Pune airport authorities send out new directions for the staff

After Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha’s direction on Sunday, Pune airport authorities have guided their staff to be more caring about the passengers. During the late evening hours provide them with proper services and reduce their hassles at the airport.

There have been numerous issues rising during the late evening hours at the airport from the unavailability of trolley to absent staff. According to the authorities, they have sent out the notice to improve facilities.
An airport official told TOI, “”As far as the social media message that sent by a passenger is concerned, the matter has been taken up seriously. We have always been providing the best possible service to flyers arriving at and leaving from the airport. The passenger had tweeted a picture of people carrying their baggage around 11.30pm on July 22. This timing comes under the peak hours at the airport. However, necessary instructions have been given and the staff has been asked to follow them,”.

He also added that on a daily basis there are almost 158 flight movements and the airport becomes extremely crowded around 9 p.m.

Officials said that they have instructed the staff to move around and see that the trolleys which have been used and are left outside, should be brought back immediately for the waiting passengers.


Source – TOI

Image Source – Indian Express

MSRDC to repair potholes on Pune – Mumbai expressway

The potholes on the Valvan bridge near Lonavla on the Pune – Mumbai expressway are being repaired by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation(MSRDC). Between Friday night and Saturday afternoon, tyres of over 28 vehicles, which include two vehicles of the highway police, had flattened or some of them have developed suspension problems after running over the potholes.

The potholes have developed after heavy rainfall for seven days.

“MSRDC and IRB authorities had undertaken the road repair work at the spot. As the stretch is about 500-metre-long, it will take a day or two to repair or resurface all the potholes. The work started on Sunday morning. Thankfully, the rain has reduced and the work is in progress”, said, a senior Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) officer told TOI.

Adding to his statement MSRDC officer also said that after the rains MSRDC inspects and study the roads. After that, roads would be resurfaced with tar to prevent potholes in the future.

Officials from MSRDC have also claimed that they had instructed the IRB infrastructure to appoint two men at the spot to avoid accidents and further damage to the vehicles.

Sources – TOI DNA

Image Source – Representational photo from DNA

Man caught for creating fake profile of Girish Bapat

A 30 year old man was arrested by the cyber cell of Pune Police for allegedly creating a fake profile of a minister from Maharashtra on social media and uploading objectionable content. Ruturaj Nalawade, the accused who lives in the Junnat tehsil of Pune district, created a fake profile in the name of Girish Bapat, food and civil supplies minister and posted his photos on it.

Sunil Mane, the publicity consultant of Minister Girish Bapat,  the BJP leader’s social media account, stated that he registered a case with Pune Police after he came across the account which had objectionable posts and pictures in it, stated NDTV.

Mane quoted, “The person used Bapat’s photos for creating the account and projected it as ‘genuine’. He also sent friend requests to people who are known to the minister.”

He added that various people even accepted the friend request on Facebook thinking it came directly from Girish Bapat, who is also the guardian minister of Pune district.

Ruturaj has been charged under section 500 (punishment for defamation) of the penal code and applicable sections of IT Act. A person can face imprisonment for up to two years, under section 500 of IPC.

Sources: The HinduNDTV
Image Source: File Photo from Loksatta

Freedom fighter Tilak’s great grandson accused with Rape charges

Freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s great grandson, Rohit Tilak has been booked with charges for allegedly raping a woman. She was also forced into “unnatural sex”. A case had been filed against him on Monday night. The police informed The Indian Express.

NDTV reported that the woman was 40 years of age and knew (Rohit) Tilak for a couple of years. The police informed that she had been raped repeatedly with the excuse of marriage. Tilak has been accused with charges of rape, voluntarily causing hurt, unnatural offences, insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace and criminal intimidation based on numerous sections of the Indian Penal Code.

The Times of India mentions that he also happens to be the grandson of late Jayantrao Tilak, a senior Congress leader and Member of Parliament. Mukta Tilak, the Bharatiya Janata Party Mayor of Pune is his aunt. He had contested the Maharashtra Assembly Polls in 2014. He was the Congress candidate from Kasba Peth seat in Pune; and lost to Girish Bapat, from the BJP.

The Police informed that the 40 year old complainant separated from her husband ten years ago. She has been in touch with Tilak since two years.

Sourced from Indian Express and NDTV

Activists file petition over new NGT norms

Environmental activists and lawyers have expressed concerns over the Centre’s decision to dilute norms in the appointment processes of the chairperson and judicial members of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). They have filed a petition to the Chief Justice of India over the issue.

The activists feel that the move will defeat the very purpose of establishing the NGT as a body to handle issues related to the environment.

The changes apparently state that anyone who is a Supreme Court judge or qualified to be one or Chief Justice of High Court or has been an expert member or judicial member for three years can be selected as the chairperson of the NGT. Not only this, persons of ability, integrity and standing with a special knowledge of and professional experience of not less than 25 years in law, which should include five years of practical experience in the environmental and forest field can also be appointed to the post.

The NGT Act of 2010, on the other hand, stated that a current or former Supreme Court Judge or Chief Justice of High Court could only be chosen as the chairperson of the body.

“The objective of the government is clear behind making such new rules – it wants to curb operating independence of the NGT”, explained Asim Sarode, lawyer and head of the NGT Bar Association in Pune.


Sourced from TOI and Indian Environmental Portal

Restaurants duping customers post GST

One can call it a mistake, one can call it confusion and one can call it deliberate, but it seems like Pune based restaurants are taking advantage of the confusion among customers regarding GST.


German Bakery Wunderbar, a bar cum restaurant near SB Road continues to charge 5% tax on Alcoholic beverages over the 18 % GST. When asked to clarify; Manager Aditya Shinde refused to comment on the situation, but mentioned that the restaurant is getting taxed by the wholesaler.  He asked us to contact the firms CA, but he has been unavailable for any comments.

Most of the restaurants have gone to a complete redesigning of their menu cards to replace the existing 3 tier (Service charge, VAT and service tax) structure with GST but in none of the restaurants the prices of the commodity have reduced.

Le Plaisir, an European themed restaurant based on Prabhat Road, increased their prices by 50 rupees per item just to hide that additional service charge which the customers are not liable to pay anymore.

Some of the restaurants in the city are charging 18% tax on home deliveries.

The situation was a bit different around Camp where some restaurants had put it up on their notice that they will continue to charge 6 per cent service tax.

Pune just became a bit more expensive for the food lovers than it already was, the move by the restaurants has been very un-welcoming and this could hurt the industry itself. With long queues on the counter for bill clarification how far of a stretch can this charade go.

​NFAI celebrates India’s first film screening

When the Lumière brothers first introduced the concept of motion picture to the world by screening L’arrivee d’un train (The Arrival of A Train) in 1895 in Paris, legend has it that people screamed and ran away afraid of the train coming towards them. In 1896, Indian audience witnessed the experience for the first time in a hotel in Bombay.

Today, more than a century later, the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) Pune organised screening of the Lumière films for cinema lovers to commemorate the world’s first film screening in India. The screening scheduled at 5 pm consisted of a single long reel of ten films including Entrée Du Cinematographe (Entry of Cinematograph)  and La Sortie de l’Usine Lumiere de Lyon (Workers Leaving the Factory Gate) among others. Additionally, the event had a surprise, recently found footage from With Our King and Queen Through India (1912), a film shot during the Delhi Durbar of 1911. The footage believed to have been lost till now was procured by the NFAI courtesy of Cineteca di Bologna, an international film research institution.

The event was free for all and witnessed a houseful audience of excited cinema lovers from all over Pune. The move by NFAI to celebrate the rich history of cinema was lauded by all.