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Pune News Highlights: Court frames charges against 5 accused in Narendra Dabholkar murder case

Active cases stand at 7,544 while 1.1 lakh people have recovered after testing positive.

By: Express Web Desk
Pune | Updated: September 16, 2021 07:47 IST
Dr. Hamid Dabholkar along with activists of Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti during a candlelight protest in the eve of Dr. Narendra Dabholkar's death anniversary at Omkareshwer bridge. (Express file photo by Arul Horizon)

A special court in Pune on Wednesday framed charges against five accused in the case of murder of anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar.

Dabholkar, who headed the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, was shot dead in Pune on August 20, 2013, allegedly by members of a right-wing extremist group. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is conducting a probe into the case. A criminal trial starts once charges are framed.

Pune reported 714 new coronavirus cases and 4 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the caseload rose to 11,27,513, while the death toll increased to 18,810. More than 879 patients recovered from the illness, taking the active number of cases to 3,631.

Close to one-third of slum-dwellers in Pune city has got the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines, according to authorities. As per Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health department data, 7.23 lakh people are living in slums of which approximately 4.16 lakh are eligible for Covid vaccination. Across 390 slums in the city, 1.3 lakh people have got one dose at least.

Meanwhile, eight months after the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) launched its Covid-19 vaccination drive, 39 per cent or around 8 lakh citizens above 18 years of age are yet to get at least one dose.


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17:02 (IST)15 Sep 2021
60-year-old man held for selling drugs in Pune

The anti-narcotics cell of Pune police on Saturday arrested a 60-year-old man for allegedly selling drugs.

As per a statement released by the PRO office of the crime branch on Tuesday, the police, acting on a tip-off, arrested the accused when he was out to sell drugs. The accused has been identified as Shams Mohammad Zaveri, a resident of the Vadgaon area of Pune.

The police have seized Rs 3 lakh worth of mephedrone from the possession of the accused and a case has been registered in the Sinhagad road police station in Pune, ANI reported.

14:35 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Narendra Dabholkar murder: Pune court frames charges; all five accused plead not guilty

IN an important development in Dr Narendra Dabholkar murder case of 2013, a Special Court in Pune on Wednesday framed the charges against five accused linked to the radical outfit Sanatan Sanstha, marking the beginning of the trials. All the five accused on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges against them.

The Special Court of Additional Sessions Judge SR Navandar on Wednesday framed charges against four of the accused — accused number 1, 2, 3 and 5, Dr Virendrasingh Tawade, Sachin Andure Sharad Kalaskar and Vikram Bhave — for murder, conspiracy to commit murder and under Section 16 of the UAPA pertaining to terrorist act and various provisions of the Arms Act for the use of firearm. The court has charged accused number 4, Advocate Sanjeev Punalekar for destruction of evidence in the case. Read the full report here. 

12:19 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Pune: PMC appoints new agency to tackle pig menace

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will be appointing a new agency for tackling pig menace in the city as the contract with the current agency, which has caught and disposed of more than 40,000 stray pigs in the last two-and-a-half years, runs out.

As per the provisions of the Maharashtra Municipal Act, the PMC has the power to catch and kill stray pigs in its jurisdiction but it runs into problems during their disposal at slaughterhouses. Thus, a private agency is being hired to catch and dispose of stray pigs as per the rules of the Animal Welfare Board of India.

The PMC first appointed a private agency in July 2018 to tackle the increasing pig menace. The agency caught 40,386 stray pigs till March this year and paid a total of Rs 60.60 lakh as charges on selling the animal to slaughterhouses. Read the full report here. 

11:33 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Pune: Police arrest 4 for snatching cell phones from women

The Pune city police arrested an interstate gang involved in robbing women of their mobile phones on Sunday.

The police have identified the accused as Manoj Kashinath Kasle (20), S M Saudagar (20), Balaji Dhanraj Kasle (22) and S C Shaikh (22), all natives of Karnataka and currently residing in the Aundh area of Pune city.

Based on a tip-off, a police team intercepted two motorcycles without number plates and nabbed the accused. Read the full report here. 

10:15 (IST)15 Sep 2021
3-4 out of 10 patients diabetic and obese, awareness on twin issues required: Rajesh Tope

To step up awareness about diabetes and obesity, the state government, along with the Laparo Obeso Centre, will launch a new initiative, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said. This will be implemented through a digital platform to provide adequate information about obesity and diabetes at the grassroots level in Maharashtra, he said.

