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Pune News Highlights: Maharashtra crosses 100-Million milestone in administration of Covid-19 vaccine

Pune Corona Cases Latest Highlights, COVID Highlights: Pune region recorded 175 Covid-19 cases, the city added 51 new Covid-19 infections, but with no fresh fatality.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: November 10, 2021 9:29:22 am
Pune Today Live Update, Pune Live NewsPune recorded 175 Covid-19 cases, the city added 51 new Covid-19 infections. (Express Photo by Arul Horizon)

Pune Highlights: Today at 4 PM, Maharashtra crossed benchmark of administration of 100 Million covid Vaccine doses, state additional chief secretary (health) Dr Pradeep Vyas said. It was possible with active involvement of all District officers, he added.

Pune region recorded 175 Covid-19 cases, the city added 51 new Covid-19 infections, but with no fresh fatality. Total number of recoveries was highest in Pune district being 11,33,367.

Major fire was reported in a furniture godown in Pisoli area of Pune in the early hours of Tuesday. While no casualties were reported in the fire, as many as 14 fire tenders had to be pressed into action to control the blaze that intensified due to wooden and plywood items in the storage.

Mayor Murlidhar Mohol considering the shortage of blood supply in the city for treatment has undertaken a mega blood donation camp on his birthday on November 9.

On Monday, thousands of passengers in Pune faced difficulty due to Maharashtra Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) strike. More than 2,600 bus trips were cancelled from four stations in Pune-Chinchwad.

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Pune news Live Updates: Pune logs 51 new Covid-19 infections; Major fire in a godown in Pisoli area; Shortage of blood supply in city for medical treatment; Pune passengers suffer due to MSRTC strike. Follow for more live updates.

19:08 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Maharashtra crosses 100-Million milestone in administration of Covid-19 vaccine

Today at 4 PM, Maharashtra crossed benchmark of administration of 100 Million covid Vaccine doses, state additional chief secretary (health) Dr Pradeep Vyas said. It was possible with active involvement of all District officers, he added.

17:18 (IST)09 Nov 2021
NGO appeals to citizens to donate organs, introduces online pledge form

As part of the campaign ‘Mission 5 lakh’, Pune-based NGO ReBirth Foundation attempts to raise awareness on organ donation and appeals to citizens to be a donor ahead of Indian Organ Donation Day, on November 27.


As per National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), around 5 lakh people in India need organ donation every year. Each day, 17 people die for the lack of availability of donors for organ transplant.


President of ReBirth Foundation Rajesh Shetty, who is also treasurer with Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC), Pune, told The Indian Express that the aim was to collect as many pledge forms as possible from citizens and submit them to NOTTO. Read more

14:34 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Sameer Wankhede’s father files police complaint against Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik

NCB Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede’s father Dhyandev Wankhede has filed a police complaint in Mumbai against Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik for allegedly making “false and derogatory” remarks against him and his family members and their caste, an official said on Tuesday.

The senior Wankhede approached the Oshiwara division’s assistant commissioner of police on Monday with his written complaint, demanding that an FIR be registered against the minister under the SC/ST Act, he said. Read more

13:47 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Maha: Nearly all MSRTC depots shut as employees continue strike

Bus operations at 247 out of 250 depots of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation were shut on Tuesday morning as the MSRTC employees continued their strike for the 13th day over the demand of merger of the corporation with the state government, officials said.
           
Lakhs of passengers were facing hardships as buses of the state-run corporation remained off roads and they were now dependent on private vehicles for travelling. 
        
In the wake of the strike by MSRTC employees, the Maharashtra government has already permitted private buses, school buses, goods vehicles and contract carriage buses to ferry passengers from Monday evening.
        
An official of MSRTC said only three depots - Gargoti and Kagal in Kolhapur region and Igatpuri depot in Nashik region - were functional on Monday. The Kagal depot was operating partially. (PTI)
        

13:34 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Pune start-up’s wearable technology intends to ease long-term management of medical conditions such as lymphedema

One of the common ailments faced by sportspersons, the elderly, pregnant women and professionals who either spend long hours sitting at their desks or are constantly on their feet, is oedema or inflammation and pain in the leg. When Kue, a brand of compression socks, was launched by Pune-based start-up Anatomech in August, the sales rose steadily, indicating a heavy demand.

