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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Unique Identity Card

Imagine a card that can replace your entire important documents. You don’t have to carry photo identity or your address proof every time you went to open your Bank account, buy a sim card or other such other such activity. Keeping all things in mind Government came up with a card which will replace your entire document plus would be your identity too. The card is called Unique Identity Card (UID CARD), also named as Aadhaar.

Making it alive

While writing a story, a writer dreams a lot. While directing, a director have lots of thing in mind. But while making, there comes the problem. Remember the scene from Chak De, when Team India was playing at Australia, you all saw the crowd cheering up team. Do you think that the Production house actually manage to call so much people for the shot? The Army of Akbar from the initial scene from Jodha Akbar was not true. But that seems too real. If there was no army or audience, then how did we able to see what saw? The technology which used is called Visual Effects.

We are together

Aundh used to be a village some 15 yrs back. At that time, a society was constructed thinking in mind the current situation and need, Sirin Garden.
Siring Garden, a huge society which is located at Parihar Chowk, Aundh, is itself as small town, rather say a mini India. Here people have been residing since 1995, and they still stay here. When you enter through the huge gate, you fill like entering into a different world. Mrs. Sheela Bhaumik, Secretary of the Society, says, “People started occupying this place since 1995. I occupied it at 1997. During that time, Aundh was mere a village, a very quiet and calm place to stay with fresh air”.

For fun times

Imagine a place where a 10 yr old kid and 60 yrs old can enjoy together, without compromising anything. Imagine a place where you will get authentic different cuisine without compromising the taste. Imagine a place where you will get a lounge, restaurant and bar, under one roof. These all might seems little impossible, but there is a place which keeps in mind all your requirements and provide you with the best, Zikomo.

SANSKRITI SCHOOL –The School for Life

Every parent is concerned about their child’s future and the school they choose, as this is an important stepping stone of their life. Good teachers, in a school where every child is paid special attention and most importantly there is a perfect environment to study is what every parent is looking out for . As the competition is growing tougher day by day, the pressure is increasing; every child has to go through many challenges.  In this process, children need to keep themselves calm and should have a proper foundation of knowledge and skill sets to face competition.

Missing Tiger

Monsoor Ali Khan Pataudi, nicknamed Tiger Pataudi, was an Indian cricketer and former captain of the Indian cricket team. He was the ninth and last Nawab of Pataudi until 1971.
Pataudi Jr., as Mansoor came to be known during his cricket career, was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium pace bowler. He was a schoolboy batting prodigy at Winchester, relying on his keen eyes to punish the bowling. He captained the school team in 1959, scoring 1,068 runs that season and beating the school record set in 1919 by Douglas Jardine. He also won the public schools rackets championship, with partner Christopher Snell.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

At your Service…

Everyone wants to grab something good whenever they get time to spend an evening with family or friends. And when it’s a special occasion, we look for something especial. Barbeque Nation is a place that might fulfill all your dreams of having a nice ambience, soft music, different cuisines and lot more.
Barbeque Nation took care of its customer. Keeping the on-going festive season, they hosted Veggieque which was especially for their pure vegetarian customers. During this, which started from September 1 till September 11, they had various dishes which were made keeping in mind the taste of those who are either pure vegetarian or turn vegetarian during the Ganesha festive.
Barbeque has a concept of cooking half prepared food in front of the customers to help them serve really hot. For starters, they had mixture of taste which would serve the appetite. They had Bucket Mushroom, Grilled Veg, Kaju Spicy Potato, Pineapple, Corns to name a few. They had chilly, medium chilly, crispy, sweet, sour taste so that you won’t get bore by having starters which are almost of one taste. The starters served here are unlimited. The items mentioned are normally present there. They also serve soft and hard drink of your choice along with the dinner.

Evolution of Animation

Animation is not a new term to the world. It has been there since a long years. Walt Disney created Micky Mouse in a piece of paper and gave it life through this technique. Initially, the animation was done by drawing the action and then moving it in a speed which gave an illusion of its movement. But as the technology took developed, animation also evolved and developed with it. Now days, the animation is done on computer with the help of programs developed especially for it. Let’s take a ride from the traditional technique to the modern methods.

Traditional methods:
Traditional animation (also called cell animation or hand-drawn animation) was the process used for most animated films of the 20th century. The individual frames of a traditionally animated film are photographs of drawings, which are first drawn on paper. To create the illusion of movement, each drawing differs slightly from the one before it. The animators’ drawings are traced or photocopied onto transparent acetate sheets called cells, which are filled in with paints in assigned colors or tones on the side opposite the line drawings. The completed character cells are photographed one-by-one onto motion picture film against a painted background by a rostrum camera.

Is everything alright?

Delhi has witnessed two big events at one day. This event was not good but was something which was of great concern. During morning the blast took place which took many lives and during the evening the capital was shook by the earthquake.
This is something which is really of great concern. Delhi is always on the hit list. It seems like Delhi and Mumbai are having competition on getting more attention of terrorists. It’s not new but in past also, both the important cities; one being the capital of Nation and other being the Financial capital of the Nation. In both metro there is always a high alert.

