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Monday, August 23, 2010

Edition 28: Toll Grows into extortion

• Social activist oppose it


• Agitators take to hunger strike

• 70,000 cases lie unresolved for just one road

• Many have overlived their license period

• Still...the toll collection continues to haunt motorists. why?

CITY BLOG DESK

The issue of toll booths extorting money from hapless motorists has bounced back. The question has been raised every now and then at the city as well as state level, however, the government chose to turn a Nelson's eye towards this everyday menace.

Edition 28: Drop that counts more

Year and year again, Pune is witnessing the same situation. First, the rains create havoc before onset of monsoon, then two main months of monsoon season go dry, the administration wakes up to water problem and announces a water supply cut, later the water came down to soak city and dams and all the dust is settled down to an unfathomable depth. The scene in the month of July this year was no different from the one last year. The rains in Pune repeated last year’s feat as it poured heavily for whole of Sunday. A good rainfall for continuous three days has ensured 0.58 TMC increase in water storage in major dams. However, still more rains are needed to completely avert the water supply cut by Pune Municipal Corporation. In 2009, the pre-monsoon rains promised a good monsoon season. However, whole of June passed without any rains. Even July registered no rains at all. Then, in view of the impending water scarcity, the administration embarked on the water cut from third week of July. Thereafter, at about same date, from July 23-34, the rains started to soak the city. This year also, two months of monsoon season were absolutely dry leading to the water scarcity. Last week, PMC decided to implement a water cut and arrived at water supply on alternate day. Thereafter, since the cut came into effect, city is blessed by the incessant rains.

Edition 28: Mahadev Chavan

MANAGING THE HEART OF CITY


CITY BLOG DESK

Working in a area full of city hustle bustle has it perils. For a policeman, that is more true. Area coming under the Chatushrungi police station is one of the main centres of business as well as eduaction. The University of Pune, with its long history and vast compass, is just stone’s throw away from the police station.



Immediately in front of the station is Raj Bhavan, which houses Governor of Maharashtra whenever he is in city. Senior Police Inspector Mahadev Chavan heads the police station for last two years. The approximate population under the jurisdiction of the police station is 6,00,000. The areas under the station mainly comprise of coprorate offices, educational institutes etc. Some slums also fall in the area. The police station controlls five police chowkys in Pandavnagar, Janawadi, Poona Gate, Pashan and Aundh.


Edition 28: BEAUTY IS SKIN DEEP...PRESERVE IT and Appeal from New CP to all women

There may be superfluity of anti aging creams


that work, but you need to know which one to

use and, most importantly, how to use them. The

tips for anti aging skin care for 20s, will help you

to restore the radiance of skin, to bask in its

glow! MUKTA GAIKWAD tells you how..



Edition 28: US$35 Computer

Why $35 Joke Isn't Funny Anymore


PRASANTO K ROY

Here we go again. Indian HRD minister Kapil Sibal has “launched” a $35 computer, evidently his “dream project”. The touch-screen, Linux-based device looks iPad inspired, but we know little about how it works. It emerged from a student project with a bill of material adding up to $47, a price that the minister wants to bring down to $10 “to take forward inclusive education”. It promises browser and PDF reader, wi-fi, 2GB memory, USB, Open Office, and multimedia content viewers and interfaces.

Edition 28: Dennis the Menace and about Pets

A Little Monster Who Is 60 Now


Friends, we all are cartoon lovers. The cartoon characters give us the joy which the normal life can not give. Like all boys and girls of your age, everybody is in love with at least one cartoon. That is why you find it hard to skip even one episode of Tom and Jerry. It is perfectly okay to put aside the homework for the sake of spinach popping Popeye take on his mightier enemies. But only once in a while.

Dennis the Menace, the cute, lovable and equally dangerous kid is one such charactr. It is comic strip originally created, written and illustrated by Hank Ketcham. The first time this little monster came up on the scene was March 12, 1951 in 16 newspapers. This means from 8 m o n t h s now on, this bete noire of Mr. Wilson will turn 60.


Edition 28: St Vincent and Concord Proxima society

The Tradition Of Imbibing Values


St. Vincent's School is an English Medium School for boys which founded in 1867 and named after Vincent de Paul , a 17th century saint well known for his love for the poor and the downtrodden. The School, is recognised by the Government of Maharashtra and prepares pupils for the S e c o n d a r y School Certificate Examination (Std. X) and

Higher Secondary Certificate examination (Std. XII).



Edition 28: Celebration time at Income Tax, Governors promise to UoP, Swine Flu

Celebration Time For I-T Department


Income tax levy was introduced in India w.e.f. 24th July, 1860, thus, on this 24-07-2010, Income Tax has completed 150 years of its existence in India. The occasion of completion of 150 years in tax administration was celebrated by the Income Tax department throughout India.

On this occasion, Chief Commissioner of Income tax (CCA), Pune Region hosted a function at Hotel Aurora Towers on 24.07.2010. Top tax payers, distinguished citizens and senior bureaucrats, representatives of Bar Councils / Chartered Accountants’ Association / Business Federations, etc., attended the function. The function was presided by Manjari Kacker, Chief Commissioner of Income tax (CCA), Pune, S.K. Jha, Chief Commissioner of Income tax-II, Pune and A.P. Shrivastav, Chief Commissioner of Income tax, Nasik. A documentary film prepared for the momentous occasion by the CBDT, New Delhi was screened at the function. A film prepared by the office of the

Edition 28: Bobby Deol, Bipasha Glows and Akkis conflict

Success Comes With No Guarantee : Bobby


RUCHIKA KHER/IANS

For the first time in his 15-yearold career, Bobby Deol of the romance and action movies has attempted to do a supernatural thriller - a not-so-popular genre. But the actor is taking his chances, saying there is 'no guarantee what will work and what won't'. 'It's not only horror films that didn't work this year. There are many others that didn't either. There

is no guarantee what will work and what won't,' Bobby, the younger son of Bollywood veteran Dharmendra, told IANS.

Edition 28: History of Rupee and Swami Vivekanand in USA after 100 years

History of Rupee

MANISH DESAI

July 15, 2010 turned out to be a historic day, as the Indian Rupee got the much awaited symbol, just like other leading currencies of the world viz – Dollar, Euro, Pound Sterling and the Yen. The new symbol is an amalgamation of Devanagari –‘Ra’ and the Roman ‘R’ without the stem. The new symbol designed by IIT Bombay postgraduate D Udaya Kumar was approved by the Union Cabinet. The new symbol will not be printed or embossed on currency notes or coins, but it would be included in the 'Unicode Standard' to ensure that it is easily displayed and printed in the electronic and print media. The encoding of the rupee symbol in the Indian Standards is estimated to take about six

months while encoding in the Unicode and ISO/IEC 10646 will take about 18 months to two years. It will also be incorporated in software packages and keyboards in use in India.

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