Thursday, 30 May 2019

After 8 futile pregnancies, couple enjoyed parenthood

L-R - Dr Krishna Mehta, Dr Rajeshwari Pawar, 
Dr Tushar Parikh and Dr Sachin Bhise, 


PUNE: Motherhood Hospital, Kharadi, helps a Pune couple to celebrate parenthood after 18 years, 8 failed attempts, a high risk and a complex pregnancy.

Anita and Virendra Tripathi, from Pune, had a tough time coping with 4 miscarriages and 4 newborn deaths in 18 years of trying for a baby. Anita lost her first baby in the year 2002, after which she kept on losing her baby after every 2 years.  Even after consulting various doctors in Pune and Delhi, nothing worked in the couple’s favor.

Though her pregnancy reports were normal, the baby wouldn’t survive. However, the couple didn’t lose hope. Each one was of great moral support to the other in the period of trials and tribulations. Finally, their prayers were heard when Anita become pregnant in June 2018. Since her pregnancy was high risk and complicated, she was referred to specialists at Motherhood Hospital at 7 months (28 weeks) of her pregnancy after she suddenly broke her waters. This happened in January 2019. 

The patient was given medications to ensure fetal brain protection and lung maturity along with antibiotics to keep infection at bay. Medications were also given to temporarily halt the imminent delivery. On the 11th of January 2019, Anita gave birth to a premature baby boy weighing 1.3 kg.

Dr. Rajeshwari Pawar, Senior Consultant Obstetrician and Maternal-Fetal Medicine expert at Motherhood Hospital, Kharadi, Pune, said, “The aim was to pull on the pregnancy in utero as much as possible because there is ‘no incubator in the world as good as the womb’. However, care was taken to curb the chances of infection and complications to the baby in view of absent of bag of waters covering the fetus. The patient had to be delivered at 30th week when there were hints of baby being in danger in the womb.”

Dr. Sachin Bhise, Consultant Neonatologist at Motherhood Hospital, Kharadi, Pune, highlighted, ''After birth, the baby had trouble in breathing, and required immediate breathing support in the delivery room. The baby was shifted to the Neonatal ICU and given respiratory support with an advanced technique of a non-invasive ventilator. He was also given preventive measures to keep sepsis away and was provided nutritional support in the form of TPN (Total Parental Nutrition).”

In NICU, the baby underwent screening for metabolic diseases in view of the mother’s previous newborn deaths and screening to look for retinopathy of prematurity along with echocardiography and ultrasonography of brain, kidney and liver for congenital anomalies.

Dr. Tushar Parikh, Chief Neonatologist and In-charge of NICU at Motherhood Hospital, said, "India accounts for 24% of world's premature deliveries and 40% of low birth weight babies. Unfortunately, India also accounts for more than 80% of total newborn deaths among low birth weight and premature babies.  This baby’s case is a perfect example of how we can save extreme premature babies if they come to tertiary perinatal centre well in time.

Anita Tripathi, Baby Rudransh’s mother said, “Motherhood is an experience unlike other and is the best feeling in the world. I was devastated after 8 failed pregnancies. When I was pregnant for the 9th time, there was a question mark about baby’s survival. I would panic and constantly ask the doctor whether the baby is fine. But my joy knew no bounds when I heard my baby’s cry for the first time. This was what we were waiting for 18 long years. Rudransh is 4-months old and is fine now.”

“We had to wait for 18 years, but our family is complete now. The doctors at the hospital cooperated well and I am thankful to them for their limitless efforts,” says Virendra Tripathi, the baby’s father.

NSDL e-Gov and Sterling & Wilson ink JV for Intl mkts


PUNE (MUMBAI): NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited (NSDL e-Gov), a leading e-Governance solutions provider and Sterling & Wilson, a leading Indian multinational, entered into a joint venture to offer comprehensive e-governance IT solutions along with supporting business critical and turnkey Data Center solutions in Africa, Middle East and South Asian markets.

NSDL e-Gov comes with 24 years of experience in offering IT solutions and has successfully driven extraordinarily large projects such as Tax Information Network (TIN), PAN card services, National ID, eKYC, eSign & National Pension System for the citizens of India. Shapoorji Pallonji owned Sterling & Wilson specializes in engineering, construction, manufacturing and energy services.

The uniqueness of the JV, being a single-stop e-governance solution provider, envisages tremendous business potential in foreign markets and aims to tap a considerable slice of public as well as private sector businesses going forward.

