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Monday Musings: OPS in Maharashtra a case of good politics but bad economics?

Published on Feb 06, 2023 03:58 PM IST

Experts have termed OPS a money-guzzling scheme that eats into the revenue of the state and is unsustainable over the long run

In Fadnavis’ own words, Maharashtra returning to the old pension scheme would burden the exchequer with a sum of <span class='webrupee'>?</span> 1.10 lakh crore and cause the state to go bankrupt. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
In Fadnavis’ own words, Maharashtra returning to the old pension scheme would burden the exchequer with a sum of ? 1.10 lakh crore and cause the state to go bankrupt. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

Five sandalwood trees worth ?15K stolen from Pune NCL

As many as five sandalwood trees were stolen from the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) Pashan campus, said officials

As many as five sandalwood trees were stolen from the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) Pashan campus, said officials (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
As many as five sandalwood trees were stolen from the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) Pashan campus, said officials (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Updated on Feb 05, 2023 11:41 PM IST

Controlled blasting at Kharadi construction site goes awry, 1 killed, 3 injured

During investigation it was found that the contractor and his team did not taken proper precautions while blasting activity

A 23-year-old worker died during controlled blasting activity at a construction site in Kharadi on Thursday, said officials. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
A 23-year-old worker died during controlled blasting activity at a construction site in Kharadi on Thursday, said officials. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Updated on Feb 05, 2023 11:39 PM IST

Pimpri-Chinchwad police seize 253 weapons, 211 people arrested

The Pimpri-Chinchwad police organised a special drive during which they confiscated 253 deadly weapons including 48 firearms and 205 sickles

The Pimpri-Chinchwad police organised a special drive during which they confiscated 253 deadly weapons including 48 firearms and 205 sickles. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
The Pimpri-Chinchwad police organised a special drive during which they confiscated 253 deadly weapons including 48 firearms and 205 sickles. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 11:36 PM IST

Balewadi residents want permanent solution for street vendors

The residents of Balewadi are now demanding permanent solutions from street vendors who have occupied footpath space, blocking the path for pedestrians

Vendors selling goods on footpath at Dasara Chowk, Balewadi on Sunday. (Kalpesh Nukte/HT PHOTO)
Vendors selling goods on footpath at Dasara Chowk, Balewadi on Sunday. (Kalpesh Nukte/HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 11:33 PM IST

Ruling parties appeal to MVA to not field their candidates in bypolls, opposition hellbent on contesting

keeping with the ‘Maharashtra tradition’ of electing a candidate unopposed in case of death of any sitting MLA, the opposition rejected the proposal saying its candidates will file nomination papers on Monday

Our candidate will file nomination papers on Monday in Kasba Peth assembly segment, Congress state unit chief Nana Patole (in pic) said. (HT PHOTO)
Our candidate will file nomination papers on Monday in Kasba Peth assembly segment, Congress state unit chief Nana Patole (in pic) said. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 11:32 PM IST

PIFF: Marathi director Tamhane speaks of effective processes during filmmaking

Chaitanya Tamhane was delivering the ‘Vijay Tendulkar Memorial Lecture’ at the 21st Pune International Film Festival (PIFF)

Marathi film director Chaitanya Tamhane (HT PHOTO)
Marathi film director Chaitanya Tamhane (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 11:31 PM IST

270 polling booths for Kasba, 510 for Chinchwad

The byelections, scheduled to be held on February 26, were necessitated due to the recent deaths of sitting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs - Mukta Tilak from Kasba Peth and Laxman Jagtap from Chinchwad

The Kasba Peth assembly constituency has a total of 2,75,428 voters of which 1,36,873 are men, 1,38,550 are women and 5 are transgenders. (HT PHOTO)
The Kasba Peth assembly constituency has a total of 2,75,428 voters of which 1,36,873 are men, 1,38,550 are women and 5 are transgenders. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 11:30 PM IST

Double-decker buses to run on 40 routes in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad

The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has initiated the process to purchase and operate electric double-decker buses, and has finalised 40 routes in the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad areas where these buses will run

The PMPML has initiated the process to purchase and operate electric double-decker buses, and has finalised 40 routes in the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad areas where these buses will run (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
The PMPML has initiated the process to purchase and operate electric double-decker buses, and has finalised 40 routes in the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad areas where these buses will run (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 11:29 PM IST

