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Mukherjee to visit Maharashtra, Karnataka on June 17-18

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President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a two-day visit to Maharashtra and Karnataka from June 17 to 18, an official press release said here today.
 
Tomorrow, Mr. Mukherjee will address the convocation ceremony of the passing out Engineering Graduate Courses of College of Military Engineering, Pune. 
 
On the same day, he will attend a function for dedication of the Metro Phase-I Project to the citizens of Bengaluru at Bengaluru, Karnataka.
 
On June 18, the President will lay the foundation stone of the Super Speciality Hospital of BRS Health & Research Institute at Udupi, Karnataka.
 
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Maharashtra: Seven dead as SUV collides with truck at Ahmednagar

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All seven occupants of a speeding Bolero sports utility vehicle (SUV) died when it crossed the median after the driver apparently dozed off at the wheel and crashed into an oncoming truck at Ahmednagar in Maharashtra in the early hours of today, police said.
 
Police sources in Ahmednagar told NetIndian over the telephone that the incident occurred around 2 am near Dhangarwadi on the outskirts of the town on the Ahmednagar-Aurangabad highway.
 
The seven men were on a pilgrimage from Pune to Buldhana via Aurangabad, they said. The passengers were sleeping and the driver seemed to have also nodded off and lost control over the vehicle, they said.
 
All seven victims died on the spot. The driver of the truck fled the scene and the police were looking out for him, the sources said.
 
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FTII-Canon MoU to promote short courses in film & elevision

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The Film and Television Institute of India, Pune today signed a memorandum ofuUnderstanding (MoU) with Canon India Private Limited to promote film education through short-term courses across several towns and cities in the country.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting  Rajyavardhan Rathore said technology has played a critical role in defining the contours of professional photography and art of film making.
 
The exposure of budding young talent to the nuances of technology would have a positive impact on their learning curve, he said.
 
This initiative would ensure the perfect blend of technology and young talent through the platform of FTII, he added.
 
Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO, Canon India was also present on the occasion. Under FTII's initiative SKIFT (Skilling India in Film and Television), several short courses, mostly of skill-oriented nature, have been proposed to be held in collaboration with State Governments, universities and educational institutions.
 
FTII Pune, one of Asia's leading and India's foremost institute in film and television education, has been preparing to break new grounds by pushing to democratise cinematic education by offering quality and affordable training to general public and practitioners alike at locations where there is a demand for such courses.
 
FTII is also in the process of aligning some of the short courses with Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) under National Skill Development Council.
 
Mr. Kobayashi said FTII was one of the most reputed institution across the world and Canon was proud to announce the partnership for SKIFT which has been designed to spread the art of cinematography and film making, across the length and breadth of the country.
 
Canon, an international brand in digital imaging, as 'Technology Partner' of SKIFT, will  provide high-end cameras and accessories free of cost for the courses. This support would be a major contributing factor in keeping the course fees affordable while offering an opportunity to course participants to use cutting-edge equipment, an official press release said.
 
The courses are proposed to be held in non-metros such as Guwahati, Jaipur, Vishakhapatnam, Raipur, Chandigarh, Raipur, Bhopal, Leh and Andaman & Nicobar Islands to begin with.
 
Initially, SKIFT would conduct courses such as Digital Cinematography, Documentary Film Making, Screenplay Writing, Acting, Film Criticism & Journalism and Film Appreciation.
 
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Six FTII courses get Master’s degree equivalence

A view of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
A view of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has equated six post-graduate diploma programmes of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune with Master's degree.
 
"The Master's equivalence launches FTII into a new academic orbit and introduces a new dimension for students who can now leverage this attribute for higher studies, in India and abroad," an official press release said.
 
According to it, FTII had been making efforts since 2011 for securing the Master’s degree equivalence for its programs. Recently, a four-member committee from Association of Indian Universities visited the institute and were briefed by the Heads of Department and Faculty members who made detailed presentations before the AIU Committee. The committee also visited the academic locations as well as technical facilities and also met student representatives on the campus. 
 
Mr. Gajendra Chauhan, Chairman FTII, Mr. Pawan Manvi and Mr. Rajan Welukar, members of FTII Academic Council, briefed the committee on the credentials of FTII. Renowned FTII alumni Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Satish Shah, Tom Alter, Amitabh Shukla, Mahesh Aney, Bishwadeep Chatterjee and Siddharth Tatooskar were also present during the presentations. 
 
The two- and three-year programmes which have been given Master's equivalence are: Cinematography; Editing; Direction & Screenplay Writing; Sound Recording & Sound Design; Art Direction & Production Design; and Acting, the release added.
 
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Infosys engineer found dead near her workstation in Pune

 
25-year-old Infosys engineer found dead in her office
A 25-year-old software engineer working for IT services major Infosys was found dead near her workstation on the ninth floor of the company's office in the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park in Hinjewadi here last night, police said.
 
Police officials said the woman, K. Rasila Raju, who hailed from Kerala and had come to the office on Sunday afternoon on her day off to work on a project, appeared to have been strangulated with a computer cable in an apparent case of murder.
 
A security guard posted in the building was arrested this morning from Mumbai in connection with the case, and the police will produce him in court where they are expected to seek his remand.
 
