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Pune News Today highlights: Covovax trials for children to start at KEM Hospital on Monday

Pune Rains, Covid-19 Cases Today highlights: Novovax Inc had announced a licence agreement with the Serum Institute of India for the development and commercialisation of its Covid-19 vaccine.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: September 6, 2021 9:58:20 am
The KEM Hospital and Research Centre at Vadu will start enrolling minors and children for the phase II and III clinical trials of Covovax. (File photo)

Pune Rains, Covid-19 Cases Today highlights: The KEM Hospital and Research Centre at Vadu will start enrolling minors and children for the phase II and III clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine Covovax from Monday.

Last year, American vaccine maker Novovax Inc had announced a licence agreement with the Serum Institute of India for the development and commercialisation of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate NVX-CoV2373, or Covovax, in low and middle-income countries, including India.

Pune city police said Saturday that they are in the process of filing an FIR against a Hadapsar resident who allegedly produced fake documents in the name of a former minister and attempted to assume ownership of about 18 acres of forest land estimated to be worth over Rs 200 crores in the market. Revenue officials in Pune had submitted a complaint against the man on Friday. Baffled district officials have now cancelled the land transfer in the name of the individual identified by the police as P P Shitkal. He had submitted fake documents from 2018 in the name of the then Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil who is now chief of the state BJP unit.

On the other hand, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has argued in a court that the five accused in the 2013 murder case of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar be tried under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for striking “terror among a section of people”.

Also, the KEM Hospital and Research Centre at Vadu will start enrolling minors and children for the phase II and III clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine Covovax from Monday. Last year, American vaccine maker Novovax Inc had announced a licence agreement with the Serum Institute of India for the development and commercialisation of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate NVX-CoV2373, or Covovax, in low and middle-income countries, including India. Among adults, the process of vaccination of Covovax in adults during clinical trials has been completed, but other requirements, such as the collection of immunogenicity data, are pending.

In a not-so-popular move, the administration of the Savitribai Phule Pune University, which had recently revised the affiliation fees for colleges, has come under severe criticism from management bodies.

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22:39 (IST)04 Sep 2021
PCMC to intensify drive against unauthorised hawkers, illegal structures

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), which had halted its drive against illegal construction at the onset of monsoon in June, will soon restart the exercise with renewed vigour.

The civic body has already intensified its drive against unauthorised hawkers, kiosks and hoardings, and will soon set up a Special Action Force to target illegal constructions. Civic officials said the first-of-its-kind move is inspired by the “Indore model”, and is part of the PCMC’s Smart City plan.

Detailing on the PCMC’s plans, officials said each of the PCMC’s 32 prabhags (divisions) will have at least four squads of the Special Action Force.

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21:53 (IST)04 Sep 2021

The KEM Hospital and Research Centre at Vadu will start enrolling minors and children for the phase II and III clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine Covovax from Monday.

Last year, American vaccine maker Novovax Inc had announced a licence agreement with the Serum Institute of India for the development and commercialisation of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate NVX-CoV2373, or Covovax, in low and middle-income countries, including India.

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21:04 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Sarpanch attacked and molested during brawl at vaccination centre, one arrested

Pune City Police have arrested a 33-year-old man for allegedly attacking and molesting the woman sarpanch of a village in Pune district. The incident took place during a brawl at a vaccination centre in the village on Friday morning.

At the vaccination centre set up in a school, the accused got embroiled in a brawl with another person. When the sarpanch intervened to settle the dispute, the accused allegedly slapped her and molested her. Police have booked the man under sections 354, 323, 504 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.

However, the accused has also lodged a cross-complaint claiming that he was beaten up at the vaccination centre, based on which a non-cognizable offence was lodged at the police station.

18:59 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Woman blackmails her mother's lover after hacking their WhatsApp chats; arrested

A 21-year-old woman and her friend have been arrested by Pune City Police for allegedly blackmailing her mother's lover.

Police said the woman's mother was having an affair with a 42-year-old man., and she got to know about the affair by hacking into her mother's WhatsApp account. She then shared this information, including some photographs, with her friends.

The woman and two of her friends then hatched a plan to blackmail the man.

They allegedly called up her mother' lover and demanded Rs 15 lakh from him by threatening to post details and photographs about his affair on social media. The man, who runs a business, initially gave the blackmailers Rs 2.6 lakh. But when they demanded more money, he approached Pune City Police and filed a complaint.

16:08 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Pune revenue officials approach cops against man who took over 18 acres of forest land using fake ministerial order

Pune city police said on Saturday that they are in the process of filing an FIR against a Hadapsar resident who allegedly produced fake documents in the name of a former minister and attempted to assume ownership of about 18 acres of forest land estimated to be worth over Rs 200 crores in the market. Revenue officials in Pune had submitted a complaint against the man on Friday.

Baffled district officials have now cancelled the land transfer in the name of the individual identified by the police as P P Shitkal. He had submitted fake documents from 2018 in the name of the then Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil who is now chief of the state BJP unit.

