Friday, August 30, 2019

Pune Natural Gas to provide PNG, CNG in Pune Dist


PUNE: Mahesh Gas Limited, an associate company of the Rs. 21,000 crore Torrent Group, under the brand name Pune Natural Gas is set to provide Piped Natural Gas (PNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in Pune District, the formal launch for which was announced today.

It will provide natural gas to all Industrial, Commercial and Residential Customers in Pune District excluding areas already authorised to Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL). The Area authorised to Pune Natural Gas includes Ranjangaon, Baramati, Kurkumbh, Indapur, Pirangut, Wagholi, Saswad, Sanaswadi, Khed city, Rajgurunagar, Lonavala, Talegaon Phase II, Shirur, Shikrapur, Jejuri and other Talukas of Pune District covering around 15,000 sq km. 

The Company has started setting up CNG stations and necessary infrastructure for PNG. 3 CNG stations at Ranjangaon, Lonikand and Karla have been made operational and 3 more CNG stations at Baramati, Shivane and Pune-Bangalore Highway are likely to be set-up within next 3 months. As part of its Phase I (by 31 st March 2021) network rollout plan, the company intends to a) set-up over 50 CNG stations, which will ensure wide-spread availability of CNG in Pune district, b) release over 100,000 residential PNG connections, c) supply natural gas to industries in Industrial areas of Pune District and d) lay 1,800 inch kms of Gas Pipeline network.

In the initial phase, the Company plans to serve residential PNG consumers of Wagholi, Lonikand, Shikrapur, Ranjangaon, Shirur, Rajgurunagar and Baramati. Interested customers can register for PNG connections through Work has already been initiated to lay over 1,800 inch kms of pipeline to cater to consumers in all the key residential, industrial and commercial areas of the geography. 

With this launch, the consumers of entire Pune District will be able to enjoy the benefits of environment friendly and economical fuel – Natural Gas, which was till now limited only to the people residing in Pune city.

Commenting on the formal launch of CGD (City Gas Distribution) network in Pune District, Deepak Dalal, Director, Torrent Gas Limited said, “Globally, natural gas contributes approximately 24% to the primary energy mix. However, natural gas has a nominal share of 6% in India’s primary energy mix. Given the increasing concern for climate change, environmentally clean fuels such as Natural Gas are expected to play a dominant role in India economic growth in the coming years. 

The Government of India aims to expand the reach of City Gas Distribution from 78 to 250 cities by 2020 and also has set a target of taking the share of natural gas in the energy mix of India to 15% by 2025. We intend to make a significant contribution in this endeavour by building world-class CGD networks across the 32 Districts in 7 States; where we have been authorized. We are delighted to bring PNG and CNG to the citizens of Pune District and sincerely intend to provide our valued customers great service at a reasonable price.”
Speaking on the occasion, Shridhar Tambraparni, Executive Director, Mahesh Gas Limited said, “PNG and CNG are one of the cleanest fuels available and will help in meeting the Country’s increasing energy needs. Apart from being environment-friendly, PNG and CNG have many advantages over other fuels. While PNG offers uninterrupted supply, convenience and safety, CNG offers price advantage, better fuel efficiency, lower maintenance costs and thereby substantial financial savings for families. We are sure that customers will see visible advantages of PNG and CNG once they adopt these choices.”

It may be highlighted that consumers in big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune (city), Ahmedabad, Surat, etc. have already switched to using natural gas in a big way.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Five students win season 8 of Godrej LOUD 2019


PUNE (MUMBAI): Five students won the eight edition of Godrej LOUD at the Godrej headquarters in Vikhroli. 10 students from India’s top business schools presented their unfulfilled personal dreams as part of the Godrej LOUD (Live Out Ur Dream) 2019 finale. Godrej LOUD is a campus recruitment programme to find young and passionate first year business school students with diverse interests outside of work. 

The finalists presented their dreams to a jury of senior Godrej leaders, including Nisaba Godrej, Executive Chairperson, Godrej Consumer Products Limited, Vivek Gambhir, MD and CEO, Godrej Consumer Products Limited and Parmesh Shahani, Head - Godrej India Culture Lab.

Speaking on this radically different approach to business school recruitment, Nisaba Godrej, Executive Chairperson, Godrej Consumer Products Limited, said, “LOUD enables us to have much deeper conversations with students on campus and get to know them beyond their resumes.We believe that passionate, well-rounded individuals with diverse interests make for better Godrejites. We understand that our team members play multi-faceted roles and this is why we encourage them not just to explore their whole selves but also create an enabling space for them to do so. Godrej LOUD is our endeavour to find passionate young leaders and enable them to bring that same passion and their ‘whole selves’ to Godrej.” 

This year, Godrej LOUD attracted over 2,000 applications from across India’s top business schools. Team Godrej LOUD visited 13 campuses (NITIE, Mumbai; IIM, Ahmedabad; IRMA, Anand; IIM, Trichy; SCMHRD, Pune; SIBM, Pune; MDI, Gurgaon; IMT, Ghaziabad; IIFT, Delhi; DSE, Delhi; IIM, Ranchi; SPJIMR, Mumbai; and MANAGE, Hyderabad) to engage with first year students. Winners chosen from India’s top business schools, get a sponsorship of up to INR 1.5 lakh and a place in Godrej’s internship programme.

Exhibition of jewellery by PNG, Forevermark


PUNE: Legacy brand PNG Jewellers and leading diamond jewellery brand Forevermark is organizing an exhibition of exquisite diamond jewellery at Hotel Conrad Pune on 30 and 31st August 2019 from 11am to 8 pm. 