Gagan Rai, MD and CEO, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited said, “e-Governance comprises important services to improve socio-economic conditions of a country. At NSDL e-Gov, we aim to extend our proficiency in offering transformative e-Governance solutions to markets beyond India and thereby touching millions of lives. Our partnership with Sterling & Wilson gives us a competitive advantage and together we aim to tap the global markets with our break-through IT solutions and bespoke products. These solutions will help countries in not only improving their ranking in ease of doing business but also ease of living.”

Khurshed Daruvala, Chairman, Sterling & Wilson said, “Over the last many decades, Sterling & Wilson and Shapoorji Pallonji have played a pivotal role in building infrastructure in international markets including the Middle East and Africa. The ability to leverage our data center expertise and our presence in more than 20 countries through various businesses across the world, combined with our partnership with NSDL e-Gov, who share the same values as us, gives me utmost confidence that we will jointly be able to foster a steadfast partnership that will lay the foundation for providing transformative e-governance solutions and data center facilities to the millions of people in these geographies.”

NSDL e-Gov which offers niche technology solutions for better governance and efficient delivery of public services aims to replicate its success story in India across the global markets.

Monday, 27 May 2019

TVS launches TVS Apache RR 310


PUNE: TVS Motor Company, a reputed manufacturer of two-wheelers and three-wheelers in the world launched the TVS Apache RR 310 equipped with a Race Tuned (RT) Slipper Clutch.

This upgrade, born out of the rich racing heritage of TVS Racing, enhances the customer’s riding experience as it provides swift gear shifting with low hand fatigue and maintains vehicle stability at high speed during downshifts, especially in corners. The new variant also gets minor styling upgrades including a new colour – Phantom Black. The sharp edges and angular design of the bike complement the new colour.

The new TVS Apache RR 310 RT Slipper Clutch is a powerful and a highly useful feature, which complements city, highway as well as track riding. Existing TVS Apache RR 310 customers can also enjoy this new technology as the Race Tuned Slipper Clutch will be available as a TVS Racing accessory, which can be retrofitted to their motorcycles. This facility is available at the select TVS Apache RR 310 dealerships across the country for a nominal price.

Commenting on the launch, K N Radhakrishnan, Director & CEO, TVS Motor Company says, “We are excited to introduce the Race Tuned (RT) slipper clutch on the TVS Apache RR 310 and I am confident that our existing and new customers will appreciate this performance upgrade. The super-premium motorcycle, which is seen as an ultimate track weapon, originates from our racing pedigree and boasts of industry-first features. Equipping it with this technology is a natural progression for the bike. We also want to expand this experience to our existing TVS Apache RR 310 customers, who will appreciate the enhanced racing dynamics. The new styling upgrades accentuate the racing stance of the motorcycle and create customer delight.”  

Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first proud owner of the TVS Apache RR 310 with ‘Race Tuned (RT) Slipper Clutch’.

Excited with the new motorcycle, Mahendra Singh Dhoni says, “I have been associated with TVS Motor Company for over 12 years and my relationship with the company has only strengthened with each passing year. Being an avid bike enthusiast, I am excited to get the new TVS Apache RR 310 Slipper Clutch variant as it combines a stunning design with exhilarating performance. It is also a feeling of immense pride for me to own a super-premium bike from an Indian manufacturer. I wish the team all the very best for their future endeavours and look forward to hitting the road with my new motorcycle.” 

TVS Motor company has been associated for over 12 years with Mr. M.S.Dhoni & Rhiti Sports for TVS StaR City+. TVS Apache RR 310 comes with a reverse Inclined DOHC (Double Over Head Cam) Liquid cooled Engine with additional oil cooling technology mated to a 6-Speed Gear Box, Race Inspired Vertical Speedo-cum-Tachometer, Bi-LED Twin Projector Head Lamps and Michelin Street Sport tyres. The motorcycle also includes upgrades the improves driveability, ride feel and reliability.  The upgraded variant will be available in two colours – Racing Red & Phantom Black.

 The motorcycle is available at select dealerships across the country, priced at Rs. 2,20,000 (Ex-Showroom, Pune).

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Felicitation of Kangchenjunga Expedition on Sunday


PUNE: Giripremi’s ten climbers unfurled Indian tricolor on Mt. Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak at the dawn of May 15, 2019 and made a world record of the highest number of climbs on Mt. Kangchenjunga from a single organization on the same day. It was a historic event in the history of global mountaineering. Giripremi’s expedition was the first and the largest civilian expedition in the world to summit Mt. Kangchenjunga.

