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Pune news today Highlights: Pune region reports 1,973 fresh covid cases, highest in Maharashtra

Pune News Today highlights, Pune Weather, Pune Coronavirus Cases highlights: Among the 170 fatalities reported in the state, the Pune region recorded the highest 91. Pune city has 281 cases and 42 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: August 28, 2021 8:23:55 am
pune covid latest newsA health workers takes a sample for Covid-19 testing in Pune.

Pune Weather Forecast highlights, Pune Covid-19 Cases and Traffic highlights Updates: Pune region recorded the highest 1973 cases in Maharashtra today, followed by 843 from the Nashik region, PTI reported. According to a state health department official, Maharashtra recorded 4,654 covid cases taking the tally to 64,47,442. Among the 170 fatalities reported in the state, the Pune region recorded the highest 91. Pune city has 281 cases and 42 deaths.

Meanwhile, addressing students and researchers at the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Pune, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the institute should get due recognition as  ‘national importance’ for its contributions. He urged scientists to publicise their researches and spread awareness about their work among the public. DIAT is a deemed university of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The Defence Minister also attended an event at the Army Sports Institute (ASI) in Pune, and felicitated gold medallist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, among other Tokyo Olympic participants from the Armed Forces. The ASI stadium was also named after Chopra in the minister’s presence.

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Pune latest news today highlights updates: Maharashtra takes steps to reopen schools, all teaching and non-teaching staff to be vaccinated before September 5; 20% of active Covid-19 cases in state over last 10 days reported from Pune district.

22:20 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Pune region reports 1,973 fresh covid cases

Pune region recorded the highest 1973 covid-19 cases in Maharashtra on Friday, followed by 843 from the Nashik region, PTI reported. According to a state health department official, Maharashtra recorded 4,654 covid cases taking the tally to 64,47,442.

20:24 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Pune: ‘Came from Bangladesh,’ say suspected infiltrators; cops wait for ‘documents’ to prove it

During a Pune city police inquiry, some suspected Bangladeshi infiltrators told the cops that they had come from Bangladesh and managed to procure Aadhar and PAN cards upon their arrival to Pune, during 1995 to 2011.

But the police are yet to lodge an offence in the case as they haven’t so far recovered any documents from the suspects to prove their Bangladeshi citizenship. Read More

20:08 (IST)27 Aug 2021
PMC logs 257 new covid cases

PMC recorded 257 fresh covid cases and five covid deaths on Friday.

17:53 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Bajaj Group and Pune Zilla Parishad to Conduct Mega Vaccination Drive in Rural Pune on August 31

Bajaj Group in collaboration with Pune Zilla Parishad will hold a mega vaccination drive in 13 Talukas in rural Pune on August 31st.  The initiative aims to reach COVID-19 vaccines to the residents of remotest parts of Pune, in order to stay protected against the likely third wave of COVID-19.  (PTI)

17:37 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Pune: Ahead of civic polls, Congress retains Bagwe as city chief

With elections of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) round the corner, the Congress has retained Ramesh Bagwe as its city unit chief to ensure there is no rift within the party ahead of the civic elections. However, the fact that senior leaders Mohan Joshi, Sanjay Balgude and Kamal Vyavhare have been unable to make it to the committee of the state unit is likely a cause for concern for the city unit. Read More

16:36 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Rajnath Singh felicitates Tokyo Olympics from Armed Forces

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh felicitated 23 sportspersons, four coaches and two supporting members from the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force who represented India in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He also presented a Javelin memento to Chopra.

16:21 (IST)27 Aug 2021
ASI stadium named after Neeraj Chopra

A stadium at the Army Sport Institute (ASI) in Pune has been christened as ‘Neeraj Chopra Stadium, Army Sports Institute, Pune Cantonment’ in presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.  Tokyo Olympic Javelin Throw Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra and Army Chief General MM Naravane are present at the event along with armed forces personnel who represented India in the Olympics are present.