Sources said the police zeroed in on the suspect after finding that he was the only one who had accessed the floor during the period she was there.
 
Police officials said Rasila was working on a project along with two of her colleagues in Infosys' Bangalore office. She was in touch with them till around 5 pm after which they did not hear from her.
 
According to them, her manager had tried to call her repeatedly but did not get any response. The manager then contacted the security personnel and requested them to check if Rasila was at her desk.
 
Security guards who went to check on her around 8 pm found her lying on the floor near her workstation, the police said.
 
According to the sources, police think the murder took place  between 5 pm and 6.30 pm, when the guard left the office at the end of his duty hours. He later left for Mumbai, but his movement was tracked through his mobile telephone and he was nabbed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in the metropolis, from where he was apparently planning to board a train to his home state, they added.
 
The police have informed Rasila's family in Kerala and they are expected to reach the city later today.
 
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Film Condition Assessment Project launched under National Film Heritage Mission

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Information & Broadcasting Secretary Ajay Mittal launched the Film Condition Assessment Project, which is the first phase of implementation of the National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM) at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) here today.
 
“Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is committed to safeguarding the country’s filmic and non-filmic heritage and is taking all necessary steps to preserve films and non-filmic material for posterity as per global standards,” he said.
 
Mr. Mittal said the Film Condition Assessment was a one-of-its-kind project in the world for film preservation so that the rich filmic heritage would become available for future generations.
 
"The condition of about 1,32,000 film reels at NFAI would be assessed and necessary measures would be taken to prolong their life. Each film reel will be tracked and monitored through RFID tagging, during the first phase," he said.
 
Mr. Mittal also launched NFAI’s initiative of digitization of non-filmic material. 
 
"This is a step in the direction of Government’s Digital India initiative, wherein non-filmic heritage of the country would be digitized, restored and made available to the people at large," he said.
 
NFAI has been the custodian of a large number of film ancillary material like posters, photos, song booklets, pamphlets, press clippings, slides / transparencies, glass negatives, and so on, which would be digitized and restored during the process.
 
NFHM is a prestigious mission of Government of India for preservation, conservation, digitization and restoration of the rich cinematic heritage of the country. NFAI is the nodal organization for the implementation of this project. The Government has allotted Rs. 597.41 crore allotted towards implementation of the project.
 
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Cabinet approves sale of land to meet liabilities of Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd

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The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the sale of part of surplus and vacant land at Pimpri in Pune, Maharashtra for meeting the liabilities of Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd. (HAL).
 
The proposal entails sale of surplus and vacant land of about 87.70 acres of HAL (actual area of land to be sold would depend upon the rates received in bids, as per guidelines of BIFR) to meet the net liabilities of Rs. 821.17 crore after waiver and deferment, through an open competitive bid from Central /State Government Departments, Government agencies, Central/State PSUs, Autonomous Bodies, Urban Development Authorities etc.
 
It also entails waivers of Union Government loans and interest amounting to Rs. 307.23 crore (principal amount of Rs. 186.96 crore and interest approximately Rs. 120.27 crore thereon calculated as on September 30, 2017) and deferment of various dues amounting to Rs. 128.68 crore, an official press release said.
 
The decision also includes sanction of an immediate loan of Rs. 100 crore to meet the wages, salaries and other critical expenses of immediate nature. The loan will be repaid to the Government from sale proceeds of the HAL land.
 
The approval will help the Government in optimum utilization of the company’s assets and to take further decisions in respect of the company for rehabilitation, strategic sale or closure.
 
On implementation of the scheme/proposal, HAL will be lean with no liabilities and clean balance-sheet, so that the implementation of recommendations of the Ministers’ Committee is facilitated.
 
"Sale of HAL land at Pimpri in Pune, Maharashtra will facilitate mitigation of sufferings and critical condition of the employees and if the liabilities are met and the balance sheet is cleaned, the implementation of recommendations of the Ministers’ Committee will be facilitated," the release added.
 
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Veteran journalist Dilip Padgaonkar passes away in Pune

Dilip Padgaonkar
Dilip Padgonkar
Well-known journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, former Editor of The Times of India, passed away here today after a brief illness.
 
He was 72.
 
Doctors at the Ruby Hall Clinic said he had been admitted to the hospital on November 18 after suffering a heart attack. Later, he suffered multi-organ failure and his kidneys had stopped functioning, and he had undergone multiple dialysis during this period.
 
He was on ventilator support throughout his stay in hospital and breathed his last a little after noon today, they said.
 
Born in Pune in 1944, Mr. Padgaoonkar had studied at the St. Vincent High School and Fergusson College here before he pursued a doctorate at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He also obtained a diploma from the French Institute of Higher Cinematographic Studiesin Paris.
 
In October 1968, he started working for The Times of India as its Paris corresponent. In 1973, he returned to India and served the newspaper as an assistant editor in Mumbai and Delhi.
 
In 1978 he joined UNESCO as its Asia-Pacific Information Officer in Bangkok. Two years later he was promoted as Deputy Director of Unesco’s Office of Public Information at its headquarters in Paris.
 
He returned to India again in the 1980s and resumed working for The Times of India and was appointed its Editor in 1988, a position he held for six years.
 
