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Pune news today Highlights: Won’t seek Narayan Rane’s custody now, say Pune Police; Saamana justifies arrest

Pune latest news today: Earlier in the day, Pune City Police said that they will not immediately seek police custody of Union Minister and BJP Rajya Sabha member Narayan Rane, who was arrested and released on bail.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: August 26, 2021 6:46:04 am
Narayan RaneUnion minister Narayan Rane (File Photo)

Pune News Live Updates: Pune Police is not planning to immediately seek custody of Union Minister and BJP Rajya Sabha member Narayan Rane, who was arrested on Tuesday by Maharashtra Police for his remarks against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and released on bail by a court in Mahad in Raigad district later. When asked whether Pune City police will arrest and seek custody of Narayan Rane, Pune City Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta said, “Not immediately.”

Meanwhile, in the latest editorial titled “Balloon with Holes” in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Rane has been highly criticised for his action. “Rane, who sits next to PM Modi, has attacked the Maharashtra Chief Minister through his language. Considering Rane’s past records, the PM and Home Minister Amit Shah should take his statement seriously. Had anyone made a similar statement about the PM, he would have been put behind bars with sedition charges slapped. Rane’s offence is of similar kind,” the editorial said.

In other news, academician Dr. Gail Omvedt passed away on Wednesday at the age of 81 in Sangli’s Kasegaon. An American-born Indian scholar, she authored books on Dalit politics, women’s struggles, and the anti-caste movement. Omvedt co-founded Shramik Mukti Dal with her husband and activist Bharat Patankar.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the release of new power connections in the last one and half years. To make up for the backlog, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has provided more than 15 lakh new single and three-phase meters in the last five months to regional offices. Also, more than five lakh new HT(high tension) and LT (low tension) connections have been released. Pune district on Tuesday reported 881 new Covid cases, and 13 deaths. A total of 772 patients also recovered and the active cases in the city stand at 7,804. On Tuesday, 24,348 samples tested.

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22:21 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Day after arrest, Narayan Rane attacks Uddhav Thackeray for ‘chappal’ remark on Yogi Adityanath

Union minister Narayan Rane Wednesday said the court order in his favour in the controversial remark case against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray showed the country is still governed by laws.

Although exercising caution, Rane once again trained his guns at Thackeray and said the latter had used derogatory remarks against Yogi Adityanath some time back.

“He had said Yogi Adityanath should be beaten with a chappal. What kind of language is this against the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh?” Rane wondered. Arguing, “Thackeray had called Union Home Minister Amit Shah shameless after he made public the conversation between him and Thackeray in a closed-door meeting.” Read more

21:19 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Explained: Can Narayan Rane be booked in multiple FIRs for same offence?

The Maharashtra Police Friday stated that 10 FIRs had been registered against Union Minister Narayan Rane in connection with his comments on Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray made in Mahad. But can multiple FIRs be registered against the same accused for the same offence and can the person be arrested several times for the same offence? Read the explainer by Mohammed Thaveer and Jayprakash S Naidu

20:43 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Saamana justifies Rane arrest, says similar comments on PM would have attracted jail term, sedition charges

A day after the arrest of Union Minister and BJP leader Narayan Rane, Shiv Sena justified the action stating had anyone made similar comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he would have been put behind bars after being booked under sedition charges.

In a scathing remark on Rane, an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece Saamana titled “Balloon with holes” said “it (balloon) will not go up no matter how much air BJP pumps into it”. Read more

20:42 (IST)25 Aug 2021
No coercive action against Rane till September 17 in FIR over slap remark: Maharashtra govt to Bombay HC

The Maharashtra government Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that no coercive action will be taken till September 17 against Union Minister and Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane in the FIR filed by the Nashik Cyber Police over his “slap Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray” remark on Monday.

Rane, who was arrested on Tuesday and later granted bail by the Mahad magistrate court, formally filed a petition on Wednesday morning before the high court seeking to quash the FIR. Read more

20:41 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Rane embarassed Centre, PM should take stern view of his remarks against Maha CM: Sena

The Shiv Sena on Wednesday claimed Union minister Narayan Rane has made the central government hang its head in shame, a day after the BJP leader was arrested over his controversial remarks against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah must take Rane’s remarks against CM Thackeray seriously, an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said. Read more

19:25 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Woman attempts suicide by drinking phenyl inside police station, hospitalised

A 25-year-old woman attempted suicide by consuming phenyl in the premises of Kondhwa police station on Tuesday. Police have lodged an offence against the woman, identified as Afreen Shaikh, under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code.

