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Pune news today Highlights: Centre asks Maharashtra to contain Covid, then sends ministers to hold rallies, says Ajit Pawar

Pune News, Pune Weather, Pune Coronavirus Cases Highlights: Pune city reported 284 cases and 18 new fatalities.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: August 30, 2021 9:31:48 am
Maharashtra Covid-19Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar (Photo: Twitter/@AjitPawarSpeaks)

Pune Weather Forecast, Pune Covid-19 Cases and Traffic Highlights: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Sunday slammed the BJP-led union government for its ‘double standard’ in following Covid appropriate behaviour.

He alleged that while the union government directed Maharashtra to issue curbs for the upcoming festivals to avoid crowding and thereby a spike in the Covid-19 infections, the BJP has asked its four newly sworn-in ministers from the state to go across the state and conduct rallies as part of ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’.

The Pune region Saturday reported the highest 2,060 new Covid-19 cases, while Maharashtra reported a total of 4,831 cases and 126 deaths. Pune city reported 284 cases and 18 new fatalities.

In other news, gradual easing of pandemic-related restrictions has raised the hopes among cooperative housing societies that they would be allowed to hold their long-overdue elections soon. Suhas Patwardhan, president of Pune District Cooperative Housing Federation, said they expect new government regulations to be issued in this regard on September 1.

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22:31 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Man held for RTI activist’s murder flees while being shifted for kidney treatment

A 42-year-old man accused of kidnapping and murdering an RTI activist and journalist in Rahuri town of Maharashtra fled from the premises of a government hospital in Ahmednagar on Saturday afternoon, when he was being shifted to Pune for treatment of kidney stone after testing positive for Covid-19.

The absconding accused has been identified as Kanhu Gangaram More, a real estate dealer from Rahuri. More was arrested in connection to the kidnapping and murder of 48-year-old journalist and Right to Information (RTI) activist Rohidas Datir in the first week of April. 

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20:25 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Union government asks Maharashtra to limit crowding at festivals, then sends ministers to hold public rallies, says Ajit Pawar

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar criticised the BJP-led union government for its ‘doublespeak’ over the Covid-19 directives. He pointed out that the Centre directed Maharashtra government to impose curbs during the upcoming festivals but has asked its newly sworn-in ministers to conduct public rallies as part of ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ across the state.

Pawar held a meeting with elected representatives from across the district seeking their suggestions on the draft development plan of the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA).

Speaking to reporters after the meeting at city’s Council Hall, Pawar said, “We have seen what happened in Kerala after restrictions were slackened during a major festival. The Covid-19 numbers have increased manifolds in that state and the situation has become alarming. We have seen this during the first wave and the second wave of Covid-19 that the infections spreads fast if crowds are allowed to gather to celebrate festivals. Hence, it is important that upcoming festivals including Ganesh Festival, Dahi Handi are celebrated in toned down manner without causing any crowding”.

17:45 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Maha health survey: Prime focus on Covid-19, staff shortage affected patients most

Focus on the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw the postponement of several types of surgeries, and shortage of staff at hospitals were among the factors that affected patients in Maharashtra, as per a survey conducted recently. 

The aim of the survey was to assess the condition of health services in rural areas across Maharashtra during the pandemic. The survey covered 122 primary health centres (PHCs), 24 rural hospitals (RHs) and 14 sub-district hospitals (SDHs) from 17 districts across Maharashtra in July 2021. Read full report here

15:59 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Why temples not reopened in Maha? asks Hazare; assures support for protest

Social activist Anna Hazare has questioned the Maharashtra government's stand to not reopen temples in the state and said he would extend his support if agitation is held for lifting curbs on temples. Hazare pointed out "big queues" outside liquor shops to question the MVA government's refusal to reopen temples.

Speaking in Ralegan Siddhi village in the Ahmednagar district on Saturday, Hazare said a delegation of some people demanding reopening of temples had met him. (PTI)

14:24 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Uday Samant assures Afghan students in Pune full support

Minister for Higher and Technical Education Uday Samant Sunday assured Afghan students in Pune all the required support. The minister interacted wih Afghan students in Pune and said that the Maharashtra government would stand by the students and will devise a formula to address the student issues.

14:17 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Pimpri-Chinchwad: Man strangles wife to death for giving birth to girl child, arrested

A 20-year-old woman was allegedly strangled to death by her husband following days of mental and physical abuse for giving birth to a girl child, Pimpri-Chinchwad police have said.

Police have identified the deceased as Changuna Jadhav, a resident of Chandanwadi in Maval taluka of Pune district. Her husband Yogesh Jadhav (26), a truck driver, has been arrested and an FIR has been registered at Talegaon Dabhade police station based on the complaint by Changun’s father.

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13:31 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Swasthya Ghar Tak healthcare initiative to reach Maharashtra soon

Swasthya Ghar Tak, a healthcare initiative to provide door-to-door medical testing and treatment in rural areas, will reach Maharashtra soon. An initiative by DoctCo, a last-mile healthcare accessibility tech startup by Nimith Agarwal and Hemraj Parmar, Swasthya Ghar Tak commenced in Uttar Pradesh in the wake of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and is backed by India Covid Crypto Relief Fund.

