Wednesday, 16 October 2019

BoM files police complaint against spreading rumours


PUNE: Bank of Maharashtra has lodged a complaint with Pune Police and Cyber
Cell against circulating fake news and spreading of rumours about Bank’s financial health on
WhatsApp, news site and other social media platforms.

This complaint is filed against maligning the image of Bank of Maharashtra in various social media
platforms. The details of news portal and tweeter handle are informed to authorities. Bank of
Maharashtra said it has requested the authorities to detect the origin of the fake news and take stern
action against the persons behind this act.

The Bank is well capitalized and having a strong loyal customer base of more than 27 million
customers and it is growing from strength to strength. The published wrong information about Bank of Maharashtra is misguiding the public in general with an ulterior motive. The news appearing in social media is not correct and inferences are drawn without knowing the facts.

While the Bank approached the Reserve Bank of India for a mere accounting adjustment of losses
against its reserves, by not doing so the financials of the Bank will remain sound & unchanged.
Drawing a similarity of the conditions of BoM with some other bank that have faced action from RBI
based on reality sector fraud is out stretched and false.

Figures mentioned in the news on fraud involving BoM is grossly misleading/incorrect. Our exposure to the defaulting reality sector companies is meagre and has very little impact on the Bank’s balance sheet and profitability.

The Bank is committed to protect the interest of all its valued stakeholders and has initiated strong
steps against the miscreants & panic mongers. The Bank appeals to its trusted patrons to be cautious of misguiding/ false information circulating against it and assures that its financial position continues to be absolutely safe and sound.

Monday, 14 October 2019

अनंता, आरतीने जिंकली पुणे हाफ मॅरेथॉन

पुणे : पुणे रोड रनर्स, ॅव्हरोम स्पोर्टस आणि एचडीएफसी बँक युनाईट  यांच्या संयुक्त विद्यमाने आयोजित एचडीएफसी युनाईट पुणे हाफ मॅरेथॉनमध्ये पुरुष गटात अनंता टी. एन. याने, तर महिला गटात नाशिकच्या आरती देशमुखने बाजी मारली. अनंताने २१ किलोमीटरची ही हाफ मॅरेथॉन तास १५ मिनिटे ३५ सेकंद वेळ नोंदवून जिंकली, तर आरतीने तास ३४ मिनिटे १३ सेकंद वेळ नोंदवून अव्वल क्रमांक पटकावला.

पाषाण रस्त्यावरील पुणे ग्रामीण पोलीस ग्राउंड येथून मॅरेथॉनला सुरुवात झाली. खासदार सत्यपाल सिंग आणि एचडीएफसीचे वरिष्ठ उपाध्यक्ष राकेश कुमार रेलन यांच्या हस्ते मॅरेथॉनला हिरवा झेंडा दाखविण्यात आला. स्पर्धेचे पारितोषिक वितरण  एचडीएफसी बँकेचे सर्कल हेड राजा उपाध्याय, विबग्योरच्या प्राचार्य मनिषा नावायथ यांच्या हस्ते झाले. यावेळी पुणे रोडरनरचे डॉ. विवेक बिल्लमपल्ली, मनोज ठाकूर, रोहीत रॉय उपस्थित होते. पाणी वाचवा आणि फिट इंडियाचा असा संदेश या मॅरेथॉनमधून देण्यात आला. यंदाच्या या मॅरेथॉनचे हे दुसरे वर्षे होते.  मुख्य हाफ मॅरेथॉनसह १० किलोमीटर अंतराचीही शर्यत झाली. विजेत्या धावपटूंना एकूण एक लाख ६५ हजारांची रोख पारितोषिके देण्यात आली.

२१ किलोमीटर हाफ मॅरेथॉनसाठी पुणे ग्रामीण पोलीस ग्राउंड पाषाण - व्हर्टीस टेक्नोलॉजी - एनसीएल- आदित्य शगुन मॉल- पाषाण चौक ते पुन्हा पुणे ग्रामीण पोलीस ग्राउंंड असा मार्ग होता.  

