PUNE, Dec 9:Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari said Akashzep, a book written by Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale (retd) and his wife, will motivate youngsters to join the Indian Air Force (IAF). Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari was in Pune on Thursday to release the book written by Gokhale and his wife Meghana, sharing the life journey, experiences and incidents during his long service in the IAF. Lauding Gokhale, IAF chief Chaudhari said, Gokhale stands out as an exceptional professional, a  The post Akashzep book will motivate youth to join IAF: Chaudhari appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .
Sonu scored 14 points, while captain Lee contributed 10 points at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium as the Giants held the Pink Panthers to a stalemate.
Three men driving triple seat on motorcycle intercepted a goods tempo, vandalised the vehicle and robbed the driver of cash and cell phone collectively valued at Rs 18,000 after assaulting him with a sharp weapon on his left hand.
Founded in 1917, BORI, Pune, has one of the largest collections of rare books and manuscripts spanning over 1,25,000 books and 28,000 manuscripts in several languages such as Sanskrit and Prakrit.
The grant will be used to build The Murty Centre for Indic Studies, which will work to preserve and promote research on rare books and manuscripts in Sanskrit and Prakrit
Pune:Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of the Italian Piaggio Group and maker of the iconic Vespa and sporty Aprilia range of scooters has announced the launch of four new vibrant colours for the Vespa SXL variants. These new colours are Midnight Desert, Tuscany Sunset, Jade Streak and Sunny Escapade. A new limited edition Vespa  The post Four new Piaggio Vespa SXL variants launched appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .
Business Wire India Champion Infratech, a Bengaluru-based real estate player and a division of Champions Group, cares about environmentally responsible building practices and developing quality lifestyles for valued customers. The company announced the signing of an exclusivity agreement withCrystal Lagoonsin India to develop freshwater lagoons for public and private use throughout the country. As stated by Subhakar Rao Surapaneni, Chairman and Chief Coach of ChampionInfratech and Champions Group, Champion Infratech has always distinguished itself by its innovative and client-centric approach. It is our goal to bring 100 lagoons to India within the next 20 years (excluding Gujarat and Rajasthan) through various collaborations. Through this exclusive agreement, we are able to ensure the quality and rollout of private and public lagoon developments across the country, further cementing our partnershipwith Crystal Lagoons. Our team is excited about the potential that Crystal Lagoons technology offers to create beach life in every city. This will revolutionize the concept of lifestyle amenities for residential and commercial properties. Through this partnership, Champion Infratech intends to establish a diversified real estate portfolio. This portfolio will include projects designed for Indians who aspire to live surrounded by natural, iconic, and sustainable amenities. With these projects, inhabitants of coastal and inland cities including New Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Goa, Chennai, and many more will have the opportunity to experience a tropical paradise on their doorstep. These projects will leverage the sustainable aspect of Crystal Lagoons technology. It works with any type of water and uses four times less water than a golf course. It also consumes only half that of a park of the same size. A significant number of projects will include space for hotels, amusement parks and multi-family areas, stores, restaurants, recreational and entertainment activities, wedding arenas, water sports, and commercial and leisure infrastructure around the crystalline waters. These idyllic beaches with lagoons of crystalline water will transform the real estate landscape into breathtaking destinations that can be enjoyed all year round. Lagoons can be constructed in any type of environment, including inland areas, urban areas, coastal areas, and second-row coastal properties of any shape and size. As a result, developers and landowners collaborating on this project can benefit from the transformation of their otherwise unviable projects into feasible ones with increased property values. With this technology, more than 1000 lagoon projects have been built in 50 countries around the globe and it has become a worldwide phenomenon. In addition, Champion Infratech sees potential demand for lagoons in various Indian cities with the rise in the aspirations of Indian citizens. Added to this Crystal Lagoons technology is sustainable and safe for the environment. It allows limited resources such as energy and water to be used. This is a substantial benefit for a country like India. Indian developers and landowners are already in talks with the company about bringing large man-made lagoons to cities and a few are in advanced stages, and an announcement will be made by early next year. Company Website: https://www.championinfratech.com/champion-lagoons/
A traders' body in Pune city of Maharashtra has decided to extend support to the December 13 'bandh' called given by the opposition parties as a mark of protest against Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's remarks on Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray), Sambhaji Brigade and some other outfits have given the bandh call. Fatehchand Ranka, president of the Federation of Traders Associations of Pune (FATP), said in a release on Thursday that the office-bearers of the three parties and Smabhaji Brigade had appealed to the traders' body to support the bandh called for condemning the governor's statements. Following the appeal made by these parties, an internal meeting of all the members of the federation was organised and it was decided to support the bandh by keeping the shops closed till 3 pm on Tuesday, Ranka said. Last month, governor Koshyari kicked up a row as he termed Chhatrapati ..
