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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Pune News Highlights: Theatres, multiplexes allowed to reopen from October 22

Pune city on Wednesday reported 146 new Covid-19 cases, but no deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: October 18, 2021 10:17:31 am
The various Covid rules as declared by the state government include limiting occupancy to 50 per cent of seating capacity and frequent sanitisation of the premises. (Express File Photo)

After educational institutes and religious places, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Wednesday allowed opening of theatres, cinema halls, multiplexes, and auditoriums from October 22, on condition of strict implementation of the Covid-19 standard operating procedure laid down by the Maharashtra government.

Pune city on Wednesday reported 146 new Covid-19 cases, but no death, according to news agency PTI. Out of the eight regions of Maharashtra, Mumbai region reported the highest 915 new Covid-19 cases, followed by 672 from Pune region.

In other news, over 17,000 talathis with the Maharashtra Revenue Department went on a strike from Wednesday, seeking the transfer of a senior officer who allegedly made a “derogatory remark” on a WhatsApp group in response to a statement shared by a union leader.

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22:15 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Pune cops issue lookout circular against NCB's witness in cruise drugs case

Pune police have issued a lookout circular against K P Gosavi, one of the independent witnesses of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the cruise ship drugs seizure case, in connection with a 2018 cheating case registered in Pune, a top official said on Wednesday. A lookout circular is a notice that prevents a person from leaving the country.

"We have issued a lookout circular notice against K P Gosavi, who has been absconding in a 2018 cheating case registered against him with the Faraskhana police station," Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta said.

Gosavi is one of the nine independent witnesses in the cruise ship raid and alleged recovery of drugs, in which Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan was arrested earlier this month.

According to police, Gosavi was booked for allegedly duping a Pune-based man on the pretext of offering a job in Malaysia. Chinmay Deshmukh, who was allegedly cheated to the tune of Rs 3.09 lakh by Gosavi, had registered the complaint against him. (PTI)

22:02 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Treatment meted out to Central agencies in Maharashtra is objectionable, says Fadnavis

Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis said Wednesday that central investigating agencies were being “ill treated” by MAharashtra state government. “The central agencies are investigating cases based on evidences. The ill-treatment by state government towards central agencies is questionable,” he added. 

Refuting NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s charge that the Union government was misusing central agencies against political rivals, Fadnavis said, “Former home minister Anil Deshmukh was subjected to CBI and ED investigation after court orders.” Instead of questioning the central agencies, Pawar should be worried as they have exposed “unethical deals worth Rs 1,000 crore” through raids, he said. Read more

21:36 (IST)13 Oct 2021
In Pics | Leopard sighted in Wadkar Mala, villagers show pug-marks

Civic authorities in Wadkar Mala warned villagers after they sighted a leopard with her cub in the area on Wednesday. In the pics below, villagers show the pug-marks of the leopard in the fields.

(Express Photo by Arul Horizon)

21:24 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Pune city reports zero Covid-related deaths

Pune city on Wednesday reported 146 new Covid-19 cases, but no death, according to news agency PTI.

Overall, a total of 2,219 cases were added during the day in Maharashtra. The death toll went up by 49. Out of the eight regions of Maharashtra, Mumbai region reported the highest 915 new Covid-19 cases, followed by 672 from Pune region.

21:11 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Talathis on strike over senior officer’s ‘derogatory remark’, seek his transfer

Over 17,000 talathis with the Maharashtra Revenue Department went on a strike from Wednesday, seeking the transfer of a senior officer who allegedly made a “derogatory remark” on a WhatsApp group in response to a statement shared by a union leader.

Following the alleged incident on October 5, members of the Maharashtra Rajya Talathi Patwari and Mandal Adhikari Samanvay Mahasangh demanded that the officer, State Coordinator of Land Records Digitisation Programme Ramdas Jagtap, be removed from the position. They also handed over their Digital Signature Certificate Drivers (DSC) to the respective offices on Tuesday, thereby halting all the work of providing 7/12 extracts, mutation and landholding documents to landowners. The protests started on October 7, and the strike was called today. Read more

20:45 (IST)13 Oct 2021
I-T raids on premises linked to Ajit Pawar biggest in India: Somaiya

Former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya on Wednesday claimed the searches conducted by Income Tax officials on premises linked to family members of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar are the "biggest" such raids in India. "The raids are going on for the last 7 days. According to me, the searches have reached more than 24 promotors, directors, owners, firms, projects. (IT sleuths) are getting something from the lockers concealed in the walls, from server rooms, basements, and parking lots," he claimed while addressing a press conference in Pune.