Later, he also had a brief stint as the Editor of the Gulf Today in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
 
In October 2010, Mr. Padgaonkar was named as one of the three interlocutors for holding sustained dialogue with all sections of the people in Jammu and Kashmir to understand their problems and chart a course for the future.
 
Considered a liberal, Mr. Padgaonkar spoke and wrote extensively against communalism, terrorism and related issues. He was equally involved with the arts and wrote on cinema, among other topics, including a book on Italian filmmaker Roberto Rosselini.
 
"Mr. Dileep Padgaonkar was a leading public thinker whose contribution to journalism will always be remembered. Pained by his demise. RIP," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
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India-China joint military exercise Hand-in-Hand 2016 begins in Pune

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The sixth India-China joint military training exercise "Hand-in-Hand 2016" began with an opening ceremony at the parade ground in the Aundh Military Camp here yesterday.
 
Maj Gen Y K Joshi, Additional Director General of Military Operations of Indian Army and Maj Gen Wang Haijiang of the People’s Liberation Army and other senior army officers of both the countries were present. 
 
The parade was commanded by Lt Col Li Guanghua, Commanding Officer of People’s Liberation Army. Both the senior military officers addressed the contingents before Maj Gen Wang declared the joint exercise open. 
 
An official press release said the aim of the joint exercise is to acquaint both the Armies with each other’s operating procedures in the backdrop of counter terrorism environment. 
 
The opening ceremony was followed by both the contingents displaying their weapons which included assault rifles, grenade launchers and other sophisticated equipment. The ceremony concluded with a display of Indian martial arts of Kalyaripattu, Khukri dance and Malkhamb by soldiers of Indian Army and a massed martial arts display by the Chinese contingent. The exercise will end on November 27, 2016.
 
Earlier on 15 November, the Chinese contingent from the 13 Group Army, Chengdu Military Region comprising one Infantry Company along with supporting staff landed at the Lohegaon airfield in two IL- 76 Aircrafts from China. 
 
The 13-day schedule is focused upon training on crossing of obstacles, special heliborne operations, firing of various weapons, handling & neutralization of improvised explosive devices and conduct of cordon & search operations in insurgency and terrorism environment. 
 
The basic objective of the training is enhancing confidence and trust between the two armies which may be called upon to grapple with anti- terrorism operations under the UN mandate. The conduct of Joint Military Exercises is also an important step to uphold the values of peace, prosperity and stability in the region, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Koyna region of Maharashtra

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale, shook the Koyna region of Maharashtra this afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 17.4°N and longitude 73.8°E, occurred at 1330 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Modi launches Smart City projects across country from Pune

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Smart City projects across the country from Pune today to kickstart the execution of Smart City Plans of 20 cities selected in the first round of a nationwide challenge and said cities were now competing with each on the development front.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Smart City projects across the country from here today to kickstart the execution of Smart City Plans of 20 cities selected in the first round of a nationwide challenge and said cities were now competing with each on the development front.
 
Speaking on the occasion, which also marked the beginning of the first anniversary of the Smart Cities Mission and AMRUT, he said urbanisation was no longer seen as a problem but an opportunity.
 
He said there was a positive atmosphere of competing on development works through the spirit of "Jan Bhagidari" (people's participation).
 
This will mark the beginning of holistic and integrated urban development in the country as envisaged under the new urban missions launched by the Government, an official press release said today.
 
Mr. Modi also launched 14 projects under the Smart City Plan of Pune from the city’s 5,000 capacity Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex at a programme presided over by Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu.
 
Maharashtra Governor C.Vidyasagara Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were among those present on the occasion. 
 
“Officials who met me wondered how we will select the cities. We didn't select anything, the credit goes to citizens of cities selected,” Mr. Modi said.
 
He said people in the cities must decide about the development of their urban spaces as these decisions could not be taken in Delhi. The spirit of participative governance is vital, he stressed.
 
“Cities are not only growth centres. Our cities have strength and capacity to mitigate poverty. People find work in cities,” he said.
 
“Size of roads and buildings are not the only way to evaluate a city. Every city has a distinct identity,” he added.
 
The Prime Minister also stressed the need for cities to focus on solid waste management.
 
Apart from the Pune projects, another 69 such projects were launched in the other Smart Cities entailing a total investment of about Rs. 1,770 crore.
 
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The projects launched in Pune and other cities include Solid Waste Management projects under Swachh Bharat Mission, Water Supply Projects, Sewage Treatment Plants and development of open and green spaces under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
 
Earlier, the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan, participated in the event through live video conferencing from Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar and Jaipur, respectively, and shared their views with the gathering.
 
The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Smart Net Portal, and launched the “Make Your City SMART” contest. Winners of this contest will be given rewards in the range of Rs.10,000 to Rs.1,00,000. This is aimed at continuing citizen participation in the planning under which about 1.50 crore citizens participated in the formulation of Smart City Plans to making of smart cities.
 
The Smart Net Portal enables the cities under different urban missions to share ideas and source solutions for various issues during the implementation of various missions.
 
Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) were launched by the Prime Minister on June 25 last year.
 
Subsequently, two rounds City Challenge competitions were conducted to pick up the first batch of 20 smart cities whose projects are being launched on Saturday. These 20 cities have proposed a total investment of Rs. 48,000 crore in area development and pan-city solutions.
 