In the new year 2023, Team India will play its first T20 match against Sri Lanka. The Indian Cricket Board ie BCCI has announced the ODI and T20 series to be held with Sri Lanka next year. Sri Lanka will tour India in the new year 2023 and will play three T20s as well as three ODIs here. India vs Sri Lanka t20 schedule 2023 First T20, January 3 - Mumbai, Second T20, January 5 - Pune Third T20, January 7 - Rajkot India vs Sri Lanka ODI schedule 2023 First ODI January 10 - Guwahati Second ODI January 12 - Kolkata Third ODI January 15 - Trivandrum Preparation for World Cup 2023 will start against Sri Lanka only Actually, considering the preparations of the Indian team for the World Cup 2023, the ODI series against Sri Lanka is going to be important. Because Team India has badly lost 2 ODIs against Bangladesh. Earlier, New Zealand also defeated India. In such a situation, Team India would like to beat Sri Lanka at home, so that the new year starts with a win and the confidence level in the team goes up for the upcoming series.
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Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari was in Pune on Thursday to release the book written by Gokhale and his wife Meghana, sharing the life journey, experiences and incidents during his long service in the IAF.
The Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray), Sambhaji Brigade and some other outfits have given the bandh call.
Pune: Bengalore Spartans displaced Hyderabad Strikers from the top of the points table at the end of the second days play at the ongoing Tennis Premier League (TPL) season 4 at the Balewadi Stadium, here on Thursday. Bangalore Spartans jumped to top of the table as they had amassed 88 points by the end of Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .
UP started the day with a winning note in Womens U-19 One-Day Trophy tournament defeating Tamil Nadu by 9 wickets at Deccan Gymkhana cricket ground in Pune on Thursday.Chasing the target of 67 runs set by Tamil Nadu, the UP girls achieved it losing one wicket in 18.5 overs.
Drawn by a buy-one-get-one (BOGO) free offer, a 44-year-old woman from Tingrenagar clicked a link on a social media platform and lost Rs 1 lakh to cyber crooks.
Cooperative housing societies and residents' welfare associations in the state have now been directed to grant no-objection certificates to install electric vehicle charging points within seven days of the date of application, provided they meet all the criteria.
Two people were killed and 25 others injured in a horrific accident involving five vehicles at the busy Palse village chowk, around 20km from Nashik city, on the Pune-Nashik national highway on Thursday morning. Two of the injured are in a critical condition and are being treated in private hospitals in Nashik.
In her crisp khaki uniform, 34-year-old Nikita Mukhyadal--who stands guard outside the gate of Pimpri-Chinchwad civic commissioner Rajesh Patil's office--looks the part she is fighting to be.
Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar, and Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari paid homage to late Gen Rawat at the iconic Hut of Remembrance of the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakwasla in Pune.
A man in Pune was seen riding a bike without a helmet and the eagle-eyed city police were quick to point it out, leading to a hilarious Twitter thread.
