Saturday, September 28, 2019

Carraro India to invest 20m Euro in Pune plant


PUNE: Auto component-maker Carraro India plans to invest around 20 million Euros to upgrade its operations and expand capacity in India, which accounts for 17 percent of its total business, over the next four years.

The Italy-based Carraro Group is a leader in transmission systems for off-highway vehicles and specialized tractors and has plants across the world, including in Italy, India (Ranjangaon), Argentina, China, South Africa and Brazil.

In the past 20 years the group has invested a little over 101 million in the country. "Between now and 2023, we intend to invest around 20 million Euros to upgrade our operations and expand capacity," group vice-chairman Enrico Mario told reporters here on the occasion of its two decades of operations in the country.

Carraro is also setting up a second plant within the existing facility, which will allow it to enhance the current capacity, he said, adding the second unit, spread over an area of 7,300 Sq.M. is expected to be completed by 2022.

"The capacity expansion will allow us to expand our capabilities towards new products such as portal axles, specifically designed for India," he added. The Italy-based Carraro Group is a leader in transmission systems for off-highway vehicles and specialized tractors.

1st SAP AppHaus network location launched in India

Christopher Han, VP – SAP AppHaus, Asia (R) and Umeed Kothavala, CEO – Extentia Pune.


PUNE: Extentia Information Technology has launched an experience design centre, XEN LAB PNQ, as a member of the SAP AppHaus Network. The centre, the first in India and the second in Asia, has been set up in the company’s Pune office.

The SAP AppHaus network involves collaborative workspaces owned by SAP or its partners that encourage human-centered innovation approach aimed at achieving business transformation, the company said.

“We’re excited about being a member of the SAP AppHaus Network and look forward to plenty of new opportunities to work with SAP customers that this certification will bring to us,” said Umeed Kothavala, CEO, Extentia. “This has strengthened Extentia’s bond with SAP even further as we are all set to work closely with SAP’s clients in India and neighbouring regions to help them with their digital transformation journeys.”

The SAP AppHaus is built to drive innovation, creative thinking, critical insights, and transformational outcomes. The space would typically be used for conducting client workshops that require brainstorming, ideation, and strategy building, primarily around digital transformation, business processes and customer experience.

The company said that the lab has been conceptualized keeping in mind ‘Bauhaus’ sensibility – a tribute to the movement’s 100 years, using a lot of geometry, sustainability, retaining truth to materials, unifying art and technology.

Crafted coffee café The Brew Room opens in Pune


PUNE: Coffee connoisseur Mark Tormo Altimira launched a crafted coffee café, The Brew Room here in Pune. After inauguration small workshop arrange by The Brew Room. During this session, bloggers and journalist learn the different kinds of coffee and various brewing methods from around the world like Cold drip, Italian espresso, Chemex etc.

Marc said, “We offer every style from the highlands of Ethiopia to downtown Mylapore,” he states, adding, “Our filter coffee is 100 per cent pea berry. It’s dark roast and has no chicory.” As a lineup of Barista spring into action, he quickly runs us through their methods of brewing. “Each method comes from a different country. There’s a coffee for every occasion, for every moment and for every palette.”

One Barista demonstrates the Aero press, invented by a Professor at MIT, who was obsessed with coffee, while another quickly makes a cup using the French Press. “It’s more like an infusion. A light coffee for a long afternoon.” Then comes the CEMEX, invented in 1941 by a German who wanted to brew coffee in crystal. He said, “This is a light aromatic brew, almost like Darjeeling.”

The demonstration ends with a Vacuum Siphon which looks like it was birthed in a chemistry lab. “This is the most sophisticated method in the brew room,” says Marc, “It’s a cold drip method that’s becoming more popular around the world. We brew the coffee with cold water, so it’s not bitter. It takes 18 hours and is kept in a wine bottle for two-three days. You drink it with sugar and ice.”

“My cold-drip, cold-coffee arrives creamy with almond milk. Delicate and low-key, it’s a world away from the ice-cream laden, pre-packaged cold coffee shakes that have become a standard fare in the city,” said Marc.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Comm organizes Peace Symposium


PUNE: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community organizes Peace Symposium in Pune. The event was graced by various delegates and religious gurus, who came under one roof to express and endorsed the idea of Universal Brotherhood and Peace. Tahir Ahmad Arif, Head of Peace Symposium Committee Pune, personally welcomed the distinguished guests. 

Speakers Mohammad Vaseem Ahmad, Head, Youth Wing of Community Pune addressed the audience. Team of volunteers managed all arrangements to ensure the smooth flow of program. After the traditional recitation of the Holy Quran, the stage was open for our honored  guests and religious representative to express their ideas of Peace and its need in the world today, when the world is moving towards increase in conflicts.

Dr. Shabnam Asthana, Director of Empowered Solutions and Ex-Professor of NDA spoke on the occasion and shared her thoughts. She said that “When Good Afternoon, As-SalamoAllaikum, Namaste, Satsriakal, Om Shanti different greetings send the same message of wishing Wellbeing, Happiness and Peace.” She also said that “The world is a canvas, we can paint it with the colours of Love, Kindness and Affection. We should remove the Negativity with the paint brush and so we should have no phobia of any religion.” She also emphasized “Forums like this will help to give a deeper understanding of various religions and this will help us to dispel the bias and miscommunication”

Bhanu Pratap Barge ACP Crime Branch (Retd.) spoke about real life problems in attaining peace and how we can tackle this. He said “We are an Instrument in the hands of power holders” he gave real life examples from his experience as a police officer. He said the solution to abolish this and come out of the hands of power holders is to “Acquire the knowledge of religion and needs to know the true essence of his or her religion.” He said, “There is a need to come out of Temples, Mosques, Churches and Gurdwara’s and teach what the basics of religion are.”