Somaiya alleged links between Ajit Pawar and a sugar mill in the Satara district. "I wanted to ask Ajiit Pawar who are the owners and the main shareholders in that sugar factory," he said. (PTI)

20:13 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Maharashtra cabinet decides to support reservation in promotions in govt jobs

An official statement said the Maharashtra Cabinet, at its meeting in Mumbai, decided to support the policy of reservation in promotions for state employees from reserved categories and will put forth the government's stand accordingly before the Supreme Court, where the matter is pending. An additional affidavit will be submitted by the state government in the Supreme Court which will underscore the state's stand on the reservation in promotions issue, said an official.

The cabinet took into account a report prepared by chief secretary Sitaram Kunte, which stated that there is not enough representation of  SCs, STs and other reserved category communities in senior positions in the state cadre. (PTI)

19:18 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Dabholkar murder: CBI submits list of 32 witnesses to be examined

The CBI Wednesday submitted before a special court in Pune a list of 32 witnesses to be examined during the trial in the Dr Narendra Dabholkar murder case.

Advocate Prakash Suryawanshi, the special public prosecutor in this case, submitted the list of witnesses maintaining that it may add more witnesses as and when required.

Special court of additional sessions judge S R Navandar accepted the list of witnesses and posted the matter for hearing on October 29. The court said two witnesses pertaining to the inquest panchnama and the search at the house where Dabholkar was staying in Pune would be examined on the next day of hearing. Read more

19:01 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Maharashtra crosses mark of 9 crore Covid vaccine doses

Maharashtra crossed 9 crore mark for Covid vaccination doses administered at 5:30 pm on Wednesday.

Maharashtra has fully vaccinated 2.76 crore population, highest for any state in the country, Dr Pradeep Vyas additional chief secretary (health) Maharashtra told The Indian Express.

18:41 (IST)13 Oct 2021
MVA govt doesn't listen unless pressured: Maha BJP chief, cites reopening of temples

Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil on Wednesday said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government doesn't listen unless being pressured and referred to the recent reopening of temples after a long gap. Addressing a BJP event, Patil asked the saffron party workers to visit villages and create awareness about the OBC quota.

"The MVA government does not want to give a political reservation to OBCs. If a political reservation for OBCs has to continue then we all will need to go to villages and create awareness among the people for the reservation," he said.

"This government won't listen unless we put pressure on them. Did they reopen temples by themselves? We had to protest for the reopening of temples across Maharashtra," he said while addressing the OBC Jaagar Abhiyan programme of BJP. (PTI)

18:09 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Veer Savarkar never apologised to British: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said Veer Savarkar had never apologised to the British, a day after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh claimed that the freedom fighter had written mercy petitions to the British on Mahatma Gandhi's request. Talking to reporters in Pune, Raut said freedom fighters who languish in jail for more than ten years can adopt a strategy thinking they can do something after coming out of jail instead of remaining inside. 

In politics or while serving imprisonment, a different strategy is adopted, Raut said. "If Savarkar had adopted any such strategy it cannot be called an apology. Savarkar might have done that (adopted a strategy). This cannot be called an apology. Savarkar never apologised to the British," he said. (PTI)

17:27 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Tiger Shroff's trainer Kaizzad Capadia passes away aged 49

Forty nine-year-old Kaizzad Capadia, fitness expert and Director of K11 Education Pvt Ltd, who was also Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff's trainerl, passed away in Pune Wednesday. According to Sassoon general hospital authorities, his rapid antigen test was positive for Covid-19. Decision on postmortem is yet to be taken.

16:56 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Police ‘not cooperating’, Pimpri-Chinchwad’s pay-and-park scheme comes to halt

Three months after the long-awaited pay-and-park scheme finally began in the industrial city of Pimpri-Chinchwad, it has come to a grinding halt. The reason cited by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) officials is the ‘non-cooperation’ by the traffic police.

After a smooth run for two months, the plan started facing trouble as fewer people were preferring to park their vehicles in the parking lot. And in the last one month or so, parking in the allotted space has dropped drastically. Adding to the woes, more than 100 employees appointed by the contractor have left the job.

PCMC joint city engineer Shrikant Savane said: “This is because the contractor is not able to run the parking lots as he is facing a paucity of staff. The contractor had appointed 130 temporary employees to collect the parking charges. However, since he has not been able to pay salaries to them, more than 100 of them have left. This has affected the running of parking lots which have almost come to a stop now,” he said. Read more.

