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Pune News highlights: Pune records 458 new Covid cases,7 deaths

Pune News highlights: Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) allowed colleges to resume regular physical classes from October 12. Restaurants, bars and food courts to remain open till 11 pm at 50 per cent capacity.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 13, 2021 1:14:10 pm
Beneficiaries receive Covid Vaccination jab at PMC’s Kamla Nehru hospital. (Express file photo by Ashish Kale)

Pune News highlights: The Pune district on Sunday recorded 458 new Covid-19 cases and seven fatalities. With 557 recoveries the total number of active cases stood at 5,258.

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will turn up at the doorsteps of residents in a bid to step up the vaccination drive against Covid-19 from Monday. Colleges under its jurisdiction will also start functioning from Tuesday and the civic body proposes to conduct the drive on campuses as well.

In other news, coal shortages across the country have led 13 thermal power plant units supplying power to Maharashtra State Electricity Regulatory Commission (MSEDCL) to temporarily shut down

Meanwhile, traders in Pune shut shop till 3 pm in support of the MVA’s call for a state-wide bandh to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

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Pune News Live Updates: MVA to hold state-wide bandh; Pune records 458 new Covid-19 cases; PCMC to hold doorstep vaccination drive; 13 power plants shut; Follow latest developments here

16:54 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Bandh in Maharashtra: Shops remain closed in Pune

Shops remained closed in various parts of Pune as the Congress-Shiv Sena-NCP alliance called a bandh in Maharashtra to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

15:54 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Sena says protest '100 per cent successful'

Leaders of three ruling parties - Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP - staged protests against the Lakhmipur Kheri incident, and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed the bandh was "100 per cent" successful.

Meanwhile, NCP leader Jayant Patil stated that essential services were not involved in the bandh, adding that the shutdown has been peaceful so far.

In Pune, most of the shops and commercial establishments remained closed. The city's public transport service, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) was inoperational till noon. As per a senior official from the transport utility, the service was resumed post noon.

Fatehchand Ranka, president of the Federation of Trade Association of Pune (FATP), claimed the bandh evoked 100 pe rcent response in the city as shops and commercial establishments, excluding those selling essential items, were closed. (PTI)

14:56 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Former PCMC commissioner Ravindra Surve passes away

Former PCMC commissioner Ravindra Surve passed away Monday after a brief illness. He was 82.

Surve served as the municipal commissioner in 1991-92 and 1995-97. He also served as a consultant for PCMC from 2001 to 2003.

14:28 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Pune's market deserted in wake of state-wide bandh

Pune's marketyard wore a deserted look in the wake of the state-wide bandh called by the MVA government in solidarity with the farmers in Uttar Pradesh.

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13:58 (IST)11 Oct 2021
6 molasses tankers seized for transportation sans permission; 6 held

The Excise department has confiscated six tankers carrying molasses worth Rs 1.9 crore from Haryana to a private company in Maharashtra's Raigad district allegedly without proper permission and arrested six people in this connection, officials said on Monday.

Acting on an information, the department conducted a raid at the company's gate in Uran area on October 6 and found four tankers on a road nearby and two in the firm's premises, an official release said. (PTI)

13:12 (IST)11 Oct 2021
PCMC commissioner under fire again; students complain to CM alleging ‘rude behaviour’

Days after coming under fire for lodging a complaint and getting nine protesting citizens and a corporator arrested, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) commissioner Rajesh Patil has again got into trouble. This time, a group of students who had approached him to talk about the delay in conducting a tree census have complained to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the urban development ministry about his alleged rude behaviour and sought action against him.

The commissioner allegedly behaved rudely when the members of the Rayat Vidyarthi Parishad approached him to complain about the inordinate delay in conducting the tree census by the contractor appointed by the civic administration. The incident took place on Saturday after which the students released a video to show the “rude” behaviour of the commissioner. Read more.

12:43 (IST)11 Oct 2021
ATM thieves make off with Rs 6 lakh at Daund

Robbers have allegedly dislodged the cash dispenser machine at an ATM kiosk at Daund taluka of Pune district and made away with more than Rs 6 lakh, said Pune rural police. The robbers blackened the security cameras inside the ATM with black spray, said the police.

The ATM, of a non-banking payment services provider headquartered in Mumbai and operated by a local franchise owner, is located at Khadki village in Daund taluka, around 85 km from Pune city.

The ATM heist came to light in the early hours of Sunday, after some state home guard personnel passing through the area informed the police about broken glass and other scattered objects at the ATM kiosk. An FIR was registered at Daund police station in Pune rural jurisdiction on Sunday. Read more.

