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Pune News Highlights: AQI to remain in ‘satisfactory’ category, city records 96 new Covid-19 cases

Pune, Maharashtra Today Latest Updates, Pune Today News: The city will witness cloudy sky conditions today, with the maximum temperature expected to touch 33 degrees during the day. The AQI is forecast to be 'satisfactory'.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: November 18, 2021 8:30:04 am
Pune newsTeachers help students participate in the National Assessment Survey in Pune. (Express Photo

Pune News Updates: Pune city on Tuesday reported 96 fresh Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths. Among the eight circles of Maharashtra, Mumbai circle reported the highest 393 new Covid-19 cases, followed by 234 cases from the Pune circle, 144 from the Nashik circle.

The city will witness cloudy sky conditions today, with the maximum temperature expected to touch 33 degrees during the day. Thunder and light intensity rain took place during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. The city’s air quality is forecast to be ‘satisfactory’ with the AQI value likely to remain 80.

The National Defence Academy (NDA) paid homage to Colonel Viplav Tripathi, an alumnus of the 102nd course of the tri-services academy, who was killed along with his wife and five-year-old son during an ambush by militants in Manipur on November 13.

In other news, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has collected Rs 3,190 crore in the first half of the financial year, against its estimated annual target of Rs 8,370 crore. It had a capital expenditure of only Rs 258 crore while most of its expenditure has been in the form of revenue expenditure to the tune of Rs 1,420 crore till September-end.

Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the state Election Commission and the Maharashtra government, asking them to file their replies to a writ petition seeking a stay on the multi-member ward system which will be followed in the February 2022 civic elections in the state.

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22:41 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Civilian official of IAF arrested in bribery case

The CBI arrested a civilian gazetted officer of the Indian Air Force here for allegedly taking bribe to consider a junior employee's transfer request.

A case was registered against  the officer (name not disclosed) who is posted at Lohegaon base of the IAF, the Central agency said in a release.

The accused had allegedly demanded Rs 50,000 from the complainant to consider his request for transfer to Dehu Road office. (PTI)

16:29 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Two serving Army personnel arrested for recruitment malpractices

In a joint operation with the Indian Army, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested two serving Army personnel in Pune on charges of malpractices in the recruitment of civilian personnel for an ordnance depot. 

As per sources, the Anti-Corruption Branch of the CBI apprehended two serving Army personnel of havildar rank for allegedly taking money from candidates appearing for the post of multi-tasking assistants (MTAs) for an ordnance depot. 

Army authorities said that the action was in line with the policy of ‘zero tolerance’ towards corrupt practices.

14:40 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Pune: Civic panel to ensure ‘Ti’ toilet facilities are in good condition before pvt agency takes next step

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will review implementation of the ‘Ti’ toilet facility — an initiative to install mobile toilets for women by revamping scrapped PMPML buses — before giving a go-ahead for the next step of the project.

Currently, 11 ‘Ti Toilets’ are located at prominent places across the city and each of the toilets has a sanitary pad disposal machine, toilet seat sanitiser and hand sanitiser. The project is funded via the Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, with no cost to the PMC. A private agency named Saraplast was given the responsibility to execute the project on a pilot basis in 2018. Read more

14:20 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Pune: SPPU to host all-night cultural programme to celebrate return of normalcy

With normalcy gradually returning post pandemic, cultural activities have once again resumed and in a first, the Savitribai Phule Pune University’s Centre for Performing Arts, Lalit Kala Kendra, will be hosting an all-night event, Lalit Purnima, on November 19.

To be held jointly with the Bhimsen Joshi chair and the Folk Arts department, the festival will see songs, dance and theatre performances all night, starting from 9 pm on November 19 till 6 am on November 20 at Anganmanch, in the Lalit Kala Kendra premises.

Performances will be put up by former students of the Performing Arts department and will include a classical music song recital by Madhavi Kelkar, songs dedicated to morning sunrise from Maharashtrian folk culture, a dance-theatre recital Chandrarohini and several stage dramas like Waghachi Gosht, Aalor Gaan, Apvaad Ani Niyam amongst others. Read more

12:31 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Drive to detect active TB cases underway in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad

With the aim of eliminating tuberculosis (TB) by 2025 — a goal set under the national strategic plan of the Central TB Division, Maharashtra has launched its active case finding campaign to detect the infectious disease among the state population.

The target is to cover 1.7 crore people and vulnerable groups. Among the high-risk population that have been identified for the exercise include migrant workers, slum dwellers, construction workers, brick kiln workers, jail inmates, labour force at mines and industries, among others.

State TB officer Dr R S Adkekar said that the drive is underway across districts and will continue till November 25. “Our objective is to break the chain of transmission and eliminate TB by 2025. Last year we were able to detect 1.6 lakh new cases of TB and this year we have already crossed that figure. We are trying to reach out to vulnerable groups and detect new TB cases,” Dr Adkekar told The Indian Express. Read more

12:05 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Teenager drowns in lake near Pune during outing for birthday celebration

A teenager died of drowning in Patharwadi lake near Pune on Tuesday evening when a group of youngsters had gone to the area for an outing to celebrate birthday. Officials said that the teenager fell into the water from a slippery spot when he was filming others swimming in the lake.

