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R HEART U O Y S E H C T H AT T O U Y L I A D G IN AN INSPIR Vol. 1 No. 38 Pages 16 PUNE, FRIDAY JUNE 1, 2012 Rs.4 WEATHER Sunrise .....................05:57 Sunset ......................19:08 Moonrise .................14:53 Moonset ..................02:50 Temperature Min ...........................23 0c Max ...........................36 0c

WHEN FOOLS RUSH IN!

‘RESIST’ TO TRAIN BETTER

DROGBA IN TOWN!

Stealing mangoes! Every child has a funny story to tell >> P6

Understanding the concept of resistance training >> P8

Chelsea star all set to wow Puneites >> P13

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Medical doctor and corporator of Ward 4 (B) Yerawada, Dr Siddharth Dhende, along with residents and doctor colleagues stretch their arms to help survivors of the horrendous accident of May 27 on Yashwantrao Chavan Expressway, which killed 27 and injured 28

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help her out She is still crying: Dr Siddharth Dhende, corporator of Ward 4 (B) in Yerawada consoling 11-month-old Amrapali who lost her parents in the gruesome May 27 expressway accident. Dr Dhengde is trying to heal the scars. He has appealed for help from citizens

VINITA DESHMUKH z Eleven-month-old Amrapali Manjare has suddenly been snatched from the warm bosom of her mother and support of her father. Both died in the gruesome expressway accident at 1am of May 27 along with 25 others. Amrapali requires many hands that would construct her childhood as stable as it would have been with her parents around. z Ten-year-old Omkar Kamble miraculously survived but has lost his parents and his sister. He needs long-term support in terms of educational and emotional rehabilitation.

z Thirty-year-old Dipak Sonawane lost his two sons, wife, niece and mother-inlaw in the mishap. His brave efforts in trying to save his five-year-old son Omkar, who was gasping for breath, by rushing him to Sassoon Hospital, did not succeed. Dipak needs strong emotional and psychological support. There are several others who have had an unfortunate turning point in their lives. This horrible tragedy can no longer remain a part of the shameful statistics of accidents that are proving to be a nightmare on the 11year-old Yashwantrao Chavan Expressway. The surviving

About Dr Dhende

z So, who exactly is Dr Dhende? He is MD in Physiology and runs a hospital in Yerawada Chawl. Going beyond the noble profession of medicine, he yearned to work for the society. Thus, he entered politics five years back. z In the recent Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) elections, he was elected for the second time on a Republican Party of India (RPI) ticket from Ward no. 4 (B) at Yerawada.

victims need help beyond their families and relatives. The scars have to heal and they will heal faster if all of us in Pune lend a helping hand - voluntary support in these hard times is as crucial as financial assistance.

A timely helping hand To this effect, Dr Siddharth Dhende has written a letter to Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan, requesting an allocation of Rs 5 lakh for each affected family from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Besides, he, along with

residents of Laxminagar, Yerawada, where the scene of grief is still alive, is working towards a long-term support and rehabilitation plan in terms of financial donation, psychological and emotional counselling and volunteering in any other way to help victims come out of their physical and emotional pain. . His persistence doesn’t come as a surprise—he has been instrumental in holding the first-ever ward sabha in Pune in 2009, wherein development for the neighbourhood was based on public consultations. He has helped overcome water crisis, upliftment of slums.

Chain of events At 6am on May 27, the gruesome accident on the Yashwantrao Chavan Expressway near Khalapur took place at 1am, killing 27 members and injuring18 of a family returning to Pune after a wedding in Mumbai. Dr Dhende got a call from a close relative of the family. Most of those who were killed or injured belonged to the Yerawada neighbourhood. Thus began relentless efforts to ensure minimum inconvenience to the family members in bringing the dead and injured to Pune and going through the funeral rites. >> Continued on page 5

After fuel, now power to cost you more BURNING ISSUE

Following the fuel hike, the MSEDCL’s proposed increase in electricity prices is all set to be the administration’s next shock to the citizens

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hile Puneites continue to reel under the shock of last week’s Rs 7.5 petrol hike declared by the Central Government all over India, it seems the remainder of this holiday season doesn’t hold much promise or respite for the common man either. Yet another hike is on its way to strain your alreadystretched pockets, courtesy the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd.’s (MSEDCL) proposed electricity rates revision. On May 28, the MSEDCL published the specifics of the hike, detailing the differential breakdown based on usage. To understand this proposed hike clearly, have a look at the following table:

How about family candlelight dinners? Electricity use by MSEDCL customers Up to 30 units 31 to 100 units 101 to 300 units 301 to 500 units More than 500 units

Life 365 is more than just a daily that packages `life’ in its 16 pages. It is a platform to understand your city better in terms of the good work silently being done by hundreds of good samaritans. Their stories of

Proposed hike (hike charges per unit) 8 per cent (90 paise) 26 per cent (Rs 3.90) 6 per cent (Rs 5.85) 2 per cent (Rs 8) 0 per cent (Rs 9.15, current rate)

Affecting middle class

What’s in it for you? z The Distribution Licensee shall pay interest on the amount of security deposited by the consumer at a rate equivalent to the bank rate of the Reserve Bank of India. This is the main benefit to the consumers, who actually stand to gain by paying their dues in advance. Understanding this concept, consumers should pay additional security deposits, which normally occur in the electricity bills issued in the months of April and May.

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how they lend an extending hand could propel you to contribute your bit to the society. In this progressive city of Pune, the desire to the serve the society is very strong, as we learnt from interaction with citizens.

Do you know of a person, a group of persons, an institute, an initiative or an activity that would inspire people or promote the larger social good? Are you one of them? Life 365 offers itself as your

Domestic usage of electricity by middle class citizens, which accounts for more than half of the total, mostly falls under the 31-100 units band, is set to attract a proposed hike of 26 per cent. Also, the rates for public water works and streetlights have gone up by 15 to 30 percent and 10 to 15 per cent respectively, which will adversely affect the budget of local self-governing bodies such as the and will also lead to a cascading effect of tax hikes. This is the fourth time the MSEDCL is proposing a 100 per cent increase in fixed charges, though last the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has not sanctioned it in the last three years. >> Continued on page 5

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