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Pune news Highlights: Pimpri-Chinchwad primary schools to reopen today; PMC reports 120 covid-19 cases

🔴 Pune, Maharashtra Today Latest Updates, Pune Omicron Variant Covid-19 Highlights News, Pune School Reopen: In the last 24 hours, the Pune division has reported 297 new cases of Covid-19 and 6 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: December 17, 2021 9:09:50 am
Pune Today Live Update, News Pune LiveA beneficiary getting a Covid-10 vaccine in Pune. (Express File/Arul Horizon)

Pune News Highlights:  The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has allowed all primary schools within its limits to resume classroom learning for classes 1 to 7 from Thursday (December 16). The order issued by municipal commissioner Rajesh Patil on Wednesday said: “While reopening the schools, the school administrations should follow the guidelines issued by the School Education and Sports Department on 7/7/21, 10/8/21 and 24/9/21.”

Meanwhile, Top officials of the state Health Department have directed district teams to contact those eligible for the vaccine either through call centres or home visits, and remind them to take the second dose of either the Covishield or Covaxin vaccine. Across the state, there are still a total of 89.46 lakh beneficiaries who have to take the second dose of Covishield and 12.23 lakh who require the second dose of Covaxin.

Also, the Pune Municipal Corporation reported 120 fresh Covid-19 cases and no deaths on Wednesday. In the last 24 hours, the Pune division has reported 297 new cases of Covid-19 and 6 deaths, according to news agency PTI.

In other news, City Police have arrested a man for stealing gold ornaments and money from a house in Ganj Peth, which the residence owner had saved for his daughter’s wedding. Police have identified the accused as Akash Bhore (23), a resident of Hadapsar.

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17:32 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Southern Command celebrates 50 years of 1971 Indo-Pak war

The Pune-headquartered Southern Command Thursday celebrated the 50th Vijay Diwas to mark the victory achieved by India over Pakistan leading to the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent nation.

To commemorate the occasion, a wreath-laying ceremony was conducted to pay homage to the brave soldiers, airmen and sailors of the Indian Armed Forces who laid down their lives to protect the sovereignty of the country. The ceremony was attended by military personnel of the Pune Station.

A commemorative wreath was laid by Southern Army Commander Lieutenant General J S Nain on behalf of all ranks of the Headquarters Southern Command. Read more

15:09 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Pune infra watch: PMC to develop system for scientific disposal of green waste

After having risen to fifth in the Swachh Survekshan cleanliness ranking, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) now aims to go one better by taking up scientific disposal of green waste generated in the city in large quantities.

“The idea is to separate garden waste from daily solid waste and create a separate system for its collection, transportation and scientific disposal as per Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016,” said a civic officer.

At present, the PMC is collecting garden waste and transporting it to waste disposal sites at various locations of Pune city. Read more

13:40 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Christmas in Pune: X’mas bazaars, special programme for prisoners, and more

It’s time to deck the halls, bring out the cookies and celebrate the spirit of Christmas — more so in these testing Covid times. Across churches and clubs, several events have been organised to bring in the much needed cheer this festive season.

At St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a Christmas bazaar will be held on December 18 and 19. According to the assistant parish priest Father William Anthony the main aim is to promote the skills of local entrepreneurs through the exhibition and sale of Christmas sweets. Carols will be sung by youth, children and nuns on the occasion.

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13:24 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Pune: Amit Shah to visit PMC Sunday; boost for party ahead of civic polls, say BJP leaders

On Sunday (December 19), Union Home Minister Amit Shah will lay the foundation stone of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji’s statue within the headquarters of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and unveil the bust of Babasaheb Ambedkar at the entrance of the newly-constructed civic building. Amit Shah was supposed to visit the PMC building on November 26 but that visit was postponed.

Amit Shah’s visit is being projected by the BJP’s local unit as an effort to boost the morale of party workers ahead of the PMC elections next year. The BJP, which won the PMC elections for the first time in 2017, faces a tough challenge from Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) — the alliance of Shiv Sena, the NCP and Congress — as it tries to stay in power.

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12:58 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Some mills ask farmers to sign forms waiving interest component

Faced with the prospect of high interest for delayed payment of Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP), some sugar mills are making farmers sign declarations wherein the latter are unconditionally giving up their claims on payment of interest. This follows the decision of the state Sugar Commissioner to calculate the interest component on late payment of FRP. Late payment of FRP for the 2014-15 season had led to multiple petitions in the Aurangabad High Court, seeking payment of interest.

