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Pune: eight injured in a new incident near the Naval bridge

IN STILL another incident near the Naval Bridge, a high-speed truck lost its course and collided with several vehicles, injuring eight on Saturday afternoon.

Police said the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle on the Mumbai-Bangalore highway around 12:30 p.m. The truck then struck eight vehicles one after the other.

The vehicles included four-wheelers, tempo, and two-wheelers. Eight people were injured in the accident. Police transported the injured to hospital.

Earlier, at around 9.15 p.m. Friday, an oil tanker collided with several vehicles near the Naval Bridge, killing three and injuring 12.

Police say the incident occurred after the driver of the tanker, which was carrying paint thinner and was traveling from Katraj to Mumbai via the Pune – Bangalore highway, lost control while passing another vehicle.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, a truck collided with a two-wheeler, killing two women near the Naval Bridge.

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Pune: after pandemic lull, students of Lalit Kala Kendra of SPPU prepare to play tonight

Closed for nearly a year and a half due to pandemic restrictions, the stage curtains at the Savitribai Phule Pune University campus will finally open as its performing arts department Lalit Kala Kendra is ready to go. host a theatrical performance Friday night.

The theater industry has suffered a serious setback since the lockdown was imposed in March of last year, after which no public performance has taken place.

Due to the restrictions, even the students of Lalit Kala Kendra could not come together to put on a show. However, as colleges reopened for offline classes since Wednesday, students at the center took the opportunity to stage a performance of their popular play, “Waaghachi Ghost” (A Tiger’s Tale) in Namdev Auditorium at 6.30 p.m. Friday. .

Originally written in Italian by Nobel Laureate Dario Luigi Angelo Fo, the play is a dramatic monologue born out of the playwright’s visit to China. The main character of the play is a female tiger. Translated into Marathi by Vinod Lavhekar, it was directed by Mahesh Khadare while Shubham Sathe and Hrutvik Talvalkar perform in the one hour play.

Dr Pravin Bhole, head of Lalit Kala Kendra, asked devotees to come forward to watch the play which is free. “The performing arts are one of the areas most affected during the pandemic, because the theater is nothing without its audience. We want a lot of people to come and watch and cheer on our artists as we celebrate the return to normalcy. At the same time, we must maintain all the necessary security measures and social distancing protocols, ”he said.

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Probably worse for Uttarakhand, the rains will now move east: IMD

The record precipitation that resulted in destruction in Uttarakhand over the past two days is expected to decline significantly from Wednesday, with the state likely to remain dry for the remainder of the week, India’s meteorological department predicted.

Uttarakhand, as a whole, received about 122mm of rain during the 24-hour period between Monday and Tuesday. Mukteshwar weather station recorded rainfall of 340mm during this period – the highest rainfall ever recorded in 24 hours since the station started recording data in 1897. Pantnagar also recorded its highest rainfall of 403 mm.

The country as a whole experienced a rainy day, receiving 266% more rain than normal precipitation for that day of the year. October has so far received 36% more rain than normal.

Between the morning of October 18 and 19, several locations in Uttarakhand recorded their heaviest rainfall ever in a 24-hour period. Nainital, Champawat and Pancheshwar received more than 500mm of precipitation, while many other areas recorded more than 400mm of precipitation.

Uttarakhand rains: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami takes stock of the situation on Monday. (Twitter / @ PIBDehradun)

But the worst could be over for the state, IMD said. Rains are expected to continue until Tuesday evening in parts of the state, after which intense rain activity is expected to shift eastward to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim, Jharkhand, Odisha , West Bengal and most of the northeast. All of these places, which have already experienced rains in recent days, are expected to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall, IMD said.

“The easterly winds will interact with the low pressure system prevailing over northern Jharkhand, Bihar and western Uttar Pradesh. As a result, heavy rains are likely to fall mainly in the northeast, Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, ”an IMD official said on Tuesday.