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Modi to launch Smart City projects from Pune on June 25

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Smart City projects on June 25 to kickstart the execution of Smart City Plans of 20 cities selected in the first round of the ‘Smart City Challenge Competition’.
 
This will mark the beginning of holistic and integrated urban development in the country as envisaged under the new urban missions launched by the Government, an official press release said today.
 
Mr Modi will also launch 14 projects under the Smart City Plan of Pune from the city’s 5,000 capacity Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex at a programme to be presided over by Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu.
 
Maharashtra Governor C.Vidyasagara Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will also be present on the occasion. 
 
Another 69 such projects will be launched the same day in the other Smart Cities entailing a total investment of about Rs. 1,770 crore, the release said.
 
The projects to be launched in Pune and other cities include Solid Waste Management projects under Swachh Bharat Mission, Water Supply Projects, Sewage Treatment Plants and development of open and green spaces under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
 
Housing Projects would be launched for urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and area development and technology based pan-city solutions under Smart Cities Mission realizing the objective of convergence in implementation of new urban missions, it said.
 
The release said Saturday’s programme would also mark the beginning of implementation of urban development plans based on five-year action plans formulated after detailed analysis of infrastructure gaps in over 500 cities included in Smart City Mission and AMRUT, accounting for about 70% of country’s urban population. This brings to an end the ad hoc and project-based approach to urban development followed so far, it said.
 
Mr Modi will also inaugurate the ‘Make Your City SMART’ contest aimed at involving citizens in designing roads, junctions, parks, and so on. Suggestions and designs suggested by the citizens will be duly incorporated by respective smart cities.
 
Winners of this contest will be given rewards in the range of Rs.10,000 to Rs.1,00,000. This is aimed at continuing citizen participation in the planning under which about 1.50 crore citizens participated in the formulation of Smart City Plans to making of smart cities.
 
Smart Net Portal also will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister which enables the cities under different urban missions to share ideas and source solutions for various issues during the implementation of various missions.
 
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All the first batch of 20 smart cities will be linked through video-conferencing on the occasion of launch of projects by the Prime Minister.
 
Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) were launched by the Prime Minister on June 25 last year. Subsequently, two rounds City Challenge competitions were conducted to pick up the first batch of 20 smart cities whose projects are being launched on Saturday. These 20 cities have proposed a total investment of Rs.48,000 crore in area development and pan-city solutions.
 
Some of the projects to be launched city-wise are:
 
Pune: Slum Rehabilitation of Dr.Balasaheb Ambedkar Vasahat Aundh, Steet and Pedestrian Walkway, Modern Buses with Alternative Fuels, Traffic Demand Modelling Project, City Common Mobility Card.
Ahmedabad: Sewage Treatment Plant, Irradiation Sludge Hygienation project, housing project, River Front Garden, Common City Payment System, Smart Learning in Municipal Schools, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) for water supply.
Bhubaneswar: Railway Multi-modal Hub, Traffic Signalisation Project, Urban Knowledge Centre.
New Delhi Municipal Council: Mini-sewerage Treatment Plants, 444 Smart Class Rooms, Bio-methanation Plant, WiFi, Smart LED streetlights, City Surveillance, Command and Control Centre.
Jabalpur: Waste to Energy Project, Sewerage Treatment Plant, Multilevel Car Parking, Multipurpose Smart Card, Sensor based tags for household dustbins.
Jaipur: Beautification of Ramnivas Garden, 100 MW Rooftop Solar Power Plant, Public Bike Sharing
Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh): Solar Roof Top Power Plant, distribution of e-rickshaws, e-pathasalas.
Kochi (Kerala): Pashinithodu canal rejuvenation and refurbishment, St.John Park renovation, MG Road Footpath renovation.
Belagavi (Karnataka): Natural Gas Distribution Network, Rooftop Solar Plant, GSM based monitoring of solid waste collection vehicles.
 
Under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), projects with a total investment of Rs.2,900 crore are also set to be launched in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Kerala, Chandigarh and Manipur.
 
These include sewerage projects with an investment of Rs. 1,275 crore and water supply projects at a cost of Rs. 817 crore.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Koyna region of Maharashtra

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Koyna region of Maharashtra today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 17.2 N and longitude 73.9 E, occurred at 1650 hours at a focal depth of 16 km.
 
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17 dead, 33 injured as bus falls into ditch on Mumbai-Pune Expressway

 
17 dead in bus mishap on Mumbai-Pune Expressway
At least 17 people died and 33 others suffered injuries when a luxury bus carrying them veered off the road and crashed into a 20-feet ditch near Panvel on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway early this morning.
 
Police sources told NetIndian that the mishap occurred at around 5.30 am as the bus was on its way from Satara to Mumbai.
 
According to them, the bus rammed into two cars that had stopped on the road and then fell into the ditch.
 
One of the cars, a Maruti Swift, had stopped on the side of the expressway to change a tyre that had burst and the other car, a Toyota Innova, had stopped by its side to try and help when the bus, coming from behind, rammed into the two vehicles, they said.
 
Police and other emergency personnel reached the the scene and rushed the injured to different hospitals nearby.
 
