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Pune News highlights: Pune district sees steady rise in weekly Covid positivity rate

Pune News Today, Coronavirus Cases in Pune, Pune Weather Forecast highlights Updates: 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.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: September 9, 2021 6:51:11 am
A health workers takes a sample for Covid-19 testing in Pune (Express Photo: Pavan Khengre, File)

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.

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22:46 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Pune: Three arrested for ‘conspiracy to kill’ BJP corporator Dhiraj Ghate

Three men have been arrested by Pune City Police in connection with an alleged conspiracy to murder BJP leader and corporator Dhiraj Ghate over a political rivalry.

Police have identified the accused as Vicky alias Vitul Kshirsagar, Manoj Patole and Mahesh Aglave. Vicky used to be a supporter of Ghate but later parted ways with him, said police.

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22:06 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Pune district shows steady rise in weekly Covid positivity rate

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.

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20:42 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Week-long showers improve Khadakwasla dam stock

A week-long improvement in the rainfall activity over Pune has helped Khadakwasla dam stocks to go from 38 per cent (August 31) to 55 per cent capacity as on Wednesday.

20:40 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Bhartiya Mazdoor Sang stages protest against hike in petrol, LPG prices

Members of the Pune unit of Bhartiya Mazdoor Sang (Labour Union) staged an agitation near the district collector's office on Wednesday against the hike in petrol, LPG prices and growth in inflation rate. The protesters also demanded for continuous work to labourers and compensation for work loss during lockdown.

18:06 (IST)08 Sep 2021
MES's rout in Belgaum civic polls defeat of Sanjay Raut's ego, not of Marathi manoos: Fadnavis

In the wake of the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) losing the civic election in Karnataka's Belgaum, senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday termed it as the defeat of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut's ego.

He also asserted that it cannot be called the defeat of Marathi 'manoos' (person). Belgaum has been at the centre-stage of the decades-old border dispute between the two neighbouring states - Maharashtra and Karnataka. Maharashtra claims Belgaum, part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency, on linguistic grounds.

The ruling BJP in Karnataka got a clear majority in the polls to the 58-seat Belgaum civic body, as per the results announced on Monday. (PTI)

17:34 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Pune man files FIR against 16-year-old son for stealing gold jewellery worth Rs 4.8 lakh from home

A Pune man has lodged a first information report (FIR) against his 16-year-old son for allegedly stealing gold jewellery from their residence in Ghorpade Peth area.

According to the FIR, the boy stole gold jewellery worth Rs 4.83 lakhs from his house since July 28. He then sought the help of his friends to sell these ornaments for money.

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15:23 (IST)08 Sep 2021
PMC launches pilot project for recycling of thermocol waste

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has joined hands with SWaCH cooperative and K K Nag Pvt Ltd to launch a sustainable thermocol (Polystyrene) recycling initiative in the city. The five-month pilot of the project was launched by mayor Murlidhar Mohol on Tuesday.

The project is off to a great start with 7.83 tons (7,830 kg) thermocol waste collected, which saved 32 bulk refuse carrier (PMC’s large tertiary transport vehicles) trips to landfills, leading to transport efficiency, apart from saving money.

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14:08 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Explained: Why PCMC wants to seize flats it allotted to poor in 2016

As many as 1,400 flats constructed and sold to financially weaker sections of the society at Gharkul in Chikhali by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) have come under scrutiny after a recent survey. The PCMC has found gross violations of the norms by the beneficiaries. As a result, some of the beneficiaries are set to lose ownership of these flats. Here is a glance into the project that had given new hope for the poor but has now run into a storm.

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12:52 (IST)08 Sep 2021
‘Professionals need to keep learning new things to make a mark and move ahead in career’

Pune will add yet another feather of a prestigious educational institute to its hat, with the first Indian Institute of Management (IIM) coming to the city. IIM Nagpur, in partnership with the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT), is establishing its first-ever satellite campus in Pune and rolling out the maiden course for working professionals. The institute also will offer short, long and certificate courses in transport management among others.

