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Pune news highlights: Pune records 306 fresh Covid-19 cases; 108th Science Congress called-off due to Covid-19

The cumulative number of Covid infections in Maharashtra stand at 66,26,875 with 1,003 new cases and total death toll at 1,40,668.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: November 20, 2021 7:43:35 am
pune news, pune weather news, pune rainsCloudy skies seen in Pune on Wednesday. The IMD has forecast warm nights in the city till the weekend. (Express Photo by Pavan Khengre)

Pune region on Wednesday reported 306 fresh Covid-19 cases with 15 deaths, the highest in Maharashtra. The cumulative number of Covid infections in the state stand at 66,26,875 with 1,003 new cases while the total death toll is at 1,40,668.

In other news, as the 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 the city to mark the death anniversary of convicted Maoist leader Sridhar Srinivasan.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) headquarters on Constitution Day on November 26. During his visit, Shah will unveil the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar at the entrance of the extended main building of PMC. He will also lay the foundation stone for setting up a memorial of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the garden within the civic headquarter premises.

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Pune news: Pune region reports 306 fresh Covid-19 cases and 15 deaths; Union Home Minister Amit Shah to visit PMC headquarters on Nov 26 Constitution Day; Koregaon Bhima witness questioned on participation in Maoist leader's death anniversary.

23:05 (IST)18 Nov 2021
Extensive water pollution around 2 thermal power plants in Nagpur: Study

A new study has revealed extensive and rampant water pollution in the areas around two thermal power plants in Nagpur. The study was jointly conducted by the Centre for Sustainable Development (CFSD) in Nagpur, Manthan Adhyayan Kendra in Pune, and ASAR Social Impact Advisors Pvt Ltd. The study collected water samples from 25 locations and found surface and groundwater contaminated with toxic metals.

The report, 'Polluted Power: How Koradi And Khaperkheda Thermal Power Stations Are Impacting the Environment', has sought an immediate halt to the discharge of pollutants from power plants and ash ponds. Fly ash is a byproduct of coal combustion, which generates more than 70 per cent of India’s electricity.

This ash is typically mixed with water and stored in large ash ponds lined with dykes to hold the slurry in place. The wet disposal of ash into ash ponds is the most common method widely used in all power stations. These dykes frequent collapse, flooding nearby farms, fields and even homes with toxic ash, which is known to pollute soil, air and water, damage crops and cause cardiopulmonary illnesses.

16:20 (IST)18 Nov 2021
Rainfall activity over Maharashtra to continue till end of this week

The maximum rainfall is forecast between Thursday and Saturday over Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Sindhudurg, Pune, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur. With rainfall forecast over the coming days, IMD officials have stated that winter chill will be missing from most parts of the state for another five to seven days.

(Express photo by Pavan Khengre)

(Express photo by Pavan Khengre)

14:25 (IST)18 Nov 2021
Pune Infra Watch: PMC to conduct awareness projects on air pollution, waste management in 5 gardens

To create awareness among citizens on air pollution and waste recycling, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is set to provide a dedicated area in five of its gardens to carry out public awareness campaigns through innovative ideas.

The PMC has undertaken the initiative under the Union government’s National Clean Air Program (NCAP), the objective of which are the stringent implementation of mitigation measures for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution, augmenting and strengthening air quality monitoring network across the country and augmenting public awareness and capacity-building measures. Read more 

12:41 (IST)18 Nov 2021
World Antimicrobial Awareness Week: AMR is undermining a century of progress in medicine, say experts

Covid-19 has brought antimicrobial resistance (AMR) into the spotlight. Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microbes such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites no longer respond to medicines, making infections difficult to treat.

The WHO has declared antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as one of the top 10 global health threats. Many factors have accelerated the threat of AMR worldwide, including overuse and misuse of medicines in humans, livestock and agriculture, as well as poor access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

This year during the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (November 18-24), 'Go Blue' campaign intends to raise awareness on AMR. By 'going blue', individuals, workplaces, landmarks, and communities will help to spread awareness about antimicrobial resistance. Read more

12:19 (IST)18 Nov 2021
Need better research to understand role of clouds to improve weather modelling system: MoES Secy

M Ravichandran, secretary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), on Wednesday called for greater efforts from the scientific community in deepening their understanding about the role of cloud dynamics, thereby improving the present weather modelling systems and predictions in India.

He spoke during the inaugural address of an event to mark the 60th Foundation Day of city-based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), operating under the aegis of MoES. The event was organised virtually. Read more

11:54 (IST)18 Nov 2021
Pune: Woman duped of Rs 1.81 lakh after ordering shoes online

A 23-year-old woman in Pune lost Rs 1.81 lakh to a cyber fraudster after she placed an order for shoes online.