Police said Afreen had an argument with her husband Umar, after which the latter came to the Kondhwa police station to file a complaint. Later, Afreen also came to the police station, where she allegedly took out a phenyl bottle from her handbag and consumed it in front of the police personnel. Read more

16:50 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Army conducts 'Exercise Suraksha' at College of Military Engineering

The specialist troops from the Sudarshan Chakra Corps of the Indian Army conducted 'Exercise Suraksha' at the College of Military Engineering (CME) in Pune to enhance the synergy between various stakeholder agencies for a joint response to any CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) disaster, said Southern Command in a tweet on Wednesday.

Bhopal Headquartered XXI Corps, also known as the Sudarshan Chakra Corps, is a strike formation of the Pune headquartered Southern Command of the Indian Army.

The CME is a tactical and combat engineering training institution of the Corp of Engineers of the Indian Army. (ENS)

13:14 (IST)25 Aug 2021
CISC Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain visits Military Institute Technology (MILIT)

Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee, Wednesday visited the Military Institute Technology (MILIT) located at Girinagar in Pune.

He reviewed the training and infrastructure facilities also interacted with the Heads of Faculties and Departments and staff officers and took stock of various ongoing training and administrative projects.

MILIT is a unique tri-services technical training establishment of Indian Armed forces that conducts defence related engineering and technical courses for serving military officers and those from allied defence establishments.

13:04 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Pune: Wildlife expert trains safari drivers on various skills

Drivers of jungle safari vehicles have their work cut out — to start, steer and stop the vehicle as the guide points out attractions to wildlife travellers. The result is that they are neither noticed nor remembered by travellers. Pune-based wildlife expert Sushil Chikane has now begun an initiative to train safari drivers in skills ranging from narration about wildlife to performing first-aid to ensuring Covid protocols are followed.

Earlier this month, he trained 60 safari drivers at Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, with Abhinav Pandey from Mumbai and Avirat Shete from Satna. The project was in collaboration with the Panna forest department and is possibly the country’s first such endeavour.

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12:53 (IST)25 Aug 2021
MSEDCL speeds up new power connections in Maharashtra

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the release of new power connections in the last one and half years. To make up for the backlog, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has provided more than 15 lakh new single and three-phase meters in the last five months to regional offices. Also, more than five lakh new HT(high tension) and LT (low tension) connections have been released.

Last year, after the first wave of Covid, there was a decline in the availability of electricity meters due to various reasons, MSEDCL officials said. As a result, the pace of providing new connections was somewhat slow. In a review meeting, Energy Minister Nitin Raut had instructed the power utility to expedite the release of new connections by overcoming the shortage of meters.

The chairman and managing director of MSEDCL Vijay Singhal immediately decided to start the tendering process to ensure that electricity meters are available to the field offices regularly throughout the year.

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12:14 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Rane episode ‘fires up’ Shiv Sainiks, party leaders welcome it as return to ‘core strength’

The muscle power exhibited by Shiv Sena cadres in response to Narayan Rane’s comments against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday is being welcomed by party leaders who are seeing it as a return to the party’s core strength.

In state-wide protests and demonstrations, Shiv Sena cadres attacked BJP offices in several cities, raised slogans and even threw stones at some places. One BJP leader’s face was blackened.

The Sainiks have also vowed to not let Rane campaign in Mumbai during the upcoming civic elections. Shiv Sena leader Vinayak Raut, MP from Ratnagiri, said the party had been exercising restraint since coming to power in alliance with Congress and NCP, despite “provocations” from BJP. But Rane had crossed the line, he claimed.

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12:03 (IST)25 Aug 2021
One week after arrest of Nitin Landge, PCMC standing committee to hold meeting this afternoon

A week after the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s (PCMC) standing committee chairman Nitin Landge for allegedly accepting Rs 1.18 lakh in bribe from a contractor, the PCMC standing committee will hold a meeting this afternoon. Landge, who secured interim bail is said to attend the meeting. 

11:48 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Sharp increase in volume of EMI transactions in the country: Ezetap data reveals

There has been a sharp increase in the volume of EMI transactions in the country, indicating that buying ability of consumers has fallen, a data based on the transactions digital payments company Ezetap, revealed.

People are either avoiding single bulk payments for expensive products or not buying it at all.Pune has registered a 210 per cent increase in EMI transactions in July 2021, as compared to February 2020, while the figures for Ahmedabad stand at 230 per cent. Delhi, the leading metro city, showed an increase of 258 per cent in total EMI volume followed by Bengaluru at 206 per cent.

Byas Nambisan, CEO of Ezetap said, “With severe disruptions caused by the pandemic, the buying ability of consumers across India has been significantly reduced. Due to this, the customers either avoid single bulk payments for higher priced products or altogether shy away from purchasing them. This has impacted sales across brands and created a vast need for affordability solutions for customers across different sectors."