Although there is likely to be a reduction in rainfall over eastern India from Thursday, rainfall activity will largely shift to southern peninsular India, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry expected to experience significant precipitation on Wednesday and Thursday. IMD has issued a “yellow” alert in these states.

“Strengthening easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal will affect Kerala, Mahe, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry until October 23,” IMD authorities said.

Disturbances approaching the west will continue to influence northern states including Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh, which reported snowfall on Tuesday. These areas will continue to receive precipitation in the form of snow or rain in the coming days, although IMD has not issued any warnings.

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Rain damage, poor product quality push up the prices of onions and tomatoes

The prices of onions and tomatoes have seen a steady but strong increase over the past two months. After heavy rains in September and October, crops ready to be marketed were severely damaged, arrivals and product quality were affected, pushing up prices.

This is the first time this year that vegetables have seen a good rise in prices on the wholesale and retail markets.

Since late August, heavy rains in Maharashtra and Karnataka have caused extensive damage to crops sown in June or July. Heavy downpours in September and early October saw the same crop take more damage just as farmers prepared to harvest their produce after Diwali.

Farmers had also reported damage to their produce stored, harvested in April-May and known as rabi or unhali kanda. The overall availability of onions had started to decline since the end of September.

Data from the Ministry of Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs website shows that retail prices for onions and tomatoes have risen significantly in the past month. The price of onion in Delhi, which cost Rs 33 / kg in September, has since hit Rs 47 / kg in the national capital.

The price escalation has been more pronounced in the case of tomatoes, with Delhi markets now retailing the kitchen staple at Rs 59 / kg, up from Rs 28 / kg a month ago. In some places across India, onion prices have reached or exceeded Rs 50 / kg while tomato prices approach Rs 60 / kg.

At the Lasalgaon wholesale market in Niphad taluka in the Nashik district of Maharashtra, the average price of traded onions has been rising since the third week of September. Prices, which for most of the year were around Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,600 / quintal, topped Rs 3,300 / quintal.

Suresh Deshmukh, a commission agent operating from Dindori taluka in Nashik, said the new arrivals were of poor quality as well. “These onions don’t have a lot of market value and the only marketable onion now is the stored onion, which the farmers unload,” he said.

The National Federation of Agricultural Marketing Cooperatives commissioned MahaFPC to purchase and store 1.82 lakh tonnes of onions as buffer stock. MahaFPC has so far offloaded 50% of the stock with the rest to be sold by November 15th. Currently, MahaFPC delivers to the markets of Mumbai, Kanpur, Patna, Ranchi, Chennai, Bijapur and Lucknow. Sources said the onion supply is likely to be further affected once MahaFPC’s stock is depleted.

In the case of tomatoes, the average price negotiated on the Kolar market in Karnataka exceeded Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,500 / quintal. Traders in Kolar said the September rains had damaged crops in the area.

“The current trend is expected to continue until the end of December. Prices will also increase as demand increases following the relaxation of restrictions on Covid-19, ”Deshmukh said.

Pune campus watch: PKC launches program to upgrade science teachers in schools

The Pune Knowledge Cluster (PKC) and the District Education and Training Institute (DIET) have set up a joint teacher training program for tutors in the Pune region.

The pilot program was planned on the basis of a survey of teachers – covering around 1,500 teachers – mainly on the requirements for improving science education in schools. As a result, a specialized 12-session module has been developed. The initial training has been designed to hone the science teaching skills of teachers, mainly in grades 6 to 12 in Zilla Parishad schools and colleges in Pune. The course designers have integrated knowledge tests which will be carried out before and after each session.


The training, which began on Monday, will run once a week for the next 12 weeks.

The course trainers are pedagogical experts from undergraduate colleges and universities, and they will run sessions with 1,000 teachers who have registered for the pilot online course.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the program, eminent scientist RA Mashelkar said, “You need a good education and the right way to educate. But today, the right to digital education is even more necessary. Its implementation has been recommended to the government of Maharashtra.