Ladies taking the front seats

Men might disagree to this but ladies are very well manager. Kubera Gulshan has been witnessing for the last three years. A society of about 113 families, out which 10% are tenants, has been celebrating Ganesha festival for the last 10 years but it’s only three years, they make a separate committee for the Ganesha festival only which gets dissolve after the function.
Talking about the need of a separate committee for this festival, Vinaya Vaidya, treasurer, says, “The main committee is having more of male members. They are busy in their work so much that they fail to pay attention to this side. So we decided to have a separate committee who will look after the festival and will get dissolved after the work is done. It’s been our third year of this activity”. This committee has ladies taking the front seat and looking after the management of the festival.

We are family

It’s been said, ‘Society is a big family’. This saying is been taken care at Sirin Garden who have celebrated the Ganesha Festival with full enthusiasm and just like a family. With the families of about 200 in 18 different building, this festival is just the beginning of their celebration.
Poonam Gulliani, the cultural head, has tried to manage it well. “It’s been almost 10 years we are celebrating festival in our society. Over these years, we have grown as a family”, says she. Celebrating a festival in a society has always been a troublesome. But this society has learnt how to tackle those. “Normally, the problem arises because of the funds. Without the proper money flow, no society can plan anything. But this is not the problem with us”, explains she.

Cultural Education

Festive season has always been special for everyone, especially kids. This is the time when they enjoy a lot, they got see the different idols, decorate the house and get to move around with parents. But as the time is passing and new generation is coming up, this festive season is getting more glamour and losing its original meaning; gathering and learning about the festive and culture.
As it is always said, school is the place where a child learns a lot. Leapbridge International Pre-school takes a proper care that small kids not only learn about numbers and alphabets, but always get to know about the culture and the meaning they are being celebrated.  The Aundh branch In-charge says, “We keep one thing in mind that India being a secular nation, we celebrate every festival. Kids should learn about the integrity and unity since their early ages and that is more important that they learn to celebrate every festival with the same spirit and enthusiasm”.

Caution voters

Pune Municipal Corporation elections are coming forward. The corporators will surely try to win people’s heart and more importantly, votes. But one man has is doing his responsibility by aware voters on how these corporators and ministers try to win our votes.
Kumar Aaher, an Actor/Director/Writer of the play, “Matdar Raja Jaga Ho!!!” says, “Every year the situation is same. As the elections come, these people come out from their comfort and try lot many things to win our votes, either by cash or by kind”. As a social work artist, this is his main concern. Every year, due to these acts, people end up voting for the wrong person.  At the end, they encourage them to follow this tradition so that they can be elected easily.

environment endangered

On July 25th, the General Body made a decision of giving 50 acres of Kothrud hill top to be given to the Automotive Research Authority of India (ARAI) for its expansion. This decision has raised opposition from citizen and from the oppositions.
The Urban Development Department has taken the decision of converting the ‘hill slope zone’ to ‘public/semipublic zone’ in the meeting. But according to the opposition, this land comes under the ‘Merged village’ plan and should not be allotted to the construction of any such industries.

Reserved for women

With the recent decision, women will have equal reservation in the Pune Municipal corporation election that will happen soon. This has raised eyebrows as women are always considered as a person who should sit at home and take care of the house. This has also questioned that does these women will be able to manage the wards or will just end up being a puppet in someone else’s hand.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ganapti Bappa Morya

Cityblog wishes everyone Happy Ganesh Festival. May the lord give you peace within yourselves, health and happiness. May he remove pain, obstacles and suffering as he is Vighnaharta. May all our ruling class learn from him and strive towards collective benefits. May each one of us individually follow all rules and avoid short cuts to make our lives better. May we all be socially consicoius and awakened. May we use upcoming PMC elections to choose better candidates. May we support equality, peace and amity between communities. Let us be attentive to ward of terorrism. May we all strive towards better city, state and country. May the economy stabilize, May the inflation deflate, May we have better lives. Big wishlist to a big deity. And we are sure he obliges to all our wishes......

Monday, August 29, 2011

Film editing: Then and Now

Films have always attracted every individual. Be it the people from past or today’s generations, everyone like films. But the one we enjoy is the hard of many people who are behind the making of these films. Experts say, “Films are made two tables; one is writer’s table and second in Editing table”. Writer has to run his brain through various situations to make story. But the same film can be turned upside down at the Editor’s table. The editing has always been difficult.

Editing has always been a crucial part of film making. Editing can make a bad script into a good film and vise a versa. With the technological advancement, editing might have become easy but it still holds that crucial part. In older days, it was job of pain and hard work. During old days, editing was carried by cutting and fixing the original reel of the film.

Monsoon Make-up

Make up is something which every lady can’t miss. They need to look good beautiful always. A woman can never compromise with their dress and fashion. These are something which they can’t live without. But during Monsoon, they face quite difficult to maintain their look. They want to enjoy the rain but the same time doesn’t want to get their make wash away in water. Here are some tips that they can take care of this monsoon which might help them to maintain their looks.

