University, Gilles Duranton of Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Prottoy A. Akbar of University of Pittsburgh, is the first large-scale analysis of traffic congestion in154 Indian cities. Using Google maps, the researchers analysed22 million potential trips throughout the prominent cities of the country.

EY buys pune-based digital design company FCUX


PUNE (MUMBAI): Ernst & Young has acquired Fortune Cookie UX Design, a Pune-headquartered digital consulting and user experience (UX) design firm, to add a diverse set of digital capabilities to its service line at a time when many clients seek digital transformation. The two companies confirmed the deal on Thursday without revealing the valuation or financial details. 

“Over the past two years, we have collaborated with FCUX Design in the implementation of several digital transformation engagements and have benefitted immensely from this association,” said Mahesh Makhija, emerging technology and digital leader at EY India. “The integration comes at a crucial time as clients are becoming increasingly digital and looking for innovative solutions to better engage their customers and accelerate business performance,” he said. 

With this, EY inducts capabilities such as design thinking, UX design, usability and building user-centric digital ecosystems. Demand for such digitisation services from leading Indian companies and the government has been on the rise in the last couple of years, industry trackers said.  Founded in 2008 by Shashank Shwet, Vidhika Rohatgi and Sonam Agarwal, Fortune Cookie UX Design currently employs about 75 people. “Empathy and design thinking is an important tool that businesses require to address digital disruption,” Shwet said. 

The acquisition comes at a time when most of the Big Four – Deloitte, PwC, KPMG and EY - are vying for opportunities in new age technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data and robotics.

Sources within EY said the firm is looking for more acquisitions in the digital space to fill in the gaps in its digital service bouquet. At present, there are over 2,200 digital and technology professionals working at EY India. It plans to hire another 2,000 professionals with diverse capabilities over the next three years, the firm said. 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Pune author releases book ‘A Girl to Remember’


PUNE: A Girl to Remember – a book by an IT professional and travel enthusiast turned bestselling author Ajay K Pandey was released nationally recently. The book is now all set to be decalred as a national bestseller and soon be going into the second round of print.

The author, Ajay K Pandey aspired to be a teacher, but destiny brought him to the IT field. He currently works with Cognizant in Pune and makes time to follow his passion for writing. Ajay Pandey’s new book A Girl to Remember is published by Srishti Publishers, India’s leading publication house, and is priced at Rs. 195 /-  .

A Girl to Remember is a roller coaster of emotions and explores relationships from the perspective of a teenager, a young man, and a widow quite older to him. In a country where social taboos and social image change the course of lives, Ajay’s book makes the reader stop and think of where we need to change. A story of love at its very core, it’s an electrifying read that shows us how confession can be the best punishment. It also explores passionate romance, loss, and infatuation in a polished narrative that leaves you asking for more. The characters are lovable, hatable and even relatable, but most of all – they are one among us, and a truly thrilling read. 

A Girl to Remember is available at all leading book stores across the country. It was ranked #1 in Indian Literature within a day of opening of pre-orders, reflecting its popularity among all books available on The book has maintained a consistent position on all leading online and offline portals ever since.

“I have been getting messages from the readers about how the story has made them laugh, cry and smile all the way. It’s a delight to know that people are liking this rare story that tells us how faith works wonders. This book is very different from the previous books I have written, and I hope more and more readers like it. Plus, working with Srishti again has been a great experience,” said Ajay Pandey.

 “We have been getting great response on this book from sellers and readers alike. Ajay has always written stories of love, and we are glad that it was on #1 bestseller on Amazon after pre-orders opened. It is already on its way to top various other bestseller charts across online and offline stores, and we hope it continues to charm readers”– Arup Bose, Publisher at Srishti Publishers.

Tata Tigor EV now available for self-drive in Pune


PUNE: Today the number of shared mobility users is on a rise. In this growing market, Tata Motors joined hands with self-drive rental platform Zoomcar to offer Tata Tigor EVs in Pune.

