Monday, 26 February 2018

Balewadi to get Pune’s first transit hub


PUNE: The Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (PSCDCL) is all set to develop its first state-of-the-art transit hub in the city at Balewadi. The hub will comprise a Metro station, a bus rapid transit system (BRTS) stand, and bus transit facility for both inter and intra city services of the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation and private operators.

“The proposal for a transit hub at Balewadi was approved by the Union government under the Smart City programme. It is going to be a state-of-the-art mixed land use development structure integrating many transport facilities in one place. It would also have a commercial facility like a mall,” said a PSCDCL official. He added that the proposed hub would act as a symbolic gateway to the city.

As per the proposal, the transit hub will be developed on an 11-acre plot of land in Balewadi, along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, opposite the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex near the National Institute of Construction Management and Research. “Under the Smart City programme, it has been envisaged that the transit hub will be developed through a public private partnership. The project presents a distinct opportunity to monetise the land and generate funds for implementation of other Smart City projects,” said the official.

It has been suggested that the project should be developed under the Transit Oriented Development land use, which will allow the Floor Space Index to be enhanced from 1.2 to 4, and improve the viability and bankability of the project. Balewadi also marks the entrance to the city from the Mumbai-Bengaluru bypass and many state transport buses enter Pune via the road connecting to the highway. “It will help reduce traffic congestion on city roads. Many of the state transport buses that halt at Shivajinagar can use the transit hub as the last destination, the commuters can then go on to their destinations via the Metro as well as BRTS,” he said.

The Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park at Hinjewadi, located close to the transit hub, will also be connected through Metro, a step that will help thousands of commuters who travel to the Infotech Park every day. The transit hub will also provide easy transport services to visitors of the Balewadi Sports Complex, which hosts national and international sports competitions, said the official. The Maha-Metro, the agency implementing the Pune Metro project, is also planning to set up transit hubs at various places in the city including Pune station, Swargate and Shivajinagar station.

Shivshahi buses for journey to Baramati soon


PUNE: The bus journey to Baramati from the city would become a cosy affair with Shivshahi buses set to ply on the route in a month. The route would be covered under the ‘Project Shivshahi’ of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC). The objective of the project is to connect more semi-urban towns with Shivshahi buses.

Srinivas Joshi, the divisional controller of the MSRTC’s Pune division, told that the idea was to introduce the service of these air-conditioned buses - spacious with comfortable seats - to towns located 50-100 kms from Pune.

“We want to give people an affordable bus ride with all comforts for shorter distances. With Pune having the largest fleet of Shivshahi buses in the entire state, they are being put to best use through the initiative,” he said.

Another official said, “Earlier, Shivshahi buses used to connect places at a distance of 250km, which can be called long routes. The focus has changed now and smaller cities close to the city are set to have this bus service. The fares are very affordable and one has to pay a maximum of Rs30 to Rs50 more for a comfortable journey.”

He said, “Recently, we have started plying these buses from Pune to Goa and Mahabaleshwar. We are receiving good passenger response on these routes. The service to Shirdi has also been started recently. With long routes covered, now the shorter routes are being taken care of.”

Last week, MSRTC submitted a proposal to its headquarters for running Shivshahi buses on three routes connecting Junnar taluka in Khed.

Doordarshan Engineer’s Sun bath shadowed by police


PUNE: The Sinhagad police on Sunday arrested an
assistant engineer working with public service broadcaster Doordarshan after he was found sunbathing in the nude at Sinhagad fort.

Members of the Rashtrashakti Samajik Sanghatana, a social organisation, had gone to the fort for a cleanliness drive when they spotted Lateef Saiyad, evidently intent on getting an even tan all over, near the Doordarshan building.

Sinhagad police have booked under Section 295-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for conducting deliberate and malicious acts intending to outrage religious feelings, insulting religion or religious beliefs and Section 509 for insulting the modesty of women by making gestures.

Swapnil Jambhle (23), a resident of Haveli, has lodged a complaint against Saiyad. According to Jambhle, the Rashtrashakti Samajik Sanghtana had organised a cleanliness drive at Sinhagad on Sunday morning and there were around 20 members present, including some women.

The group suddenly spotted Saiyad while passing by the Doordarshan office, sleeping on a chair in the sun a stitch of clothing on him. When Jambhle and other members started questioning him, he went into the building.

The members immediately informed the Sinhagad police and demanded for his arrest. Said Jambhle, “He is a government employee and his conduct is an insult to our religious beliefs and the sentiments of all the social organisations in Pune district. We also found liquor bottles at the same spot and have demanded a detailed inquiry into the matter.”