Use of water proof products: Understanding the need of the women, many companies have launched their water proof make up products which are available in market. From eye lashes to lipsticks, everything is available in market. These products can be used like normal products and the main thing is it is going to be there for longer time. These products are not harmful to the skins so no one has to worry about it.

Selecting the right stream...

It’s been said, ‘Selecting the right stream at 11th will actually help you decide your future’. Students are more nervous than their results when it comes to selecting the right stream and college while entering into 11th standard. A child, after appearing for 10th board, should be clear enough about what s/he wants to do and where he wants to go. Selecting a stream is equally important that selecting a school for it. They not only select the school, but they also select the faculty, the kind of lab they have, they kind of facility they provide and what all subject they teach which will help them in shaping their future. For this year, 11th admissions in most of the colleges and schools are done, but for the upcoming year, we have asked few colleges we asked what they have to say about the 11th admissions, best five and their cut of marks. Principal of these colleges gives some tips and share their views on the current education situations.


1.  Collier
1. A coal miner.
2. A ship for carrying coal. 
ETYMOLOGY: From Old English col (coal). Earliest documented use: before 1375. 
USAGE: "Gunar turned to find a grimy-faced man, black as a collier."

“We understand our responsibility…”

Mr Vinayak (4th from left) and Mrs. Meghna (3rd from Right) with the residents .

How many of us actually understand our responsibility towards society and environment? How many of us actually follow the rules and regulations that would make our living easy? How many of us actually do something which is right, but difficult to follow? How many of us actually leave the comfort zone and take the initiative that is for the goodness of human beings?
There is one group of people, who belong to a building which is in a society, who are thinking about the environment. They live in a society, which is not yet formed, but that is not affecting them from carrying out their responsibility towards Nature. They are carrying out simple activity, which every individual are aware of and every school going children are taught. But their small act is very helpful towards nature. They are simply carrying out what we call as ‘Garbage Recycle’.

Independent… Are we?

Recently, we celebrate 64th Independence Day. Unlike any other National Holiday, it was also celebrated with great proud and respect. Everyone was talking about the current movement and things that are going on. Many did publish the journey till now. Are we really Independent? Constitution has laid down some Fundamental Rights that is the right of every citizen who are living in the Nation.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cityblog Useful Information: Domestic Airline Numbers

Airport Authority of India
Duty Officer: 26685201
VIP Room: 26684371
Officer Incharge: 26696818
Airport: 26689433

Cityblog Useful Information: Police Stations

South Region
Zone I

1. Faraskhana Police Station
   Police Station Contact No. : 020-24452250/ 26208270.
   Address : Faraskhana Police Station, 146 Budhawar Peth, Near Dagadusheth Ganpati temple, Pune.

2. Khadak Police Station
   Police Station Contact No. : 020-24476422 / 24452095.
   Address : Khadak Police Station, Shukrawar Peth,Near Mamaledar Kacheri,Pune-411042.

3. Vishrambaug Police Station
   Police Station Contact No. : 020-24457750.
   Address : Vishrambaug Police Station, Budhawar Peth,Pune-411002.

Friday, August 19, 2011

All about Lokpal Bill

Anna is sitting on a hunger strike. Whole Nation is supporting him. Government is trying to save themselves. Anna is taking about ‘Lokpal Bill’. All this issue is only about a bill. What does this bill is all about? Why there are difference between the Anna’s Lokpal Bill and Government’s Lokpal Bill? What are those differences? Why they are not settling on a mid-way? What is this all? City Blog takes bring you all the information about ‘Lokpal Bill’.

Lokpal bill, which is also known as citizens' ombudsman bill, is a proposed law for the anit-corruption in our Nation. The bill first introduced Shanti Bhushan in 1968 and passed in 4th Lok Sabha in 1969. But, it didn’t get through the Rajya Sabha. Subsequent version were re-introduced in 1971, 1977, 1985, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2008; and never passed.

Renewed calls for the bill arose over resentment of the major differences between the draft 2010 Lokpal Bill prepared by the government and that prepared by the members of the associated activists movement- mainly comprising of N. Santosh Hegde, a former justice of the Supreme Court and Lokayukta of Karnataka; Shanti Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhusan, a senior lawyer in the Supreme Court along with the members of the Indian Against Corruption movement.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Watch Out : Danger Ahead

Baner road is getting more dangerous as the monsoon approaches. People are worried but PMC is still working.

Last year, due to the heavy rains, various parts of Pune faced problems. One of these areas was Baner road. There was water lodging on the road making it impossible for the commuters. Pune Municipal Corporation take up this task and said to complete the work before monsoon. Now, when the monsoon has arrived, people from this area didn’t see any major change in the condition.

Work is Worship :Bhanupratap Barge

“Work is worship” this is the motto of the Senior Inspector of Police, Bhanupratap Barge. He is looking after the Social Security Cell and Juvilience department. Recently, he has got the President award for the achievements in his field.

