My dear friend & colleague
Shri Milind Pathareji
General Secretary
Taekwondo
Maharastra
Bestowed with
Shiv Chatrapati Purruskar
As a Taekwondo Senior Instructor

Pune International Centre (PIC) cordially invites you to attend the Pune release and panel discussion of the book

“Leap Frogging to Pole-Vaulting” is a manifesto for the future, simplifying complex global problems and rendering none unsolvable. Through innovative frameworks and inspiring case studies, the book instils confidence in using our values and learnings to ‘pole-vault’ into a new future.
Panelists

Prof. Amitav Mallik

Chairperson, Programmes Committee and, Trustee PIC

Mr. Arun Firodia

Chairman, Kinetic India and Trustee, PIC

Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar

President, PIC

Mr. Ravi Pandit

Co-founder, Chairman & Group CEO, KPIT Technologies and Trustee, PIC

The programme will be chaired by

Dr. S. B Mujumdar

Founder and President, Symbiosis Society and Trustee, PIC
Date: Wednesday, 6th February 2019

Time: 05:30 PM onwards
(Tea begins at 05:00 PM)

Venue: Auditorium, Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA), Baner Road, Pune

Entry is free and open to all

Times & Trends Academy’s Annual Fashion Show surprises Pune with Fashion of Tomorrow

Pune, January 2019: Pune remains speechless with delight following the grand and spectacular Fashion show – artha 2019 – a Union of passionate minds, which took place in January @ Liberty Square, Phoenix Marketcity, Pune. The excitement in the air was highly evident as crowds arrived to witness this wonderful event which was indeed the highlight of a mega fashion show in Pune. It was a starry evening event which witnessed the presence of some of Bollywood’s fashion icons Like Costume Designer Chandrakant Sonawane, Costume Designer Manasi Attarde, critically acclaimed Director Rima Amrapurkar, Founder of A&I Forum Mr. Amit Danait, Creator of Sholay 3D Mr Hemant Shinde. The event also had on its red carpet personalities like Hon. Mayor Ms Mukta Tilak and Hon. MP from Pune Constituency Shri Anil Shirole to mention.

Times & Trends Academy provided a wonderful platform to present the exclusive collection over a Grand Stage, prominent celebrities, elegant models, Finest Designers and Jaw Dropping Garments. Inspired by today’s Fashion and Vision for tomorrow’s Vogue, TTA artha 2019 collection was cleaved into 10 sequences. Featuring more than 100 designers from various regions, the Fashion Show showcased the latest collection of garments, fashion accessories, fabrics and clothing accessories. Artha – a union of passionate minds this year stood for the radiant ladies who are empowering India each day. Inspired by the multifaceted Women, artha-2019 collection was a perfect blend of past, present, and future. Visually hypnotic, timeless and sophisticated elegance is what this collection offered. Each dress is absolutely unique, both with regard to the design and the fabric.

The runway witnessed polished Power Dressing in the sequence of mesmerizing London, to the Mahabharat inspired collection. In sync with the theme of Women Empowerment, a theme was dedicated to journey of a life described through tree. Aura of mystery was created by the Aghori collection with the smoky touch and terrific music to woo the audience. Promoting womanhood and gender equality, this collection also celebrates the creation of life through the mellow moods of nature. Artha 2019 will also display the Jewels of African land, Cambodian Royalty and the Persian Fashion aroma. The dresses exude solar radiance, feminine grace, and poise celebrating the silhouette of gender equality. Hence, each collection includes men’s wear with the power of telling a story never heard before. Star-studded artha 2018 concluded with a fantastic collection from Popular TV series Games of Thrones.

This year Times & Trends Academy also launched a Fashion Calendar 2019 from the hands of Bollywood’s Favorite Costume Designer Mr Chandrakant Sonawane. Mr Sonawane is also Chief Mentor for Fashion Domain in India’ Premium Vocational Training Academy Times & Trends Academy. During the event, Chandrakant Sonawane said, ‘Times & Trends Academy has been producing Costume Designers who have gained expertise to meet the creative & technical demands of the Bollywood Industry. I am glad to be associated with the Academy that is the future of Entertainment Industry. I am very happy to share that I have chosen TTA students for my next Project film Modi.’

TTA Founder & Chairman Mr Amit Agrawal said, ‘With each year, India is progressing towards new thinking and new parameters are welcomed in a day to day life. TTA always believes that Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. Our Fashion Show was all about the showcasing each phase and celebrating life through the lens of past, present and future. Hence, we included jewellery of the past, our golden history, the trending power packed present and the forthcoming days of lives. At TTA, Each day is filled with new aspirations and a fresh step to achieve peace of mind, financial freedom and a career for life. This year Times & Trends Academy has also launched the Fashion Calendar for 2019 which is showcasing the best of our designer’s creativity and vision.’

