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Pune News Highlights: One more Omicron case in Pune, state count rises to 48

🔴 Pune, Maharashtra Today Latest Updates, Pune Omicron Variant Covid-19 Live News, 17 December: The patient from Pune, a 17-year-old girl, is a close contact of an international traveller. She has no symptoms now.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: December 23, 2021 10:10:55 am
Pune Today Live Update, News Pune LiveA Covid-19 vaccination drive underway at a hospital in Pune. (Express Photo by Arul Horizon)

Pune Highlights: Eight more patients have been found to have been infected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Maharashtra. Out of these, four patients tested positive at the Mumbai airport. Moreover, three are from Satara and one patient is from Pune Municipal Corporation area.

The patient from Pune, a 17-year-old girl, is a close contact of an international traveller. She has no symptoms now. As she is under 18 years of age, she has not been vaccinated. Till date, a total of 48 Omicron cases have been detected in the state.

Meanwhile, a kit developed by a Pune-based firm has become the first ICMR-approved test kit which can detect all current variants of Covid-19, and flag presumptive Delta and Omicron variants, in a single go. The CoviDelta kit has been indigenously developed by GenePath Diagnostics.

In other news, Tourism and Environment Aaditya Thackeray on Thursday said Pune’s electric vehicle cell model should be replicated statewide. “Through the City EV Accelerator initiative, Pune’s vision of redefining its mobility system is sure to become a reality. Pune’s EV cell model will in fact need to be replicated in all cities so we can meet our EV adoption targets,” he said.

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22:06 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Narendra Dabholkar handed over file against Sanatan Sanstha to ATS after he received threats: his son tells court

Slain rationalist Narendra Dabholkar had handed over a file against right-wing Sanatan Sanstha to the Anti-Terrorism Squad after he received threats, his son and prosecution witness Hamid Dabholkar on Saturday told a court here in Maharashtra which is trying the 2013 murder case.

He also said that Sanatan Prabhat, the mouthpiece of Sanstha, had published many articles against his father in which it was threatened that Narendra Dabholkar will be made the "second (Mahatma) Gandhi", insinuating that he too will be shot dead.

Hamid was examined and cross-examined by the prosecution (CBI) and defence during the trial before additional sessions judge (special court) SR Navandar.

Narendra Dabholkar, a noted anti-superstition activist, was shot dead on Omkareshwar bridge in Pune while he was on a morning walk on August 20, 2013.

Hamid, a psychiatrist, told the court that organisations like Sanatan Sanstha were against his father as he and the Andhashradha Nirmulan Samiti (ANIS) were trying to eradicate superstitions from society and working to bring an anti-superstition law. (PTI)

21:07 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Couple, 13-year-old daughter found to have Omicron infection on return from Uganda

Among the fresh cases is a couple and their 13-year-old daughter who tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus after returning to Satara in western Maharashtra from Uganda, officials said on Saturday.

Their other daughter, who is five years old, tested positive for COVID-19 but not for the variant.

All four returned to Phaltan in Satara district from the African country on December 9, state health department officials said.

Owing to the Omicron scare, district officials traced them and asked them to undergo RT-PCR tests.

The husband (35), wife (33) and their elder daughter (13) tested positive for COVID-19 while the report of the younger child was inconclusive, so the samples of all four were sent to the National Institute of Virology for genome sequencing, said Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Chavan.

"We received the genome sequencing reports today. The couple and the elder daughter have been diagnosed with the Omicron variant, while the younger daughter has tested positive for COVID-19," a statement from the Satara district administration said. (PTI)

20:35 (IST)18 Dec 2021
One more from Pune test positive for Omicron, eight fresh cases in state

Eight more patients have been found to have been infected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Maharashtra. Out of these, four patients tested positive at the Mumbai airport. Moreover, three are from Satara and one patient is from Pune Municipal Corporation area.

All four patients in Mumbai have been identified through airport screening. Out of these, one patient is from Mumbai. Out of the remaining 3 patients, one patient each is a resident of Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Jalgaon. Two of them had travelled to Africa, one to Tanzania and one to England.

The patient from Pune is a close contact of an international traveller, and this 17-year-old girl has no symptoms. As she is under 18 years of age, she has not been vaccinated.

Till date, a total of 48 patients infected with Omicron virus have been reported in the state. (Mumbai-18, Pimpri Chinchwad-10, Pune (Rural)-6, Pune Municipal Corporation-3, Satara -3, Kalyan Dombivali-2, Osmanabad-2, Latur -1, Buldhana-1, Nagpur-1, and Vasai Virar-1). (ENS)

19:43 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Pune Cantonment Board conferred with Raksha Mantri’s Award for Excellence

For the third time in a row, the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) bagged the Raksha Mantri’s Award for Excellence in the field of ‘Improvement of Cantonment General Hospital’.

