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FTII gets fewer applications this year, students cite fee hike as reason
Tue, Feb 20, 2018

Five of 26 JET centres scrapped due to lack of applicants, institute hopeful of more candidates next year

Pune: College set to retain land chosen for Metro, as PMRDA looks at other options
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

The PMRDA has planned the 23.33 km Shivajinagar-Hinjewadi corridor under the private public partnership (PPP) model. As a private player is going to invest in the project, the PMRDA is planning to give a land bank to the investor to compensate for investment in the Metro project.

Giving airline staffers the slip, pomeranian stages a great escape at Pune airport
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

Airline and security personnel continued to look for the dog, but it remained untraced till Tuesday night, over 24 hours since it ran away.

‘Nylon manja is cheaper and easily available’
Mon, Feb 12, 2018

While cotton manja that costs around Rs 4,000 for a spool of 5000 metre comes to Pune markets from Surat Nylon strings come much cheaper and are comparatively tougher, hence preferred by those who fly kites.

AAI proposes extension of runway on IAF land on eastern side of Lohegaon airport
Mon, Feb 05, 2018

The runway at Lohegaon airport is about 3-km long. In 2003, the IAF and the AAI planned to extend it by about 1,000 metres to make it suitable for use by widebody aircraft.

‘I like the high of filmmaking’
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

Gajendra Ahire, winner of many national and state film awards, has made 44 films so far. He talks about his beginnings, what drives him to make films at breakneck speed and his latest film Pimpal.

Yesteryear’s stars grace opening ceremony of PIFF; festival offers film screenings, masterclasses & more
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

At the ceremony, held at Citypride Multiplex, Kothrud, three men were honoured for their significant contributions to Indian cinema. Sholay director Ramesh Sippy and film producer Ramesh Prasad received the ‘PIFF Distinguished Award’, while playback singer S P Balasubrahmanyam got the ‘S D Burman Award for Creative Sound and Music’.

Passengers have quite a long list of complaints about Pune airport
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Passengers have also raised the issue of overcharging by restaurants which, they say, not only sell non-packaged food items at exorbitant prices, but also sell packaged items over and above the Maximum Retail Price.

As many as 12 FTII students get notice over protest that happened in October
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

Institute says they ‘intimidated staffers’, warns of further action

Notice to 12 FTII students for creating ‘ruckus’
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

The notice issued by Assistant Proctor Vaibhav Gham seeks an explanation from the 12 students before January 1, failing which the institute will proceed with punitive action against them.

International cargo facility receives lukewarm response from exporters
Mon, Dec 25, 2017

Pune presently has four international flights, including two to Dubai (Air India and SpiceJet), one to Abu Dhabi (Jet Airways) and one to Frankfurt (Lufthansa).

At Pune airport, restaurants ignore directive, overcharge passengers for water, tea and coffee
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

They were asked to sell water and hot beverages at ‘economical prices’

Project to assess, repair NFAI collection of films disrupted due to ‘shortage of material’
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Firm that was awarded contract has sent majority of project staff on forced leave of '3 to 6 months'

Local trains spell nightmare on wheels for commuters: ‘Delayed’ becomes a routine affair
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

Harsha Shah of Railway Pravasi Group said that while there have been pending demands of additional local trains, considering the increasing commuter population, the way existing local services are being run is putting off the passengers.

An actor cast in memory: ‘Shashi Kapoor was much more handsome than what silver screen showed him’
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Colleagues remember Shashi Kapoor as a ‘good-hearted and jovial’ person, some say wife’s death had affected him

Months after its request for 1,000 new chairs, Pune airport gets 270
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

In the wake of the news report, Minister of State For Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha directed AAI authorities to address the issue. He also requested MP Anil Shirole, who heads the Airport Advisory Committee, to follow up on the issue.

Karim Ben Khelifa on his VR project that aims to bring fighters from combating countries to talk
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Karim Ben Khelifa, an award-winning photojournalist, who has covered long-standing conflicts, mostly in the Middle East, on his Virtual Reality project that aims to bring fighters from combating countries to have a chat.

Day after 8 killed in mishap, workers scared, unsure whether they will ever return to work
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

The incident has triggered a wave of fear among the 300 odd workers who are employed for tunnel construction as part of the ambitious Neera-Bhima river-linking project.

