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Pune News Highlights: City records 4,857 new Covid-19 infections, one death

Pune, Maharashtra Highlights, Pune Omicron Variant Covid-19 News, Pune Lockdown Updates, Pune Weather Updates: As the number of active Covid patients in the city rises, the Pune Municipal Corporation extended the operations of its 800-bed jumbo Covid hospital for three months.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: January 14, 2022 8:23:31 am
Pune Today Live Update, News Pune Live: Senior Citizens at Kamala Nehru hospital, Pune, to receive their booster shot. (Express photo by Arul Horizon)

Pune News Highlights: The district of Pune on Wednesday recorded 4,857 new Covid-19 cases and one death in the last 24 hours, according to the latest data released by the state government.

As the number of active Covid patients in the city rises, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Tuesday extended the operations of its 800-bed jumbo Covid hospital for three months. Besides, it will set up five Covid Care Centres (CCC) with a total of 1,050 beds for isolating patients who have mild or no symptoms but no facility available for home isolation.

Pune district collector Rajesh Deshmukh said, “We have closed down points in Lonavala-Khandala and other places in the Pune district which are frequented by tourists and the order was issued by our district disaster management authority. I had got a list of tourist points from the superintendent of police.’’

Maharashtra is expected to see a spike in hospitalisation of COVID-19 patients this month-end or in the first week of February, according to the state health department. The daily requirement of medical oxygen in the state has witnessed a rise, it said, adding that the present demand is 400 metric tonnes.

Cold day and cloudy conditions are expected to prevail over Pune on Thursday. The minimum temperatures recorded were Shivajinagar at 12.1 degrees, Pashan 13 degrees and Lohegaon 13.7 degrees. The maximum temperature and air quality index value are expected to touch 28 degrees and 100 respectively.

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Pune News Highlights: The Pune district administration closed down points in Lonavala-Khandala and other places in which are frequented by tourists

21:50 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Infra Watch: Khed Panchayat Samiti’s administrative building project stuck over NCP-Sena tussle

Political interference appears to have grounded the Khed Panchayat Samiti’s project for a new administrative building. Although a new state-of-the-art building for the Panchayat Samiti was sanctioned in January 2019, there has been no progress on the construction front as NCP and Shiv Sena leaders jostle for taking credit for the project.

With NCP opposing the construction at the planned site by proposing that the existing Panchayat Samiti building be demolished to construct a new one, the cost of the project has also escalated to Rs10 crore from the sanctioned Rs5 crore. The NCP MLA from Khed, Dilip Mohite, has proposed that a “central administrative building” be constructed at the empty plot where the Panchayat Samiti building was earlier planned. Read more

21:49 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Pune: FDA asks chemists to maintain record of people buying home antigen test kits

A day after the Maharashtra government asked people who have tested positive for Covid-19 using home antigen test kits to register themselves on a portal, the Pune division of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Thursday directed chemists to maintain a record of those who buy the test kits.

S B Patil, Joint Commissioner, FDA, Pune division, said a surge in Covid-19 cases has led to a rise in demand for home testing of persons suspected to have contracted Covid-19.

“While ICMR has allowed home testing, as per the state’s guidelines, we have also instructed chemists to record details of purchasers of the kits, including his/her name, address and contact details. The kits are widely available and we have also instructed the chemists to advise the buyers to immediately report to the municipal or district health authorities if they test positive,” Patil said. Read more

12:47 (IST)13 Jan 2022
COVID-19 hospitalisations likely to go up in state by Jan-end or early Feb: Health dept

Maharashtra is expected to see a spike in hospitalisation of COVID-19 patients this month-end or in the first week of February, according to the state health department.

The state cabinet expressed concern after the health department made this projection during a presentation before it on Wednesday, a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said.

The daily requirement of medical oxygen in the state has witnessed a rise, it said, adding that the present demand is 400 metric tonnes. (PTI)

11:02 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Biodiversity richness of butterflies peaks in Tadoba Park, says study

A duo of zoologists from Mumbai has traced butterfly species variations as per seasonal changes in Chandrapur’s Tadoba National Park.

Scientist duo Manisha Kulkarni and Aparna Ghadi of the Mumbai-based Institute of Science identified about 45 species of butterflies belonging to five families during their study conducted between November 2016 and January 2018.

Located in the north of Deccan plateau, the 120-acre Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a tropical dry deciduous forest receiving annual rainfall of about 1700 mm.