Officials from Saswad police station in Pune rural jurisdiction have identified the deceased youth as Anish Tanaji Khedekar (15). Read more 

11:04 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Koregaon Bhima: Elgaar Parishad organiser questioned on presence at convicted Maoist's death anniversary

As Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry restarted its hearings in Mumbai, witness Harshali Potdar, an organiser of the Elgaar Parishad, was questioned about her participation in a programme held in Mumbai to mark the death anniversary of convicted Maoist leader Sridhar Srinivasan. 

An alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Potdar is an activist of the Republican Panthers Jatiantachi Chalwal, often referred to as just RP.  

Alleged to be a top urban operative of the banned CPI-Maoist, Sridhar was arrested along with his aide Vernon Gonsalves by the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) in 2007. Read more

10:27 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Pune: A film on children from ‘sugar schools’ is reaching out to world audiences and winning awards

Every year, when it is time to harvest sugarcane crops, a great migration of labour takes places from the drought-hit region of Marathwada to the fields of Western Maharashtra. The majority are poor sugarcane cutters, looking for temporary work, who come with entire families and live in makeshift settlements on the premises of sugar factories of Maharashtra. To ensure that the children of the labourers get educated, the government, sugar factories and a few organisations have set up special schools called Sakharshala. Read more

10:25 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Five die after vehicle overturns on Solapur Road

FIVE persons died and 10 more were injured after a vehicle ferrying passengers overturned on Solapur-Akkalkot Road on Tuesday morning. Primary probe suggests that a tyre burst could have led to the mishap.

According to information given by Solapur Rural police, the accident took place around 9.30 am near Kumbari village in South Solapur tehsil of Solapur district, located nearly 265 km from Pune. The multi-utility vehicle had taken passengers from the temple town of Akkalkot in the morning and was on its way to Solapur city. Read more

10:04 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Pune air quality expected to be 'satisfactory'

Pune experienced thunder and light intensity rain during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. 

The 24-hour rainfall recorded at Chinchwad - 15mm, Lohegaon - 9.4mm, Pashan - 9.2mm,  Shivajinagar - 7.4mm, Magarpatta - 5mm and Lavale - 4.5mm. 

Cloudy sky conditions will continue to prevail on Wednesday, with the maximum temperature is likely to touch 33 degrees on the day. 

The city's air quality is forecast to be 'satisfactory' with the AQI value likely to remain 80.

09:49 (IST)17 Nov 2021
How decentralised markets are ushering in reforms for farmers in Maharashtra

When Suresh Senkar, a farmer from Sawargaon village in Junnar taluka of Pune district, was preparing to sell his onion produce in June, instead of the Narayangaon Mandi situated several kilometres away, he decided to try out the ‘market’ operated by Vaishnavdham Paunde Farmers’ Produce Company (FPC) in his own village. Run by Dagdu Pawar, this FPC has been in operation since 2017, concentrating on government procurement of onion on behalf of National Cooperative Agricultural Marketing Federation (NAFED).

“Since May this year, open auction has been taking place every Tuesday and Saturday at the onion storage structure of this FPC. When Pawar told me about this, I decided to bring the first lot of my total of 180-tonne produce,” said Senkar, who mainly grows onion during the rabi season over 20 acres of his 50-acre holding. Read more

09:38 (IST)17 Nov 2021
NDA pays homage to Col Viplav Tripathi killed in Manipur ambush

The National Defence Academy (NDA) paid homage to Colonel Viplav Tripathi, an alumnus of the 102nd course of the tri-services academy, who was killed along with his wife and five-year-old son during an ambush by militants in Manipur on November 13.

09:19 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Maharashtra sees 886 new COVID-19 cases, 34 deaths, 948 recoveries

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 886 coronavirus positive cases and 34 fatalities, taking the tally in the state to 66,25,872 and the toll to 1,40,636, the health department said. The state had, on Monday, reported 686 COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths.

The discharge of 948 patients in the last 24 hours took the recovery count to 64,69,739, leaving the state with 11,847 active cases. The number of people in home quarantine stood at 99,859 and those in an institutional quarantine was 1,024.

Maharashtra's case recovery rate now stands at 97.64 per cent and the fatality rate is 2.12 per cent. With 1,02,888 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, among the lowest in recent times, the number of tests in Maharashtra went up to 6,41,55,107, the health department said. Seven districts and seven civic bodies did not report any fresh COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours. ---PTI

09:18 (IST)17 Nov 2021
Rs 200-crore black income detected after raids on Pune business group: CBDT

The Income Tax Department has detected unaccounted income of over Rs 200 crore after it raided a Pune-based business group engaged in the manufacturing of heavy machinery like excavators and cranes, the CBDT claimed on Tuesday.