SPPU forms fact-finding committee to probe bribery allegations

Administration wants to investigate the allegations of accepting a bribe levelled at an university employee by a student

A fact-finding committee has been formed by the university. (HT PHOTO)
A fact-finding committee has been formed by the university. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 11:25 PM IST

Pune railway division secures ?1,300 crore for various development works

Projects like yard remodelling, a pit line for Vande Bharat Express trains at Ghorpadi, and doubling of the Pune to Miraj Londha line are expected to gather speed

Following the announcement of the union budget on February 1, the union minister for railways Ashwini Vaishnaw announced the state-wise fund allocation for the railways (HT FILE PHOTO)
Following the announcement of the union budget on February 1, the union minister for railways Ashwini Vaishnaw announced the state-wise fund allocation for the railways (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 11:22 PM IST

Flyers demand more signboards to locate multi-level car parking facility at Pune airport

The additional signboards were installed during the G20 summit; however, signboards were removed after the conclusion of the event claim flyers

Many flyers who are from outside of Pune city are finding it difficult to locate the multi-level car parking building. (SHANKAR NARAYAN/ HT)
Many flyers who are from outside of Pune city are finding it difficult to locate the multi-level car parking building. (SHANKAR NARAYAN/ HT)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 11:21 PM IST

Big boost for city as Pune-Nashik high-speed rail project gets Centre’s in-principle approval

Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw dubbed the move as an attempt to give the finest connectivity to both Pune and Nashik

The nod came on Sunday during a meeting in the capital between union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis (HT PHOTO)
The nod came on Sunday during a meeting in the capital between union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 11:20 PM IST

Power tariff in state unjust, will affect citizens: Consumers panel

On Sunday evening, the ECIOCC office bearers held a two-hour meeting at MMCC college hall, which was attended by several concerned citizens and activists

To close the revenue gap, the company has proposed average hikes of 14 percent and 11 percent for 2023?and 2024?respectively, MSEDCL statement read. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
To close the revenue gap, the company has proposed average hikes of 14 percent and 11 percent for 2023?and 2024?respectively, MSEDCL statement read. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 11:15 PM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar

Your Space: Pune Police need to act tough against Koyta gang

The recent rise in extortion threats and intimidation by the Koyta gang in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial area has citizens worried

Police display seized koytas in a recent operation (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Police display seized koytas in a recent operation (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 04:05 PM IST

Koyta gang menace: Pune police send 42 proposals to JJB seeking juveniles to be tried as adults

he rising incidents of crime committed by juveniles with many involved in offences related to “koyta gang” has drawn the concern of city police

The Pune city police have sent proposals related to heinous and non-heinous crimes to JJB. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
The Pune city police have sent proposals related to heinous and non-heinous crimes to JJB. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Published on Feb 05, 2023 12:05 AM IST

To curb Pune’s traffic menace, industrialists, CEOs present a suggestions to police

Among the suggestions, some key pointers were to help pedestrians in crossing the streets, synchronise all traffic signals and maintain speed limits on internal roads

This meeting took place on January 30 at the police commissioner’s office, and it was attended by representatives from industry, academic institutions, and students (HT PHOTO)
This meeting took place on January 30 at the police commissioner’s office, and it was attended by representatives from industry, academic institutions, and students (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 11:34 PM IST
ByPrachi Bari

Youth dies by suicide after mother scolds him

Immediately after the incident, a team of fire brigade officials, Lonikand police, initiated a search operation but they did not save his life

According to police, the victim jumped into a lake near Wagheshwar temple on Saturday. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
According to police, the victim jumped into a lake near Wagheshwar temple on Saturday. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 11:33 PM IST

Navale Bridge-Katraj tunnel stretch turns into garbage dump

Despite the appointment of a vigilance team and flying squads, citizens continue to dump garbage along highways on the city’s outskirts

Garbage lying opposite Swaminarayan temple on Mumbai - Bengaluru highway. (Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
Garbage lying opposite Swaminarayan temple on Mumbai - Bengaluru highway. (Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 11:31 PM IST

One arrested for extorting company management in Chakan

A case under sections of 384 (Punishment for extortion) and 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint) has been registered at Chakan police station

