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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Pune News Today Live Updates: Pune records 811 new cases, 11 deaths; markets, non-essential shops to be shut on Sunday

Pune News Today, Coronavirus Cases in Pune, Pune Weather Forecast Live Updates: With 11 new deaths, the death toll is at 18,837.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: September 20, 2021 8:46:04 am
Pune Police carried out an operation to check if Covid-19 norms and restrictions are being followed at Tulshibagh and Mandai on Wednesday evening. (Express Photo by Ashish Kale)

Pune News Today Live updates: Pune recorded 811 new cases of covid-19 in the 24 hours ending 8 am Saturday, taking the total tally to over 1.13 lakh. Out of these 7,814 cases are active while over 1.10 lakh people have recovered. With 11 new deaths, the death toll is at 18,837.

The Serum Institute of India(SII) in Pune has said that they were building a facility to make mRNA vaccines, even as they were scaling up their covishield production from the present 160 million doses monthly to 200 million doses from October. The mRNA facility will take around 2 years to be completed, the company said.

Meanwhile, markets will remain shut in Pune on Sunday, September 19, as a precautionary measure to avoid crowding on Anant Chaturdashi, the day of immersion of Ganesh idols, although hotels, restaurants, and essential establishments will be allowed to operate.

 

 

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Pune reports 949 new Covid-19 cases, 10 deaths; Eight arrested for smuggling tiger and leopard skins; Follow this space for the latest Pune updates.

19:57 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Yes Bank-DHFL case: Rana Kapoor's wife, daughters remanded to judicial custody

A special CBI court in Mumbai on Saturday denied bail to the wife and two daughters of Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor in a quid-pro-quo case involving private sector lender DHFL and remanded them to 14-day judicial custody.
          
Kapoor's wife Bindu and daughters Radha Khanna and Roshini have been named as accused in charge sheets filed by the probe agency in the case, and the court, after taking cognizance of the charge sheet, had summoned the trio. 
        
The three appeared in court and filed for bail through their legal team comprising Vijay Agarwal and Rahul Agarwal, who argued that the charge sheet was filed without Bindu, Radha and Roshni being arrested, and, therefore, as per a Supreme Court judgement, they deserve to be granted bail.
        
Vijay Agarwal further argued that the court had already exercised the discretion of issuing summons to his clients, which clearly shows there is no need for their arrests. However, Special Judge S U Wadgaonkar rejected their bail applications and sent them to judicial custody till September 23. (PTI)

15:38 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Pimpri-Chinchwad: Chikhli Moshi Housing Society Federation resumes Covid vaccination drive

Chikhli Moshi Housing Society Federation has resumed its special vaccination drive in housing societies in Pimpri-Chinchwad after a few months’ gap. Federation chief Sanjeevan Sangle said they had requested Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil to allocate vaccines for the purpose. “With improved availability of vaccines, the Municipal Commissioner deputed a team of medical staff to conduct the camp. The first such camp saw 457 people get vaccinated,” he said. Read More

15:36 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Adar Poonawalla: Trials of Covid-19 vaccine for children running smoothly, review by year-end

Adar Poonawalla, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Serum Institute of India (SII) who was recently included in 100 most influential global personalities’ list put out by Time Magazine, said the Covovax vaccine trials for children were running smoothly and hinted that the jabs may be out by January-February 2022 if all goes well.

“Several volunteers have been given the shots and the trial is running smoothly. A review will be taken by the end of the year,” he said while responding to a query from The Indian Express at a media conference held on Friday. Read More

15:35 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Know Your City: Dr R G Bhandarkar, the scholar after whom Pune’s oriental institute is named

Prof Irfan Habib, one of the country’s foremost historians, was an intermediate student when he came across Dr Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar’s A Peep into the Early History of India at a railway station which he bought with his pocket money. “Bhandarkar never makes a statement that you can reject. Everything is precise and based on a process. When we think of people like Bhandarkar, we realise that India has a historical tradition of which we should be proud,” said Habib at an online symposium held last month to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Bhandarkar was one of India’s first orientologists — an Indologist — whose other notable books are Early History of Deccan, Vaishnavism – Shaivism and Other Minor Religions. He was also the first Indian Vice-Chancellor of the Bombay University and the first Indian to be awarded an LLD degree by the university in 1904. Read More

09:46 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Pune markets and non-essential shops to be shut tomorrow to avoid crowding on Anant Chaturdashi

MARKETS will remain shut in Pune on Sunday, September 19, as a precautionary measure to avoid crowding on Anant Chaturdashi, the day of immersion of Ganesh idols, although hotels, restaurants, and essential establishments will be allowed to operate.

The decision, taken at a meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday, will be applicable in the jurisdiction of Pune Municipal Corporation, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and all three cantonment boards.