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12:37 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Developed by two Pune-based facilities of DRDO, Pinaka-ER missile and ancillary systems tested successfully

IN a series of trials conducted over a span of three days, the Pinaka Extended Range (Pinaka-ER) missile and its ancillary systems developed by two Pune-based facilities of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) were tested successfully last week. With these trials, the rocket system is now ready for series production by the industry partner, the Ministry of Defence has said. The Extended Range version of the Pinaka, which is primarily a multi barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) system, was tested along with its two ancillary systems — Area Denial Munitions (ADM) and indigenously developed fuzes — between Thursday and Saturday last week.

11:33 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Schools reopen for classes 1 to 7 in Pune; students delighted to be back on campus after over 20 months

Majority of the schools in Pune city and adjoining Pimpri Chinchwad town in Maharashtra reopened on Thursday for classes 1 to 7, with authorities saying students were happy and excited to be back for physical sessions after a long time. Schools and other educational institutions were closed in March last year following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and later online classes were started for students.

Earlier, the schools for students of primary and middle sections in Maharashtra were supposed to reopen in the first week of December, but the decision was postponed due to the emergence of the Omicron variant of coronavirus. In Pune, an order to reopen schools on Thursday was issued by municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar.

"Majority of the schools have reopened today in the district. On the first day, a considerable number of students returned to their schools, looking happy and energetic," Pune district principals' association president Harishchandra Gaikwad told PTI. Before opening the gates for students, the schools made necessary arrangements to ensure compliance with the Covid-19 protocols. (PTI)

11:27 (IST)16 Dec 2021
NAWPC felicitates meritorious students

The National Association for the Welfare of the Physically Challenged (NAWPC) is an organisation that imparts computer education to visually impaired students and aids them with job opportunities through assistive technology. On December 11, students who have excelled under NAWPC were felicitated at the ‘Successful Blind Students’ Ceremony’. Visually impaired and differently-abled students, who have passed the MS-CIT, as well as those who have excelled in music were felicitated.

11:09 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Schools for classes between 1-7 resume in Pune today
10:54 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Police: Man steals jewellery, money saved for wedding, arrested

City Police have arrested a man for stealing gold ornaments and money from a house in Ganj Peth, which the residence owner had saved for his daughter’s wedding. Police have identified the accused as Akash Bhore (23), a resident of Hadapsar. Police said gold jewellery and cash worth Rs 4.1 lakh were stolen from the house of Vyankatesh Palla (40) in Ganj Peth area on the intervening night of December 12 and December 13.

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10:33 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Over 1 crore in state yet to take 2nd vaccine dose

Top officials of the state Health Department have directed district teams to contact those eligible for the vaccine either through call centres or home visits, and remind them to take the second dose of either the Covishield or Covaxin vaccine. Across the state, there are still a total of 89.46 lakh beneficiaries who have to take the second dose of Covishield and 12.23 lakh who require the second dose of Covaxin.

Efforts are being made by contacting beneficiaries directly through call centres and home visits, Dr Pradeep Vyas, additional chief secretary of health Maharashtra, told The Indian Express. “Our district health teams are engaged in information, education and communication campaigns,” he said.

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10:20 (IST)16 Dec 2021
PMC reports 120 covid-19 cases

The Pune Municipal Corporation reported 120 fresh Covid-19 cases and no deaths on Wednesday. In the last 24 hours, the Pune division has reported 297 new cases of Covid-19 and 6 deaths, according to news agency PTI.

22:49 (IST)15 Dec 2021
Pune: Schools, parents given guidelines as in-person teaching in primary classes starts today

Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar on Tuesday issued revised orders allowing primary schools in the city and adjoining Pune Cantonment Board and Kirkee Cantonment Board to reopen from December 16.

As in-person teaching for Classes I to VII begins from Thursday, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has made certain measures mandatory for school managements.

As per the guidelines, every school management has to disinfect the premises and keep the school campus clean. There has to be a thermometer, thermal scanner or gun, pulse oximeter, disinfectant, soap and water in the school. Read more

21:05 (IST)15 Dec 2021
Pune: A day before schools reopen, principals unsure of student turnout

A day before primary schools from Class I onwards reopen across Maharashtra on Thursday, school principals and managements are unsure how many students will turn up due to fear among parents of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

On Tuesday evening, the district administration allowed schools to reopen for in-person classes for primary students. With barely a day left for making preparations and seeking consent from parents, principals are unsure about the student turnout on Thursday.

Meena Rane, principal, Secondary and Higher secondary section, Muktangan English School, said on Wednesday that all teachers will be present at school and messages along with consent forms have been sent to parents. Read more

17:36 (IST)15 Dec 2021
Shivaji Maharaj, saints developed Hindu vote bank, Vajpayee, Advani, Modi took it to top: Maha BJP chief

BJP's Maharashtra unit president Chandrakant Patil has claimed that warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and several 'sant-mahants' (saints and seers) developed the "Hindu vote bank", and late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, senior BJP leader L K Advani, PM Narendra Modi and other leaders of the party took it to the top.
          