Ayush Prasad, CEO of Zilla Parishad, Pune, urged the need for upgrading teacher skills and said students will benefit while having a renewed vision for learning science in the future.

PKC and DIET plan to cover more topics in future training programs.

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Know your city: Pune’s historic market, Mandai, has evolved over time, but remains the same 135 years later

Narsingh Thorat arrived in Mandai three decades after it was established in 1886 as Reay’s Market, and established a store selling banana leaves. For more than 100 years, BN Thorat and Sons Kelichya Pananche Vyapari has occupied the same space under the original arches of the market. Led by Narsingh’s descendant, Sagar Thorat, it still offers neat pieces of banana leaves to buyers today. Other alley shops also only sell banana leaves, flowers and stems and are run by fourth or fifth generation descendants of the original owners.

“Our store is where many Pune families, hotels and event management companies have come for generations to obtain banana leaves to serve food to guests on special occasions. I will never change because business is good in Mandai. With the growing interest in an eco-friendly lifestyle, I got the idea of ​​using banana leaves to create wrappers, wrappers and boxes as a replacement for plastic. I am exploring opportunities with a manufacturer in Kerala, ”says Thorat. His attitude is exemplary of Mandai, where things stay the same while changing over time.

Pune’s largest fruit and vegetable market, Mandai – officially Mahatma Phule Mandai – celebrated its 135th birthday on October 5th. It remains a historical and commercial center in Pune despite the creation of Marketyard, another wholesale market, in 1980. Here is a glimpse of what makes it a living heritage:

The chosen area

From the late 18th century to the early 19th century, the area where the Mandai stands was an orchard and garden owned by the family of Sardar Khasgiwale, a member of the Peshwa court. Until about 25 years ago, the Khasgiwale Wada was in the area. It then housed a municipal school. The Wada has now given way to a multi-story building. In the Peshwa era, behind the Khasgiwale Wada was the Kotwal Chawdi or the Pune Police Station.

Colonial heritage

Mandai took shape in Shaniwar Wada, the old heart of Pune, where outdoor grocery stores were doing great business. As the population grew and congestion increased, the municipality offered to relocate Mandai to its current location of Shukrawar Peth. This met with strong opposition from freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak and social reformers Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Hari Raoji Chiplunkar, among others, mainly because the cost of Rs 2.3 lakh was to be covered by public funds. Nevertheless, the municipality acquired the land in 1882.

According to a marble plaque on the site, the complex was designed by WM Ducat and executed by architect Vasudev Bapuji Kanitkar and Ramchandra Godbole. When the Mandai was inaugurated in 1886, it was named after Lord Reay, then governor of Bombay. The design accommodated more than stores for vendors. The Reay Industrial Museum, Pune’s first public museum, was located within the complex, as was the office of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) until it moved to Shivaji Nagar in 1966.

When the Mandai was inaugurated in 1886, it was named after Lord Reay, then governor of Bombay.

In 1938, Acharya PK Atre, a well-known writer and chairman of the PMC standing committee, had the market renamed Mahatma Phule Mandai. The museum was moved to Ghole Road and renamed Mahatma Phule Museum.

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Mandai is distinguished by its Gothic architecture. Designed as an octagon, it has an 80-foot tower and a tiled roof that kept the interiors cool. There are eight entrances, although all but two are closed due to construction work on the metro. For fruits and vegetables, you have to go to different dedicated sections of the Mandai.

Sahapedia, who carried out a cultural mapping project of Pune, writes: “Four market wings housing the majority of the stalls radiate out from the ground floor veranda, their sloping roofs obscuring part of the upper veranda. Each wing has a nave (central part) and aisles and is supported by cast iron columns, and the tiled roofs rest on teak rafters. The wings are also provided with a narrow skylight (taller windows) which projects light into the interior space and provides ventilation.