Hon. Mayor Ms Mukta Tilak congratulated the organizers and the TTA Family for the successful event. Hon. Mayor emphasized that Academy’s like TTA is a perfect blend of the culture and the modernity offered to the students and Mr Amit Agrawal’s vision to promote vocational education and bridge the massive gap in the education system is commendable. Facilitating the Fashion Designers Hon. MP Shri Anil Shirole also congratulated complete management for the wonderful purpose that brought TTA into existence. Appreciating the creativity showcased by TTA Fashion Designers, Mr Shirole felicitated students with the achievement trophies for outstanding work in the Fashion Show. ‘Students of Times & Trends Academy are truly blessed with the Chairman like Amit Ji and the Management who work each day, each minute to provide students with the world-class education and exposure to the Industry Requirements’, said Mr Amit Danait Founder of A&I Forum. Mr Danait is also Chief Mentor for TTA’s Interior Design Domain.

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The Poona Club Limited finished the first of its kind Poona club Golf league in style.

· Panchshil Aces became the first ever team to win the prestigious league.
· Sponsored by “Venky’s” & cosponsored by Syska.
· The teams were owned by renowned businessmen like Yohan Poonawalla, Vason Enginers Ltd, Westin Pune, Panchsil, Filtrum, Kalyani Group, Shirke and Syska.

Pune, January 2019: ‘The Poona Club Golf League 2019’ began on January 25th and was a 3 day affair that got over with much aplomb and fanfare. The 3 day league was attended by socialites, game enthusiasts and celebrities from the city. The league was played between eight teams at the magnificent Poona Club Golf Course which is the only 18 hole golf course in the city spread across about 100 acres of lush greenery. Andrew Pinto, Chairman of the league said, “We are proud that the first golfing league gained so much popularity and had raised awareness about this sport. Golf is gaining momentum in the country and we are happy that we provided a platform for budding players to hone their talent for the sport.

The league was played between eight teams with 12 members each. This platform also gave a big boost to women and junior players as it was mandatory for each team to have atleast one lady, one junior and one senior player in each team. The eight teams that competed against each other were Yohan Poonawalla Eagles, Roary’s Lions by The Westin Pune, Panchshil Aces, Filtrum Eye of the Tiger, The Holey Ones by Vascon, Amazing Albatrosses by the Kalyani Group, The Angry Birdies by Shirke and Swinging Sultans by Syska.

Some of the marquee players included Dr. Date for Poonawala, Rohan Dholepatil for Roary’s Lions, Pratik Nimale for Panchshil, Shishir Donde for Kalyani Amazing Albatrosses, Amit Bhattachrya for Vascon The Holey Ones, Jay Shirke for Shirke The Angry Birdies, Aaron Rocky for Syska Swinging Sultans, Col Dhar for Filtrum Eye of the Tiger amongst other talented players.
The organizing committee comprised of proficient members such as Swastik Sirsikar (Captain), Andrew Pinto (Chairman), Indraneel Mujgule (Committee Member), Aditya Deshmukh (Member) and Aditya Kanetkar (Tournament Director).

Winning Categories –
Closest to the pin on hole #4- Jaywant Thorat- Panchshil Aces
Closest to pin on hole #16- Jay Shirke- Audio Lounge Shirke Angry Birdies
Straightest drive on hole#3- Nitin Lunkad- Kalyani Amazing Albatrosses
Longest drive on hole #18- Pranav Mardikar -Yohan Poonawalla Eagles
Top 3 junior golfers- Ira Joshi – 11 points from Shirke -The angry Birdies & Rajvir, Urja-9 points each – Syska Swinging Sultan
Best lady golfer- Bhakti Thorat- Yohan Poonawalla Eagles
Best senior golfer- Col. Bhandarkar- Syska Swinging Sultan
Golfer of the tournament- Dinou Mahajan – Panchshil Aces

Winning order

1. Panchshil Aces
2. Yohan Poonawala Eagles
3. Syska Swinging Sultans
4. Shirke- The Angry Birdies
5. Filtrum- Eye of the tiger
6. The Westin- Roary’s Lions
7. Vascon- The Holey ones
8. Kalyani- Amazing Albatrosses

Repurpose Used Cooking Oil Program in City, BDAI initiates Live Collection

· Delhi kicks off Repurpose Used Cooking Oil Program, Gets encouraging Response

Pune, January 29, 2019

National Capital today witnessed live collection of Used Cooking Oil (UCO) from various Food & Beverages Organisations (FBOs) and authorised Aggregators were recognised to integrate with the flagship Repurpose Used Cooking Oil Program (RUCO). The Program, jointly initiated by Biodiesel Association of India (BDAI) and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), aims to create awareness about healthy eating and Repurposing UCO to produce Biodiesel which is a clean fuel.

