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Mandals invited to help curb noise pollution

Pune, August 27: A competition for Ganesh mandals on reduction of noise pollution in the city has been organised by social organisation Maza Gaon Maza Desh.

“Ganesh festival was started by Lokmanya Tilak to instil the spirit of nationalism in people,” said member Prakash Ladkat. “However, the festival is changing even as the country is battling many problems,” he added.

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Study tour ends in horror, 7 students dead

Pune, August 26: Relatives and friends, who had kept their emotions under tight control, broke down and were uncontrollable when the coffins bearing their loved ones killed in the blasts in Hyderabad on Saturday arrived at Lohegaon airport in Pune by an Indian flight on Sunday afternoon.

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Media should not perform role of judiciary

Pune, August 26: Justice P B Sawant said that the media should operate within the framework of the Constitution and should not perform the role of the judiciary. Sawant was speaking at the concluding session of the recently held seminar on ‘Trials run by media and the role of judiciary’ organised by the Maratha Shikshan Parishad. Sawant added that the media and the judiciary are the two main pillars of democracy of which the latter is created by the Constitution.

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Dhananjay Thorat no more

Pune, August 26: He was a political oddball whose only achievement was a single term as a corporator between 1985 and 92. But as news of Dhananjay Thorat’s death due to a severe heart attack at 2 am on Sunday came in, political and social circles of the city were left shocked.

Thorat had suffered a heart attack on August 7 and was recuperating after a coronary angioplasty. He is survived by his mother, wife and a son. Thorat’s eyes were donated as per his wishes.

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Government told not to ban export of onions

Pune, August 26: The Bhartiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) has warned the government against initiating any step to ban onion exports on the backdrop of artificial shortage of the produce in the market and has demanded that the State government should announce a statutory price of Rs 8 per kg for onion for the entire season.

Pune, August 26: Inordinate delay in the implementation of irrigation projects is leading to farmer suicides in Vidarbha, said Rajya Sabha MP Supriya Sule on Sunday. Sule was delivering the inaugural address during Raktadaan and Nirbhay Kanya Abhiyaan, a social unity programme jointly organised by the University of Pune (UoP) and Poona Serological Institute’s Blook bank at Vidyarthi Kalyan Kendra at the UoP.

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1-year diploma in English

Pune, August 24: ENGLISH Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis on Wednesday started a one-year diploma course on proficiency in English and career skills. As many as 33 students from Africa, the Middle East, Central and East Asia enrolled for the course. Lakshitha Ratnayake, consul general of Sri Lanka, said it was important to know English in today’s world in order to survive.

Pune, August 24: THE South Asian Informal Worker’s Exchange Programme will be the first step towards a national network linking various sub-sectors of the informal sector across South Asia, feels Kagad, Kach, Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), which along with Commission of Asian Women (CAW), had organised the four-day conference-cum-workshop at YASHADA from August 19-22.

Pune, August 24: THE Symbiosis International University (SIU) on Tuesday gained greater visibility on the global education map when it was named as one of two state universities to participate in an Indo-Japanese academic exchange in New Delhi. The programme, presided over by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was held to promote further collaborations between Japanese and Indian universities.

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PMC bypoll on October 7

Pune, August 22: THE bypoll for three vacant seats of the PMC will be conducted on October 7 and the results will be declared the next day. The seats in Sutarwadi, Rajbhavan and Taljai Mandir wards were vacant due to the resignation of three women corporators. The filing of nomination papers will begin from Sept 12 and the last day for filing nomination papers will be Sept 19. The scrutiny will be done on Sept 20 and last date for withdrawal will be Sept 24.

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Civic admn told to suspend dy commissioner

Pune, August 22: MAYOR Rajlaxmi Bhosale on Wednesday directed the civic administration to suspend deputy commissioner Anil Gaikwad after the probe committee found him guilty of sexual harassment charges levelled by a woman staff member of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

NCP corporator Balasaheb Bodke sought details of the committee’s report.

Pune, August 22: THE Income Tax (IT) department’s raids at several business and residential premises in Pune, Thane, Amravati and Nagpur during the months of July and August yielded unaccounted income of around Rs 42 crore and assets worth Rs 7 crore including cash of Rs 6.5 crore, a release from the department said on Wednesday.

In Pune, raids were conducted on premises of prominent persons engaged in real estate business. However, the department did not give names of the persons.

Pune, August 22: RESIDENTS of four co-operative housing societies run by the Bhatkya Vimukta Jati Jamati Samanvaya Samiti (BVJJSS), have been fuming over the high electricity bills being charged by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL). The reason they claim is a failure by the MSEDCL to install residential meters instead of the original commercial meters.

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Malaria on the rise: Doctors

Pune, August 22: CIVIC health officials have negated claims of private practitioners that cases of malaria and dengue are on the rise in the city.

While private practitioners have cautioned that there could be more cases in September and October, Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) insect control department maintained that adequate preventive and control measures are being taken.