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Pune News Today highlights: PMC schools can reopen for classes VIII to XII from Monday

Pune News Today, Coronavirus Cases in Pune, Pune Weather Forecast highlights: Civic health officials stated that cases of dengue and chikungunya have more than doubled in Pune in the last month.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: October 6, 2021 10:00:42 am
The Maharashtra government has allowed schools to reopen for VIII to XII classes from October 4. (Representative image/PTI)

Pune News highlights:Based on directives issued by the state government, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has permitted offline teaching for students in classes VIII to XII at all schools within the limits of the civic body, the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) and the Kirkee Cantonment Board (KCB), provided the institutions obtain consent from parents.

Meanwhile, nearly 1.05 crore vaccine doses have been administered and 47% of the population have been vaccinated in the Pune district since the immunisation programme commenced in January this year. September saw the highest number of vaccinations with almost 25 lakh doses being administered.

In Pune Municipal Corporation area, 45.50 lakh vaccine doses have been administered while the number for Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation was 19.66 lakh.

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Pune News highlights: Cases of dengue, chikungunya more than double in one month; Nearly 1.05 crore vaccine doses administered in Pune district; PMC schools to reopen for classes VIII-XII from Monday; Follow this space for more live updates.

20:30 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Maharashtra records 2,696 Covid-19 cases, 49 deaths

Maharashtra on Saturday reported 2,696 new coronavirus infections and 49 fatalities, the health department said. The recovery rate of the state is 97.27 per cent and case fatality rate is 2.12 per cent. There are 35,955 active cases in the state.

Pune division reported 895 new cases, according to PTI.

19:46 (IST)02 Oct 2021
4 held in Alibag for giving fake notes to onion trader

Four people have been arrested in Alibag in Maharashtra's Raigad district for allegedly giving an onion trader 22 fake currency notes with a face value of Rs 2,200, police said on Saturday.

The four had purchased onions from the trader on September 29 and the latter complained to the police the next day after he found the Rs 100 denomination currency notes suspicious, an official said. (PTI)

19:13 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Nitin Gadkari bats for indigenous mobility solutions to reduce pollution

Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari batted for the development of “cost-effective, pollution-free indigenous mobility solutions and the use of alternative fuels like ethanol, methanol, LNG, Green Hydrogen and Bio-CNG for transportation” on Friday.

The minister was speaking at the valedictory function of the 17th edition of the Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT). The programme was organised virtually by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) in association with SAEINDIA and SAE International (USA). Read more.

18:34 (IST)02 Oct 2021
PMC schools get nod to begin offline teaching for classes VIII to XII from Monday

Based on directives issued by the state government, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has permitted offline teaching for students in classes VIII to XII at all schools within the limits of the civic body, the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) and the Kirkee Cantonment Board (KCB), provided the institutions obtain consent from parents.

The schools have to instruct teaching and non-teaching staff to mandatorily undergo RT-PCR testing in the 48 hours prior to reopening. They will also need to take the test every 15 days even if fully vaccinated.

Implementation of the SOPs issued by the state government will be mandatory for schools. The management should also ensure availability of thermal guns, pulse oximeters, disinfectant, soap and water. School vehicles have to be sanitised twice a day while classrooms and toilets should be sanitised frequently. Read more.

18:00 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Gadkari has shown how power can be used: Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday lauded Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari at a function at Maharashtra's Ahmednagar, PTI reported.

"I am attending this function because I was told that Gadkari was going to inaugurate many projects in Ahmednagar which would solve long-pending issues of the city, and he wants me to be present," Pawar was quoted as saying.

"Very often nothing happens once the stone-laying ceremony takes place for a project, But when it comes to Gadkari's projects, within a few days of the function one sees the work starting," he added. "Gadkari is a great example of how a people's representative can work for the development of the country," Pawar said.

Gadkari, on his part, stated that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had de-silted local rivers and streams while executing road projects in Buldhana district of Maharashtra. He urged Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif to "think of focusing on water conservation in Ahmednagar district."

17:35 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Alibag's famed white onion gets GI tag

The famed white onion of Alibag in Maharashtra's Raigad district has earned itself a 'Geographical Indication', giving the crop a unique identity and wider markets, agriculture department officials said on Saturday.

They pointed out that Alibag's white onion, which has medicinal qualities and is used for the treatment of heart ailments, controlling cholesterol and creation of insulin, has been mentioned in the official gazette as long back as 1883.