15:11 (IST)27 Aug 2021
All 16 members of PCMC standing committee under ACB lens in bribery case

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) will carry out investigations against all the 16 members of the standing committee of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) in the bribery case in which chairman Nitin Landge and four other members were arrested last week from the PCMC headquarters.

“We will investigate all the 16 members of the PCMC standing committee. This is because the chairman’s personal secretary had said that the commission amount is shared with all the members,” Seema Mehendale, inspector with ACB told The Indian Express.

On whether each member will be summoned to the ACB office, Mehendale said, “We will follow all the rules in the investigation. If they need to be summoned at our office, we will do so,” she said. Read More

14:50 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Health minister Rajesh Tope suggests deferment of polls to local bodies over third wave of Covid

State health minister Rajesh Tope suggested that the elections to the local bodies should be postponed in view of the possible third wave of Covid-19.

The issue was discussed in the state cabinet Thursday. “Since the state election commission is an autonomous body, we will express our recommendation seeking postponement of the elections but the final decision will rest be with the commission,” Tope said. Read More

14:41 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Indira IVF launches its 100th infertility centre

With the inauguration of two new centres, infertility clinics chain Indira IVF has crossed a major milestone of establishing 100 centres across India. It has 17 centres in Maharashtra, including one in Pune, while the newest additions are in UP’s Sultanpur and Bathinda, Punjab. “The first single-specialty infertility treatment chain in India to have 100 fertility centres under its banner, we have had 85,000 successful IVF pregnancies so far,” Dr Kshitiz Murdia, CEO & Co-Founder of Indira IVF told The Indian Express.

Read the interview here

14:25 (IST)27 Aug 2021
After NITI Aayog, agri panel CACP recommends FRP payment to sugar cane growers in installments

After NITI Aayog, the Commission of Agricultural Cost and Price (CACP) has now suggested that sugar mills be allowed to pay growers the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) in instalments. In its latest report, CACP has asked the central government to suitably amend the Sugarcane Control Order 1966 to bring about this change.

The Sugarcane Control Order mandates that mills have to pay farmers the government-declared FRP within 14 days of delivery of cane. Sugar commissioners can recover cane dues as revenue arrears by auctioning off their property. Surety of payment is the main reason cited by farmers in water-stressed parts of the state to go for sugarcane farming.

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14:15 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Pune railway division introduces GPS-based patrolman tracking devices

To overcome day-to-day difficulties and eliminate human intervention-based monitoring systems, advanced GPS devices are being employed by the Pune division of the Central Railways to monitor real-time position and speed of various types of patrolmen.

“Safety and security are important for the Indian Railways and it is our prime concern. The Pune Division of Central Railways has always been ahead in innovation and implementation of new technologies in day-to-day railway working to enhance the safety of track and train operation,” said a spokesperson.

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14:06 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane visits Southern Command Headquarters

Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane visited the headquarters of the Southern Command in Pune on Friday. The Army Chief reviewed the operational preparedness. 

General Naravane also appreciated the assistance provided by various formations of the Southern Command to civil administration during Covid-19 pandemic and recent natural calamities including floods.

13:32 (IST)27 Aug 2021
"Technology has power. If we can advance our technologies, India will surely become a super economic power" : Rajnath Singh

Speaking at the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Friday urged scientists to publicise their research work and spread awareness about their work among the general public. 

Quantum Technology, Artificial Intelligence, bio-sciences, Deep Ocean Exploartion are all research areas holding huge potential to work, all of which require scientists to work, said Singh. 

"Technology has power. If we can advance our technologies, India will surely become a super economic power," he said.

13:13 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Rajnath Singh says DIAT must get due recognition for its contributions

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said that Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) should get due recognition as 'national importance' for its contributions.

"Scientists have significant role in making India a super power after 15 or 20 years," said Singh, who is at his one-day long visit to Pune. 