An addition was made to the structure of the Mandai to mark a tragedy. In 1993, 38 students at Nath Hari Purandare Primary School were killed during a picnic when their bus was hit by a high-speed train at the unmanned Phursungi crossing. In their memory, a clock was installed from which the statue of a schoolboy came out of a window every hour to ring the bell. Although the clock still shows the time, the lack of maintenance left the statue missing.

Struggle for freedom

As the freedom movement gathered momentum, an underground radio station began operating from Abhyankar Wada behind Mandai. Speeches by Jayprakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia and Yousuf Meher Ali were among those that were broadcast. In 2009, the Akhil Mandai Mandal set up a sign to remind people of this event. The radio station operated until its members were arrested after an explosion at the Capitol Theater on January 24, 1943.

Mandai and the surrounding area have hosted a number of freedom fighters, including Pt Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. According to Sahapedia, “During India’s struggle for freedom, Mandai offered not only a local market, but also an open ground for gatherings. Many prominent freedom fighters addressed large crowds here, giving it the name Mandai Vidyapeeth (university). For example, according to the Gazetteer, (Mahatma) Gandhi addressed several meetings in Mandai, the largest of which had an audience of 10,000, where he was awarded a scholarship of Rs 5,152 by Dr. VD Phatak. His speeches advocated wearing the khaddar, which he believed was the only way to get swaraj.

Pune’s largest market for vegetables and fruit, Mandai – officially Mahatma Phule Mandai – celebrated its 135th birthday on October 5th. (Express Photo)

The main city market

Politicians, movie stars, cooks, home chefs and heritage buffs rub shoulders in Mandai, while filling their grocery bags in more than 500 stores. The market has been popular with families as well as businesses since colonial times. “When we were kids in the 1980s, Mandai was where our mothers would take us to pick up the bags with the bribe to visit a cane juice stand or a candy store afterwards. People from all over Pune come to Mandai for shopping. If you go on a Saturday or Sunday morning you will find a huge mixed crowd, although vegetables and fruit are now readily available in the suburbs, ”says Jayesh Paranjape, who runs heritage walks as part of Western Routes. . While some people swear by the fresh produce, others love the prices at Mandai. Still others like to have a range – you can get Talegaon batata, bin vasshache batata, dum aloo batata, and Pahari aloo, among others, in one store. During Ganeshotsav, the space attracts lines of worshipers who come to pray to the Akhil Mandai Ganpati, one of the city’s oldest mandals. The idol represents Ganpati and Sharada sitting on a swing.

Mandai’s main market has also led to the development of several stores in the region. Today, you can find rows of shops selling religious goods as well as old basketry families, bakeries as well as fashionable clothing showrooms. “Until a few years ago, it was also a residential area. However, the extreme level of business activity over the past two decades has caused residents to regularly relocate elsewhere, ”he says. The metro is expected to bring another transformation to Mandai, adding another layer to its rich history.

Pune police arrest Jamshedpur man for staging MBA exam racketeering

Pune City Police dismantled a racket and arrested a technician involved in rigging the GMAT entrance exam for international MBA courses.

Police identified the accused as Abhay Mishra, a resident of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. An MBA student based in Pune had filed a first information report (FIR) in this case at the computer police station.

Police said the accused was operating through an Instagram account “GMAT_GRE_SHORTCUT”. According to a statement from the cops, the complainant had learned that the accused had helped students achieve good grades on the GMAT entrance exam.

After contacting the accused, the complainant learned that he had to pay Rs 2.5 lakh for 700 marks out of 800, Rs 2.7 lakh for 710 marks, Rs 3 lakh for 720, Rs 3.5 lakh for 730, Rs 3.7 lakh for 740, and Rs 4 lakhs for more than 750.

The complainant and the accused then agreed to an arrangement. Police said the accused attended the GMAT exam on behalf of the complainant by accessing his system remotely using apps such as AnyDesk, DWService and WeTransfer.

When the complainant scored 770 out of 800 on the GMAT test, the accused started calling him repeatedly and demanded Rs 4 lakh. However, the first did not want to pay and realized that it was a racket. On the basis of his complaint, the police jailed the accused under sections 419 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code and various sections of the Information Technology Act.

