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Pune Rains, Covid-19 Cases highlights: Pune records 1,789 fresh Covid cases and over 2 lakh vaccinated on Tuesday

Pune Weather Forecast, Covid-19 Cases in Pune, Maharashtra highlights: According to an official, out of the 51,238 active patients in Maharashtra, Pune is at the top with 13,515 active infections.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: September 2, 2021 8:47:30 am
pune covid news, pune vaccine newsCovid Vaccination underway at a temporary Vaccination centre at Navipeth in Pune on Tuesday. PMC has initiated a Mega Vaccination Drive at 198 centre across city. (Express Photo by Ashish Kale)

Pune Weather Latest Update, Pune Coronavirus Cases, Pune Traffic highlights: Pune administered nearly 2.5 lakh vaccine doses on Tuesday, becoming the district with the highest single-day vaccinations in Maharashtra. Pune recorded 1,789 fresh Covid cases on Tuesday- the highest in the State. According to an official, out of the 51,238 active patients in Maharashtra, Pune is at the top with 13,515 active infections.

Due to the rise in Covid cases, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will run the 800-bed Jumbo hospital at CoEP ground in the city for three more months.

Meanwhile, light rain and cloudy sky conditions are likely to prevail over Pune city on Wednesday. During the last 24 hours, Shivajinagar recorded 1.7mm of rainfall. Between June 1 and August 31, the city has recorded 386.1mm, which was 12 per cent below normal.

In other news, no water supply will be available in the entire city on Thursday, September 2 as the Pune Municipal Corporation undertakes maintenance and repair work at its water purification plants and pumping stations. Supply is to be restored on Friday.

The Pimpri Chinchwad police have arrested an alleged serial burglar who was preparing to purchase an apartment with proceeds of the crime. The police claimed the accused was involved in as many as 30 house break-ins in Pimpri Chinchwad over the last three years, and have recovered valuables of over Rs 77 lakh, including an SUV and 780 grams of gold, following his arrest. After closely tracking his movements, the police identified him as Lakhan Ashok Jetithor, who had been booked in nine counts of burglaries in Solapur between 2009 and 2012. After he was detained and questioned, police said that Jetithor committed 30 counts of house break-ins between 2019 and 2021, mainly in the Chinchwad area along with Bhosari and Chikhali.

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22:48 (IST)01 Sep 2021
NIA, Maharashtra govt oppose bail pleas of Elgar Parishad accused

The Maharashtra government as well as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday opposed applications for `default' bail filed by some of the accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoists links case before the Bombay High Court.
After both sides concluded arguments, the court reserved its order.

Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira have challenged the power of the Pune sessions court which took cognizance of the charge sheet in 2019, and sought bail on this technical ground or `by default'.


21:26 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Weekly Covid positivity rate rises in Pune, now double of state average

Pune district remains among 'districts of concern' in Maharashtra, with a rising weekly Covid-19 positivity rate that is currently over two times higher than the state average.

While the weekly Covid positivity rate in the week of August 18 to 24 in Pune was 5.5 %, it rose to 6.15% in the week of August 25 to 31.

Maharashtra's Covid positivity rate also rose in the week of August 25 to 31, to 2.58%, compared to the week of August 18 to 24, when it was 2.5%, according to a report by the state Health Department.

Pune district accounted for 21 per cent of active cases of Covid-19 in the state in the last 10 days.

20:19 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Supervisor of mall arrested for molesting colleague

Pimpri-Chinchwad Police have arrested the supervisor of a mall for allegedly molesting his female colleague while he was pretending to train her. The woman lodged the first information report in this case at the Wakad police station on Tuesday.

Ambedkar allegedly told the complainant, who is his junior, that he would be training her on Tuesday evening. During the training, he allegedly molested her behind the mall. When the victim shouted for help, the accused allegedly tried to gag her. The victim managed to get away.

Police Sub-Inspector Ashok Nimkar, investigating officer of the case, said, “We have arrested the accused. The woman had recently started working at the mall.”

19:49 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Payal Rohatgi booked by Pune Police for 'defamatory post' against Nehru-Gandhi family

A First Information Report has been registered against actor Payal Rohatgi at Shivaji Nagar police station in Pune over an alleged defamatory video on social media platform about the Nehru-Gandhi family. A complaint in this regard was filed by office-bearers of the Pune city Congress committee. 