Earlier in the day, he presided over the institute's General Body Meeting, inaugurated a new infrastructure and reviewed the products developed by DIAT.

13:02 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Anti-Corruption Bureau to investigate 16 members of PMC standing committee

The Anti-Corruption Bureau has decided to investigate all 16 members of the standing committee of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. The members will be investigated in connection with the bribery case in which committee chairman Nitin Landge and four other members were arrested last week from PCMC headquarters in Pimpri.

13:01 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reaches DIAT

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) in Pune. He is on a day-long visit to Pune. 

12:57 (IST)27 Aug 2021
SSPU and DRDO to launch a year-long Post Graduate Diploma in Defence Technologies

Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) along with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will launch a one year Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Defence Technologies.

The eligibility of the course, which is expected to commence in October this year, is a bachelor's degree in any subject under science stream including engineering.

An MoU in this regard will be signed by Dr G Sateesh Reddy, chairman, DRDO, and Prof Nitin Karmalkar, vice-chancellor, SPPU on Friday. 

The student intake will be 40. Candidates will be selected for the course after clearing an entrance exam.

12:37 (IST)27 Aug 2021
NCPCR seeks DyDE report on Walnut School’s ‘decision to send fee defaulters on forced leave’

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has pulled up the Deputy Director of Education (DyDE), Maharashtra, for failing to initiate timely action against a complaint involving a city-based school.

Walnut School in Fursungi had allegedly sent students who failed to pay their fees on ‘forced leave’, violating Sections 16 and 17 of the Right to Education Act 2009.

The Commission, in its three letters sent to the DyDE office in May, July, and August, had asked the DyDE to look into this matter and initiate appropriate action. However, with no update sent , the Commission in its latest letter, dated August 25, has now demanded the final investigation report and actions initiated be submitted by August 31. The Commission has warned that if the DyDE fails to do it, its officials will have to appear before the Commission to present the report.

12:32 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Pune: Vehicle thief arrested, 17 motorcycles recovered

Crime branch of the Pune city police have arrested a vehicle thief and recovered as many as 17 motorcycles from his possession.

The accused has been identified as Sameer alias Samya Dattatrya Rangavkar (34), a resident of Viman Nagar and a native of Ratnagiri.

The police said that last month Sachin Ghule (30), a resident of Dattawadi had lodged am FIR at Vishrambag police station regarding the theft of his motorcycle.

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Maha-Metro’s managing director, Dr Brijesh Dixit, along with officials of Pune Metro and cyclists from Indo Athletic Society travelled on the Metro from Phugewadi to Sant Tukaram Nagar and vice versa whilst carrying the bicycles with them on board. (Express photo Rajesh Stephen)

Maha-Metro, which is implementing the Pune Metro project, conducted a trial run on Thursday with bicycles on board the metro train between Sant Tukaram Nagar and Phugewadi stations. “The work of Pune Metro is going in full swing. In the coming months, the Metro service will be operational for the public. Maha-Metro has taken a revolutionary step… passengers, while commuting, can carry the bicycle on board the metro train,” said Maha-Metro spokesman Hemant Sonawane.

READ | In a step towards the future, Pune Metro to let passengers carry cycles on board

The Maharashtra government is taking steps towards the safe reopening of schools, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday. “A circular has been sent to each district collector for coordination between the health and education departments, and to ensure that before September 5, both teaching and non-teaching staff are administered vaccine doses. We are taking steps so that this group can get vaccinated and have directed that special drives are undertaken for the same,” said Tope.

READ | Maharashtra taking steps to reopen schools, all teaching and non-teaching staff to be vaccinated before Sept 5: Rajesh Tope

An erroneous allocation of airwaves in restricted frequency bands to telecom provider Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) is threatening the quality of scientific research at the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), the world’s largest radio telescope operating at metre wavelengths, according to scientists involved in research at the facility.

READ | DoT’s faulty spectrum allocation to Reliance Jio hampers data quality from largest radio telescope, say scientists

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