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Newly discovered beetle species from Pune has significance in forensic science

The species was discovered by the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Pune region, and the study on this discovery was published recently on April 12 in the New Zealand-based peer-reviewed international journal Zootaxa

The beetle has been named Moreshwar as it was collected near Moreshwar Temple. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 07:38 AM IST

Pune’s Shivajinagar area sizzles at 41°C

Shivajinagar hit season's highest at 41°C, above normal by 3.3°C. Hadapsar recorded 43.5°C, with high night temp of 28°C, expected to continue for next 2 days.

The highest temperature was recorded in Hadapsar at 43.5 degrees, followed by Koregaon Park and Wadgoansheri which recorded 43 and 43.1 degrees Celsius respectively. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 10:09 PM IST

Pre-monsoon showers continue in parts of the city

According to IMD scientists, the pre-monsoon rainfall of the last few days is associated with higher temperatures and presence of moisture in the atmosphere and cloud formation over the city

Due to the rain, a hoarding fell near a bus stop in Ubale Nagar near Kharadi, damaging a vehicle in the bargain. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 05:54 AM IST

State panel visits Katraj Zoo to review leopard escape incident

During the two-day visit, the committee concentrated on analysing the event as well as inspecting the cages for structural integrity. The committee also interacted with forest officials regarding the incident

On March 4, Sachin, an eight-year-old male leopard, escaped from its enclosure, where he was kept for quarantine and couldn’t be tracked for over 12 hours. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 05:00 AM IST

Pune sweats at 40 degrees Celsius

Central Maharashtra experiencing high temperatures, Pune hits 40.8°C, third-warmest April since 2013. IMD forecasts above-normal monsoon rainfall for Maharashtra.

High temperature, some moisture incursion and local instability resulted in the development of cumulus clouds which later formed cumulonimbus clouds that brought thunder, lightning and a drizzle in many areas of the city. (Mahendra Kohle/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 06:26 AM IST

Mercury in Pune likely to hit 40° next week: IMD

Maharashtra is currently experiencing a mixed weather condition, where parts of the state witnessing a significant drop in temperature along with the unseasonal rains

In Pune, the district is likely to experience a clear sky for the next 3-4 days and due to an increase in moisture level. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 05:52 AM IST

Forest dept. seeks permission to capture leopard involved in attacks in Shiroli village

At around 5 am on April 11, a leopard dragged the now-deceased baby girl, identified as Sanskruti Kulekar, from a temporary settlement of shepherds where she was sleeping with her family, into an open field

Considering the seriousness of the situation, the Junnar forest division on Friday held a meeting with members of the state-level committee. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Published on Apr 12, 2024 10:57 PM IST

Unseasonal rain lashes parts of Maharashtra, damages crops

As per the data provided by the Regional Meteorological Centre, Nagpur, both Nagpur and Wardha reported 7 mm and 3 mm rainfall, respectively, till Thursday 5.30

According to the IMD, the rainfall (along with gusty winds and thunder activity) alert will continue for Vidarbha and Marathwada till April 15. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 10:40 PM IST

Leopard mauls one-and-a-half-year-old baby to death in Junnar

There is a constant demand from people and public representatives for birth control and other effective measures to save lives. Junnar forest division has already moved a proposal in January 2024, says official

In a previous incident, a four-year-old Ayush Shinde, from Umbraj village, which is a 10 km distance from Shiroli village, was attacked by leopard on March 12. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 09:44 PM IST

With increased average annual temperatures since 2000, Maha faces serious climate vulnerability threat

According to IMD, rise in average annual temperature is one of the serious indicators of climate change and Maharashtra is facing a serious threat of climate vulnerability

According to IMD, rise in average annual temperature is one of the serious indicators of climate change and Maharashtra is facing a serious threat of climate vulnerability. ((PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 07:26 AM IST

NGT asks PCMC to submit report on Pavana river pollution

Pavana River which originates south of Lonavla from the Western Ghats and flows from around 24 km through Pimpri-Chinchwad city is a major source of drinking water in the area

As per findings, the board mentioned that the BOD parameter exceeded 30 mg/l at Pimpri Station on December 5, 2023, and at Kasarwadi Station on January 8, 2024. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 05:02 AM IST

NGT directs PMC to check Draynzyme feasibility to clean waterbodies

The principal bench of the environmental watchdog took suo motu action based on a report published in Hindustan Times on February 23 this year

PMC carried out a small-scale trial of use of bioenzymes like Draynzyme to clean hyacinth at Ramnadi in February 2024. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 10, 2024 05:20 AM IST

Minimum temperature drops to below normal level in Pune

Pune experiences decrease in minimum temperature with partly cloudy sky, reduction in humidity levels. Light rainfall expected on April 11-12, gradual temperature reduction statewide.

