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From bunkers and hostel basements, students appeal for early evacuation from Ukraine

As the Russian invasion in Ukraine continued on the second day on Friday, some students from Pune were taken to bunkers where they are preparing to spend few days
Students in Chernivtsi city shifted to Romania in groups. As the Russian invasion in Ukraine continued on the second day on Friday, some students from Pune were taken to bunkers where they are preparing to spend few days. (HT)
Students in Chernivtsi city shifted to Romania in groups. As the Russian invasion in Ukraine continued on the second day on Friday, some students from Pune were taken to bunkers where they are preparing to spend few days. (HT)
Published on Feb 26, 2022 12:07 AM IST
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ByDheeraj Bengrut and Manasi Deshpande

PMC receives 2,130 applications, 437 approved by Covid grievance redressal committee

PUNE The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has received 2,130 applications under the grievance redressal procedure where the kin of Covid-19 deceased patients can reapply for ex-gratia of 50,000
Till February 22, 2022, as many as 9,425 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported in the PMC limits and through the ex-gratia portal, more than 14,000 applications were received by the civic authority. Out of which 8,771 applications were approved and 2,606 were not approved. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Till February 22, 2022, as many as 9,425 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported in the PMC limits and through the ex-gratia portal, more than 14,000 applications were received by the civic authority. Out of which 8,771 applications were approved and 2,606 were not approved. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 25, 2022 09:50 PM IST
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ByManasi Deshpande

77 students from Pune district stranded in Ukraine

On Thursday, the Pune district administration set up a control room and issued helpline numbers for those who are stranded in the war zone
First batch of Indian students holding the national flag before leaving for the Ukraine-Romania border from Chernivtsi, on Friday. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
First batch of Indian students holding the national flag before leaving for the Ukraine-Romania border from Chernivtsi, on Friday. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 25, 2022 07:37 PM IST
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Mask, vax mandate should not end as Covid numbers fall: task force

PUNE As Covid-19 cases continue to fall across the country, further relaxations are being considered
The Maharashtra Covid task force members have insisted on continuing ban on unvaccinated persons and the use of masks. (HT FILE PHOTO)
The Maharashtra Covid task force members have insisted on continuing ban on unvaccinated persons and the use of masks. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 22, 2022 06:31 PM IST
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SPPU chowk traffic diversion reduces chaos, to stay till completion of flyover

Traffic along the connecting roads to Pashan, Baner and Ganeshkhind road was altered on an experimental basis
Digital signboard of diversion towards Abhimanshree society on Pashan road. (HT PHOTO)
Digital signboard of diversion towards Abhimanshree society on Pashan road. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 21, 2022 11:04 PM IST
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PKC launches ‘Adopt-A-Sapling’ initiative to increase survival rate of roadside plants

Pune Knowledge Cluster (PKC) has undertaken ‘Adopt-A-Sapling’ programme which aims at increasing the survival rate of roadside plants planted by the civic bodies
Pune Knowledge Cluster (PKC) has undertaken ‘Adopt-A-Sapling’ programme which aims at increasing the survival rate of saplings planted by the civic bodies. (HT)
Pune Knowledge Cluster (PKC) has undertaken ‘Adopt-A-Sapling’ programme which aims at increasing the survival rate of saplings planted by the civic bodies. (HT)
Updated on Feb 19, 2022 11:19 PM IST
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Pune developers request govt not to raise RR rates

As the administration is trying to assess the changes in the Ready Reckoner (RR) rates, CREDAI Pune Metro, an apex body of real estate developers has urged the state government to not increase the ready reckoner rates this year
As the administration is trying to assess the changes in the Ready Reckoner (RR) rates, CREDAI Pune Metro, an apex body of real estate developers has urged the state government to not increase the ready reckoner rates this year. ((PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
As the administration is trying to assess the changes in the Ready Reckoner (RR) rates, CREDAI Pune Metro, an apex body of real estate developers has urged the state government to not increase the ready reckoner rates this year. ((PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Published on Feb 18, 2022 12:15 AM IST
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Covid third wave wanes slower than rise in cases in Pune district