BDAI showcased live collection of UCO at the culmination event of Swastha Bharat Yatra here today at Central Park Connaught Place in the presence of senior Government functionaries, various partners, and other stakeholders. Along with showcasing RUCO Program, the event also highlighted other social innovations including Hygiene Rating Scheme, Save Food, Share Food, Share Joy- Small gesture, big difference and Eat Right Start- up Scheme. These innovations are part of FSSAI year-long ‘Eat Healthy. Eat Right’ Campaign.

“RUCO initiative aims at creating an ecosystem to collect and convert the UCO into Biodiesel thereby ensuring complete removal of harmful UCO from the food chain. This ecosystem will ensure that the used cooking oil, consumption of which is bad for health is not re-entered into the food value chain,” said Mr. Sandeep Chaturvedi, President, BDAI.

“Today, the live collection of UCO started in Delhi. The authorised Aggregators wererecognised and the Biodiesel manufacturers took a pledge to join the initiative. As a part of RUCO recognition, three FBOs from Gujarat and Mumbai who have become RUCO compliant by fulfilling the audit criteria were awarded RUCO Emblem. The RUCO emblem assures the consumer that the outlet is disposing its UCO only to authorised entities,” he added.

Globally UCO is being banned for reuse as edible oil. Following the global trend, India is backing this RUCO and moving ahead in using the UCO as a feedstock for biodiesel. Yantra and Biomax are the leaders since 2008 in processing UCO into Biodiesel and have processed the same from various sources across the world like Saudi Arabia, UAE, China and India.

“We are proud to be associated with FSSAI RUCO in bringing about the RUCO Movement in India,” said BDAI President.

As of now the UCO collection is 250000 litres in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and state of Gujarat. The target is to achieve the collection of 50,000 litres per month form these present locations. About 200 aggregators are identified of which 15 are operational. This collection is from about 800 FBO who are in the process of getting RUCO registration.

RUCO Software was tested in Gujarat for several months and today Delhi adopts it. The event indicates that the RUCO software is now is ready to be scaled up in other parts of the country as well.

According to experts, UCO is a major health hazard and its toxicity causes several diseases. Under the new Biofuels Policy of 2018 UCO will be converted into clean fuel, thereby assuring health and sustainable green fuel for energy security.

“While piloting RUCO Application, we had started registering dischargers of UCO. It is very encouraging to note that today we received very encouraging response in Delhi which is a major UCO producer state,” Mr Chaturvedi said.

The Association has assured the Oil marketing companies to provide 2.2Mn Kilo Liters of Biodiesel by 2022 and with this quantity the Blending Programme of the country will get a boost.

“Leap Frogging to Pole-Vaulting” is a manifesto for the future, simplifying complex global problems and rendering none unsolvable. Through innovative frameworks and inspiring case studies, the book instils confidence in using our values and learnings to ‘pole-vault’ into a new future.
Panelists

Prof. Amitav Mallik

Chairperson, Programmes Committee and, Trustee PIC

Mr. Arun Firodia

Chairman, Kinetic India and Trustee, PIC

Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar

President, PIC

Mr. Ravi Pandit

Co-founder, Chairman & Group CEO, KPIT Technologies and Trustee, PIC

The programme will be chaired by

Dr. S. B Mujumdar

Founder and President, Symbiosis Society and Trustee, PIC
Date: Wednesday, 6th February 2019

Time: 05:30 PM onwards
(Tea begins at 05:00 PM)

Venue: Auditorium, Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA), Baner Road, Pune

Entry is free and open to all

Do come to LITFLIX on Wednesday 30th January at 5.30pm for a screening of
🐎 EQUUS 🐎
Bring friends who enjoy stimulating cinema.
See you there.