“The documents made us believe that the order was indeed issued by the minister on 31.1.2018 and we had, therefore, transferred the forest land in his name,” Haveli tehsildar Trupti Kolte told The Indian Express on Saturday.

15:15 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Dabholkar murder: CBI seeks UAPA against five accused for striking ‘terror among section of people’

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has argued in a court that the five accused in the 2013 murder case of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar be tried under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for striking “terror among a section of people”.

The arguments over the framing of charges against the five accused – Dr Virendrasinh Tawde, Sharad Kalaskar, Sachin Andure, advocate Sanjeev Punalekar and Vikram Bhave – began before additional sessions judge (special court judge) S R Navandar here on Friday.

14:44 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Ashish Singhal appointed managing director of the SVC cooperative bank

Ashish Singhal has been recently appointed as the managing director of the SVC cooperative bank. A press release issued by the banks stated that Singhal took over the reins of the bank from Ajit Venugopalan who retired on August 31.

Singhal has more than two and a half decades of experience in the financial sector across NBFC, Private & MNC Banks. He has worked with GE Capital TFS, Standard Chartered and ICICI Bank in various roles. He has vast experience in Data, Analytics and Digital apart from Retail Distribution and Branch Banking across assets and liabilities.

Prior to joining SVC Bank, Singhal was the Managing Director of Experian CIC in India.

13:55 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Akanksha Foundation’s Mission MaxVax facilitates over 7,000 Covid-19 vaccinations in Pune

Mission MaxVax launched by the Akanksha Foundation to ramp up vaccination figures across its communities has helped facilitate over 7,000 vaccinations in Pune and Mumbai in the last two and a half months.

The foundation collaborates with the government to provide quality education to children from low-income communities and runs 27 English medium schools in Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur, impacting over 10,000 children with the help of 575 educators and an alumni base of more than 4,000.

13:13 (IST)04 Sep 2021
PCMC’s Special Action Force to raze illegal constructions, remove unauthorised hawkers, kiosks, hoardings

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will set up a Special Action Force as part of efforts to relaunch its drive against illegal constructions which had been halted during the monsoon. The fresh drive will also target unauthorised hawkers, kiosks and hoardings, said civic officials, adding that the novel initiative is part of the civic body’s smart city plan.

Each of PCMC’s 32 prabhags will have at least four squads of the Special Action Force. “Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil has directed to set up the Special Action Force. The force has been tasked with identifying illegal constructions, unauthorised roadside hawkers and illegal hoardings and initiating action against them, including filing police complaints against unlawful constructions before pulling them down,” Joint City Engineer Makrand Nikam told The Indian Express on Saturday.

12:48 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Covovax trials for children to start at Pune site on Monday

The KEM Hospital and Research Centre at Vadu will start enrolling minors and children for the phase II and III clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine Covovax from Monday.

Last year, American vaccine maker Novovax Inc had announced a licence agreement with the Serum Institute of India for the development and commercialisation of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate NVX-CoV2373, or Covovax, in low and middle-income countries, including India.

Among adults, the process of vaccination of Covovax in adults during clinical trials has been completed, but other requirements, such as collection of immunogenicity data, are pending.

11:19 (IST)04 Sep 2021
SPPU hikes affiliation fees, Pune colleges say survival is tough

In a not-so-popular move, the administration of the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has revised the affiliation fees for colleges recently, which has come under severe criticism from college management bodies.

A few days ago, the SPPU administration issued a circular asking colleges to substantially reduce the fees collected from students under various heads. With the Covid-19 pandemic posing severe financial difficulties to families, the university asked all affiliated colleges to slash the fees.

09:41 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Opening of temples an emotional issue and some are trying to achieve something from it: Ajit Pawar

With BJP and MNS launching agitations in support of opening temples and all religious places in the state, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday said that a few political parties were trying to play up an emotional issue to “make their presence felt” , with forthcoming civic elections in mind.

“It’s okay. Everyone takes efforts on how to make their presence felt, with the forthcoming civic polls in mind… how to get the maximum candidates elected. The opening of temples is an emotional issue and some are trying to achieve something from that issue. This is an undisputed truth,” Pawar said on the protests by political parties to reopen the religious places.

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09:24 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Covovax trials for children to start at Pune site on Monday

The KEM Hospital and Research Centre at Vadu will start enrolling minors and children for the phase II and III clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine Covovax from Monday.

Last year, American vaccine maker Novovax Inc had announced a licence agreement with the Serum Institute of India for the development and commercialisation of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate NVX-CoV2373, or Covovax, in low and middle-income countries, including India.

Among adults, the process of vaccination of Covovax in adults during clinical trials has been completed, but other requirements, such as collection of immunogenicity data, are pending.

Read more

09:11 (IST)04 Sep 2021
PMC records 244 new Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths on Friday

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) recorded 244 fresh Covid-19 cases and 5 deaths on Friday. The Pune region recorded the highest 1,865 new cases in Maharashtra. Of 92 fatalities reported across the state, the highest 35 were from the Pune region.