Chakan police have arrested one person for threatening and extorting an automobile parts manufacturing firm in order to get a contract of labour transport, said police officials on Saturday. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Chakan police have arrested one person for threatening and extorting an automobile parts manufacturing firm in order to get a contract of labour transport, said police officials on Saturday. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 11:17 PM IST

MVA likely to declare nominees for Kasba, Chinchwad bypolls on Sunday

As MVA coalition is yet to decide who would be contesting from where among the three parties, BJP has declared a list of the candidates for both the seats

Ravindra Dhangekar is the most likely candidate for Kasba Peth (HT PHOTO)
Ravindra Dhangekar is the most likely candidate for Kasba Peth (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 11:15 PM IST

Fadnavis played key role in deciding BJP’s Chinchwad, Kasba assembly candidates

The names of candidates for the upcoming bypolls in Kasba Peth and Chinchwad assembly constituencies were announced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday

Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis played a key role in finalising the candidates for these two constituencies. (HT PHOTO)
Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis played a key role in finalising the candidates for these two constituencies. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 10:55 PM IST

Three killed in accident near Shikrapur

After the incident, a team of Shikrapur police rushed to the spot and booked tempo driver Akshay Baban Sakore

A case has been registered against a tempo driver under sections of rash and negligent driving. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
A case has been registered against a tempo driver under sections of rash and negligent driving. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 06:54 PM IST

Seven Mathadi members booked for duping workers in Mahalunge

According to Nakhate, accused Kand along with others, duped other Mathadi workers by producing fake challans to the Mathadi board

A case has been registered at Mahalunge police stations under 420 (Cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
A case has been registered at Mahalunge police stations under 420 (Cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 06:46 PM IST

Rasane and Ashwini Jagtap BJP candidates for Kasba and Chinchwad bypolls, all eyes on MVA

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday announced the names of candidates for the upcoming bypolls in Kasba Peth and Chinchwad Assembly constituencies in Pune amid opposition camp in Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) once again huddled in Mumbai to discuss the names of probable nominees

Hemant Rasane is BJPs candidate for Kadba Peth assembly constituency (HT PHOTO)
Hemant Rasane is BJPs candidate for Kadba Peth assembly constituency (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 07:58 PM IST

Startup Mantra: Rationalising buyer-seller gap in digital-first world

The B2B marketplace is a demand and price discovery-led platform which helps brands and sellers to digitally reach buyers based on their persona

Sunil Kumar (centre) and his Equibiz team. (HT PHOTO)
Sunil Kumar (centre) and his Equibiz team. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 04:05 PM IST
BySalil Urunkar

World Cancer Day: Doctors highlight need for healthy lifestyle

Pune: City-based doctors underlined the need for all to get access to medical facilities and ensure a healthy lifestyle to lower the risk of cancer

Efforts should be made to stay away from cancers which are avoidable to large extent like the ones linked to lifestyle. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Efforts should be made to stay away from cancers which are avoidable to large extent like the ones linked to lifestyle. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:54 PM IST
ByJui Dharwadkar

1PF supercomputing system based on C-DAC’s Rudra servers to be installed at GMRT

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) have come together to build a high-performance computing facility

Col A K Nath (retired), executive director, C-DAC; and professor Yashwant Gupta, centre director, NCRA signed a MoU. (HT PHOTO)
Col A K Nath (retired), executive director, C-DAC; and professor Yashwant Gupta, centre director, NCRA signed a MoU. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:49 PM IST
ByJui Dharwadkar

No water supply in Pune on Feb 7

According to the civic body’s water department, planned pipeline repairs near Shinde Chhatri at Wanowrie on Tuesday will affect water supply in neighbouring areas

Water cuts will be in effect in Pune Cantonment, Wanowrie, and Bharat Forge Company areas on Tuesday. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Water cuts will be in effect in Pune Cantonment, Wanowrie, and Bharat Forge Company areas on Tuesday. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:46 PM IST

Cops detain two missing juveniles belonging to Koyta gang

The seven minors, all members of the Koyta gang, had scaled a ladder in broad daylight in order to elude security and flee

Namdev Renuse, a police constable, had received a tip-off that two minors involved were hiding near Nanded Phata on Sinhagad Road. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Namdev Renuse, a police constable, had received a tip-off that two minors involved were hiding near Nanded Phata on Sinhagad Road. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:41 PM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar
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