पुरुष खुल्या गटात अनंताने तास १५ मिनिटे ३५ सेकंद वेळ नोंदवून पहिला क्रमांक पटकावला. राहुल देशमुखने तास १५ मिनिटे ५८ सेकंद वेळ नोंदवून दुसरा, तर रवींद्र गोरेने तास १६ मिनिटे ४० सेकंद वेळ नोंदवून तिसरा क्रमांक पटकावला. महिला खुल्या गटात आरतीने तास ३४ मिनिटे १३ सेकंद वेळ नोंदवून पहिला क्रमांक मिळवला. एकूण स्पर्धकांमध्ये ती सातव्या स्थानावर राहिली. हिमांगी गोडबोलेने ( तास ५३ मिनिटे १० से.) दुसरा, तर नेत्रा पेलपकरने ( तास ५४ मिनिटे ३९ सेकंद) तिसरा क्रमांक मिळवला.

निकाल : २१ किलोमीटरपुरुष - अनंता टी. एन. - तास १५ मिनिटे ३५ सेकंद, राहुल देशमुख - तास १५ मिनिटे ५८ सेकंद, रवींद्र गोरे - तास १६ मिनिटे ४० सेकंद, नाओल वर्कनेह - तास २८ मिनिटे ३४ सेकंद, लक्ष्मण विठ्ठल सरमालकर - तास ३३ मिनिटे ३१ सेकंद.

महिला - आरती देशमुख तास ३४ मिनिटे १३ सेकंद, हिमांगी गोडबोले - तास ५३ मिनिटे १० सेकंद, नेत्रा पेलपकर - तास ५४ मिनिटे ३९ सेकंद, निकिता हेन्री - तास ५६ मिनिटे ४९ सेकंद, पायल डागा - तास ५७ मिनिटे०७ सेकंद.

१० किलोमीटर - पुरुषआकाश परदेशी - ३४ मिनिटे १७ सेकंद, शानदेरसिंग - ३४ मिनिटे १९ सेकंद, अमर भोसले - ३४ मिनिटे ३७ सेकंद, नारायन विशी- ३५ मिनिटे ०४ सेकंद, अमोल चास्कर - ३५ मिनिटे ०८ सेकंद. महिला - विनया मालुसरे - ४३ मिनिटे ४१ सेकंद, समिक्षा खरे - ५० मिनिटे ३२ सेकंद, अर्चना ओक - ५३ मिनिटे ३९ सेकंद, रिचा जोशी - ५४ मिनिटे ४२ सेकंद, निकिता अगरवाल - ५७ मिनिटे ०८ सेकंद.

Mahindra BLAZO becomes most fuel-efficient truck


PUNE (MUMBAI): Mahindra Truck and Bus (MTB), a part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group today announced that its BLAZO range of trucks has become the market leader in terms of mileage within the trucking industry. The BLAZO range of trucks has achieved this distinction in just 3 years of its launch and is currently selling at a premium in comparison to other market players.
MTB is now consolidating its position with the launch of its BSVI range of products which is well on track. It is also working on simplifying BSVI for its customers, an integral part being 80% parts remaining unchanged from the BSIV variant.

The company has also launched the BLAZO X 49 Rigid MAV truck in 16-wheeler category, with BLAZO’s inherent advantages of higher mileage and payload. In the recently launched ICV (Intermediate Commercial Vehicle) segment, MTBD’s FURIO has seen unprecedented success by emerging as the 4th player in the 12 tonne and 14 tonne segments. The company has recently launched 3 more variants to its portfolio and in keeping with its product enhancement plan, will launch 18 more variants in the ICV segment from 5 to 18 tonne. All of these would be BSVI compliant.

Speaking on the developments, Rajan Wadhera, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said “With the HCV segment going through tough times, we felt the need to constantly innovate to stay ahead of the curve. This has resulted in the BLAZO meeting with unparalleled success with regard to mileage which is a win win for its owners.  We are on track to being BSVI complaint with a wider range of truck and buses, simplified new technology and the unique customer value proposition of guaranteed higher mileage.”