The statement evoked a sharp response from the Shiv Sena with party MP Sanjay Raut saying that it was Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray who first put forth the concept of the Hindu vote bank in the country.
        
Patil was speaking to reporters here on Tuesday following the BJP's victory in four out of the six seats in the state Legislative Council polls. BJP candidate and former state energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule won the Nagpur seat. 
        
Replying to a question whether other BJP leaders, who were denied tickets during the last Assembly elections, would also get justice like Bawankule, Patil said, "It is wrong for someone to say that his or her (poll) ticket has been cut. That ticket belongs to the party, that vote bank also belongs to the party. The ticket is given on the basis of work." (PTI)

17:05 (IST)15 Dec 2021
Pune: PMC corporators push for exemption of property tax for kin of deceased Covid victims

Members of Pune Municipal Corporation’s standing committee Wednesday passed a resolution to exempt the kin of property owners who died of Covid-19 from paying property taxes for the upcoming year.

Chairperson of the standing committee Hemant Rasane said, “The families of persons succumbing to Covid-19 suffer a lot if the deceased were the bread earners. So, party members of the standing committee passed a resolution to exempt property taxes for the upcoming year for such families.”

The pandemic has killed over 9,000 persons in the city till now, he said. “The proposal is now with the civic administration for its implementation and the resolution will be tabled in the general body and then sent to the state government for its approval. The exemption would be only for the next financial year,” Rasane said. Read more

16:29 (IST)15 Dec 2021
Pune: Advait International Queer film festival on Dec 24-25, theme is Pride and Prejudice

A clutch of films like ‘Born this way’, which follows two young Cameroonians as they move into a secret LGBT community, and ‘Last Chance’, a documentary that views the Canadian immigration refugee process through the eyes of four LGBT refugee status claimants, will be screened at the Advait Pune International Queer Film Festival on Dec 24-25.

“The theme this year is Pride and Prejudice. We will showcase four international documentaries related to struggle of LGBTIQA community for rights, respect and dignity. All films have English subtitles,” Bindumadhav Khire, Director of Bindu Queer Rights Foundation that is organising the Queer film festival, told The Indian Express. Read more

15:29 (IST)15 Dec 2021
Pimpri-Chinchwad primary schools to reopen from Thursday

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has allowed all primary schools within its limits to resume classroom learning for classes 1 to 7 from Thursday (December 16).

The order issued by municipal commissioner Rajesh Patil on Wednesday said: "While reopening the schools, the school administrations should follow the guidelines issued by the School Education and Sports Department on 7/7/21, 10/8/21 and 24/9/21."

The commissioner said that the schools should ensure cleanliness and sanitisation of their premises. Thermometer, scanner/gun, pulse oximeter, soap, water, sanitisers should be made available in the school premises, the order added. Read more

14:29 (IST)15 Dec 2021
Hockey Maharashtra, Hockey Bihar & Uttar Pradesh Hockey inch closer to place in final 8

Hockey Maharashtra, Hockey Bihar and Uttar Pradesh Hockey kept themselves in line for a quarterfinal berth, logging their second wins in their respective pools in the 11th Hockey India Senior National Championship 2021 at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium, Nehrunagar-Pimpri on Tuesday. Read more 

14:26 (IST)15 Dec 2021
Pune: Two medical college students arrested for theft at jewellery store

PUNE CITY police have arrested two medical college students for allegedly committing theft at a jewellery store in Hadapsar last week.

The two accused have been identified as Aniket Rokde (23) of Latur and Vaibhav Jagtap (22) of Washim.

Police said that on the afternoon of December 8, two youngsters came to Ranka Jewellers in Hadapsar pretending to be customers, but decamped with three gold rings. Read more 

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma took possession of a four-acre land bought in the name of his wife, Ritika Sajdeh, in Alibaug on Tuesday. Sharma, accompanied by Sajdeh and two other persons, completed the registration formalities at the Alibaug sub-registrar’s office on Tuesday.

“It is true that Rohit Sharma had come on Tuesday to our office in connection with a land deal. We can’t confirm whether he bought the land or the person accompanying him did,” said Alibaug sub-registrar Sanjana Jadhav on Wednesday.

READ | Maharashtra: After Tendulkar and Kohli, Rohit Sharma buys land in Alibaug

Members of Pune Municipal Corporation’s standing committee Wednesday passed a resolution to exempt the kin of property owners who died of Covid-19 from paying property taxes for the upcoming year. Chairperson of the standing committee Hemant Rasane said, “The families of persons succumbing to Covid-19 suffer a lot if the deceased were the bread earners. So, party members of the standing committee passed a resolution to exempt property taxes for the upcoming year for such families.”

READ | Pune: PMC corporators push for exemption of property tax for kin of deceased Covid victims

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