He has done his B.A. from Fergusson College, Pune in the year 1983. Later he joined police in 1985. A year later he was shifted to Mumbai and was there till 2005 until, he came back to Pune in 2006. During the training period, he has won prize of best cadet in “Revolver Shooting”. In the year 1987, at Dongri Police Station, he, along with his team, seized brown sugar totally 200.640 kg valued Rs. 220 crore in International Market. He has been the bodyguard to Shri Amitabh Bachchan and Shri Balashaeb Thakrey.

When the first Anti Terrorist Squad to combat terrorism and to control Gangwar. During this, he raided infamous Dagdi Chawl and arrested four most wanted members of Arun Gawali gang along with AK-47, revolvers, pistols and four hand graneds. In the year 1991 at Lokhandwala Complex dreaded gangsters affiliated to Dawood Ibrahim gang, Maya Dolas, Deelip Buwa and five others killed and two AK-47 assault rifles, two .30 SLRs, pistols and revolvers seized from them.

Cityblog Open Tennis

A concept based on the International Tennis Foundation (ITF) Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) launched 10’s the CityBlog-Anutej Group trophy junior national and state ranking tennis tournament. This concept is famous in European and American countries but is new to Indian culture.

This concept was launched with a feeling to make the game more popular among the young with the use of special balls of lower compression. These balls bounce lower and don’t move much making it possible for the player to hit it. Sunder Iyer, MSLTA treasurer and tournament director, says, “The benefits are immediate. Within an hour kids are rallying, having fun and psyched for more. They’re playing real tennis and having real fun. This will help more under-10 children to play the game and avoid dropouts from the game between 8-12 years”.

Corruption everywhere but solution nowhere

The whole nation is supporting the cause that Anna Hazare and Ramdev Baba has taken in their shoulders. But the big question is, will this dream will see the light?

It’s been a while, when everyone is talking about Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev. Debate is on in every news channel about the issues these people have taken. Every day, every news paper and channel covers the update on the issue. Every individual is paying attention to the result of ‘Lokpal Bill’. But one thing which everyone is neglecting is that this issue is not related to the ministers and upper management but our daily life gets affected with this.

Come here and settle here

ne would find only few societies which allows good amenities with good residents who not only stay in the same society but also lives like a family. ‘Clarion Park’ is among those few societies. It is located in D. P. Road, Aundh. As one enters the society can feel positive vibrations. The society is clean and green. It is like any other society if you go with the building but there is deep connection within the people living in those building.

Sakshat is here

Government has launched its tablet PC in educational institute for the students and teachers at the economical rates.

After the market is hit by the Tablet PC by various international companies, government has seen the necessity to lunch its own Tablet PC, Sakshat, at the economical rates in educational institutes making it possible for every possible individual to use it for the better study.

Sakshat will cost only $30 that means only 1,500 INR. This device is considered as revolution and supports multimedia content, Zip-Unzip feature, PDF Reader, SciLab, OpenOffice and a browser for social networking websites like Facebook and Myspace but still not confirmed if we can use it as a gaming device.

Real Vs Virtual and Back to School

There was a time when children used to come home and run out for playing with friends. These days, they come home and sit in front of computers, video games or play stations. Technology has changed so much that it has changed the way of living of children too.

AadeshBhandari, a student of class 3, is having a power glasses. His father, Dhanesh Bhandari says, “He used to come from school and sits in front of computer playing games. No matter how much we shouted, he never used to move from his place. He used to play for at least 3 hours continuously”. Aadesh says, “I have such good games in computer from fighting to race, I never feel time once I start playing. I also don’t have many friends to play”.

Take Care

As the monsoon approaches, the climate is changes. In this sudden change of climate babies needs some extra care and precautions. Dr Anivash Bhore gives some tips.

The climate change has just started. Summer has gone and monsoon is just coming. This is the time, when there are lots of viruses and bacteria travel in the air. Infant’s and kids are the more soft victims of these. Dr Avinash Bhore, a child specialist from Baner, shares few tips on how can children can be taken care.

A Thrilling Jungle , Bhimashankar

Bhimashankar Temple is located in the village of  Bhorgiri 50 km North West of Khed, near Pune, in India. It is located 127 km away from Shivaji Nagar (Pune) in the Ghat region of the Sahyadri hills. It takes four hours to reach there. Bhimashankar is also the source of the Bhima river, which flows south east and merges with the Krishna River near Raichur. Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary located here is a popular weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune.

‘Let’s eat out' says Pashan

With the latest eateries in area, residents are Pashan are able to enjoy different kinds of food.

Pashan has grown itself in recent years. The area with the barren lands has been covered with buildings. With such a development, the area has grown itself with different amenities. The area is having a mixed crowd of families, bachelors and professional. With such a crowd Pashan has different kinds of eat-out places considering the taste of the people.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Catch that Drop

“75 % of the earth is water” , but this doesn’t hold true for the residents of Baner- Pashan link road, who are facing the water problem since a long time. There is much less supply from the PMC which doesn’t satisfy the core needs of the residents.

