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Pune News highlights: Colleges, universities in Pune district allowed to open from Oct 11

Pune Live highlights: Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar announced Friday that institutes of higher education in the district can open for physical classes provided that the students are fully vaccinated.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: October 13, 2021 1:17:29 pm
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Pune Live highlights: One and a half years after they were asked to close campuses for students, colleges and universities in Pune can now welcome them back from October 11. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar announced Friday that institutes of higher education in the district can open for physical classes provided that the students are fully vaccinated.

Last month, the state government had allowed schools to reopen and was under pressure to open colleges and universities as well. Although the government is yet to make a state-wide declaration, Pawar has made the announcement for Pune district alone after chairing the weekly Covid-19 review meeting.

Meanwhile, for the second consecutive day on Friday, officers from the Income Tax (I-T) department continued their search operations at premises linked to the son and three sisters of NCP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, in Pune and other places. The searches also continued at the premises of owners of sugar mills reportedly linked to Pawar.

In other news, a 28-year-old IT professional was arrested by Pune City Police Friday after he caused chaos at the city’s airport by raising a false alarm about a certain aircraft having explosives aboard. The man, whose wife was scheduled to board the Air Asia’s Pune-Ranchi flight, allegedly made the threat after facing issues in rescheduling of a return flight that falls within the 14-day airport closure period.

Trying to get life back to normal by opening up all activities, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has allowed 100 per cent attendance of staff in all private and government offices in the city due to the decrease in the spread of Covid infection. Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar on Friday issued orders to allow 100 per cent attendance of staff in private and government offices.

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22:42 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Heavy rains lash Pune city

Heavy rains lashed Pune city on Saturday evening leading to water-logging in low-lying areas in Lohegaon, Dhanori and Yerawada, a civic official said.

Lohegaon and Chinchwad received about 70 millimetres of rainfall during the day, an India Meteorological Department official said. "The rainfall was a result of local instability, that is high temperature with high moisture and convective activity creating clouds in the afternoon, resulting in moderate to isolated heavy rainfall in the city areas," the IMD official said.

Prashant Ranpise, Chief Fire Officer, Pune Municipal Corporation, said water-logging was reported from low-lying areas of Lohegaon, Dhanori and Yerawada, adding that his department's vehicles, which responded to calls from the public, could not reach some spots due to the water level.

"Our personnel went to the localities which witnessed flooding. However, people had already moved to higher floors in buildings," he said.  (PTI)

21:43 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Pune: Preparations underway by principals and college managements to reopen colleges


With college managements making preparations to reopen after one-and-a-half years on October 11, principals are in a fix as only students who have been vaccinated with two doses will be allowed in classrooms.

S S Deshmukh, vice-principal of Modern College and member of Progressive Education Society, said, “Two doses to students seems difficult considering the age group. We just came to know, we will take necessary steps now.”

Meanwhile, Rajendra Zunjarrao, principal, Modern College, said they will begin with practicals, especially for outgoing students — final year graduation courses and second year post-graduate courses. “For all the courses that have practical work, they will have to be considered first and theory later. We will begin with practical work for graduate, post-graduate and first year junior college students in a phased manner. For theory, we will begin with post-graduate students since class strength is low, followed by final year students of all courses, Class XII and then second and first years,” said Zunjarrao. Read More

19:32 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Purandhar Highlands aims to take custard apples and figs overseas

Gowers of custard apples and figs in Purandhar taluka of Pune district aim to replicate the success of grape growers of Nashik in taking their produce beyond traditional markets and overseals. Over the past three years, Purandhar Highlands — a Farmer Producers Company (FPC), has been trying to organise growers along scientific lines to help them reach wider markets with better returns.

Rohan Ursal, managing director of the company, said they decided to upscale their operations after realising the demand for their produce. The dry loamy soil of Purandhar is ideal for the growth of custard apple and figs but given the highly perishable nature of the fruits, farmers have not been able to explore the full potential of the markets. “Custard apple from Purandhar has a very unique taste and can’t be replicated anywhere else. Figs from our area have been awarded GI tag, proving their speciality,” he added.