The world record holder Giripremi team is arriving in the city on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Giripremi, on behalf of all Punekars, has decided to felicitate the summitters and celebrate the success in a style. The felicitation program is scheduled at 6 PM on Sunday in the presence of Hon. Muktatai Tilak, Mayor, PMC, Pune. Giripremi’s teams have been scaling the new peaks every year.

Since 2012, under the leadership of Umesh Zirpe, Giripremi has scaled seven of the top 14 8000 meters peaks in the world including Mt. Everest and Mt. Kangchenjunga. Zirpe is the only leader in the country to achieve this feat. This year’s Kangchenjunga Expedition was unique as Giripremi was leading an international expedition unofficially as all the teams arrived at the base camp of Mt. Kangchenjunga was seeking guidance from Giripremi for climbing the peak.

During the ceremony, all the climbers from Mt. Kangchenjunga Expedition are going share their journeys to the top. It is one of its kind experiences which no Punekar should miss.

Welcome Ceremony and Felicitation Program
Time and Date: 6 PM, Sunday, May 26, 2019
Venue: Abasaheb Garware College’s Auditorium, Karve Road, Pune

Bapat focuses on better transport, water supply


PUNE: Girish Bapat on Friday said he would soon come out with a concrete agenda for the city with priority on better transport and adequate water supply, a day after he won the Pune Lok Sabha seat with a record margin of over 3.24 lakh votes.

Bapat said he was committed to execute the manifesto BJP published for the city during the election campaign. He stressed all major projects of the city would be put on fast track. Bapat defeated Congress’ Mohan Joshi in a straight fight. His victory margin increased by almost 9,000 votes in comparison to former MP Anil Shirole’s margin of 3.15 lakh votes in the 2014 Lok Sabh elections.

Elated by the thumping victory, Bapat said the 2019 Lok Sabh polls was the fourth major election in the past five years wherein the city voters expressed full faith in the BJP. The BJP-Sena vote base in the city has surged to over 6.34 lakh.

Bapat said, “We shall ensure comprehensive development of the city in the future. There will be sustainable efforts to execute the projects stalled during the NCP-Congress regime.” He said the latest Lok Sabha polls was the 11th election he had fought. “I have a habit of predicting my votes before the counting. For the Lok Sabha polls, I had expected around 6.44 lakh votes and settled at 6.32 lakh, with a slight drop. The victory was an outcome of the relentless efforts of the partymen and alliance parties, including Shiv Sena,” he said.

He said despite allegations of opponents he never resorted to personal attack against them and tried to maintain decency during the campaign with focus on development issues. Bapat, the incumbent district guardian minister, said the city would soon get a new guardian minister, who would be better than him in dealing with the issues. He said he would soon submit his resignation from the post of MLA.

डाबरतर्फे महाराष्ट्रात प्लास्टिक कचरा व्यवथापन उपक्रम

पुणे : पर्यावरणातील स्थिरता प्रतिबिंबित करण्याच्या त्याच्या वचनबद्धता जपताना , भारतातील अग्रेसर विज्ञान-आधारित आयुर्वेद उत्पादन निर्माता डाबर यांनी आज महाराष्ट्रातील आपल्या मोठ्या प्लास्टिक कचरा रिसायकलिंग उपक्रम  योजना जाहीर केली. सन 201 9 -20 मध्ये 10,00,000 किलोपोस्ट-कंझ्युमर प्लॅस्टिक कचरा गोळा करून स्वच्छ महाराष्ट्रच्या दिशेने एक पाऊल उचलले आहे.

डाबरने प्लास्टिकच्या कचऱ्याचे संकलन करून त्या कचऱ्यावर प्लॅस्टिक कचरा व्यवस्थापन (पीडब्लूएम) नियम 2016, 2018 (दुरुस्ती) नुसार  2018-19 आर्थिक वर्षात  पुनर्प्रक्रिया सुरु केली आहे. या उपक्रमाच्या अंतर्गत 500 स्थानिक रॅपिकर्सच्या मदतीने डाबरने एकूण 8,00,000 किलोग्राम वेगवेगळ्या प्रकारचे प्लॅस्टिक कचरा (पुनर्नवीनीकरणीय आणि नॉन-रीसायकल करण्यायोग्य) थेट गोळा केले आहे. हा कचरा मुंबई  (भंडुप-डब्ल्यू, माझगाव, कुर्ला -डब्ल्यू, मानखुर्द, मुंबई पनवेल रोड, अंधेरी-ई, कुर्ला-डब्ल्यू, ठाणे, मालद आणि जोगेश्वरी), डहाणू , सातारा, पुणे आणि औरंगाबाद शहरांमधून  मार्च 201 9 अखेरी पर्यंत जमा करण्यात आला आहे.