"The agriculture department here and Konkan Agriculture University had jointly submitted the GI application on January 15, 2019. On September 29 this year, the proposal was scrutinised in the Mumbai office of the Registrar of Patents and it was decided to confer GI tag on Alibag's white onion," an official said. (PTI)

17:00 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Gandhiji, Shastri continue to be guiding lights: Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on their birth anniversaries. He said, "Gandhiji's life gives a message of self-sufficiency, dignity of labour, cleanliness and rural development. He has been a great ambassador of peace and non-violence." Talking about Shastri, the chief minister said he gave a strong leadership to the nation and his slogan of 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' continues to inspire. (PTI)

16:40 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Maharashtra receives over 15 lakh insurance claims about crop loss from farmers in distress

Scores of farmers from across Maharashtra are trying to register details of crop loss suffered by them — in the wake of their produce being damaged by extremely heavy rain — on the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) app. By September 30, the state government has received 15.67 lakh claims, most of them from Marathwada region.

Preliminary reports by the state Agriculture Department had estimated crop loss over 17.51 lakh hectares due to heavy rain, triggered by the remnant of Cyclone Gulab over the last few days. Nashik, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Dhule, Ahmednagar, Solapur, Aurangabad, Jalna, Latur, Osmanabad, Nanded, Hingoli, Buldhana, Yavatmal and Akola districts have reported heavy crop loss. Read more.

15:46 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Maharashtra declares much-awaited results of recruitment to 5,000 posts in MSEDCL

State Minister for Energy Nitin Raut has announced the much-awaited results of the mega recruitment drive to 5,000 posts of Vidyut Sahayyak at the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) on Saturday. The results of 4,534 candidates have been uploaded on the MSEDCL website, while those of 466 candidates belonging to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) have been withheld due to the ongoing litigation on reservation at the high court.

The selected candidates will soon be called for document verification and posting. The 4,534 posts for which results have been announced include 1,984 in the open category, 375 in SC category, 236 in ST, 109 in Vimukta Jati, 109 in Nomadic Tribe (B) category, 80 in Nomadic Tribe (C), 44 in Nomadic Tribe (D), 81 for Special Backward Classes and 1,507 for Other Backward Classes. Read more.

15:03 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Ahead of Fadnavis’s Beed visit, Pankaja Munde tweets about sickness

Although BJP leaders Devendra Fadnavis and Pravin Darekar are touring flood-affected areas of Marathwada district, Pankaja Munde, the national secretary of the saffron party, said she would be out of bounds for the next four days owing to illness.

In a tweet, Munde said, “Unwell…tonsillitis and blisters in throat…advised strict voice rest for 2 to 4 days…can’t take calls or meet in person.” Read more.

14:04 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Defence Ministry issues notification to dissolve Ordnance Factory Board, form seven new DPSUs

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) Friday issued a resolution detailing specifics of the formation of the seven Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), which will take over operations of the 41 factories of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), which ceased to exist as a body as the resolution came into force.

The resolution also states that the management and control of a section of the non-production units will be transferred to the Directorate of Ordnance (Coordination and Services) under the Department of Defence Production of the MoD. Some other non-production units will go under the umbrella of the seven newly formed DPSUs. The Munitions India Ltd., which will lead a group of 12 factories producing ammunition and explosives, will be headquartered in Pune on the premises of Ammunition Factory Khadki. Kanpur will have headquarters of three of the DPSUs.

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13:53 (IST)02 Oct 2021
1.05 crore vaccine doses administered in Pune district

Nearly 1.05 crore vaccine doses have been administered and 47% of the population have been vaccinated in the Pune district since the immunisation programme commenced in January this year. September saw the highest number of vaccinations with almost 25 lakh doses being administered. Whereas 18.78 lakh people were inoculated in August. The vaccination figures for June and July were 15.28 lakh and 17.81 lakh doses, respectively. In Pune Municipal Corporation area, 45.50 lakh vaccine doses have been administered while the number for Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation was 19.66 lakh. Around 40.20 lakh vaccine doses have been administered in the rural areas. The estimated number of beneficiaries in Pune district is 83.42 lakh, of which 85% have got their first dose.

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13:42 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Pune: IndianOil launches composite LPG cylinders that help to check gas levels

The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) launched ‘Indane composite cylinders’ of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Pune, claiming that they are lighter than conventional cylinders and helps customers to know the level of gas in advance.

The cylinders have been launched in a few cities, but the Pune launch is the first one in Maharashtra. “The cylinders will allow customers to plan their next refill easily as they have a translucent body which helps customers to accurately check the LPG level against light and verify the quantity of LPG supplied,” said Anirban Ghosh, Executive Director and Head of IOC Maharashtra at a press conference Friday.

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12:41 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Pune Metro will have a positive impact on real estate sector: Brijesh Dixit

“The Maha-Metro Rail, which is going to be the most significant mode of transport for Punekars, will have a favourable and positive impact on the Pune’s Real Estate sector, which has witnessed a marginal growth,” said Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL).