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K V Vijayendra Prasad CONFIRMS at IFFI, Goa that Aamir Khan was the original choice for Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan; Producer revealed that even Allu Arjun, Rajinikanth and Puneet Rajkumar were also approached
The last decade saw Salman Khan deliver back-to-back blockbusters. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) stands out as it was not a typical action film, which Salman is usually known for. It was written by K V Vijayendra Prasad, father of legendary director S S Rajamouli, and he shared some interesting details about Bajrangi Bhaijaan at the recently concluded International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa. K V Vijayendra Prasad said that before Salman Khan bagged the lead role, Aamir Khan was offered the part. The writer met Aamir's sister Nikhat Khan, whom he knew. Aamir, however, turned down the film. When Aamir Khan saw the film post-release, he loved it. The visuals of him coming out of the theatre wiping his tears with a towel had gone viral. At a press conference held after the release of Bajrangi Bhaijaan , Salman Khan also confirmed that Aamir Khan was indeed approached for the film. He said, Yes, Aamir told me that Prasad had come to him and he sent him to me. So this is just Aamir sahabs generosity. Aamir was not the only one who rejected Bajrangi Bhaijaan . Rockline Venkatesh, one of the producers of Bajarangi Bhaijaan , revealed a few months back that several celebrities from different film industries said no to Bajrangi Bhaijaan . He said during an interview with the Kannada daily Udayavani, The script work of Bajrangi Bhaijaan had been in place for the past 4-5 years. Rajinikanth sir, Allu Arjun, Puneeth Rajkumar and Aamir Khan had heard the storyline. But they all turned down the script for various reasons. Finally, director Kabir Khan narrated the story to Salman Khan, who happily gave the green signal to the project. And that's not all. S S Rajamouli too couldn't direct it when his father narrated the story. One of the reasons was that he was already busy making his magnum opus, Baahubali . Interestingly, while Baahubali: The Beginning was released on July 10, 2015, Bajrangi Bhaijaan arrived in cinemas a week later, on July 17, 2015. Bajrangi Bhaijaan was finally directed by Kabir Khan. It was the story of the kind-hearted and religious Pawan who decides to go to Pakistan to reunite a mute girl with her parents. Also Read: Vijayendra Prasad confirms Rajamoulis next with Mahesh Babu will be a jungle adventure
Notably, the Pune police recently declared on Twitter that they had started a special campaign to take legal action against motorcycles with modified silencers that generate a lot of noise pollution.
Pune City police captured Melvin Cherian riding a bike without a helmet and shared it with him. Read what happened next.
India men's team will be hosting Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Australia in series featuring all formats, including the four-match Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, in the 2022/23 home schedule announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). India men's 2022/23 international home season comprising nine ODIs, six T20Is and four Tests will commence with a three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka in January. The matches will be played on January 3, 5 and 7 in Mumbai, Pune and Rajkot respectively. After that, three ODIs between the two teams will be played on January 10, 12 and 15 at Guwahati, Kolkata, and Thiruvananthapuram respectively. Sri Lanka last toured the country in February-March 2022, where they lost T20Is and Test series. The action will then move to a three-match ODI series against New Zealand wherein Hyderabad, Raipur and Indore will play hosts to matches on January 18, 21 and 24. The second ODI on January 21 between India and New Zealand will be a marquee ODI for the city of Raipur as they will host their first international fixture. India will also play a three-match T20I series against New Zealand, who visited the country in November-December 2021. Matches between the two teams will be played on January 27, 29 and February 1 at Ranchi, Lucknow, and Ahmedabad respectively. February will also mark the start of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Nagpur from February 9-13. The next three Test matches between India and Australia will be played in Delhi (February 17-21), Dharamsala (March 1-5) and Ahmedabad (March 9-13). Delhi will be hosting a Test match after five years. India will also play a three-match T20I series against New Zealand, who visited the country in November-December 2021. Matches between the two teams will be played on January 27, 29 and February 1 at Ranchi, Lucknow, and Ahmedabad respectively. Also Read: Roston Chase Picks Up His All-Time XI, Includes 3 Indians This story has not been edited by Cricketnmore staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed
Dr Farhat Khan, the author of a controversial book, was arrested from Pune in Maharashtra on Thursday, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said.