According to various sources, the deceased included four women.
 
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CCEA approves doubling of Pune-Miraj-Londa railway line

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday gave its approval for doubling of the Pune-Miraj-Londa railway line at an estimated cost of Rs. 3,627.47 crore and expected completion cost of Rs. 4,246.84 crore with 5% escalation per annum. 
 
The length of the railway line will be 467 km. The completion period of the project will be five years. 
 
An official press release said the project would benefit the travelling public as well as industries in and around the Miraj-Londa section. Doubling of this line will greatly ease the increasing freight traffic between Pune-Miraj-Londa section and thereby increase the revenue of Railways, it said. 
 
Miraj is a junction station on the Londa-Mumbai double line route via Sangli, Karad and Satara. The Pune-Miraj section is a non-electrified single line on diesel traction and it is saturated. 
 
The additional traffic running over and above 100% of utilization is proposed to be diverted on the proposed doubling.
 
Doubling between Bangalore-Hubli and Hospet-Vasco-da-Gama is already in progress. Once these works are completed, there will be tremendous increase in traffic over the Miraj-Londa section, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Koyna region of Maharashtra

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A minor earthquake, measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale, shook the Koyna region of Maharashtra this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 17.3 N and longitude  73.7 E, occurred at 1853 hours at a focal depth of 5 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
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Finolex Group chairman Pralhad Chhabria passes away

Pralhad Chhabria
Pralhad Chhabria
Mr. Pralhad P. Chhabria, founder chairman of the Finolex Group, passed away at his residence here today after a brief illness.
 
He was 86. He is survived by his son Prakash and daughter Aruna and their families.
 
Born in Karachi, his family migrated to India during partition. From  humble beginings, he built up the Finolex Group of Companies.
 
Finolex Cables Ltd. was established in 1954 and Finolex Industries Ltd. was set up in 1981. He introduced many innovative solutions such as jelly-filled telecom cables and drip irrigation. 
Finolex Plasson Ltd., an Indo-Israel joint venture was the first joint venture by an Indian company with Israel.
 
Well known for his philanthropy, he established Mukul Madhav Foundation & Hope Foundation and Research Centre, active in the fields of medical assistance, education & social welfare to the under privileged. He established Mukul Madhav Vidyalaya at Ratnagiri and engineering institutions Finolex Academy of Management &Technology in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra and International Institute of Information Technology at Hinjawadi, Pune.
 
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Gujarat Lions outplay Rising Pune Supergiants by 7 wickets

Powered by a superb 50 by Aaron Finch and 49 by his opening partner Brendon McCullum, Gujarat Lions outplayed Rising Pune Supergiants by seven wickets with 12 balls to spare in  match between newcomers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.
 
Opting to bat first, Pune Supergiants posted 163 for five from their 50 overs on the strength of a brilliant 69 by opener Faf du Plessis and 37 by Kevin Pietersen.
 
In response, the hosts, led by their openers, reached 164 for three in 18 overs to romp home with 12 balls to spare.
 
In their first matches, debutants Supergiants had drubbed defending champions Mumbai Indians by nine wickets in the opening match of IPL 2016 in Mumbai last Sunday while Gujarat Lions, the second new team in the tournament, trounced Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on Tuesday.
 
The Supergiants began reasonably well today, with openers Ajinkya Rahane (21) and du Plessis putting on 27 for the opening match. du Plessis and Pietersen then added 86 for the second wicket. Pietersen's 37 was made off  31 balls and included two fours and a six.
 
du Plessis compiled his 69 off 43 deliveries with the help of five fours and four sixes. He left at 132 in the 16th over and Steve Smith (5) followed two runs later in the 17th over. Mitchell Marsh (7) did not last very long, either, making his exit at 143.
 
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained unbeaten on 22, with 20 of those runs coming in the last over from Dwayne Bravo as he struck the bowler for two fours, a six and three twos.
 
For Gujarat Lions, Pravin Tambe and Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets each, while Bravo got one for 43.
 
Chasing 164 for a win, the hosts began on a strong note as Finch and McCullum put on 85 for the first wicket. Finch fell in the ninth over. He faced 36 deliveries and struck seven fours and two sixes in his 50.
 
McCullum and skipper Suresh Raina (24) added 35 for the second wicket before the former made his exit at the start of the 14th over. His 49 was made off 31 balls and included three fours and an equal number of sixes.
 
Raina was all patience today as he compiled his 24 off 24 balls, with just one shot to the boundary. He left after adding 27 for the third wicket in the company of Dwayne Bravo, who made 22 not out off 10 balls with the help of three fours and a six.
 
When Raina left at 147, Gujarat Lions were only 17 runs away with seven wickets in hand, a task that Bravo, who faced 10 balls and hit three fours and a six, accomplished without sweat in the company of Jadeja (4 not out).
 
For the Supergiants, M. Ashwin bagged two wickets for 31 and Ishant Sharma got one for 39.
 