These fruits require special packaging and post-harvesting techniques to ensure they are transportable. Produce from Purandhar has made its way to Hyderabad and other markets but the volume has been low. “Unfortunately, we have not seen research in both these fruits — what we need is the kind of research that helped grapes and pomegranates capture world markets,” he said. Read More

18:04 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Two Pune-Mumbai helicopter corridors on anvil, likely to boost frequency of shared, shuttle chopper rides

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia announced the new helicopter policy on Friday. Under the new policy, 82 helicopter corridors will be developed across the country, with two connecting Pune with the Maharashtra capital. The helicopter corridors will link 10 cities throughout the nation.

The Civil Aviation Ministry has decided to develop three corridors to kick off the project.

“We are going to start with three dedicated corridors for helicopters – Juhu-Pune-Juhu, Mahalakshmi Race Course-Pune-Mahalakshmi Race Course and Gandhinagar-Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar,” Scindia said in Dehradun on Friday. Read More

13:51 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Pune: 89th Air Force Day celebrated at Lohegaon Air Force Station

The 89th Air Force Day celebrated at the Air Force Station, Pune, on Friday was special as it was held concurrently with the base hosting the Victory Flame that marks 50 years of the 1971 War. The occasion is being observed across the country as the Swarnim Vijay Varsh.

The series of events under the banner of Swarnim Vijay Varsh was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Vijay Diwas, December 16 last year by lighting four ‘Victory Flames’ from the flame of the National War Memorial. The four flames are travelling in four directions and are being taken to major cantonments, and across towns and villages where the 1971 war heroes are from.

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13:48 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Know Your City: When a British officer proposed demolition of Shaniwar Wada to ‘improve ventilation’ in old city

Shaniwar Wada was just five years shy of a centenary when a fire broke out inside its fortified compound on February 21, 1828. Although it wasn’t the first fire in the palatial house of the Peshwas, it was the most devastating of the four fires that the lofty building had seen since 1732 when it was inaugurated by Baji Rao I.

Since the fall of Peshwas in November 1817, the Shaniwar Wada was under control of the British. The fire which, it is said, simmered for over a week, destroyed most of the interiors of the once magnificent yet austere building and what was left was little more than the compound walls and its many gates.

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12:57 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Mental Health Day: Week-long programmes in Pune to raise awareness on need to scale up services

Reema (45) is aware that she has to take life-long medication to treat schizophrenia. For nine years the rehabilitation centre at Pune has been her second home and while she does visit her ageing parents in Mumbai, she does not wish to return home. “I have worked at the bakery set up by the centre and also learned knitting and stitching. I can get a better job,” says Reema.

Disha (29) (name changed), has been suffering from a psychiatric illness since she was 16. Her parents died when the girl was barely nine and Disha’s condition worsened after her uncle’s family forced her into a marriage with a drug addict. The psychological disturbances upended her overall condition and she was soon admitted to a rehabilitation centre. “I am feeling better now and have cleared the Class X exams. I will soon appear for Class XII exams and would like to help with the centre’s work,” she says.

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12:32 (IST)09 Oct 2021
IT professional arrested at Pune airport for making hoax bomb threat

A 28-year-old IT professional was arrested by Pune City Police Friday after he caused chaos at the city’s airport by raising a false alarm about a certain aircraft having explosives aboard. The man, whose wife was scheduled to board the Air Asia’s Pune-Ranchi flight, allegedly made the threat after facing issues in rescheduling of a return flight that falls within the 14-day airport closure period.

12:24 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Fireworks expected as CM Uddhav Thackeray, Union Minister Rane to share dais today

The inauguration of Chipi greenfield airport in Sindhudurg district around 1 pm today could witness fireworks between Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Union Minister Narayan Rane. Ahead of the inauguration, Rane has already upped the ante, threatening to expose “some wrongdoers”.