The Laparo Obeso Centre recently organised the Nutribolism International Conference in Mumbai.

Tope and Environmental Forum of India’s founder, Sunetra Pawar, were the chief guests at the conference. Pune-based laparoscopic bariatric surgeon Dr Shashank Shah and others participated in the conference that was supported by the Indian Dietetic Association and the Indian Obesity Society. Read the full report here. 

10:14 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Pune: Cops arrest 60-yr-old man, seize Mephedrone worth Rs 3L from him

Pune City Police’s Anti-Narcotics Cell has arrested a 60-year-old man and seized from him contraband narcotics drug Mephedrone, also known as Meow Meow, worth Rs 3 lakh.

Working on a tip-off from informants, a team from the cell laid a trap on the road connecting Vadgaon and Navle Bridge on September 11. They detained the person identified as Shams Mohammed Ali Zaveri, a resident of Mumbai.

During the search, police recovered a crystalline powder substance, which further examination revealed was Mephedrone. The quantity of around 20.5 grams of the drug, seized from Zaveri, is valued at Rs 3 lakh, officials said. Read the full report here. 

22:11 (IST)14 Sep 2021
After a broken shoe, a steady game: How Kolhapur’s Aishwarya Jadhav beat odds to bag U-14 tennis doubles title

Putting behind her sour experience with a broken shoe that saw her losing a game in the quarter finals, Aishwarya Jadhav, the 13-year-old tennis player from Kolhapur, managed to bag the doubles title at the Under-14 OIL – AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament held at the hard courts of All Assam Tennis Association Complex in Guwahati last week.

Partnered with fellow player from Maharashtra, Nainika Reddy Bendram, she defeated the duo of top seed Sohini Mohanty and Manshi Singh 6-3, 6-1 on September 9.

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18:34 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Pune: Man cheated of Rs 86 lakh by fraudsters posing as executives of forex trading company

A man who works at a multinational software company based in Pune was reportedly cheated of Rs 86 lakh by online fraudsters posing as executives of a Mumbai-based forex trading company. The fraudsters allegedly lured the man to invest in the foreign exchange market through their company, promising him high returns.

An FIR has been registered by the 48-year-old complainant in connection with the case. The man recently approached the cybercrime cell of Pune Police and after a preliminary inquiry, the FIR was registered at Hinjewadi police station on Monday.

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18:33 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Covid-19: Eight months on, 39% Pimpri-Chinchwad residents still unvaccinated

Eight months after the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) launched its Covid-19 vaccination drive, 39 per cent or around 8 lakh citizens above 18 years of age are yet to get at least one dose.

Pimpri-Chinchwad has a population of 25 to 27 lakh people. It has set a target of vaccinating 19.50 lakh eligible citizens. Of the total population, around 5.77 lakh are children under the age of 18 years.

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17:50 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Covid-19: One-third of slum dwellers in Pune city vaccinated with at least one dose

Close to one-third of slum-dwellers in Pune city has got the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines, according to authorities. As per Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health department data, 7.23 lakh people are living in slums of which approximately 4.16 lakh are eligible for Covid vaccination. Across 390 slums in the city, 1.3 lakh people have got one dose at least.

Dr Suryakant Deokar, city vaccination officer, told The Indian Express that there were ten teams each from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Vaccine on Wheels initiative engaged in the slum-vaccination drive.

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16:38 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Pune-based startup helps students transition into successful professionals

In her 14-year career as an art and cultural heritage professional, Pune-based Mugdha Yelkar Kekre has held several senior leadership roles and recruited many people. However, She found that often three out of five recruits could not add value to the projects despite training and onboarding exercises. They lacked a growth mindset, willingness to learn and a sense of professional responsibility, she says.

The founder of Timekeeper, a startup that aims to hone the skills of emerging professionals, Kekre says, “surprisingly, it was not the three resources that failed to contribute, but the other two who made meaningful contributions to projects that inspired me to set up a startup called Timekeepers.”

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15:59 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Pune: NCRA releases book in memory of founder-director Govind Swarup

To mark astronomer Govind Swarup’s first death anniversary, TIFR-National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) has published a book ‘Govind Swarup: Memories and Tributes’.