“The decision regarding shop closure on September 19 was taken unanimously after consulting officials in the administration and public representatives. Although some shops anyway remain closed on Sunday, we have decided to close all shops to reduce crowding on the day. Restaurants, hotels, and establishments providing essential services will remain open,” said Pawar.

22:36 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Soon, a parking lot at the base of Pune’s Sinhagad Fort, e-buses for tourists

In a bid to solve traffic congestion and reduce pollution at the Sinhagad Fort area, the state Forest Department and Public Works Department have decided to set up a parking facility at the base of the fort. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar who said the government has also decided to prohibit the use of plastic at the fort.

Electric buses of the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) will take tourists from the parking lot to the hilltop fort. “The Forest Department owns a 10-acre plot at the base of the fort. It’s about 9 km from the fort. After parking private vehicles here, the visitors will be taken to the fort in e-buses operated by the PMPML. This will reduce pollution. Space for a police chowki at this spot will also be obtained from the Forest Department as requested by the rural police. Charging stations for the e-buses and basic amenities such as lavatories will be built,” Pawar said. Read more

19:20 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Pune markets to remain shut on Anant Chaturdashi

Markets in Pune will remain shut on Sunday as a precautionary measure to avoid crowding on Anant Chaturdashi, the day of immersion of Ganesh idols. The decision, taken at a meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, will be applicable in the jurisdiction of Pune Municipal Corporation, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and all three cantonment boards. Hotels, restaurants and essential establishments will, however, be allowed to remain open.

“The decision to shut shops on September 19 was taken unanimously after consulting officials in the administration and public representatives. Although some shops do remain closed on Sunday, we have decided to close all the shops to reduce crowding on the day. Restaurants, hotels and establishments providing essential services will remain open,” Pawar said.

The Deputy CM said the Covid-19 situation in the district has improved with weekly positivity rate and case mortality rate on the decline. “So far, over 92 lakh vaccine doses have been administered in the state with about 40 per cent of the population getting fully vaccinated. The vaccination rate has picked up considerably in recent months. So far, over one lakh vaccine doses were administered on a single day on five occasions,” he said. Read More

17:05 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Special round of admissions at colleges begins

Candidates who have not secured admission in any college and are aspiring to get a in first-year junior colleges in the city, will be able to file fresh applications from Friday under the first special round of admissions.

So far, three regular rounds of admissions have already taken place but more than forty per cent seats are available. Those students who had been allotted the first college of their preference and were not able to confirm admissions for reasons and their further admissions were blocked, will now be able to take part in the admission process.

Until September 20, students will be allowed to fill online applications, after which, one day has been set aside for data processing. On September 22, the cut-offs and the junior college allotment list will be displayed. Students would also be informed about the allotments through SMS. Read more

14:04 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Theoretical physicist Thanu Padmanabhan passes away in Pune

Pune-based theoretical physicist and cosmologist Thanu Padmanabhan passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at home. He was 64.

A distinguished professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Padmanabhan had authored over 300 research papers and several books, with important contributions in areas of gravitation, quantum gravity, and structure and formation of the universe.

Padmanabhan’s research in theoretical physics had the Stanford University name him among the top scientists in the world, with a rank of 24.

12:28 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Dengue, chikungunya cases in Maharashtra more than triple: 15 civic bodies asked to take urgent steps

STATE HEALTH authorities have directed 15 municipal corporations to urgently appoint personnel to visit 200 homes daily and inspect mosquito breeding sites for the next five months as dengue and chikungunya cases have more than doubled in Maharashtra.

The state reported 6,374 cases of dengue and 1,537 cases of chikungunya till September 14. Eleven persons have died due to dengue viral fever. There were 2,029 cases of dengue and four deaths from the disease and 422 cases of chikungunya were registered during the same period last year.

A state notification issued on September 15 has directed the municipal corporations to appoint breeding site ‘checkers’. Their main role is to inspect 200 homes daily and check for mosquito breeding sites. A daily allowance of Rs 450 will be paid and an amount of Rs 39.38 lakh has been allocated for the purpose. According to the notification, a total of 470 such personnel will be appointed to visit 200 homes each daily and inspect for mosquito breeding sites.

10:14 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Two more arrested in connection to gang-rape of 14-year-old girl

TWO more suspects have been arrested by Pune City Police in the case of abduction and gang-rape of a 14-year-old girl in Pune, taking the total numbers of arrests in the case to 19. The two suspects arrested late on Wednesday are believed to have raped the girl and are connected to the group of suspects arrested from Pune earlier.

Earlier police probe had revealed that 13 persons had sexually abused or raped the girl during the period she was held captive by them on August 31 and September 1. These 13 were arrested by the police in the initial phase of the probe.

10:14 (IST)17 Sep 2021
In wake of gang-rape of minor: Pune police chief promises stern action against auto drivers involved in criminal activities

Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta on Thursday promised stern action against “criminal elements” working as auto-rickshaw drivers, in the wake of the gang-rape of a 14-year-old girl in the city. Several of the arrested accused in the case are auto-rickshaw drivers.

