Geeta Nair

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After dip, labs look at increase in demand for RT-PCR tests again

RT-PCR tests were expensive to begin with, but the cost has been coming down from around Rs 2,500 per test to a few hundred rupees, depending on where the tests are done. Cost is now down by almost 80%.

The Maharashtra government has mandated RT-PCR tests for people entering its borders from select states via air, road or rail, with tests to be done 72 hours prior to the journey.

Private hospitals treated 80% of Covid-19 patients in Pune

Dr Dhananjay Kelkar, medical director, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, said both private and government-run hospitals were able to deal with the surge in cases and keep death rate at 2.4% compared to 5.6% seen in Mumbai.

Pune’s realty market sees festival cheer with pick up in sales

More and more developers are witnessing a change in mood and see customers returning to the market.

Buyers are getting attracted to properties that offer good deals and discounts and effectively reduce the overall cost of acquisition, she said.

Blockchain & financial inclusion: Digital lending reaches the farm gate

Blockchain-powered digital lending by fintech startup Whrrl is helping raise farmers’ incomes and reduce their dependence on moneylenders

Whrrl is the first independent blockchain platform in the country to cross the $5-million transaction mark within three months of launching its pilot with MSWC.

E-commerce driving electrification of three-wheelers: Kinetic Green

Kinetic Green has been working on an electric 3W pilot project with two of the top e-commerce companies and has developed a product for e-commerce application based on these pilots.

Skoda Volkswagen India exports 500,000th made-in-India car

The majority of the cars exported out of the Indian plant were Vento and one-third of the exports were the Polo models. These cars have been exported to 61 countries with Mexico being the largest market followed by South Afri

Private industrial parks take off in Maharashtra

Apart from Chordia, MIDC has also recently approved an industrial park by Lodha Developers in Usatane village in Thane.

Chordia has already developed a food park in the vicinity where food processing companies have come up, including his own company Chordia Food Products.

Simpliwork leases over 2-lakh sq ft office space in Pune

Founded in January 2018, Simpliwork currently manages over around 2.4 million sq ft in India across Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Gurgaon.

Demand has started picking up and JLL has recently completed three large deals in Pune, Bajaj said. Two more large-size deals will be announced soon, he added.

Persistent Systems to expand its enterprise integration biz with CAPIOT’s acquisition

According to Deshpande, enterprise integration was a universal requirement with its ability to bring data from different sources at the right place and the right time.

Deshpande said the acquisition was aimed at cashing in on the capability that the CAPIOT team had in enterprise integration.

Thermax launches VRS for workers at Chinchwad plant; check eligibility

According to Sharad Gangal, head, people processes, around 200 of the 285 workers would be eligible. The VRS package comprises pension and commute apart from other retirals, Gangal said.

Maharashtra developers see spurt in homebuyers after duty cut

The Maharashtra government’s move to cut stamp duty on property registration for a limited period has started yielding results as developers see a large number of homebuyers coming back to the market.

Covid-19: Pune hospitals struggle with critical patients; doctors, hospital staff crunch likely

Pune Coronavirus Tally: While the recovery rate within Pune municipal jurisdiction has reached 85% compared to 63.8% in July, the number of patients coming from the rural areas and from districts surrounding Pune for treatmen

This poses a new challenge to the city's health infrastructure.

Covid-19 surge in Pune: Steep rise in Oxygen demand cripples operations in hospitals

Coronavirus cases in Pune: At 83,809, Pune has the highest number of active cases in the country and the pandemic has spread into rural parts of Pune district.

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Disruptive technology: A no-touch vending machine near you

Vendekin’s digital platform enables a smartphone interface for touchless purchases from vending machines

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Bajaj Chetak electric scooter bookings on a pause for now: Company to localise components sourced from China

Bajaj's electric scooter, Chetak, totally designed and developed in-house, was launched in January 2020 with a price tag of Rs 1 lakh and a running range of 98 km per charge. The scooter was initially launched in the Pune and

Covid vaccine: Serum Institute says India trials will continue after partner AstraZeneca halts trials in UK

But ICMR scientist Tarun Bhatnagar said as this was a multisite trial, whatever decision was taken by the company at one site should be applicable to all, and this would have an impact on the trials in India.

The Oxford vaccine consists of two doses and the second dose is taken 28 days after the first shot.

Health tech start-up to launch AI-based solution to detect serious Covid cases using X-Ray, MRI or CT scans

The same technology is used for Covid, in which the healthcare professional can easily separate the serious patients immediately and start treating them in Covid specific hospital and wards, Patil said.

Bajaj Auto might lose around Rs 20 crore per month with incentive cap under MEIS

The Directorate Generate of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has estimated that 98% of the exporters’ claim of MEIS will be unaffected by the changes. However, this incentive offered Bajaj Auto significant benefits. More details here!

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Covid singes ice cream industry in 2020

Industry players say it was a washout year for them and there are no chances of any recovery this year.

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Pune-Nashik semi-high speed rail: Soon travel by train between Pune & Nashik in less than 2 hours!

The Maharashtra govt has begun acquiring land for the 233-km rail project which would bring down travel time between the two cities from the present 6-7 hours to under two hours.

Pune international greenfield airport gets a boost! Maharashtra set to fast-track project

Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar has said that this will be a high priority project and the government is keen on fast-tracking the project despite financial challenges the state is facing because of the ongoing p

A meeting will be held on Friday with the deputy CM to take a final call regarding the compensation formula for the land acquisition.

Covid vaccine boost: Serum Institute founder adds $3.6 billion to his wealth in just under 4 months

The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine candidate deal has progressed to Phase-III trials and their Covidshield vaccine is getting government permission to manufacture the immunisation.

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Realty: Covid renews unexpected interest for senior living segment

According to Anarock Property Consultants, the top 12 senior living players currently have just 55 ongoing or completed projects across the country.

Every month since June, July and August we have done double of the pre-Covid level business, said Nirula.

Post-Covid revival: Retailers hopeful of demand rebound this festive season

The Croma and Reliance Digital stores had people lining up waiting for their turn to buy. Laptops, LED TVs, microwave, refrigerators and electric kettle were moving off the shelves.

Covid-19 cases in Pune: Sero study shows prevalence in nearly half of Pune city

Covid-19 cases in Pune: Prevalence was 65% in Lohiya Nagar-Kasewadi, 56.7% in Navi-Peth Parvati, 56.6% in Yerwada, 45.7% in Rasta Peth-Raviwar Peth and 36.1% in Kasba Peth-Somwar Peth.

The prevalence is 45.3% among the people who have access to independent toilets as against 62.2% among those who share toilets.

After retiring as Thermax MD, Unnikrishnan to play bigger role in start-up ecosystem

The outgoing Thermax MD has already been advising start-ups. Mentees have rated him 5/5 for his mentorship, Thermax chairperson Meher Pudumjee said about Unnikrishnan.

Unnikrishnan began his career with Thermax after graduating in mechanical engineering from VNIT, Nagpur, in 1982.

More incentives needed for shift to EVs in public transport, here’s why

The viability gap funding available at present is not enough to cover the cost differences between electric buses and the internal combustion engine buses, Ramamurthy pointed out. He also said that for the next two to three y

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