PUNE: Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) FLO Pune have collaborated for ‘Shabdotsav’, a literary festival which will be held on February 3 and 4 from 11am onwards at SIU, Viman Nagar campus. Lyricist Javed Akhtar and Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises…

Last week, the GST council decided to increase the threshold limit for tax exemption on tickets for all theatrical performances from Rs 250 to Rs 500. This spells good news for the performing arts community as tickets for music, dance, drama, orchestra and folk performances in any Indian language will only attract GST if they…

For anyone known to the Sarpotdars, a business or leisurely trip to Laxmi Road was never complete without visiting the family’s 83-year-old Poona Guest House (PGH). These visits were special, not because of the sumptuous, assal Puneri jevan (authentic Puneri fare) served there, but more so because one would get a chance to say hello…

Melodious notes from Santoor and Flute were in the air when two great artists came together for a duet performance at Jijau Garden in Chinchwad on Saturday. The concert named ‘Saad Pavnechi’ had Dhananjay Daithankar who learned his art from Pandit Shivkumar Sharma on the Santoor and Sunil Avchat, one of the pupils of Pandit…

Pics: Taal Inc. It is always enjoyable to hear drummers practicing their art. And Punekars were in for a treat on Saturday , January 20th when people having an inclination towards music came together to create magic with their beats at Papertells Art Gallery. The Community Drum Circle arranged by Taal Inc. had people from…

This week, let’s talk about development and good governance. When these two terms are applied to the civic bodies in our city, what emerges is a giant machine that involves the Pune Municipal Corporation, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority and the zilla parishads. But the PMC is always like…

Pune: Families from the financially weaker sections of the city can hope to have their own homes next year. Over 3,500 dwellings under the affordable housing scheme have got a green signal from the state. The civic body will give its land for these houses, many of which will be completed by 2019. “These houses…

Pune: The Cantonment police booked two travel agency operators, both residents of Kausarbaug, for duping 13 persons to the tune of Rs13.59 lakh on the promise of Haj pilgrimage. The suspects duped the persons claiming that they provided cheap and quality services and other assistance to Haj pilgrims. Asif Sayyed (40) of Camp lodged a…

Pune: The Nigdi police have arrested three men who were involved in several pickpocketing and other theft cases in Nigdi Pradhikaran area in the last one month. Seven cellphones, gold ornaments, cash and two vehicles, collectively worth Rs 3.52 lakh, have been recovered from the trio. Assistant inspector Devendra Chavan identified the arrested as: Anand…