Pune News Today highlights and updates: Pune is among three districts whose Covid positivity rate in the week September 1-7 is more than five per cent, according to a new state health department report Wednesday. Pune’s rate is 6.3 per cent, while the other two districts are Sangli with 5.6 per cent and Ahmednagar at 5.3 per cent. Among the policies the government had decided when rolling back Covid restrictions was that district authorities should ensure weekly positivity rates remain below five per cent. But Pune district has shown a steady rise in the rate.
In another news, crops across 1.98 lakh hectares may have been damaged by the incessant heavy rain in parts of Maharashtra in the last few days, according to initial estimates. Several district administrations have declared mid-season adversity notifications due to the rain. Farmers have now asked the state government to take steps to help farmers in areas where heavy crop loss has been reported.
In another news, six more persons were arrested in connection with the gangrape of a 14-year-old girl in Pune, taking the total number of arrests in the case to 14. Those arrested include five accomplices of the eight suspects held earlier and one acquaintance of the minor, with whom she had travelled to Chandigarh after being released by the perpetrators.
Meanwhile, domestic workers in Pune have threatened to start an indefinite dharna outside the Additional Labour Commissioner’s office from September 22 to protest against the non-disbursal of Rs 1,500 one-time aid promised by the state government at the start of the second wave of the pandemic. A press statement issued by the union of domestic workers said only 5,000 workers have received the aid.