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Pune News Highlights: Pune’s weekly Covid-19 positivity rate drops to 3.37% but remains higher than state average

Pune News Highlights and Updates: Pune region reported the highest 914 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths on Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: September 30, 2021 7:44:50 am
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Pune News Live Updates: The Covid-19 positivity rate in Pune district has dropped to 3.37 per cent in the week September 21-27 as against the previous week when it stood at 5.04 per cent. According to a new analysis, weekly trends show that there has been a nearly four per cent decline from August 31 to September 6 when the rate was around 6.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, reaching out to Armed forces veterans in a personal message, Southern Army Commander Lieutenant General J S Nain has urged them to exercise restraint during festivals to avoid being impacted by another surge in Covid-19 cases.

In other news, Maharashtra’s Pune and Ahmednagar districts have become the epicentre for the most recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in the state. So far, over 530 animals have been infected and 80 have died mostly because of the delay in the second cycle of vaccination in the state.

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Pune News Live Updates: Pune region reported the highest 914 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths on Tuesday; Pune’s weekly Covid positivity rate drops to 3.37% but remains higher than state average; Study led by Pune researchers discovers three diatom species along northern Western Ghats; Follow this space for latest updates.

22:50 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Bombay HC upholds life term to 3 men in Pune gang-rape case

The Bombay High Court has upheld an order of the Pune sessions court passed in 2011 convicting and sentencing three men to life imprisonment in a gang-rape case, but made critical comments against defence lawyers and the judge in the case.

In an order passed on September 28, a bench of Justices Sadhana Jadhav and Sarang Kotwal, while upholding the conviction and life term, made some strong observations on the conduct of defence lawyers and the judge in the case, particularly during the cross-examination of the victim.

The HC said in the present case, the sessions judge "failed in his duty" to protect the dignity of the victim, an MBA graduate who was gang-raped in the Hinjewadi area of Pune. (PTI)

20:33 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Modi govt doing favouritism, not giving enough funds to Maharashtra: Nana Patole

Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole accused the Narendra Modi government of indulging in favouritism and not providing necessary help to the state even as it faced at least three natural calamities in the last one year.

He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of election meetings for the upcoming Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti bypolls in the district.

"The Centre did not provide funds that the Maharashtra government required to tackle the coronavirus pandemic that left the state's economy in dire straits. Now, heavy rains have spoiled the roads in the state. The central government is responsible for the bad condition of roads as it did not give enough funds to the state," he alleged.

Natural calamities hit the state at least three times in the last one year in some form or other and there is dire need for the central assistance, he added. (PTI)

18:15 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Maharashtra govt approves over Rs 138 cr aid for kin of police COVID-19 martyrs

The Maharashtra government has approved a financial assistance of over Rs 138 crore for the families of state police officers and other staff members who died while on COVID-19 duty, the government's response to an RTI query has revealed. 

As per documents obtained in response to the RTI, 370 Maharashtra police officers/staff members (excluding Mumbai) and 123 of Mumbai police died while on COVID-19 duty till September 14 this year. (PTI)

14:23 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Maharashtra: Congress opposes cabinet-approved 3-member ward system for civic polls

Day after the state cabinet approved a three-member ward system for the civic polls in the state, except in Mumbai, the Maharashtra unit of Congress, which was pushing for a one or two-member ward system, decided to continue its opposition to the move.

“We are opposed to the three-member ward system. Despite our opposition, the government has gone ahead and decided to implement the three-member system. I have decided not to talk to the Chief Minister anymore on this issue. We will continue to oppose the government’s decision through democratic means,” said Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Nana Patole.

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12:00 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Maha: IAF helicopter rescues 3 people stranded in flooded Latur village

A day after heavy water discharge from the Manjara dam caused flooding in some places of Maharashtra's Marathwada region, an IAF team on Wednesday rescued three people stranded at an inundated village in Latur with the help of a helicopter, a district administration official said.

Following heavy rains in Marathwada over the last few days, the NDRF was mobilised and helicopters were deployed to rescue people stuck in some of the flooded places in the region.

On Wednesday morning, a helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) rescued three people, Nagorao Kisan Tikanare (50), his wife Rukmabai (45) and  son Chandrakant (11) from Poharegaon village in Renapur tehsil, where they were stranded in the flood, the official said in a release. After heavy showers over the last few days, rains subsided in Latur on Wednesday. Heavy water discharge from the Manjara dam on Tuesday following heavy rains led to flooding in some villages of Beed, Latur and Osmanabad districts in Marathwada, officials earlier said. (PTI)

11:47 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Urban cooperative banks protest ‘vilification’ by Centre

Urban cooperative banks (UCB) have strongly protested against what they called a “concerted effort” to defame them by the Union government. Vidyadhar Anaskar, president of the Maharashtra State Urban Cooperative Banks Federation, said this effort was to scare off the depositors of the UCBs, seemingly with the indirect support of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

11:08 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Pune district to receive moderate rain with intermittent heavy spells at isolated places on Wednesday

Pune district Wednesday will recieve moderate rainfall with intermittent heavy spells at isolate places. In the last 24 hours, Lohegaon recorded 4mm rainfall, Pashan recorded 2.33 mm and Shivajinagar recorded 2mm rainfall. The recorded minimum temperature was 21.3 degrees on Wednesday and the day temperature could go around 27.5 degrees. At 30, the city's Air Quality Index value is likely remain under 'good' category.

