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Pune News Highlights: Maharashtra crosses 110 million covid vaccine doses mark

Pune, Maharashtra Highlights, Pune Covid-19 Cases Today Highlights: Maharashtra had achieved 100 million mark on 9th of November. Till now Maharashtra has administered 11,00,26,925 covid vaccine doses.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: December 2, 2021 9:20:18 am
A health worker administers a Covid-19 shot at a drive-through vaccination centre in Pune. (Express Photo: Arul Horizon)

Pune Live Highlights:  Maharashtra crosses 110 million covid vaccine doses mark at 5.30 PM today. Maharashtra had achieved 100 million mark on 9th of November. Till now Maharashtra has administered 11,00,26,925 covid vaccine doses. 3.76 crore individuals have received both the doses of covid vaccine and 7.24 crore individuals have received at least one dose of covid vaccine.

In another news, primary school students in Maharashtra can go back to physical classes from December 1, the state government has announced. Primary schools in the state have been shut since March 2020, when the first lockdown was announced following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bharat Biotech, Thursday, commended the investigators from AIIMS on the Covaxin study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases. These results provide evidence for effectiveness for COVAXIN in real-life settings, a statement issued on Thursday has said. The study assessed 2,714 hospital workers at AIIMS, New Delhi, who were symptomatic and underwent RT-PCR testing for the coronavirus between April 15 and May 15 this year. Two doses of Covaxin have 50 per cent effectiveness against symptomatic Covid-19, the study revealed.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra recorded 960 new coronavirus infections and 41 fatalities out of which 114 new Covid-19 infections and 20 deaths were recorded by Pune city on Wednesday.

After a year of steady decline in exports due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the export of engineering goods, processed food and auto components from Pune seem to be back on track. Maharatta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), which issues certificates of origins (non preferential), has seen a significant jump in exports. During the first year of the pandemic, 2020-21, only 946 companies had applied for and received 28,180 certificates. However, this year, from April to October, 1,039 companies had applied for and have received 38,670 certificates.

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Pune news live: Pune records 114 new Covid-19 infections, 20 death; After a year of decline in expots, Pune gets back on track;  Follow for more highlights.

21:15 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Pune region reports 308 new Covid-19 cases

The administrative region of Pune reported 308 fresh Covid cases and 10 deaths today. Among this, Pune district accounts to 100 cases. Meanwhile Maharashtra recorded 848 new coronavirus infections taking the caseload to 66,33,105. There are 9,187 active cases including the highest 2,525 in Mumbai. 

-With PTI inputs

20:00 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Tomato at Rs 130/kg, other veggies too sell at high prices; traders say no relief till mid-Dec

With just months left for Assembly elections in five states, food inflation is certainly going to be a worrying issue for the ruling party. After edible oil price rise, vegetable prices across the country are spiking, with wholesale tomato prices crossing Rs 130/kg.

Farmers and trades have blamed the heavy spell of rain received in September, and the subsequent crop loss, for the unusually high prices, which they say is expected to continue till the middle of December, when the next picking of the crop would be ready for harvesting.  Read More

18:25 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Anna Hazare admitted to Ruby Hospital

Anna Hazare has been admitted to Ruby hospital in Pune following chest pain today. He has been kept under observation and is stable, according to hospital authorities.

18:12 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Maharashtra crosses 110 million covid vaccine doses mark

Maharashtra crosses 110 million covid vaccine doses mark at 5.30 PM today.Maharashtra had achieved 100 million mark on 9th of November. Till now Maharashtra has administered 11,00,26,925 covid vaccine doses and counting. 3.76 crore individuals have received both the doses of covid vaccine and 7.24 crore individuals have received at least one dose of covid vaccine.

16:56 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Maharashtra to reopen schools for primary classes from Dec 1

Maharashtra schools will reopen for primary classes from December 1. The decision was taken at the state cabinet meeting. Varsha Gaikwad, minister of education announced that it has been decided to re-open schools for classes 1-1V in rural areas and in 1-VII urban areas from the 1st of December. Strict Covid-19 protocol will be followed while resuming offline classes. The decision was taken after consultation with the Chief Minister, the cabinet, and approval from the paediatric task force

15:40 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Pune Infra Watch: PMC plans to set up waste pre-processing units at transfer stations

To reduce waste disposal through secondary transportation, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to set up waste pre-processing facilities at transfer stations across the city by processing a minimum of 50 metric tonne of wet waste each day at three of the seven transfer stations.

“There are a total of seven transfer stations from where the waste collected through primary collections from across the city is transported to mega processing plants. However, PMC wants to reduce waste being carried through secondary transportation. Thus, the project is proposed for a minimum of 50 MTPD at each location,” said a civic officer. Ajay Jadhav reports 

12:52 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Param Bir surfaced after being declared absconder by court: Nawab Malik

NCP leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Thursday hit out at Param Bir Singh, saying the former Mumbai police commissioner finally made an appearance after being declared an absconder by a court.
          
The IPS officer, who is facing several extortion cases, landed in Mumbai on Thursday, after remaining incommunicado for the past several months. 
        
"Singh's appearance in Mumbai today proved that it was necessary that he be declared an absconder...He hasn't reported for duty after he was transferred from the post of Mumbai police commissioner. Singh moved the Supreme Court to get protection from arrest. Nobody will believe his contention in the apex court that he faces threat to his life," Malik told reporters.
        