दुबईत रंगला ‘भय’ चित्रपटाचा शानदार प्रिमिअर

मराठी चित्रपटांनी सातासमुद्रापार झेप घेतल्याची गोष्ट आता नवीन राहिलेली नाहीमराठी मनोरंजन विश्वातील अनेक कार्यक्रम परदेशातसुद्धा होऊ लागले आहेतपरंतू मराठी चित्रपटाचा प्रिमिअर परदेशात होण्याची घटना विरळच मार्चला प्रदर्शित होणाऱ्या ‘भय या आगामी मराठी चित्रपटाचा शानदार प्रिमिअर सोहळा नुकताच दुबईत संपन्न झाला.

चित्रपटातील कलाकारतंत्रज्ञ तसेच दुबईस्थित मराठीजनांनी त्याला उत्स्फूर्त प्रतिसाद दिलाशुक्रवार २३ फेब्रुवारीला दुबईच्या रॉक्सी थिएटर मध्ये संपन्न झालेल्या या शो ला दुबईच्या स्थानिक कलाकारांनी सुद्धा आवर्जून हजेरी लावली होती जी इंटरनॅशनलची प्रस्तुती असलेल्या या चित्रपटाची निर्मिती सचिन कटारनवरे यांनी केली असून दिग्दर्शनाची  संकलनाची जबाबदारी राहुल भातणकर यांनी सांभाळली आहे.

एका वेगळ्या विषयावर चित्रपट केल्याचं समाधान व्यक्त करतानाच उपस्थित सर्वांचे  आभार निर्माते सचिन कटारनवरे  कलाकारांनी याप्रसंगी व्यक्त केलेहा चित्रपट प्रेक्षकांना गुंतवून ठेवण्यात यशस्वी झाल्याच्या भावना उपस्थित प्रेक्षकांनी यावेळी व्यक्त केल्या.

भीती काल्पनिक असली तरीत्या अनुषंगाने उलटसुलट विचार आपल्या मनात घोळत राहिल्याने आपलं उर्वरित शरीर सुद्धा या भीतीच्या दहशतीखाली येतेही भीती भविष्याशीच निगडित असल्यानेकाहीतरी अघटित घडणार असंच बरेचदा वाटत राहतंहा आपल्या कल्पनाशक्तीचा खेळ वेळीच सावरला नाही तर काय  होऊ शकतो हे दाखवून देणारा चित्रपट म्हणजे...भय.

अभिजीत खांडकेकरउदय टिकेकरसतीश राजवाडेस्मिता गोंदकरसंस्कृती बालगुडेविनीत शर्मासिद्धार्थ बोडकेशेखर शुक्लानुपूर दुधवाडकर,धनंजय मांद्रेकर आदि कलाकारांचा अभिनय ‘भयया चित्रपटात प्रेक्षकांना पहायला मिळेल.

येत्या शुक्रवारी  मार्चला भय प्रदर्शित होणार आहे.

Khushi, Dr Pallavi wins Miss Tiara and Mrs Tiara India

Dr Pallavi Prasad and Khushi Kaushal

PUNE: City based doctor Pallavi Prasad and 11th std student Khushi Kaushal have left lasting impact on the 'Miss & Mrs Tiara India' competition held at Mumbai recently. Dr. Pallavi Prasad crowned as ‘Mrs Tiara India Global' & 'Beauty with Purpose' and Khushi Kaushal as a ‘Miss Teen Tiara India Global' in the competition.

After their success at Miss and Mrs India, both Divas interacted with media here recently. Rekha Mirajkar, Founder, Memory Makers, Rishikesh Mirajkar and Soniya Mirajkar Director, Memory Makers were preset on the occasion. The competition was held in February where 380 participants from across India.

Now, Dr Pallavi Prasad will represent India in Mrs Elite Beauty Queen competition which is held in Lativia in June 2018. While Khushi will respresent  India in International Miss Teen competition which is held in Mexico in August 2018. 

Both expressed proud to win the titles and to represent country in the competition. 38 year old Pallavi is a doctor by profession and practicing in Pune. She is also researcher and doing work on harmonal imbalance, menopause and depression in children.

Elaborating her future plans, Dr Pallavi Prasad said, "Bagging the Mrs India Global title has given me the impetus to work towards this goal. I wish to work in Marathi films in future"

17 years old Khushi Kaushal is student and she is studying in 11th std at DAV Public School, Aundh, Pune. Her father Sanjiv and Mother Arati are entrepreneurs. Dance, Acting, Sports and music are her interests. Khushi while narrating her success story said, “Now I am focusing on my study. I want to contribute for my country and society. Also, I am interested to work in Bollywood."

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Jain Irrigation bags Rs 375 cr Pune contract


PUNE: Jain Irrigation Systems said it has received a contract worth Rs 375 crores from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

The project involves a pipeline of 508 km, installation and billing for 49,000 water meters including 1339 kms laying of utility ducts apart from water pipe line, the company said in a regulatory filing.