10:38 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Study led by Pune researchers discovers three diatom species along northern Western Ghats

A group of researchers from Pune has discovered three new species of diatoms from the northern Western Ghats region.

The three diatom species identified under genus Stauroneis Ehrenberg are —Stauroneis datarii, Stauroneis bahlsii and Stauroneis hamiltonii. Stauroneis is one of the largest freshwater genera of diatoms. With single-cell walls made of silica, diatoms, or simply algae, are one of the major oxygen-generating microbes. They are most commonly found in almost all kinds of water bodies, including rivers and lakes.

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10:11 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Admissions to SPPU’s open learning courses begin

After a long wait, admissions to the distance and open learning courses at the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) have finally begun. From today, candidates can make online applications on the School of Open Learning department’s page at the university’s website, http://unipune.ac.in/SOL/, for the undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

According to an admission notice on the website, the last date for registration is December 14, 2021 till 5 pm. The last date for online submission of admission form is December 15, 2021 till 11 am while forms can be submitted physically at study centres till 1 pm on the same day.

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09:49 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Southern Army Commander urges veterans to exercise restraint during festivals to avoid case surge

Reaching out to Armed forces veterans in a personal message, Southern Army Commander Lieutenant General J S Nain has urged them to exercise restraint during festivals to avoid being impacted by another surge in Covid-19 cases.

In a letter addressing veterans, Lt Gen Nain has said, “As I review the status of Covid-19 cases in our area of responsibility, it is heartening to note that the numbers are minimal. This has been possible due to the efforts of each one by adhering to laid down protocols. Please accept my sincere compliments for exercising restraint and helping to bring the curve down. Even the number of veterans and families vaccinated is encouraging. This has contributed towards mitigating the severity of infection. On behalf of the complete military community, my felicitations to the Covid-19 warriors for their … efforts, mostly at personal costs.”

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09:43 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Samarth police station first in Maharashtra to get separate control room with 150 CCTV cameras

Samarth police station in Pune became the first police station in Maharashtra to have a separate control room connected to as many as 150 CCTV cameras. The cameras, installed at important locations under its jurisdiction, were provided by Ganesh Bidkar, leader of the house in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

Pune police commissioner Amitabh Gupta inaugurated the CCTV control room at the Samarth police station on Tuesday, in the presence of PMC commissioner Vikram Kumar and others.

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09:29 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Maha: 12 gates of Manjara dam closed after water discharge causes flooding in 3 Marathwada districts

Twelve gates of the Manjara dam were closed early Wednesday morning, a day after heavy water discharge from the reservoir following heavy rains led to flooding in some villages of Beed, Latur and Osmanabad districts in Marathwada region of Maharashtra, officials said.

With the closure of 12 out of the total 18 gates of the dam at 4 am, the water discharge came down to 18,747 cusec (cubic metre per second) as against the outflow of 70,845 cusec on Tuesday, that caused inundation in several downstream villages, a release from the irrigation department said. Currently, six gates of the dam are open for water discharge, an irrigation department official said. (PTI)

09:11 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Pune district records 634 new Covid-19 cases, 8 deaths

Pune district Tuesday reported 634 new Covid-19 cases and 8 deaths. Over 704 patients recovered from the infection leaving 6,035 active cases in the district. 18,581 samples were tested on Tuesday. 

 

08:50 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Pune’s weekly Covid positivity rate drops to 3.37% but still remains higher than state average

The Covid-19 positivity rate in Pune district has dropped to 3.37 per cent in the week September 21-27 as against the previous week when it stood at 5.04 per cent. According to a new analysis, weekly trends show that there has been a nearly four per cent decline from August 31 to September 6 when the rate was around 6.5 per cent.

Across the state too, there has been a dip in the Covid-19 positivity rate last week when the positivity rate stood at 2.11 per cent as compared to the previous week when it was 2.46 per cent.

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22:42 (IST)28 Sep 2021
Koregaon Bhima inquiry panel hearings: Vadhu Budruk resident submits ‘British Era document’

Sambhaji Shivale (51), a resident of the historic Vadhu Budruk village in Pune district, on Tuesday, submitted before the Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry a document which, he claimed, was from the ‘British era’. Shivale claimed that the document mentioned the role played by “ancestors” of the Shivale family in conducting the last rites of Maratha king Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj.

Shivale’s chief examination was recorded by Aashish Satpute, the lawyer representing the two-member commission headed by retired Justice J N Patel. The commission was formed in 2018 to probe the causes that led to the violence in Koregaon Bhima on January 1 that year. One person died and several others were injured in the violence.