Dr. Sindhutai Sapkal, Social Worker spoke on the topic of having brotherhood and love. She said, “Have brotherhood and learn to love, go where ever you see a problem, Feed people who are starving and go where there is sorrow and solve it.” She also said, “If people started living for the need of others, the world would change soon.” She emphasized on spreading the message of peace at your homes which would automatically translate in attaining peace across the globe.

Various Religious Gurus from different sects spoke about attaining peace and universal brotherhood. The speakers from the religious communities included Dr. Rajesh Jalenkar from ISKON, Bramha Kumari Shamal from the Braamha Kumari Mission, Dr. Amar Amit Agarwal from the Ananda Sangha, Gyani Amarjeet Singh from the Sikh Community, Dhammachari Gynanraja from the Buddhist Community and Brother M Raja from the Christian Community.

The speakers lauded the efforts of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for the remarkable initiative of bringing scholars and religious heads on one platform through this Peace Symposium and appreciated our efforts in trying our best to remind the world about the dire need for Peace.

Haleem Khan Shahid, Missionary In-Charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Pune spoke at length on the True Islamic Teachings. He quoted verses from the Holy Quran that conveys the message of attaining peace, harmony and universal brotherhood by being diverse but inclusive.
Concluding the Symposium, Ashfaq Ahmad Tahir, Representing Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Pune, spoke on understanding Human Values and need to spread the message of "Love For All Hatred For None" from the perspective of Islam. 

He reflected the teachings of the Holy Quran and the sayings of the Holy Prophet of Islam and from the writings of the founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He made mention how Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, is spearheading a campaign for peace in the world and how the Community is engaged in serving the humanity.

Pune offer early detection hearing tests at birth


PUNE: The early identification and early intervention is the only answer for hearing loss problem. Hearing assessment can be done even on a one day old baby. Universal hearing screening is the only answer to the way forward. Many hospitals in Pune have started offering this option of an early identification test on new born babies and this has proven to be very helpful in many cases, said Dr. Kalyani Mandke, Implanting Surgeon.

While elaborating the current situation of hearing loss treatment facilities, she said, “Nearly forty to fifty thousand babies are born every year with hearing loss in our country. One of the major causes of hearing loss is a genetic factor. Hearing loss is not a disease but it is a condition, it adversely affects on speech and language development of a child.”

The Disability Census 2011 indicates that there are 26 million individuals with disabilities in the country. The total number of Deaf and hard of hearing people is around 50 lakhs. Hearing loss is the second most common disability in the country, comprising of 18.9% of the disabled population. The prevalence of a congenital hearing loss is 5.6 per 1000 live births, which is a significantly high number, while advanced countries have prevalence rate  around 1 to 3 per 1000 live births.

Once hearing loss is identified further management is equally important. Children can be fitted with hearing aids. Hearing aids do not help all the children hence Cochlear implant is a better alternative solution which is available in our city. It is a surgical intervention. This surgery is safe but a delicate surgery, it can be done on as young as one-year old baby. This technology is available in Pune city.

Dr. Kalyani Mandke further added that hearing loss has an impact on self, family and society. Children with hearing loss have a higher rate of not being enrolled in schools or lagging in academics or having dropped out of the schools after few years of schooling. There is a higher rate of unemployment amongst deaf and hard of hearing people, which certainly affects them financially and socially. If the sensory deficits in babies remain undetected or untreated, they will lead to a significant handicap, ultimately affecting the quality of life. 

Although this surgical intervention is an expensive procedure,  there are Government schemes like ADIP – Central Government Scheme, Prime minister  relief funds, Chief minister relief funds  as well as there are philanthropic organizations which support for Cochlear implant sur

Vedant and Shravani Mahajan and Dhanada Vyawhare received Cochlear implants in their early years when they were almost 13 months. Their parents were forward thinking and although they come from very humble backgrounds they were aware of the technological advancements that science had to offer.  They approached Dr. Mandke who helped them connect with the funding agencies and got them 100% funding. 

Shravani is 14 years old today and underwent the surgery at 13 months of age.  She studies in Class 8 at Aksharnandan Marathi medium school. She has excellent speech and language outcomes. She is a good dancer and presently perusing her formal Kathak dance training from Roopak dance academy She is a foodie and missal pav is her favourite dish.

Dhanada is 9 years old and has excellent speech and language outcomes.  She was operated at age of 15 months and speaks Marathi, English and Hindi.  She loves to dance and has performed many a time at school and social gatherings.  She is fond of drawing, painting and craft.  Both her parents Neha and Nikhil have hearing loss.  Though Neha herself is deaf, but wanted her child to be get opportunities as normal child.

20 year old Vedant is presently helping his father in his business.  Vedant was operated at 9 years of age and yet has better speech and language outcomes. He is badminton player and is excellent in making miniature paintings.

All the children are studying in regular schools and leading a normal life and they have been mainstreamed very successfully, which shows how early intervention can make a hearing condition a thing of the past and help lead a normal life with a successful future!

Surgery is the first step for their rehabilitation which is followed by effective speech and language training is the key for their success. Language is a learnt behavior. Their family members and teachers have worked hard to bring sunshine in the lives of these three individuals.