Harish whose a resident of Rolling hills society since last 2 yrs has the following observations to share on the platform of Indian real estate forum :

PMC supplied water is inadequate. There is a serious water shortage problem. We have been experiencing this for last years. Utility water is by tankers but still the problem is there due to issues between the tanker water supplier and the society.

Devidas Patil: Destiny's Child

Courage and destiny are two things which Mr. Devidas Patil, Sr.PI, Mundhwa police station believes in. Hailing from Baarsi, a small village in Solapur, he completed his Msc. Mathematics and B.ed., exam from a college in Baarsi and according to him it was a sheer stroke of luck that he opted for MPSC and cleared it at the very first attempt, and that’s how his journey began. He joined police force as a PSI in 1985, first posting being Mumbai, then Nanded and has been in Pune since 1992.

Desi Flavours in US

Cardamom, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, tamarind and clove. These are the enticing flavors of Indian cooking — which, as aficionados of the cuisine know, is pretty much impossible to find here on the East End.

But Pallavi Ghayalod is looking to change that, one cook at a time. Ghayalod, grew up near Mumbai, India and moved to the United States shortly after she and her husband were married when she was 19. That was 17 years ago, and the couple now have two children and have lived all over the country, including in Cincinnati, Phoenix, Miami and New York.

Art of Parenting

Welcome to the world of parenting.The toughest job and the most important job on this earth. But how many of us are really equipped to do this? If one wants to be a doctor,you go to a medical college,if one one to be a chef ,you go to a hotel management institute,so on and so forth.But we have nothing to fall back on as far as parenting is concerned.All of us keep questioning our methods of parenting all the time..Hence we thought ofParwa rish Institute of parenting wherein all your queries,doubts ,anxieties regarding parenting can be taken care of .

What will 3g services mean to you.

You have heard the term 3G many times. We explain what 3G is and what it means to you.

The generic term, 3G, is used to denote the next generation of mobile systems designed to support high-speed data transmission (144Kbps and higher) and Internet protocol (IP)-based services in fixed, portable and mobile environments.

Well, simply put, a 3G phone literally enables you to carry the world in your pocket.

Vasota a thrilling jungle experience

First hand report of a trek to Vasota: a fort amidst inaccessable backwaters of Koyna Dam now a part of Sahyadri Tiger reserve.

I woke up in morning, I felt the city buzz and not in a good way. On my way to office I faced Traffic, pollution. I saw a concrete jungle everywhere. Though I have a lot of structured surroundings near home the situation in major cities like Pune is alarming. Hill slopes are destroyed, trees are cut, rivers are blocked and what we face is urban nightmare. Add to that carbon pollution, noise pollution, traffic chaos, inflation, corruption; it’s unbearable. Just as people in the Arab world are doing it, it was time for me to revolt. I revolted and headed towards Vasota, a fort amidst Koyna backwaters. And I was successful in my revolution. I was now refreshed and ready to survive in good old bad cityscape...

Uprising in India

As one closely follows mass uprisings in Arab world, one gets great insight. We Indians hardly know about lives of people in Tunisia or Yemen or egypt (leave aside few songs shot near pyramids). What resulted in such an extreme step taken? How was it made possible for people to communicate and organize protest? Who led the people? Was there any financing involved to sponsor this? Role of web2.0 is also matter for research. It’s very intriguing indeed. But that’s beyond the point.

Cheering for India at Nagpur

Cityblog reader Gautam Naik was at Nagpur to witness India VS S. Africa WC match. He writes his first hand experience.

Imagine the scene: 50,000 people walking out. All are crestfallen. Some are silent, some are cursing. Some are very anxious to get out their car from the parking mess. Some are very hungry, some thirsty for spirits. That was 10 45 pm at Nagpur outside VCA Jamtha stadium just after Robin Peterson hit Nehra the winning boundary. Some clever people had rushed out immediately after Peterson hit second ball for six over long on: farthest point where we were sitting.
Just imagine reverse scenario if Peterson would have giving catch to bhajji at long on or nehra would have been able to produce some dot balls.... The same crowd would have seen dancing out of stadium amidst drums bugles, flags, shouting ‘India-India’. Many would have waited till Man of the match interview to end.... And i would have ended my dream come true in most ideal pattern.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Thanks for your response to Cityblog SMS News Service

Within few months after the launch we have reached to thousands of Punekars through our unique SMS service. Be in local Pune news, PMC policies, water and power cuts, traffic jams, accidents, crimes, cricket updates, business, politics, major national/international news, our subscribers are always the first to hear of it. Many of subscribers can vouch for that. For all those who are concerned with sorroundings, public life, issues our service is must. For others, its useful as we found from reactions to our news about power, watre cuts, traffic. We have save time and money for subscribers by hepling them avoid jammed routes. We have helped houses to store and manage water resources ahead of water cut.
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Monday, June 6, 2011


Cityblog condemns un democratic handling of public agitation as it sets bad precedent for any well meaning public movement. Cityblog stands for people movement supporting any issue. Whatever might be the flaws of Baba Ramdeo Movement, the way in which high handedness was used is deplorable. Cityblog appeals to all users to express their views here or mail us to

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How Prepared is Pune for Monsoons?