Scorecard
Rising Pune Supergiants 
AM Rahane lbw b Tambe 21
F du Plessis st †Karthik b Tambe 69
KP Pietersen b Bravo 37
SPD Smith c Faulkner b Jadeja 5
MS Dhoni not out 22
MR Marsh b Jadeja 7
R Bhatia not out 0
Extras (b 1, lb 1) 2
Total (5 wickets; 20 overs) 163 (8.15 runs per over)
Did not bat: R Ashwin, I Sharma, RP Singh, M Ashwin
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Rahane, 3.5 ov), 2-113 (Pietersen, 13.6 ov), 3-132 (du Plessis, 15.4 ov), 4-134 (Smith, 16.2 ov), 5-143 (Marsh, 18.4 ov)
Bowling
P Kumar 2 0 12 0
SB Jakati 4 0 40 0
PV Tambe 4 0 33 2
DJ Bravo 4 0 43 1
RA Jadeja 4 0 18 2
JP Faulkner 2 0 15 0
 
Gujarat Lions 
AJ Finch c Sharma b M Ashwin 50
BB McCullum c du Plessis b Sharma 49
SK Raina st Dhoni b M Ashwin 24
DJ Bravo not out 22
RA Jadeja not out 4
Extras (b 2, lb 5, w 7, nb 1) 15
Total (3 wickets; 18 overs) 164 (9.11 runs per over)
Did not bat: KD Karthik, AD Nath, JP Faulkner, P Kumar, SB Jakati, PV Tambe
Fall of wickets: 1-85 (Finch, 8.3 ov), 2-120 (McCullum, 13.1 ov), 3-147 (Raina, 16.1 ov)
Bowling
RP Singh 2 0 21 0
I Sharma 4 0 39 1
R Ashwin 4 0 26 0
M Ashwin 4 0 31 2
R Bhatia 3 0 30 0
MR Marsh 1 0 10 0
 
Player of the match: Aaron Finch (Gujarat Lions)
 
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Pune Supergiants drub Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets in IPL opener

Debutants Rising Pune Supergiants drubbed defending champions Mumbai Indians by nine wickets, with 32 balls to spare, in the opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.
 
Opting to bat first, the hosts were restricted to 121 for eight in their 20 overs, after struggling at 68 for seven at one stage.
 
In response, the Supergiants, led by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, reached 126 for one in 14.4 overs, powered by an unbeaten 66 by opener Ajinkya Rahane. His superb knocm came off 42 balls and was studded with seven fours and three sixes.
 
Opener Faf du Plessis made 34, while Kevin Pietersen remained unbeaten on 21. du Plessis faced 33 balls and struck one four and three sixes, while Pietersen's 21 not out was made off 14 balls and included two fours.
 
Mumbai Indians began their title defence on a dismal note, losing skipper Rohit Sharma (7) in the second over, with just 8 on the board. Lendl Simmons (8) and Hardik Pandya (9) added 21 for the second wicket before both batsmen made their exit at 29.
 
Jos Buttler (0) left a run later and Kieron Pollard (1) was back in the pavilion ten runs down the road to make it 40 four five. Shreyas Gopal (2) left with the total at 51. 
 
Harbhajan Singh, who topscored for the Mumbai Indians with an unbeaten 45, and Ambati Rayudu (22) added 17 for the seventh wicket before the former put on another 28 in the company of R. Vinay Kumar (12).
 
Harbhajan Singh's 45, made off 30 balls with seven fours and a six, made it possible for the Mumbai Indians to go past the hundred-mark as he let loose in the last three overs. But his efforts were not enough, given the poor show by the earlier batsmen, and their total was not something their bowlers could defend today.
 
For the Supergiants, Ishant Sharma and Mitchell Marsh picked up two wickets each, while R P Singh, Rajat Bhatia, M. Ashwin and R. Ashwin got one each.
 
Supergiants began the chase in style, with Rahane and du Plessis putting on 78 for the first wicket before the latter played Harbhajan Singh onto his wicket.
 
Rahane and Pietersen then saw their side through without any further loss of wickets to make it a perfect start for the Rising Pune Supergiants in the tournament.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians 
LMP Simmons b Sharma 8
RG Sharma lbw b Sharma 7
HH Pandya c Dhoni b Marsh 9
JC Buttler c R Ashwin b Marsh 0
AT Rayudu c du Plessis b R Ashwin 22
KA Pollard lbw b Bhatia 1
S Gopal c Rahane b M Ashwin 2
Harbhajan Singh not out 45
R Vinay Kumar c Smith b Singh 12
MJ McClenaghan not out 2
Extras (lb 1, w 12) 13
  Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 121 (6.05 runs per over)
Did not bat: J J Bumrah
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Sharma, 1.1 ov), 2-29 (Simmons, 3.5 ov), 3-29 (Pandya, 4.1 ov), 4-30 (Buttler, 4.6 ov), 5-40 (Pollard, 7.1 ov), 6-51 (Gopal, 10.6 ov), 7-68 (Rayudu, 15.1 ov), 8-96 (Vinay Kumar, 18.4 ov)
  Bowling
RP Singh 3 0 30 1
I Sharma 4 0 36 2
MR Marsh 4 0 21 2
R Bhatia 4 1 10 1
M Ashwin 4 0 16 1
R Ashwin 1 0 7 1
 