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22:02 (IST)28 Sep 2021
Two women drown, 10-year-old goes missing in waterfall in Khopoli

A 10-year-old girl went missing and two women drowned in a waterfall at Khopoli in Maharashtra's Raigad district, police said. The police and rescue teams have recovered the bodies of the two women, while a search underway for the girl, an official said.

The incident took place at Zenith waterfall in Khopoli, where 15 members of a family, comprising two men, five women and eight children, had gone for a picnic in the afternoon, he said. One of the children fell into the water while playing near the waterfall, and in an attempt to rescue the girl, two women also fell in and went missing.

19:54 (IST)28 Sep 2021
Timetable process for new colleges courses postponed

The timetable for opening new colleges and introducing new courses was postponed for a period of one month by the Maharashtra government as meetings mandated for the exercise could not be held amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an official said.

As per Article 109 of the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016, a timetable is defined to decide the opening of new colleges, introducing new courses and curriculum, increasing the number of classes or batches and setting up of satellite centres, among others. (PTI)

15:04 (IST)28 Sep 2021
Latur's Pooja Kadam had failing eyesight, but never lost her focus to clear UPSC exam

While pursuing graduation in Arts from Pune’s Fergusson College, Pooja Ashok Kadam started losing her eyesight. By the time she appeared for her UPSC examination, she had lost 75 per cent of vision in both her eyes due to a rare retinal disease.

Despite the heavy odds, Pooja (28) never lost sight of her goal — clearing the UPSC exam to become an IAS officer in order to uplift the lives of rural women.

Last week, Pooja achieved what she long desired and cleared the examination in her fifth attempt, securing 577th rank out of some 700 successful candidates.

A resident of Taka village in Ausa taluka of Latur district, Pooja has been living in Hadapsar area of Pune since Class XII. After the results were announced on Friday, Pooja returned to her native village only to find herself immersed in a sea of well-wishers, admirers and journalists.

12:37 (IST)28 Sep 2021
World Heart Day: Transplant patients can enjoy quality life even amid pandemic, say experts

In the last five years, 163 heart transplants have been performed across the state, mainly in Mumbai and Pune, and experts say there have been very few Covid-related deaths among them. Recovery after transplant can be challenging and while getting the most from a new heart and ensuring quality of life requires a strong commitment, on the occasion of World Heart Day (September 29) cardiologists have appealed to improve heart health and, thereby, prevent diseases.

According to public health estimates, the silent epidemic of heart disease is the number one cause of mortality among Indians. Dr Jagdish Hiremath, noted cardiologist at Ruby Hall Clinic which has performed the largest number of heart transplants in Pune, said the procedure is mainly for patients with end-stage heart disease. “These are immunosuppressed patients and, like other transplant patients, can catch infection quickly. However, if they are fine without any complications by the end of the year, then everything has fallen in place,” he said.

11:29 (IST)28 Sep 2021
Maharashtra: First-come-first-serve admissions for Class 11 from today

The Maharashtra government begins the first-come-first-serve (FCFS) round of admissions for candidates who have not yet secured admissions into the first year of junior college from today (Tuesday).

This admission round will go on till October 14 in a phased manner on the website 11thadmission.org.in. So far, three regular and one special round of admissions have taken place for Class 11 and more than 60,000 students have taken admissions. However, as per registrations, around 18,000 students are yet to secure admissions, for whose benefit the FCFS round is being held.

Students will be able to see vacancies across junior colleges from today. They are required to fill Part I of their admission form but filling Part II of the form which indicates colleges of choice is not necessary as students can directly take online admissions into the college of choice.

A group of researchers from Pune has discovered three new species of diatoms from the northern Western Ghats region. The three diatom species identified under genus Stauroneis Ehrenberg are —Stauroneis satarii, Stauroneis bahlsii and Stauroneis hamiltonii. Stauroneis is one of the largest freshwater genera of diatoms. With single-cell walls made of silica, diatoms, or simply algae, are one of the major oxygen-generating microbes. They are most commonly found in almost all kinds of water bodies, including rivers and lakes.

READ | Study led by Pune researchers discovers three diatom species along northern Western Ghats

Sambhaji Shivale (51), a resident of the historic Vadhu Budruk village in Pune district, on Tuesday, submitted before the Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry a document which, he claimed, was from the ‘British era’. Shivale claimed that the document mentioned the role played by “ancestors” of the Shivale family in conducting the last rites of Maratha king Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj.

READ | Koregaon Bhima inquiry panel hearings: Vadhu Budruk resident submits ‘British Era document’ on ‘Shivale family conducting last rites of Sambhaji Maharaj’

All the Artillery units and formations from the Southern Command celebrated 195th Gunners Day on Tuesday. The date September 28 has a special significance in the history of the Regiment of Artillery because the 5 Bombay Mountain Battery was raised on this day in 1827. As this battery has been in uninterrupted service since raising, its raising day is celebrated as Gunners Day every year.

READ | Gunners Day celebrated in Artillery formations

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