Vinod Sahay, CEO, Mahindra Truck and Bus Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. mentioned, “Continuing with our disruptive customer value proposition of mileage guarantee, the new BLAZO X 49 Rigid MAV truck in 16-wheeler category ensures that customers save more and earn higher due to higher mileage and payload. Our newly launched ICV range, FURIO has been acknowledged by the customers and with the launch of 18 new variants in the coming months, we hope to be a full range player in this segment. We are excited to commercially launch our CRUZIO range of long platform overhang (LPO) buses in the employee & school segments.”

The company has emerged as the number 3 player in haulage segment (Multi Axle Vehicle & + Tractor Trailer), in H1 FY20 across major markets such as Mumbai, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir and North East region.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Liquid biopsy test for cancer patients free at Pune


PUNE: A Pune-based biotech company is offering free tests using its cancer detection technology throughout this month to raise awareness about liquid biopsy test.
The test detects circulating tumour cells (CTC) which are cancer cells that have broken away from the primary tumour and are circulating in the bloodstream (a process known as metastasis). The test is virtually pain free and requires five milliliter (ml) of blood.

"We are observing October as the liquid biopsy awareness month and hence offering free testing to cancer patients in our diagnostic lab at Wakad on Aundh-Hinjawadi road. It is a simple blood test which can be used for early detection of cancer progression or relapse," said scientist Jayant Khandare of Actorius Innovations and Research Pvt Ltd. The technology is the first indigenously developed test which has received approval for manufacturing for sale under the new Medical Device Rules (MDR 2017) from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).

The test does not need any special preparation like fasting or stopping any medicine. Patients can avail the free testing by booking the test online ( and visiting the diagnostic lab (located at Wakad) on the appointed day.

"The test covers epithelial cancers such as head and neck, lung, breast, cervical, prostate, gastric, colorectal etc. Currently, the free testing is restricted to patients who are suffering from cancer. Healthy individuals who have a family history of cancer and may be at high risk of getting the disease will have to pay the charges of Rs 15,000 for the test," Khandare said.

Kia Motors opens first showroom in Chinchwad


PUNE: After overwhelming response to its vehicles in India, Kia Motors, world’s 8th largest
automaker, today opened its first showroom in Maharashtra at Chichwad as Aman Kia
Motors. Dignitaries from all walks of life were present at the occasion.

While briefing to the media persons, Aman Agarwal, Director, Aman Kia Motors, said, “Kia
Seltos becomes instant hit car due to its reasonable pricing and for its features. Kia Seltos is
equipped with world-class quality, finest design and state-of-art technology, power-packed
performance. In Pimpri-Chinchwad area, people are opting to buy Kia Seltos. Due to the
attractive colors, car enthusiasts prefer this feature loaded car. Kia manufactures this car at its
new 536-acre manufacturing plant in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. Kia used at least 300
robots to manufacture this car.”

Agarwal further added that annual installed capacity of producing over 300,000 vehicles and
will create over 3,000 direct and 7,000 indirect jobs in the region. A US $2 bn investment by
Kia and its vendor partners ensures the availability of world-standard technologies and the
development of high-quality local manufacturing skills. Kia Seltos is available in three
engine variants. 4-ltr Turbocharged Petrol, 1.5 Ltr Petrol and 1.5 Ltr Diesel. All engines are
of BS-4 engines.

Ishwarchand Goyal, president, Agarwal Sangh, Pune, jaiprakash Goyal, Chairman, Goyal-
Ganga Group, Krishna Kumar Goyal, chairman, Agarwal Federation, Devichandji Agarwal,
Success Group, Shyam Agarwal, Chief Editor, Aj ka Anand, Ghanashyam Agarwal, Bavaria
Motors, V. S. Mittal, Wonder Group, Ramesh Goyal, MD, Rishabh Industries Bhimsenji
Agarwal, President, Pimpri-Chinchwad Agarwal Samaj, Mohanji Gupta, Premier Group,
Preschand Mittal, Chairman, Vasant Industries, P.V. Modak of Sharada Group, Ayyaz
Thanawala of Sterling Honda, Madhav Kirloskar of Kirloskar Group, Shakur Chaudhari,
Golden Properties Group, Ramkurji Goyal, Jay Bhagwan Agarwal, Ishwarchand Agarwal,
Devichand Agarwal, Sathyanarayan Agarwal, Dharmapal Agarwal, Ramkala Agarwal,
Subhash Agarwal, Laxminarayan Agarwal, Satyapal Agarwal, B.D. Sharmaji, Ramkumar
Jindal, Rameshji Jindal, Mukeshji Agarwal and Vedprakashji Agarwal were present on this