At a symbolic ceremony held in Pune, Shailesh Chandra, President- Electric Mobility Business and Corporate Strategy and Greg Moran, Co-Founder and CEO, Zoomcar flagged-off the first batch of Tigor EVs from Concorde Motors in Baner.

Speaking on the occasion, Shailesh Chandra said, “The future of mobility will increasingly be connected, shared and powered by zero emission technologies. Tata Motors is strongly committed to this transformative journey and working with all like-minded partners to accelerate the enabling ecosystem. It is a great pleasure to announce our partnership with Zoomcar to offer shared electric mobility solution for the citizens of Pune.

Tata Tigor EV will now be available on the self-drive rental platform, offered by Zoomcar, to enable zero-emission transport option for the citizens of Pune. We are confident that our customers will appreciate and enjoy the driving experience.”

Commenting on the partnership, Greg Moran said, “The Zoomcar team is thrilled to partner with Tata Motors to bring electric vehicles to Pune. This marks the beginning of a dynamic partnership within electric mobility and we expect to touch 20 cities and 500 electric vehicles with Tata over the next year.”

Tata Motors is committed to the Government’s vision of driving electric mobility in the country and is working in a collaborative manner with various ecosystem partners to facilitate faster adoption of electric vehicles and to build a sustainable future for India.

Fast track knee surgeries at Sancheti Hospital

From L-R Dr Sunny Gugale,Dr Parag Sancheti Chairman,
Sancheti Hospital,  Dr Kailas Patil

PUNE: Sancheti Hospital recently completed 53 glorious years recently (12 December). To mark the 54th Foundation Day, Sancheti Hospital has launched Fast Track Knee Replacement Surgery with highly specialized and technically advanced procedures, patient management protocols, discharge in shorter time with negligible pain and greater patient satisfaction.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Parag Sancheti Chairman and MD, Sancheti Hospital said that carrying forward the legacy of this organization we continuously strive to come out with patient centric initiatives for the best patient outcomes. Fast Track Knee Surgery is one of them. This will help patients get discharged within 72 hours and will be aided by our highly specialized team of physiotherapists who would be doing physiotherapy sessions after the discharge of the patient, in their home.

Hence patient will be able to completely recover and gain optimum movement at the comfort of the home. Fast Track Knee Surgery means that healthy patients with debilitating knee problems can be fast-tracked to be operated under highly specialized and technically advanced procedures, discharged in shorter time with negligible pain, and greater patient satisfaction. This has been possible because of the state of art infrastructure and surgically skilled team of doctors.

Established in 1965, Sancheti Hospital has come a long way and spreads its wings with Sancheti Clinics (Satellite clinics at four places in Pune), Sancheti  Healthcare Academy (Hospital Management and Physiotherapy) and Sancheti Institute which has state of the art infrastructure and equipment to conduct all the Specialities and Super-specialty services in the field of orthopaedics including Joint Replacement, Arthroscopy, Spinal Surgery, Rheumatology and Arthritis, Shoulder Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Neurology, Hand, foot, ankle and Microvascular Surgery,  Sports Injuries, Anaesthesiology and so on. It is one of the only hospitals to have all super specialities of Orthopaeidcs available under one roof 

Dr Parag Sancheti added that the average stay will be reduced from 6 to 7 days to 3 days. New mechanisms of pain control have made it possible . The operation can be completed in 30 to 35 minutes as against more than 1 hour required earlier. 

Consultant Knee Surgeon Dr Kailash Patil said that this has been possible because of coordinated effort . Awareness about Knee replacement surgeries is increasing but people are still vary because they think they will require a month to recover. Patient can be admitted on OPD basis on the same day of the operation which normally happens in morning hours. The patient is made to walk on the same day and there is a separate team for pain management. We have also prepared a protocol for physiotherapy for fast track patients . For now the fast track surgeries will be conducted for unilateral (one knee). 

