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Bacteria can break down biodiesel waste into useful products

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Biodiesel manufacturing is picking up globally, resulting in a byproduct called glycerol. Indian scientists have now developed a technique to break down glycerol into commercially useful products using bacterial strains.
 
Scientists have identified two bacterial strains which can use crude glycerol as carbon as well as an energy source for production of commercially valuable compounds - 2,3- butanediol (BDO), 1,3-Propanediol (PDO) - along with acetoin and ethanol.
 
The process has been developed by a team of scientists at Chemical Engineering and Process Development Division jointly with National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms Center, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. Researchers used a mixed bacterial culture to ferment crude bio-glycerol under aerobic conditions. The bacterial strains used were Enterobacter aerogenes NCIM 2695 and Klebsialla pneumoniae NCIM 5215. These strains when used together can lead to 100% transformation of crude glycerol.
 
Biodiesel production is generally expensive due to cost of disposal of crude glycerol. Its economics can be improved by downstream processing of glycerol which is a highly functional molecule. Among value added chemicals possible from glycerol are 1,2- and 1,3 – propanediols, ethylene glycol, which have wide industrial applications.
 
"The chemo-catalytic conversion of crude glycerol into useful molecules requires use of cost intensive metal catalysts,” said Dr Chandrashekhar Rode, who led the research team. "Apart from cost advantage, the bio-catalytic route yields products such as 2,3-butanediol from glycerol without the need of a separate fermentation medium," he added. 
 
This process of biorefining of glycerol coupled with biodiesel production is a significant example of green biotechnology. This work has been published in the journal Bioresource Technology. The research team included Roopa Parate, Rasika Mane and Mahesh Dharne, Chemical Engineering Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. 
 
(India Science Wire)
 
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HCC-Al Fara'a JV awarded Rs. 497 crore contract for Pune Metro

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Infrastructure major Hindustan Construction Company Ltd. (HCC), as a lead partner in the joint venture (JV) with Al Fara'a, has been awarded a Rs.  497.09 crore contract by the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd for the Pune Metro Rail Project. 
 
HCC’s share in the JV is 51% (Rs 253.5 crore). The project is to be completed in 110 weeks, a press release from the company said here today
 
The contract is for construction of nine elevated metro stations -- Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, Tukaram Nagar, Bhosari, Kasarwadi, Phugewadi, Dapoli, Bopodi, Khadki and Range Hill. The work involves general and structural civil works of the station buildings and architectural and site development, it said.
 
The total length of Pune Metro – Phase I is 32 km. It is divided between Line I of 16.59 km and Line II of 14.66 km. The Line I is partly elevated and partly underground starting from Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to Swargate. All elevated stations on the Line I are being constructed by the HCC-Al Fara'a JV, the release said.
 
“We are honored to be a part of this prestigious project with MMRCL, which is the testimony to our proven execution excellence and capabilities across Mumbai Metro, Delhi Metro and Kolkata Metro. The project will bring relief to millions of commuters and will assist in easing the severe traffic congestion in the city,” said Mr. Arun Karambelkar, President & CEO - E&C, HCC Ltd.
 
HCC has been associated with six packages of Delhi Metro totaling 18.14 km of tunnels and 13 underground stations. In Kolkata Metro, HCC has constructed 6.47 km tunnels in six packages that include four underground stations. In Mumbai Metro I, the company has built eight elevated stations. 
 
Currently, HCC is executing a section of Mumbai Metro Line III, involving 3,115 m long twin bored tunnels including four underground stations and a section of Bangalore Metro Rail Project involving 6,340 m long elevated corridor including a road-cum-rail flyover and five metro stations, the release added.
 
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5th India-Sri Lanka joint exercise Mitra Shakti 2017 begins in Pune

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The fifth India-Sri Lanka Joint Training Exercise Mitra Shakti 2017 started with a grand opening ceremony at Aundh Military Station here today.
 
The exercise is based on Counter Terrorist Operations and an infantry company from both the countries is participating in it. The opening ceremony commenced with a parade, followed by skill displays carried out by troops from the two countries.
 
A spectacular display of Unarmed Combat, Khukri Dance and Pipe Band was carried out by Indian Army and Udarata Narthanaya by Sri Lanka Army. The fly past by two Cheetah helicopters of Indian Army Aviation carrying the national flags of both countries was held at the start of the ceremony.
 
It was presided by Brigadier Alok Chandra and Brigadier Ajith Pallawela, Senior Indian Observer and Senior Sri Lanka Observer, respectively. 
 
 
"The India - Sri Lanka joint training exercise will send a strong signal to the world that both India and Sri Lanka understand the emerging threat of terrorism and stand shoulder to shoulder in countering this menace," an official press release said.
 
The exercise will be conducted for the next 14 days up to October 26 and will involve sharing and learning from each other’s experiences, the release added.
 
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Veteran actor Anupam Kher appointed as Chairman of FTII, Pune

Anupam Kher
Anupam Kher
Well-known actor Anupam Kher has been appointed as Chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, succeeding Mr. Gajendra Chauhan, an official press release said here today.
 
FTII is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and is regarded as a centre of excellence across the world. Films made by FTII’s students have enjoyed excellent receptions in festivals in India and abroad and have won national and international awards. 
 
"I feel deeply humbled & honoured to be apportioned as the Chairman of iconic #FTII. I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities," Mr. Kher said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
Mr. Kher, 62, has appeared in more than 500 films and has won many national and international awards during his distinguished career.
 