Swarup, who passed away on September 7, 2020, was the founder-director of NCRA.

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15:00 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Pune: Irrigation Department reduces water discharge on Mutha river as rains recede, citizens told to remain alert

With the rains receding, the Irrigation Department has Tuesday decided to reduce the release of water from Khadakwasla Dam into the Mutha river to 9,416 cusecs, down from Monday night’s 11,491 cusecs. Decrease in the amount of rainfall has slowed down the flow of water into the four dams upstream the river.

“The water discharge from Khadakwasla dam is being reduced to 9,416 cusecs. However, it would either increase or decrease depending on the rain in the catchment area of the dams. Those residing alongside Mutha river should take care and be alert,” said a statement from the department.

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13:54 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Over 1 lakh slum dwellers vaccinated with first covid-19 dose in Pune

Close to one third slum dwellers in Pune city have received their first shot of covid-19 vaccine. This includes over one lakh persons living across 390 slums. 

13:49 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Pune: Pending results of SPPU PhD entrance test for law to be published today

Even as the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) announced results of the entrance test for PhD admissions to all departments last week, technical difficulties had held up results of the law faculty leaving hundreds of candidates waiting. Officials in the PhD section have now said that the results are expected Tuesday.

Nearly 14,000 candidates had appeared for the entrance test conducted on September 5 of which 8,993 candidates qualified in departments other than law. While the PhD entrance test generally has a 100-mark question paper, confusion arose because the entrance paper for law had 250 questions. University officials said it confused several candidates and while some solved the entire question paper, others solved only 100 questions. (With Alifiya Khan)

11:37 (IST)14 Sep 2021
🌧️ Pune likely to witness light rainfall today

Pune city could witness light intensity rainfall on Tuesday along with cloudy sky conditions, the Met department has said. Ghat areas in the district could experience isolated heavy rain on the day.  

11:33 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Pimpri-Chinchwad records 120 new covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

On Monday, Pimpri-Chinchwad registered 120 new Covid postive cases, taking the active cases count to 1,004. Of the total active cases, 442 are in home isolation while 562 are admitted in various civic and private hospitals. with 2 new fatalities, the death toll stands at 4,412. 

11:31 (IST)14 Sep 2021
PMC records 107 new covid-19 cases, 4 deaths

Pune Municipal Corporation on Monday registered 107 new covid-19 patients. With this active cases are now at 1,905. With four new fatalities, the death toll is now 8,981. 


09:22 (IST)14 Sep 2021
🚨 Pune district records 549 new cases, 7 deaths

Pune district recorded 549 new covid-19 cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday, taking the total cases to over 1.12 lakh. Active cases stand at 7,544 while 1.1 lakh people have recovered after testing positive. With 7 new deaths, the death toll stands at 18,806.

22:49 (IST)13 Sep 2021
Woman killed in new Katraj tunnel by lover

A 32-year-old woman was found murdered at new Katraj tunnel on Sunday night. The deceased, Sapna Dilip Patil, was a resident of Balaji Nagar in Dhankawadi, police said.

Her friend, Sanjivani Devkar (29), has odged the FIR in this case at Bharati Vidyapeeth police station. The alleged suspect, Ram Giri (35), was arrested on charges of murder.

According to police, the deceased worked in the housekeeping section of a shopping mall. On Sunday night, she went out for dinner with the suspect, Ram, police said. While returning home on a two-wheeler, Ram stopped the vehicle at new Katraj tunnel and stabbed Sapna, police said. He left her in a pool of blood and fled from the spot, police said. Sapna succumbed to her injuries, police said. Read more

A BJP corporator, Seema Savale accused Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) of being insensitive towards the citizens and issues faced by them and called out her party of having "double standards" in terms of dealing with different corporators.

The Anti-Narcotics Cell of Pune Police seized 71 kilograms of marijuana. Two transport service operators from Nashik were arrested for smuggling it from Vizag, officials informed.

After a severe fire broke out at the storage facility of BigBasket, an online grocery delivery service, in Bavdhan. Eight fire tenders were sent to douse the fire which took approximately three hours. The fire started late on Sunday and had no casualties reported according to the officials.

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First published on: 13-09-2021 at 09:56 IST
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