****LITFLIX****
On Wednesday 30th January 2019
LITFLIX presents the film adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s sensational play
🐎 EQUUS 🐎
It may shock you but it will certainly make you think.
Location: Gyaan Adab
Time 5:30pm
*ing Richard Burton
Do come and bring friends along who enjoy stimulating cinema.
See you there..

ps: Please note that at Between The Lines we will be discussing Equus on 6th February. So its good time to prepare for it

“Shoots with Sam”

Introduced by Celebrity photographer Sameer Belvalkar

First of its kind concept in photography

Pune: The dawn of the digital photography has brought about huge changes recently, and those changes have been growing faster and faster over the past few years as digital SLR cameras are becoming cheaper, better, and making photography much more accessible. This has changed the state of photography. Photography is becoming easier to learn, and more and more people are choosing it as a career. The Problem here is that the customers often mistake bad photography for good photography.

After a lot of research, we have identified this need in the current market scenario and hence – Shoots With Sam.

Speaking at the occasion, Sameer Belvalkar says, “We make an effort to fill in the gap where there is a need for a professional, experienced, trained photographer who will shoot in budget prices but take the customer through a thorough professional experience.” We understand the value of simplicity, and so, we have focused on the essentials and removed the superfluous. Prioritizing on the needs of the customer, and organizing the categories in a simple way, we have made sure that we provide easy and straight forward navigation to our users, he further added.”

This is perhaps the first time in the Industry that this has ever happened where an experienced photographer of the calibre of Sameer who needs no introduction and has shot numerous Bollywood films like Jodha Akbar, My Name Is Khan and shot with superstars like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Karan Johar etc, to name a few has introduced this model which is giving employment to other photographers and is bridging the gap between the industry and the end customers.

Soon after the project takes off well in Pune, they plan to expand to other cities soon.

ShootswithSam brand has recognized that there is a void in the market for good photographers who are professionally trained and can shoot at reasonable costs. We plan to proactively fill this void where anyone can go and find their required photographer in their budgets. ShootswithSam, a venture by Sameer Belvalkar, believes in the idea of offering its clients the ease of finding a professionally trained photographer at their finger tips.

The ShootswithSam brand has a team of photographers who have been handpicked and meticulously trained over a period of 6 months by Sameer Belvalkar himself. By working with professionals trained by Sameer Belvalkar, the customers are assured with the highest level of service: good quality images, secured online payment, customizable packages, budget friendly rates and an on-time & doorstep delivery.

Aurionpro pioneers automated fare collection (AFC) system– a Big Step in Smart Transportation and Smart Mobility in India

The AFC system is based on the open loop technology and Aurionpro is market leader in this space.

. Noida metro project was inaugurated amidst much fanfare and anticipation recently by Mr. Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh. The highlight of the launch was the implementation of the Automated Fare Collection (AFC) system based on the open loop ticketing concept implemented by Aurionpro — the first-of-its-kind in India. Now, commuters can purchase a QR-code ticket, RuPay contactless smart card or use Mobile ticketing application to use and pay for the ride. With this new technology Noida Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (NMRC) will save on cost. In addition, it is very easy to maintain and support. Aurionpro has provided this new age concept in the field of ticketing for AFC where card issued by State Bank of India & NMRC can be utilised not only for ticketing but for all kinds of purchases as it is EMV/RuPay standard

Riders will still be able to purchase monthly passes and tickets generated as QR code which can be printed and read by on board ticketing machines as well as gates at the station.

The AFC installation was implemented under a public/private partnership between a consortium of State Bank of India, SC Soft & Aurionpro and the NMRC to promote smart transportation and smart mobility in India. Aurionpro, being the lead technology partner, completed this prestigious project in a record time of 9 months reinforcing its strength in acquisition and implementation of multiple projects going forward. By bringing the QR-code-based ticketing to India for the first time, in Noida, AFC will prove to be cost effective for the Metro in comparison to the traditional token-based system currently installed across metros.

Furthermore, going forward these Card based payments and Mobile application can be used for multi model transportation across metros, buses, parking lots etc. owing to RuPay/EMV standard. Riders need not buy multiple tickets or cards for various modes of transport enhancing the ease of commuting with time, convenience and cost effectiveness.

While expressing pride about this initiative, Mr. Paresh Zaveri, Chairman and Managing Director, Aurionpro said, “We are extremely happy to have been an integral part of implementing the AFC system in the Noida metro. It will enable ease of access through cashless transactions. In the times to come, this QR-code-based payment forms will also be adapted on digital platforms, ultimately making way for paperless ticketing.”

Mr. Zaveri further added that “We are proud to be associated with NMRC and have successfully contributed in achieving the vision of NMRC’s one card one city for public transit systems through Aurionpro’s cutting edge technology. It’s our endeavour to be a technology partner for all such significant projects and participate in the development agenda of our country.”

