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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Paud Rd Balbharati Flyover: To Be or Not To Be

PUNE: As this could be the good news for Kothrud, Paud, Warje residents and bad news for environmentalists of the city. Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is ready to table the comprehensive Environment Impact Report on Balbharti-Paud Phata road project in next week (Dec 13-19). This ambitious project has been halted by High Court’s work stay order.

Much hullabaloo had been happened on this project. After High Court directives, PMC has given the work to prepare a detailed report on the issue to Shrishti Eco, a Pune based organisation. After digging out the issue, information revealed may create series of developments in socio-political fraternity of the city.

PMC on Donation spree

At the end of the every financial year, PMC declares the sponsorship and donation details. If anybody follow up the source of these organizations, which are entitled to get that big chunk of money, will observe that all the names are related to socio-political biggies of the society.

The bygone era was full of festivals in Pune. Ganesh Festival, Pune Festival, Shaniwarwada Festival, Deewali Festival, Navratra Festival and so on. Recently Mayor Mohansingh Rajpal was also in the focus regarding PMC’s donation to Sikh fraternity’s programme. Later on it was revealed that though the programme was free to masses, but few members of Gurudwara sold tickets worth Rs 500 and on. After this incident, few selected artists of an organization, which is politically strongly connected, got the money for their foreign tour. All this happenings raised many eyebrows, but as usual, nothing has happened.

Shantaram Tayade

In daily life everybody has to move on with many faces. Specially, in Police life, you have to stick to the police rule book, you have to maintain harmony of the area and the same time you have to encourage your people too.

Senior Police Inspector Shantaram Tayade has kept a balance of all duties with utmost humanity. In fact, humanity is the characteristic feature of Tayade. A throught gentleman, his associates explains about himself.

Talking on his career, Senior PI Shantaram Tayade said, "I have grown up with the values, my parents taught me up. I always remember those virtues, today which are seems to be defeated. Maintaining balance between all these virtues is not a Herculean task. When we obey simple rules of life, everything will get covered."

Saif replaces Ajay, War between Kareena and Priyanka

Saif replaces Ajay in 'Aarakshan'

Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan has replaced Prakash Jha's blue-eyed boy Ajay Devgn in his next project "Aarakshan" that also stars megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Rumours about Ajay's ouster from the film have been abuzz, but Amitabh confirmed the development on his blog "Preparations for 'Aarakshan' with Prakash Jha are on in swing and another meet today was done to finalise aspects of the oncoming shoot. Saif Ali now replaces Ajay and soon we shall be making a final announcement of this," he posted. Saif and Amitabh had earlier worked together in "Eklavya - The Royal Guard", which was India's official Oscars entry in 2007. "Aarakshan" deals with the issue of reservation and its impact on the society. It is expected to be shot in Bhopal, where Jha had shot his hit movie "Raajneeti".

Mahatma Phule Mandai completes 125 years

It is presumed that Pune wake up at 4 am early in the morning. Mahatma Phule Mandai alias the then Reay Market awakes at the dawn, when every Puneite is fast asleep. The hustle and bustle begins in Mandai early at 4 am, with vegetable and fruit sellers setting up their stalls. Popularly known as the prime vegetable market of Pune, the building of the Mahatma Phule Mandai completed 125 years on October 5, 2010.

Award for Zagade, Marriott opening and seminar

Zagade gets award for administrative reforms

After receiving the Top Management Consortium (TMC) award for best administrative reforms, municipal commissioner Mahesh Zagade said he will continue his stride for civic reforms in Pune to make the administration more peoplefriendly. Veteran leader Mohan Dharia presented the award to Zagade.

TMC, a forum of government, public and private sectors, conferred the award on Zagade for the administrative reforms he had carried out during his tenure as chief executive officer in Sindhudurga, Nashik district collector, director general of Maharadhtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA), and most recently in Pune, as the municipal commissioner.

Even before the Right to Information Act was introduced, Zagade had introduced RTI in the state in 1998, in Sindhudurg. Four years later, the state enforced RTI, and the Act was brought into effect at the national level in 2005. As the Pune municipal commissioner, Zagade had initiated steps to open civic records for common citizens on Mondays.

Long running batteries and trees as streetlights

Batteries last 10 times longer when fused with Virus

Apparently two wrongs can make a right (referencing the ever popular tobacco plant and mosaic virus that likes to dine on it).

Scientists have recently discovered that coating the rods of the mosaic virus with a conductive substance and then cramming them into lithium batteries causes them to last longer. How much longer? Ten times actually.

So how does this work? Well, the viral rods bond with the battery's electrodes effectively expanding their surface area. More surface area means the battery can hold more of a charge.

Skin Care in Winter

Changing temperatures mean a change of routine, no matter which part of the world you live in. Knowing a little about how skin functions in the winter, and tweaking a few habits, can make all the difference between a dull winter complexion and glowing radiance. Start the day with a hot shower... but before you get out switch to cold water for about fifteen seconds. Then turn up the heat a little, and down again to repeat the process for about two minutes. ?Why would I want to do that?!? I hear you cry! This is a simple hydrotherapy technique which revitalizes the skin by stimulating the flow of blood through the body. It is both invigorating and highly beneficial to the skin. So even though you may not really enjoy the process, just think of the all the good it?s doing you! Use a good moisturizer. Choose a highly protective day cream

Migratory Birds, Sam Pitroda and CDAC

Rainy winter keep migratory birds away

A wet November, changing crop patterns, pesticides and habitat loss have kept at least 80 per cent of migrating birds away from the wetlands of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra this year.

Usually, December is when birds from colder regions are spotted at several places. However, this year, almost 80 per cent have not turned up as yet, said bird watchers.