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PMC invites fresh bids to bring Zebras at Katraj Zoo

Updated on Sep 20, 2023 11:40 PM IST

The Pune Municipal Corporation has called for fresh bids to bring Zebras to the Katraj Zoo after facing a lack of response from agencies in the past year. The civic body has made all necessary arrangements and is waiting for agencies with international licenses and experience in transporting exotic species to provide the animals. The procurement will cost around ₹1.33 crore for transportation and other expenses. This is part of the zoo's plan to import foreign animals for display. Agencies must provide immunization, deworming, and treatment records, and allow spot visits by zoo officials.

Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park & Wildlife Research Centre (HT FILE PHOTO)
BySiddharth Gadkari

Sharad Pawar faction to hold ‘counter-rally’ in Pune

After the split in the party, Ajit Pawar faction held a rally in the city on September 10. The rally started from Dagdusheth Ganesh Temple to Khed Shivapur toll booth

After Ajit Pawar’s road show, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) city unit has planned a public rally for Sharad Pawar in the city. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 11:40 PM IST

PMRDA proposes construction of 15 flyovers on Ring Road

Proposed ring road will be equipped with fifteen flyovers, two railway overbridges, and five underground tunnels

The PMRDA has proposed 15 flyovers over the ring road which will pass through 44 villages (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 11:27 PM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar

Rohit Pawar, NCP workers stage 1-day hunger strike

The state government is currently recruiting more than 1.5 lakh vacancies in different departments such as police, talathi and education on contract basis

Rohit Pawar, MLA from Karjat-Jamkhed assembly constituency took part in the hunger strike at Mahatma Phule Wada in Ganj Peth. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 11:27 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

Pune traffic police launch digital traffic map for Ganesh Festival

The system aims to assist citizens in navigating the city during the festivities, providing crucial information about traffic diversions, road closures, and parking arrangements

In wake of the Ganesh festival, a route march was conducted in the city by the police on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 11:21 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

District admin seeks 3,000 crore for next phase of land acquisition for Ring Road project

MSRDC had given ₹1,000 crore for he first phase, of which ₹830 crore were given to farmers for 160 hectares of land

Ring Road project aimsto reduce traffic congestion in Pune city. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 11:10 PM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar

ATS arrests three Bangladeshi nationals for illegal stay in Pimpri-Chinchwad

Three Bangladeshi nationals were arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad and Pimpri-Chinchwad police in India for illegal stay and entry without valid immigration documents. They had entered India clandestinely and were working as construction labourers.

ATS in a joint operation with Pimpri-Chinchwad police arrested three Bangladeshi nationals for illegal stay. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 08:13 PM IST

Fadnavis reprimands Padalkar for calling Ajit Pawar “wolf”

Padalkar’s remarks came even as Ajit Pawar has been a part of Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena government

Earlier on Monday evening, Ajit Pawar supporters staged agitation at Balgandharva Chowk in the city and condemned his remarks. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 11:46 PM IST

PMC to revamp 30 civic-run schools

PMC has a total of 287 schools located in 180 facilities throughout the city that provide primary and secondary education

PMC intends to provide good benches, give clean drinking water for children, clean bathrooms, and student-friendly facilities as part of the upgrade initiative. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 11:44 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

Gang cheats MSEDCL of 13 lakh by changing meters

The investigation uncovered that some customers in Nanekarwadi, Ambethan Road, and the Manik Chowk area of Chakan had changed their electricity meters without registering them with MSEDCL

The fake employees would approach consumers, claiming that their electricity meters were slow and that they would receive excessive bills. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 11:42 PM IST
BySiddharth Gadkari

Tourists complain about illegal fees charged by locals at Tamhini, Lonavla

Many tourists have raised this issue with the authorities; however, no formal complaint was registered by the department

Local villagers, and farmers who own private properties near the forest area, were asking for money from the tourists (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 11:40 PM IST
ByGayatri Vajpeyee

Duo poses as cops, dupe Yemeni of forex worth 3 lakh

Two men posing as cops duped a Yemeni national of USD 4,000 in Pune. The men approached the victim, frisked him, and stole the foreign currency from his wallet. Police are investigating the incident. A case has been filed against the suspects.