The 36-year-old actor has also been booked earlier in different police jurisdictions in the country and has faced action following registration of case. 

Officials said Rohatgi has been booked under various Indian Penal Code sections, including 153A, pertaining to promoting communal disharmony. 

17:59 (IST)01 Sep 2021
PMC to restart 800-bed jumbo Covid facility

Gearing up for a possible third wave of coronavirus infections in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to restart the 800-bed jumbo hospital at CoEP ground in Shivajinagar. The civic body is also readying a state-of-the-art new 209-bed Covid hospital in Baner.

Last year, the state government had started a jumbo hospital to cater to the increasing number of Covid-19 patients. The 800-bed hospital has 600 oxygen beds, 100 ICU beds and 100 HDU (high dependency unit) beds. All patients admitted here will be treated free of cost.

17:06 (IST)01 Sep 2021
NGO sets up centre to support rape survivors in Maharashtra

Rape Crisis Centre, an initiative to support rape survivors and offer them legal aid, has been set up by the NGO Sahyog Trust, advocate Rama Sarode announced at a press conference in Pune.

Sarode said that providing legal aid to women recovering from the physical and mental trauma due to rape would not only prevent such crimes but also help the oppressed women to live with strength, dignity and confidence.

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16:28 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Construction of new terminal building at Pune Airport to be completed by August 2022

The construction work of the new integrated terminal building at Pune Airport, which is coming up at an investment of Rs 475 crore, is expected to be completed by August next year, with 60 per cent of the work already completed, AAI said on Wednesday.

Spread over in 5-lakh sq ft area, the new terminal building will cater to 19 million passengers per annum, and will help in reducing the peak hour congestion at one of Maharashtra's major airports, it said.

The existing terminal building with built-up area of only 22,000 Sq mt has the capacity to handle passengers up to 7 million passengers per annum (MPPA), Airports Authority of India (AAI) said. In 2018-19, the existing building handled more than 9 million passengers, it stated.


14:28 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Pune: NCP to boycott PCMC standing committee meetings

NCP to boycott PCMC standing committee meetings. Local party chief Sanjog Waghere today said till the present committee is dissolved and a new committee is appointed, NCP will continue to boycott the meetings.

13:59 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Pune BJP chief lays foundation stone of garden named after Lord Ram

After pushing for the installation of a sculpture of Lord Ram in the under-construction civic-owned sports complex in Ambegaon Pathar in Dhankawadi, the ruling BJP in PMC has now decided to develop a garden in the name of Lord Ram on the new Airport Road in Viman Nagar.

The foundation stone for the ‘Prabhu Shri Ram’ Garden was laid by city BJP chief Jagdish Mulik on Tuesday. “The civic garden will be developed on an one-acre plot… work on basic facilities like jogging track, lawn, seating arrangement, public toilet and security house will be finished with a fund of Rs 90 lakh,” said BJP leader Arjun Jagtap. His wife, corporator Mukta Jagtap, had proposed setting up the garden. Read more 

13:53 (IST)01 Sep 2021
PMC directs no public celebration of festivals should be held to prevent Covid-19 spread

To prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has directed everyone to strictly follow the state government’s instructions which had stated that big public events should not be held to celebrate Janmashtami, Dahi Handi and the Ganesh festival.

“As per the guidelines state government has issued guidelines, the Janmashtami and Dahi Handi celebrations should be done in a simple way. Those violating the guidelines and will face legal action,” said municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar. Read more 

13:41 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Pune Rural Police to try out 8-hour daily duty for women constabulary

Pune Rural police chief Abhinav Dehsmukh has issued a notification stating that daily duty hours for women constabulary will be brought down to eight hours per day as against the present 12-hour daily duty, which in many cases stretches on for a few more hours. The change has been made on an experimental basis and a decision on its continuation will be taken after further evaluation.

At present, the standard duration of daily duty for police personnel is 12 hours which often extends by at least two hours and in some cases, for even longer hours, considering the nature of policing duties.  Read more 

13:07 (IST)01 Sep 2021
PCMC aims to complete equitable water supply plan by December

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) aims to complete the Rs 244 crore Amrut Water Supply Scheme by December this year.