Ags Transact Technologies launches HP Fastlane


PUNE: HP Fastlane, India’s first RFID fuel payment solution and an initiative of AGS Transact Technologies Limited (AGSTTL), one of India’s leading providers of end-to-end cash and digital payments solutions and automation technology is now available in Pune after its successful launch in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane.

The app based solution has been launched in partnership with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) with the aim to provide a convenient and a more transparent fueling experience to consumers. More than 120 HPCL outlets in Mumbai and Pune have been enabled with HP Fastlane.
HP Fastlane leverages RFID technology to deliver cashless payment solutions and brings efficacy in fuel management. The HP Fastlane app which has more than 60,000 downloads since June 2019 is available for free on Android and iOS platforms.

Ravi B. Goyal, Chairman and MD, AGS Transact Technologies Limited said, “We have introduced a convenient method of fuelling. We are delighted to collaborate with Hindustan Petroleum, a leading state-owned oil company to introduce the first ever RFID based fuel payment solution. With their extensive network, we will be able to provide Fastlane supported HPCL fuel stations that will deliver an enhanced customer experience to Punekars while optimising the business operations across fuel retail outlets. We are certain that our systematic and standardised end-to-end performance capabilities would be welcomed by all the stakeholders across the fuel industry.”

“We received an immensely positive response for HP Fastlane at our HPCL petrol pumps in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane and we are elated to now extend this partnership to our customers in Pune. HP-Fastlane allows convenient fuelling of designated vehicles and  prevents fuel pilferage by bringing transparency in transactions. At HPCL, we are committed to providing better and efficient services and this solution will help us service our customers in Pune in a quicker, transparent and more secure way. We further aim to take HP Fastlane to all our pumps across India.” said DN 
Krishnamurthy, Chief GM, West Zone, HPCL.

“HP Fastlane has not only helped us on a micro level, but has also eased the task of managing transactions on a daily basis. With their technology we have been able to easily collect data, track the running average of our vehicles and also optimize the overall operational costs. After the positive results in Mumbai, we have implemented the HP Fastlane solution on our vehicles in Pune as well. Currently, we have enrolled more than 100 vehicles on HP Fastlane.” said Mohit Mangal, Director and CEO, Euro Cars India Private Limited.

HP-Fastlane fuel management solution can be accessed over web or through the HP Fastlane mobile app. It enables the customer to enrol their vehicle details and load money in the HP-Fastlane wallet as and when required. The HP Fastlane user can pre-set the desired fueling amount before visiting a nearby HPCL pump. When the registered vehicle reaches an HP Fastlane enabled petrol pump, the attendant will scan the RFID tag pasted on the windshield of the vehicle. The user is notified on a real-time basis once the fuelling is completed. HP Fastlane assures that just the right amount of fuel is dispensed and he/she is billed for the same.

Key Features:

Leverages Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to deliver paperless, cashless and contactless payment solutions through HP Fastlane mobile wallet
Digital & Transparent payment process reduces the risk of pilferage
Enables user to preset the fueling amount on the app
Ensures meter reading is auto-set to Zero so the user pays only for the fuel dispensed
Completely wireless technology
1.25% instant cashback on every fuelling transaction done via HP Fastlane App

Bafna Jewellers launches grand outlet in Pune


PUNE: Ratanlal C. Bafna Jewellers (RC Bafna), one of the most trusted jewellery houses in the country with a legacy of over four decades, launched their glorious new outlet at Nal Stop, Karve Road, in Pune city.

