Dheeraj Bengrut
Articles by Dheeraj Bengrut

Govt’s band-aid solutions make onions politically sensitive

Farmers and traders in a fix over onion-related issues in Maharashtra as both blame state and centre for lack of political will to find solutions

Onion traders have stopped auction at India’s largest wholesale market in Lasalgaon (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 12:03 AM IST

2.5K Ganpati mandals register for festival this year in Pune

The state government had given orders to the local governing bodies to carry forward the mandals’ last year’s permissions for the 2023 Ganesh festival

As many as 2,500 Ganpati mandals have registered for this year’s Ganpati festival in Pune city (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 12:01 AM IST

Now, Panshet-like cluster schools to come up across Maha

All deputy directors of education offices in the state have been instructed to submit proposals related to cluster schools by October 15

The state government has approved the decision to start ‘cluster schools’ for students studying in low-ranking schools in remote areas of Maharashtra. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 12:32 AM IST

Onion traders firm on strike; auctions in 17 APMC markets to remain closed

The indefinite strike by onion traders in Nashik district continues as no resolution was reached during a meeting with the district guardian minister. Another meeting is scheduled for Tuesday to discuss the traders' demands. The traders are protesting against increased export duty and restrictions on the sale of NAFED. The Nashik APMC has threatened action against the protesting traders.

Onion traders concerned over export duty (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 12:08 AM IST

Ganpati celebrations at home reduce over the years in Pune

Some of the Ganpati mandals too have started holding immersion processions on the eighth or ninth day of the festiva

It has been seen over the last two to three years that the number of days that people keep Ganesh idols at home has reduced (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Sep 21, 2023 11:37 PM IST

Nashik onion traders call for an indefinite strike over demands

Starting Wednesday, onion traders have decided not to participate in the auction in 17 market committees across Nashik district including Lasalgaon over various demands

Most of the onion turnover in Maharashtra is from the Nashik district. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 11:42 PM IST

Punekars unhappy over Ganesh immersion arrangements

The artificial tank at Omkareshwar Ghat was not a pleasant sight as garbage and debris were seen in and around the artificial tank

On Wednesday the second day of Ganeshotsav, many faithful performed immersion of the idol according to the tradition. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 11:23 PM IST

Residents irked as police cordon off many roads in Peth areas

Steps taken to check vehicular movement have so far resulted in chaotic traffic snarls at many locations in Narayan Peth, Shaniwar Peth, and Shukrawar Peth

Most of the famous Ganpati pandals are in Peth areas, where devotees have a place to park their vehicles. (RAHUL RAUT/ HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 11:15 PM IST

Maha govt okays adoption of state-run schools

The Maharashtra government has implemented a scheme allowing individuals, corporations, and NGOs to adopt government schools to improve educational quality and infrastructure. Donors will provide goods and services for a defined period, but cash contributions are not permitted. The school's name can be changed temporarily but will be restored after the contract period ends.

The Maharashtra government has implemented a proposal that allows individuals, corporations, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to adopt government schools. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 11:43 PM IST

Devotion, eco-friendly decor on display as Ganesh festival begins in Pune

Citizens in Pune welcomed Lord Ganpati Bappa with enthusiasm and eco-friendly measures as they installed clay idols instead of plaster of paris ones.

The procession for Tambadi Jogeshwari , which is the second manache Ganpati, began at Narayan Peth at 9.30 am. The idol was decorated in fresh flowers. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 11:29 PM IST

Farmers seek relief from govt as tomato prices slide

Farmers and traders from the Ghodegaon Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) markets protested against the State government on Monday, demanding relief from price cuts for tomatoes and onions

The sudden drop in tomato prices within a month, from <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>200 per kg in August to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2 in September, recently drove farmers from Marathwada and north Maharashtra to destroy their produce. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 11:56 PM IST

‘Earn and Learn’ scheme not yet started in colleges affiliated to SPPU

Meanwhile, students’ unions have raised the issue and demanded that the scheme be started immediately

Substantial provision is made in the SPPU budget for this scheme, which is approved by the University General. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 11:44 PM IST

Pune’s Manache Ganpati mandals set to welcome Bappa

Preparations are in full swing for the 10-day Ganesh festival in Pune, with five Manache Ganpati mandals performing Pratishthapana puja on Tuesday.

Kasba Ganpati mandal volunteers give finishing touches to the pandal decoration on Monday evening. (Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 11:31 PM IST

100 SPPU-affiliated colleges get NAAC notice for non-accreditation

Maharashtra government’s Higher Education Department has strongly vouched for NAAC accreditation for all colleges in the state

The university will take appropriate action against the colleges, SPPU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Parag Kalkar said. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 12:17 AM IST

Kalyani Nagar residents demand better facilities for senior citizens at Pune Airport

Residents of Kalyani Nagar in Pune are concerned about the lack of essential facilities for senior citizens at Pune Airport, such as recliner seats, priority check-ins, and basic amenities in the washrooms. They are demanding the introduction of priority check-in counters and improved facilities to reduce stress and improve the overall travel experience for senior citizens. The director of Pune Airport has stated that they are working on developing better facilities for senior citizens.