  Rising Pune Supergiants 
AM Rahane not out 66
F du Plessis b Harbhajan Singh 34
KP Pietersen not out 21
Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 1) 5
  Total (1 wicket; 14.4 overs) 126 (8.59 runs per over)
Did not bat: MS Dhoni, SPD Smith, R Bhatia, MR Marsh, R Ashwin, I Sharma, M Ashwin, RP Singh
Fall of wickets: 1-78 (du Plessis, 9.4 ov)
  Bowling
  MJ McClenaghan 3 0 27 0
  JJ Bumrah 3 0 30 0
  R Vinay Kumar 2 0 14 0
  S Gopal 3 0 18 0
Harbhajan Singh 3 0 24 1
HH Pandya 0.4 0 12 0
 
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Dhananjay Mungale appointed as Chairman of Mahindra Finance

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Non-banking finance company Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited (Mahindra Finance) today announced the appointment of Mr. Dhananjay Mungale, Independent Director, as its Chairman.
 
Mr. Ramesh Iyer, Managing Director, has been elevated as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company and designated as Vice-Chairman & Managing Director, with immediate effect.
 
Mr. Mungale has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Mahindra Finance since 1st March, 1999 and was also the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board from 27th October, 2008 till date. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce and Law from Mumbai University. 
 
He has spent a major part of his career in corporate and investment banking in India and Europe, with Bank of America and DSP Merrill Lynch Limited. Presently, he is an advisor to select corporations in both India and Europe. He is on the Board of various public and private limited companies. He is a Member of the Governing Board of The United World Colleges Committee (India).
 
Mr. Iyer has been associated with the company since 1995 and was promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer in May 1999. He was then elevated as Managing Director of the company with effect from 30th April, 2001.
 
Mr. Iyer is the President-Financial Services Sector and Member of the Group Executive Board of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited (M&M), the holding company and on the Board of various Mahindra Group companies. 
 
He is a Member of the Banking & Finance Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Core Committee of the Finance Industry Development Council (FIDC) and the Task Force of NBFCs of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He is also the Co-Chairman of the Group on Finance & Leasing and Insurance of the Council of Economic Affairs, set up by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
 
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Exercise Force -18 on ‘Humanitarian Mine Action and Peacekeeping Operations’ concludes

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“Exercise Force -18”, the largest ground forces multinational field training exercise on ‘Humanitarian Mine Action and Peacekeeping Operations’ culminated here today with a closing ceremony presided over by General Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff.
 
The week-long exercise had witnessed participation of more than 300 foreign forces and observers from ASEAN Plus countries.
 
The closing ceremony began with marching in of contingents from the participating ASEAN Plus countries followed by National Anthem and ASEAN Anthem. The Chief of Army Staff handed over plaques to all contingent commanders of foreign armies and also gave away Award of Excellence to the best performers in the exercise.
 
Describing the exercise in India as “a watershed event”, the Army Chief said, “Sharing the responsibilities for removing Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) is a humanitarian matter and a topic of mutual concern for our region and the international community.
 
“Peacekeeping with multiple troop contributing countries and multidimensional mandates in dynamic and complex environment is a challenging task. It demands more intrusive consultative process for developing credible and legitimate response mechanisms,” he added.
 
 “The Exercise Force Eighteen gave all of us an excellent platform to introspect Country specific practices in Peacekeeping Operations, and evolve common understanding towards handling complex situations,” Gen Dalbir Singh said.
          
Senior dignitaries from the participating countries including Deputy Chief of General Staff Vietnam Army, Senior Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan also attended the closing ceremony. The event was then followed by speech by co-chairs from Vietnam, South Korea and India.
 
Indian Army displayed combat deployment of Special Forces using Indian origin Helicopters Dhruv. The participants also witnessed the Equipment display by Indian Army, DRDO, private and public sector units and NGOs.
 
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Former National Film Archive of India director P K Nair passes away

P K Nair
P K Nair
Legendary Indian film archivist P. K. Nair, the founder and former Director of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), passed away here this morning after a prolonged illness.
 
He was 82. He is survived by two sons and a daughter. His wife had predeceased him.
 
He was admitted to a local hospital eight days ago for treatment of various ailments and breathed his last today, sources at NFAI said.
 
"It's a huge loss for Indian Cinema. We bid adieu to a film scholar & the founding father of NFAI. Farewell Nairsaab," a post by NFAI said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
The sources said Mr. Nair's body would be placed at the NFAI tomorrow to enable his friends and admirers to pay their last respects before the funeral is held later in the day tomorrow.
 
The sources said Mr. Nair, who lived near the NFAI campus, continued to take an active interest in its affairs and was a regular participant in many of its activities and programmes.
 
Born on April 6, 1933, Paramesh Krishnan Nair devoted his entire career to the preservation of films in India. He worked at the NFAI for more than three decades, collecting films for its vaults from all over India and abroad.
 
Thanks to his efforts, the NFAI was able to acquire several landmark Indian films such as Dadasaheb Phalke's Raja Harishchandra and Kaliya Mardan, Bombay Talkies films such as Jeevan Naiya, Bandhan, Kangan, Achhut Kanya and Kismet, S. S. Vasan's Chandralekha and Uday Shankar's Kalpana.
 
Filmmaker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur made an award-winning documentary, Celluloid Man, in 2012 on Mr. Nair's life and career.
 