“Started with one bus, UP now has 11 Swasthya Ghar Tak buses operating in rural areas of the state. These buses are fully equipped with IoMT (internet of medical things) devices, medicines, testing kits and paramedics on board. The buses are travelling across small towns to the most remote villages of India to provide free testing, diagnostics, medicines and teleconsultation with doctors to villagers,” said Nimith Agarwal, founder of Swasthya Ghar Tak.

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12:16 (IST)29 Aug 2021
21 Pimpri-Chinchwad families who lost earning members to Covid-19 get Rs 1,200 monthly pension

Twenty-one women who lost their husbands, the only earning members of their families, to Covid-19 in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) have been granted a monthly pension of Rs 1,200 under the Maharashtra government’s Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana.

“Two days back, we made the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana applicable to 21 women who lost their husbands to Covid-19. Under the scheme, these families will get a monthly pension of Rs 1,200,” Pimpri-Chinchwad tehsildar Geeta Gaikwad told The Indian Express on Sunday.

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11:52 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Phone number tattoo reunites mentally-challenged teen from MP with his parents

A mentally challenged teenage boy was reunited with his family members at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh over 24 hours after he went missing thanks to the mobile phone number tattooed on one of his arms, a Railway Protection Force (RPF) official said here in Maharashtra on Sunday.

The teenage boy was spotted loitering on a platform of the Dombivali railway station in the Thane district on Friday evening, he said. The boy told RPF personnel that his name was Ankit and he hailed from Jabalpur. During the investigation, the police noticed that a mobile phone number was tattooed on one of his arms, the official said.

The RPF called on that mobile number. The call was attended by a woman who told police that her son Ankit Singh went missing on Thursday. The boy was reunited with his parents on Saturday night, the official said. He said the boy might have boarded an outstation train at the Jabalpur railway station and reached Thane. (PTI)

11:24 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Man accused of killing journalist escapes from Pune police custody

A 42-year-old man accused of kidnapping and murdering an RTI activist and journalist in Rahuri town fled from a government hospital in Ahmednagar on Saturday evening, when he was being shifted to Pune for treatment of kidney stone after testing Covid positive.

The man has been identified as Kanhu Gangaram More, who is a real estate dealer from Rahuri town of Ahmednagar district. More was arrested by the police in connection with the kidnapping and murder of 48-year-old journalist and RTI activist Rohidas Datir in the first week of April. After being kidnapped, Datir’s body was found at a secluded place on the premises of a college in Rahuri.

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10:43 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Cloudy sky conditions with slight chance of light rain in Pune: IMD

Pune is likely to experience cloudy sky conditions with a possibility of light rain ( 2.4mm to 15.5mm in 24-hours)  on Sunday. 

The recorded minimum temperaturewas 21 degrees and the maximum temperature expected is 30 degrees Celsius. 

The city's Air Quality Index value is likely to be 40, which is considered 'good' as per SAFAR - India's forecast issued by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune.

10:04 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Maha: Remote village in Latur district gets free Wi-Fi connection

A remote village in Latur district in Maharashtra has become the first such village to have a free Wi-Fi connection, bringing relief especially to students who are now hoping to attend online classes without worrying about network issues.

"This initiative is part of the 'Sundar Maza Gav' (My Beautiful Village) programme proposed by divisional commissioner Sunil Kendrekar and BaLA (Building as Learning Aid) initiative of Zilla Parishad CEO Abhinav Goyal which is aimed at developing the village as a smart model village," Raut said.

Among other initiatives, 12 sound speakers were installed across the village to relay religious songs and prayers every morning. Besides, news bulletins are broadcast every morning and evening. This facility is also used to give some important instructions to villagers, officials said. (PTI)

09:28 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Pune: Cooperative housing societies gear up for elections as Covid-related restrictions ease

Gradual easing of pandemic-related restrictions has raised the hopes among cooperative housing societies that they would be allowed to hold their long-overdue elections soon. Suhas Patwardhan, president of Pune District Cooperative Housing Federation, said they expect new government regulations to be issued in this regard on September 1.

Of the 18,000 cooperative housing societies in the district, 4,000 are due for elections. The state government had waived off the condition of election for housing societies with less than 250 members and thus, majority of the housing societies in the district do not have to hold elections. Most of the societies, which are due for elections, were supposed to hold them in 2020 but Covid-19 pandemic had put that process on hold.

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09:16 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Pune region records 2,060 fresh Covid-19 cases, highest in Maharashtra

The Pune region Saturday reported the highest 2,060 new Covid-19 cases, while Maharashtra reported a total of 4,831 cases and 126 deaths. Pune city reported 284 cases and 18 new fatalities.

23:04 (IST)28 Aug 2021
Gang of six arrested by Forest dept for smuggling Ambergris

The Pune unit of the state Forest Department on Saturday arrested a gang of six persons for allegedly smuggling Ambergris, which is popularly known as ‘whale vomit’.

