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Pune news updates: 279 new Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths, district records highest recovery rate

Pune news updates: Pune district on Thursday reported 279 new Covid-19 cases and five deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: November 5, 2021 9:26:22 am
At a Covid-19 testing centre in Pune | Express file photo

Pune News Live: Pune district on Thursday reported 279 new Covid-19 cases and five deaths. Among Maharashtra’s 64,55,100 recovered patients, the highest number – 11,32,271 – was from the district. Pune had reported 243 coronavirus cases and three deaths on Tuesday, according to the Health Department.

In other news, the Pimpri-Chinchwad police has seized banned gutkha and paan masala worth Rs 8.7 crore in 161 cases of seizures since January 2020 and arrested 251 suspects, including racketeers, suppliers and distributors.

In 2012, the state government imposed a ban on consumption, production, sale, distribution and storage of gutkha, paan masala and other related products, considering several proven health hazards. This ban was further renewed in 2019. The state police and the Food and Drug Administration have powers to seize and conduct raids in connection with gutkha and paan masala.

Meanwhile, although Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has failed to deliver on its promise of providing 24 X 7 water supply from November 1 to the entire town, officials of the civic water supply department on Wednesday said they plan to start round-the-clock supply in a phased manner.

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Pune news updates: 279 new Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths, district records highest recovery rate; Pimpri-Chinchwad police seize smuggled gutkha, paan masala worth crores. Follow live updates here

19:02 (IST)04 Nov 2021
Three arrested for attempting theft at sealed DSK project

Pune City Police arrested three persons for allegedly attempting theft at the Dream City, a DSK project that has been sealed by the government. Developer D S Kulkarni (DSK), along with his several family members and associates, is facing prosecution for cheating thousands of investors of the DSK Group.

Police said around 10:30 pm Tuesday, the three accused persons armed with iron rods and sharp weapons allegedly barged into Dream City, located at Fursungi, for committing theft of steel.

About four persons, including the security guards and their supervisor, were on duty at the spot. The accused allegedly tried to commit theft by pointing a sharp weapon and iron rods at them. This led to a scuffle. The security guards tried to prevent the theft. Meanwhile, one of the accused allegedly attacked a security guard with an iron rod, leaving him injured.

18:21 (IST)04 Nov 2021
Pune's NCC cadets win accolades for Maharashtra, 4 qualify for national shooting

Nine boy and girl cadets from the National Cadet Corps (NCC), Pune Group led the victory march for NCC Maharashtra Directorate in the recently concluded Inter Directorate Sports Shooting Championship and All India GV Mavlankar Shooting Championship. Four of these cadets have now qualified for the All India Shooting Championship, scheduled to be held in Bhopal from November 25.

As many as 170 NCC cadets from all over India participated in the 50 metre, 0.22mm rifle competitions. After a gap of four years, NCC Directorate Maharashtra came first at the national level. Last year, all the competitions and training events were cancelled due to Covid-19. This year, the victory is of even greater significance as the team had to practice under difficult conditions in a short time, officials said.

16:31 (IST)04 Nov 2021
Mystery storyteller Gurunath Naik dies

Noted Marathi storyteller Gurunath Naik, who authored more than 1,200 books including several mystery novels, died after a prolonged illness here in Maharashtra, family sources said.

He was 84. Naik, who was a native of Goa, breathed his last at a hospital in Pune on Wednesday evening, the sources said. He suffered brain paralysis 16 years ago and since then was unable to write.

09:56 (IST)04 Nov 2021
Solar magnetic storm expected to light up polar regions of Earth on Diwali

In a cosmic coincidence, a solar flare that occurred on the Sun recently has launched a magnetic storm in space which is predicted to hit Earth on November 4, lighting up its atmosphere at polar regions in spectacular displays of aurora, just in time for Diwali.

Solar scientists around the world — including at the Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India (CESSI) at IISER Kolkata and at the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center — are studying the progress of this storm.

Prof Dibyendu Nandi at CESSI, IISER Kolkata, told The Indian Express that if the storm does hit on November 4, it could be dubbed the ‘Diwali solar storm’. Read the full report here. 