या आर्थिक वर्षामध्ये डाबरने महाराष्ट्रातील सर्व प्रमुख शहरांमधून 10,00,000 किलोग्राम पोस्ट- कंझ्युमर प्लॅस्टिक कचरा या उपक्रमांतर्गत जमा करण्याचे योजिले आहे. या मेगा संकलन व प्रोसेसिंग ड्राइव्हसाठी कंपनी 1,000 हून अधिक स्थानिक रॅपिकर्सशी संलग्न असेल. या प्रकल्पाद्वारे पॅकेजिंग साठी तयार झालेला प्लास्टिक कचरा 100%गोळा करण्यासाठी डाबर इंडिया वचनबद्ध  आहे, म्हणजे महाराष्ट्र  राज्यात एकूण 16,00,000 किलोग्रॅम कचरा जमा करावा लागेल,  डाबर इंडिया कॉर्पोरेट कॉम्युनिकेशनचे व्यास आनंद म्हणाले.

“जबाबदार नागरिक म्हणून, कायमस्वरुपी आणि पारिस्थितिकीय जबाबदारी संबंधात डाबर नेहमीच कटिबद्ध आहे. प्लॅस्टिक कचरा कमी करण्यासाठी आणि प्लास्टिक कचरा व्यवस्थापनाविषयी जागरुकता वाढविण्यासाठी आम्ही प्रगतीशील कारवाई केली आहे. निसर्ग संरक्षित करण्याच्या आपल्या जबाबदारीबद्दल आम्ही पूर्णपणे जागरूक आहोत. एक मजबूत पर्यावरण धोरण, आम्हाला वाटते की केवळ ब्रॅण्ड प्रतिष्ठा वाढवित नाही तर ग्राहक निष्ठा निर्माण करण्यासाठी देखील महत्त्वाची भूमिका बजावते. ” डाबर इंडिया लिमिटेड कॉर्पोरेट हेड-एनवायरनमेंट, हेल्थ अँड सेफ्टी डॉ. प्रियांक आर्य यांनी सांगितले. संकलित कचरा विविध रिसायकलर्स, वेस्ट टू एनर्जी निर्माते व सिमेंट प्लॅन्ट ला पाठवण्यात येतो या करीत विविध नोंदणीकृत एनजीओंचे समर्थन आहे. नोव्हेंबर 2018 पासून डाबर हा केंद्रीय प्रदूषण नियंत्रण मंडळ (सीपीसीबी) नोंदणीकृत ब्रँड-मालक असून महाराष्ट्रातील विविध प्रकारचे प्लास्टिक कचरा गोळा करण्यास वचनबद्ध आहे.  प्लास्टिकच्या कचरा गोळा करण्यास आणि प्रक्रिया करण्यास मदत करताना, डाबर देखील या मोहिमेत जागरूकता फैलावण्याच्या आणि समाजाला या उपक्रमात सामील करण्यास  काम करीत आहेत. आम्ही शाळेच्या मुलांबरोबर काम करीत आहोत आणि विविध प्रकारचे कचरा आणि स्त्रोतांवर त्यांना वर्गीकरण करण्याच्या फायद्यांबद्दल शिकवत आहोत. आम्ही  कचरा कुंड्या देऊन  शाळांना पाठिंबा देत आहोत.

स्वच्छता महाराष्ट्र निर्माण करण्याच्या दृष्टीने हे महत्वाचे पाऊल आहे,  असे प्रतिपादन आर्य यांनी केले. नवीन प्लास्टिक प्लॅस्ट मॅनेजमेंट नियम (पीडब्ल्यूएम) नियम 2016 अंमलबजावणीसाठी डबूर वचनबद्ध आहे, ज्यासाठी ब्रँड मालक / उत्पादकांना त्यांच्या उत्पादनांमुळे व्युत्पन्न केलेल्या प्लास्टिकच्या कचरा गोळा करण्यासाठी प्रभावी कचरा संग्रह प्रणाली तयार करण्यासाठी पद्धतीची पूर्तता करणे आवश्यक आहे. आम्ही समुदायातील नैसर्गिक संसाधनांवर गांभीर्याने विचार करतो. डाबर मधील प्रत्येक कृती एक टिकाऊ भविष्यासाठी एक पाऊल आहे.