"We hope this will act like a model project for other cities in Maharashtra and other parts of the country also," Jain Irrigation Joint Managing Director Atul Jain said.The company said the Pune Municipal Corporation has drawn up an ambitious plan to provide on a 24X7 basis pressurized water supply to residents in its area and also has decided to implement 100 per cent smart metering covering every household of Pune city over the next five years.

The scheme envisages elimination of the Non-Revenue Water (NRW) of the city by plugging losses and upgrading the entire water supply network.Pune is the first large city in India which will execute a project of this nature on such a large scale, it added.

Science fraternity finds IISER question logical


PUNE: The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, has courted controversy over a question having direct reference to the controversial statement of Union minister of state for human resource development Satyapal Singh on Charles Darwin’s human evolution theory.

The question posed to IISER’s undergraduate students at a recently held examination sought to know as to what was wrong with Singh’s statement. The institute argued the question was posed to gauge the “logical reasoning” ability of the students, but some experts felt IISER could have asked a “straight question without any reference to Singh.”

IISER dean Sanjeev Galande said, “The question was meant to test the logical ability of the students about evolution. Just a reference was made to Singh’s statement. The question had no political tone.” The students in “question” are pursuing evolution course and the Darwin’s theory is a part of their study course, Galande said. “There was a note below the question, clarifying our stand. Most teachers here are scientists and want to test student’s analytical ability.”

The science fraternity found the question logical. IISER, Kolkata, director Sourav Pal and former director at NCL, Pune, said, “The intention probably was to know the students’ understanding. But I feel the question should have been straight.” Aniket Sule, reader at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, said, “The question made it clear that the students are not supposed to give argument on why evolution is correct. Rather they should give argument on why Singh’s statement did not make any sense.”

MSEDCL police stations for power theft to be shut


PUNE: The half a dozen police stations set up by state-run utility MSEDCL to probe electricity theft cases across Maharashtra will be closed and matters pending with them will be moved to local police stations, a senior official has said.

An order to this effect was issued by the home department on February 22, he said, adding these special police stations are facing closure due to logistical reasons.The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) started six police stations - in Pune, Kalyan, Nashik, Jalna, Latur and Nagpur - in 2006 to investigate the cases of electricity theft.

Over 1.6 lakh electricity theft cases, involving Rs 19,170.59 lakh, were registered at these police stations since their inception, the officer said."Since the distance of the police station was very far from the actual place of offence, an investigating official was not able to work swiftly," he said. Reaching the place of offence, making 'panchnamas' (recording observation) and starting investigation was a big challenge, he added. However, there was nothing wrong in the functioning of these police stations.

Officials posted at these stations had detected thefts of 59.43 million units of electricity; the officer added. As per the data available till December 2017, these police stations had solved 68,099 cases, while 87,420 power theft cases were pending with them, said the official.

"The government has decided to shutdown these police stations. All such cases will be now be registered (with some of the regular) police stations in the district concerned," Surendra Pandey, Additional Director General of Police and Director (Security and Enforcement) of MSEB Holding Company, said. The cases registered with the special police stations will be transferred to the regular ones within the next two months, Pandey said.

Police custody for DSK couple till March 1


PUNE: The ongoing probe against developer D S Kulkarni, stalled because of his health condition , will gather a fresh momentum after special judge J T Utpat ordered his and his wife, Hemanti’s, remand in police custody till March 1.

The court also ordered that in case of any medical emergency during Kulkarni’s custodial interrogation, the investigating officer “shall provide him the best available treatment, preferably in Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital.” Earlier, Kulkarni, also known as DSK, was sent to the Yerawada jail after a medical board of the Sasson General Hospital ruled that he was fit to face the police interrogation. Around 3.30 pm, the police moved the special court seeking his remand for custodial interrogation.

After the court’s order, joint commissioner of police Ravindra Kadam said, “We will secure his (DSK’s) custody from the jail authorities.” The Kulkarnis are facing probe over alleged cheating of several depositors by defaulting on repayment of their dues with interest. On February 17, DSK and his wife were remanded in police custody till February 23.

DSK was shifted to Sassoon General Hospital after he collapsed and slipped into unconsciousness in the police lock-up on February 18. The court then ordered his remand in judicial custody and allowed him to be moved to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital. The developer was since under a physical evaluation process by the Sassoon medical board.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Gang of 4 reveals 14 cases of house break-in


PUNE: Running a nursery and a garland business during the day and committing burglaries at night, a gang of four men broke into at least 14 flats since 2015. They, however, ran out of luck and landed in police net on February 12.

“We have solved 14 cases of house break-ins and recovered stolen goods worth Rs 25 lakh from Jagashi Butiya (50) and his nephews, Bharat Butiya (35), Jayanti Butiya (32), and Rakesh Waghmare (32) since their arrest on February 12,” Basavraj Teli, deputy commissioner of police (zone-I), said in a news conference.

