Concerned residents of the city have formed groups to ensure the municipal authorities take care to keep the city clean, green and functioning.

There has recently been a flurry of international activity centred around the versatile neem.

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THE CREDIT for spreading the message of the wondrous properties of the neem goes to Chandrashekhar Mahadeo Ketkar, whose interest in the tree was piqued when he visited the quality control laboratory

That is what Lata Srikhande, a Pune housewife, did to solve her domestic waste disposal problems. Now her neighbourhood is following suit

Pune is a water-rich city with four dams and three rivers supplying water.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has intensified its drive to clean the Mula river of the rapidly proliferating water hyacinth.

On Monday, malaria surveillance inspector Govind Satpute and his team were spotted cleaning the Mula river, which is covered hyacinth, after successfully cleaning Pashan lake.

Satpute, who has been undertaking this activity for the last eight years, said removin

He is neither Shah Rukh Khan from Swades nor is he young or foreign-returned.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has announced strict action against those who fail to segregate garbage and those found burning waste. The PMC staff too has been warned of action if found burning waste.

The decision follows efforts by the National Society for Clean Cities (NSCC) to persuade the civic body officials to take steps in the matter.