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Saturday, August 7, 2010


Even as the cases of land grabbing and cheating in land deals are on the rise in the city, there are ways you can help yourself from being duped. There is no better way than to be prepared to sail safe through the land sharks. A guide to what land scams are and how to avoid them...


Land grabbing, encroachments, reselling the same land over and over again is something we are all aware of. In a fast growing city like Pune where land prices have spiralled beyond imagination, rising incidents of land scams only give a shot in the arm to rumours that pune is fast becoming the next ‘land scam’ capital of India. Some recent cases in Pune points out to the modus operandi of gangs operating in a well planned and schematic manner. Connivance with the authorities unfortunately seems to be just a simple part of the heist.

Edition 27: What did the last months strike acheived?

The day started as ususal for many of the employess of Pune Mahangar Parivahan Mahamandal (PMPML), but as the day inched ahead, they were seen just counting the buses damaged in a political drama. When the number of damaged Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited buses reached to 22, the transport body stopped service on some routes. All in all, 105 buses were damaged of the public bopdy which supplies, however inadequately, a mean to travel to most of the city people. Incidentally, the glasses of a buse were broken just when Neelam Gorhe, spokesperson of Shiv Sena and party leader in Legislative Council, was talking to reporters and appealing for peaceful agitation.

Edition 27: Sunil Pawar


There are some officers in the police department who are known for their performance. Rewards come walking to them and these are addicted to accolades in a way. One such officer is Sunil Pawar, the Police Inspector from Crime Branch. He was just rewarded for his commendable work in the investigation of crimes in city.
One officer from all over the state is chosen for a reward on behalf of DGP, Maharashtra each month. Police Inspector Sunil Pawar was chosen for this award for the month October 2008.

Edition 27: Another feather in DRDO cap, ISRO students, Water care


India’s defence research agency DRDO has developed an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) specifically for anti-terrorist and counter insurgency operations, which will be inducted into the armed forces by the year-end. The 1.5 kg UAV, called ‘Netra’, is a collaborative development project between ideaForge, a company formed by a group of Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, alumni and one of Defence Research and Development Organisation’s Pune-based labs, Research and Development Establishment (Engineers) (R&DE) Pune.

Edition 27: US Voters prefer Women candidates , Help against sexual harassment

Briana Blake/VOA

Twelve American states voted recently for candidates for elections in November. Tuesday was the busiest day of the primary season -- and women were the big winners.

In California, the Republicans nominated two businesswomen for governor and United States senator. Both are former heads of technology companies. They spent millions of their own money on their campaigns.

The nominee to replace Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who faces a term limit, is Meg Whitman. She led the online marketplace eBay. She will face Democrat and former governor Jerry Brown.

Edition 27: Loyola School



Called as education capital of India, Pune boasts of various education institutes which have became part of the history, in some or other way. One such school in our city is Loyola High School. Loyola High School is a Jesuit school, founded in 1961. Incidentally, this year marks the Golden Jubilee year of the school.

Edition 27: Kelkar Museam and Warkaris



Pune, the Oxford of the East has lessons of history beyond textbooks for visitorsand residents. Located in the heart of the city, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, immerses its visitors in a time travel. Established in 1960, the museum was started by Late D. G. Kelkar in loving memory of his son, Raja, who died an untimely death. His love for art and poetry, led him on a journey to collect antiques.

Edition 27: Khashaba Jadhav, Paul and Muralitharan

The Honour Comes To A Hero At Last

The newly constructed wrestling stadium within Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium complex has been named as K.D. Jadhav Wrestling Stadium in the memory of late Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav. The formal ceremony of renaming by Dr. M.S. Gill, Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports took place in New Delhi yesterday. Jadhav was independent India's first individual Olympic medalist , when he won the wrestling bronze medal at the 1952 Olympic Games held at Helsinki. He was awarded Arjuna Award posthumously in 2000. Pratik Prakashbapu Patil, Minister of State of Youth Affairs & Sports , several sports persons and senior officials of the sports ministry were present on the occasion.

Edition 27: Lara Dutta as natural beauty, Australian actress in bollywood and Superior Women

I Found Women Superior : Anil


Actor-filmmaker Anil Kapoor is happy to see that women are finally getting their due in male-dominated Bollywood. And one girl in particular is making him proud - younger daughter Rhea who has just wrapped up her maiden production venture 'Aisha'. 'I have always believed in different qualities between men and women; I have always found women superior to men. I am not saying it for the sake of it. If you see, my children have grown up so well, that's because of their mother and ecause of me,' Anil, 49, told IANS in an interview.
Anil, who tied the knot in 1984, has two daughters Sonam and Rhea and also a son, Harsh. 'The way girls are coming up, taking charge, holding situations, calling the shots... just at the age of 23, Rhea made the whole film. I am very happy, not only for Sonam and Rhea, I feel happy for all girls,' he said.