We Punekars face great hardships during rains thanks to our roads, water logging, open drainages, power cuts and many basic civic amenties get affected. Every year PMC claims to be prepared. But dumping of construction waste, blocking of nalas, culverts, drains create havoc everyyear. Problem of unauthorized dumping , construction gets severe every year. So it is a problem , if it rains. If it doesnt we face water shortage. Every year we pray for good monsoon. Monsoon gets delayed every year. we face water cuts. Then politicians and adminstartion gets awake and usual panic sets in.

How prepared are we for 2011 Monsoons? We invite readers to point out unfinished , unattended work so we can raise it with administration. Do write comments below or send us mail on

Get heard

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Are Our Children Safe in School

In a society permeated with violence, there are seemingly few places where one can feel completely safe. Schools were typically regarded as safe havens where children are able to learn and grow without the fear of any type of violence. However, with recent incident of rape on a minor girl student by lab assistant in St Hilda’s Girls School, the public’s trust in the security of schools has been severely marred.

The Khadak police recently booked Kailash Memzade, laboratory assistant at a school, for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl student on the school premises. The incident came to light after the victim's mother lodged a complaint against Memzade. Inspector Rajendra Kadam (Crime) told that Memzade allegedly threatened to kill the Std V student if she revealed the incident to anyone. The victim's mother also made a complaint against Memzade to the school authorities.

Sunil Darekar: Man with Medals

As a individual and a police officer, Sunil Laxman Darekar, Senior Police Inspector of Warje Police Station, has some outstanding qualities. The ability to reach to the grass roots of any type of crime is one of them. He honed his skill by experimenting different methods on different types of crimes. These experiences enriched his career and also personal life too.

Elaborating his work style, Darekar said, “I always emphasize on study of human relationships. I know that every criminal is a human first. To study his modus oparendi, I study their nature first. Then I get valuable information, which is fruitful to reach a conclusion.”


Blessed with a vast coverage of dense forest, Durshet, in the lap of the majestic Sahyadris offers a pleasant and tranquil atmosphere. A perfect blend of calmness and beauty intertwined with the sparkling water of Amba River, Durshet presents the nature at its best.

The Amba River, which flows through the woody forest, would be full of huge natural waterfalls during rainy season and trekking through this majestic falls amidst the lush greenery is a unique experience. The abundance of green all around is thrilling as well as invigorating. Peeling shyness and having a ‘face off’ with your wild side seems most natural here. Durshet offers more adventurous actions like rock climbing, rappelling and river crossing to those who are not satisfied with the mild challenges of trudging and trekking.

Makkhan Marke

If you are hungry and if you need some real good authentic Punjabi food, then head straight to Makkhan Maar Ke.

This three-year old food joint is situated on the main road of Baner. It gives you taste of kebabs hot in the tandoor lying side by side with fresh rings of tomatoes and onions, urging you to step into a typical Punjabi restaurant.

Started by an engineer Piyush Makharia, with a distant dream of serving hot piping food to the now growing Baner and Balewadi residents, Makkhan Maar Ke seriously believes in giving you asli cheez.

ASM festival. Income Tax CPC at Hinjewadi and SHGs

BIZZ 2011 An ASM’s Annual literary Fest

For over 27yrs, leaning and research has played a major part in the success of ASM group of institutes contributing to advancement of knowledge, its application in the city, region and world.

Audyogik Shikshan Mandal is the umbrella brand for IBMR, IIBR, IPS, ICS, IMCOST and CSIT. Started in 1984, ASM’s Institute of Business Management & Research is permanently affiliated to the University of Pune. It is also approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India First Management Institute to be set up in the Pimpri - Chinchwad Industrial belt. ASM’s institutes have been consistently, ranked amongst top B schools in India by AIMA, Dalaal street journal, Business Baron, Business Chronicle.

Nasa's Mobile Mars Laboratory

NASA's Mobile Mars Laboratory Almost Ready for Flight

The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite has completed assembly at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and is nearly ready for a December delivery to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., where it will be joined to the Curiosity rover. SAM and Curiosity are set to fly on the on the upcoming Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover mission scheduled for launch in the fall of 2011.

Madhuri likes Tanu weds Manu, SRK appeal, Kareena , Race2

Madhuri loved 'Tanu Weds Manu'

Bollywood actors R. Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut are on cloud nine after their favourite actress Madhuri Dixit praised their movie "Tanu Weds Manu".
Madhuri, who came along with her family for the special screening of the romantic comedy, considered the movie a fine body of work as she could relate to the movie for its Indianness and connect to cultural roots. On knowing this, both Kangana and Madhavan are extremely happy.

An excited Madhavan wrote on microblogging site Twitter, "I met THE MADHURI DIXIT NENE today...she said she love my work .. MY YEAR IS MADEEEEe.. YIPEEEE (sic)."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Should arrested MP continue to represent us?