Consultant Knee specialist Dr Sunny Gugale said that Patient selection is a key in fast track surgeries and includes those whose pre operative evaluation has been done and there are no other medical complications.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Wildlife SOS and forest dept saves a leopardess


PUNE: In a late-night rescue operation that lasted nearly two hours, Wildlife SOS and the Forest department rushed to the aid of a 6-year-old female leopard in Thakur Pimpri village located in Pune district, Maharashtra. The leopard is weak, suffering from severe dehydration and currently undergoing treatment.

At around 7 pm on Friday, the Wildlife SOS team operating out of the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center in Junnar received a distress call from ACF Yuvraj Mohite about a reported leopard sighting in Thakur Pimpri village located in Walunj Shivar, Pune district. Residents were left in a state of panic after they spotted the leopard resting under a tree in the outskirts of the village and immediately contacted the authorities for help.

Bracing themselves with safety nets, a trap cage and tranquilizing equipment to carry out the rescue mission, a six-member team from Wildlife SOS immediately headed to the location accompanied by about ten forest officers. As a crowd of on-lookers had gathered around the field, the forest officers cordoned off the area as a safety measure, while Wildlife SOS senior veterinarian, Dr. Ajay Deshmukh carefully immobilized the distressed feline using a sedative injection from a safe distance.

The rescue mission lasted for almost two hours after which the leopard was carefully transported to the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre for immediate medical intervention. The facility provides a transit home for leopards in peril or caught in conflict situations and currently houses over 30 leopards who cannot be released back into the wild.

Dr. Ajay Deshmukh, Senior Veterinarian at the Wildlife SOS Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center said, “The leopard is an approx. 6-years-old female. She is weak and suffering from severe dehydration, so we have put the animal on oral rehydration solution and IV drips.”

Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS said, “The leopard is under stress and will take time to recover from the ordeal. Our dedicated team of veterinarians is carrying out the necessary treatment for the injuries and upon complete recovery, it will be released back into its natural habitat. We are extremely grateful to the forest department for their cooperation and for their assistance in making this rescue a success.”

Yuvraj Mohite, Asst. Conservator of Forests- Junnar said, “Junnar region has a significant leopard population and they are often spotted in the vicinity of human settlements. We work closely with Wildlife SOS to carry out rescue missions and awareness programs across villages to help mitigate human-leopard conflict.”

Jawa Motorcycles opens first two outlets in Pune


PUNE: Czech motorcycle brand Jawa, which re-entered the Indian market last month with the introduction of three models, Saturday announced the launch of its first two dealerships in the country in Pune.

With the two outlets - at Chinchwad and Baner in Pune - becoming fully operational, customers can book and test-ride Jawa and Jawa Forty Two motorcycles, Classic Legends said in a statement. The two outlets are the first among over 100 Jawa Motorcycles dealerships that will be set up in the country, it said.

Classic Legends Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Mahindra and Mahindra, on November 15 relaunched its 293-cc Jawa Forty Two, Jawa and Jawa Perak motorcycles in the domestic market. Besides Mahindra group which owns 60 per cent stake in Classic Legends, Rustomjee group and Phi Capital Management also hold stakes in the joint venture.

Shakti Automobiles, Jawas first Dealership is now formally open. Rumble in to experience the nostalgia and test ride the motorcycles. In 2016, Mahindra group struck a deal with the Czechoslovakia-based motorcycle company which allowed Classic Legends to launch and market bikes under the Jawa brand in the country and east Asian markets.

The bikes are being produced at Mahindra's manufacturing facility at Pithampur near Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

Chikki production units in Lonavla under FDA scanner


PUNE: Two days after Lonavla’s famous chikki brand, Maganlal Chikki, was issued a ‘stop production’ notice from the Food and drug administration (FDA) over non conformity with FDA food production standards, the focus now is on the overall chikki business in this hill station.

Chikki, a sugary sweet brittle, laden at the very least with groundnuts and jaggery, is a yearly business worth Rs 450 crore, the majority of which is attributed to 15 chikki manufacturers in Lonavla. A number of franchisees also form a major source of employment in and around Lonavla, 60 km from Pune, with a population of 55,000.