Dr Farhat Khan was booked for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups and hurting religious feelings.
Dr Farhat Khan, the author of a controversial book, was arrested from Pune in Maharashtra on Thursday, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said.
Authorities have also started a probe into complaints related to another book and if any objectionable content is found, then it will also be linked with the same case, the minister said without elaborating. On December 3, the Indore-based college's LLM student and ABVP leader Lucky Adiwal (28) filed a complaint against author Khan, the book's publisher Amar Law Publication, principal of the institution Dr Inamur Rehman and professor Mirza Mojij Baig in the matter.
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Lumax Industries rose 5.07% to Rs 1,940 after the company announced that its board has approved setting up greenfield project at Chakan, Pune (Maharashtra) with capital outlay up to Rs 175 crore for Phase 1.
India assumed the G20 Presidency on December 1 and 14 meetings related to the influential bloc will be held in Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur in the next two months.
Jamshedpur police busted an interstate con gang that masquerades as crime branch officials and CBI sleuths in the city. The police arrested three people identified as Sadiq Hussein (43), Takbir Khan (23), and Kasim Beg (32), all natives of Hoshangabad, Bhopal and Pune, respectively.
Starting today, motorists on Mumbai-Pune Expressway and the old highway will have to undergo counselling if they speed, cut lanes, park illegally or dont wear helmets or seat belts
Three men on Sunday night forcibly took a medical student (21) to a sugarcane field, thrashed him with canes, disrobed him and took his pictures before forcing him to withdraw Rs14,500 from an ATM after threatening to make his photos public when he tried to thwart one of the trio's initial bid to rob him of Rs15,000 in Baramati.
If you are up to it, there is a long distance running challenge every Sunday of December and January in Pune. Love for fitness through running has picked up rapidly in the city and long distance running events organised by fitness clubs and organisations are turning out to be big draws. Participants can opt for distances ranging from 3km to 42km.
The civic body has intensified its watch along rivers and at vulnerable locations across the city following unending complaints from citizens about burning of garbage in open areas.
The winter period from November 1 to December 5 this year has turned out to be the most polluted for Pune and Mumbai in the last four years.
Excelsior Correspondent JAMMU, Dec 7: A Full Court Reference was held today in the Jammu wing of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, to bid farewell to Chief Justice, Ali Mohammad Magrey, upon his superannuation. Justice Tashi Rabstan, Justice Sanjeev Kumar, Justice Sindhu Sharma, Justice Rajnesh Oswal, Justice Vinod Chatterji Koul, Justice Sanjay Dhar, Justice Puneet Gupta, Justice Javed Iqbal Wani, Justice Mohan Lal, Justice Mohammad Akram Chowdhary, Justice Rahul Bharti, Justice Moksha Khajuria Kazmi, Justice Wasim Sadiq  The post Full Court Reference held on superannuation of Chief Justice Magrey appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .
Pune Parties call for bandh on Dec over Maharashtra Guvs Shivaji remark
Advisories have been issued in the backdrop of conflicts among residents due to sporadic incidents of dog bites in cities including Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida, Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.
JAMMU, DEC 7: A Full Court Reference was held today in the Jammu wing of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, to bid farewell to Chief Justice, Ali Mohammad Magrey, upon his superannuation. Justice Tashi Rabstan, Justice Sanjeev Kumar, Justice Sindhu Sharma, Justice Rajnesh Oswal, Justice Vinod Chatterji Koul, Justice Sanjay Dhar, Justice Puneet Gupta, Justice Javed Iqbal Wani, Justice Mohan Lal, Justice Mohammad Akram Chowdhary, Justice Rahul Bharti, Justice Moksha Khajuria Kazmi, Justice Wasim Sadiq Nargal and  The post Full Court Reference held on superannuation of Chief Justice, Ali Mohammad Magrey appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .
Amid a spurt in service demand from key global markets, Global Captive Centres (GCCs) look to ramp up their workforce and add close to 3.64 lakh jobs within next 12 months , NLB Services' India Captivating Report said on Wednesday.As per the report, the GCC sector will scale up from the current USD 35.9 billion to USD 60-85 billion by 2026. The key reason driving the demand for talent is a surge in service demand from key global markets (34 per cent). From a sub-sector perspective, IT Software & Consulting with 33 per cent of the respondents keen on ramping up the talent pool topped the chart. The next were BFSI (21 per cent) and Internet & Telecom (16 per cent). Bengaluru leads in terms of job creation among cities, the report said. India currently accounts for around 45 per cent of the global GCCs in operations and this share is expected to grow further, NLB Services CEO Sachin Alug said. The sector is expected to see a 10.8 per cent CAGR (compound annual growth rate) in employment in 2023 alone, he noted. As India cements its position further in the scheme of strategic operations, the demand for talent also will grow, Alug said. According to Varun Sachdeva, APAC Recruitment & Business Leader, NLB Services, the demand today is for niche digital and machine learning skills like data science, data analytics, data engineering, statistical analysis, and UI/UX design today indicating how the centres are evolving to strategic centres. The study surveyed 211 GCC companies across Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), healthcare & pharmaceutical, internet & telecom, IT software & consulting, manufacturing, oil & gas and retail from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi/ NCR, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. (With inputs from PTI)
Economy Across India, in Q3 2022, UPI, debit and credit cards, mobile wallets and prepaid cards executed 23.06 billion transactions amounting to Rs 38.32 trillion, according to the Worldline India study. TNM Staff IMAGE FOR REPRESENTATION: PICXY.COM/GANGSAP Bengaluru recorded the highest number of digital payments among Indian cities in the third quarter (July September) of 2022, according to a report. Hyderabad ranked second, followed by Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Coimbatore and Thrissur, according to the Worldline India Digital Payments Report Q3 2022. According to The Hindu, Worldline found that people in Bengaluru made 14.82 million digital payment transactions between January and October 2022, amounting to Rs 3,620 crore. In the same period, Hyderabad saw 10.36 million digital payment transactions amounting to over Rs 3,050 crore and Chennai witnessed 9.76 million such transactions valued at Rs 2,250 crore. Mumbai saw 9.4 million digital payments amounting to Rs 2,740 crore and Pune had 7.88 million digital transactions worth Rs 1,730 crore, according to the study. Among states, Maharashtra ranked first followed by Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana and West Bengal. Across India, in Q3 2022, UPI, debit and credit cards, prepaid payment instruments like mobile wallets, and prepaid cards executed 23.06 billion transactions amounting to Rs 38.32 trillion, according to the study. In Q3 2022, frequently visited physical merchant categories like grocery stores, restaurants, clothing and apparel, pharmacy and medical, hotels, jewellery retail, speciality retail, household appliances, and departmental stores together accounted for over 61% in terms of volume and about 58% in terms of value. In the online space, e-commerce (shopping for goods and services), gaming, utility & financial services contributed to over 86% of the transaction in terms of volume and 47% in terms of value, the study said.
