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24/7 helpline launched to address sex determination, female foeticide complaints

Published on Feb 26, 2024 09:51 PM IST

Such complaints were earlier addressed to a dedicated toll-free helpline 18002334475 under the violation of the PCPNDT Act. The number has been integrated with 104 since February 22. Both the helplines are available to register PCPNDT-related complaints

Dr Rekha Gaikwad, deputy director of health services and Rajshree Dhavale, assistant director, have provided training to staff to handle the complaints. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
ByVicky Pathare

Minor boy sexually assaulted, murdered in Pune’s Wakad area; suspect arrested

According to the complainant parents, the boy went out to play at around 6 pm in front of private housing society in Wakad area. As he did not return home even after 8 pm they initiated a search but failed to locate him. They then approached police and filed a missing complaint

The accused allegedly lured the minor with a promise of vada pav treat and kidnapped him. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 09:29 PM IST

Industrial areas in Pune rural regions becoming breeding ground for illegal drug manufacturers

These areas, typically characterised by lower levels of scrutiny compared to urban locations, have become ideal spots for illegal activities

According to police officials, raw materials needed for making banned drugs are easily available in rural areas as compared to urban parts and procurement and transportation are possible without attracting attention from law authorities. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 08:26 AM IST

Monday Musings: Polls ahead, who will benefit most from Jarange-Patil’s protest?

Jarange Patil’s latest assertiveness reached a new peak with sensational allegations on Sunday, claiming that Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis sought to eliminate him

Marathas, comprising roughly one-third of Maharashtra’s population, wield significant electoral influence, making them a crucial constituency for every political party in the state. (HT FILE)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 08:24 AM IST

60-hour operation: How Pune police cracked the drugs case

According to Pune police commissioner Amitesh Kumar, the initial 60 hours of the operation proved to be pivotal in dismantling the drug syndicate

Raids were conducted at multiple locations across Pune, resulting in the seizure of substantial quantities of contraband substances. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 05:01 AM IST

Experts to study assistive technology usage, and barriers in Pune

Health experts in Pune will conduct a year-long study to estimate the prevalence of needs for Assistive Technology (AT) and barriers to access, under the guidance of ICMR.

The study will be conducted from next month under the guidance and support of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the officials said. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 07:22 AM IST
ByVicky Pathare

Pune MD drug case: What we know about mastermind Sandeep Dhunay

The Pune police have also sought details about his background from the prison department which includes his educational qualification and other personal details

Police suspect that Dhunay might have given work to chemical companies and laboratories in different parts of the country to manufacture MD drugs. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 07:14 AM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar

Around 1.2 lakh visitors throng Defence Expo at Moshi

A total of five mammoth pavilions have been set up to cater to the requirement of a large number of visitors

A total of five mammoth pavilions have been set up to cater to the requirement of a large number of visitors. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 07:12 AM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar

10 stations to be redeveloped in Pune Railway Division under Amrit Bharat Station Scheme

Of the 2,000 railway infrastructure projects, the Prime Minister launched the redevelopment of 553 railway stations under the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme

These stations, spread across 27 states and union territories, will be redeveloped at a cost of more than <span class='webrupee'>?</span>19,000 crore. These stations will act as ‘city centres’ integrating both sides of the cities. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 06:58 AM IST

Pune to get 100-bed critical care hospital

The hospital will take over two years to complete and will cater to critically ill patients free of cost, said officials

The hospital will be set up in Aundh under the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM) at a cost of <span class='webrupee'>?</span> 40.05. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 06:48 AM IST
ByVicky Pathare

LS polls not to impact Pune Ring Road project, divisional commissioner asks to expedite land acquisition

Pulkundwar made the announcement while addressing a meeting of all top officials from different state government departments connected with the project

The divisional commissioner further directed that a dedicated land acquisition cell must be kept operational for the dedicated work of land acquisition. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 06:44 AM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar

Pune Metro resumes work on the entry-exit point of Yerawada metro station

Since the work ground to a halt in November till date, officials from the PMC and Pune Metro have conducted several meetings and exchanged modified plans for the entry-exit point

Finally, Pune Metro has decided to restructure the entry-exit point to resolve the problem of traffic congestion. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 06:42 AM IST
BySiddharth Gadkari

HSC Board exam answer sheet issue resolved after meeting with education minister

State education minister met with Maharashtra State Junior College Teachers Federation, agreed to demands, ending boycott on HSC exam papers checking.