09:56 (IST)04 Nov 2021
Solar magnetic storm expected to light up polar regions of Earth on Diwali

In a cosmic coincidence, a solar flare that occurred on the Sun recently has launched a magnetic storm in space which is predicted to hit Earth on November 4, lighting up its atmosphere at polar regions in spectacular displays of aurora, just in time for Diwali.

Solar scientists around the world — including at the Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India (CESSI) at IISER Kolkata and at the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center — are studying the progress of this storm.

Prof Dibyendu Nandi at CESSI, IISER Kolkata, told The Indian Express that if the storm does hit on November 4, it could be dubbed the ‘Diwali solar storm’. Read the full report here. 

09:55 (IST)04 Nov 2021
Artist welcomes opening up with works that invite interpretation

After the second wave — and with a large section of people in Pune vaccinated — one of the first art exhibitions to open in the city was Chromatic Musings, a solo by Vaishali Oak, at Vida Heydari Contemporary Gallery in Koregaon Park. With fibre as her medium, Oak set out to bring colour into a world that was returning to normalcy after a year-and-a-half of anxiety and seclusion.

“We have put up a horizontal work on the right wall, partially visible from outside, which appears to call viewers to step inside with the promise of more,” says the artist. Read the full report here. 

09:50 (IST)04 Nov 2021
Diabetes testing should start at 25 years: study

Researchers have advised that screening for diabetes should begin at 25 years, much earlier than the government recommendation of 30 years.

In a country-wide study, published in the the medical journal ‘Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome – Clinical Research and Reviews’, the researchers say data from multiple tertiary diabetes centres across the country shows a trend of increasing prevalence of diabetes in the younger age group in the last decade.

The current recommendation from the government and ICMR is to begin screening for diabetes at 30 years. After analysing the data from the diabetes centres, the researchers found that 77.6 per cent of those below 30 were either overweight or obese. Read the full report here. 

09:50 (IST)04 Nov 2021
Jolted by bypoll losses, BJP to hold core committee meeting after Diwali

Jolted by the outcome of Deglur as well as Dadra and Nagar Haveli bypolls, where it was trounced by the Congress and the Shiv Sena respectively despite aggressive campaigning, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would convene a core committee meeting after Diwali under the leadership of state president Chandrakant Patil to discuss where the party went wrong in connecting with voters.

In Deglur, Congress’s Jitesh Antapurkar defeated BJP’s Subash Sabane. The bypoll were necessitated following the death of Jitesh’s father, Congress MLA Raosaheb Antapurkar.

Deglur bypolls were also a matter of prestige for PWD minister Ashok Chavan, who was even threatened by BJP’s Patil with probe by central agencies even as he did not directly name the Congress leader. Read the full report here. 

21:49 (IST)03 Nov 2021
Gutkha, paan masala worth Rs 8.7 crore smuggled from outside Maharashtra seized since Jan 2020: Pimpri-Chinchwad police

The Pimpri-Chinchwad police has seized banned gutkha and paan masala worth Rs 8.7 crore in 161 cases of seizures since January 2020 and arrested 251 suspects, including racketeers, suppliers and distributors.

Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissioner Krishna Prakash said, "We have observed that most of the gutkha and paan masala comes from Gujarat and Karnataka, where it is not banned. This situation makes it difficult to enforce the ban. We will continue to be vigilant and take action against the racketeers and distributors."

In 2012, the state government imposed a ban on consumption, production, sale, distribution and storage of gutkha, paan masala and other related products, considering several proven health hazards. This ban was further renewed in 2019. The state police and the Food and Drug Administration have powers to seize and conduct raids in connection with gutkha and paan masala. Read More

14:35 (IST)03 Nov 2021
PCMC fails to ensure round-the-clock water supply from Nov 1, plans to introduce it in phased manner

Although Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has failed to deliver on its promise of providing 24 X 7 water supply from November 1 to the entire town, officials of the civic water supply department on Wednesday said they plan to start round-the-clock supply in a phased manner.

“The administration had announced that we would regularise the water supply from November. However, we will not provide round the clock water at one go to the entire industrial city. We plan to go step by step,” PCMC executive engineer Pravin Ladkat told The Indian Express.