The complainant Abdul Mohsin, 48, of Kondhwa told the police that the incident took place around 6:30 pm. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 11:40 PM IST

Man kills father for asking to seek job

The motive behind the heinous act was the victim’s advice to his son to lead a responsible life and find employment The accused is mentally disturbed. We arrested him and produced in court that sent him to Sassoon Hospital for treatment.Dattatray Bhapkar, SPI, Vishrantwadi police

The accused entered his father’s room around midnight and stabbed him multiple times in the chest and stomach with a pair of scissors while he lay sleeping. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 11:38 PM IST

119 construction workers died at construction sites

According to the authorities, the tragedy occurred due to crane and scaffolding failure, as well as the absence or malfunction of safety belts/nets, etc

The highest number of fatalities were recorded in 2019 followed by 32 in 2022. Until August of this year, 13 workers have lost their lives. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 11:37 PM IST

46 per cent work of Pune Metro Line 3 complete

The Pune Metro Line 3 project, connecting Hinjewadi with Shivajinagar, is 46% complete with 715 out of 923 planned pillars installed. The project is being implemented through public-private partnerships and is expected to be completed and operational by March 2025.

The 715th pillar of the metro was installed on Ganeshkhind Road near Krishi Mahavidyalaya Chowk recently. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 11:37 PM IST
BySiddharth Gadkari

Pune to experience increase in rainfall from Sept 22: IMD

Maharashtra will experience another active monsoon condition from September 21 as a low-pressure area has formed over the West Bay of Bengal. The system will bring good spells in Vidarbha and north Maharashtra, and light and isolated moderate rains in other areas. Pune city and adjoining areas will experience an increase in rainfall from September 22 onwards, with a chance of isolated heavy rainfall. The state is experiencing phase-wise partial monsoon revival in September due to the system development in the Bay of Bengal.

Pune city and adjoining areas will experience an increase in rainfall from September 22 onwards. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 11:31 PM IST
ByGayatri Vajpeyee

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

With elections ahead, Political leaders likely to hop more Ganesh pandals in Pune

Top leaders from Maharashtra government including Eknath Shinde, Ajit Pawar will visit the prominent ganesh mandals in Pune

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat performs ‘puja’ at Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati Trust on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Pune on Tuesday, (PTI)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 11:22 PM IST

PMC to appoint agency to identify water leakage

The civic body has been able to stop one crore litre water leakage while executing the 24x7 water scheme

The agency will carry out a detailed inspection of old water pipelines which are connected to various water tanks in the city. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 12:04 AM IST

How a matriculate exposed the multi-crore stamp paper scam

Jayant Tinaikar exposed Abdul Karim Telgi, the mastermind of India's largest financial scam, of counterfeit stamp papers valued at over ₹30,000 crore.

Jayant Tinaikar’s book will be released in Mumbai on Sept 30. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 12:03 AM IST

Addl Sessions Court accepts CBI final report; to begin recording statements of accused on Oct 19

The court of judge Jadhav accepted the final report filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and allotted an exhibit number for the same during the hearing on Monday

he trial in the Dr Dabholkar murder case is in its final stages. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 12:01 AM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar

Now, PMC to demolish Vishrantwadi Chowk FOB for flyover and grade separator

Vishrantwadi Chowk is a bustling junction where roads from Alandi, Pune Airport and Dhanori converge, necessitating traffic control- and safety- measures

The FOB – constructed nearly a decade ago at a cost of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>6.38 crores – was meant to be just that. Nearly a decade later however, the PMC has opted for a flyover and grade separator as the solution. (SHANKAR NARAYAN/ HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 11:57 PM IST
BySiddharth Gadkari

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

Govt set up panel to review decision on terminating 603 PMC employees

The Maharashtra government has formed a committee to review the termination of 603 employees of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) after finding they were appointed under bogus recruitment. The committee, headed by the divisional commissioner, will conduct a detailed study of the employees.

After the merger of 23 villages into PMC limits in 2021, employees working in the villages were transferred to PMC. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 11:55 PM IST

Special court defers hearing in DRDO scientist espionage case till Sept 25

Earlier on Saturday, Additional Sessions Judge SB Kachare had rejected the State Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) request to conduct polygraph and voice analysis tests on the former defence scientist

Dr Kurulkar had earlier declined his consent to conduct both the tests as part of the investigation. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 11:54 PM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar

Pune metro service to run till midnight during Ganesh festival

Deputy CM Ajit Pawar has instructed Maha-Metro to extend the timing of the Pune Metro rail service until midnight during the last seven days of Ganesh festival.

Pune Metro rail service will run till midnight during the last seven days of Ganesh festival (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 11:52 PM IST
BySiddharth Gadkari

Liquor sale banned on three days during Ganesh festival

Pune district collector has ordered the closure of all liquor shops for three days during the Ganpati festival to maintain law and order.

Pune district collector on Monday issued an order to keep all liquor shops in the district closed for three days during the Ganpati festival (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 11:49 PM IST
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