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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.

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