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Pune News Highlights: City records zero fatality for the first time in eight months

Pune news highlights: Pune district logged a total of 406 new Covid cases and six deaths. 

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: October 21, 2021 9:47:14 am
Covid-19 vaccination drive underway at a PMC center. (Express photo by Ashish Kale)

Pune reported zero deaths today, for the first time in eight months, PTI quoted an official. The city reported 112 fresh Covid cases today taking the total caseload to 5,03,469. Meanwhile, Pune district logged a total of 406 new Covid cases and six deaths.

Meanwhile, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Pune city dropped below 1,000 after months, with PMC areas reporting 994 such cases in total on Tuesday. Of these, 112 were new cases of the 4,780 tested on the day, indicating daily positivity rate of 2.34 per cent. While 119 patients recovered from the viral infection on Tuesday, one person succumbed to the infection.

Meanwhile, after heavy rain in September and October extensively damaged market-ready crops, prices of onions and tomatoes have seen a steady rise in the last couple of months. This is the first time this year when vegetables have seen a good price rally in both the wholesale and retail markets.

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Pune district records 255 new Covid-19 cases, 7 deaths; IMD predicts clear skies today.

21:34 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Pune city records zero COVID-19 deaths for first time in eight months

Maharashtra's Pune city reported zero COVID-19 deaths on  Wednesday, for the first time in the last eight months, an official  said.

As many as 112 fresh COVID-19 cases  were reported in the Pune Municipal Corporation limits during the day,  taking the overall tally to 5,03,469, while no casualties were reported  during the day, the official said.(PTI)

19:16 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Majority of colleges in Pune reopen for physical classes

Majority of colleges in Maharashtra's Pune district reopened for physical classes on Wednesday, with only 10 per cent of students attending lectures. The colleges had remained shut for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Almost all colleges reopened for physical classes on Wednesday. Since there is a condition that only students who have taken both doses of the vaccine are permitted to attend the physical classes, the average attendance was around 10 per cent," said Dr Sudhakar Jadhavar, general secretary, Maharashtra State Principal's Federation. (PTI)

15:50 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Pune: Despite ‘30% increase in costs’, restaurant owners reluctant to hike menu prices

Last 18 months have been tough for restaurant owners with the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns causing business disruptions. Many restaurants, surveys peg it at 30-40 per cent, have also shut down during the period. Those that survived the pandemic are now bearing the brunt of the high costs of cooking gas, oil, vegetables, meat and groceries but are reluctant to pass on the burden to the customers.

Restaurant owners and union leaders said that there has been a 30 per cent overall increase in the food costs on account of rising prices. Cooking oil (10 kg can now cost Rs 2,200 compared to Rs 1,300 a year ago), cooking gas (19 kg commercial gas cylinders cost Rs 1,800 now compared to Rs 1,100 a year ago) are the major contributors to the woes of the restaurant owners. Read More

15:19 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Mumbai court rejects Aryan Khan's bail plea

A special court rejected Aryan Khan's bail plea today in connection with the  drugs seizure case on board a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. Bail application of two others, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha also rejected. Twelve others arrested in the cruise ship case have also filed for bail. The NCB has filed their replies. NCB special public prosecutor Advait Sethna pleads that arguments be adjourned so that they can go through the order passed against Aryan Khan and two others first. Defence lawyers of the 12 lawyers says NCB is using a delay tactic.

14:47 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Applications open for Radio Astronomy Winter School

Applications are open for the 14th edition of the Radio Astronomy Winter School.

Students presently in their second or third year of B.Sc, BS, integrated MS, M.Sc, engineering, or B.Tech along with faculty members are eligible to enrol for this online school.

Radio Astronomy Winter School (Facebook/Radio Astronomy Winter School)

The ten-day school is being jointly organised by Inter-University Centre for Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics and TIFR – National Centre for Radio Astrophysics between December 20 – January 1, 2022. (Read more)

14:46 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Security guard arrested for stealing diesel from PMPML bus

Pune city police have arrested a private security guard for allegedly stealing fuel from a Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus.

The police have identified the accused as Ganesh Dhangar (25), a resident of Zambre Vasti, Bibvewadi. (Read more)

12:58 (IST)20 Oct 2021
After Delhi, IITM to launch ‘Air Quality Early Warning System’ in Pune soon

The Pune-based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, has developed a new ‘Decision Support System’ (DSS) and enhanced the existing ‘Air Quality Early Warning System’ (AQEWS) for better air-quality management in the Delhi-NCR region.

According to IITM scientist Dr Gaurav Govardhan, a similar system for Pune will be launched under a joint project with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing. “We have used the emission inventory released in 2018 by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for the Decision Support System,” he said. (Read more)

11:23 (IST)20 Oct 2021
SC and ST Commissions seek action against Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner

Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil has landed in fresh trouble with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, and National Commission for Safai Karmacharis as they sought action against him after a lawyer complained of “casteist abuse”. 

The commissions have asked State Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Pune District Collector and Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissioner to submit an “action taken” report regarding the complaint of “caste abuse and harassment” by advocate Sagar Charan. (Read more)

11:08 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Today's weather update

The minimum temperatures recorded in Pune reported a drop and the temperatures settled around 18 degrees on Wednesday. 

The day will mainly see clear sky conditions and the maximum temperatures will hover close to 32 degrees. 

On the day, the Air Quality will remain around 60 on Wednesday.

10:57 (IST)20 Oct 2021
SC and ST Commissions seek action against PCMC Commissioner

Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil has landed in fresh trouble with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, and National Commission for Safai Karmacharis as they sought action against him after a lawyer complained of “casteist abuse”.

