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2013 and qualified. around 400 people were fined Rs 100 each at the same spot for not using helmets.“We have been instructed by our superiors that we should not stop people only for helmets The intensity of the drive after the first two days has gone down” said a traffic policeman on duty on Saturday Some people were even seen arguing with the traffic police that such “sudden implementations” were uncalled for An IT professional was fined Rs 100 for not wearing a helmet even as he kept pleading with traffic policemen that he would soon buy one A businessman in his late sixties was asked to buy a helmet as soon as possible but let off without a fine “With such a large number of two-wheeler riders yet to pick the habit of wearing helmets it becomes difficult to stop two or three There are many who do not even know about the rule” said a policeman at the junction Samaira Khan a beautician who was travelling to Camp questioned the helmet rule itself “People should be allowed the discretion to choose whether to wear a helmet or not Why should such rules be announced without any discussion or debate” she said after being let off by the traffic police without a fine adding that she did not intend to buy a helmet at all Inspector Bajirao Mole who heads the Wanavdi traffic police division said that after the protests on Friday the state government had asked them to go a little easy on the helmet drive “Though we are still fining violators it is not same as Thursday and Friday when we had fined more than 400 people each at the junctions of Golibar maidan Bhairoba Nullah Fatima Nagar Ram Tekdi and St Mary’s chowk Since we have slowed down the drive we are not expecting to fine more than 40-50 people” he said A traffic policewoman waiting at the junction said she had started fining commuters for not using helmets but they were called towards noon by the traffic heads and asked to go slow Mole however said the first two days of drive has helped make people aware of the rule “People should realise that head gear is very important As our drive intensifies I am sure they will” University Square 5 pm The Pune University Square one of the key junctions in the city sees traffic coming to and from the suburbs like Aundh Pashan Baner Balewadi Bavdhan Wakad and Sangvi Helmet was more of an exception than a rule at this crucial junction on Saturday A traffic policeman from Chatushrungi division said “We are getting very different reactions from people One man even went to the extent of saying that till everyone else wears a helmet he will not Some get angry but many understand it is important to wear helmets even when they are riding for short distances” Management professional Ashish Das caught riding without a helmet said “I have paid the fine and learnt my lesson” A look at the bikes stopped at the signal shows that not more than 20 to 30 per cent of the riders are wearing helmets the percentage being even lower among the pillion riders”A traffic policeman said “We have observed that percentage of those wearing helmets is lower in women than in men” Ambedkar Chowk Pimpri 11 am At Pimpri’s Ambedkar Chowk on Saturday Rajesh Stephen One of the main junctions of the twin township the Ambedkdar chowk is on the Old Mumbai-Pune Highway With four roads converging at this junction vehicles criss-cross in the direction of Pimpri Station Nehrunagar Chinchwad and Vallabhnagar On an average the chowk sees more than 500 vehicles passing through in different directions At any given time the chowk has the presence of around four traffic constables who try to bring a semblance of order to the traffic flow Saturday mornings are supposed to be peak hours for traffic and two-wheelers easily outnumber other vehicles on the road However not even five per cent of them were seen wearing helmets Nikhil Sathe a resident of Ajmera was one of the rare few wearing a helmet As he revved up his sports bike Sathe said he never left his home without his helmet “The helmet goes well the ensemble”he said If style is Sathe’s reason for wearing a helmet Hrishikesh Patil a second-year engineering student thinks helmet would ruin his expensive coiffure “Yes I have read about helmets being made compulsory but I have managed to dodge the cops so far In case they stop me I sweet-talk my way out of it” he says However Patil says his parents have asked him to get a helmet within the next few days Home maker Sangita Shevale thinks helmets are cumbersome to wear “When I have to drop my child to the school how will I manage the helmet”she says Although she was not wearing it Shevale had a helmet with her “Just in case the cops try to fine me” Chinchwad chowk 12 noon Another major traffic junction on the Old Mumbai-Pune Highway the Chinchwad chowk can be a motorist’s nightmare due to the heavy flow of the traffic from all directions Vehicles cross this signal to travel to Chinchwadgaon Chinchwad MIDC Pune and Akurdi With a major mall-cum-multiplex situated just a stone’s throw away from the chowk a large number of vehicles take an U-turn here According to Santosh Adagale a traffic constable posted here on an average around 600 vehicles pass this chowk in an hour’s time The situation at Ambedkar Chowk was also reflected here with just 5- 6 per cent of the two wheeler riders donning helmets Traffic police said they had been asked to go slow on offenders as the general public needed a day or two to buy helmets “We are raising awareness about the matter” said Adagale However many of the motorists were casual about the helmet drive Snigdha Roy a resident of Kalewadi recalled that such drives had taken in the past also “Things fizzle out after a day or two” she said Roy who was wearing a helmet said she believed it saved her from grievous injuries For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 7 2016 5:12 am In 2014 also the administration had earmarked three sites — Circus Ground in Sector 17 Exhibition Ground in Sector 34 and Circus Ground in Manimajra — for sale of crackers but had to revert the decision after Kirron Kher had intervened Top News Unhappy with the decision of Chandigarh Administration allowing sale of crackers only at three locations a delegation of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) met UT Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi on Thursday