The socks, which enhance oxygen delivery and muscle recovery while reducing spasms and cramps in the legs, are a part of the wearable technology products that Anatomech has been working on since 2020, when the company was founded with a Rs 10 lakh grant from the Indian government’s Department of Science and Technology. In September, Anatomech was one of the runners-up at the Pune round of the TiE Women’s Global Pitch Competition, which featured 58 companies started by women. Read more

12:42 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Pune: Private hospitals asked to submit fire audit report by Thursday, govt hospitals by month-end

In the wake of the Ahmednagar hospital fire incident, which left 11 Covid-19 patients dead on Saturday, Pune district collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh has asked all government hospitals in the district to ensure fire audit and submit compliance report by the end of the month. Private hospitals have been directed to file a compliance report by Thursday.

Taking a review of the fire safety precautions at government hospitals in the district, Deshmukh told The Indian Express: “Those who are not found to be fully compliant will be issued a final notice.” Depending on severity of risk, legal action will be taken, Pune Zilla Parishad CEO Ayush Prasad said.

At least Rs 7 crore has been provided by the District Planning and Development Council funds to 27 hospitals in Pune rural, including the 300-bed District hospital at Aundh, for pending works such as fitting water sprinkler system and installation of a fire hydrant system.
“In rural areas, after the fire audit, we had approved 27 locations where an amount of Rs 7 crore was sanctioned for filling the gaps and meeting deficiencies. I took a review and out of 27, 18 hospitals were found to have completed the work,” Deshmukh, who visited Aundh district hospital along with Prasad and other officials, said.

11:30 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Jalgaon, Osmanabad, Aurangabad enter quarterfinals of Maharashtra state men's hockey championship

Hockey Jalgaon, Hockey Association Aurangabad and Hockey Osmanabad entered the quarterfinals of Maharashtra Senior Men State Championship 2021 with big wins at the Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium, Nehrunagar-Pimpri, on Monday.

Aurangabad were powered by a Mohit Kathoute brace as they registered a 6-2 win over Hockey Dhule. Aurangabad dominated the match from the start taking a 2-0 lead in the first three minutes with Raj Pawar (2′) and Harsh Kathote (3′) scoring. Kathoute (5′, 15′) covered two penalty corners to increase Ahmednagar’s lead to 4-0 by half-time.

After the break, Om Changle (43′) and Akash Jamdhade (48′) increased Aurangabad’s lead to 6-0. Dhule in the fourth quarter scored two consolations goals through Sohel Shaikh (52′, 54′) . Read more

11:06 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Water supply shut off in parts of Pune till Friday

Part of the city will not get water supply on Thursday, November 11 due to the emergency repair and maintenance work at the Pune Cantonment Water Works and Pumping Station. The supply will be restored on Friday with low pressure.

The area that would not get water supply are Pune Cantonment, Pune station, Mula road, Koregaon Park, Tadiwala Road, Race Course, Wanowrie, Kondhwa, Hadapsar, Mohamadwadi, Kalepadal, Mundhwa, Kharadi, Solapur road, Gondhalenagar and Satavwadi. (ENS)

10:16 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Pune: Major fire at furniture storage facility in Pisoli area, no casualties

A major fire was reported in a furniture godown in Pisoli area of Pune in the early hours of Tuesday. While no casualties were reported in the fire, as many as 14 fire tenders had to be pressed into action to control the blaze that intensified due to wooden and plywood items in the storage.

Officials from Pune fire brigade said that the fire was reported at 3.30 am in a furniture godown located in Dagde Vasti in Pisoli area of Pune. The storage facility, mostly constructed of tin sheets fitted on partially built up walls, mainly housed wooden and plywood furniture, raw material required for furniture. The privately owned facility area is spread over 24,000 square feet, officials said. The space is owned by one person and has been rented to two furniture traders. Read now

10:14 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Pune favors clear sky and normal weather today

With the return of clear sky conditions over Pune, the temperatures have returned to their normal values for this time of the year. 