It is a waxy substance that originates from the digestive system of Sperm Whales. The rare item is extremely expensive and is used for making high-end perfumes.

Whales are a protected species under Schedule 2 of the Wildlife Protection Act and possession or trade of any of its by-products, including Ambergris, is illegal.

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21:13 (IST)28 Aug 2021
Wanted accused arrested in Rs 3.68-crore WNS Company fraud case

The Pune City Police’s Crime Branch has arrested a a 28-year-old man, Aditya Londhe, in connection with a Rs 3.68-crore fraud case linked to WNS Company.

In June this year, a case was lodged at the Cyber police station against Londe and others for allegedly misusing their positions to commit a fraud at WNS Company in Pune city. The accused in this case were booked under sections 406, 408, 419, 420, 120 (b) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Information Technology Act.

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20:35 (IST)28 Aug 2021
Journalist, two others arrested for extorting money from LPG agency manager

Three persons, including a journalist, have been arrested for allegedly demanding extortion money from the manager of a LPG agency in Yerwada.

Police have identified the accused as Suhas Bansode, Moin Chaudhary and Wasim Shaikh. Police said Bansode was the editor of Samiksha Times and president of Samyak Patrakar Sangh.

Wasim and Moin first took photographs and videos of customers coming to the gas agency to take LPG cylinders. They then filed a complaint with the Indian Oil Company against the agency for not delivering LPG cylinders to the home of customers.

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20:01 (IST)28 Aug 2021
Fake railway job racket busted, one arrested

A fake railway job racket was busted in Pune after the personnel of Crime Investigation Bureau of Railway Protection Force (RPF), Pune, laid a trap and apprehended a person at Pune station recently, said a press release.

The trap was laid based on a verbal complaint by a woman, who is a resident of Kalyan. The complainant said that she was offered a job in the railways for money.

Acting on the complaint, the RPF formed a team under LK Sagar, Inspector of RPF. The suspect has been identified as Mayur Kambli and he was identified by the complainant. He was later brought to Bhandup RPF office. A case was registered under Sections 420, 465, 471, 476 and 507 of the IPC against Mayur and a woman named Smruti.

(PTI)

19:20 (IST)28 Aug 2021
Negative RT-PCR report must for international passengers arriving in Maharashtra

All international passengers arriving in Maharashtra will have to carry a negative RT-PCR report even though they are fully vaccinated, the state government has said.

“All international passengers arriving in Maharashtra, including those from the European countries, Middle Eastern countries and South Africa, will be in line with the above-mentioned guidelines issued by the Union ministry of health and family welfare,” said the order issued by Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte on Friday night.

(PTI)

17:41 (IST)28 Aug 2021
‘Came from Bangladesh,’ say suspected infiltrators; cops wait for ‘documents’

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.

Based on inputs from a central intelligence agency, seven persons suspected to have illegally migrated to India and currently residing in Hadapsar area of Pune were recently brought to the Hadapsar police station for inquiry.

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Artist Rajendra Mukhedkar with his family painting Ganesh mandal's idols in Bhavani peth, Pune, ahead of the Ganesh Chathurti festival.

Bajaj Group, in collaboration with the Pune Zilla Parishad, is organising a mega Covid-19 vaccination drive on August 31 across various centres in 13 tehsils of rural Pune. The initiative aims at administering Covid-19 vaccines to the residents in the remotest parts of Pune Rural area. Bajaj Group of companies — Bajaj Auto and Bajaj Finance Ltd — have shared 1.5 lakh doses of the Covidshield vaccine with the Zilla Parishad. The vaccination drive will be conducted in the tehsils of Ambegaon, Baramati, Bhor, Daund, Haveli, Indapur, Junnar, Khed, Maval, Mulshi, Purandar, Shirur, and Velha.

READ | Bajaj Group, Pune Zilla Parishad to conduct mega Covid-19 vaccination drive on August 31

The Pune City Police’s Crime Branch has arrested a a 28-year-old man, Aditya Londhe, in connection with a Rs 3.68-crore fraud case linked to WNS Company. In June this year, a case was lodged at the Cyber police station against Londe and others for allegedly misusing their positions to commit a fraud at WNS Company in Pune city. The accused in this case were booked under sections 406, 408, 419, 420, 120 (b) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Information Technology Act.

READ | Pune: Wanted accused arrested in Rs 3.68-crore WNS Company fraud case

The Pune unit of the state Forest Department on Saturday arrested a gang of six persons for allegedly smuggling Ambergris, which is popularly known as ‘whale vomit’. It is a waxy substance that originates from the digestive system of Sperm Whales. The rare item is extremely expensive and is used for making high-end perfumes. Whales are a protected species under Schedule 2 of the Wildlife Protection Act and possession or trade of any of its by-products, including Ambergris, is illegal.

READ | Pune: Gang of six from Pune arrested by Forest dept for smuggling Ambergris

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