PUNE At the beginning of the third wave, daily Covid cases in Pune climbed up fast and reached peak within 25 days, a rise that had sent alarm bells among administration
At the beginning of the third wave, daily Covid cases in Pune climbed up fast and reached peak within 25 days, a rise that had sent alarm bells among administration (HT FILE PHOTO)
At the beginning of the third wave, daily Covid cases in Pune climbed up fast and reached peak within 25 days, a rise that had sent alarm bells among administration (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 17, 2022 11:51 PM IST
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ByYogesh Joshi and Manasi Deshpande

PMRDA to start construction of fire station near Pirangut in a month

PUNE: Nearly eight months after a major fire broke out in one of the chemical factories in Pirangut claiming several lives, the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) officials have informed that construction of the fire station is expected to begin in a month
Nearly eight months after a major fire broke out in one of the chemical factories in Pirangut, the PMRDA officials have informed that construction of the fire station is expected to begin in a month. (PTI FILE PHOTO)
Nearly eight months after a major fire broke out in one of the chemical factories in Pirangut, the PMRDA officials have informed that construction of the fire station is expected to begin in a month. (PTI FILE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 17, 2022 12:03 AM IST
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State govt to “consider” Centre’s request to end Covid curbs

PUNE After the Centre asked states to review and alter additional Covid-19 restrictions imposed after a sudden surge in infections, Maharashtra government may expedite lifting existing curbs by end of February as the daily caseload has reduced and the positivity rate along with fatalities has also come down
Project assistants Unnatti Bhalerao (Back) and Rutuja Sawant (Front) during library preparation of genome sequencing at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) on Wednesday. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Project assistants Unnatti Bhalerao (Back) and Rutuja Sawant (Front) during library preparation of genome sequencing at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) on Wednesday. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 17, 2022 12:44 AM IST
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All-party delegation to meet defence minister on international airport: says Sule

Supriya Sule, NCP MP from Baramati constituency, said that an all-party delegation of MPs is scheduled to meet defence minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the issue of the international airport
Supriya Sule, leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Member of Parliament (MP) from Baramati constituency, said that an all-party delegation of MPs is scheduled to meet defence minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the issue of the international airport, currently in limbo in terms of its current locale at Purandhar. (HT)
Supriya Sule, leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Member of Parliament (MP) from Baramati constituency, said that an all-party delegation of MPs is scheduled to meet defence minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the issue of the international airport, currently in limbo in terms of its current locale at Purandhar. (HT)
Published on Feb 15, 2022 10:03 PM IST
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To fast track permissions, PMRDA to hold online meetings with developers

This facility is also expected to reduce the lack of coordination between officials and the developers
Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) will soon start an online facility to fast track and facilitate the construction permission process for the common people and the developers. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) will soon start an online facility to fast track and facilitate the construction permission process for the common people and the developers. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 15, 2022 08:09 PM IST
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Gunthewari regularisation process to begin in 23 merged villages: PMRDA

According to senior PMRDA officials the planning authority of these villages is PMRDA but the current jurisdiction is of PMC
Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) said the gunthewari regularisation process of the unauthorised constructions and vacant plots in 23 merged villages will begin soon. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) said the gunthewari regularisation process of the unauthorised constructions and vacant plots in 23 merged villages will begin soon. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 13, 2022 05:31 PM IST
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No decision on the increase in ready reckoner rate: Ajit Pawar

PUNE Deputy chief minister and finance minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar, on Saturday said that no final decision has been taken on whether ready reckoner rates will remain unchanged or increased
Deputy chief minister and finance minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar, on Saturday said that no final decision has been taken on whether ready reckoner rates will remain unchanged or increased (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Deputy chief minister and finance minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar, on Saturday said that no final decision has been taken on whether ready reckoner rates will remain unchanged or increased (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Feb 12, 2022 11:42 PM IST
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Govt to go slow on wine sale policy, invites suggestions and objections

