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Hike in autorickshaw fares postponed

Pune, February 26: Pune’s autorickshaw commuters can breathe a temporary sigh of relief after the Regional Transport Authority, in its meeting, on Monday, postponed the decision on the proposed hike in rickshaw fares, which had been sought by the Rickshaw Panchayat following the inflation in petrol prices recently.

Pune, February 26: Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Dilip Band presented draft proposal for a Rs 1073-crore budget to standing committee chairman Ajit Gavahane on Tuesday, laying emphasis on quality roads, 24-hour drinking water supply, completion of drainage works, health and education while there has been no increase in water or property tax. Last year’s budget was at Rs 1002 crore.

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Workshop on learning disability held

Pune, February 26: “Childern with learning disability problems, according to the Bombay High Court, can avail of the use of typewriters or writers to write their answer papers in the board examination,” said Dr D S Karwa, associate professor, Department of Paediatrics, D Y Patil Medical College at a workshop on learning disability conducted on Sunday. B S Mane, registrar, Dr D Y Patil Medical College inaugurated the workshop.

Pune, February 26: Pune Airport will have a new facility in place from Wednesday - ‘power-end and pushback’. While the Airports Authority of India (AAI) claims the facility would help the aircrafts, airline companies are worried about the extra expenditure they will have to bear. Some airline officials also feel that the AAI is imposing this facility on them, which is not at all necessary.

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UoP fails to recover rent, loses over Rs 93 lakh

Pune, February 26: The University of Pune’s (UoP) failure to recover rent from 254 quarters in its premises over the past 16 years has resulted in a loss of Rs. 93.50 lakh. This has come to fore after an activist filed an application under the Right to Information Act.

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Issue notification for elections: Delhi HC to KCB

Pune, February 26: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) to issue a notification for elections and provide the court with a gazetted copy of the same before March 5. Former vice-president of the KCB, Baliram Sawant, had filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court last year, demanding that elections be held in the Khadki Cantonment area.

Pune, February 26: The number of food stalls that spring up on M G Road’s Walking Plaza on weekends may soon be restricted to around 15 in number, according to a decision taken by Pune Cantonment Board CEO S K Sardana on Tuesday.

Pune, February 26: The opposition BJP on Tuesday, joined hands with the ruling alliance NCP and Shiv Sena to get its candidate elected as Chairman of Education Board (EB) in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). BJP candidate Mahesh Ladkat defeated Congress candidate Sangeeta Tiwari to bag the post.

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Army to inquire into illegal diesel sale at Khadki

Pune, February 26: The Indian Army has initiated an inquiry against soldiers who allegedly made an illegal diesel sale to citizens at Khadki about two weeks ago. Army tanks, brought to Pune from different parts of the country to service through railway wagons on February 8, were halted near the Patharkar chawl in Khadki. Some jawans pilfered the diesel from the tanks using pipes before selling it to locals.

Pune, February 26: After facing road blockade for 40 days, the Dow Chemical Research and Development (R&D) centre took the help of State Reserve Police (SRP) to ferry three trucks to the construction site at Shinde village in Chakan on Tuesday. The villagers of Shinde and Vasuli had dug up the road to protest the setting up of the R& D centre and were preventing vehicles from plying to the construction site.

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Bogie call: Lalu misses train to Kerala, Rajasthan

Pune, February 26: Despite the presence of a large number of people from Kerala and Rajasthan settled in the city, this year’s rail budget has once again left this section of population severely disappointed, as once again promises of additional trains to their respective states have not been honoured.

The population of both the communities is estimated to be over four lakh each in the Pune metropolitan region, which includes Pune and the industrial townships of Pimpri-Chinchwad.

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Setback to Pune monorail, RITES too busy in Mumbai

Pune, February 26: In a setback, an indefinite delay in the implementation of monorail project for Pune is now on the cards. RITES Ltd, consultant in the fields of transport, infrastructure and related technologies, has backed out from conducting the techno-economic feasibility study for the proposed project in the metropolitan area, citing its pre-occupation with Mumbai’s monorail project. This could push back the zero date for commencing the project by at around six months.

Pune, February 26: New trains and a terminal status are among the city- specific highlights from Tuesday’s Union railway budget. Pune will have the benefit of five trains. Three new trains that will start and terminate in the city are the Pune-Nagpur Garib Rath, a tri-weekly, Bilaspur-Pune (weekly) and a special train from Pune to Delhi during the period of the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Pune, February 26: Just as the exodus of north Indian workers from Pune is continuing for the second week running, yet another sector has begun to feel the pinch — the security business. While no official figures are available, it’s estimated that there are about two lakh security personnel deployed across the city — 50,000 from registered firms and at least 1.5 lakh from firms that are not registered with the city police. Over 25 per cent of these security men are from the northern states.

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Science exhibition on Feb 28, 29

Pune, February 25: As part of science day celebrations, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research’s (TIFR) National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) has organised a two-day science exhibition on February 28 and 29 on the premises of the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) located at Khodad in Junnar Taluka, approximately 80 km north of Pune. The exhibition will be open for public between 9.30 am and 5 pm on both days.

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Roadshow to highlight advances in LSR tech

Pune, February 25: Momentive Performance Materials has announced that it is collaborating with Engel and Elmet, leading providers of liquid silicone rubber (LSR) mold and machining technology, to present a cross-country roadshow to rubber and plastics producers in the Indian market.

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Medical experts to get more

Pune, February 25: The Pune Municipal Corporation is all set to triple the remuneration of honorary medical experts from Rs 500 to Rs 1,500 per month for giving consultancy in the civic hospitals.

There has been no change in the remuneration given to the private medical experts since 1993 for providing their service in the civic hospital. However, the Sassoon General Hospital on a query had conveyed to the PMC that it was paying Rs 1,500 as remuneration to its honorary doctors for providing expert consultancy.

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King Khan to grace football tournament

Pune, February 25: The inaugural function will witness the king of Bollywood kick off the event in style in presence of the president of the Indian Olympic association Suresh Kalmadi, Joaquim Alemao, president Goa Football Association, The Founder President of Bharati Vidyapeeth and minister for Cooperation, Relief and rehabilitation Dr. Patangrao Kadam, and Ashok Tanwar President of Youth Congress will be present on the occasion. The first match of the tournament between Thundercatz A and City Club will follow this.

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Mata Amritanandamayi Devi in city

Pune, February 25: Mata Amritanandamayi Devi will begin her Pune trip with pravachan, bhajan, dhyan and darshan on Tuesday, 6 pm onwards at Shinde High School Ground, Aranyeshwar in Sahaker Nagar.

The Mata Amritanandamayi math has provided emergency relief during natural disasters and implemented long-term rehabilitation programmes during the earthquakes in Gujarat and Jammu&Kashmir and the tsunami in southern India.

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Octroi cut: PMC stares at Rs 30-cr loss

Pune, February 25: The Pune Municipal Corporation will have to bear losses to the tune of Rs 30 to 40 crore in the next financial year after reducing the octroi amount on various items.

The biggest dent of Rs 60 crore will come in the form of reduction of octroi on petrol and diesel. PMC hopes by increasing octroi duty on cars, steel and imported luxury items, it will be able to mitigate the loss to some extent.