Pune to host India’s maiden Innompic Games

This year, Pune will be hosting the first ever ‘Innompic Games’ from September 15 to September 18. The event is a collective initiative of the Global Innompic Organising Committee, Science and Technology Park, Pune, Indian Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Parks and Business Incubators Association and College of Engineering, Pune; and the winners will receive an amount of US $3 million as seed fund for setting up a business.

The focus of this event is to promote innovative ideas and practical business solutions for social challenges. Addressing a press meet on Tuesday, Rajendra Jagdale, Chairman of the first Innompic Organising Committee said “Innovations have a huge potential to change day-to-day-life of human beings. Thus, to promote and encourage innovations all across the globe, we thought of Innompic Games just like the Olympic Games in sports.”

The event will see participants from 11 countries including India, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Nepal, Russia, Tanzania, Uganda, USA, and Yemen. Out of the four teams taking part, two are from India. The homegrown teams will comprise of experts from the incubator ecosystem and the other team will consist of international students studying in India.


Sources: TOI, Sakal

Ganesh Pandals still on Pune roads; Citizens face trouble

It has been almost two weeks that Ganesh Utsav has ended in the city, still, the pandals have not been dismantled. Pedestrians have been facing trouble in walking on the footpaths along JM Road, Pune.  Pandals have restricted the space and pits, which were dug to plant poles still remain.

According to the Times of India, citizens of the city reported that footpaths have been suffering for about 20 days because the construction of pandals began a full 10 days before the festival this year. People have started seeking actions and they believe it’s time authorities initiate some strong legal action.
According to this year festival guidelines, the organisations are supposed to complete the permissions process four to five days before the start of the Ganesh Festival. The municipal corporation own records reveal that less than 50% of organisers have completed the formalities to construct pandals. Moreover, it is estimated that nearly, 1000 Ganesh organisations applied for permission this year, and rest 1500 mandalas, ran without permission. However, the civic administration has not taken any step against them.
Image and news source – TOI 

Purushottam Karandak: NACSC, Ahemdnagar emerges winner

Purushottam Karandak, Pune’s largest theater festival for the youth finally came to end on Wednesday. In a one-of-a-kind feat, the New Arts, Commerce and Science College, Ahmednagar pipped Pune’s Sir Parshurambhau (SP) College, four-time winner of Purushottam Karandak in the final round, creating history. The winning play Mic talked about the power of unity and common goals, and its eventual exploitation due to personal motives of individuals.

Karandak festival is an event started by Datye in 1963, in the memory of Late Mr Purushottam Ramachandra also known as Appasaheb Vaze. It it is a confluence of budding talent and passion of upcoming student/ theatre actors along with the age-old experiences of theatre veterans.

Pune’s Modern Engineering College secured the second place and procured the Hari Vinayak Karandak award for their play ASL (Age, Sex, Location) Please, which dealt with conversations with strangers. Sanjeev Karandak, which is the third place was won by Pune’s Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC) for their play Sorry Paranjpe whose theme revolved around the removal of Ram Ganesh Gadkari’s statue in Pune.

“Our hard work seems to have paid off. We are feeling very confident now,”  Krushna Walke who was part of the 16-member winning team told Times of India in an interview. “In the play, we showed how a stage was built by people hailing from different backgrounds who come together for a common cause. However, when there was a mic placed on the stage it is exploited to feed the biases of few. All it results into is cacophony,” he added.

This year’s festival started on August 8 at the Bharat Natya Mandir. In the previous year, Sir Parshurambhau (SP) College of Pune won the title for the fourth time, a feat never achieved by any other college in the history.




Dengue hits Pune city fringes

Dengue virus is on the prowl on the city fringes. Almost 60% of dengue cases reported this year have been detected among residents living in areas falling under the city’s four ward offices.

A total 147 out of the 248 patients, who tested positive for dengue, are from Dhankawadi Sahakarnagar, Hadapsar Mundhwa, Ahmednagar Road-Vadgaonsheri and Bhavani Peth ward office areas.

The latest report of the Pune Municipal Corporation’s insect control department reveals that the mosquito-borne disease has covered all the 15 ward offices in Pune city. But compared to the fringe areas, city’s core areas falling in Kothrud, Karvenagar -Warje, Tilak road-Sinhagad road and Aundh-Baner ward office areas have reported lesser number of dengue cases.

The objective of mapping of dengue cases is to intensify surveillance and containment of activities in the identified high risk areas so that the situation does not spiral out of control. The report takes into account only confirmed cases of dengue tested at government designated sentinel centres.