On Tuesday, the minimum temperature  at Shivajinagar was 12.7 degrees, at Pashan - 13.4 degrees and at Lohegaon - 15 degrees. 

The IMD has forecast the day temperature to remain around 33 degrees. 

SAFAR has forecast the air quality over the city to be 'moderate' category with AQI value expected to remain at 104. Relatively poor air is likely over Kothrud, Shivajinagar, Bhumkar chowk, Nigdi and Bhosari on the day. (ENS)

10:13 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Pune region records 51 new Covid-19 infections

Pune region recorded 175 Covid-19 cases, the city added 51 new Covid-19 infections, but with no fresh fatality. Total number of recoveries was highest in Pune district being 11,33,367.

21:52 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Pollution control boards urged to end use of glyphosate in water bodies

Environmentalists and activists from the city have urged the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to ban the use of glyphosate for checking the growth of water hyacinth in water bodies due to its dangerous impact on human health and aquatic life.

“A toxic weedicide called glyphosate is making inroads into our rivers and lakes. Glyphosate is used to control water hyacinth. But the actual reason for proliferation of water hyacinth is the unregulated discharge of raw sewage into our rivers,” said environmentalists representing over a dozen NGOs in a joint communication to CPCB and MPCB.

The NGOs have urged the pollution control boards to take necessary action to stop the use of glyphosate and weedicides in rivers and send a Special Inquiry Team to look into this matter.

18:51 (IST)08 Nov 2021
All India Open Fide Rating Chess Tournament to begin Nov 9

The All India Open Fide Rating Chess Tournament, which will be held here from November 9 to November 14, will see participation from 236 players from across the country, including 135 rated players, said the organisers.

The tournament will be organised by the Buddhibal Kreeda Trust (BKT) and will be held at Ashwamedh Hall, Karve Road.

BKT trustee Prakash Kunte said the tournament has a total prize money of Rs 2 lakh and it will be played under the Swiss league format. The winner will get Rs 50,000, the runner-up will bag Rs 30,000 and the second runner-up will take home Rs 20,000. Prizes will also be offered to players rated between 1,401-1,600, 1,201-1,400 and 1,001-1,200, among others.

17:19 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Firemen rescue woman who jumped into an old well in Somwar Peth

Pune Fire Brigade on Monday rescued a woman who jumped into a well inside an old wada in Somwar Peth. Around 12.15 pm, a 42 year old woman jumped into the well, which is known to be over 200-years-old and is located inside the Dandekar Wada in Somwar Peth.

On receiving information about the incident, a fire brigade team headed by fire officers Pramod Sonawane and Pradeep Khedekar rushed to the spot with a rescue van. Well is full of mud and filth.

When contacted, Sonawane said the woman had jumped into the well, but our team reached in time and rescued her.  “When our team reached the spot, the woman was drowning. Firemen pulled her out using rope and a life ring. She had lost consciousness and was rushed to the KEM hospital for treatment,” said Khedekar.

15:07 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Environmentalists raise alarm over rampant use of Glyphosate to check water hyacinth

Environmentalists and activists from city have raised an alarm over the use of Glyphosate for checking the growth of water hyacinth in water bodies as they have urged the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to ban the use of it citing its dangerous impact on human health and aquatic life.

“A toxic weedicide called Glyphosate is making inroads into our rivers and lakes. Glyphosate is used to control water hyacinth. However, the actual reason for proliferation of water hyacinth is the unregulated discharge of raw sewage into our rivers,” said environmentalists representing over a dozen NGOs in a joint communication to CPCB and MPCB.

They included Area Sabha Association of Pune, Association of Nagar Road Citizens Forum, Fridays For Future Pune, Aundh Vikas Mandal, Jal Biradari, Punarbharan Foundation, Mission Groundwater, SagarSeva, Pashan Area Sabha, Vasundhara Swachata Abhiyan, JeevitNadi, Deccan Gymkhana Parisar Samiti and Ecological society.