हा प्रकल्प या दिशेने एक पाऊल पुढे आहे. आम्हाला असे वाटते की डाबर सारख्या संस्था सरकारच्या धोरणांना प्रोत्साहन देण्यासाठी आणि अशा शक्यतेस सर्व शक्यतेस पाठिंबा देण्यासाठी पुढे येतील, असे आर्य पुढे म्हणाले.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Bajaj Auto launches India’s first Quadricycle Qute


PUNE: Bajaj Auto today launches BAJAJ Qute today here at Vohra Auto. Vohra Auto have delivered the first Bajaj Qute in Pune in the presence of Sanjay Raut, RTO of Pune, RM Sales BAJAJ Nitesh Banthiya, SBI AGM Bora, Chanvan Branch Manager Central Bank of India and MD Tarminder Singh Vohra.

Vohra Auto has four branches in Pune ieBibewadi (Pune – Satara Road), Wakad (PCMC), Karvenagar&Hadapsar for Sales & Service of these vehicles.

Qute is India’s first Quadricycle. It also the first 4-wheeler specially designed for today’s intracity travel. It is best suited for first and last mile transportation in the city. It has four differentiators. It is highly fuel efficient, comes with low cost of maintenance, is easy to drive and provides all weather protection. Bajaj Auto – leading manufacturer of three-wheelers, announced the launch of Qute in Pune.

The launch of Qute comes in line with the acceptance of the ‘Quadricycle’ as a new category from the government of Maharashtra. It will provide an urban mobility alternative to first and last mile transport in the state. Quadricycle is a new category in India. A Quadricycle is a 4-wheel motor vehicle designed in response to evolving requirements of low running cost, eco-friendly and safe alternative to intra city commute by optimizing size, weight, speed.

Qute will prove to be an ideal solution for the mobility challenges of congestion and pollution arising from rapid urbanization. Launched in both CNG and Petrol variant, the Qute is powered by a light weight 216 cc 4-valve water-cooled DTSi engine with closed loop fuel injection system resulting in higher fuel efficiency of 35 kmpl (Petrol). Qute is low on maintenance cost which makes it suitable for daily commuting. It is easy to drive because of dash mounted sequential shift gears.

The smallest turning radius of 3.5m makes it easy to maneuver in city traffic and its small footprint helps in parking in tight spaces. Qute also provides weather protection from sun and rain. Its 12-inch alloy wheels provide better road grip. High strength monocoque body makes the vehicle safer. Qute has enough storage space in spite of its small size. It’s also eco-friendly with at least 40% lower carbon emissions than any car.

The Qute will be available in following 6 colors -Eco Green, Neptune Blue, Golden Yellow, Arctic White, Bright Red and Jet Black.

MCCIA announces annual awards


PUNE: Applications Invited for MCCIA Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards. Companies are encouraged to apply for the MCCIA Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards instituted to encourage SMEs in different verticals.

Some of the awards carry a legacy of over 71 years. These awards bring fame and recognition to the awardees. The G. S. Parkhe award was instituted in 1947 to select deserving entrepreneurs, and have become the Hallmark of recognition of innovations and acceptance in the market. The list of different awards is as follows;

G.S. Parkhe Award for Innovation in Entrepreneurship: For innovative product, process, design or Service

Harimalini Joshi Award : For Developing New Products & Designs

Ramabai Joshi Award : For Women Entrepreneurs

B. G. Deshmukh, IAS Award : For Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Dr. R. J. Rathi Award : For Green Initiatives

Late Kiran Natu Udyojakta Puraskar : For First Generation Successful Entrepreneur

You can send your applications to -

Satish Joshi,
E-mail : ,
Tel: 25709162/ Mob : 09881127658.
The last date for receiving the application form is July 15, 2019.

तांडव २४ मे पासून सर्वत्र प्रदर्शित

पुणे: अभिषेक प्रॉडक्शन प्रस्तुत, सुभाष गणपतराव काकडे निर्मित, संतोष चिमाजी जाधव दिग्दर्शित तांडव हा मराठी चित्रपट येत्या २४ मे पासून सर्वत्र प्रदर्शित होत आहे. यासंबंधी माहिती देण्यासाठी पुण्यात आयोजित पत्रकार परिषदेला चित्रपटातील कलावंत अभिनेते प्रशांत तपस्वी, छाया इंदुलकर, राजेंद्र कोंढरे, शांताराम कुंजीर, बाबाराजे देशमुख, आदी उपस्थित होते. ह्या चित्रपटातील सोशल मीडिया असोसिएट  सेंसिओ सॉफ्टकॉन, अशोक उंदरे हे हि उपस्थित होते.