The victim was allegedly kidnapped from the Pune railway station premises by an auto-rickshaw driver, who offered to give her a lift and help her find a place to stay. She was then raped at different places for the next several hours by the driver, his accomplices and others.

When asked about the involvement of auto-rickshaw drivers in criminal activities, Gupta hinted at major action against them, saying, “wait for three months…”.

09:53 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Lt General Rajshree Ramasethu takes over as Commandant of AFMC Pune

Lieutenant General Rajshree Ramasethu took over as the Director and Commandant of the prestigious Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune on Thursday.

A graduate of the AFMC, Lt Gen Ramasethu was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps on December 17, 1983. She did her specialisation in nephrology from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and is an experienced and reputed nephrologist in the Armed Forces Medical Services.

22:51 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Two more arrested in connection to gang-rape of 14-year-old girl

TWO more suspects have been arrested by Pune City Police in the case of abduction and gang-rape of a 14-year-old girl in Pune, taking the total numbers of arrests in the case to 19. The two suspects arrested late on Wednesday are believed to have raped the girl and are connected to the group of suspects arrested from Pune earlier.

The two are residents of Hadapsar area and are linked to the 13 suspects arrested earlier. They are suspected to have raped the girl some time between the night of August 31 and September 1. With these arrests, the number of suspects who are known to have raped or sexually abused the girl has reached 16.” said a police officer who is part of the investigation. Read more.

22:47 (IST)16 Sep 2021
In wake of gang-rape of minor: Pune police chief promises stern action against auto drivers involved in criminal activities

Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta on Thursday promised stern action against “criminal elements” working as auto-rickshaw drivers, in the wake of the gang-rape of a 14-year-old girl in the city. Several of the arrested accused in the case are auto-rickshaw drivers.

The victim was allegedly kidnapped from the Pune railway station premises by an auto-rickshaw driver, who offered to give her a lift and help her find a place to stay. She was then raped at different places for the next several hours by the driver, his accomplices and others.

When asked about the involvement of auto-rickshaw drivers in criminal activities, Gupta hinted at major action against them, saying, “wait for three months…”. Read more.

21:24 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Maharashtra approves implementation of Seventh Pay Commission for Pune MC staff

State Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday announced the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission for employees of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) with effect from January 30, 2019. The move will benefit nearly 15,000 civic staff.

“The decision to implement the Seventh Pay Commission for PMC employees has been taken in the meeting. However, details of it would be clear only after the state government issues a government resolution on it,” Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar said after Shinde declared in the meeting the proposal of PMC on the Seventh Pay Commission has been approved and a GR would be issued in the next few days. Read more.

20:33 (IST)16 Sep 2021
215 new Covid cases, 4 deaths recorded

Pune on Thursday recorded 215 new Covid-19 cases and four related deaths. The total number of active cases in the city stand at 1,908, with 161 new recoveries on Thursday.

18:27 (IST)16 Sep 2021
'Will oppose any move to curb states’ right to taxation': Ajit Pawar

Amid state governments’ apprehensions over a possible move by the Centre to bring petrol and diesel under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar has said any attempt by the Union government to alter tax structures that adversely impact states’ revenue generation will be opposed.

“Although nobody is speaking in public, there is a serious move on part of the Centre to bring petrol and diesel under GST citing one nation, one tax regime. While the centre has the right to evolve its own rules, any policy decision that adversely affects state revenue is not acceptable. In the name of the uniform tax regime, if states’ right to taxation are curbed it will be opposed tooth and nail,” said Ajit Pawar ahead of the GST Council meeting scheduled to be held in Lucknow on Friday. Read more.

18:04 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Koregaon Bhima inquiry commission to resume hearings in Pune from Sept 27

Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry has released its schedule of hearing witnesses in Pune from September 27 to October 1. The Commission had postponed its hearings in Mumbai between August 23 and August 25 due to the unavailability of a bigger place given the Covid-19 situation. Read more.

16:30 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Barring top institutions, admissions run low in most colleges despite sops

Barring top colleges, most institutions in the city are finding it difficult to fill their seats since admission-seekers, especially for basic arts and science courses, are few. Principals blame the Covid-19 pandemic because of which many students have moved back to their hometowns or are now unable to pay fees.

Principal Sudhakar Jadhavar, who runs several institutes under the Jadhavar Group of Institutes, said even sops are failing to attract students. “We announced to charge only Rs 1,000 to our students to confirm their admissions. Even our junior college students who have pending fees are not coming up despite us telling them that the pending amount can be worked out later through instalments and scholarships. I have 500 seats for arts, science and commerce of which only 15 per cent admissions have taken place," he said. Read more.

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.

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