Vizhinjam protest The months-long protest against the Vizhinjam International Seaport being developed by the Adani group ended on Tuesday. PTI pti A day after the months-long protest against the under-construction Vizhinjam sea port was called off in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday, December 7, said rehabilitation of local people and protection of their livelihood are top priorities of his government while implementing development projects. The Left government has assured this in all development projects and the approach is the same in the case of Vizhinjam port as well, he said in a statement made in the Assembly under Rule 300. Noting that the government is committed to the infrastructure development of the state that lays the foundation for Kerala's sustainable economic growth, he said it is also particular about the fact that the projects should be implemented with a humane approach. He said the protest committee had decided to call off the strike during a high-level talk held in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. Read:Vizhinjam port agitation called off for now after discussions with Kerala CM The CM also informed the House about the details of the demands raised by the agitators and the decisions taken on them. Construction of flats (for rehabilitating fisherfolk) would be completed within one and half years. Two months' rent will be paid in advance. As per a government order dated September 1, 2022, Rs 5500 will be given as monthly rent, he said. Assuring that rehabilitation initiatives would be expedited, Pinarayi said discussions would be held on the design of the houses being built. An exclusive space would be provided for the upkeep of fishing nets and other livelihood equipment of the community. Operations regarding the Vizhinjam port would continue and the panel appointed by the government to study coastal erosion would hold discussions with the expert representatives of the fisherfolk soon. Conversion of existing kerosene engines (of fishing boats) to diesel, petrol and gas engines would be implemented soon, and a one-time subsidy would be provided for the same. Taking into account the loss of employment during the days the Disaster Management Authority barred them from venturing into sea, steps would be taken to provide compensation to the fishermen who are included in the list of Fisheries department, he added. The Fisheries department would hold talks with the Pune Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS) and the representatives of fishermen within two weeks to resolve the issues in Muthalapozhi, where several fishing accidents had been reported in recent years, the CM added. Pinarayi also specially thanked Baselios Cleemis, the major archbishop-catholicos of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church for the efforts taken to resolve the stalemate over the Vizhinjam issue. The over 130-day-long protest by fisherfolk against the under-construction Vizhinjam sea port was on Tuesday called off for now after discussions between the leaders of the agitation and CM Pinarayi Vijayan. The announcement on calling off the agitation was made by Vicar General Eugene Pereira, who has been at the forefront of the protests. A large number of fisherfolk have been staging demonstrations outside the main entrance of the multi-purpose seaport at nearby Mulloor for the last more than four months. They attacked Vizhinjam police station on the night of November 27, leaving several policemen injured. Watch TNM interview with former Finance Minister Thomas Isaac on why the government cannot step back from the Vizhinjam project
Caste Discrimination The workers have alleged that they were allowed to enter the house of director Shankar Mohan only after taking a bath and were asked to reveal their caste identity. Haritha John Photo : Special Arrangement Sanitation workers of a film institute named after KR Narayanan, the countrys first Dalit President, has raised several allegations against its director including using them to clean toilets in his residence and caste discrimination. The institute has denied the allegations and said they are yet to receive any official complaints in this regard. Nayana,* who works as a sweeper in KR Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts (KRNNIVSA), an autonomous institution under the Higher Education Department of Kerala government in Kottayam, says she along with three other colleagues were asked regularly to do household chores in the house of Shankar Mohan, the institutes director. They were asked to do cleaning work at the institute in the morning and after 10 am were asked to go to Shankar Mohans house by taking turns. According to the workers, they never had the courage to question this until students of the institute allegations of caste discrimination against him. They were hired as contract workers and were paid Rs 6,000 every month for working from 8am to 1pm. There are five employees in the sweeper post and four of us are asked to go to his house for cleaning. The remaining one person