Times & Trends Academy’s Annual Fashion Show surprises Pune with Fashion of Tomorrow

Pune, January 2019: Pune remains speechless with delight following the grand and spectacular Fashion show – artha 2019 – a Union of passionate minds, which took place in January @ Liberty Square, Phoenix Marketcity, Pune. The excitement in the air was highly evident as crowds arrived to witness this wonderful event which was indeed the highlight of a mega fashion show in Pune. It was a starry evening event which witnessed the presence of some of Bollywood’s fashion icons Like Costume Designer Chandrakant Sonawane, Costume Designer Manasi Attarde, critically acclaimed Director Rima Amrapurkar, Founder of A&I Forum Mr. Amit Danait, Creator of Sholay 3D Mr Hemant Shinde. The event also had on its red carpet personalities like Hon. Mayor Ms Mukta Tilak and Hon. MP from Pune Constituency Shri Anil Shirole to mention.

Times & Trends Academy provided a wonderful platform to present the exclusive collection over a Grand Stage, prominent celebrities, elegant models, Finest Designers and Jaw Dropping Garments. Inspired by today’s Fashion and Vision for tomorrow’s Vogue, TTA artha 2019 collection was cleaved into 10 sequences. Featuring more than 100 designers from various regions, the Fashion Show showcased the latest collection of garments, fashion accessories, fabrics and clothing accessories. Artha – a union of passionate minds this year stood for the radiant ladies who are empowering India each day. Inspired by the multifaceted Women, artha-2019 collection was a perfect blend of past, present, and future. Visually hypnotic, timeless and sophisticated elegance is what this collection offered. Each dress is absolutely unique, both with regard to the design and the fabric.

The runway witnessed polished Power Dressing in the sequence of mesmerizing London, to the Mahabharat inspired collection. In sync with the theme of Women Empowerment, a theme was dedicated to journey of a life described through tree. Aura of mystery was created by the Aghori collection with the smoky touch and terrific music to woo the audience. Promoting womanhood and gender equality, this collection also celebrates the creation of life through the mellow moods of nature. Artha 2019 will also display the Jewels of African land, Cambodian Royalty and the Persian Fashion aroma. The dresses exude solar radiance, feminine grace, and poise celebrating the silhouette of gender equality. Hence, each collection includes men’s wear with the power of telling a story never heard before. Star-studded artha 2018 concluded with a fantastic collection from Popular TV series Games of Thrones.

This year Times & Trends Academy also launched a Fashion Calendar 2019 from the hands of Bollywood’s Favorite Costume Designer Mr Chandrakant Sonawane. Mr Sonawane is also Chief Mentor for Fashion Domain in India’ Premium Vocational Training Academy Times & Trends Academy. During the event, Chandrakant Sonawane said, ‘Times & Trends Academy has been producing Costume Designers who have gained expertise to meet the creative & technical demands of the Bollywood Industry. I am glad to be associated with the Academy that is the future of Entertainment Industry. I am very happy to share that I have chosen TTA students for my next Project film Modi.’

TTA Founder & Chairman Mr Amit Agrawal said, ‘With each year, India is progressing towards new thinking and new parameters are welcomed in a day to day life. TTA always believes that Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. Our Fashion Show was all about the showcasing each phase and celebrating life through the lens of past, present and future. Hence, we included jewellery of the past, our golden history, the trending power packed present and the forthcoming days of lives. At TTA, Each day is filled with new aspirations and a fresh step to achieve peace of mind, financial freedom and a career for life. This year Times & Trends Academy has also launched the Fashion Calendar for 2019 which is showcasing the best of our designer’s creativity and vision.’

Hon. Mayor Ms Mukta Tilak congratulated the organizers and the TTA Family for the successful event. Hon. Mayor emphasized that Academy’s like TTA is a perfect blend of the culture and the modernity offered to the students and Mr Amit Agrawal’s vision to promote vocational education and bridge the massive gap in the education system is commendable. Facilitating the Fashion Designers Hon. MP Shri Anil Shirole also congratulated complete management for the wonderful purpose that brought TTA into existence. Appreciating the creativity showcased by TTA Fashion Designers, Mr Shirole felicitated students with the achievement trophies for outstanding work in the Fashion Show. ‘Students of Times & Trends Academy are truly blessed with the Chairman like Amit Ji and the Management who work each day, each minute to provide students with the world-class education and exposure to the Industry Requirements’, said Mr Amit Danait Founder of A&I Forum. Mr Danait is also Chief Mentor for TTA’s Interior Design Domain.