Incidentally, Thackeray and Rane, known for their bitter rivalry, will be sitting next to each other during the event. A Shiv Sena leader said this will be the first time that the two leaders will be sharing a stage in 16 years.

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12:22 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Pune: Man who attacked, robbed woman labourer arrested from Karnataka

A man has been arrested for allegedly attacking and robbing a 45-year-old woman daily wage labourer after hiring her for grass-cutting work at Kanifnath hill. Police have identified the arrested accused as Shrinivas Jadhav (30).

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11:49 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Only one in two schools in Pune city resume offline classes, lowest in state

Even as schools across the state opened their doors to senior students earlier this week, welcoming them into classrooms after a break spanning months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools in Pune district, one of the districts worst affected by the pandemic, have maintained a cautious approach.

Data from the state Education Department show that while an average of 85 per cent schools in urban areas have reopened across the state till October 8, in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, the figure is only 51 per cent, which means one in every two schools in the city is yet to reopen for in-person classes.

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11:28 (IST)09 Oct 2021
In rare instance, Pune court grants divorce to couple within 14 days of filing petition

In a rare instance, a family court in Pune has granted divorce by mutual consent to a couple within 14 days of filing the petition by waiving the mandatory six-month cooling-off period.

In her ruling, the judge M R Kale said, “Considering the facts and circumstances and the evidence on record, it is evident that due to difference of opinion and incompatibility of their temperament, they cannot live together and there cannot be a happy married life between the two petitioners. Hence, they are entitled to a decree of divorce by mutual consent.”

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11:05 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Pune: ‘Anger assembly’ discusses overcharging by private hospitals for Covid cases

After receiving widespread complaints of overcharging by private hospitals during Covid-19, the Corona Ekal Mahila Punarvasan Samiti and Jan Arogya Abhiyan, Pune, held a meeting – called the ‘Santap Sabha’ (anger assembly) — at S M Joshi Foundation in Pune.

Specific findings from a state-level survey on hospital overcharging, pertaining to Pune district, were shared during the function. In the recent survey jointly conducted by Corona Ekal Mahila Punarvasan Samiti and Jan Arogya Abhiyan, it was apparent that many private hospitals in Pune and many other districts had flouted the government’s order and charged Covid patients much beyond the regulated rates, coordinators of both the large networks, including Kajal Jain and Usha Wakhare, said on Friday.

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10:31 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Pune: PMC allows 100% occupancy in government, private offices

Trying to get life back to normal by opening up all activities, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has allowed 100 per cent attendance of staff in all private and government offices in the city due to the decrease in the spread of Covid infection. Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar on Friday issued orders to allow 100 per cent attendance of staff in private and government offices. Currently, private offices are allowed to have only 50 per cent staff at the office while the rest of the staff work from home.

“Private and government offices can work with full staff strength. However, it would be mandatory for all the staff to get fully vaccinated by taking both the Covid vaccine doses before reporting to offices,” he said.

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10:13 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Pune: Conmen demand Rs 50 lakh from businessman to settle ‘ED probe’; booked

A group of conmen allegedly tried to extort Rs 50 lakh from a businessman, claiming that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) were looking into an alleged financial fraud by his company. The businessman, who runs a reputed group of companies, lodged an FIR at the Vishrambag police station. Based on his complaint, police booked Rupesh Chaudhary, Amir Mirchandani and others under Sections 385, 387, 506, 34 of the IPC.