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10:08 (IST)13 Jan 2022
State govt urges those testing positive with home kits to register on Covid portals

State Health Minister Rajesh Tope appealed to those who have tested positive for coronavirus infection after using home antigen test kits to register on a Covid-linked portal. “If they are self-tested, then they should report to the municipal/district health authorities,” Tope said.

State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep  Awate said at least 2.42 lakh persons have undergone self- testing in the last five to six months, and have uploaded their data on the ICMR portal.

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10:06 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Hindutva leader Milind Ekbote, three others get ad interim bail

A court in Pune on Wednesday granted ad interim bail to Hindutva leader Milind Ekbote and three others in a hate speech case.

Pune City Police had booked six persons, including controversial religious guru Kalicharan Maharaj alias Abhijit Dhananjay Sarag, Ekbote, his brother Nandakishor Ekbote, Mohanrao Shete, Dipak Nagpure and Captain Digendra Kumar for alleged hate speeches during a programme, Shivpratap Din, held in Pune on December 19.

According to the FIR, hate speeches were made against Muslims and Christians during the programme.

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10:04 (IST)13 Jan 2022
MSEDCL finds over 1,000 cases of power thefts in Pune Division

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) has detected 1,145 cases of power theft in five districts under Pune Division. In these cases, illegal power worth over Rs 2 crore was consumed.

MSEDCL has been conducting dedicated drives to detect power thefts in Pune Division, comprising Pune, Solapur, Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli districts. In four such drives conducted over the last four months, MSEDCL officials have detected 6,428 cases of power theft of equivalent billable consumption of Rs 7.7 crore.

Power utility officials said that Pune Division has been conducting drives every month, during which MSEDCL engineers make concerted efforts to detect power thefts being done through illegal connections using hooks or cables.

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10:03 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Delta variant not extinct yet, but Omicron rapidly taking over: experts

As state health authorities await the results of genome sequencing of samples taken in the second week of January, data so far shows that the Omicron variant is on the verge of taking over the Delta strain. Experts have, however, said that the Delta strain of SARS CoV2 virus is not extinct yet.

Pradeep Vyas, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Maharashtra, told The Indian Express that the rate of replacement is different in different districts.

On Wednesday, 86 patients with Omicron infection were detected across the state, increasing the tally to a total of 1,367 laboratory-confirmed cases of the variant in the state.

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10:03 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Govt response to case surge should be dictated by science: MCCIA chief

Fresh restrictions in view of the surge in Covid-19 cases have done more harm than good, said Sudhir Mehta, president of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Mehta said measures like closing restaurants bring about more misery than succor.

As cases surge, Maharashtra has imposed several restrictions such as 50 per cent occupancy in offices, restaurants, malls and gyms.

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10:02 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Active Covid cases close to 10,000 in Pimpri-Chinchwad, only 5 per cent hospitalised

The number of active Covid-19 cases in Pimpri-Chinchwad on Wednesday rose close to 10,000. The city registered 2,025 new Covid-19 cases on the day. From January 1, when the city had 350 active cases, the number has increased to 9,486 in only two weeks.

The civic administration, however, said most were asymptomatic cases and those patients were in home isolation. “Only over 5 per cent patients required hospitalisation while rest of them are in home isolation.

Currently, only five patients are in intensive care units of civic hospitals while 24 are on oxygen support.

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20:24 (IST)12 Jan 2022
Pune records 4,857 new Covid-19 infections, one death

Pune on Wednesday recorded 4,857 new Covid-19 cases and one death in the last 24 hours, according to the latest data released by the state government.

20:03 (IST)12 Jan 2022
Lockdowns to result in economic hardships: MCCIA president

The president of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), Sudhir Mehta, has said that fresh curbs imposed by the government in view of the surge in Covid-19 cases will do more harm than good.

Notably, the Maharashtra government has allowed only 50 per cent occupancy in offices, restaurants and gyms in a bid to curb crowding. The restrictions have been placed just as economic indicators were showing an uptick after months of stagnation. Read here for details 

19:11 (IST)12 Jan 2022
Pune: PCMC gets government nod to fill up over 4,000 vacancies

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to fill up over 4,000 vacant posts in a phase-wise manner. The civic administration has taken the decision after the state government gave a green signal for filling up the vacant posts. All the posts are permanent ones. The PCMC already has over 8,000 employees.