belonged to Dalit community, so she wouldnt be called. Taking turns, the two of us would be going a day. We will be allowed inside only after taking a bath and changing our clothes. Initially, the directors wife used to ask us what caste we belonged to. When we named our caste they kept on asking whether it belonged to lower status, Nayana alleged. The worst part is that we are not allowed to clean their toilets using a brush. We were asked to clean it using a small scrubber with our hands. That was really difficult. Moreover their home is located in a place with no regular buses. We were given Rs 100 every day as our bus fare. Since there is no bus we would get an auto rickshaw which would cost us around Rs 300. We work as domestic helpers in other houses to make up for this, she added. Another employee Divya,* told TNM that they were threatened of being fired from their jobs unless they do the household work at Shankar Mohans house. We were hired to do the cleaning works at the institute. But after we joined they asked us to go to the director's house. Initially they said on the days we do cleaning work at the house we would be spared from working at the institute. But later it changed and we had to work in both places. At his house we have to work about six hours and it's hectic. Still we dont get any payment for the domestic work. If we complain they issue threats of sacking, Divya alleged. They did not give a written complaint to the institute fearing loss of jobs and instead complained to the Chief Ministers and State Women's Commission. According to her, every time they were at Shankar Mohans house, they asked questions to make sure they were not Dalits. We felt really offended when they kept on asking us our caste and also made us clean ourselves before entering their house, she said. On December 5, a group of students led by the institutes Student Council began an indefinite strike protesting against Shankar Mohan by not attending classes. Sanitation workers of the Institute are forced to do domestic work at the Directors house and have faced caste discrimination like untouchability. Another person who works as a clerk at the institute also had faced severe caste discrimination. During the admission time of the 2022 batch, a student from Dalit community named Sharat was denied admission in the editing department despite four seats out of the total 10 being available, alleged Kiran KR, representative of Student Council. The students said as per a government order in January 2022, the director of the KRNNIVSA shouldnt be more than 65 years. But Shankar Mohan is 68-years-old. He continued in the post illegally. It has clearly mentioned in the order that in the public sector institutions, those who hold the position shouldnt be more than 65 years, Kiran alleged. A postgraduate in Screenplay writing & Film Direction from FTII, Pune, Shankar Mohan has worked in the Malayalam film industry as writer, actor, director and distributor for over a decade. He has also served as director at the Directorate of Film Festivals. The students also allege that many appointments were done in the institute without following proper rules. People were appointed in the posts of Dean, production controller and art director without issuing any notification regarding the recruitment. The new students of 2022 batch were forced to sign an indemnity bond containing several demeaning clauses that hinders personal freedom and student rights, said a press note from student council. KRNNIVSA has denied the allegations against the institutes director. We havent received any official complaint from any of the staff who spoke to the media. These all are a part of propaganda by certain people and they have misguided students too. Apart from the director there are many officers here with whom they could have raised the complaint but they havent done that. Since we are holding discussions with the ministry, we havent yet released an official reaction, said a spokesperson from the institute. TNM tried to contact Shankar Mohan, the director of the institute, for his response on the allegations but could not reach him. *Some names have been changed to protect the identity of employees.
Belagavi border row: Shiv Sena (UBT) faction workers deface 4 Karnataka state transport buses in Pune