तांडव चित्रपटाची संकल्पना रामेश्वर गणपतराव काकडे यांची असून हा चित्रपट सध्य परिस्थितीवर आधारित असेल. मुलींवर होणारे अन्याय अत्याचारा विरुद्ध भाष्य करताना दिसत आहे. या अन्यायाविरुद्ध मुलींना सक्षमीकरणाचे धडे देणारा हा चित्रपट. त्याचप्रमाणे प्रत्येक घरात छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज जन्माला येण्यासाठी अगोदर जिजाऊ घडल्या पाहिजे असे भाष्य करणारा चित्रपट म्हणजे तांडव, निर्माते आणि लेखक सुभाष गणपतराव काकडे यांनी सांगितले.  

संतोष चिमाजी जाधव यांनी उत्तम रित्या दिग्दर्शन केले आहे. तांडव या चित्रपटासाठी अंदाजे २०० मुलींमधून अभिनेत्री पुजा हिची महिला पोलिस इंस्पेक्टर या भूमिकेसाठी निवड करण्यात आली. अभिषेक प्रॉडक्शन निर्मिती संस्थेकडून पुजाला या चित्रपटासाठी फिजिकल फिटनेस, बुलेट बाईक, लाठी, काठी आणि तलवारबाजी याचे प्रशिक्षण देण्यात आले. अगदी उत्तमपणे तिने पोलीस अधिकारी, “कीर्ती मराठे पाटीलहि भूमिका साकारली आहे.

सयाजी शिंदे या चित्रपटात एका जिल्ह्याचे पालकमंत्री म्हणून भूमिका करत आहेत. त्या पालकमंत्र्याला त्याच्या या पदाविषयी खूप माज असतो. त्या पदाचा तो गैरफायदा घेत लोकांवर अन्याय करत असलेला भ्रष्ट असा पालकमंत्री आहे. एकंदरीत त्यांची फारच गंमतीशीर अशी भूमिका आहे.

या चित्रपटामध्ये अरुण नलावडे एका प्रामाणिक पोलीस हवालदाराच्या भूमिकेत तर आशिष वारंग भ्रस्ट पोलीसाच्या भूमिकेत पाहायला मिळणार आहेत. त्याच बरोबर स्मिता डोंगरे यांनी कीर्तीच्या आईची, तर प्रशांत तपस्वी यांनी वडिलांची भूमिका दमदारपणे साकारली आहे. अनिकेत कांझारकर यांनी वकिलाची भूमिका केली असून, कीर्तीला तिच्या संकटकाळी भक्कमपणे पाठिंबा दिलेला आहे.

रणरागिणी महिला पोलिस इंस्पेक्टरची गाथा सांगणारा तांडव चित्रपट २४ मे ला प्रदर्शित होत आहे.

Pune scientist wins German chemistry prize


PUNE: In a international competition ‘Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge,’ a project idea by Ankur Patwardhan from Pune has bagged the second prize of €25,000. His project named ‘Butterfly attractant for pollination and ecosystem health’ is about the relation between chemistry and ecosystem.

Patwardhan is currently working as head of the ‘Annasaheb Kulkarni Biodiversity Department’ at Abasaheb Garware College, Pune.

This competition received 600 applications from around the world. Out of them, 50 were shortlisted and the final five were selected for presentation in the 4th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference in Germany recently.

Ankur Patwardhan developed the project idea with the help of Tejaswini Pachpor and Dattatray Naik. Patwardhan serves as a member of the Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board. He is also the president of a high-level committee appointed by the Centre on Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Eco-Sensitive Zone.

Royal Enfield sued by Pune company over patent


PUNE: Pune-based electrical auto component maker, Flash Electronics, said that it has filed a lawsuit in the US against motorcycle maker, Royal Enfield, for patent infringement. The suit, Flash said, was filed on Thursday.

Flash said that Royal Enfield had infringed on its patent - “regulator rectifier device and method for regulating an output voltage of the same” - issued by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). It said that the allegedly-infringed-upon component is vital to charge the batteries, power the headlights, light up the instrument panels and hence drives the motorcycle’s electrical systems.

The company said that it is a supplier of this component to many leading two-wheeler manufacturers in India and overseas. Royal Enfield, however, said that the said part is procured through a “proprietary supplier,” and the said supplier “vehemently denies” the claims made by Flash Electronics.

“We would like to clarify that the said component is supplied to us by an external, proprietary supplier, which independently develops and owns the IP rights in the said component. The supplier denies plaintiff’s claims vehemently. We are actively evaluating the issue internally and seeking legal advice from our US counsels,” it said in a statement.