Earlier he served as the Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and was the Director of National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi from 2001 to 2004. He is also an alumnus of NSD (1978 batch).
 
He was honoured by the Government with the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution to the field of cinema and arts.
 
Apart from films, Mr. Kher has acted in scores of plays. While he has worked mainly in Hindi films, he has appeared in films made in other languages such as Malayalam and Malayalam and also in international films such as the 2002 Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee's 2007 Golden Lion-winning Lust, Caution, and David O. Russell's 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook. He has also hosted several television shows
 
His wife, actress Kirron Kher, is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of the Lok Sabha from Chandigarh.
 
Mr. Kher made his film debut in the Hindi movie Aagman. In 1984 came Saaransh, where the 28-year-old Kher plated a retired middle-aged Maharashtrian man who has lost his son, a performance for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
 
He won the Special Jury Award twice in the National Film Awards -- for Daddy in 1989 and for Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara in 2005. He has won the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian five times. 
 
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Scientists identify bacterium that could be source of antibiotics

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Scientists have identified a new bacterium from a lime quarry in Karnataka, which shows promise of becoming a source of antibiotics.
 
Named Allostreptomyces indica YIM 75704T, the bacterium belong to Streptomycetaceae, a family of bacteria whose members have attracted attention in recent years for producing various natural products of considerable commercially value. They are predominantly found in soil and decaying vegetation. Most of them produce chains of spores and some are noted for their distinct ‘earthy’ odor that results from production of a volatile metabolite called geosmin.
 
“Preliminary studies have indicated that the bacterium could be used to produce antibiotics for several diseases including malaria. More studies, however, need to be conducted before any final conclusion can be reached,” Syed Dastager, scientist at the National Collection of Industrial Microorganism and leader of the team, told India Science Wire. NCIM is part of the Pune-based National Chemical Laboratory (NCL).
 
The new bacterium was isolated from an open pit limestone mine in the Gulbarga region of Karnataka. The area is known for its limestone mines and crushers. The temperatures there ranged from nearly 5C in winters to more than 45C in summers.
 
“The bacteria in this region are extremophiles. They can not only survive inhospitable temperatures but also alkaline soils”, said Dr. Dastager.
 
The new species was identified by studying the sequence of 16S ribosomal RNA genes, which are conserved across members of the same species. “Finding new bacteria opens an opportunity to discover new biomolecules and antibiotics”, he added.
 
Dr. Dastagar and his team had discovered 18 new species of bacteria in 2008 and some of them later proved to be a good source of antifungals. The team has published its findings in Journal of Antibiotics.
 
The study was conducted in collaboration with Gulbarga University, Northern Border University of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. The other members of the team are Amit Kumar Sahu, Syed Raziuddin Quadri, Dayanand Agasar, Jamal Al Ruwaili, and Wen Jun-Li.
 
(India Science Wire)
 
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CCEA nod for doubling of Daund-Manmad railway line in Maharashtra

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday gave its approval for the doubling of the 247.5 km Daund-Manmad railway line in Maharashtra.
 
An official press release said the estimated cost of the project will be Rs. 2,081.27 crore and the completion cost  Rs. 2,330.51 crore with 5% escalation per annum. The project is likely to be completed by 2021-22.
 
The project is expected to ease passenger and freight traffic and decongest the Daund-Manmad route, which is a critical section for trains from North India to South India via Pune and for pilgrims going to the famous pilgrimage destinations of Shirdi and Shani-Shignapur, an official press release said.
 
It will also ease the congestion in Mumbai by diverting the trains to this route, the release said.
 
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Six wagons of goods train derail on Kalyana-Lonavala section in Maharashtra

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Six wagons of a goods train derailed between Monkey Hill and Khandala on the Kalyan-Lonavala section of Central Railway this afternoon.
 
The derailment occurred on the down line on the Mumbai-Pune route at 1555 hours, infringing the middle line, the Central Railway said.
 
Breakdown train and tool vans have left for the site immediately to restore the line, it said.
 
Due to the derailment, at least ten trains have been cancelled, five were short-terminated and eight were diverted, it added.
 
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Dhrupad maestro Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar passes away

Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar
Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar
Renowed Hindustani classical vocalist Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar, the youngest of the eight famous Dagar brothers, who were all exponents of the Dhrupad tradition, passed away at a private hospital here late last night after a brief illness.
 
He was 78. He is survived by his wife Rihanna and sons, Nafeesuddin and Aneesuddin, both exponents of Dhrupad.
 
Born at Alwar in Rajasthan on April 20, 1939, the maestro, known popularly as Saeed Bhai, was the son of Ustad Hussainuddin Khan Dagar, who died in 1963. He had made Pune his home since 1984.
 
Sayeeduddin was a part of the illustrious Dagar family of musicians, who preserved the oldest existing form north Indian classical music, and represented the 19th generation of the Dagar tradition.
 
The family is credited with keeping the Dhrupad tradition alive at a time when the patronage of the royal courts and aristocrats was gone.
 
Sayeeduddin was a regular performer at the Dhrupad festival in Varanasi.
 
Among his older brothers, Nasir Moinuddin and Nasir Aminuddin Dagar were known as the elder Dagar brothers, while Nasir Zahiruddin and Nasir Faiyazuddin Dagar were called the junior Dagar brothers.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Ustad Sayeeduddin, saying his contribution to Hindustani classical music would be remembered for generations.
 
"People across India and the world were enthralled by the music of Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar, an inspiration for music enthusiasts," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
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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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