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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.

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