Should our arrested MP continue to remain as our elected representative till he proves his innocence? Its matter of importance for city like Pune. We the people of Pune value ethics and principles, so we expect our elected representative follow so.Requesting all cityblog readers to contribute your thoughts on comment section below. We promise to publish and circulate it all over pune and to right authorities by formal routes  . Its your newspaper your way. Pls write us. You can also email us on

Saturday, April 9, 2011

cityblog rejoices india's win

Cityblog rejoices Indias win against corruption as govt has agreed to Anna Hazare demands on Lokpal bill. This is just the beginning. Cityblog will support suchcauses in future with your support. The silent walk planned on sunday 10th april is on hold till further directions . Voice your opinion here.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Join Cityblog March to Support Anna Hazare

Corruption is cancer. Pls support  Anna Hazare for his campaign against Corruption. How can  we make our voice heard by deaf politicians and officers?  Cityblog has planned a silent walk to support and express solidarity with Anna Hazare on 10th April 2011, sunday at 10 Am from Shanwarwada to PMC.  This is the time to tell them enough is enough...... Come one Come all. Its our time now.....

Pls Support Anna Hazare's Campaign against Corruption

Requesting all cityblog readers to contribute your thoughts on comment section below. We promise to publish and circulate it all over pune and to right authorities by formal routes like Collector office, Guardian Minsiters, MPs... Some public events also planned by Cityblog. Its your newspaper your way. Pls write us. You can also email us on

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

ARAI’s new lab: A Boon or Bane

ARAI in Pune has proven its significance in the past. Now, an ambitious plan of a new lab puts Puneites into dilemma..

Land status changed for ARAI’s lab

The urban development department is planning to convert about 50 acres of land in Kothrud, which is marked as ‘hill top hill slope zone’ in the development plan of the city, to ‘public/semi-public zone’. The department has invited suggestions and objections from citizens on modification of the zone.

The land is to be used for construction of a vehicle testing track and laboratories for the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). Forest Department’s land at survey number 102 (part) Kothrud has been granted to the ARAI a few years ago for its ambitious projects.

Swapnali Apartments and Prof Patil

Serenity everywhere...!

Picturesque nature, lush greenery in the vicinity, a fresh breeze of air and a hill base, with all these characteristics features, residents of Swapnali Apartment in Kanchan Galli (lane) on Law College Road, face every day. With the zest of knowing something new, every person in this apartment try to live by a different way.

Giving details of the society, Secretary Nitin Joshi said, “Seclusion is not a problem here. In fact, we always enjoy the serenity here. It gives relief to every person residing here in the apartment. We are very small apartment with 9 flats. Actually, we wish many people to come here and reside. So that there would be more liveliness.”

Kullu Manali of Maharashtra: malshej

Apart from Lonavala -Khandala, Matheran and Mahabaleshwar this is one of the developing hill station in Maharashtra. Malshej Ghat is situated on the borders of Pune , Thane and Ahmednagar districts. A very popular place as it is close to both Pune and Mumbai. Malshej Ghat is vital place in Sahyadri hills and really very attractive when it is under dark clouds and heavy fog. Heavy fog and amazing waterfalls are the spatiality of Malshej Ghat especially in monsoon.

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation ( M.T.D.C. ) has its rest house in Malshej. It is situated in hill station's platue between HarishchandraGad and the other hill ranges. A nice view of valleys is one of the major attraction here. One of the beauties here are many waterfalls in the hilly regions. Various waterfalls from small up to the huge ones are really worth to see.

Hot Affair with Kobe

After establishing itself as a popular brand in Mumbai since three decades, Kobe is sharing its fantastic culinary expertise with the people of Aundh. Kobe is a chain of restaurants, which started off in Mumbai. After the Mumbai market, now Kobe is eyeing Pune people with their sizzler expertise. Aundh has the largest outlet of Kobe Sizzlers with 140 covers.

A remedy Man; Manohar Joshi

Manohar Joshi, a vivid police officer is known by his work style. He solves crime cases like a puzzle. With his unique, unpredictable ways to study any case, he is well known in the department as a problem solver. When he is on the case, nobody dare to disturb him.

Beauty of Zari

Zari work is the latest trend in Indian fashion horizon. It is basically a tinsel thread meant for weaving and embroidery. It is manufactured by winding or wrapping a flattened metallic strip made from pure gold, silver or slitted metallised polyester film, on a core yarn, usually of pure silk, art silk, viscose, cotton, nylon, polyester, wire etc.

Tree Plantation, COEP, women voters and more..

Plantation drive by citizens’ group near Ramnadi in Pune

A Baner-based citizens’ group, Vasundhara Swachata Abhiyan (VSA), on Sunday carried out a tree plantation drive and a cleaning drive in areas near Ramnadi. The volunteers planted 10 saplings of Panchavati trees: Umbar, Kadamb, Wad, Pimple and Amla.