Flash Electronics further said that it has been granted patent for the technology in other countries also where it will be filing similar suits soon and pursue compensation claims worth millions of dollars.

Flash Electronics founder & MD Sanjeev Vasudev said that the company was approached by three senior officials of Royal Enfield on October 12, 2018 in New Delhi to settle the issue amicably and requested Flash not to file any suit on the matter. “Flash waited for the outcome of this meeting but Royal Enfield did not address the issue,” he said, adding, “it is unfortunate to have to deal with such an unexpected and unprecedented act on the part of Royal Enfield.”

Leopard smuggling gang busted in Pune


PUNE: Pune Rural Police has arrested three people for smuggling leopard cubs.Police have recovered two leopard cubs of four months from the three accused persons.

According to the information, during the checking of regular vehicles at 11 am, the police suspected the driver in an Innova and after checking, the two leopard cubs were recovered.

The accused are named Munna Sayyed, Irfan Shaikh, and Ayyaz Pathan. Further investigation in the matter is underway.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

विप्रसेवा ग्रुपतर्फे सामुदायिक व्रतबंध सोहळा

पुणे : विप्रसेवा ग्रुप, विश्वशक्ती फौंडेशन आयोजित सामुदायिक व्रतबंध (मुंज) सोहळा पार पडला. पुण्याचे पालकमंत्री गिरीश बापट यांच्या उपस्थितीत ओंकारेश्वर मंदिर येथे झालेल्या या सोहळ्यात १८ बटूंची मुंज करण्यात आली. या सामुदायिक उपनयन संस्कार सोहळ्यानंतर गिरीश बापट यांनी शुभाशीर्वाद दिले. चांगले आयुष्य जगण्यासाठी संस्कारांची शिदोरी अतिशय महत्वाची असते. अशा उपनयन संस्कार सोहळ्यातून ते मिळतात. त्यामुळे याचे महत्व अबाधित आहे, असे गिरीश बापट यांनी सांगितले.

चिन्मय फाटक यांच्या हस्ते भगवान परशुरामांच्या प्रतिमेला पुष्पहार घालून कार्यक्रमाला सुरवात झाली. या २८२ वर्षे जुन्या पेशवेकालीन मंदिराच्या प्रसन्न वास्तूत मंदिराच्या शिखरात असलेला नगारखाना ही वैशिष्ट्यपूर्ण जागा आहे. येथे बसून नगारा वाजविला तर तो मंदिराच्या गाभाऱ्यात वाजविला जातोय असे ऐकणाऱ्यास वाटते. मौजीबंधन संस्काराबरोबरच आधुनिक काळात व्यायाम, मैदानी खेळ, अन्याय सहन करणे हेही संस्कार तितकेच महत्वाचे आहेत आणि ते अशाच कार्यक्रमातून दिले गेले पाहिजेत, असे संस्थापक चिन्मय फाटक म्हणाले. या सोहळ्यासाठी ग्राहक पेठचे संचालक सूर्यकांत पाठक, मार्गदर्शक अनिल गानूकाका, पुरोहितांचा सद्गुरू ग्रुप आणि अखिल ब्राह्मण संघाचे विशेष सहकार्य लाभले.

Cerebral Palsy children screened


PUNE: A two day comprehensive cerebral palsy (CP) assessment camp was conducted by Finolex Industries Limited (FIL) and its CSR partner Mukul Madhav Foundation (MMF) at Ratnagiri and Satara recently.

A total of 266 (Ratnagiri - 79 & Satara – 188) children’s were screened and further advised for surgery and orthotics as necessary. Specialist doctors from hospitals in Pune like Sancheti Hospital, KEM Hospital, HV Desai Hospital along with local medical teams in Ratnagiri and Satara performed assessment on these children.

The camp was graced by the presence of authorities from the Zilla Parishad, Dr. Athalye, District Health Officer (DHO), Dr. Thombare Additional DHO, Dr. Bolde, Civil Surgeon and Mr. Gawand, ZP Education Department among others from the local doctors. At Satara, the event was positively supported by the Zilla Parishad authorities of Satara, Dr. Kailash Shinde, CEO, Dr. Bhagwan Pawar, DHO. A special mention here is the support of RBSK providing vehicles to pick up children from designated pick up points and bringing them to the center and Special Educators of the Education department who helped with the mobilization and awareness towards this camp at Satara and Ratnagiri.