The police performed a technical analysis of the Instagram account, bank account, cell phone number and AnyDesk user ID used by the accused. Based on the clues, the police team went to Jamshedpur and arrested Mishra and took him to Pune. The cops also seized a laptop computer, a cell phone, four USB drives, four debit cards and other documents. A Pune court sent Mishra into custody until October 22 for further investigation.

When contacted, Principal Inspector DS Hake said, “Abhay Mishra is a graduate of B Tech. He and his assistants were fighting to rig the GMAT entrance exam. The search for the other accused is ongoing. One of them organizes a private coaching course for entry to GMAT. Another entered the GMAT entrance exam in place of the students by gaining remote online access to their computers.

Global campaign aims to raise awareness of increased risk of Covid-19 blood clots

Good blood circulation is vital for the overall health of a person because it ensures that blood and oxygen are constantly flowing throughout the body. However, clots form in the blood vessels, obstructing blood flow. This can cause blockages affecting the heart, lungs and other organs.

World Thrombosis Day is celebrated on October 13 each year to raise awareness of the issue and the importance of getting a thrombosis risk assessment. On this day, more than 3,000 partner organizations and individuals from over 120 countries join forces to raise awareness about the treatment and prevention of blood clots.

Thrombosis can trigger a variety of life-threatening medical conditions, including heart attack, thromboembolic stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTE occurs when one or more blood clots form in a deep vein, most often in the leg (deep vein thrombosis, DVT), and can travel through the bloodstream and lodge in the lungs, a condition known as name of pulmonary embolism (PE).

“Despite the fact that one in four people worldwide die from diseases caused by blood clots, this is not widely known and constitutes an urgent public health problem,” said Professor Beverley Hunt, OBE, chair of the World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee. in a statement released today.

This year, the issue has drawn more attention as research has shown an increased risk of blood clots in hospitalized patients with severe Covid-19. Additionally, blood clots have been found as a rare but serious side effect of some Covid-19 vaccines.

“In a turbulent year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have unfortunately seen an increase in the rate of hospital clots due to sick patients with Covid-19,” noted Professor Hunt. “The risk of clots in Covid-19, as well as other causes of hospital clots, can be reduced if thromboprophylaxis is used (anticoagulants). “

Dr Roopen Arya, India spokesperson, World Thrombosis Day, said: “Thrombosis continues to be one of the most dangerous and often overlooked medical conditions. In India, over the past two years, due to the pandemic, we have noticed a huge increase in thrombosis as it is one of the most common complications of Covid-19. It is important that we are aware of the risk especially in patients hospitalized with Covid-19 and that we make sure that they receive anticoagulant injections to prevent clots. It is also important to stick to evidence-based practices and to avoid unnecessary treatments and blood clotting tests in mildly affected people in the community.

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Mixed response to bandh in Pune as MVA parties, others take to the streets

Maharashtra government alliance partners Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in power, along with several other political parties, took to the streets of Pune and brandished slogans against the BJP-led government at the Center during a day of a day called Monday to condemn the murder of farmers. in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, allegedly by the vehicle belonging to the son of a Union Minister.

Pune City Police Co-Commissioner Ravindra Shisave said that although there were demonstrations in some places, the public order situation was peaceful in the city. Police forces of around 5,000 have been deployed to important locations to secure a peaceful gang, he added. The protests took place largely in the jurisdictions of Bundgarden, Hadapsar, Shivajinagar, Vishrambag and Sinhagad Road police stations.

Officials said the bandh received a mixed response as although the stores in Market Yard and Lakshmi Road were closed in the morning, most resumed after 4 p.m.

Activists from MVA parties – the Congress, the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) – handed over their demands memorandum to the Pune district collector.