10:02 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Pune: 45-day-old kittens of world’s smallest cat rescued, reunited with their mother

Wildlife SOS and the Maharashtra Forest Department rescued a pair of 45-day-old Rusty-spotted cats found in Chincholi Village in Ambegaon tehsil of the Pune district. After a quick medical examination, the kittens — one male and one female — were reunited with their mother. The two cats were spotted by farmers, who mistakenly identified them as leopard cubs. They immediately contacted the Maharashtra Forest Department, who in turn alerted the Wildlife SOS team. Wildlife SOS doctor, Dr Nikhil Bangar conducted an on-site examination and confirmed that the two felines were 45-day-old Rusty Spotted Cats.

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09:38 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Pune district records 541 new Covid-19 cases, 8 deaths

Pune district Friday reported 541 new Covid-19 cases and 8 deaths. Over 653 people recovered from the infection, leaving 5,595 active cases in the district.  23,343 samples were tested on Friday. 

09:23 (IST)09 Oct 2021
To protest ‘BJP violence against farmers’, Sena, Congress & NCP call for Pune bandh

All three alliance partners of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) — Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress – have called for a Pune bandh on October 11 to protest the “violence by leaders and workers of BJP against farmers” in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri. Some other political parties in the city, including AAP, will also support the bandh. The city’s bus service, auto-rickshaw service, grocery markets, vegetable markets and hawkers’ shops will be shut during the bandh.

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09:07 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Colleges, universities in Pune district allowed to open from Oct 11

One and a half years after they were asked to close campuses for students, colleges and universities in Pune can now welcome them back from October 11. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar announced Friday that institutes of higher education in the district can open for physical classes provided that the students are fully vaccinated.

Last month, the state government had allowed schools to reopen and was under pressure to open colleges and universities as well. Although the government is yet to make a state-wide declaration, Pawar has made the announcement for Pune district alone after chairing the weekly Covid-19 review meeting.

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13:48 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Pune Airport Closure: Customers face a nightmare in getting refund, rescheduling flights

Trouble being faced by airline customers in getting refunds and rescheduling of bookings is adding to the misery and inconvenience caused to prospective flyers by the cancellation of flights from and to Pune Airport due to the announced closure later this month.

Airline customers are complaining of having to spend hours trying to reach customer care lines to get their flights rescheduled. Many are expressing frustration that despite trying hard, the airlines are not forthcoming in providing an alternative travel date and are threatening to charge a 'cancellatoin fee' if they chose the refund option.

In many cases, customers who had booked to travel during the closure period were still awaiting communication from the airlines. The customers complained of inability to get through to the customer care executives through telephonic helplines and receiving default messages to requests on social media platforms of the carriers.

NCP's women's wing staged an agitation at the Alka Talkies Chowk on Friday, against the price hike of LPG cylinders by the Central Government.

A group of conmen allegedly tried to extort Rs 50 lakh from a businessman, claiming that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) were looking into an alleged financial fraud by his company. The businessman, who runs a reputed group of companies, lodged an FIR at the Vishrambag police station. Based on his complaint, police booked Rupesh Chaudhary, Amir Mirchandani and others under Sections 385, 387, 506, 34 of the IPC.

READ | Pune: Conmen demand Rs 50 lakh from businessman to settle ‘ED probe’; booked

The closure of Pune airport later this month and the resultant cancellation of flights has landed several flyers in trouble with many of them complaining of difficulties in getting refunds from airlines or in rescheduling bookings.

Several customers pointed out that they have spent hours trying to reach customer care lines, but the airlines are not forthcoming in providing an alternative travel date and are even warning them that a ‘cancellation fee’ will be charged if they opt for a refund.

READ | Pune airport closure: Flyers face troubles in rescheduling flights, getting refund

Even as schools across the state opened their doors to senior students earlier this week, welcoming them into classrooms after a break spanning months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools in Pune district, one of the districts worst affected by the pandemic, have maintained a cautious approach.

Data from the state Education Department show that while an average of 85 per cent schools in urban areas have reopened across the state till October 8, in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, the figure is only 51 per cent, which means one in every two schools in the city is yet to reopen for in-person classes.

READ | Only one in two schools in Pune city resume offline classes, lowest in state

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