Pune: The angry protests that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” continues to face in some parts of the country were missing in Pune on Thursday as the screenings went on without a hitch. The audience turnout was low in the first half of the day but many theatres witnessed houseful shows after lunch. Despite tight security…

Pune: Arvind Gupta, a Pune scientist who is known for making toys from trash, has been conferred the Padma Shri award in Literature and Education (affordable education). Gupta, who has been in Chennai with his grandson for the past one year, told TOI over the phone: “It is a big honour… it feels great that…

Pune: Vandana Chavan, a member of Parliament, lodged a complaint against her neighbour on Wednesday. The neighbour had allegedly hurled abuses at the MP — following an argument over the neighbour’s pet cats — on the afternoon of January 18. After receiving a complaint from Chavan, the Vishrambaug police have booked the neighbour. The incident…

Pune: Prompted by the several snags in choppers carrying CM Devendra Fadnavis last year and keeping in mind the increased VIP movement in Maharashtra, the government has finalised a helipad policy for helicopters meant to fly VVIPs. On Thursday, the general administration (civil aviation) department issued the policy that makes construction of a designated helipad…

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…

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