The Butiyas, originally from Gujarat, used to run a nursery near their residence in Somatane Phata in Wadgaon Maval, Teli said, adding that Waghmare is their relative and hails from Dehu Road.

During interrogation, the suspects revealed that they had sold the stolen items to the employee of a jewellery shop in Talegaon Dabhade. “We have arrested the jeweller’s employee, Shankar Barui (39) of West Bengal, and recovered 631g gold and 4kg silver ornaments, collectively worth Rs 25.45 lakh, from him,” Teli said.

The gang was committing burglaries in the Kothrud and Karvenagar areas for the past three years. On February 12, police marshals Bhavrao Damse and Gaus Mulani of the Alankar police noticed three men travelling by a car in Karvenagar. “We stopped the car and found equipment like crowbars, cutters and screw drivers with the occupants,” Mulani said.

Senior inspector Rekha Salunkhe told that during questioning, the suspects admitted that they had broken into a bungalow on January 29 in Sahakarnagar and made off with valuables worth Rs 5.5 lakh. The investigating team comprised constables Nitin Kamble, Rajendra Landge, Usman Kalyani and Shrikant Chavan. “We are expecting to detect more cases,” Salunkhe said.

Pune man builds toilets out of Thermocol


PUNE: Amid the Centre's efforts towards making India Open Defecation Free (ODF), a man from Pune has been contributing to it in a unique way by building toilets out of Thermocol.

Ramdas Mane's company makes toilets out of Thermocol with cement coating, in two hours. "We also give these as wedding gift to girls who don't have the capacity to build toilets, and have given it to 25 girls till now," said Mane. He has supplied over 22,000 toilets all over the country.

The business of building toilets is run on No loss-No Profit basis, and Mane has even been awarded various awards by different organisations and governments for his innovation, including the India CSR's with Sanitation leadership award 2016. In 2007, he also made it to the Limca Book of records. Mane has also received awards in foreign countries like Australia and Uruguay.

His company, 'Mane group of Companies' was started in 1993, to essentially build Thermocol machines. Mane said that he supplies these machines in about 45 countries and that about 80 percent of the Thermocol in India is made up by his machines. Mane has also been given a patent for the Thermocol recycling machine, he said.

Ramdas Mane belongs from a poor family in Satara district. He worked hard and did part-time jobs to complete his education. Today, Mane says his company's annual turnover is about Rs 40 crores with 70 employees working there. Most of the countries buy his Thermocol machine as it is cheaper as compared to an international market.

C-DAC's major thrust on cancer research in future


PUNE: Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is the premier R&D organisation of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for carrying out R&D in Information Technology, Electronics and associated areas. Today it has announced that it will be putting a major thrust on Cancer research in coming future through supercomputing.

Speaking at the unveiling of CDAC’s new super computer the PARAM Shavak-Virtual Reality (VR), Dr Hemant Darbari, Director General, C-DAC, said “We are doing a lot of research in the area of bio-informatics, which is coming up in a big way. Our major focus is on cancer treatment using supercomputers as tool. We have interacted with Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, National Cancer Institute in US for doing simulation on ‘P53’ molecule on our system.” 

‘P53’ also known as TP53 or tumor protein is a gene that codes for a protein that regulates the cell cycle and hence functions as tumor suppressor. Darbari also said that his team is working on ‘Drug repositioning.’ “Drug repositioning is the application of known drugs and compounds to treat new diseases. “Under this concept, C-DAC is working on repurposing, in which drugs used for diabetes can be used for breast cancer research. A major shift is going to happen in the field of drug research and development,” Dr. Darbari added.

“The diabetes drugs used on human beings can be redirected towards breast cancer treatment. Otherwise one has to go through a long gestational period before it is ready for human use. We are also trying to put some ancient knowledge like Ayurveda to see how it impacts cancer treatment,” Darbari said.

These are some of the major initiatives that will be backed up with artificial intelligence, he said, adding that the new supercomputer will help its users to extend the reach beyond traditional domains of design manufacturing and entertainment.

“This machine can be used in healthcare for drug discovery research like in area of cancer, battle theatre simulation for defence (battle inoculation) advertising, education, automobile engineering and even Archaeology. Ancient extinct kingdoms like Dwarka and civilizations like Harappa can be recreated by visualizing the original structures using simulators providing multidimensional images,” he said.

As the scope and complexity of computational needs continue to increase at colleges universities, professors and administrators are compelled to seek appropriate and affordable solutions. "PARAM Shavak provides the computing power necessary to keep academic institutions on the leading edge in today's competitive market at affordable cost. This system is meant for research organizations and academic institutions that are on the verge of adopting high performance computing (HPC) culture in their institutions," Dr. Darbari said.