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Friday, October 22, 2010

Diverse problem

The map of newly merged villages and the Development Plan (DP) is becoming more and more complicated by the day. Since Pune Municipal Corporation announced the area of hill slopes and hill tops of 23 merged villages as a Bio Diversity Park, genuine plot holders have been in a quandary.

Even though BDP reservation sounds sweet to environmentalists, it spells burden for some people and their voices are not being heard. Manvendra vartak, 70 year old retired employee of a Sugar mill is feeling total loss when he came to know that he can't built his dream house on his small piece of land that he had bought 28 years ago. He has been filing application for the permission to build his dream house at the plot situated near Chandani Chowk. But his applications were turned down repeatedly by the building permission department.

Death On Wheels

If one goes by the scenes on Pune's road, there is no such thing called traffic sense in the dictionary. There is hardly any day when city's roads do no witness accident. Many unfortunate people lost their lives on Pune's roads. Rash and senseless driving is foremost of the reasons behind these hitherto avoidable loss of lives.

The latest incident involved 22 year old architectuere student Aditi Jagtap as one that of rash driving. Her Mercedes car on the Salunke Vihar road on Sep 14 evening, hit down four motorcycles, a rickshaw, a car and a PMPML bus. Aditi is daughter of noted cardiologist Ranjeet Jagtap.


Asterix or The Adventures of Asterix is a series of French comic books written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo. After Goscinny's death in 1977, Uderzo also took over the job of writing the series. The series first appeared in French in the magazine Pilote on 29 October 1959. As of 2009, 34 comic books in the series have been released. This October, the series will complete its 51 years.

The series follows the exploits of a village of ancient Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. They do so by means of a magic potion, which gives the recipient superhuman strength. The protagonist, the titular character, Asterix, along with his friend Obelix have various adventures. In many cases, the stories have them travel to various countries around the world, though other books are set in and around their village.

A Thrilling experience on fort BAHULA

By : Salil Kulkarni

Maharashtra is blessed with the Forts…Every fort is different in its own way…

Likewise decided to visit an absolute offbeat fort called BAHULA in Nasik region…

Heard a lot about this fort, about its giant structure, the deadly stairway to top, a tiring hike, etc. but the point that amazed and convinced me to climb this fort was the bombarding that happens regularly on the fort walls…

St Josesph and Kasturkunj

Value education with Quality

St. Joseph High school situated near the NCL (National Chemical Laboratory) Pashan is one of the prestigious school in Pune, The school was established by the Provincial Society of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, a Christian Minority Institution, and aims primarily at the Education of the Catholic Faith and all round development of the child.

Skin Polishing and enhancement

New Treatments offered.

Skin Polishing and enhancement –

This treatment is done to make skin glow and to make it smooth and supple. The treatment removes dead skin from all over the body giving it much fresher look and glow. It also helps rejuvenate the skin. It is done by two ways:

Herbal Polishing – This includes natural/ ayurvedic products. They are specially made by our expert (In naturopathy and Ayurveda) Mrs Shashi Chavan.

Cosmetic Polishing – Uses Spa products for different kinds of skin according to requirements of an individual.

Snakes in Menu at Pune City

Shimla Office, Jai Bharat and Shrusti Mitra Award

Living Witness Of Modern History

Besides many a significant witnesses of history in the form of buildings, the Pune boasts of many a living tradition of knowledge and science. Even the modern science has a historic flavour. One such living monument is Simla House or the Indian Meteorological Department headquarter, situated right in the middle of the city.

The IMD headquarters were originally in Simla. The transfer of headquarters from Simla to Pune was approved by the British Government in 1926. It was thought that the IMD office should be situated in a plain rather than in a hilly area. Pune was chosen for its favourable climatic conditions and proximity to the west coast. IMD shifted base to the scantily-populated suburb of Bhamburda (Shivajinagar) in 1928. This is the reason why the building came to be known as Shimla Office.

MIT at Robocon and become Facebook superhit

MIT students to represent india at Egypt ROBOCON

The students' team of MAEER's Maharastra Institute of Technology will represent India at the International Robocon-2010 to be held at Egypt. The MIT team beat Vishwakarma Institute of Technology's team by 43 to win the National Robocon -2010. IIT Mumbai came at the third spot. The national level competition was organised jointlyby MAEER's Maharastra Academy of Engineering, Alnadi and Doordarshan.

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FTII Film Festival, Actors First Cheque

Student Film Fest In FTII

Veteran filmmaker Govind Nihalani inaugurated the International Students' Film Festival at the Main Theatre, FTII on 24th September at 6.00 pm.