This is their 4th store in Maharashtra, following an overwhelming response to their flagship store in Jalgaon, along with other stores operational in Aurangabad, Nashik and Nanded. Spearheaded by third generation of entrepreneurs, the brand has successfully created an ever-growing base of loyal customers, since its inception.

The brand has now extended this legacy and treasure trove of the finest gold, diamond, and antique designer jewellery to the denizens of Pune with the opening of this store. It aims to reiterate its commitment to its virtues - Honest, Pure and Transparent, and core values -  Quality, Affordability and Transparency, along with further strengthening the bond of trust with its customers.

Having spearheaded a number of initiatives, to value-add to customers’ lives, RC Bafna is continuing the tradition by offering Punekars, its Free Insurance scheme to provide relief to jewellery owners at no additional cost, along with a hassle-free purchase experience. Highlights of the scheme include - safeguarding of precious jewellery, a seamless claiming process, pan-India availability of the insurance, and the option of families utilising the jewellery, which is also covered under the scheme. It can be availed on every jewellery purchase at any of its stores.

Sidharth Bafna, Director at Ratanlal C. Bafna Jewellers said, “We are pleased to launch this store with much grandeur in the bustling city of Pune and would like to thank our valued patrons for their consistent faith in us, via our other stores across the state. With this outlet, we are all set to continue offering bespoke gold, diamond, and antique jewellery that caters to all budgets, along with our popular free insurance scheme, as a token of gratitude to this patronage. We look forward to fortifying our relationship of ‘trust’ with Punekars and to further enhance their jewellery purchase experiences.”

Monday, 7 October 2019

BKT joins hand with Spanish Football League Laliga


PUNE (MUMBAI): Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT), India’s leading manufacturer of off-highway tyres has signed on as Official Global Partner of LaLiga. BKT aims for performance without limits – just like sport. And like Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LaLiga), it has a global presence that reaches people all around the world. These conditions create a fertile ground for a new partnership.

The partnership takes immediate effect and will run for three years until the end of the 2021/2022 season. “LaLiga stands for excellence and is a synonym for football with a capital ‘F’,” Rajiv Poddar, Joint Managing Director of BKT, states. “From today on, we are following a new marketing initiative within the Spanish football world, and I am really glad and proud of it. LaLiga is a brand of unquestionable value. It is an honor to act side by side this name.”

“It is a great pleasure that we can strengthen the bond between BKT and the world of sport, and above all the football world with both its rules and dynamics that we find fully in line with our own values, along with determination and the uncompromising wish to win,” Poddar added.

This is a decisive goal on BKT’s path of increasing its brand awareness. The company is extraordinarily active when it comes to communication and promotion - a unique and distinguishing feature. Sport is an instrument that perfectly supports BKT’s message on a global level thanks to its characteristic traits such as fair play, respect for the opponent, competition and strategy - values that are shared by LaLiga.

Jose Antonio Cachaza, Managing Director, LaLiga India said, “BKT has always recognized the power of sport in speaking to their key stakeholders. We are very excited to be welcoming BKT, a brand that share the same values as LaLiga, as our partner for the next three years. I’m sure that, together, we’ll be able to bring LaLiga closer to our fans over the world while our brands keep growing internationally.”

Becoming Official Global Partner of LaLiga is another initiative that adds to the numerous sport events that BKT has been actively supporting worldwide. These include the 2014-agreement with the Monster Jam circuit, the American motorsport show where giant Monster Trucks fitted with BKT tires perform astonishing stunts; the sponsorship agreement with Lega Nazionale Professionisti B, the governing body of the Italian second league championship, which was undertaken last year being effective till June 2021, and which has changed its name into Serie BKT.

On this partnership, Diego Forlan, LaLiga Ambassador, said, “India is extremely passionate about football and has high potential to become stronger in global football. During my time in India, I got to interact with Indian footballers, aspiring footballers and other stakeholders who were invested in building up the football environment in the country. It is good to see an Indian brand like BKT join hands with LaLiga to build more awareness.”

In addition, BKT sponsors the French “Coupe de la Ligue BKT” football competition, to which the company has given its name till June 2024, as well as the partnership with the Australian cricket championship with the KFC Big Bash League, which is valid for two more years.