The department said it feared that the entire system would collapse if water supply was provided to the entire city in one go. “Instead of starting the round the clock supply in one go, we plan to start it in one particular area for a few days. And then observe the situation. If everything is okay, we will proceed to implement the plan in another area. Likewise, we will in a phased manner implement the round-the-clock water supply,” he said. Read the full report here. 

13:02 (IST)03 Nov 2021
Pune: Rally to celebrate release on bail; 3 criminals held

The anti-extortion cell of the Pune city police’s crime branch has arrested three criminals on police record for allegedly conducting a rally after one of them, who was in jail for attempted murder, was released on bail.

The arrested have been identified as Vaibhav Ukre alias Pappya (23), Manoj Dighe alias Suyash (22) and Ashish Mane alias Shooter (22).

Officials said that Ukre was lodged at Yerawada central jail in a case of attempted murder. He was released from prison on bail two months ago. A rally was taken out in the jurisdiction of Warje police station and a police team that had gone to the spot at the time was assaulted, said the police. Read the full report here. 

13:01 (IST)03 Nov 2021
Pune: Vanchit Aghadi seeks alliance with local outfits for corporation elections

Ahead of the upcoming corporation elections, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) has decided to contest the polls in collaboration with local political outfits in Pune. Former MP and VBA leader Prakash Ambedkar said they are putting in place a mechanism to fight the elections which are expected to be held early next year.

The biggest problem in fighting the next elections would be related to money, Ambedkar said. “However, we are putting in place a mechanism through which we would be able to provide good candidates in many places,” he said. The party has started preparation for the polls already. Read the full report here. 

12:17 (IST)03 Nov 2021
FTII admissions: Applications now open, entrance test in December

The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata, have invited applications from candidates for various courses that will commence during the academic year 2022-2023.

Candidates are required to take an all-India Joint Entrance Test (JET) which has been scheduled for December 18 and 19, 2021. The last date for sending applications for JET is December 2, 2021. Read the full report here. 

10:07 (IST)03 Nov 2021
Poor quality air forecast for Pune during Diwali, might worsen if it drizzles: SAFAR

The quality of air in Pune is expected to remain poor during the Diwali period, according to a forecast by the System of Air Quality Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). There is a likelihood of rain during the period, and, according to SAFAR experts, if it drizzles, it may further deteriorate the air quality.

“However, if there is sufficient rain, it will wash away pollutants and the AQI (air quality index) will be better,” Dr Gufran Beig, founder project-director at SAFAR, told The Indian Express.

Being said that in the context of a 50 per cent additional firecracker scenario and with the winter setting in, the forecast for the air quality is “poor” on November 4 and “very poor” on November 5. “It will be back to moderate on the afternoon of November 6,” Dr Beig said. Read the full report here. 

10:06 (IST)03 Nov 2021
IMD: In spite of La Nina, above normal rain expected over south India in November

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of more rainy days during November over south India, especially Kerala, in what seems to be a continuing and lasting trend since September.

October this year was the wettest-ever month for Kerala, when 589.9 mm of rain was recorded against a normal of 330 mm, since 1901. Similarly, Uttarakhand recorded its fifth wettest October this year.

Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, director general of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), on Tuesday said that southern peninsular India is most likely to receive 122 per cent rainfall with respect to its long period average (117.5mm) this month. Read the full report here. 

10:05 (IST)03 Nov 2021
Edible oil prices may fall as domestic arrival of seeds expected to pick up

Prices of edible oil are set to soften as domestic arrival of oil seeds is expected to improve soon. Meanwhile, in response to an appeal by Atul Chaturvedi, president of Solvent and Extractors’ Association of India (SEA), member companies have started reducing the price of edible oil – a move that will help consumers get the same product at Rs 4-7/litre less than retail prices.

Since the last few months, the spiralling cost of edible oil has burnt a hole in the consumer’s pocket. The country, which is heavily dependent on imports, had suffered because of a drop in production in Argentina and Brazil as well as reduction in palm oil production in Malaysia and Indonesia. Read the full report here. 