22:29 (IST)03 Sep 2021
Crowds throng BohariAli market ahead of Ganesh festivities

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19:28 (IST)03 Sep 2021
SPPU sets up centre to study and publish works on India's military history

The Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has established a one-of-its-kind Chair of Excellence (CoE) in the country that will focus on publishing India's military history, dating back to the pre-colonial era and beyond.

Officials of SPPU and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) inked a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard during a ceremony held in Pune on Friday. The MoD has offered a sum of Rs 2 crore to SPPU's Department of Strategic Studies, which will house this centre. 

'The CoE will focus on tracing India's gallantry history and understanding the changes that happened over time. The centre will work on two aspects - one, to sensitise young students aged 8 to 18 about Indian history and the other - to bring out publications and small modules on e-learning platforms on the subject so that India's vibrant history is taken to the larger masses,' said SPPU Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar.

17:08 (IST)03 Sep 2021
Bombay HC notices to Maharashtra govt, Centre on plea to include books sale in essential services

The Bombay High Court on Friday issued notices to the Centre and the Maharashtra government over a writ petition seeking that sale of books be included in the list of essential services in view of the COVID-19 safety-related restrictions imposed in the state.

A single bench of the high court presided over by Justice KK Tated issued the notices, asking the governments to respond to the plea filed by the Marathi Prakashak Parishad, an organisation of Marathi book publishers from Pune.

In its plea filed through advocates Asim Sarode, Ajinkya Udane, the petitioner organisation said that restrictions on opening of book stores as part of the COVID-19 safety restrictions imposed in the state had adversely affected the book publishing industry.

While the availability of alcohol had been considered even during the last year's lockdown, why had the state and the central government authorities not included sale of books in the list of essential services, asked the plea.

(PTI)

16:17 (IST)03 Sep 2021
Don't make govt shut everything during third wave: Maharashtra Dy CM

Expressing concerns over people letting their guard down against COVID-19 in rural areas, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar urged citizens not to put the state government in a position where it has to shut everything in the event of a third wave of the pandemic.

Speaking to reporters, Pawar said the Centre has already cautioned all the states, citing that Kerala and Maharashtra have been reporting the highest number of cases.

"Unfortunately, in rural areas, some people are becoming lax. They are not scared of coronavirus. They don't use masks, don't follow physical distancing, and they have assumed that everything (COVID-19 pandemic) is over. This has led to rise in infections," Pawar said.

(PTI)

14:21 (IST)03 Sep 2021
Maharashtra: After hints of name being dropped, Raju Shetti says seat in legislative council decided between him & NCP chief

Day after Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar hinted farmer leader Raju Shetti’s name may have been dropped from the list of recommended names for nomination to the legislative council, the latter Friday agreed that the same was “not promised but conclusively decided”.

“There was no promise made. It was decided between me and NCP chief Sharad Pawar,” Shetti said while expressing his anger.

A list of 12 names was recommended last year by the cabinet to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

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14:11 (IST)03 Sep 2021
Pune: No additional restriction for Ganesh Chaturthi, says Ajit Pawar

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar Friday said the state government will not impose any additional restriction to avoid crowding during Ganesh Chaturthi. However, in the same breath, he added if violations of Covid-19 norms are seen on the first day of the festival, stringent curbs will be imposed from the next day.

The ten-day festival, celebrated with great enthusiasm in Pune, will commence on September 10. Like last year, this year too it’s likely to remain a low-key affair with major Ganesh mandals in the city talking of toning down the event to avoid crowding.

Pawar, who chaired the weekly Covid-19 review meeting at the city’s Council Hall, said Ganesh Chaturthi and possible crowding was discussed at the meeting with senior officers of the administration and elected representatives of all parties.

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Crowds throng BohariAli market ahead of Ganesh festivities.

In a not-so-popular move, the administration of the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has revised the affiliation fees for colleges recently, which has come under severe criticism from college management bodies. A few days ago, the SPPU administration issued a circular asking colleges to substantially reduce the fees collected from students under various heads. With the Covid-19 pandemic posing severe financial difficulties to families, the university asked all affiliated colleges to slash the fees.

READ | SPPU hikes affiliation fees, Pune colleges say survival is tough

An online fraudster claiming to be a BSNL staffer duped a woman of Rs 10.85 lakh after taking details of her credit and debit card for “activating her SIM card”. The 57-year-old victim, a resident of Wanavdi, lodged a first information report (FIR) in this case at the Wanavdi police station on Thursday. Police said in February this year, the woman got a message with BSNL logo on her WhatsApp. The person, who posted the message, falsely claimed to be a staffer at the BSNL office in Kothrud.

READ | Pune: Fraudster claims to be BSNL staffer, dupes woman of Rs 10.85L

A two-day conference of formation commanders of the Southern Command was held on Thursday and Friday in Pune to review the prevailing security situation along the border regions and to deliberate on the process of theaterisation. The Southern Command of the Indian Army tweeted on Friday morning, “Southern Command Formation Commanders Conference is being held from 2 to 3 September 2021 at Pune to review the prevailing security and operational situation along our borders.”

READ | Formation heads of Southern Command meet in Pune, discuss border security

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