12:14 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Minor girl among four injured in blast after gas leak

Four persons were injured in an explosion following a gas leak from an LPG cylinder in Kirkatwadi area near Pune city late on Saturday night. Among the injured, a 12-year-old girl has sustained serious burn injuries, police said.

According to information given by Haveli police station, which comes under Pune rural’s jurisdiction, the incident took place at 10 pm in a chawl in Karanjawane Vasti in Kirkatwadi, located around 12 kilometers from Pune City. The injured have been identified as Veena Laxmikant Nevaskar (56), Shubhangi Pasalkar (35), Sonakshi Pasalkar (12) and Ranjit Giri (25).

11:56 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Consortium of palliative care organisations launches helpline

Cipla Palliative Care, CanSupport, Pallium India and eight other palliative care organisations have announced the launch of the ‘Saath-Saath’ helpline to unify their actions to provide palliative care in the country. The helpline is a national free-of-cost service where patients, caregivers and healthcare providers can be connected to the nearest palliative care centre when required.

The toll-free helpline ‘1800-202-7777’ will be operational from Monday to Saturday between 10 am to 6 pm. It offers direct service in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad and Guwahati. Read more.

11:14 (IST)11 Oct 2021
13 power plants shut due to coal shortage, MSEDCL asks customers to use power sparingly

Coal shortages across the country have led 13 thermal power plant units supplying power to Maharashtra State Electricity Regulatory Commission (MSEDCL) to temporarily shut down. As a result, 3330 MW power supply has been cut off, an official statement from MSEDCL has said. Efforts are being made to provide power supply from hydropower and other sources along with immediate procurement to fill the gap.

The power utility is making efforts to prevent load shedding in the state and has appealed to the consumers to use electricity sparingly from 6 am to 10 am and from 6 pm to 10 pm to balance the demand and supply. Read more

10:45 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Low-key Durga Puja celebrations for second year owing to Covid-19

As festivities commenced on Monday with “Mahashashthi”, only a limited number of devotees are allowed inside the pandals.

Most of the celebrations organised by the Bangiya Sanskriti Samsad, Bhosale Nagar, have gone online for the second consecutive year. During all the days of the festival, the Samsad will distribute “bhog” in limited quantities while adhering to the Covid-19 protocols. Read more.

10:33 (IST)11 Oct 2021
MHT CET answer key to be out today

The answer key for the recently conducted common entrance test (MHT CET) 2021 for engineering, pharmacy and agriculture courses will be released today.

Students will have two days between October 12-13 to register any grievances or objections if they have any after which the final results will be announced. The state CET cell had recently announced that the results will likely be declared after October 28th. Here's how to check the answer key.

10:14 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Pune's APMC to remain closed till afternoon

Agriculture Produce Markets Committee in Pune has lent its support to the state-wide bandh in solidarity with the farmers in Uttar Pradesh. All the trading and work in APMC will remain closed till afternoon.

Meanwhile, country's biggest onion trading market Lasalgaon in Nashik has also stopped all its work in support of the bandh.

09:52 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Traders to shut shop till 3 pm

The Federation of Traders’ Associations of Pune will participate in the Maharashtra Bandh called by the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) on Monday by shutting shops till 3 pm.

The Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP will be working together in close coordination to ensure the success of the October 11 state-wide bandh, which was announced by the three parties last week. The three parties have called for the bandh to protest against the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, where eight people were killed.

09:37 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Pune likely to witness moderate rainfall

Moderate rain spells accompanied by thunder and lightning could lash parts of Pune city on Monday.

Both the maximum temperature and relative humidity level are likely to remain high, with temperature touching 32 degrees during peak afternoon hours.

Pune and neighbouring areas will witness post-noon rainfall on Monday and Tuesday after which the rainfall activity is all set to cease. This could be among the final spells for the ongoing monsoon season for the year for the city, the officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune, have said.

Global Indian International School (GIIS), Pune

GIIS sets up mental health helpline for students

To help its students deal with emotional challenges, Global Indian International School (GIIS), Pune, has set up a mental health helpline – a confidential platform where they can discuss their issues “without fear of any questions or prejudice”.

The helpline, called GIIS Healthline, works on the principle of open-door policy wherein any student can walk in without any hesitation or fear, said Rajiv Bansal, Director-Operations, GIIS, India, on the eve of World Mental Health Day on Saturday.

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