SYSKA introduces HC700 Hair Curler for women


PUNE (MUMBAI): SYSKA personal care appliances, an emerging name in the personal care segment has announced the launch of SYSKA HC700 Hair Curler under its personal care appliance segment. SYSKA Hair Curler provides a salon like styling at home for women who love styling on a regular basis. The product is equipped with a ceramic coated tong which is resistant to heat and avoids hair damage at the same time giving women a salon-like makeover.

SYSKA HC700 Hair Curler comes with an LED indicator which indicates the temperature of the tong. The curler has a 1.8 m long cord for easy use and the safety stent provides support to the support when it is placed on any surface. The curler heats up within seconds and is a very handy device that can even be used on the go. The tip of the curler does not become hot which is an important feature that provides easy handling while the stent of the curler provides safety when the curler is placed on a surface. Convenient to use at home, SYSKA HC700 Hair Curler is available on leading e-commerce portals and leading retail stores and is attractively priced at INR 1699/-.

Commenting on the launch, Gurumukh Uttamchandani, Executive Director, SYSKA Group said, “We have seen a significant shift in women’s styling preferences in the past few years. Having understood the trend where women today are open to styling on a daily basis, we are happy to introduce the SYSKA HC700 Hair Curler which gives a salon style makeover to women. We believe in fulfilling the needs of the evolving new age woman, who is smart, confident, and wants to make a statement.”

PMC plans shelter for strays dogs in Mundhwa


PUNE: A dog park project for strays, first proposed in 2008, revived in 2012, and put in cold storage since then, may see the light of the day now.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to integrate a veterinary hospital dedicated to dogs and the park on an amenity space near Mundhwa. Permission has been sought from the state government to allow the change of use of the land. It will have facilities like a shelter, sanitation, sterilization, vaccination and isolation wards under one roof.

Civic officials said the space has been picked on the basis that one dog requires minimum 30 sqft to a maximum of 40 sqft. According to PMC’s data, the city has nearly 80,000 stray dogs. “The land is reserved for cattle sheds. Some of it will be used for that purpose. Around six acres will be used for the dog park. So a proposal for the change of land use has to be submitted. After its clearance, the actual work will start,” Ramchandra Hankare, head of PMC’s health department, said.

The decision on how to run the centre will be taken after the approval. The civic body may run the project on its own or employ a contractor. An estimate of Rs 25 crore has been approved for the project. The civic body will spend around Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 per annum for each dog. Civic officials said the dog park will be coordinated by the stray dog control unit which operates under the health department.

Complaints about stray dogs are addressed by the four zonal medical offices. A dog catching van and an NGO work with each zonal office. After stray dogs are caught, they are sterilized, immunized and released in the same area. “Currently, a dog pound near Naidu Hospital handles these responsibilities. All of them will be shifted to the new veterinary hospital and dog park once it is set up. More advanced equipment and facilities will be made available there,” a senior civic official said.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

नूपुर नाद महोत्सव 25 मे रोजी

शास्त्रीय नृत्य  शास्त्रीय गायन यांचा मनोहारी मिलाफ असणारा ‘नूपुर नाद महोत्सव’ यंदा शनिवारदि. 25 मे2019 रोजी सायंकाळी 5 वाजता कोथरूड येथील डॉशामराव कलमाडी प्रशालेतील शकुंतला शेट्टी सभागृह येथे आयोजित करण्यात आला आहे.
विख्यात भरतनाट्यम् नृत्यांगना  अभिनेत्री बंगलोरच्या रूक्मिणी विजयकुमार यांचे बहुचर्चित अभिमता एकल नृत्यनाट्य आणि प्रख्यात शास्त्रीय गायक पंसंजीव अभ्यंकर यांचे सुरेल गायन यांचा हा कार्यक्रम नूपुर नाद आणि श्री शिवसाम्राज्य प्रतिष्ठान यांच्या संयुक्त विद्यमाने आयोजित करण्यात आला आहेया नूपुर नाद महोत्सवाचे यंदाचे तिसरे वर्ष आहेयास प्रवेशमूल्य आहे.
भरतनाट्यम् नृत्यांगना डॉस्वाती दैठणकर  संतूरवादक डॉधनंजय दैठणकर यांच्या संकल्पनेतून साकारलेल्या नूपुर नाद महोत्सवात यापूर्वी पंशिवकुमार शर्मामालविका सरूक्काईपंसुरेश तळवलकरपंउल्हास कशाळकरराहुल शर्माजयतीर्थ मेकुंडीप्रवीण गोडखिंडीअलरमेल वल्लीव्यंकटेश कुमार सारख्या दिग्गज कलाकारांनी आपली कला रसिकांच्या भरघोस प्रतिसादात सादर केली आहे.