NFAI Hosts Exhibition
Q The National Film Archives of India (NFAI) celebrated the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage by exhibiting a collection of posters, glass slides, lobby cards and booklets recently. UNESCO had declared October 27 as World Day for Audiovisual Heritage with the aim of spreading awareness about the importance of audio-visual archival. The theme chosen this year was ‘Discover, Remember and Share’. “This is a good way to remember that this cultural heritage has to be preserved, not just for today’s generation, but also for the generations to come, and we have to dedicate ourselves in doing this,” said NFAI director Prakash Magdum.
Civic Body to Hold Mid-Term Review of Budget Allocations
Q The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has asked all its departments to conduct mid-term reviews of the budgetary allocations made for projects and submit their reports. Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar said the reviews are routine. “Conducting the mid-term review of expenditure and revenue collection is a yearly exercise. It helps us assess the speed at which projects are implemented. There is nothing more to read into this,” Kumar said. Mayor Mukta Tilak also said the mid-term review will help in streamlining the ongoing works. “We are holding discussions on all the projects with the civic administration. We have to fulfil promises made to the citizens,” she said.
Bopkhel Villagers Go on Hunger Strike for Bridge
Q Bopkhel villagers have resorted to an indefinite hunger strike outside the District Collector’s office, demanding construction of a temporary bridge across Mula River for facilitating convenient access to the Khadki cantonment areas. The village, with a population of around 35,000, is surrounded by the College of Military Engineering (CME) campus on three sides and Mula River on the fourth side. Earlier, the villagers were using a road passing through the CME campus. However, the road was closed in May 2015, following the directives of the Bombay High Court. The Defence authorities had set up a pontoon bridge across the river in June 2015, but it was also dismantled in June 2016.
SPPU Health Centre Gets an Upgrade
Q Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), after repeated follow-ups and protests by the students, has upgraded its Healthcare Centre. The varsity’s health centre is set to offer round-the-clock emergency services on campus, much to the relief of students. In a recent management council meeting, the varsity has decided to deploy a team of 20 people, including four doctors and paramedics, that will cater to students, teaching and non-teaching staff. Feedback and requirements of students have been discussed in the Management Council meeting, say the authorities. “The decision to have four doctors along with paramedic staff was taken in the
interest of students. These things will be in place soon,” informs Nitin Karmalkar, Vice Chancellor of the university. An ambulance too will be in place at the campus for emergency situations. Speaking about the same, Karmalkar said, “Whether to buy an ambulance or rent it is being finalised. But an ambulance will surely be available on the campus.”
300 Government Buildings in District to Become Energy Efficient
Q The public works department has decided to make around 300 government buildings in the district energy-efficient in the next few months. The state government recently stated that all the 5,000-odd government buildings in the state would be made energy efficient in the coming months to ensure energy savings of ` 100 crore, by using retrofitting of conventional electrical appliances for these buildings. “The Centre’s funds of nearly ` 300-350 crore will be utilised for the revamp of having green government buildings across the state,” stated a senior PWD official.
PCMC to Appoint Private Agency to Collect,Process Construction Waste
Q The municipal corporation has decided to appoint a private agency for the transportation and processing of construction and demolition waste on design, build, operate and transfer basis. The agency will get an operational fee from the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) for carting the waste in GPS-fitted vehicles. It will have to use a combination processes like crushing, washing, screening and separation of waste to ensure maximum waste treatment and minimum landfill. The municipal corporation will earmark locations in each of its eight zones for dumping the construction waste. Citizens will be able to make a request to cart construction waste to the call centre from 8am to 8pm on all 365 days of the year. The agency would have to prepare a mobile application for citizens, using which they can send SMS.
PCMC Okays Proposal for Property Tax Concession
Q Citizens in Pimpri Chinchwad, who had property tax arrears, received a concession of 75 per cent when they cleared their dues by October 31. If the tax is paid by November 30, citizens will get a concession of 50 per cent. Tax concession will also be granted if housing societies implement environment-friendly measures like garbage segregation, water conservation, use of LED lights, implementation of solar energy projects and tree plantation. The proposals were approved at the civic general body meeting recently.
Two-Year-Old Raped, Murdered
Q A two-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped from her house at Vadgaon Budruk at night and found murdered just 100 metres away the next morning. The police said the medical report has confirmed that the girl was raped before she was murdered.