Police said the complainant woman placed an order for shoes online on July 9, 2021. However, she did not get the confirmation code for the deal. She called up the company’s customer care for the code. The fraudster who claimed to be a customer care executive noted her details and then asked her to submit the one-time password (OTP) sent on her number. Soon after she shared the details, an amount of Rs 1,81,062 was withdrawn from her bank account without her consent.

The victim lodged the first information report (FIR) at the Kondhwa police station on Tuesday.

11:44 (IST)18 Nov 2021
108th Science Congress, scheduled to be hosted by Pune, called-off due to Covid-19 pandemic

The 108th Indian Science Congress, scheduled to be held in January 2022, has been called-off citing the Covid-19 pandemic situation. This is possibly for the first time in the history of over 100 years of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) that a Science Congress has not been held for two consecutive years.

Originally to be hosted at Symbiosis International University (SIU) in Pune during January 3-7, 2021, the 108th edition of the Congress was first postponed mid-2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It was then decided to be held exactly a year later, in January 2022, at the same venue and on the decided dates. Read more

11:38 (IST)18 Nov 2021
Pune: ‘Every sixth patient at respiratory OPD had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease’

Every sixth patient who visited an out-patient department (OPD) dealing with respiratory diseases, across 44 medical colleges in India, had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the first nationwide screening programme for the disease that concluded recently.

November 17 is observed as World COPD Day and to raise awareness, the week-long programme was conducted across 44 medical colleges, including two in Pune — Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College and Navale Medical College. Read more

09:45 (IST)18 Nov 2021
IMA seeks comprehensive steps to prevent fire incidents in hospitals

The Indian Medical Associa-tion has demanded comprehensive steps to prevent fire incidents at government hospitals “instead of knee-jerk reactions of arresting doctors and staff on duty”.

Referring to the incident at the Ahmednagar District Hospital, where 11 Covid-19 patients succumbed in a fire at the ICU ward, the IMA said that it exposed the collective responsibility of the government, administration, allied departments of engineering, and maintenance. Read more

09:43 (IST)18 Nov 2021
Constitution day: Amit Shah to visit PMC HQ next week

Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah will visit the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) headquarters on Constitution Day on November 26. During his visit, Shah will unveil the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar at the entrance of the extended main building of PMC.

He will also lay the foundation stone for setting up a memorial of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the garden within the civic headquarter premises. He will later address party workers at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch. Read more

09:35 (IST)18 Nov 2021
CBI arrests Indian Air Force’s civilian officer for corruption

THE Central Bureau of Investig-ation (CBI) has arrested a civilian gazetted officer with the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Pune for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 50,000 for processing a staffer’s application for transfer to a defence establishment in Dehu Road. The Pune-based Anti-Corruption Branch of the CBI has arrested the officer, identified as Suryakant Sangale.

Sangale is currently posted with the Lohegaon-based 2 Wing of IAF. CBI officials said the complainant in the case is a housekeeping staffer at the 2 Wing, who had moved an application in July this year for his mutual transfer to the station headquarters in Dehu Road. Read more

09:20 (IST)18 Nov 2021
In a year in Gujarat: Number of kids not enrolled in schools more than doubled

The 19th edition of the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) is scheduled to be held from December 2 to December 9.

Film enthusiasts can make the most of the opportunity as online registration for delegates will begin from Thursday, while on-spot registration at festival venues will begin on November 22. The film festival will be held at three venues – PVR Icon at Pavillion Mall on Senapati Bapat Road, Inox at Camp and the NFAI auditorium on Law College Road. Know more

The Indian Medical Association has demanded comprehensive steps to prevent fire incidents at government hospitals “instead of knee-jerk reactions of arresting doctors and staff on duty”.

Referring to the incident at the Ahmednagar District Hospital, where 11 Covid-19 patients succumbed in a fire at the ICU ward, the IMA said that it exposed the collective responsibility of the government, administration, allied departments of engineering, and maintenance.

“Instead of knee-jerk reactions, it is time for all stakeholders concerned to audit the safety norms on physical infrastructure, violence prevention, and ensure adequate funds for the upkeep and maintenance of the equipment to ensure patient safety. When such fire incidents take place in private hospitals, the owner of the hospitals are taken to task by the authorities. However, in government hospitals, the unfortunate postgraduate student doctor and nurses are arrested and put in jail,” Dr J A Jayalal, national president of IMA, said in an official statement issued on Wednesday.

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