21:56 (IST)01 Nov 2021
Covid positivity drops below 2% in October, active cases down by half in a month

With the Covid-19 case positivity rate in the city dropping to less than two per cent in October, the Pune Municipal Corporation has relaxed almost all major Covid-19 restrictions. The number of active cases in the city now has also dropped by more than half of what it was on October 1.

Though restrictions have been done away with, the advisory asking people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, including wearing masks, maintaining social distance and frequent sanitisation of establishments, remains in place.

“The positivity rate for October was 1.77 percent. A total of 45 patients succumbed to the viral infection during the month. There were no deaths for a period of seven days, which is the longest period during which a fatality was not recorded since the outbreak,” a PMC officer said. Read more

21:38 (IST)01 Nov 2021
Will continue with training programme for Civil Services aspirants: PMC

Continuing with its efforts to encourage city youths to take up Civil Services, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to fund training programme for 150 aspirants at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).

“We have decided to continue the training programme for Civil Services aspirants. The training expenditure of Rs 17,000 per student will be incurred by the PMC while the training would be provided by SPPU. 100 students from backward class and 50 students from open category would be allowed to avail the facility,” said Hemant Rasane, chairperson of standing committee.

The PMC has also proposed to bear the expenditure of the PMPML bus passes for the students to enable them to travel with ease to the training centre. Read more

14:32 (IST)01 Nov 2021
Pimpri-Chinchwad: Covid-19 TPR drops below 2, seven-month low

Even as the civic administration has readied the necessary infrastructure in anticipation of a third wave of Covid-19, the industrial city of Pimpri-Chinchwad continues to witness a downward trend of new positive cases month-on-month basis. From a high of 25.87 in March to 1.74 on October 31, the test positivity rate (positive cases per 100 tests, TPR) in Pimpri-Chinchwad has gradually come down. Read more 

13:51 (IST)01 Nov 2021
Pune: Kannada Sangha inaugurates new auditorium at Dr Kalmadi High School

For the past several years, Pune’s Kannada Sangha has been organising Dussehra festival in the city and this year, too, the Sangha organised the traditional Dussehra and Gombe festival at Dr Kalmadi Shamarao High School (Primary and Kannada Medium) in Erandwane. This year, the Sangha renovated the first-floor auditorium of the school and named it Gunduraj M Shetty Memorial Hall in honour of its late former trustee. Read more

Pune People gather for Diwali shopping in Pune. Though restrictions have been done away with, PMC has asked people to stick to Covid-appropriate behaviour. (Express photo by Pavan Khengre)

PCMC fails to ensure round-the-clock water supply from Nov 1, plans to introduce it in phased manner

Although Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has failed to deliver on its promise of providing 24 X 7 water supply from November 1 to the entire town, officials of the civic water supply department on Wednesday said they plan to start round-the-clock supply in a phased manner.

“The administration had announced that we would regularise the water supply from November. However, we will not provide round the clock water at one go to the entire industrial city. We plan to go step by step,” PCMC executive engineer Pravin Ladkat told The Indian Express.

The department said it feared that the entire system would collapse if water supply was provided to the entire city in one go. “Instead of starting the round the clock supply in one go, we plan to start it in one particular area for a few days. And then observe the situation. If everything is okay, we will proceed to implement the plan in another area. Likewise, we will in a phased manner implement the round-the-clock water supply,” he said.

Jolted by bypoll losses, BJP to hold core committee meeting after Diwali

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olted by the outcome of Deglur as well as Dadra and Nagar Haveli bypolls, where it was trounced by the Congress and the Shiv Sena respectively despite aggressive campaigning, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would convene a core committee meeting after Diwali under the leadership of state president Chandrakant Patil to discuss where the party went wrong in connecting with voters.

In Deglur, Congress’s Jitesh Antapurkar defeated BJP’s Subash Sabane. The bypoll were necessitated following the death of Jitesh’s father, Congress MLA Raosaheb Antapurkar.

Deglur bypolls were also a matter of prestige for PWD minister Ashok Chavan, who was even threatened by BJP’s Patil with probe by central agencies even as he did not directly name the Congress leader.

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