“We have already intensified measures to contain the spread of dengue in the identified areas. The multi-pronged approach will help rein in cases in the next few days,”  Vaishali Jadhav , assistant medical officer of health (AMoH), PMC told TOI.

TOI quoted Kalpana Baliwant, head of the insect control department, PMC saying, “We have pressed into service three high capacity vehicle mounted fogging machines in these areas. The highly concentrated fogging that covers around half a kilometre area will kill the infected adult mosquitoes and help contain the disease. Besides, the civic health department has roped in additional 300 contractual health workers, increasing the existing strength to 600 workers. These workers have been deployed mainly for house to house surveys for destroying mosquito larvae”

Source: The Times of India

Pune children attempt World Record.

To mark the 125th celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi, 3,082 children from 160 schools in Pune came together to make a Guinness World Record at Baburao Sanas Ground. The students made their own eco-friendly Ganesh idol on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh festivity. They used river clay to make the idol from scratch.

The students were selected from their respective schools and were given a small workshop on how to make eco-friendly idols before hand. They were directed by Vivek Khatavkar during the event. The event, which was organised by the pine Municipal Corporation, was the brainchild of Pune’s mayor, Mukta Tilak and was inaugurated by Human resource minister Prakash Javadekar.

“While making these idols, we are also mixing seeds of plants. That means that when these idols are immersed, these seeds will also get immersed in water. These seeds will eventually settle in the soil and grow into plants. This is the concept behind this.”, said Mukta Tilak.

The students sat under the bright sun with full devotion towards their beloved Ganpati Bappa.

Pune’s Dagduseth Ganpathi will wear a 9.5kg gold crown

Pune is all set to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Ganeshotsav this year. The city has come alive with the festive energy in the air. Like every other aspect, the famous Dagduseth temple in the city will also be celebrating the Ganeshotav in a magnificent way.

The theme for this year’s celebration is replicating the Brahmanaspati temple. The temple finds mention in the Rigveda and in the ancient Mudgal texts dedicated to Ganesha and is a shrine of an abstract deity of Brahma in the Veda.

The size of this replica is 111 feet in length and 90 feet wide with a height of 90 feet. Under the huge dome, the temple has a mighty altar Sanctorum about 36 feet in diameter. This altar cost the Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati Trust about ₹60 lakhs.

Additionally, the idol this year will be wearing jewellery made out of the 40-kg gold received over the years as donation from the devotees, along with a 9.5-kg crown. PN Gadgil and Sons have been working on the jewellery for the last five months.

The temple trust has also deployed over 250 private security personnel, apart from the police force and installed about 150 CCTV cameras for the festival. Also, an insurance worth Rs.50 crores have also been taken by the temple authorities, covering any terrorist attack or accident that might occur during the visit to the temple.

Source –Hindustan Times, Kitabwala

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Purushottam Karandak: The world’s a stage

The year is 2017! Even after 54 years, Rambhau Datye’s dream to have  one big stage for traditional Indian theatre continues to loom high and bright, and also become one of the biggest college theatre fests across the nation. That’s the charm of Purushottam Karandak- an event started in the memory of Late Mr Purushottam Ramachandra also known as Appasaheb Vaze by Datye. Started in the year 1963, it is a confluence of budding talent and passion of upcoming student/ theatre actors along with the age-old experiences of theatre veterans.

The festival doesn’t have a particular theme which makes it easier for college groups to explore varied topics and venture into innovative avenues. Mohar Moghe, a regular at this fest and an ex-participant says, “I participated in the fest for 5 times and every time, it was a different experience. I learnt, honed my skills and grew as a person.”

The awards during the 50-year celebrations
The awards during the 50-year celebrations

This year’s festival started on August 8 at the Bharat Natya Mandir. Last year, SP college lifted the winning cup for their screenplay ‘300 missing’.

Well-known make-up artist and silent witness of all the fests Prabhakar Bhave, aka Bhave Kaka silently ponders when asked about the evolution of theatre. “I have seen a sea change in the theatrical performances and themes. However, the enthusiasm remains the same. Datye certainly did not think that this tributary occasion will garner immense prominence and respect from the theatre circle” he says.

The rich legacy of inter-collegiate theatre competition continues to be a Launchpad for innumerable artists who crave to be a part of this biggest and most prominent theatre fests of India. Today, the theatre festival is not just an event, it is a part and parcel of every college life in Pune. It is an experience and a ritual in its own sense,that has brought forward some exquisite theatrical works ever witnessed.


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