Compared to the last 3-4 days, the humidity level has reduced from 56 per cent on April 5 to 36 per cent on April 8, said SD Sanap, senior meteorologist, IMD, Pune. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 10:45 PM IST

Leopard sighted at Dighi; camera traps set up to monitor activity

Wadmukhwadi is among the green areas in Pimpri-Chinchwad and has many farms with green vegetation around which provides safe passage for leopards to wander around

Leopard sightings have constantly been on the rise in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Apr 07, 2024 10:20 PM IST

After unsuccessful reunion efforts, leopard cub sent to lifetime care at Pune’s RESQ centre

There were at least three attempts made since March 31 for a reunion of leopard cub with his mother, says official

The newborn male cub was sighted by a labourer engaged in sugarcane cutting on the field owned by Rahul Jadhav. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 09:53 PM IST

Punekars get a breather as night temperatures fall

For over a week now, Pune has been experiencing scorching heat and the minimum (nighttime) temperature has been significantly higher than normal over the last few days

The newly made asphalt stretch between Tilak Chowk and Narayan Peth ended up melting due to heat. (MAHENDRA KOLHE/ HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 06:06 AM IST

Authorised food stalls at Sinhagad Fort nearing completion

The work is in the final phase and the stalls will soon be distributed among the 71 authorised beneficiaries through lottery, said forest officials

Later, the forest department decided to set up a food plaza for authorised stall holders, identified with the help of joint forest management committee for Sinhgad Fort area. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Pune forest department increases vigilance amid poaching threat

Additional teams have been deployed for night patrolling in the forest area, said officials from Pune forest division

In Pune, poaching is the biggest wildlife safety threat after road accidents. Animals from the deer family are the most vulnerable to poaching. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Mar 30, 2024 09:38 PM IST

IMD records significant rise in nighttime temperature in Pune

The temperature in Shivajinagar was recorded as 23.4 degrees Celsius, which is 6.1 degrees Celsius above normal

In areas like Koregaon Park and Wadgaon Sheri, the temperature was recorded between 26 and 27 degrees Celsius. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 10:24 PM IST

27 butterfly species have gone extinct from Fergusson College campus in last 40 years: Study

A study by Fergusson College reveals 27 butterfly species extinct on campus in 40 years. 66 species documented, 5 protected under wildlife act.

Butterfly diversity was assessed at the 109-acre campus along with host and nectar plants from July 2021 to June 2022. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 06:40 AM IST

NGT takes suo motu cognisance of pollution in Pune’s Indrayani river, Katraj lake

In a recent incident hundreds of dead fish were found on Indrayni River bank after which residents demanded strong action

For the last few months, the pollution in the Indrayani river has become a serious point of concern in the Pune district. For several days, residents have seen a thick layer of white foam forming over the river. (HT FILE)
Published on Mar 28, 2024 10:06 PM IST

Forest guard injured in leopard attack near Junnar

Kailas Bhalerao is currently in stable condition, and undertaking treatment in a hospital, forest officials informed

Just before this incident, a bike rider, who was crossing the Pune - Nashik Highway near Alephata, was also injured as he was hit by the same leopard. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 10:08 PM IST

Pune’s Shivajinagar area records 38.8°C

Pune experiences heatwave-like conditions with temperatures above normal, reaching 40.9 degrees Celsius in Lavale. Health advisory issued as temperatures rise.

Lavale area in Pune recorded a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 05:12 AM IST

Pune experiences a significant rise in temperature

As per the data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), on Friday, March 22, the maximum temperature at Shivajinagar was recorded at 37.5 degrees Celsius

Last year in March 2023, the maximum temperature was recorded above 35 degrees, which was only for three days till March 22. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 22, 2024 10:21 PM IST

Temperature likely to be above normal during polls in Maharashtra

Maharashtra will go to polls in five phases during April 19, 26 and May 7, 13 and 20. Pune, Maval, and Shirur will go to polls on May 13 while Baramati will vote on May 7

The temperature is likely to surge from March-end and in April and May it will remain at above normal level. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 18, 2024 07:36 AM IST

Delay in submission of leopard sterilization draft: Amol Kolhe

unnar tehsil in Pune was selected as the project site, and the forest officials along with veterinary experts prepared a draft for leopard sterilization project

Accordingly, the project draft has been prepared by the Junnar forest office and It was submitted to the state forest department in Nagpur. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Updated on Mar 18, 2024 06:32 AM IST

MPCB issues order to state local bodies to step up action against single-use plastic

Newly-appointed MPCB chairman on March 12 issued an order to all local bodies in the state to speed up action against single-use plastic

Newly-appointed MPCB chairman on March 12 issued an order to all local bodies in the state to speed up action against single-use plastic. ((PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 09:14 AM IST

Forest dept halts uprooting of trees at Taljai Hills till formation of joint committee

Earlier this week on March 10, citizens from Sahakarnagar and Parvati had alleged that fully-grown, native trees were being uprooted at Taljai Hills in a drive undertaken by contractors appointed by the forest department

On March 14, a notice was issued informing that the work of felling trees had been completely stopped till the UJFMC was formed for Taljai Hills. The notice said that the department would resume work with the help of committee members once the committee was constituted. (HT FIle)
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 08:50 AM IST

Three leopards spotted near bungalow in Junnar

Officials visited the spot and installed trap cage in the area, said a Junnar forest department official on Friday

CCTV camera has captured three leopards roaming outside a bungalow in Junnar area early morning on March 14. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 08:34 AM IST

Dead fish found at Dehu Ghat: Water sample reveals dissolved oxygen below standard limit

The MPCB had issued directions to the Dehu Municipal Council for activation of sewage treatment plants a month ago. We are in the process of issuing another directive to the Dehu Municipal Council, says official

A variety of big fish were found dead at Dehu Ghat along the Indrayani River on March 13. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Mar 14, 2024 10:02 PM IST
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