PUNE Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said that rules regarding the sale of wine in supermarkets and walk-in stores are not yet final and the state government will invite suggestions and objections from citizens
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said that rules regarding the sale of wine in supermarkets and walk-in stores are not yet final and the state government will invite suggestions and objections from citizens. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said that rules regarding the sale of wine in supermarkets and walk-in stores are not yet final and the state government will invite suggestions and objections from citizens. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Feb 12, 2022 11:29 PM IST
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Plan to increase attendance limits at events: Ajit Pawar

Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said that he would raise the issue of restrictions on attendees in events with the chief minister
Ajit Pawar, deputy chief minister of Maharashtra during a Covid review meeting in Pune on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)
Ajit Pawar, deputy chief minister of Maharashtra during a Covid review meeting in Pune on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 12, 2022 11:14 PM IST
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No mask-free Maharashtra as of now: MVA ministers

With some European countries taking a decision to make the wearing of masks obligatory as against mandatory, the Maharashtra government has negated such a possibility in the near future happening in the state
With some European countries taking a decision to make the wearing of masks obligatory as against mandatory, the Maharashtra government has negated such a possibility in the near future happening in the state. (HT (PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
With some European countries taking a decision to make the wearing of masks obligatory as against mandatory, the Maharashtra government has negated such a possibility in the near future happening in the state. (HT (PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Published on Feb 11, 2022 07:42 PM IST
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Somaiya attack: BJP meets home secy; Cong opposes planned felicitation

Days after BJP leader Kirit Somaiya was manhandled on the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) premises, the BJP has decided he will be felicitated on the stairs of the PMC building on Friday
Congress party workers protest against PM Narendra Modi's statement in Parliament at Pune Municipal Corporation near BJP city office in Pune, on Thursday. Days after BJP leader Kirit Somaiya was manhandled on the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) premises, the BJP has decided he will be felicitated on the stairs of the PMC building on Friday. (HT)
Congress party workers protest against PM Narendra Modi's statement in Parliament at Pune Municipal Corporation near BJP city office in Pune, on Thursday. Days after BJP leader Kirit Somaiya was manhandled on the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) premises, the BJP has decided he will be felicitated on the stairs of the PMC building on Friday. (HT)
Published on Feb 10, 2022 11:44 PM IST
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Sex ratio improves in rural parts of Pune district: survey

The latest survey conducted in the Pune district shows that the sex ratio has improved in rural parts
The latest survey conducted in the Pune district shows that the sex ratio has improved in rural parts. ((PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
The latest survey conducted in the Pune district shows that the sex ratio has improved in rural parts. ((PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Published on Feb 10, 2022 11:41 PM IST
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Do not mistake drop in Covid cases for end of 3rd wave... yet, say experts

Daily fresh Covid cases and the overall active case count has been witnessing a decline in Pune city, and the district. However, experts have warned against considering this the end of the third wave
Vaccination drive at Sukhasagar Nagar, Katraj in Pune. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Vaccination drive at Sukhasagar Nagar, Katraj in Pune. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 10, 2022 11:12 PM IST
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PMC receive poor response for gunthewari regularisation

PUNE The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) started the gunthewari regularisation process of the unauthorised constructions and vacant plots from January 10, however, the civic body has received a poor response so far
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) started the gunthewari regularisation process of the unauthorised constructions and vacant plots from January 10. (HT FILE PHOTO)
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) started the gunthewari regularisation process of the unauthorised constructions and vacant plots from January 10. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 07, 2022 06:54 PM IST
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Tough love: Rose exports hit this year, domestic demand help keep bloom