Dr Bhimaraya Metri, director, IIM Nagpur, spoke to The Indian Express at the launch of the satellite campus in Pune. Excerpts from an interview.

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12:32 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Pune gets its own weather app that offers rainfall updates every 15 minutes

After Delhi and Mumbai, Pune became the third Indian city to get a dedicated weather app developed by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Launched in late July this year by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the Pune Weather Live app has now gone public and is available free for download on Google Play Store.

The app has been jointly developed by the Surface Instruments Division of the Climate Research and Services (CRS) office of IMD, Pune, and the state Water Resources Department. The installation works of weather instruments, including Automatic Weather Station (AWS) and Automatic Rain Gauges (AGS), were actively undertaken in the city’s outskirt localities during the past few months.

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12:15 (IST)08 Sep 2021
International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies: Pune joins citizens’ campaign to demand health advisories on ‘bad AQI’ days

In a first-of-its-kind campaign, concerned citizens and civil society organisations across Maharashtra have demanded that urban local bodies mandatorily issue timely health advisories publicly to alert citizens on ‘bad air’ days, which will help save vulnerable groups from the severe health impact of air pollution.

With Pune taking a lead, the joint call to action also comes from non-attainment cities such as Mumbai Nagpur, Chandrapur and others reeling under poor air quality. Bad air days are when the air quality index (AQI) rises beyond the safe limit for any location, falling either under the poor, very poor or hazardous AQI levels. A non-attainment city is one that does not meet the prescribed air quality standards set by the Union Environment Ministry. Maharashtra has a total of 19 non-attainment/ million-plus cities under the National Clean Air Action Plan, the highest for any state in the country.

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12:05 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Pimpri Chinchwad: Three arrested for having illegal firearms

The Pimpri Chinchwad police have arrested three persons in separate incidents for having illegal pistols.

Police arrested a 20-year-old Bablu alias Yash Disle, a resident of Bopkhel from Alandi Road on Tuesday. During searches, one country-made pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from his possession. An offence has been lodged against Disle at the Dighi police station as per sections of the Indian Arms Act.

In another action, cops arrested Akash Shamrao Gore (26) of Akurdi, when he had come to Dehu Road on Tuesday evening. A country-made pistol and one live cartridge were also recovered from his possession. An offence has been lodged against him at the Dehuroad police station.

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11:50 (IST)08 Sep 2021
For pay-outs under PMFBY: As heavy rain threatens kharif crop, 17 districts issue mid-season adversity notification in Maharashtra

As incessant rain batters parts of the state, farmers fear damage to their almost-ready crops during the latest monsoon revival. District collectors of 17 districts have already issued mid-season adversity notification, which will allow farmers to claim insurance pay-outs under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).

As of Tuesday, Maharashtra has received 947.2 mm of rain as against the 866.4 mm of normal rain it is supposed to receive by this date. Divisions of Konkan (2998.3/2580.3 mm) Aurangabad (744.0/552.2 mm) and Amravati (722.6/649.4 mm) have reported extremely heavy and excess rain.

The districts of Pune, Nashik and Nagpur have, however, reported near-normal or slight deficit in rainfall.

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11:41 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Pune: Domestic workers to start dharna over non-disbursal of aid by government

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.

At the start of the second wave, the state government had announced that Rs 1,500 would be transferred directly into the bank accounts of domestic workers. The district domestic workers’ board, which is under the office of the Labour Commissioner, was entrusted with the administrative part of the project.

10:59 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Maharashtra: In first round of admissions, 80% seats allotted in govt ITIs

Over 80 per cent of the total available seats across Industrial Training Institute (ITIs) in Maharashtra have been allotted in government ITIs at the end of the first round of centralised admissions for the current academic year.

The Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET) released the first-round allotment list on Monday. Students who have been allotted seats under round one must confirm their admission by September 11.