The commissions have asked State Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Pune District Collector and Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissioner to submit an “action taken” report regarding the complaint of “caste abuse and harassment” by advocate Sagar Charan. While the National Commission for Scheduled Commission has sought action taken report within 15 days, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes has sought the report within 30 days. (Read more)

22:24 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Farmer outfit demands FRP plus 400 as the first installment payment for cane sold to mills

Former MP and farmer leader Raju Shetti’s organisation has demanded Rs 400 per tonne as the first installment payment for cane sold to mills for the 2021-22 sugarcane crushing season in addition to the government declared Minimum Support Price (which works to Rs 3,300 per tonne).

Shetti, while addressing the 20th cane conclave (Oosh parishad) in Jaysinghpur in Shirol taluka of Kolhapur district on Tuesday, also asked mills to pay farmers Rs 150 per tonne as the final installment payment for the 2020-21  cane season before Diwali.

Addressing a large crowd of cane growers, Shetti pointed to the robust sugar prices, which will allow mills to easily pay farmers well above the government declared FRP of Rs 2,900 per tonne of cane at basic recovery of 10 per cent. The farmer leader also warned mills that are yet to clear the full and final payment for the last season.

20:22 (IST)19 Oct 2021
New GIS-based survey to assess all private and civic properties in Pimpri-Chinchwad

Soon, private property owners in Pimpri-Chinchwad will not be able to evade the tax net, thanks to a GIS-based survey being carried out by the civic body using LiDAR technology which promises to “assess each and every property”.

“The technology will not only help us to assess each and every property which has been left out of the tax net or its modification not assessed, but it will also help us to know the status of civic properties – be it a broken footpath, neglected drainage line or a forgotten road,” Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Deputy Municipal Commissioner Smita Zagade told The Indian Express.

Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil, who is also the CEO of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Smart City Ltd, will oversee the survey and he has sought the citizens’ cooperation.

18:57 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Second wave not receded yet, third wave feared post-Diwali: Health minister

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has not receded yet in the state but at the same time conditions are not favourable to immediately trigger the third wave.

Tope also said the COVID Task Force has cautioned about a third wave of the pandemic post the Diwali season. "The second wave of the pandemic is not over yet. But there is no favourable condition for a third wave as of now. The state task force has cautioned of a third wave post the Diwali season. We are assessing the situation," he said. (PTI)

16:46 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Water supply to be halted on Thursday due to repair work at pumping stations

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Tuesday said that there will be no water supply in the city on Thursday. PMC authorities said supply of water will be halted to carry out urgent repair and maintenance work at various pumping stations. The city’s water supply will be restored on Friday.

The PMC said in a statement that the civic administration will undertake maintenance and repair work at Parvati, Vadgaon Budhruk, Cantonment, SNDT and Chikkhli, Ravet and Holkar bridge pumping stations.

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12:58 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Transformer catches fire in Pune Camp area; no casualties

A power transformer housed in an enclosed space in the Pune Camp area caught fire in the early hours of Tuesday. The firefighters from the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) doused the fire shortly averting a major blaze that could have been caused by the oil used in the transformer. No casualties were reported.

Officials from the PCB fire brigade said that the power distribution transformer housed in a room next to Charbawadi police chowky caught fire around 3 am. By the time fire tender reached the spot, the fire had intensified.

12:45 (IST)19 Oct 2021
District disability rehabilitation centre at Aundh general hospital, Rs 3.5 cr sanctioned

Pune Zilla Parishad has sanctioned Rs 3.5 crore for a district disability rehabilitation centre (DDRC) at Aundh general hospital. The construction of this unique centre will begin soon.

The proposed centre is being built after much research, Ayush Prasad, CEO of Pune ZP said. According to district health authorities, the centre has been designed in such a manner that it will comply with the needs of 21 types of disabilities as per the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (RPWD) Act 2016 and the National Building Code. (Read more here)

12:44 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Pune: Two arrested for ‘stealing copper coils’ from power transformers

The Pune police has arrested two suspects allegedly involved in multiple cases of thefts of copper coils from power transformers on the outskirts of the city.

Officials from the Detection Branch of Loni Kalbhor police were probing a recent case of theft of copper wires from a power transformer in Loni Kalbhor, which had led to power failure in the area. Police probes have revealed that the suspects, who have knowledge of the electric system, had been switching off the power line at night and then stealing the copper coils.

11:01 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Pune: Clear sky conditions, sunny weather predicted today
Clear sky conditions and a sunny day is forecast over Pune on Tuesday. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 32 - 34 degrees on the day whereas the recorded minimum temperature was 19 degrees. 

There has been a spike in the air quality index and SAFAR has forecast the AQI to be 68 on the day.

10:33 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Pune district: 1.15 crore vaccine doses administered till Monday

Pune district administered 1.15 crore vaccinations till late on Monday night. According to state health department data over 18 lakh people above 45 years are fully vaccinated while 17.97 lakh in the age group of 18-44 have got both shots of Covid-19 vaccine. 

10:30 (IST)19 Oct 2021
🦠 Pune district records 255 new Covid-19 cases, 7 deaths

Pune district recorded 255 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday, taking the total infections to 1,147,284. With 7 new fatalities the total death toll is over 19,000. Out of the total case, 4,286 are active while over 1.12 lakh people have recovered after testing positive.

MVA government will last full term despite Centre’s attempts to destabilise it: Sharad Pawar

State’s ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government will complete its full term despite the attempts by the Centre to destabilise it, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said on Sunday.

Addressing party workers in Rahatni on the second day of his visit to Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pawar said the Central government “would not succeed in its designs”. He said, “The MVA government will complete its full term no matter what the Central government does to destabilise it and harass its leaders…I assure you, this behaviour of the Central government will not last long.”

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