The delegation led by CBM president Anil Vohra urged the Ajit Balaji Joshi to reverse the decision The authorities have identified three sites — Sector 25 Rally Ground Sector 43 Apani Mandi Ground and Manimajra Dussehra Ground— for sale of crackers and has imposed a ban on sale of crackers in other parts of the city The traders expressed resentment over authorities taking this decision without consulting them “The move directly impacts the traders They should have consulted the traders before taking such decisions” said Vohra With DC making no commitment to take back the decision the traders have decided to approach local Member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher In 2014 also the administration had earmarked three sites — Circus Ground in Sector 17 Exhibition Ground in Sector 34 and Circus Ground in Manimajra — for sale of crackers but had to revert the decision after Kirron Kher had intervened For the past many years traders have been selling crackers in densely populated sectors like Sector 7 15 22 23 26 24 and in villages like Burial Kajheri Maloya and Palsora With little check the traders violates guidelines pertaining to fire safety and encroachment The delegation also complained about harassment being faced by the traders dealing in packing material at the hand of enforcement staff The National Green Tribunal on December 4 2015 had imposed fine on use of plastic bag plates and glasses After the orders the administration swung into action by launching a sustained drive against use of plastic The traders allege that the enforcement staff harass them by seizing plastic packing material which is not covered under the ban Charanjiv Singh Chairman of CBM raised objection in the manner in which the raids were being conducted Charanjiv Singh said that the enforcement staff force their way into shops without any uniform or identity cards Meanwhile DC Ajit Balaji Joshi assured the delegates that he would look into the matter For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsUS Republican senators threaten to bolt from Obamacare repeal effort | Reuters World Reuters Jul 28 2017 05:45:07 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Published Date: Jul 28 2017 05:45 AM | Updated Date: Jul 28 2017 05:45 AM Tags : #Reuters Also See New York:Kevin Anderson stands out at 6ft 8ins (202m) as the South African readies to tackle Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s US Open final Tall in stature the 31-year-old has also had to develop a thick skin Born in Johannesburg but a long-time resident of the United States Anderson is his country’s leading tennis player by a country mile Kevin Anderson returns a shot from Pablo Carreno Busta during the US Open semi-finals After a successful college stint in the United States at the University of Illinois Anderson’s professional career had been one of peaks and troughs But having reached his first Grand Slam final at the age of 31 and at the 32nd attmept he is the blueprint for perseverance Hip problems saw his world ranking slump in January this year to 80 its lowest in seven years He has also shrugged off leg and elbow injuries in 2017 In 2016 his medical complaints stretched to ankle surgery groin left knee and right shoulder problems On Sunday he will be the first South African in the US championship match since Cliff Drysdale lost to Manuel Santana in 1965 He is also the first from his country into a Grand Slam final since Kevin Curren made the 1984 Australian Open final Should he overcome Nadal he’d be the South African champion at a Slam since Johan Kriek at the 1981 Australian Open Anderson has three titles — on home ground at Johannesburg in 2011 Delray Beach in 2012 and Winston-Salem two years ago But it has not been an easy road for a man who has faced death threats as well as being labeled a traitor for his less-than enthusiastic commitment to the Davis Cup "It pretty much happens after every match regardless of the circumstances" said Anderson after a first round loss at Wimbledon in 2015 had many on social media baying for his blood "People who have bet on the match tend to take to social media and say very inappropriate things" He has attracted criticism at home for not playing Davis Cup since 2011 having featured in just five ties But with the South African number two Lloyd Harris languishing at 231 in the world rankings Anderson insists he has a key role to play in inspiring youngsters at home to take up tennis "I try and focus on the youth coming up and I think tennis is a great sport regardless of how far you make it just obviously a lot of good life lessons" he said It’s an ambitious goal in a country whose sporting obsessions are rugby football and cricket and where individual success has come courtesy of its golfers Off the court Anderson is married to college sweetheart Kelsey and counts the likes of South Africa cricket superstar AB de Villiers amongst his friends He is also an influential member of the ATP Players Council By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: April 8 2016 2:13 am It will reduce travel time between Eastern Express Highway in Sion and BKC to around five minutes Related News The government has decided to broaden the scope of the master plan for the ambitious International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) to lay more stress on design branding and art A task-force to take the IFSC project forward led by Union Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha approved changes in the tender floated to choose a firm to design a plan for the IFSC Share This Article Related Article The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) which is the special planning agency for the BKC will soon issue a corrigendum to the tenders to incorporate the changes and extend the date of bid submission to mid-May A senior official who did not wish to be named said “The changes are from the perspective of bringing in more competition and to have more focus on design and a strong arts and culture integration We already have about 40 companies from across 11 countries who have evinced interest in designing the master plan for the IFSC by attending the pre-bid” The changes were approved after a round of presentations on branding advertising and arts and culture including one by actor Amitabh Bachchan who was invited to join the task-force in