Mr. Nair grew up in Thiruvananthapuram, the city of his birth, where he developed an early inerest in films. He took a degree in science from the University of Kerala and then headed to Bombay to pursue a career in filmmaking.
 
He got opportunities to work with well-known filmmakers such as Mehboob Khan, Bimal Roy and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, but soon realised that his heart lay in academics.
 
He appeared for an interview at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), was selected and joined it as a research assistance in 1961. There he assisted Marie Seton and Professor Satish Bahadur in initiating and conducting the film appreciation classes of FTII. He also did the spade work in establishing the film archive set-up as a separate wing of FTII. 
 
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As part of his responsibilities, he corresponded with the curators and directors of established film archives in the UK, USA, France, Italy, Poland, Soviet Union and other countries. All of them advised an independent autonomous entity for NFAI and not as a wing of FTII.
 
The National Film Archive of India was set up in 1964 and Mr. Nair was appointed as assistant curator in November 1965. In the years that followed, he set up the archives from scratch. He became the Director of NFAI in 1982 and helped it to attain an international stature.
 
Mr. Nair also played a great role in introducing the works of the great masters of world cinema, such as Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Andrzej Wajda, Miklós Jancsó, Krzysztof Zanussi, Vittorio De Sica and Federico Fellini, apart from the Indian stalwarts like Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen, V. Shantaram, Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt to FTII students, film society members, and other film study groups in the country. He was also instrumental in setting up the International Film Festival of Kerala.
 
By the time he retired in 1991, NFAI had built a collection of more than 12,000 films, including 8,000 Indian films.
 
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Participants arrive for Army’s multinational military exercise

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More than 300 participants from 18 ASEAN Plus countries arrived here today for the largest multinational ground forces exercise on Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) and Peace Keeping Operations (PKO).
 
The successful training of 28 foreign trainers from ASEAN Plus nations by the Indian Army would facilitate smooth conduct of FTX from March 2-8 and thus demonstrate perfect team spirit, a Defence Ministry press release said. 
 
In the coming week, the participants would undergo rigorous joint training to establish and practise baseline interoperability in the field of Peace Keeping Operations and dealing with unexploded ordnances.
 
Soon after a reception at Pune Airport, the participants were taken by the Indian Army to Pune Military Cantonment, where they would be hosted for the duration of FTX.
 
The event will commence with Opening Ceremony tomorrow, presided over by the Army Commander of Southern Command.
 
Information regarding the exercise will also be available at www.facebook.com/Force 18, the release added.
 
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Increased participation of IITs, IIITS at Army Technology Board meeting

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A two-day meeting of the Army Technology Board (ATB) opened here today with a review of the progress of 21 ongoing projects and examination of certain new proposals under the enhanced budget ceiling for R&D projects through technical government institutes.
 
The 18th Meeting of ATB is being held at College of Military Engineering, Pune under the chairmanship of Lt Gen PM Hariz, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Army Training Command (ARTRAC).
 
The ATB provides a platform to leverage the technological expertise of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) into useful solutions and products for the Army, in an economical and reasonable time frame.
 
The meeting saw increased participation from a number of IITs and IIITs, which provided greater impetus towards the aim of generating successful research work in support of the Army, a Defence Ministry press release said.
 
Lt Gen Hariz, in his address, asked the forum to synergize R & D efforts under ATB with Army’s capability development plans and focus on technologies as reflected in technology perspective and capability road maps document issued by Ministry of Defence.
 
He highlighted the key emerging technology fields of Battlefield Transparency, Command and Control Systems, Communication Systems, Nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence and Smart Antenna System that could be pursued by ATB.
 
The vision of the ATB envisages meeting immediate requirements of field formations and training institutes with projects that have low gestation period and help to improve efficiency of the troops, the release added.
 
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13 college students on picnic drown off Murud in Maharashtra

 
13 students drown during picnic at Murud beach in Raigad
 
At least 13 students of Pune's Inamdar College, who were on an excursion in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, drowned in the Arabian Sea off the Murud beach in Raigad district of Maharashtra today, official sources said.
 
Navy and Coast Guard personnel had joined the efforts by the district administration, the police and the disaster management cell, among others, to search for one student still listed as missing, they said.
 
Police in Raigad told NetIndian over the telephone that the victims included seven women and three men. 
 
While details of the incident are still being ascertained, various sources said the tragedy occurred around 4.30 pm when about 20 students waded into the sea for a swim and were caught unawares by the strong currents.
 
Immediately after receiving information about the tragedy, the Coast Guard sent an interceptor craft and two helicopters to the scene to help in the rescue operations.
 
Some of the students managed to swim back to safety while the others were swept away, the sources said. The victims were in the 19-23 age group.
 
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he was extremely saddened and shocked by the incident and conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims.
 
In all, there were 116 students, eight teachers and three supporting staff members in the group from the college.
 
"We are shocked by this tragedy. We are making all efforts to help the students and their families with the help of the local villagers and police. A team of our trustees has already left Pune for Raigad for rendering further assistance," Mr. P. A. Inamdar, chairman of the college, told journalists in Pune.
 
Trustees and staff members of the college as well as parents of the students rushed to Murud on hearing about the tragedy, even as hundreds of tourists and local people gathered at the beach.
 
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