The Festival is to be held between 24th and 28th September as a part of golden jubilee year celebration of the Institute.

The inaugural function followed the screening of five outstanding FTII student films. Deccan Queen (1966, dir : K. S. Raju), Turbulence (2009, dir : Gulam Shaffi Khan), Jugni (Playback Exercise, 2007, dir : Dipti Gogna) and The Solitary Sandpiper (2005, dir : Ajita Suchitraveera).

While the Signature Film has been made by the current students of animation course, Deccan Queen has a special significance as this train, one of the most popular trains in

Thursday, October 21, 2010

All is not well with Continuous Evaluation

For reducing the burden on students of examination and bringing radical changes in the education system, Kapil Sibbal, Minister for Human Resources Development has introduced Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE). The system was introduced last year for the students of class IX and same has been introduced for class X students. Recently, Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) has, in fact, prescribed that CCE should be implemented in classes VI, VII and VIII as well, which many schools have adopted. The CCE takes into account both the scholastic and non-scholastic aspects and students are given grades instead of marks.

In order to relieve students from stress they were undergoing due to year end board examinations, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) which will help schools to evaluate students at school level itself.

Now Running - Making Of Deaf Ears

The yearly Dahi Handi celebrations force local residents to temporarily vacate their houses and live at their relatives’ houses outside the locality. The residents of Worli in Mumbai are facing same nuisance by the Dahi Handi celebration by the minister of state environment department Sachin Ahir's Mandal. The noise pollution forced local residents to approach court. One can imagine how people are fade-up with the pollution during festivals if people even approaching courts to get respite from noise. People in Mumbai approached court but there are many in this city also who are facing the same problem. Nobody cares about them.

Sasoon Hospital

Guardian of Pune's Health

Sassoon General Hospital is a largest state-run hospital in Pune, Sasson has capacity of 1500 beds and it is one of the largest capacity holding government hospital .The B. J. Medical College and a Nurses training School is attached to it which among the prestigious Medical education i India. The Hospital was inaugrated on October 8,1963, The area where hospital was open and well ventilated in earlier years.The greenery in the campus gave the Hospital Picturesque setting. Therefore it was the favorite subject for artist of the time and so it was appeared on even greeting cards! The Jewish philanthropist David Sassoon from Mumbai made a generous donation to make the construction of the hospital possible in 1867. A Famous civil engineer of the time K Wilkins designed this structure which still remains one of the Most elegant structure of the City and Importantly has cared for the good health of the People of city.

Lovable Bear, Making Ganesha Idol and Quiz

A Lovable Bear

Winnie-the-Pooh is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. The first collection of stories about the character was the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), and this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Milne also included a poem about the bear in the children’s verse book When We Were Very Young (1924) and many more in Now We Are Six (1927). All four volumes were illustrated by E. H. Shepard.

Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne, who was the basis for the character Christopher Robin. His toys also lent their names to most of the other characters, except for Owl and Rabbit, as well as the Gopher character, who was added in the Disney version. Christopher Robin's toy bear is now on display at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library in New York.

Vikhe Patil Memorial school

Going Beyond the Academics

Vikhe Patil Memorial School (VPMS) is an institution that believes in all round development of a child’s personality, going beyond academics and text books. The school Located at Senapati Bapat Road, the school is affiliated to CBSE board. It addresses the varying needs of students in all possible fields and provides them with the highest quality of education.

The school is a part of educational and co-operative empire founde by Padmashri Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil, the pioneer of Sugar Co-operative movement. Besides co-operative factory in pravaranagar Pravara institute of Medical scinces and other institutions has started the efforts of Legendory Padmashree Vikhe Patil. VPMS is also running on the footprints of Padmshree Vikhe Patil

3D game TV and IP thefts

3D game TV
Marking a new development, Godrej Appliances announced on Tuesdat the launch of its Game LCD TV with Motion Sensing Technology. The TV combines the features of an interactive gaming console along with an LCD TV introducing this technology for the first time in India.

The Game TV boasts of a huge variety of 25 pre loaded games. And for the ones with an insatiable appetite for gaming, the television also allows loading extra games through SD Card or USB.

Sushmita's marraige, Ajay fined and sallu's small films

Sushmita Ready For Marriage

Even most of her contemporaries are married and settled with kids, Sushmita Sen is still in the news for her relationships and break-ups. But the actress says she definitely has plans to tie the knot one day.

'Well, I will get married. It was just that I didn't feel like getting married at 23-24 which is considered to be marriageable age,' said Sushmita, 34.