“We have received a go ahead from the state government for filling up the vacant posts,” Additional Municipal Commissioner Vikas Dhakane told

“We are not going to fill up the posts at one go. They will be filled up in a phase-wise manner,” Dhakane added.More details here

16:38 (IST)12 Jan 2022
Pune to face Mumbai in Pro Kabaddi league match today

After the first match between Bengal Warriors and Tamil Thalaivas today, the second game of the day will feature the season's first Maharashtra derby with U Mumba taking on Puneri Paltan. The Mumbai team has looked better balanced so far in the season, but raider Ajith Kumar's absence might affect their performance.

Puneri Paltan has shown sparks of brilliance and coach Anup Kumar will be hoping his young stars can once again clinch a victory.

Pune thrashed Bengal Warriors in their previous match with youngster Aslam Inamdar once again impressing. He will need to team up with the likes of Nitin Tomar and Mohit Goyat to unlock a Mumbai defence that seemed lost for answers against Patna Pirates in their previous game. (PTI)

12:44 (IST)12 Jan 2022
BSNL copper cable worth Rs 90,000 stolen, service disrupted in Pune

Copper cable worth nearly Rs 90,000 was found stolen in Pune’s Sahkarnagar, leading to disruption of BSNL service in the area.

The theft was discovered when BSNL employee Swapnil Mane went to check the telephone line in Aranyeshwar after receiving several complaints regarding the disruption of service. An FIR filed at Sahkarnagar police station on Monday said that 26 metres of copper cable, estimated to be worth Rs 89,979, was stolen between January 8 and January 10. Read more. 

12:43 (IST)12 Jan 2022
Active Covid-19 cases surge to 8,000 in Pimpri-Chinchwad, only 8 in ICU

Even as active Covid-19 cases in Pimpri-Chinchwad have shot up by over 20 times in 11 days, the civic administration on Tuesday said less than 10 per cent of the cases required hospital admission while the rest are in home isolation.

On Tuesday, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) said that 1,703 new Covid-19 cases were detected and active cases stood at 8,013. On January 1, there were only 350 active cases.

The civic administration said of the total number of active cases, only four are in intensive care units of civic hospitals. “There are 403 Covid-19 patients in hospitals or Covid care centres. Of these, eight are in intensive care units in civic hospitals, while 7,610 are in home isolation,” officials said. Read more

09:49 (IST)12 Jan 2022
🌦️Weather update: Cloudy skies in Pune today

Pune will experience cloudy sky conditions on Wednesday. 

The minimum temperatures on the day were Shivajinagar - 11.4 degrees, Pashan - 12.3 degrees and Lohegaon - 13.3 degrees. 

The maximum temperature will remain around 29 degrees Celsius. 

The air quality has improved significantly and the air quality index value forecast for the day is 92.

09:48 (IST)12 Jan 2022
Covid surge: PCMC bans citizens from entering its headquarters

Due to rising Covid cases, PCMC administration has banned entry of citizens to its headquarter in Pimpri. Citizens have been asked to contact officials on email. Department heads have been asked to hold meetings with their staff through video-conferencing.

09:43 (IST)12 Jan 2022
Vaccination centres in Pimpri-Chinchwad to remain closed today

All vaccination centres in Pimpri-Chinchwad will remain closed today on account of weekly holiday. The vaccinations will resume on Thursday, the PCMC administration said. 

09:31 (IST)12 Jan 2022
DRDO tests final deliverable configuration of Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile

THE Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Tuesday successfully flight tested the final deliverable configuration of the Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM).

The indigenously developed anti-tank missile is a low weight, ‘fire and forget’ missile and is launched from a man portable launcher, integrated with thermal sight.

During the test, which was conducted at a range in Southern India, the missile impacted the designated target with precision and destroyed it. The final impact event was captured on camera. The purpose of this particular test was to prove the consistent performance for the missile system at its minimum range. Read more. 

pune news, pune covid news, pune covid cases, maharashtra news Senior citizens wait to get the boster vaccine in Pune. (Express Photo by Arul Horizon)

Rising Covid-19 cases: Prohibitory orders issued in tourist spots across Pune

The Pune district administration has issued prohibitory orders for 50 tourist spots in its seven talukas due to rising number of Covid-19 cases. Groups of five or more persons are prohibited from entering the one-km perimetre of tourist destinations under Section 144, Pune Rural police said on Tuesday.

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