FDA commissioner, Suresh Deshmukh, said,“We are here to ensure healthy food is be supplied to people. It is mandatory for every food producer to follow all food safety related norms. We have planned to conduct more raids in Lonavala.”

According to Deshmukh, most chikki manufacturing in Lonavla is a household business. “Even for those manufacturers, the FDA guidelines are mandatory. We have found that some of these chikki manufacturers are not complying with FDA norms,” he said.

MahaMetro to begin underground metro work soon


PUNE: The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (MahaMetro) has said that work of the underground section will begin soon after completion of ongoing work of preparation of shaft to insert tunnel boring machines.

The MahaMetro has planned underground metro work in two parts. The tendering process to appoint a private agency for tunnelling work in Agriculture college ground-Phadke Houd chowk section has been completed recently. A kick-off meeting with the agency was conducted on Friday by MahaMetro officials to discuss the execution plan.

The MahaMetro said that a detailed plan of the underground work of Agriculture college ground-Phadke Houd chowk section was tabled by the agency in the meeting. A discussion was held on various aspects of the work.

According to MahaMetro, an order will be placed soon for the tunnel boring machines by the agency. About 3,392 rings will be installed in the section. These rings will help maintain a similar size of the tunnel in the entire stretch. The agency which is executing the work will soon set up a casting yard and batching plant.

The underground section is part of metro's PCMC-Swargate corridor which is 11.57 km long of which underground section will be in 5.09 km stretch.

National workshop on explosive detection in Pune


PUNE: A National Workshop on Explosives Detection (NWED) was inaugurated at High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) at Pashan here.

The workshop will provide a platform to scientists, technocrats and users to share knowledge experience and update information on the technological advancements made in the recent past. A total of 200 delegates from different DRDO labs, Army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), police, academic institutes, industry and other security agencies are attending the workshop.

The chief guest Atul Chandra Kulkarni, additional director general of police and chief of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in his address brought out that detection of explosives is a compelling need of the hour. Guest of honour P K Mehta, a distinguished scientist and director general (Armament cluster engineering), emphasized that concerted efforts must be made for development of devices for detection of concealed explosives.

"No single technology would suffice to detect all types of explosives. Hence scientists should think of amalgamation of two or three technologies and come out with a device to provide a comprehensive solution,” Mehta pointed. K P S Murthy, Outstanding Scientist and Director HEMRL, mentioned that significant amount of research work is being carried out in DRDO and academia.

Mechanised road sweeping to start soon in Pune


PUNE: The mechanised sweeping of roads by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will start from Saturday. “The PMC has procured the machines for mechanised sweeping. They will be handed over to the ward offices in a ceremony on Saturday and will be put to use immediately,” said a senior official of PMC.

The PMC had decided to introduce automatic sweeping machines for cleaning the roads. The first phase will cover three municipal zones. The standing committee of PMC had approved the proposal in July. The proposal had stated that the project aims at providing new age machines for cleaning the roads. It will improve the quality of work. Apart from that it will also be a time saver.

The areas that were chosen for the first phase included Ahmednagar road, Sinhgad Road, Karve road, Hadapsar and Satara road. PMC will spend Rs 48 crore on this project for the next five years. The contractor has planned to buy 9 road sweeper trucks, each will cost around Rs 78 lakh. A 28 % GST will have to be paid additionally.

The city has over 20,000 workers, who are directly or indirectly involved in the road cleaning or garbage disposal. According to PMC's data, the city has around 2500 km long roads. Nearly 2000 km are tar roads, while 500km are concreted.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Patil in Theatres on 21st December


PUNE: It is said that a man’s struggle has begun even before he is born. Struggle is an indivisible part of a man’s life. In this lifelong struggle the one who has the tenacity, and who stands up bravely and develops oneself, only he can write history.