The award was conferred by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The award was accepted by the CEO of PCB, Amit Kumar, among others.

Amid the pandemic, the PCB in order to provide critical tertiary care health services had upgraded the infrastructure at the hospital. It set up a 20-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with 20 ventilators through funds received from the State Disaster Relief Fund. Read more

17:05 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Party failed to keep even one poll promise in Pimpri-Chinchwad: BJP corporator

In a major embarrassment to the ruling BJP in Pimpri-Chinchwad ahead of the 2022 civic polls, party corporator Sandeep Waghere has alleged that it has failed to live up to “even one single promise” it made in its election manifesto during 2017.

Waghere is the fifth BJP corporator in the last few months to have openly attacked the saffron party. Earlier, BJP corporators Seema Savale, Asha Shendge, Tushar Kamthe and Ravi Landge have been critical of the party’s functioning in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Waghere is a first-time corporator who was elected from Pimprigaon area in 2017. He is known for aggressively raising public issues in general body meetings of the civic body. In an interview to a local news portal, Waghere expressed his doubts on the BJP’s chances of returning to power in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC). The video of the interview has gone viral in the industrial city, putting the BJP in an awkward position. Read more

12:20 (IST)18 Dec 2021
How badminton was born in Pune as a pastime for bored British officers, their wives

In March 1873, an English sports lover sent out a request to The Field: The Country Gentlemen’s Newspaper in England for information about the new ‘Badminton game of Battledore’ that, he had heard, was a favourite in India and was picking up in Britain. “Can any of your readers give me particulars as to the manner in which it is played, what implements are required, etc.?” asked the man, identified only as K, in the letter published in ‘Notes and Queries’ section of the newspaper.

In subsequent issues of the magazine, replies received from the readers were printed for the benefit of the sports lovers living in the English countryside, the constituency to which the newspaper catered. Read More

10:43 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Kolhapur: Property tax concession for setting up EV charging stations

In line with Maharashtra government’s policy of promoting electric vehicles (EVs), the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation has announced a slew of concessions and incentives for cooperative housing societies for setting up charging stations. In a tweet, State Minister of State for Home Satej Patil, who is also the Guardian Minister for Kolhapur District, said, “Kolhapur Municipal Corporation becomes the first to offer concessions in property tax for housing societies and individuals setting up electric charging stations.” Read More

19:49 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Applications open for PG Diploma in Defence Technology at SPPU

Applications are now being accepted for Postgraduate Diploma in Defence Technology at the Savitribai Phule Pune University’s (SPPU) Department of Defence and Strategic Studies. Offered jointly along with the Institute of Defence Scientists and Technologists (IDST), the one-year postgraduate diploma course will offer students the option to study the design, development and production of all major technology-related equipment in the field of defence.

The study of weapons, ammunition, missile systems, naval ships, land and sea mines, bridge design, communication systems and space systems are also part of the coursework. The 32-credit course will have experts in related fields as guest professors, besides visits to laboratories. The course is open to any science or engineering graduate on a first come, first served basis.

16:28 (IST)17 Dec 2021
20th edition of ITF Women’s Tennis Tournament to commence in Pune

The 20th edition of the NECC Deccan ITF $25,000 Women’s Tennis Tournament will be held in a bio-bubble at the Deccan Gymkhana courts in Pune from December 19 to 25. It is one of India’s longest running international tennis tournaments organised under the International Tennis Federation (ITF), All India Tennis Association (AITA) and Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA), and sponsored by the National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC).

Top women tennis players from 15 countries will be seen in action in the week-long tournament. Seasoned players like Pranjala Yadlapalli and recent winner of the Solapur leg Rutuja Bhosale, along with upcoming players like Karman Kaur Thandi and Zeel Desai, are some of the Indians part of the tournament.

13:24 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Pune Electric Vehicle Cell model should be replicated in the state, says minister

Tourism and Environment Aaditya Thackeray on Thursday said Pune’s electric vehicle cell model should be replicated statewide. “Through the City EV Accelerator initiative, Pune’s vision of redefining its mobility system is sure to become a reality. Pune’s EV cell model will in fact need to be replicated in all cities so we can meet our EV adoption targets,” he said.

He was speaking at the first City Electric Vehicle (EV) accelerator workshop to accelerate electric vehicle adoption in Pune on Thursday. The workshop was organised by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in collaboration with RMI and RMI India.