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10:58 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Disconnected decision making creating confusion for students in Maharashtra

Admissions and methodology of teaching, either online or in-person, have been on the minds of students, parents and those running educational institutions in Maharashtra. But there are states like Delhi that have opened all schools and colleges for physical learning since September 1. Elaborate SOPs have been issued and there is a strict mechanism to track Covid cases as well as a provision to review and retract the relaxations if infections are spotted — a fairly unified regime with consent and participation of all stakeholders.

In Maharashtra , there are four distinct, and frankly disconnected, decision-making centres — the Department of School Education, Department of Higher Education, Department of Skill Development and the all-pervasive Health Ministry. The fifth agency everyone uses selectively is the Covid Task Force. And this Task Force periodically cautions everybody against the third wave. Each one has looked at the same epidemic-related symptoms and taken independent and inconsistent decisions. There seems to be no common thread as is evident with the recent announcements.

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10:38 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Tennis Administrator Sunder Iyer to be Coordinator of Indian Davis Cup Team

City-based Tennis Administrator Sunder Iyer will be the Coordinator of the Indian Davis Cup Team. The Davis Cup World Group 1 Tie against Finland, which was postponed due to Covid last year, will be held on indoor courts in Espoo Metro Areena in Espoo city, Finland between September 17 and 18.

The team has Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Saketh Myneni,  Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan. Rohit Rajpal is the the non playing captain of the team, while Zeeshan Ali is the coach of the team. Honorary Secretary of AITA Anil Dhupar will also be travelling with the team. 

Iyer who currently chairs Joint Secretary of All India Tennis Association (AITA) and the secretary of the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA), also has accompanied the Davis Cup Teams who played in Kazakhstan and Croatia.

10:34 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to monitor noise levels ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board will monitor noise levels on five important days, during the forthcoming Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Apart from noise levels, water samples will also be collected in various spots across Pune and Pimpri chinchwad. The noise levels will be monitored on September 10, September 11, September 14, September 16 and September 19.

10:28 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Pune minor gangrape case: Victim’s acquaintance, 5 more held

Six more persons have been 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. The six 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.

The 14-year-old girl, who had gone to Pune railway station on August 31 to travel outside the city to meet a friend, was abducted from the railway station premises by an auto-rickshaw driver on the pretext of giving her a lift and helping her find a place to stay. She was raped at different places in the city for several hours by the auto-rickshaw driver and his accomplices.

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10:14 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Moderate intensity rain likely in Pune city: IMD

Pune city has been forecast with moderate intensity rain on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. IMD has warned heavy to very heavy rainfall (64.5mm to 204.4mm in 24-hours) along the district's ghat areas today.The maximum temperature will remain around 27 degrees and the recorded minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius.

A huge crowd of people in Mandai area on Sunday for shopping related to upcoming Ganesh festival. (Express Photo By Pavan Khengre)

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Soon, Pune will be home to yet another prestigious educational institution, with the first Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in the city expected to be set up by the end of 2021. IIM-Nagpur has decided to establish its first-ever satellite campus in Pune, which is a known educational hub housing top colleges across streams and universities, alongside colleges and academies of the Indian Armed Forces. The campus will be located at the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT), Pune, with which the B-school will partner for its courses.

READ | Maharashtra: In first round of admissions, 80 pc seats allotted in govt ITIs

Over 80 per cent of the total available seats across Industrial Training Institute (ITIs) in Maharashtra have been allotted in government ITIs at the end of the first round of centralised admissions for the current academic year. The Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET) released the first-round allotment list on Monday. Students who have been allotted seats under round one must confirm their admission by September 11.

READ | Maharashtra: Give inputs for better implementation of IT policy, says minister Satej Patil

Minister of State for IT and Home Satej Patil has urged NASSCOM, the Software Export Association Pune (SEAP) and other industry associations to help the state government in creating a district-wise database for better implementation of policies conceived by the Maharashtra government. Responding to an appeal made by industrialist Anand Deshpande, Patil, through a series of tweets in Tuesday, said the state government was fully receptive to the suggestions. He also said that the government was planning to start well-equipped nodal centres and the ideas for better implementation were welcome.

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