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16:35 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Elgaar Parishad case: NIA says digital evidence will be provided, opposes bail plea

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) recently told the Bombay High Court that the remaining cloned copies of electronic evidence relied upon by the Central agency in the Elgaar Parishad case will be supplied to the accused Sudha Bharadwaj and her co-accused as per Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). However, the agency objected to the interim plea seeking a stay of the trial proceedings before the special court.

The NIA also denied allegations that the cloned copies were tampered or manipulated and that the same would be examined by the experts of Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and five of them are yet to be received from FSL, Mumbai. Read more

16:26 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Centre targeting family members, aides of MVA leaders with raids: Sharad Pawar

"After failing to destabilize the Maharashtra government for the last two years the centre has now started using a new strategy of targetting family members and close assoicates of leaders of the MVA by conducting raids in the belief that this will break our will. We are resolute and these things will not affect us," NCP leader Sharad Pawar said during a press conference Wednesday.

16:10 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Deccan College’s 4 new courses likely by next academic year

The four new proposed courses by the Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute could be introduced only in the academic year of 2022-23, the college officials have hinted.

In August, Deccan College announced plans to introduce full-time Master of Science or Master of Arts in computational linguistics, heritage site management and scientific conservation, museology and environment archaeology during October or November this year, subject to the final approval from the Maharashtra government’s department of higher education. Read more.

14:47 (IST)13 Oct 2021
PMC guidelines for reopening theatres and cultural events

Pune Municpal Corporation (PMC) has set guidelines in order to reopen theatres, cultural events in close/open space in PMC area following the Covid-19 break the chain.

13:00 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Pune: Woman Army officer found dead, suicide suspected

In a suspected case of suicide, a woman Army officer, who was undergoing training at the Military Intelligence Training School and Depot (MINTSD) in Pune, was found dead at her official accommodation on Wednesday morning, police officials said.

MINTSD, which trains intelligence professionals of Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, para military forces, civil intelligence agencies and friendly foreign countries, is located in Wanwadi area in Pune. The woman Army officer of Lieutenant Colonel rank was in her early 40s.

A police officer, in a statement, said that according to the preliminary information, the officer was found dead at her official accommodation on the premises of the establishment, following which, the police were informed. Read more

12:17 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Pune: Three arrested for murder of 14-year-old girl

The Pune city police have apprehended three persons in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old schoolgirl in the Bibwewadi area of Pune.

Police identified the deceased girl as Kshitija Anant Vyavahare. The incident took place at a playground where Kshitija and her friends had come for a training session on Tuesday evening.

Police arrested three persons including the key accused Shubham Bhagwat alias Rushikesh (21) in this case. Police said Subham is a relative of the deceased girl. He was allegedly harassing her for the last few months. So her parents had also warned Shubham. Read more

11:15 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Man booked for harassing wife, giving her triple talaq: Pune city police

Pune City Police have booked a man on charges of harassment and giving triple talaq to his wife through WhatsApp.

A First Information Report in this regard has been registered against Sajid Shaikh at Samarth Police Station under Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, which criminalises instant triple talaq, and Indian Penal Code provisions pertaining to criminal intimidation, physical assault and domestic violence.

According to the complaint filed by the 28-year-old woman, Shaikh and his mother started mentally and physically harassing her and asking her to bring various home appliances from her parents.  Read more

Notably, in 2017, no Congress candidate could win in the civic polls. The party had ruled PCMC for 15 years from 1986.

The big political news from Pune is the unease in the Congress over the appointment of Kailas Kadam as president of Pimpri-Chinchwad unit. His detractors have, reportedly, told the party high command that Kadam’s ‘criminal background’ will sully the image of the organisation. Notably, several criminal cases are pending against Kadam in the Pune district.

In other news, the India Meteorological Department recently added three more weather stations in Pune. Chinchwad, Lavale and Magarpatta have become the newest additions to the weather observatory network in Pune in addition to Shivajinagar, Pashan and Lohegaon.

Meanwhile, in other news, Pune-based startup SuperGaming tapped into the mood of office workers by launching a suite of games called 'Bored'. Designed for teams to play on Slack, it features attractions such as 'roasting' your colleagues, writing funny captions for memes and 'icebreakers' — where you share something outlandish about yourself that nobody would believe.

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