The exhibition will showcase festive collection of exquisite jewellery exclusively crafted with beautiful forever mark diamonds. The collection would include rings , bangles, necklace, pendants, mangalsutra  and  bracelets.  

Saurabh Gadgil, Chairman and MD, PNG Jewellers said PNG Jewellers has recently tied up with Forevermark diamonds which are now available at all main outlets Forevermark diamonds are the world’s most carefully selected diamonds, while PNG Jewellers is known for its high standards of precision and quality in crafting their diamond jewellery. 

The synergy of these two brands has brought about an ideal collaboration over the past few years to offer hallmark diamond jewellery with the assurance of having the most beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced diamonds. The exhibition will reflect this special association and display beautiful range of exquisite jewellery for festive season.

मिस पुणे फेस्टिव्हल' स्पर्धेचे ४ सप्टेंबर रोजी आयोजन

पुणे- पुणे फेस्टिव्हलमध्ये 'मिस पुणे फेस्टिव्हल' स्पर्धेचे दि. सप्टेंबर रोजी आयोजन करण्यात आले आहे. त्याची प्राथमिक फेरी पार पडून २० स्पर्धक युवतींची अंतिम फेरीसाठी निवड करण्यात आली
कोथरूड येथील मेट्रो सिटी फिटनेस हब आणि कल्चरल सेंटर येथे झालेल्या या प्राथमिक फेरीत ग्रूमिंग मेन्टर फॅशन कोरियोग्राफर जुई सुहास, फोटोग्राफार अश्विन कोडगुले आणि डिझायनर अनुपम जोशी यांनी काम पाहिले. पुणे फेस्टिव्हल तर्फे सुप्रिया ताम्हाणे यांनी याचे आयोजन केले

या युवतींची नावे - ऐश्वर्या गोडसे, ऐश्वर्या श्रीवास्तव, आकांक्षा निकाळजे, अंकिता पिंपळे, चैताली सोनावणे, ईशा हुबळीकर, करूणा मुळे, केतकी भगत, मृणालिनी बागुल, निहारिका दुबे, प्रीतिशा गोसावी, साक्षी बोरसे, श्रावणी पोमण, श्वेता कुलकर्णी, स्टेफी शाजी, सुक्रांती माटे, सुरभी निसाळ, वैष्णवी हेमाडे, याज्ञी नवाथे, युवा कांकरिया.

21.7% People in state have Masked Hypertension: IHS


PUNE: Findings of India Heart Study (I.H.S) show that 19.1% of the respondents from Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) were white-coat hypertensive while 21.7% were found to have masked hypertension thereby putting almost 41% people at the risk of misdiagnosis (in case of white-coat hypertension) and ‘missed’ diagnosis (in case of masked hypertension). There were 2026 participants from the state with 1288 males and 738 females.

Masked hypertension is a phenomenon when an individual’s blood pressure reading is normal at the doctor's office but high at home; white-coat hypertension is defined as a condition in which people exhibit a blood pressure level above the normal range in a clinical setting only. White-coat hypertensive who are misdiagnosed and put on anti-hypertension drugs have to take unnecessary medication. On the other hand, a masked hypertensive may go undiagnosed running the risk of complications of the heart, the kidneys, and the brain, leading to premature mortality.

India Heart Study findings highlight a high prevalence of masked hypertension and white-coat hypertension in Indians at 42% on first office visit (doctor’s clinic). It was also found that Indians have an average resting heart rate of 80 beats per minute, higher than the desired rate of 72 beats per minute. Another striking finding of the study is that unlike other countries, Indians have higher blood pressure in the evenings than in mornings which should guide doctors to rethink the timing of advising anti-hypertension drug dosage. 

Dr. Upendra Kaul, Cardiologist, Chairman and Dean Academics and Research of Batra Hospital & Medical Research Centre, who was the Principal Investigator of I.H.S, said “India Heart Study points to a need for better clinical management of hypertension in India. This is India-specific data and should help shape the best practices for the diagnosis of high blood pressure among Indians. The study presents exhaustive data on the various aspects of hypertension.”

Eris Lifesciences commissioned the India Heart Study that was conducted under the aegis of Batra Hospital & Medical Research Centre.  Dr. Viraj Suvarna, President – Medical, Eris Lifesciences said, “Masked Hypertension, if undetected, is a dangerous phenomenon. It is important to monitor one’s blood pressure, beyond the clinic, even at home, according to prescribed guidelines. Accurate diagnosis of hypertension is an important element of our fight against this disease and improving health outcomes.”

Dr J S Hiremath, Cardiologist, Ruby Hall Clinic, and a co-ordinator for I.H.S, said, “A high resting heart rate combined with uncontrolled blood pressure, damage the target organs like the heart and the kidneys. This can have serious consequences in the long term. As a precaution, individuals should monitor their blood pressure at home regularly and speak to their doctors to understand ways to control it.”

According to Dr Tushar Dighe, Nephrologist, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, “Besides cardio-vascular complications, high blood pressure affects the kidneys in a major way. Healthy kidneys are critical for a normal functioning of our bodies. To start with, people should make healthier lifestyle choices and have their blood pressure checked on a regular basis to avoid any major complications. India Heart Study has provided us with some insightful data on the prevalence of hypertension in Maharashtra that will guide us in many ways going forward.”

What sets this study apart is that it was conducted on ‘drug-naive’ set (people not on any anti-hypertension drug) of participants using a comprehensive process of taking blood pressure readings. The investigators examined the blood pressure of 18,918 participants (male and female) through 1233 doctors across 15 states over a period of nine months. The participants’ blood pressure was monitored at home four times in a day for 7 consecutive days.