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Atikh Rashid


Atikh is Senior Correspondent with The Indian Express’ Pune bureau and reports on local issues, politics, governance and cinema. He tweets @ThePikaro

Time to launch agitation against Uddhav govt for Lokayukta Act: Anna Hazare
Fri, Sep 10, 2021

Hazare said that for the same demand, he had staged a seven-day hunger strike in 2019 during Devendra Fadnavis’s regime and, at that time, Thackeray and Pawar had expressed support for his demand.

Day after a high of 1.85 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses, vaccination numbers in Pune district drop by half
Thu, Sep 09, 2021

Only 744 vaccination centres were open on Wednesday -- 481 public and 263 private ones -- as compared to Tuesday when vaccination took place at a total of 806 centres, including 545 public and 261 private ones.

Why a bronze medal winner often looks happier than a silver medallist at the Olympics
Fri, Aug 13, 2021

In a 1995 research paper, psychologists studying 'counterfactual thinking' analysed video footage of the 1992 Barcelona Games to deduce that the knowledge of ‘almost winning a Gold medal’ ruined the moment for a silver medallist, while the bronze winner was contented by the thought: ‘I at least won a medal’.

Maharashtra unlock rules: No relief for Pune, Level-3 restrictions to continue in 11 districts
Tue, Aug 03, 2021

Maharashtra covid lockdown rules: A decision regarding curbing the currently imposed restrictions in Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban and Thane districts will be taken by the respective disaster management authorities for the districts, announced the government.

Raigad village hit by natural disaster wasn’t on landslide-prone list: Ajit Pawar
Sat, Jul 24, 2021

He also said the government machinery was keeping a close watch on landslide-prone areas in the state, and had evacuated over 90,000 people who were residing in dangerous places across five districts.

How Dilip Kumar’s Jugnu lost 28 minutes to confused morality of a young India
Sat, Jul 17, 2021

While the masses loved it, the elite were riled up by Jugnu’s provocative framing of sexuality and the depiction of college as a space for the free intermingling of sexes. Several provincial governments banned the film, forcing the distributors to chop it drastically to rid it of ‘vulgarity’.

Satara sugar mill sold as per HC directive, action by ED politically motivated: Ajit Pawar
Sat, Jul 03, 2021

The ED had provisionally attached land, machinery and buildings worth Rs 65.75 crore owned by the sugar mill in Satara, in a case of alleged fraud related to Maharashtra State Cooperative (MSC) Bank in which the agency had earlier named NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar.

Weekend lockdown is here to stay, we have to remain cautious, says Ajit Pawar
Sun, Jun 20, 2021

Pawar pointed out that even developed countries such as the UK and the US have seen a third wave of Covid-19, and health experts have advised that the government should remain vigilant and adopt a cautious policy to avoid a damaging third wave in the state.

Tope: Centre must form national policy to rule out hurdles for states
Sat, May 29, 2021

State health minister Rajesh Tope said that although the global tenders floated by the Maharashtra Government and the BMC have received some response, there are many lacunae in the submitted bids.

Pune withdraws weekend lockdown, essential shops to open
Fri, May 28, 2021

State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the pandemic situation has improved considerably in Pune but the positivity rate and mortality still remains higher than the state average.

In Marathwada, fear and stigma stop symptomatic patients from going for RT-PCR or antigen testing
Fri, May 28, 2021

Many going in for unprescribed, expensive blood tests and chest CT scan; others fear government could seize body in case of death and deny proper last rites to families.

Maharashtra wants 50% vaccine doses of Bharat Biotech’s Pune plant
Sat, May 15, 2021

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said Bharat Biotech had asked for 11.58 hectares in Pune district to set up a vaccine manufacturing plant, and that the government was actively providing assistance.

Maharashtra considering prioritising vaccination of people due for second dose: Ajit Pawar
Fri, May 07, 2021

“If enough vaccines are supplied, we can vaccinate the entire state in one-and-a-half months” Pawar said.

The third wave of autocratisation and why it was waiting to happen
Tue, Apr 20, 2021

As per the latest V-DEM report, in 2020, the third wave of autocratisation has accelerated considerably and now engulfs 25 countries and 34 per cent of the world population

Maharashtra will get 1,121 ventilators from Gujarat, Andhra: Prakash Javadekar
Sat, Apr 10, 2021

Javadekar, a Pune resident, participated in the weekly Covid-19 review meeting along with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Saturday. He said that Covid-19 was a national calamity and that the Union government looks at all the states equally.

Covid-19 cases: Pune running out of beds for critical patients
Wed, Apr 07, 2021

Pune district now has more than 81,000 active patients, only a shade lower than the peak of about 82,000 that was reached in September last year.

Pune District Information Officer succumbs to Covid-19
Sat, Apr 03, 2021

Staff members at District Information Office, Pune have not received the vaccine yet and seven of them, including Sarag, have tested positive for Covid19 so far. Sarag's wife and a son have also tested positive.

Pune: Night curfew now from 6 pm to 6 am; restaurants, malls, religious place closed for 7 days
Sat, Apr 03, 2021

Pune night curfew rules: The order will be implemented from Saturday (April 3) and will be reviewed next Friday. A state-wide night-curfew is in force from 8 pm to 7 am along with other stringent measures.

Pune Infrastructure Watch: Hadapsar Terminus will be ready by March 2023
Thu, Apr 01, 2021

The railway plans to shift operations of some prominent north India-bound trains to Hadapsar to relieve the load on the Pune Railway Station.

Pune night curfew: After hours of confusion, orders for public places to shut at 8 pm
Mon, Mar 29, 2021

As per the 'Mission Begin Again' directives issued on Saturday, the Maharashtra government had ordered that "all public places to remain closed from 8 pm to 7 am effective from March 27."

Pune: After lab reports 78 of 80 samples positive in one day, PMC moves for third-party audit of private facilities
Sun, Mar 28, 2021

Officials said although over 3,500 positive cases were detected out of these samples every day in the PMC jurisdiction, most were asymptomatic and, in addition, lacked other markers of Covid-19.

No additional restrictions for now, decision on lockdown next week: Ajit Pawar
Sat, Mar 27, 2021

Pawar said the decision regarding the imposition of lockdown in the district will be made in the next meeting scheduled for April 2.

Plan to increase vaccination centres to 600, need more allocation of vaccines from Centre: Ajit Pawar
Fri, Mar 26, 2021

So far, about 4.5 lakh beneficiaries in Pune have received the jab (either one or both doses) at the operational centres. The district has a population of close to 90 lakh and, hence, the administration is worried about the slow pace of the vaccination.

Covid-19 surge: Decision about lockdown in Pune on April 2; schools, colleges closed until April 30
Sat, Apr 03, 2021

The Covid-19 infection has spread at a very fast rate in Pune district in the last few weeks, with approximately 7,000 new cases being detected per day.

Pune infra watch: MSRDC speeds up land acquisition survey for ring road project
Thu, Mar 25, 2021

The joint measurement survey for the ring road has commenced in the western part of the district and will be finished before the end of April, Pune District Collector Rajesh Deshmukh said.