He was speaking at the 38th Annual General Meeting organised by CREDAI-Pune Metro, while giving a presentation on how the Metro project would benefit the construction business in Pune. Atul Gadgil, Director, MMRCL and CREDAI members including Anil Pharande, President, Arvind Jain, Secretary and Vice-Presidents including Ranjit Naiknavare, Amar Manjrekar, Manish Jain, Rajesh Choudhary, Vinod Chandwani and Aditya Javdekar were present during the occasion.

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12:19 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Know Your City: Colonial Pune, a city with two settlements as different ‘as North and South poles’

By the time a 23-year-old business executive from a Burlington-based clothes and swords firm ‘Landon, Morland & Landon’ arrived in Pune on a business trip on May 8, 1851, it had already been 34 years since the city fell to the British forces. Thomas D Landon, who wrote a detailed memoir of his rendezvous with three British India provinces and spent weeks in Pune, described it as a ‘very large and ancient city’.

“Besides, Poona is the largest military station in the Bombay Presidency. Moreover, it is a very healthy spot, and is much resorted to in the monsoon or rainy season,” he wrote in the Narrative of a Journey Through India, published in 1857.

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12:02 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Two firms booked for ‘extorting money to issue NOC to play songs during weddings’

City Police have lodged an offence against officials of the 'Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)' and 'Novex Communication Private Limited' for allegedly extorting money by threatening to file cases over 'violation of the Copyright Act' for playing music and songs at wed- dings held at five-star hotels.

According to police, a public notice issued by the central gov- ernment in 2019 makes it clear that playing music and songs during weddings does not amount to violation of the Copyright Act. But still, some firms cheat people by accepting fees illegally on the pretext of 'issuing a licence for playing copyrighted music and songs' at weddings that are held at five-star hotels. A similar complaint of cheating was received by Pune City Police, which claimed that PPL and Novex Communications allegedly extorted money during weddings at Conrad Hotel in Pune.

11:57 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Cases of dengue and chikungunya more than double in city in one month: PMC

Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune and Nashik are among 10 districts in the state which reported an increase in the number of dengue and chikungunya cases, according to the state Health Department. As many as 8,302 cases of dengue and 1,784 chikungunya cases were reported till September this year across the state.

Civic health officials admitted that cases of dengue and chikungunya have more than doubled in the city in the last month.

According to the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) report dated October 1, 2,068 people were suspected to be infected with dengue from January this year. Of these 395 tested positive for dengue, with 192 people confirmed positive for dengue infection in September compared to 86 in August. In September, 80 cases of chikungunya were detected as against 16 in August. Overall, there are 180 cases of chikungunya in the city.

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11:12 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Maha: Pawar, Dy CM review working of SARTHI

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday sought that Maharashtra's SARTHI institute run at full capacity and all pending issues associated with it be sorted out at soon as possible. Pawar and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar took part in a meeting to review the working of the Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Research Training and Human Development Institute, including progress on its new building.

SARTHI in Pune is an entity for research, policy advocacy, training, etc for socio-economic and educational development of Maratha and Kunbi communities in the state. (PTI)

10:49 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Blood donation camps to be held across government medical colleges on Gandhi Jayanthi

Even as Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors enter the second day of their indefinite stir, government medical colleges will conduct blood donation camps  today on the ocassion of Gandhi Jayanti birth anniversary.

10:40 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Resident doctors to continue stir as talks on their demands fail

Nearly 4,000 resident doctors across government medical colleges in the state have decided to continue the stir to press for various demands. A statement from the central unit of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) said that despite a long round of discussion between the association’s representatives and the secretary, State Medica Education Department, there was no written communication, which accepted the demands.

“There was no written assurance despite the long meeting held today in Mumbai and hence the stir will continue,” Pune resident doctors with MARD said. Nearly 450 resident doctors at B J Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital in Pune have joined the state-wide stir.

Their main demand is a waiver of tuition fees for the months that they worked for Covid care instead of being taught the specialisations they had enrolled for.

Housekeeping staff of Bhave High School Sadashivpeth sanitise classrooms and corridors as the schools in the State are set to reopen from October 4.

Bullish sugar prices and the Central government’s thrust for ethanol has led to a slow but steady revival of sugar sector in Maharashtra. With more players being interested in the sector, mills which have been closed for the last many years have started getting people who are interested in running them on rent. For the upcoming season 8 such mills will be crushing cane after banks and sugar commissioner’s office successfully negotiated their rental agreement.

Sugar commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad while speaking to The Indian Express said 6 mills have been successfully given on rent and they would crush cane for this season. Two of the mills are in Nashik, while Osmanabad, Aurangabad and Jalgaon has seen one mills being given out on rent Prior to this the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSC) had issued tenders for leasing out 12 mills of which 2 have been successfully bid. Last season the MSC bank had leased out 6 mills which would take crushing this season also.

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