He alleged that Singh levelled false allegations against former home minister and NCP leader Anil Deshmukh in a "politically-motivated" case. Malik said Deshmukh will fight the case in courts and prove his innocence. (PTI)

12:50 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Maharashtra: Polls for 105 Nagar Panchayats on December 21, counting next day

The State Election Commission on Wednesday announced elections for 105 Nagar Panchayats in 32 districts, with the code of conduct coming into force with immediate effect. Voting will take place on December 21, and the counting will be held the next day, December 22.

UPS Madan, the state election commissioner, said elections will be held for 81 Nagar Panchayats whose term ended between April 2020 and May 2021, 18 whose term will end in December 2021, and, six newly formed ones.

There are 17 members in a Nagar Panchayat. Read more

11:22 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Maharashtra: Man held for abusing, beating up tribals

Police have arrested a man from Virar in Maharashtra's Palghar district for allegedly abusing and beating up some members of a tribal community, an official said on Thursday.  
          
The Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar police arrested the accused, Vikas Naik, on Wednesday night, he said. The action was taken based on the complaint lodged by some members of the Katkari community from Tokre Katkari Pada in Virar east.
        
The complaint said that Naik got the approach road, which was built by the local village panchayat, dug up using a JCB machine. When the local residents questioned him about it, the accused and his associates abused and beat them up, the station house officer of Virar police station said. An offence under IPC sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 against Naik and five others. (PTI)

11:05 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Pune: Man poses as cop, cheats doctor of Rs 1.75 lakh

A man claiming to be a police officer allegedly cheated a doctor from New Sangvi to the tune of Rs 1.75 lakh.

Police said that the accused developed a bond with the doctor by meeting him repeatedly in the guise of a cop. When the complainant believed that his phone was hacked, he approached the accused for help. The accused allegedly initially took Rs 50,000 from the complainant for carrying out “fieldwork” for investigating the matter. Read more

10:48 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Pune AQI will be 'satisfactory' category

The minimum temperature over Pune fell marginally on Thursday. At most places, it remained around 20 degrees with Shivajinagar - 18.7 degrees, Pashan - 19.5 degrees and Lohegaon - 20.3 degrees.

Clear sky conditions will return over Pune and the day temperature will remain close to 31 degrees. 

The air quality over Pune will be 'satisfactory' category. (ENS)

10:45 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Pune: Corporator accuses BJP of not giving nod to install CT scan machine

NCP corporator Ashwini Kadam has accused the ruling BJP in the PMC  of "playing politics" by delaying funds for installing a CT scan machine in a civic hospital in her ward.

Kadam had proposed to set up an MRI and CT scan facility at Pote Hospital of PMC in her electoral area so that poor patients are able to afford the expensive services at a lower cost. While the PMC had installed the MRI machine in the hospital, installation of the the CT scan system has been pending due to shortage of funds. Read more

10:34 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Two arrested with ‘hybrid’ ganja, MD and LSD: Pune Police

PUNE CITY Police’s Crime Branch has arrested two persons for alleged possession of ‘OG Kush’ or ‘hybrid ganja’, Mephedrone and LSD worth Rs 1.27 lakh in total.

Police have identified the accused as Kundan Kokate (23) of Mulund, Mumbai, and Tapan Pandit (34) of Dhankawadi in Pune.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team laid a trap and intercepted a four-wheeler in Bibwewadi area around 11 pm on Tuesday. During searches, cops recovered MD, ‘OG Kush ‘ and LSD, along with an electronic weighing machine, from the two persons inside the four-wheeler. Read more

10:21 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Covaxin study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases shows 50% effectiveness

Bharat Biotech commends the investigators from AIIMS on the Covaxin study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases.

These results provide evidence for effectiveness for COVAXIN in real life settings, a statement issued today has said.

An effectiveness result of 50% was achieved during the peak Covid-19 delta variant wave in India by COVAXIN. When studied in a hospital environment it provided insights into the efficacy and effectiveness of COVAXIN.

These results showed 65.2% efficacy against delta variant during the phase III clinical trials of COVAXIN which took place among the general population. This study also proves that COVAXIN meets the WHO efficacy criteria for COVID-19 vaccines for the dreaded Delta variant. (ENS)

There are limited edition serigraphs by SH Raza, Jehangir Sabavala and Sakti Burman. (Express photo)

Some of the biggest names of the art world are sharing space at Koregaon Park gallery Monalisa Kalagram through works representative of their oeuvre. Titled Contemporary Signatures, the exhibition comprises works of the Masters, such as Ramkumar's bold and vibrant abstracts, Suhas Roy's Radha series and a large watercolour called Family by Badri Narayan.

Pune city Police's Crime Branch has arrested two persons for alleged possession of 'OG Kush' or 'hybrid ganja', Mephedrone and LSD worth Rs 1.27 lakh in total.

The 52-year-old manager of a cooperative credit society in Junnar taluka of Pune district was killed during an armed robbery on Wednesday afternoon. The two robbers, who were wearing helmets to hide their faces, fled the site with cash of over Rs 2 lakh, said Pune rural police officials.

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