The organisation has been working silently to improve the environment over the last two years. Every Sunday, the members of the organisation plant trees on Baner Hills, maintain the trees planted by them, besides cleaning the areas near the river. “This Sunday was a special one as one of our members, Gulabrao Tapkir, celebrated his 78th birthday. He wanted us to celebrate his birthday with nature,” said members of VSA, Anil Gaikwad and Deepak Shote.

Hollywood Animator starts up in Pune, Electromech

Hollywood Animator who returned to start-up in Pune

In recent years, Pune is emerging as a hub for animation studios. Chetan Deshmukh, who was working in the top animation studios in Hollywood, returned to Pune to set up his own studio, Toolbox Studios. Chetan explains about what he’s hoping to achieve, and about Pune’s status as an animation hub)

Chetan Deshmukh gave up his engineering degree to pursue a career in animation in Hollywood. After having experience there, he returned to Pune to start his own animation and visual effects studio. After 2 years at MIT, Polymer Engineering, he was more than sure that the Animation is the career he want to go for. The hobby in earlier years had turned into profession. “Without any guidance, I was getting pretty decent at animation and started contributing towards our studio activities,” Chetan added.

Sonakshi, PC-Shahid, Vidya

Sonakshi works out to look sexier

Daughter of Shatrughan Sinha, Sonakshi Sinha became an overnight star with the success of ‘Dabangg’. She has two promising projects lined up, one is Farah Khan’s ‘Joker’ and the other is Abbas Mustan’s ‘Race 2’. Both the film demands Sonakshi to look slimmer. So to look slimmer and sexier, Sonakshi begun to work out. Abbas Mustan asked Sonakshi to lose few kilos and the new girl immediately went into action.

"First, I had to lose weight for my debut in 'Dabangg'. Now I've to get into even better shape for 'Joker' and 'Race 2'. For the last two years that's all I seem to be doing. Losing weight. But I am fine with that. Because it's important for me to look good,' said Sonakshi, 23.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Omkar, Chawla knock out top seeds, Ghare wins girls under 10 title at City Blog Open Tennis.

Pune, 3 March: Dakshita Omkar of Sangli, and Kanishka Chawla created the biggest upsets of the day as they knocked out top seeds in their events to enter the finals , while city girl Neha Ghare lifted the Girls under 10 title at the first ever CityBlog Open Junior National Ranking and state ranking tennis tournament organized jointly by Deccan Gymkhana and the Om Dalvi Memorial Foundation at the Deccan Gymkhana tennis courts.

Top seeded Pune girl Neha Ghare lifted the girls under 10 title outplaying second seeded Dnyanada Patil 7-2 .

Rukhiyar, Dass upset top seeds at CityBlog Open Tennis

Pune , March 2: Harshal Rukhiyar of Mumbai and Shrusti Dass of Pune upset top seeded players in their events at the first ever CityBlog Open Junior National Ranking and state ranking tennis tournament organized jointly by Deccan Gymkhana and the Om Dalvi Memorial Foundation at the Deccan Gymkhana tennis courts

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Aditya, Yashraj, Shrushti knock out seeds to enter last 8 at CityBlog Open Tennis.

Pune , MArch 1: Unseeded Aditya Iyer, Yashraj Dalvi and Shrushti Dass upset seeds to make it to the quarterfinals in thier events at the first ever CityBlog Open Junior National Ranking and state ranking tennis tournament organized jointly by Deccan Gymkhana and the Om Dalvi Memorial Foundation at the Deccan Gymkhana tennis courts

In the Boys under 10 event Yashraj Dalvi scraped past eighth seeded Nihar Kothari 6-5(3) in the second round, while Aditya Iyer outplayed third seeded Atharva Sharma 7-3 in a Boys under 12 encounter. In the Girls under 16 event Shrushti Dass upset seventh seeded Suprabha Pujari 8-4

Following are the results: Main Draw: Second Round:

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cityblog Open Tennis Tournament Launched

February 25 : The first ever CityBlog Open Junior National Ranking and state ranking tennis tournament will be organized jointly by Deccan Gymkhana and the Om Dalvi Memorial Foundation at the Deccan Gymkhana tennis courts from February 28th to March 5 .

Speaking to reporters the tournament director Nitin Joshi , the trustee of Om Dalvi Memorial Umesh Dalvi and Chirag Dedia Director of City Blog said that the tournament will be a state ranking tournament in the Boys and Girls under 10 &12 events and Talent series and the Boys and Girls under 14 and 16 will be a talent series national ranking event. The tournament is being held under the auspices of the AITA and the MSLTA, they added.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Rethink taxes on Fuel

As the fuel prices are soaring new highs everyday, people are now feeling the heat of inflation. Consecutively two price hikes in fuel prices mars the common man’s budget already. As the opposition parties are not cross checking the government policies, now people are coming forward and asking why policies differ for different states.

Every time petrol prices go up, both Central and State governments' tax kitties get a boost. While it’s win-win situation for the companies and the governments, the consumer remains a perennial loser.