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Story of my Nexon EV Dark Edition | Full CirclePrologue:Circa February 2020, while I was studying in London , my dad called me and asked which variant of Nexon (Petrol) should he book to replace our ageing 2013 Wagonr CNG.Later that week, a booking was made at Puneet Motors, Malad. However , in a surprising turn of events of the following month , we had to cancel our booking. I got back to India later that year.Fast forward to 2022:We have a 2018 Verna diesel which has done 40,000 kms till now. Our annual running is around 12000 kms (90% Mumbai Traffic), self/ chauffeur driven. My dad happily gave me the responsibility to select our car to be as I would be the one using it most of the time. My requirements/ needs:A good looking vehicle.Safe.Silent cabin.Fuel efficient and fuss free.AT was a must.Comfortable for 2-4 people.Comfortable rear seats with armrests and 60:40 split.Jeep Compass:Excited and armed with a budget of 15 - 25L, I rushed to Landmark Jeep showroom in April with a friend to TD the compass. I had my eyes on it ever since the facelift came out in 2021. Loved the interiors , ride and handling. It felt solid to drive and the experience was miles ahead of my Verna. AT was the need of the hour due to obvious reasons , however , the Diesel AT was costing over 32 Lakhs hence the idea was painfully dropped. Budget was stretched to 28L to accommodate the Limited Diesel Manual variant. A home TD was scheduled for my family , after which the booking was to be made. I also made a casual visit to a MG showroom to check the ZS EV. However it being even smaller than the Compass (which is already very compact) , that too for similar money it was immediately dropped. Hector was never in contention hence was ignored. We had to keep delaying our home TD due to various family commitments. In the midst of this I sensed that my dad wasn't very keen to get home a jeep. He was worried about expensive maintenance and cost of spares. Add to this that I was already making a very big compromise by dropping the automatic gearbox. Horror stories of jeep's breakdown within days of buying the vehicle didn't help either. After much contemplation , decision was made to drop the Jeep. Our plan was put on hold for a couple of months as there were no other options which interested me. I was patiently waiting for the Hyrider/GV twins to make an entry.Toyota Hyrider / Maruti Grand Vitara Hybrid:As soon as I heard that the cars were up on display , I rushed to both Toyota / Nexa showrooms to grab a look.Both the vehicles looked fantastic and were loaded with tech.Premium interiors and soft touch dash.Silent at idle.Fuel efficient and comfortable rear seatsHowever the twins were dropped due to the following reasons:Questionable build ( Light doors).3 pot engine and high speed NVH concerns.Poor road presence compared to the Koreans.After rejecting the hybrid twins I was eyeing the Brezza and GV mild hybrids. I felt these were good options considering they were costing me towards the lower end of my planned budget. I decided to go with either one of these if I was not able to find 'my perfect car'.2022 Hyundai Tucson:If I only had the budget (soon).Tata Harrier:Rejected due to poor interiors.Nexon EV (Wild Card):Though I wasn't keen on the Harrier, I thought it was worth a shot. Went to a nearby TaMo showroom for TD but the SA informed that the car had gone for repairs to the workshop. He offered me a TD of the Safari but I politely refused ( I hate the rear design) . This particular SA seemed very motivated to make a sale. I noticed a blue Nexon EV XZ+ Prime parked in front of the showroom and thought why not. SA was very happy to offer the TD. One pedal to the metal and I was sold. I had a blast driving it through the narrow Mumbai roads. Excellent pickup , NVH and suspension setup. Lower running costs just made the deal sweeter. After the drive I walked into the back seat , and that's when I realised how bare bones this particular variant was. Fabric seats , no sunroof, no rear armrest / 60/40 split. Heck it did not even have adjustable rear headrests. XZ+ Lux has all these features but lack of subsidy on it made the OTR price difference to around 2.5L + Now here are where things get interesting!XZ+ = 16,30,000 Ex showroomXZ+ Dark = 16,49,000 Ex showroomFor a difference of 19000 rupees, the Dark Edition gets the following upgrades apart from the obvious black theme:Full leatherette upholstery + Steering wrap.Adjustable rear headrests and armrest.60/40 Split rear seats.The Dark Edition also enjoys the 1.5L subsidy, and hence was a no brainer.WHY EV?Lower running costs, silent drive , zero tail pipe emissions and annual savings of 120,000 INR (estimated).1,50,000 INR subsidy from the MH government.Flat 5000 INR RTO charges.Final on the road price lesser than the Ex showroom cost.This would be our second vehicle, primarily for city drives.Range anxiety?Not at all. Daily running of 40 kms, max 100 kms (rare), and a diesel Verna to take care of longer highway drives.Why not Nexon EV MAX?OTR difference of around 3L rupees makes the Max costly at 19L + OTR.No Dark EditionA search which started with a Nexon and ended with a Nexon, albeit in an EV avatar. FULL CIRCLE.PS - This car perfectly complements my username - Eco_Boost .PS2 - Delivery experience was okay and I received a Nov manufactured car with 39 kms on the odo.Epilogue:I saw and drove over 10 cars during my search but Tucson was the only car which could touch my heart. It has everything one could ask for at a fairly decent price and I wouldn't change one thing about it. It's a perfect blend of Jeep's quality and Maruti's trust and reliability. Until next time. Check out BHPian comments for more insights and information.
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