14:26 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Pune Mayor organises mega blood donation camp tomorrow

Considering the shortage of blood supply for treatment of patients in city hospitals, Mayor Murlidhar Mohol has decided to undertake a mega blood donation camp on his birthday on November 9.

In an appeal to citizens, Mohol said, “Blood donation is the best donation. The city is witnessing a severe shortage of blood so I have provided an opportunity for citizens to carry out blood donation at the special camp. Citizens should donate blood instead of greeting me with flowers, cake or other gifts. We have unitedly fought the pandemic and now they should participate in Raktadan Mahasankalp Divas on my birthday.”

The camp will be held by his organisation Sanskriti Pratishthan at Shubharambh Lawns in Erandwane from 8 am to 8 pm Tuesday. “Citizens who have recovered from Covid or are vaccinated should participate in the blood donation camp after consulting their physician,” he said.

14:17 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Maharashtra: 223 MSRTC depots shut as strike by staffers continues

Bus operations at 223 depots of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) were shut on Monday morning due to the strike of employees over the demand for merger of the corporation with the state government, officials said. On Sunday, 120 depots were shut across Maharashtra, but the number increased to 223 since midnight, including some depots in the Mumbai region, they said. Before Sunday, around 30 depots were affected because of the stir. A section of the MSRTC employees is not reporting for duty since October 28 seeking merger of the cash-strapped corporation with the state government, according to union sources. In the MSRTC's Mumbai region, 14 of the 45 depots were operational on Monday, while in the Pune region, eight of the 55 depots were functioning, an official said. 

13:01 (IST)08 Nov 2021
UK's Wellington college to open its first school in Pune

The UK's Wellington College International will open its first school in Pune, according to officials. The college had last month announced its partnership with India's Unison Group to open premium schools in India. "The long-term strategy is to open a group of schools across India. The first school will open in Pune (opening 2023) and a second to be confirmed soon. We are looking to grow the number of schools, but at a pace where we can ensure the quality and exclusivity (rather than quantity) of provision," said Anuj Aggarwal, co-founder, Unison Education Foundation.

"Wellington College International Pune will provide an alternative to the current schools in Pune. Wellington's focus will be on delivering all-round excellence," Aggarwal said. Wellington College International (WCI) Pune will be a coeducational day and boarding school for ages 2-18 years with a student strength of around 800.

12:18 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Pune bus passengers in a fix due to strike over call to merge MSRTC with state government

Owing to a strike call by the workers’ union of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) demanding a merger of the cash-strapped company with the state government, bus operations from all the four stations in the city — Wakdewadi, Swargate, Chinchwad, Pune Station — remained suspended from the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

All the 13 depots of MSRTC in Pune Division have shut for operations due to the strike, officials said.

Passengers who were reaching the stations were being turned away as MSRTC staffers staged protests outside the depots. Hundreds of passengers who were unaware about the strike call were surprised by the sudden closure of the services.

12:00 (IST)08 Nov 2021
Pune: 92,000 tenements lapse as builders fail to finish projects on time

Since 2017, over 92,000 tenements in 1,410 buildings in Pune district have lapsed as the builders were not able to complete the same within the set time.

Data from the website of MahaRera by real estate consultancy firm Track RE shows majority of the projects are within the limits of Pune city while projects in the rural parts of the district have reported lesser cases.

MahaRera, the regulatory authority of the real estate industry, sets a definite time period for completion of projects. In case a realtor fails to complete a project within the given time frame, it automatically goes under the lapsed project category. Once the MahaRera deems a project as lapsed, the builder is not allowed to sell the project. Extension is given to the project after a fine is paid or at times, buyers can come together to decide on a builder of their choice who can take up the project.

Environmentalists and activists from the city raised an alarm over the use of Glyphosate for checking the growth of water hyacinth in waterbodies and urged the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to ban the use citing its dangerous impact on human health and aquatic life.

Since 2017, over 92,000 tenements in 1,410 buildings in Pune district have lapsed as the builders were not able to complete the same within the set time.

Data from the website of MahaRera by real estate consultancy firm Track RE shows majority of the projects are within the limits of Pune city while projects in the rural parts of the district have reported lesser cases.

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