People use mythology as a political tool: Kamal Swaroop
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

In an interview, Swaroop talks about his fascination with mythology, Battle of Banaras, and the controversies around the latest edition of IFFI.

Inform RTI applicants about additional fees in 10 days: state to PIOs
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Usually, public information officers tend to wait till the end of one-month deadline, delaying the process

At Pune airport: Fines for spitting, smoking, littering and other offences hiked 10 times
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Officials said the decision to hike the fines was taken as the area outside the airport terminal building becomes really congested in the evening, when several auto-rickshaws and cabs line up there to pick up passengers.

A month after Anupam Kher took charge as FTII chairman, govt yet to nominate rest of his team
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Information and Broadcasting Ministry hasn’t appointed 12 members of FTII Society — ‘persons of eminence’ from film, television, literature and more

PMPML to stop rewarding passengers for reporting drivers
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

As per the numbers available with the PMPML, in 2014, only seven such complaints were reported. The number went up to 16 in 2015, and 37 in 2016.

A year after demonetisation, currency chests of banks still saddled with crores in old notes
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Officials working with currency chests in Pune, as well as senior officers of various banks, have said that almost all the currency chests in the city still hold a bulk of the scrapped notes, as the RBI has been unable to take them away due to the limited disposal capacity at its offices

Suhasini Koratkar, a tireless proponent of Bhendi Bazaar gharana, dies
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

Despite her ill health, she was always willing to participate in programmes where her gharana could be discussed - Shubhangi Bahulikar, Former head, Centre For Performing Arts

FTII to get seventh pay commission revisions: Ministry of Finance
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

Once the pay scales are revised, the institute would spend Rs 20.4 crore per annum on salaries

No walk-in facility for specially-abled, elderly at passport centres any more
Mon, Oct 30, 2017

Passport officials said that the decision has been taken considering the chaos the “walk-in” facility was causing at the Passport Seva Kendras.

On Pune-Lonavala local train: Woman finds ‘drunk man behaving lewdly, RPF asks her to wait 20 minutes for help
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

Speaking to Pune Newsline, the woman claimed that incidents of harassment “took place regularly” inside the women’s compartment of local trains, as there were no police personnel present.

No RSS interference in bail: Malegaon blast accused
Fri, Oct 20, 2017

Upadhyay, a retired Indian Army Major, said he was not surprised when Rohini Salian, a former special public prosecutor in the case, alleged that she was being asked by the National Investigation Agency to “go soft” ever since the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014.

Our demands pending for decades, say MSRTC staffers
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

The conductors and drivers also made it a point to mention that their intention to go on a strike — unless their demands were met — was conveyed to State Transport Minister Diwakar Raote about 40 days in advance, but claimed that he “chose to ignore it”

I’m on your side, Anupam Kher tells students during his surprise visit to FTII campus
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Unlike his predecessor Gajendra Chauhan, Anupam Kher did not meet with any resistance when he visited the campus. He also had a small interaction with students of 2016 batch who are protesting over academic issues.

Why appointing the redoubtable Anupam Kher as FTII head is a smart move
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Unlike his predecessor Gajendra Chauhan, no one can point a finger at Anupam Kher’s credentials. But before expressing relief or congratulating Smriti Irani for making the right choice, we should also ask who the other FTII Society members are and why their names haven’t been made public.

Pune Airport’s long-standing woes: Shortage of chairs and trolleys; fliers suffer
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

While the Pune Airport director has been asking for 1,000 additional chairs and 800 trolleys for about a year now, his demands are being ignored by the Airport Authority of India even as fliers continue to suffer due to lack of chairs and trolleys.

FTII heads for showdown between authorities, as students, send an ‘open letter’ to Anupam Kher
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Five expelled for boycotting exercise, claim institute rushing through modules to complete course on time

‘It could be a risky idea, but comedy was a natural choice for Kundan Shah’
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

According to those who knew Kundan Shah, while he was a student at FTII along with Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Saeed Mirza, the director studied the style, as well as the philosophy of masters of comedy, such as Charles Chaplin, Bustor Keaton and Chico Marx.

Third anniversary of Swachh Bharat abhiyan: Pune, Pimpri struggle to stay ‘Swachh’
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

On Sunday, the garbage problem in the PMC area came under focus again as a group of local corporators and residents intensified the protest against a new garbage plant proposed by the civic body at Ramtekdi.