11:45 (IST)25 Aug 2021
PMC vaccination centres to remain closed today due to unavailability of doses

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation's (PMC) vaccination centre will remaind closed on Wednesday due to unavailability of Covid-19 vaccine doses.

11:38 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Rane episode ‘fires up’ Shiv Sainiks, party leaders welcome it as return to ‘core strength’

The muscle power exhibited by Shiv Sena cadres in response to Narayan Rane’s comments against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday is being welcomed by party leaders who are seeing it as a return to the party’s core strength.

In state-wide protests and demonstrations, Shiv Sena cadres attacked BJP offices in several cities, raised slogans and even threw stones at some places. One BJP leader’s face was blackened.

The Sainiks have also vowed to not let Rane campaign in Mumbai during the upcoming civic elections. Shiv Sena leader Vinayak Raut, MP from Ratnagiri, said the party had been exercising restraint since coming to power in alliance with Congress and NCP, despite “provocations” from BJP. But Rane had crossed the line, he claimed.

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11:00 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Noted researcher and author Dr Gail Omvedt passes away

Academician Dr. Gail Omvedt passed away on Wednesday at the age of 81 in Sangli’s Kasegaon. An American-born Indian scholar, she authored books on Dalit politics, women’s struggles, and the anti-caste movement.

Omvedt co-founded Shramik Mukti Dal with her husband and activist Bharat Patankar.

“Dr. Gail Omvedt was a prolific writer and a powerful social scientist who brought to the fore Phule-Ambedkar’s legacy in the context of rising social movements in the post-emergency period. Gail’s close association with grass-roots movements of rural women- farmers, forest dwellers, and women-headed households and her involvement in the newly formed women’s rights movement during the late 1970s were captured in her engaging and inspiring first-person account in her book, ‘We Shall Smash this Prison‘,” Dr. Vibhuti Patel, Vice President of Indian Association for Women’s studies and a veteran feminist told The Indian Express.

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10:44 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Pune: Cops arrest ‘moneylender’ for extorting money, charging high rate of interest

The Pune city police have arrested an alleged moneylender and his aide for “extorting money at 10 per cent rate of interest per month” from a daily wage worker who took a loan from him.

Police have identified the accused persons as Dnyaneshwar Kisan Pawar (42) of Vaiduwadi, Hadapsar and Omkar Sandip Tiwari (23) of Shivneri Nagar, Kondhwa.

According to the police, the worker had taken a loan of Rs 1.95 lakhs from accused Pawar.

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10:37 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Pune: Man held for murdering woman, cutting up body

The Pune City Police’s Crime Branch has arrested a 40-year-old man for allegedly murdering a commercial sex worker and cutting her body into pieces. Police have recovered two bags containing pieces of her body.

The deceased, Rozina Pansare alias Kavita Chaudhari (30), who was from Budhwar Peth, was reported missing for over 10 days. The suspect, Hanumant Shinde (40), runs a mobile phone repairing shop near City Post in Pune.

Inspector Mahendra Jagtap of the Crime Branch added, “We have located these bags full of decomposed body parts, which have been sent for autopsy.”

10:29 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Body of youth who fled custody of Telangana Police found in Mula-Mutha river

The body of a 21-year-old man, who had escaped from the custody of Telangana Police after being arrested from Pune on charges of abducting a girl, was found in Mula-Mutha river on Monday.

The accused, Zubair Shaikh, hails from Bidar in Karnataka. He was arrested on August 20 on charges of abduction. The probe by Telangana Police had revealed that he had come with the girl to Pune and was living with a relative in the Kharadi area.

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10:24 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Pune's daily Covid case count for past 10 days

The FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), Pune chapter, recently lit up iconic military installations in the city as a mark of respect for the Indian Army while commemorating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. Usha Poonawalla, chairperson, FICCI FLO, Pune chapter, said as a part of this initiative, permanent Tricolour lighting has been installed at the entrance of Southern Command, Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw Statue, National War Memorial, the Clock Tower and the late General Arunkumar Vaidya Smarak. Most of these installations are located in Camp in the city.

READ | FICCI FLO lights up military installations

Meanwhile, Pune district on Tuesday reported 881 new Covid cases, and 13 deaths. A total of 772 patients also recovered and the active cases in the city stand at 7,804. On Tuesday, 24,348 samples tested.

TOKYO Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra interacted with budding athletes and sportspersons at the Army Sports Institute (ASI), where, among other topics, he discussed with them the importance of working on one’s physical and mental fitness, especially after sustaining injuries.

READ | Neeraj Chopra interacts with budding athletes, sportspersons at Army Sports Institute

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