‘Patil’ a motivational and inspiring movie full of struggle has won the hearts of the movie goers. The movie was released in many parts of the state but could not be released in some parts of the state. Due to persistent demand from the public, ‘Patil’ is once again being released on the 21st of December. Produced by Star Craft Manoranjan Pvt, Ltd., Sachiket Productions, Shaubham Cine vision Pvt. Ltd., ‘Patil struggle….Love and Existence’ is the struggle filled journey of Shivaji Patil.

Love and duty are two sides of the same coin. When a man attains a balance between the two he becomes happy. While trying to balance his love and duty, we get to see the past, the struggle and the humiliations that he has overcome, he does not succumb to his circumstances. He bravely faces his problems with great tenacity. Trying to balance his love and duty, will Shivaji be successful in seeing his goal being fulfilled?  While doing his duty will his love be supportive? To seek the answer to the multitude of questions one must see ‘Patil’.

Written and directed by Santosh Mijgar, the movie has S.R.M. Alian, Shivaji Lotan, Varsha Dandhale, Bhagyshri Mote, Narendra Deshmukh, Pratima Deshpande, Suresh Pillai, Kapil Kamble, Yash and many other artistes. Dr. Jagdish Patil (Konkan Commissioner) has a very special role in the movie and Dr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman of Zee Network Esselvision, appears as a guest artiste.

Music and songs play a big role in developing the narrative of the film. There are five songs in the film. The lyrics are set to music by Anand-Milind, Sonali Uday, Prabhakar Narwade, D.H. Harmoni and S.R.M.Alian. The background score is by Amar Mohile.

The story, screenplay and direction are by Santosh Rammeena Mijgar. Bollywood Tourism and ‘AVK Entertainment’ are presenting the film. The producers are Jaisheel Mijgar, Tejal Shah, Neeta Lad, Satish Govindwar, Gopichand Padalkar , Madhukar Lolge and Rupesh Tak.  The co-producers are Ganesh Bidkar, Ramrao Wadkute, Santukrao Hambarde Saurabh Tandel, Deepak Dalal and Abhiram Sudhir Patil.

Vivek Singh is the executive producer. Editing is by Nilesh Gavand and Manish Shirke. Cinematography is by Sudhakar Reddy Yankanti and Raja. Choreography is by Subhash Nakashe. Makeup is by Pruta Manjrekar and Jyoti Mulgir. Sound by Anirudh Kale and VFX by Prashant Mehta and art direction by Suresh Pillai.

'Patil' is releasing on the 21st of December.

Niyome Dey bags Mrs Maharashtra title 2018


PUNE: The title of 'Mrs Maharashtra 2018' in gold category has been bagged by Niyome Dey of Pune. Niyome Dey said during a press conference, 'I could get this honor only because of the support and encouragement of my family.' On this occasion, Niyome's mother Meghana Khandekar, Diva Pageant's organisers Anjana and Karl Mascarenhas were present.

Diva Pageant recently had organized 'Mrs Maharashtra Empress of Maharashtra season 3' in Pune. The idea behind this mega-event was to show that women can shine at any age given the right platform. There were 40 finalists from across Pune, Mumbai, Nashik, Nagpur and Kolhapur in the final round of 'Mrs Maharashtra 2018'. It included 20 participants divided in two groups according to age group; 20 to 33 (silver category), and 33 and above (gold category).

Born and brought up in Mumbai, this 36 year old Diva shifted to Pune in her early teenage days. She completed her commerce studies from Ness Wadia College in Pune. Later her interest in the field of Media attracted her to study TV and Video Production from Xavier’s Institute of Communication. Her choice of career gave the opportunity to work in various production houses as Assistant Director and Assistant Producer.

Niyome has worked with Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary on a making of Bengali FilmAntaheen which received a National Film Award in the Best Film category in the year 2008. Niyome is the daughter of senior journalist Sukrit Khandekar, and the wife of Colonel Sourav Narayan Dey. She is also a Reebok fitness Trainer and also a Zumba Instructor.

Niyome is a certified Soft skill trainer and Image consultant. After winning the glorious crown Niyome plans to motivate and encourage women through her workshops. Her passion includes adventurous travel full of challenging activities. She is also a brown belt in karate.