The project was launched in 2016 with an aim of ensuring equitable distribution of water to all parts of the city. It has been delayed for the past three years on various counts like acquiring land for setting up of water tanks, illegal water connections and refusal of residents to connect their lines to PCMC’s lines. Read more

12:46 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Pune: FIR against Payal Rohatgi for ‘defamatory’ video on Nehru-Gandhi family

A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against actor Payal Rohatgi in Pune for an alleged defamatory video on social media platforms about the Nehru-Gandhi family.

A complaint in this regard was filed at Shivaji Nagar police station by the office -bearers of the Pune City Congress committee.

The 36-year-old actor has been booked earlier in different police jurisdictions in the country and has faced action following registration of cases. Read more 

12:22 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Poonawalla foundation part of free Covid-19 vaccination drive for transgender community across India

The Pune-based Villoo Poonawalla Charitable Foundation has joined hands with Apollo hospitals and Kineer Services, a social enterprise supporting the LGBT community, for a project to ensure free Covid-19 vaccination for the transgender community.

The foundation started in the memory of the late Villoo Poonawalla, wife of Cyrus Poonawalla, chairman of Serum Institute of India (SII), will pay for 2.5 lakh Covishield vaccine doses that will be purchased by Apollo hospitals from the state. Read more 

11:35 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Pune civic body to restart Jumbo facility to tackle rising Covid-19 cases

Citing the rising number of Covid patients in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to run the 800-bed Jumbo hospital at CoEP ground in the city for three more months.

“The civic administration proposal to extend the contract of various agencies running the Jumbo hospital has been approved. It will be for three months from the date of reopening of the hospital which is presently closed for admission of patients,” said Hemant Rasane, chairperson of the standing committee. Read more 

11:04 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Pune: 8-year-old girl dies of strangulation while playing with dupatta

AN eight-year-old girl is suspected to have died in an accident involving a dupatta, which she was using as a swing. While she was playing with the dupatta by hanging it to a curtain bar, the cloth was accidentally tightened and the girl was strangled, said police.

An officer from Chikhli police station said that on Sunday afternoon, the girl, Sumaiyya Shaikh (8), and her three elder sisters were at home while her parents were out. Read more

10:26 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Pune: Three arrested for illegally selling electric bikes taken on rent

Pune city police have arrested three persons for allegedly selling electric bikes illegally that they had taken on rent from a shop. The sales were made without the knowledge and consent of the shop owner.

Police said that electric bikes are given on rent at the Shride India Private Limited Company’s shop in Dhanori. The shop owner had given three electric bikes on rent to the accused persons.  Read more

10:19 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Four Covid deaths recorded in PMC

Four succumbing to Covid in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on August 31 taking the toll to 8,926. A total of 243 new patients were identified and 208 cured in the day as the active case count slightly increase to 2,265.

10:14 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Pune: Woman dies by suicide after domestic row, husband held

FOLLOWING months of domestic dispute, a 23-year-old woman died a couple of days after she allegedly consumed poisonous substance on August 27, following an argument with her husband over bringing panipuri home when she had already cooked a meal. Police arrested the husband, Gahininath Saravade (33), who works for a private company, on Monday on charges of abetment to suicide.

The deceased has been identified as Pratiksha Saravade (23) who lived with her husband and 18-month-old baby in their house in Ambegaon Pathar. Read more

10:11 (IST)01 Sep 2021
PMC approves sewage collection and treatment projects in villages included in city limits 4 years ago

Four years after 11 villages were merged in its jurisdiction, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Tuesday approved projects worth Rs 393 crore for collection and treatment of sewage generated in the newly-included areas.

The 11 villages — Shivane, Uttamnagar, Dhayari, Ambegaon Khurd, Ambegaon Budruk, Undri, Uruli Devachi, Phursungi, Keshavnagar, Sadesatranali and Lohegaon — were merged in PMC limits on October 4, 2017. But There were no sewage lines for collection of garbage, or plants to treat it in these villages. Now, the PMC has decided to prepare a master plan for addressing the sewage issue of the area. Read more

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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