The searches were carried out on November 11 at 25 locations in seven cities. "The search action has led to the detection of total unaccounted income exceeding Rs 200 crore," the CBDT said in a statement.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) frames policy for the tax department. It said several incriminating documents and materials in the form of electronic data were seized and analysis of these "show that the assessee has been suppressing its profit by adopting various malpractices such as artificial lowering of sales through credit notes, bogus claim of expenses through un-substantiated trade payables, non-genuine claim of expenses on unused free-of-charge services, non-verifiable commission expenses to related parties, wrongful deferment of revenue and incorrect claims of depreciation, etc". --- PTI

22:42 (IST)16 Nov 2021
HC seeks state govt, SEC response to pleas challenging multi-member ward system for civic bodies

The Bombay High Court directed the Maharashtra government and State Election Commission to respond to the two petitions challenging the state Cabinet decision taken on September 22 last year and a September 30, 2020 ordinance, which reintroduced a multi-member ward system for all municipal councils and corporations barring Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), instead of the existing single-member ward system.

As per the government decision, there will be a three-member ward system in municipal corporations and a two-member ward system in municipal councils. In other words, municipal seats will be demarcated together to create a three- and two-member ward system in corporations and councils respectively. There will be no change in the number of wards or corporators; the wards will be bunched together only for the purpose of the election.

A division bench of Justice A A Sayed and S G Dige was hearing two petitions filed by Tanmay Kanitkar of the NGO Parivartan Trust from Pune, along with Maruti Bhapkar, former corporator of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, which claimed that  said decision was 'politically motivated' and "creates discrimination between voters from Mumbai and other parts of the state."

19:28 (IST)16 Nov 2021
Police raid general store selling gutkha, arrest two

Pimpri Chinchwad police have arrested two persons for allegedly selling gutkha, which is banned in the state, following a raid at a general store in Pimpri area of the city. Police have also booked the supplier of the contraband and have launched a search for him.

Acting on a tip-off, officials from Pimpri police station on Sunday carried out a raid at the store located in Sant Tukaramnagar and seized banned tobacco-based gutkha worth Rs 2 lakh, which was allegedly being sold directly to customers.

Police arrested shop owner Tejmal Sundecha (42) and owner of the space Rajendra Sathe (49), and have launched a search for the supplier identified as Sagar Patil.

17:20 (IST)16 Nov 2021
Cordelia cruise drug raid case planned to trap people: Nawab Malik

NCP leader Nawab Malik tweeted WhatsApp chats between an informer and KP Gosavi, a panch witness in the Cordelia cruise ship drug raid case, alleging that the entire operation was planned to trap people. He has also alleged that these people were from Sameer Wankhede's "private army."

14:04 (IST)16 Nov 2021
Five killed, seven injured as MUV overturns after tyre burst in Maharashtra

Five people were killed and seven others injured when a multi-utility vehicle (MUV) overturned after suffering a tyre burst on a highway near Maharashtra's Solapur district on Tuesday morning, police said.
          
The accident took place around 10.30 am near Kumbharli village on the Akkalkot-Solapur highway, located over 250 km from Pune, an official from Walsang police station said.
        
"When the vehicle reached near Kumbharli village, its front right side tyre suddenly burst and the vehicle turned turtle. While two persons died on the spot, three others were declared dead on arrival at a hospital," assistant police inspector Atul Bhosale said.
      
Seven others received injuries and they were rushed to a hospital, the official said. (PTI)
      

13:40 (IST)16 Nov 2021
PCMC appoints new administrative officer

Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation(PCMC) has appointed a new administrative officer (education department) Smita Goud. 

She takes after Jyotsna Shinde who was transferred to Raigad by the Maharashtra government. (ENS)

13:22 (IST)16 Nov 2021
Pune: Parents scramble for Aadhaar as nursery admissions begin with little clarity on entry age

Confusion over age criteria and mandatory documents like Aadhaar has made parents anxious about their children’s admission to nursery classes, already underway in most city schools.

Santosh Shetty, parent of a three-year-old boy, said that each school has set its own criteria to determine entry age and it is creating confusion.

“There are three good schools in my area and I don’t mind getting admission in any of them because it is tough competition to get a seat. In one of the schools, the entry age of the child is above 4 and they have only two years of pre-primary section. Read more

FIVE persons died and 10 more were injured after a vehicle ferrying passengers overturned on Solapur-Akkalkot Road on Tuesday morning. Primary probe suggests that a tyre burst could have led to the mishap.

According to information given by Solapur Rural police, the accident took place around 9.30 am near Kumbari village in South Solapur tehsil of Solapur district, located nearly 265 km from Pune. The multi-utility vehicle had taken passengers from the temple town of Akkalkot in the morning and was on its way to Solapur city. Assistant Inspector Atul Bhosle, in-charge of Walsang police station, said, “Based on primary probe, we believe that the vehicle went out of control of the driver after the front tyre of the vehicle burst. The vehicle turned at least twice, causing serious injuries to the passengers.”

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