February “He pointed out that the allure of south Mumbai as a business district was its inviting architecture its various sculptors and avenues for art He said over a period of time we have forgotten that people need these elements around them when they go to work and the IFSC should also be a cultural centre with international collaborations for art” the official said The task force also had three private advertising and branding agencies — Mccan Erickson Ogilvy & Mather and Adfactors — giving presentations on the importance of branding and how authorities can go about branding and marketing the proposed IFSC’s perception For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Published: August 11 2016 8:06 pm Jonathan Calleri spent the first six months of 2016 on loan with Brazilian side Sao Paulo (Source: AP) Top News Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri has moved to West Ham United on a season-long loan from Deportivo Maldonado the Premier League side confirmed on Thursday The 22-year-old played for Argentina at the Olympics in Rio as they were eliminated in the group stage and will arrive in London next week “Unfortunately for him but good for us Argentina were knocked out of the Olympics this week” West Ham coach Slaven Bilic told the club’s website “so he should be here with us pretty soon depending on the work permit “He is a top striker” Bilic added “You need a squad of course but it is all about the balance” Calleri spent the first six months of 2016 on loan with Brazilian side Sao Paulo and was top scorer in the 2016 Copa Libertadores having previously represented Boca Juniors in his homeland For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by MANOJ MORE | Pune | Published: June 14 2012 5:01 am Related News Around 9 am on Wednesdaywhen 75-year-old Malti Kale and other “aajis” from her neighbourhood reached Nashik Phata chowk on the Pune-Mumbai highway for a darshan of the Sant Tukaram palkhithey were in for a rude shock when other devotees told them the palkhi had left on its onward journeydeviating from the usual routine Malti and other elderly women sat for two hours on the highway stunned at having missed a darshan of their Lord “For four decadesI don’t remember ever having missed the palkhi darshan This is the first time I missed my God” she said Like Maltihundreds of faithful from Sant Tukaram NagarVallabhnagarShankarwadiNashik PhataKasarwadiKundannagarPhugewadiDapodiGurav PimpleLandewadiIndrayani Nagar and CIRT area who converged on the Pune-Mumbai highway around 8 in the morning wore a dismayed lookwith some breaking into tears for missing a darshan “There was no intimation No information was provided to citizens How can they take away the palkhi just like that It does not happen every dayit is a once-an-year opportunity for devotees to get closer to God” said Usha Landge in a group of women standing on the highway The Sant Tukaram palkhi had arrived at HA grounds in Pimpri around 5 pm on Tuesday The palkhi apparently left Sant Tukaram Nagar around 615 am on Wednesday and by 830 amhad crossed PCMC limits Former mayor Yogesh Behlwho lives in Sant Tukaram Nagar said”I was surprised this morning as to how the palkhi left early I think the police and the palkhi pramukh took the decision We had no idea” Volunteers of several organisations and residential societies who had made arrangements for breakfast and drinking water for warkaris were equally dazed “We had prepared food early in the morning for 400 warkaris When we went to the highway around 830most warkaris had disappeared” said Sanjay Shahchairman of Goyal ResidencyKasarwadi Sanjay Shendge who runs a school in Shastrinagar area had come with several students who had prepared food for warkaris “The spirits of our students were dampened Around 9 amthe highway is jammed with warkaris during the fest This yearwarkaris were hard to come by” A former trustee of Dehu Sansthan said he found it difficult to understand why the palkhi was moved early “All along the waythere were few devotees compared to the previous years This is because people know the time the palkhi arrives and leaves It was very disappointing” he said When contactedpalkhi pramukh Nitin More said”On our partwe had disseminated proper information regarding the time the palkhi will pass through a particular area” He said they had started early from Pimpri to “protect the warkaris from the blazing sun” He said they could save timewhich helped warkaris take breakfast and lunch at the proper time When told that several citizens on the way had wept after missing the palkhihe said”We sympathise with the devotees…but we have to think of our warkaris who have to walk for kilometres together” For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Smriti Sharma Vasudeva | Chandigarh | Published: August 19 2012 5:14 am Related News … Even as hundreds of staff continue to wait for allotment Even as hundreds of government employees working in UT departments continue to wait for a government househundreds of houses built five decades ago are in dilapidated condition for want of renovation Standing the test of timethese houses have turned into haunted houses and are literally uninhabitable going by their pathetic conditions with overgrown grass in the lawnsbroken windowpanes and doorsmany of these have not been occupied for years together In factthese houses which are lying vacant for years are mostly serving as night dens for miscreants who use the broken doors as passages to the houses A visit to some of these houses revealed bottles of liquorbidis cigarette butts lying in the houses Interestinglymost of these houses are for middle rung and lower rung staff such as group CD employees and some of these are for Group B employees The neighbors staying in the vicinity have complained to the authorities several times that these houses are being used by anti social elements but the pleas have fallen on deaf ears Owing to the ramshackle conditionsthere are no takers for these houses mostly located in the heart of the city in some of the most prime sectors including Sector 19202223 Officials of the UT Engineering department peg the total numbers of government houses at around 13000out of which about 3000 houses are about five decades old Speaking with NewslineUT Chief Engineer S K Chaddha said? 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