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12:59 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Commissioner of Maharashtra exam council arrested over malpractices

The Pune city police have arrested the Commissioner of the Maharashtra State Council of Examination (MSCE) for his alleged involvement in malpractices in the Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET).

Tukaram Supe was arrested by the cybercrime wing after he was questioned on Thursday. Speaking to The Indian Express, a senior police officer from the cybercrime branch confirmed his arrest.

A series of malpractices in the TET came to light during a probe into an alleged paper leak ahead of the examination for recruitment to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).

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12:07 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Maharashtra Home Department sanctions formation of 5 new police stations, one new subdivision under Pune Rural police

The Maharashtra Home Department has given nod for the formation of five new police stations and one new subdivision in the jurisdiction of Pune Rural Police.The Pune Rural Police is one of the three police jurisdictions in Pune district. Its areas of responsibility include the predominantly rural and semi-urban parts of Pune district, excluding the predominantly urban areas under the Pune city and Pimpri Chinchwad police commissionerates.

Officials said multiple proposals were recently submitted to the Maharashtra government by the Superintendent of Police of Pune Rural jurisdiction, Abhinav Deshmukh, seeking formation of five new police stations and one police sub division, considering the increasing population and an upward trend in crime statistics.

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11:36 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Pune: Vision-Aid and CECF partner to enable visually impaired with assistive technologies

Vision-Aid, an international NGO working for the welfare of the visually impaired, has partnered with Community Eye Care Foundation (CECF) in Pune to provide assistive technologies for visually impaired students. The programme aims to help the community gain access to assistive technologies through smartphones. A function was held recently to announce the programme with the help of the Rotary Club of Poona Downtown.

The smartphones will have AI-based applications to help the visually impaired call out objects around them. This will help in navigation. It will also have learning apps that can connect the visually impaired to a range of digital education resources.

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11:16 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Edible oil manufactures’ body seeks introduction of GM oilseed crops

The Solvent and Extractors Association of India (SEA), the apex body of edible oil manufactures, importers and processors in the country, has requested the Centre for introduction of genetically modified oilseed crops in the country. In their pre-budget consultation with the Centre, the organisation also batted for shifting of grains to oilseeds in north India.

Currently, cotton is the only GM crop allowed for cultivation in the country. The introduction of other GM crops has been a long-standing demand from various farm bodies, but the government has not allowed field trials of any such crop. Atul Chaturvedi, president of SEA, said that the per-acre yield of soyabean in the country is low at 800-1,000 tonnes per hectare. Whereas GM soyabean offers yield as high as 3-4 tonnes per hectare, he added.

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10:40 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Great success in vaccine development, but inequity has to be addressed, says expert

A year since the first Covid-19 vaccine was administered, vaccine makers including biotechnology firms and manufacturers in developing and developed countries say voluntary collaboration to share innovation has been a key enabler for manufacturing output to reach 11.2 billion doses in 2021. Experts also pointed out that 11 billion Covid-19 vaccines produced in 2021 has resulted in the biggest immunisation campaign in history.

Vaccine equity, however, has been a challenge. According to Sai Prasad, executive director of Quality Operations, Bharat Biotech, and president, Developing Countries Vaccine Manufacturers’ Network (DCVMN), there has been failure in ensuring equitable access to vaccines for all nations.

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10:26 (IST)17 Dec 2021
SC allows Maharashtra’s bullock cart racing: ‘We need to have uniformity’

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed Maharashtra to hold the traditional bullock cart racing event, saying there was no reason to disallow it in the state when similar sports were going on in other places across the country.

“One country, one race, we need to have uniformity and there has to be one rule. If the races are going on in other states, why should it not be allowed by Maharashtra,” Justice Khanwilkar heading a two-judge bench, observed, allowing the state’s application seeking permission to conduct the race.

‘It is a traditional sport going on for several years. Judgment came and it was stopped. Then amendment came and allowed in a regulated manner. If it is a traditional sport and going on all across the country except Maharashtra, it does not appeal to common sense,” he added.

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10:00 (IST)17 Dec 2021
PMC reports 122 fresh Covid-19 cases

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Wednesday reported 122 fresh Covid-19 cases and zero deaths. Meanwhile, Pune division reported 268 new cases and 10 deaths. No fresh cases of Omicron was reported in Pune.

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.

READ | Southern Command celebrates 50 years of 1971 Indo-Pak war

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. The current efficiency of lifting is not enough to cater for the generation of garden waste. Therefore, the PMC is interested in providing a service that will help to develop a model with minimum upfront investment from corporations and an outcome-based efficient model for garden waste management.

READ | Pune infra watch: PMC to develop system for scientific disposal of green waste

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