An adjustment order on the arrears of 253 teachers will soon be issued with the consent of the finance department. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 06:10 AM IST

IT professional drowns in Pavana dam

Over the weekend, Upadhayay and his three friends went to Lonavla and ventured into dam waters on Sunday at around 1.30 pm

Immediately after the incident, a team of local police, along with a local trekkers group rushed to the spot and initiated a search operation. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 06:08 AM IST

Pavana River enters ‘priority 1’ category due to increase in pollution

Based on the pollution level, the CPCB has prioritised river stretches across India into five categories

Earlier, the river was less polluted and had been categorised as priority 2 by the CPCB. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 06:04 AM IST

Second time in February, Pune’s temperature hovers at 10°C

As per the India Meteorological Department’s data, at least 4 stations in the Pune district recorded temperatures at 10 degrees and the lowest temperature was recorded in Malin as 9.3 degrees Celsius

On Sunday, IMD recorded a 10.9 degrees Celsius minimum temperature at Shivajinagar. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 10:13 PM IST

Open campus day at Pune’s IUCAA on February 28

The annual open day is one of IUCAA’s most important events since it allows us to promote our varied activities to the public, says official

This is one of the city’s most popular events, and every year, children and city residents eagerly await the opportunity to visit IUCAA. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 25, 2024 09:51 PM IST

Pune gets state’s second 30-bed AYUSH hospital

The hospital has been developed under the National AYUSH Abhiyan and will be in operation from Monday, February 26. However, the indoor patient facility will be made functional within a month, the officials said

The hospital will have independent treatment and therapies like Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy, making it a first-of-its-kind facility in the district. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Feb 25, 2024 09:46 PM IST
ByVicky Pathare

Prisons across state overcrowded: Data

Pune's prison system faces severe overcrowding crisis with 40,485 inmates in facilities designed for 26,377, operating at 153% capacity. New prisons planned to accommodate more inmates.

The state’s prison system is grappling with an acute overcrowding crisis, as per data. (HT FILE)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Zoological Survey of India gets ‘in-principle’ approval to establish Western Ghat Faunal Repository in Pune

The WRC has also proposed to the central government that a Wildlife Forensic Laboratory be established at WRC, Pune and the same is under active consideration by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change

(L-R) Satish Talmale, Aparna Kalawte, Basudev Tripathy, Sachin Patil at the ZSI press meet. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 08:22 AM IST

Incentive scheme to accelerate adoption of electric three-wheeler

The scheme is designed to complement the existing e-auto incentive scheme and targets new and retrofit vehicles emphasising sustainability and reliability in urban mobility

Owners of existing three-wheeler vehicles, procured after December 31, 2015, are eligible for incentives upon retrofitting their vehicles with certified electric conversion kits. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 08:20 AM IST
ByVicky Pathare

Artillery, high-tech air assault weaponry on display at Maharashtra’s first defence expo

The first day of maiden defence expo organised by the Maharashtra government had an impressive display of cutting-edge military weapons

Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the 'Maharashtra MSME Defence Expo at the International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Moshi. The first day of maiden defence expo organised by the Maharashtra government had an impressive display of cutting-edge military weapons. (HT)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 08:18 AM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar

Chief of Air Staff visits MSME Defence Expo 2024

Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari visited the defence expo and interacted with the participating industries

Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari visited the defence expo and interacted with the participating industries. (HT)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 08:08 AM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar

Sharad Pawar in MVA’s first campaign public meet: Modi’s guarantee has no date

Speaking at the Congress Bhavan in Pune, Pawar targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party for levelling allegations against the opposition leaders to pressurise them for switching sides

Maha Vikas Aghadi parties organised its first campaign public meet at Congress Bhavan in Pune on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Truck collides with multiple vehicles near Pune’s Navale Bridge; no casualties

Truck collides with multiple vehicles near Navale Bridge on Pune-Mumbai Expressway, causing traffic disruption. No casualties reported. Truck driver absconded. Police respond promptly.

Truck collided with at least eight to ten vehicles near Navale Bridge on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway. (HT)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 07:54 AM IST

‘Hope you will give me a chance to serve you,’ Sunetra Pawar seeks support from voters in Baramati

This was the sixth such programme Sunetra attended in three days with each speech increasingly sounding like a poll campaign addressed with a tacit message that she is all set to contest Lok Sabha polls from Baramati against her sister-in-law Supriya Sule

On Saturday, Sunetra inaugurated various development works in Baramati while attending public meetings. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 07:46 AM IST

Pune MD drug haul: Fadnavis felicitates 73 police personnels

The home minister visited the police commissionerate on Saturday following the seizure of over 1,700 kg of MD drugs valued at ?3,500 crore

Deputy chief minister and home minister Devendra Fadnavis felicitated 73 police personnels for their part in one of the largest drug seizures in the history of Pune police. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 07:26 AM IST

Decision on water cuts in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad areas likely after LS polls

Pune district guardian minister Ajit Pawar asked the administration to maintain water supply following complaints from residents of some areas of low-pressure supply

Political leaders during the canal committee meeting in Pune on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 09:58 PM IST

PM Modi to inaugurate Nisarg Gram with 250-bed hospital

Spread across 25 acres, Nisarg Gram will have undergraduate, postgraduate, paramedical, PhD and fellowship certificate courses in yoga and naturopathy, besides a research unit and Living Gandhi Memorial

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate the country’s first government naturopathy hospital of 250 beds with multi-disciplinary research and extension service centre. (HT FILE)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 09:47 PM IST
ByVicky Pathare

Survey to identify pollution sources at Indrayani River

MPCB and PCMC to survey Indrayani River for pollution sources in the first week of March due to concerns over toxic foam and water pollution.

For a long time, the Indrayani River has become a point of concern as the toxic foam appears in the river time and again indicating the higher pollution in the water body. (HT FILE)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 08:32 PM IST
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