Yogesh Joshi

Yogesh Joshi

Yogesh Joshi is Assistant Editor at Hindustan Times. He covers politics, security, development and human rights from Western Maharashtra.

Articles by Yogesh Joshi
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Pune’s problem: Better on sustainability, but low on economic ability, quality of life

By Yogesh Joshi and Abhay Khairnar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 08:51 PM IST
PUNE While Pune has officially been tagged the second best among 49 cities in the country considered on the “Ease of Living Index”, released by the Centre on Thursday, there is a catch
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Open inquiry into Jal Yukta Shivar receives poor response from complainants

By Yogesh Joshi and Manasi Deshpande, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 11:05 PM IST
The four-member panel set up by Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government during December last year to probe alleged irregularities in Jal Yukta Shivar scheme has received only four complaints from Pune, prompting BJP to claim that inquiry is driven by politics
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Monday musings: Tragic case of a woman, a minister and the Pune Police

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:37 PM IST
Maharashtra’s politics surrounding the death by suicide of 23-year-old woman and her association with minister Sanjay Rathod, finally culminated with his resignation on Sunday, a day before Maharashtra’s budget session is to begin
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NCL research fellow’s body found, throat slit in Pune

By Yogesh Joshi and Nadeem Inamdar, Pune
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 12:06 AM IST
The police have recovered body of a research fellow at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) located at Pashan in Pune
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Sangli mayoral polls a jolt for BJP: NCP-Cong win mayor, dy mayor’s seats

UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 07:26 PM IST
PUNE The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received a setback on Tuesday when some of its corporators voted in favour of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress candidate in the mayoral elections of the Sangli-Kupwad municipal corporation
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Monday Musings:3 years since DSK’s arrest... desperation grows among investors

PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 01:35 PM IST
PUNE Till five years ago, when Pune developer DS Kulkarni, a
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Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar issued a set of instructions to municipal officials(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar issued a set of instructions to municipal officials(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

Classes in schools, colleges suspended, night restrictions return in Pune

By Yogesh Joshi, Pune
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2021 01:16 PM IST
  • Ajit Pawar asked Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporations to increase Covid-19 testing and also focus on contact tracing.
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No samples from Amravati, Yavatmal and Satara test positive for any foreign Covid strain: state

By Steffy Thevar and Yogesh Joshi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 09:34 PM IST
PUNE A day after Pune’s government college, the BJ Medical college, and Sassoon General hospital claimed that the samples from Amravati, Satara and Yavatmal showed mutations which escape neutralising antibodies, the state health ministry clarified that none of the mutations were similar to those found in Britain, Brazil or South Africa
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Farmer Mahavir Tamgave at his field in Kavthe Piran near Sangli. (UDAY DEOLEKAR)
Farmer Mahavir Tamgave at his field in Kavthe Piran near Sangli. (UDAY DEOLEKAR)

Farmers’ protest: Sugarcane hub western Maharashtra remains largely silent

PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 12:19 AM IST
The critics of the farmers’ protest have often pointed out the benefits of contract farming, which is in existence in Maharashtra
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Monday Musings: Are flyovers in Pune a problem or solution to traffic woes?

PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 05:15 PM IST
Pune: In one of its documents published on Smart City project around five years ago, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had stated that the city “aspires to become global urban centre”
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Ongoing metro work in front of SNDT college, Kothrud in Pune. (HT PHOTO)
Ongoing metro work in front of SNDT college, Kothrud in Pune. (HT PHOTO)

Monday Musings: Blaming Centre is futile when proposals of metro haven’t moved forward

By Yogesh Joshi, Pune
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 04:14 PM IST
The NCP and Congress have been highlighting Centre’s apparent apathy towards Pune and the rest of Maharashtra
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The comment triggered a row with BJP leaders, including former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, demanding action against Usmani.(HT File Photo)
The comment triggered a row with BJP leaders, including former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, demanding action against Usmani.(HT File Photo)

FIR against AMU leader Usmani over speech at second Elgar Parishad event

By Yogesh Joshi, Pune
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 02:15 AM IST
Sharjeel Usmani, a student leader from Aligarh Muslim University, was booked under section 153(a) of the IPC on a complaint by local advocate Pradeep Gawade for an allegedly derogatory comment on Hindu society.
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Monday Musings: Famers’ protests - a political hot potato always too hot to handle

PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 04:28 PM IST
PUNE It was the monsoon of 2011 when the then chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had firmly taken over the state administration, nine months after he took charge of a post he was chosen for by surprise by the Congress high command in the light of the Adarsh case
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Vaccine to be available for common people within five months: Tope

PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 04:08 PM IST
PUNE The vaccination process for common people is likely to commence in the next four to five months amid administration preparing for phase two in which frontline staff will be given jabs from the first week of February
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According to Fadnavis, the committee will act within six months on the demands made by the crusader. There were other demands also made by Hazare about strengthening Lokpal, which according to Fadnavis, will be looked into. (PTI)
According to Fadnavis, the committee will act within six months on the demands made by the crusader. There were other demands also made by Hazare about strengthening Lokpal, which according to Fadnavis, will be looked into. (PTI)

Hazare puts off proposed hunger strike after Centre agrees to look into his demands

UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2021 04:17 PM IST
Both, Fadnavis and Choudhary, held a marathon discussion with Hazare and assured him that a high power committee will decide on the demands the crusader has put forward
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Police take action against persons not wearing a mask at Mukundnagar in Pune in September, 2020. (HT)
Police take action against persons not wearing a mask at Mukundnagar in Pune in September, 2020. (HT)

Monday Musings: Should the police act or not? When the law is made to order

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:40 PM IST
In Pune, as many as 28,000 people have violated rules such as not wearing masks, stepping out of home during curfew orders, and keeping shops open beyond deadlines. The police action has caused an uproar, says Yogesh Joshi
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20K Covaxin doses dispatched to six cities including Pune

By Yogesh Joshi and Namrata Devikar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 11:04 PM IST
PUNE The state has been allotted 20,000 Covaxin doses produced by Bharat Biotech which will be used at six centres in Maharashtra including Pune
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Poonawalla while interacting with reporters at his facility said that the real challenge lies in taking the vaccine to the “common man, to the vulnerable groups of people and to healthcare workers”.(Shankar Narayan/HT Photo)
Poonawalla while interacting with reporters at his facility said that the real challenge lies in taking the vaccine to the “common man, to the vulnerable groups of people and to healthcare workers”.(Shankar Narayan/HT Photo)

Serum will provide 50-60 million vials to India by February: Poonawalla

By Yogesh Joshi, Pune
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 03:21 AM IST
Early Tuesday, the first consignment of the vaccines in three trucks rolled out of the SII facility at Hadapsar in eastern part of city for transportation to various locations across the country.
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Hyacinth is widespread across the Pavana river at Ravet. This has increased the problem of mosquitoes in the area. (HT PHOTO)
Hyacinth is widespread across the Pavana river at Ravet. This has increased the problem of mosquitoes in the area. (HT PHOTO)

Monday Musings: Everyone, except the locals, loves good spread of hyacinth

PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 04:47 PM IST
Crores of rupees are spent on the weed removal, and yet, no long-lasting solution has been found, says Yogesh Joshi
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Swargate to Katraj BRTS, as of December 29, 2020, still remained incomplete for use by PMPML buses.(RAHUL RAUT/HT)
Swargate to Katraj BRTS, as of December 29, 2020, still remained incomplete for use by PMPML buses.(RAHUL RAUT/HT)

Monday Musings: Another deadline missed: Rs1,000 crore BRTS sinkhole

By Yogesh Joshi | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 04:39 PM IST
The splurge of public money has attracted the attention of activists and common citizens on multiple occasions, but in vain, as their anger could not convert PMC’s apathy into empathy, beyond the ordering of audits.
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Purandar airport was first proposed to come up at Khanwadi, among other villages.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Purandar airport was first proposed to come up at Khanwadi, among other villages.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Monday Musings: A dismal year for India, but even worse for Pune

By Yogesh Joshi | Hindustan Times, Pune, Pune
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 11:35 AM IST
The limitations of Pune’s health capacity were exposed by the pandemic, that claimed over 4,400 lives and affected around 1.90 lakh people.
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A view of Vadachiwadi village . It will be included in the PMC soon.(HT PHOTO)
A view of Vadachiwadi village . It will be included in the PMC soon.(HT PHOTO)

PMC’s jurisdiction set to reach 518 sq km as state issues notification for merger of 23 areas