The Kalyani Nagar Residents’ Forum also raised the issue of extensive walking required at the airport (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 12:07 AM IST

Highways, bus stands, markets crowded in Pune ahead of Ganeshotstav

Ahead of the 10-day Ganpati festival, heavy crowds were seen at bus stands, railway stations, highways, and markets in central parts of Pune. Traffic was backed up on the Pune-Mumbai expressway and other major highways. Many people were also visiting their native places, leading to rush at bus stands and the railway station. Private bus operators were charging high fares despite efforts by the regional transport office to monitor rates. The festival will be celebrated from September 19 to 28.

Ahead of the 10-day Ganpati festival which begins on Tuesday, heavy crowd was seen at Swargate Bus Stand. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 17, 2023 11:56 PM IST

30 % work at Hadapsar railway station complete

The cost of this project is ₹135 crore, said officials on Friday. The platform extension works at the Pune railway station is also underway

The work at Hadapsar railway station, which is being developed as a satellite terminal, is underway in full swing and 30 % work is completed. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 11:46 PM IST

Auto union stages protest against issue of permits

The protestors said that allowing government-subsidised electric rickshaws to ply without licence will only increase more vehicles on roads, causing acute traffic congestion

The huge volume of these public transport facility has affected the business of autorickshaw drivers not connected to any aggregator. (SHANKAR NARAYAN/ HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 16, 2023 12:22 AM IST

Seven Loves Chowk: A deadly spot for commuters

On Wednesday, the Traffic police department visited the spot and discussed the course of action to mitigate such fatal incidents

For a long time, the area around Seven Loves Chowk has been riddled with constant traffic snarls, coupled with errant driving. (SHANKAR NARAYAN/ HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 16, 2023 12:07 AM IST

Edu dept extends deadline for self-certification for teacher recruitment

The deadline for candidates to fill their self-certificates for the recruitment of teachers in Maharashtra has been extended to September 22 due to low completion rates and internet issues. Candidates who do not complete the self-certification will not be eligible for further recruitment process.

School education department extends deadline for self-certification for the recruitment of teachers . (Getty Images/iStockphoto (PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 12:46 AM IST

RSS meet in Pune: 3-day holiday to students of SPM

Students studying in institutions run by Shikshan Prasarak Mandali (SPM) have been given three days holiday due to an RSS meeting taking place at SP College campus. The meeting will last from 9 am to 8.30 pm and some classrooms will be used for the meeting.

Preparation work underway for RSS meet on SP College ground on Wednesday. (y Kalpesh Nukte/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 13, 2023 10:50 PM IST

82 illegally running school transport vehicles penalised by Pune RTO

These vehicles did not have proper permissions and licence to transport school students and were penalised by the Pune RTO squads, said officials

In the last ten days, the Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) has initiated a crackdown on illegally running school transport vehicles. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 11:45 PM IST

Finally, New Airport Terminal Building in Pune to be operational from October

Pune Airport's New Integrated Terminal Building (NITB) is set to be operational from October after missing several deadlines. The new terminal has a built-up area of 50,000 sq m and will have 10 aerobridges and 72 check-in counters. The construction of the new terminal building is part of an expansion project that also includes a multilevel car park and new cargo complex. The need for the new terminal arose due to increased flight operations and new destinations being connected.

After missing over five to six deadlines, the New Integrated Terminal Building (NITB) at Pune Airport, Lohegaon, is now in its final stages (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 12, 2023 11:37 PM IST

Now, Pune RTO squads to restrain private tourist buses from charging exorbitant fares

According to the Motor Vehicles Act, private tourist buses can only increase their fares by 1.5 times the normal fares of MSRTC

Private tourist buses have already started raising their fares exorbitantly ahead of the Ganpati festival (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 11:03 PM IST

FYJC admissions: 40K seats still vacant in Pune division

In the first four special rounds and earlier three regular rounds, a total of 76,159 admissions were allotted to students and after all these rounds 40,871 seats still remain vacant in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad divisions

Now, college administrations are concerned about a repeat of the last three years, when the delayed process continued till the end of the year. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 11, 2023 11:52 PM IST

Chandrakant Patil to review traffic issue at Chandani Chowk

Pune guardian minister Chandrakant Patil will review the new bridge and underpasses at Chandani Chowk after ongoing traffic congestion issues.

Traffic seen at Chandani Chowk. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 11:46 PM IST

Farmers destroy tomato crop as prices drop from 200 per kg to 2 in one month

According to farmers, the retail price of tomatoes in Maharashtra was around ₹160 per kg and ₹200 per kg in north Indian states during July and the first week of August, before crashing to ₹2 per kg in wholesale markets following a glut

Farmers expressed their anger over fall in price of tomatoes by dumping the produce at Nashik’s Pimpalgaon market on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 10, 2023 11:40 PM IST

There is a 15- 30 centimetre rise in groundwater levels: SPPU study

Under the study, a total 103 villages across 13 talukas of Pune district were selected where trench-cum-recharge shaft structures were proposed to tackle drinking water scarcity issues

SPPU Geology dept submits groundwater recharge study to Pune ZP (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Sep 10, 2023 11:03 PM IST

SPPU to fill 111 vacant professor posts

The Maharashtra state government has approved the filling of 111 vacant professor posts at the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), and the process will commence by the end of September

The influx of new professors will help improve the varsity’s declining ranking. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Published on Sep 08, 2023 10:51 PM IST

On display at G20, a 450-year-old manuscript of the Rigveda

The story of how a 106-year-old institute in Pune came to possess a document now deemed to be a UNESCO 'Memory of World Heritage

The 450-year-old manuscript of the Rigveda(HT File)
Updated on Sep 08, 2023 08:38 PM IST
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