Pune, Tuesday, June 13, 2000. 13:30 IST  
New Chairman of Karve Institute
T he Karve Institute of Social Service at its General Body Meeting held recently, re-nominated Dr P C Shejwalkar as the chairman and nominated advocate Srinivas Inamati as Vice-Chairman.
Bhor Ghat - Alert
T he Bhor Ghat, between Pune and Mumbai will be closed for traffic, from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm, due to work on the Expressway. For the latest information call Highway Police on 5819301
Highway Helpline
I f you are stuck on the Pune-Mumbai highway and have access to a mobile phone, you may call the following numbers to find out the cause of the traffic jam and information on when it is likely to be cleared:
Vadgaon: 02114-73822
Khandala: 02114-73822
Khadki: 020-5819301
June 12, 2000

Max. 31.20 °C
Min. 23.50 °C
Sunrise 05:57 am
Sunset 07:12 pm
Humidity 59.00 %
Rainfall 00.00 mm

Mainly cloudy skies. One or two spells of rain.
Pu La--the Aftermath
A n unprecedented outpouring of grief followed the death of renowned Marathi litterateur P L Deshpande (81) who breathed his last on Monday at 1:22 pm at Prayag hospital with wife Sunitabai by his bedside on what would have been their 54th wedding anniversary. Pu La, as he is affectionately known, was admitted to the hospital on Thursday (refer to our June 12 edition) where his condition rapidly worsened. Despite the fervent prayers of the friends and fans who flocked to the hospital, the multifaceted personality who was associated with literature, cinema, radio, television, theatre and music passed away, at ironically the very same Intensive Care Unit (ICU) that he had inaugurated in 1986. His body was taken to his Bhandarkar Road residence early on Tuesday where the general public will be allowed to pay their last respects until 12:30 pm. As per Pu La's explicit instructions, the funeral, which will take place this afternoon, will be a simple, no-frills ceremony devoid of any religious rites. The funeral will be telecast live on DD 10 (Sahyadri Channel) from 12:30 pm onwards. Apart from the hundreds of fans who have been visiting the hospital since Thursday, eminent personalities like Bal Thackeray, Mayor Datta Gaikwad, former deputy chief minister Gopinath Munde, MP Pradeep Rawat, and stage personality Bhakti Barve, to name a few, came to pay their last respects to the beloved octogenarian. The chief minister of Maharashtra, Vilasrao Deshmukh sought consent from Sunitabai to accord the departed genius a state funeral. She has agreed to the request and the funeral will be with full state honours. Some traffic restrictions have been imposed around the Vaikunth Crematorium in Navi Peth, where the last rites will be performed. Motorists have been requested to park their vehicles at the New English School grounds, Tilak Road, near Alaka Theatre, as no vehicles will be allowed beyond this point. Punecity.com received over 50 condolence messages from his admirers from all over the world within hours of Pu La's passing. These will be reproduced on the website shortly.

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Vincent's Decides to Wait
F ollowing St. Vincent School's drastic decision to shut down the primary section (refer to our June 12 edition), an ad hoc committee of the parents of first grade students visited deputy director of education Digamber Deshmukh's office on Monday, and demanded speedy approval of the hike in fees from Rs. 245 to Rs. 300 per student per month. Meanwhile, Principal Fr. Kenneth Misquitta has decided to wait and watch, before taking any decisive action. Earlier in the morning, the Principal addressed over 1,000 harried parents, telling them unequivocally that they must come up with a solution in three days if they wanted the primary section to remain open, since the school coffers could no longer afford to pay teachers salaries as per the Fifth Pay Commission. The hastily drawn up parents' committee appealed to Deshmukh, who issued a letter to the Principal, asking for the formalities to be completed, and the necessary documents to be submitted, and ensured the school of the co-operation of his department in the issue. He also denied allegations that there was undue pressure on the school to grant admissions to the children of prominent personalities.
Shocking Suicide
T he countdown to the SSC results has begun. Although post-result suicides have become common enough each year as more and more students buckle under the pressure of a system they cannot cope with, a 15-year-old boy committed suicide on Monday, fearing a poor showing in the SSC results which will be out on Wednesday. In a startling incident, the boy, Ketan Dhande, a student of Apte Prashala, ended his life by hanging himself with a cloth from the hook of the ceiling fan in the kitchen of his Kothrud residence. Watchful neighbours alerted the police to rushed to the spot within ten minutes, but the boy died before he could be admitted to the Sanjeevan hospital. Another one opts out of the rat race even before it has begun.
Fund Fraud
T he Pimpri police on Monday registered an offence of criminal breach of trust against S B Shirke, managing director of the Pimpri-based Shirke Engineering Services Private Limited, for allegedly misusing the provident fund amount of 22 employees between November 1998 to April 2000. In his complaint, Gulzar Sheikh, enforcement officer of the provident fund (PF) office, Golibar Maidan, Pune, said that the complany deducted Rs. 1.4 lakh from the salaries of 22 workers as their contribution to the PF fund during this period. However, the money never found its way to the PF office. The matter came to light after an Enforcement Officer visited the company. Shirke has been registered under section 406 of the Indian Penal Code.
Porwal becomes President
S ubhash Porwal, proprietor of Kalyan Kendra, has been elected unopposed as President of the Poona Electronics Hire-Purchase Association recently.
Rabri Asked to Resign
T he Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded the immediate resignation of Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi as she had no "moral or political right" to continue after being chargesheeted in a case involving moral turpitude. Party spokesman Venkaiah Naidu told the media that Rabri Devi "cannot be morally trusted with governance of the state". He also added that there have been several occasions when such charges have been made against other politicians, leading to their resignation, including RJD chief Laloo Prasad Yadav, "though there has been an initial reluctance to do so". He said that it was quite strange that the Congress had "taken the side of the side" of the chargesheeted Cm, thus showing that "it can sacrifice public interest for short-term political gains."
Heroin Seized
I n a major drug bust, the Buxar police have seized a consignment of heroin that is worth Rs. 42 lakh in the international market. A Rajasthan native was arrested from a hotel in a village under the Rajpur police station late on the evening of 11th June. Buxur superintendent of police (SP), Neeraj Sinha, who received the tip-off, announced to the media that 420 grams of pure heroin was recovered from one Prahlad Singh of Kota in Rajasthan who had hidden pouches filled with the narcotic in the cooler of Mangla Rai's Line Hotel in the district's Sarenja village. The police are not convinced by the man's claim that he had brought the consignment from Rajasthan. Further investigations are underway.
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