By Yogesh Joshi, Pune
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:01 PM IST
The notification officially paves the way for initiation of the merger process for the 23 areas, which are highly urbanised, although lacking in basic amenities like road, water supply and waste management
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The Akhil Bharitya Brahman Mahasangh had requested the city police to exercise restrain in acting on the request by Kolse Patil for permission to organise the Elgar Parishad(Rahul Raut/ HT Photo)
The Akhil Bharitya Brahman Mahasangh had requested the city police to exercise restrain in acting on the request by Kolse Patil for permission to organise the Elgar Parishad(Rahul Raut/ HT Photo)

Police deny permit for Elgar Parishad event

By Yogesh Joshi and Nadeem Inamdar | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 01:33 AM IST
The city police cited reasons such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the detection of a deadly new strain of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom and the need to maintain law and order in denying permission to Lokshasan, a non-government organisation run by Kolse Patil , to organise the event.
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Health staff of PMC collect data of Covid-19 suspected patients.(HT PHOTO)
Health staff of PMC collect data of Covid-19 suspected patients.(HT PHOTO)

Maharashtra ready to start Covid-19 vaccination from January if Centre gives approval

By Yogesh Joshi and Steffy Thevar
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 04:17 PM IST
At least 3 crore people, including healthcare workers, police and co-morbid patients will be administered vaccine from January, if the Centre gives the approval by the end of this month, says Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope
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Voters at the graduate constituency poll booth at Sanas high school, Dhayari, on Sinhgad road in Pune, on December 1.(HT PHOTO)
Voters at the graduate constituency poll booth at Sanas high school, Dhayari, on Sinhgad road in Pune, on December 1.(HT PHOTO)

Pune graduate and teacher constituency polls: Prestige fight for BJP, MVA faces its first real test

By Yogesh Joshi | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 05:11 PM IST
Till 10 am, Pune graduates’ constituency recorded 8.52% turnout while teachers’ constituency reported 11.38% turnout, according to the statistics shared by the administration.
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Preparation underway at SP college on Monday as Pune’s graduates’ and teachers’ constituency will go for polls on Tuesday (December 1).(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Preparation underway at SP college on Monday as Pune’s graduates’ and teachers’ constituency will go for polls on Tuesday (December 1).(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

MVA faces first real electoral test today

By Yogesh Joshi | Hindustan Times, Pune
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2020 04:36 PM IST
BJP’s Sangram Deshmukh is locked in a direct fight with NCP nominee Arun Lad with backing from MVA
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Government officials welcome PM Narendra Modi at the Lohegaon airport on Saturday. Modi landed at SII’s Hadapsar campus at 4:45 pm via a special helicopter.(HT PHOTO)
Government officials welcome PM Narendra Modi at the Lohegaon airport on Saturday. Modi landed at SII’s Hadapsar campus at 4:45 pm via a special helicopter.(HT PHOTO)

At Serum, Modi discusses vaccine production, ramping up capacity

By Yogesh Joshi | Hindustan Times, Pune
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2020 05:23 PM IST
Modi landed at SII’s Hadapsar campus at 4:45 pm via a special helicopter from Pune’s Lohegaon airport
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When Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as chief minister of Maharashtra on November 28 last year, six others also took an oath with him though none of them was from Pune.(PTI)
When Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as chief minister of Maharashtra on November 28 last year, six others also took an oath with him though none of them was from Pune.(PTI)

MVA govt completes a year: Hits and misses of Pune development projects

UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 04:15 PM IST
Most big projects like the proposed airport at Purandar, extended routes for metro rail, High Capacity Mass Transit Route and ring road have not seen any development, while a project like Hyperloop has been scrapped
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Oxford Covid-19 vaccine: Serum Institute to apply for emergency authorisation in 2 weeks

By Yogesh Joshi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 08:43 PM IST
University of Oxford and AstraZeneca on Monday said that their Covid-19 vaccine was up to 90 per cent effective in late-stage clinical trials.
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File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI)
File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI)

PM Modi to visit Serum Institute on Saturday to take stock of Covid-19 vaccine production

By Abhay Khairnar, Yogesh Joshi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 10:22 PM IST
The Prime Minister will visit various facilities at SII’s Hadapsar campus where the Pune firm has begun the production of Covishield vaccine.
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