Currently the price of a red rose is around 13-14 per piece in the local market. It is expected to rise up to 18-20 around February 11
Ahead of Valentine’s day, the demand for roses has increased in the domestic market, however, there has been a drop in the exports this year, said rose cultivators. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Ahead of Valentine’s day, the demand for roses has increased in the domestic market, however, there has been a drop in the exports this year, said rose cultivators. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Feb 06, 2022 05:59 PM IST
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Your space:Budget 2022 disappoints salaried, middle class, say readers

Our readers share the good, better, best, and not so good takeaways from the Union Budget for 2022-23 which was presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
People watch Union Budget being presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Parliament at an electronics store (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
People watch Union Budget being presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Parliament at an electronics store (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Feb 06, 2022 04:13 PM IST
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Schools for classes 1 to 8 in Pune to open for regular hours: Ajit Pawar

Last week, while making the school reopening announcement, it was decided to operate half-day schools for Classes 1 to 8
Schools for Classes 1 to 8 will open for regular hours from Monday, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)
Schools for Classes 1 to 8 will open for regular hours from Monday, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 05, 2022 05:07 PM IST
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PMC sees third wave receding in diminishing active case numbers

PUNE: The diminishing number of active Covid-19 cases as well as daily Covid-19 cases has prompted Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health officials to believe that these are preliminary signs that the third wave in the city is ebbing
Student are seem doing Yoga at DES School on Tilak road. (HT PHOTO)
Student are seem doing Yoga at DES School on Tilak road. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 02, 2022 11:36 PM IST
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PMC awaits Covaxin doses to administer 2nd dose to eligible beneficiaries in 15-18 age group

PUNE While many of the beneficiaries under the age of 18 years became eligible for their second dose four weeks after receiving the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials said that second doses have not yet been administered as there is a shortage in supply of Covaxin which is the only vaccine available for this age group
Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials said that there is a shortage in supply of Covaxin which is the only vaccine available for 15-18 age group. (FILE PHOTO)
Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials said that there is a shortage in supply of Covaxin which is the only vaccine available for 15-18 age group. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 01, 2022 09:57 PM IST
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Schools unlikely to reopen in Pune on Jan 24

After the state government gave its nod to reopen schools from January 24, Pune mayor Muralidhar Mohol said that the civic administration will not rush into any decision
After the state government gave its nod to reopen schools from January 24, Pune mayor Muralidhar Mohol said that the civic administration will not rush into any decision. (HT)
After the state government gave its nod to reopen schools from January 24, Pune mayor Muralidhar Mohol said that the civic administration will not rush into any decision. (HT)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 11:10 PM IST
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State government mulls establishment of an online university

The department of Higher and Technical Education has appointed a committee to prepare a report on the feasibility of such a university
Maharashtra state government is mulling to establish an ‘Online university’. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Maharashtra state government is mulling to establish an ‘Online university’. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jan 19, 2022 11:11 PM IST
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State government constitutes task force to increase organ donations in Maharashtra

The health department has set targets of 260 organ donations in 2022 and 500 in 2023 to the task force
The public health department under Maharashtra government has constituted a task force to coordinate the process of organ donation and transplantation. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)
The public health department under Maharashtra government has constituted a task force to coordinate the process of organ donation and transplantation. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)
Published on Jan 19, 2022 10:46 PM IST
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Covid ex-gratia relief: Pune district records 19,888 deaths, receives 26,000 plus applications

More than 26,000 applications have been received from Pune district on the portal launched by the authorities where the kin of Covid-19 deceased patients can apply for an ex-gratia of 50,000
More than 26,000 applications have been received from Pune district on the portal launched by the authorities where the kin of Covid-19 deceased patients can apply for an ex-gratia of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50,000. (HT (PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
More than 26,000 applications have been received from Pune district on the portal launched by the authorities where the kin of Covid-19 deceased patients can apply for an ex-gratia of 50,000. (HT (PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Published on Jan 18, 2022 11:44 PM IST
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