Sanjog Waghere, chairman of NCP’s Pimpri-Chinchwad unit, said: “People voluntarily kept their shops and offices closed until late afternoon. The PMPML buses did not run on the roads either. Even several small industries remained closed.

Other parties that participated in the protest included the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), CPM and Janta Dal (secular) as well as social organizations such as Shetkari Bachav Kriti Samiti, Hamal Panchayat, Rickshaw Panchayat, Tempo Panchayat and Chhatrapati Shivaji Market Yard Kamgar. union. At the rally held near the collector’s office, they paid tribute to those who died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and jointly read the preamble to the Indian Constitution.

Addressing the rally, Food and Civilian Supply Minister Vishwajeet Kadam said everyone should support the country’s farmers as they are “mistreated” by the BJP-led government.

“The Union government led by the BJP, through its dictatorship, has enacted anti-farmer laws. Farmers protested against this, but the Prime Minister of the country does not care. However, BJP party activists and supporters of the son of a Union minister crushed the protesting farmers, ”Kadam said.

The voice of farmers is silenced, he said, adding that the citizens of the country cannot be silent when injustices are committed against farmers. “The MVA government had granted a loan waiver to farmers in the state, but the BJP government is trying to destroy the farmers. We must defend farmers because the Union government only works for certain manufacturers. We must work to dislodge the government from the BJP by coming together and fighting against it, ”he said.

The city’s NCP chief Prashant Jagtap said the BJP came to power in the country by making false promises. “They have a program to enrich certain industrialists and make the poor suffer. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided not to listen to farmers and take decisions against them,” he said.

The city’s congressman, Ramesh Bagwe, said his party members were democratically protesting to save the farmers. “We will continue to fight for farmers until they get justice,” he said.

Shiv Sena town chief Sanjay More said the bandh had received a good response from all sections of town society.

Congressman Mohan Joshi said the PMPML bus service was closed while hotels, restaurants and shops were also participating in the bandh, making it a successful effort to condemn violence against farmers.

Meanwhile, the city’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit condemned the protest, alleging in a press memo that the opposition parties’ “concern for farmers” is “a fake.

13 power plants closed due to coal shortage, MSEDCL asks customers to use electricity sparingly

Coal shortages across the country have led to the temporary shutdown of 13 thermal power plants providing electricity to the Maharashtra State Electricity Regulatory Commission (MSEDCL).

As a result, the 3,330 MW power supply was cut, according to an official statement from MSEDCL. Efforts are being made to provide electricity from hydropower and other sources as well as immediate purchases to bridge the gap.

The power company is working to avoid power cuts in the state and has called on consumers to use electricity sparingly from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to balance supply and demand.

Thermal power generation has been declining for several days due to coal shortages across the country. The units currently closed are the Chandrapur, Bhusawal and Nashik units of Mahagenco of 210 MW each, Paras-250 MW and Bhusawal and the 500 MW of Chandrapur each. Apart from this, four 640 MW units of Postal Gujarat Power Limited (Gujarat) and three 810 MW units of Ratan India Power Limited (Amravati) are closed.

Currently, electricity is purchased on the open market to fill the 3,330 MW gap between electricity demand and availability. Due to the increase in demand for electricity across the country, the purchase price of electricity is more and more expensive. 700 MW of electricity are purchased on the open market at a rate of Rs 13.60 per unit.

In addition, electricity is supplied by the Koyna Dam as well as other small hydropower plants and unconventional energy sources.

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Demand for electricity has also increased due to rising temperatures in the state. MSEDCL supplied 17,289 MW of electricity in the state (excluding Mumbai) on Saturday.

Due to rains in parts of the state over the past 24 hours, demand for electricity has declined today.

As of Sunday morning, there was a demand for 18,200 MW in the state.

To avoid power cuts, according to the order of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, three-phase electricity is supplied over the agricultural connections for 8 hours day or night in a circular fashion.

Electricity utility officials have said that reducing electricity consumption during the peak demand period will narrow the gap between demand and supply and there will be no need for load shedding.