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
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

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
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.
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

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
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

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi and Nadeem Inamdar
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.
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
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

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
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.
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

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
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
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

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
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
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
Image for representation.(AFP)
Image for representation.(AFP)

Oxford Covid-19 vaccine: Serum Institute to apply for emergency authorisation in 2 weeks

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
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.
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

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Abhay Khairnar, Yogesh Joshi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI)

PM Modi to visit Serum Institute of India in Pune on November 28

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 01:59 PM IST
The Prime Minister, according to officials, will visit various facilities at SII’s Hadapsar campus where the Pune firm has began the production of Covishield vaccine
Hours after Tope’s remarks, the state government made reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test compulsory for travellers coming to the state from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat by air or train.(HT File Photo)
Hours after Tope’s remarks, the state government made reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test compulsory for travellers coming to the state from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat by air or train.(HT File Photo)

Health minister Rajesh Tope hints return of curbs, says CM to hold meeting in two days

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 04:22 PM IST
Tope, who was speaking to reporters in his hometown Jalna, on Monday, said the chief minister will be holding a meeting in the next two days to discuss the possible restrictions.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray visited flood-affected areas at Akkalkot in Solapur district on October 19.(HT PHOTO)
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray visited flood-affected areas at Akkalkot in Solapur district on October 19.(HT PHOTO)

Fadnavis, Thackeray engage in war of words over who will assist farmers between Centre and state

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 04:40 PM IST
Chief minister and leader of opposition visit flood-affected areas.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is visiting flood-hit areas of the state as is the Leader of the Opposition, Devendra Fadnavis, on Monday.(HT archive)
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is visiting flood-hit areas of the state as is the Leader of the Opposition, Devendra Fadnavis, on Monday.(HT archive)

Maharashtra floods: Fadnavis says Centre will help; Wouldn’t need it if state got dues on time, says CM

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 12:17 PM IST
Both Thackeray and Fadnavis are touring flood-affected areas as heavy rains and floods have claimed at least 48 lives in Maharashtra’s Pune, Aurangabad and Konkan divisions last week while crops have been damaged extensively
NDRF personnel carry out rescue operations to move locals to a safer place following heavy rain, in Kolegaon in Maharashtra.(PTI)
NDRF personnel carry out rescue operations to move locals to a safer place following heavy rain, in Kolegaon in Maharashtra.(PTI)

Heavy rain claims 27 lives across western Maharashtra, Solapur worst-hit

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 15, 2020 09:51 PM IST
Torrential rainfall in most parts of Western Maharashtra resulted in flood-like situations in many districts as dams and small reservoirs were filled to the brim.
Rains washed away a road at Dalaj near Bhigwan, on October 15.(HT PHOTO)
Rains washed away a road at Dalaj near Bhigwan, on October 15.(HT PHOTO)

Rains damage kharif crop, throw life out of gear in west Maha

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi and Shalaka Shinde
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 04:39 PM IST
According to agriculture department, kharif crop on 50 lakh hectares across state suffered damage.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the autobiography of late former Union minister Balasaheb Vikhe Patil “Deh Vechava Karani” via video conferencing.(HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the autobiography of late former Union minister Balasaheb Vikhe Patil “Deh Vechava Karani” via video conferencing.(HT PHOTO)

Modi cautions Maharashtra of rising Covid cases, asks people to follow norms

UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 04:12 PM IST
I request people of Maharashtra that there should be no lax attitude towards wearing face masks, washing hands regularly, maintaining cleanliness and observing physical distance norms, he says
The prime minister said the direct transfer of Rs one lakh crore in the bank accounts of farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana is an example of how all hurdles are being removed for those producing food for everyone.(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
The prime minister said the direct transfer of Rs one lakh crore in the bank accounts of farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana is an example of how all hurdles are being removed for those producing food for everyone.(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

Farm reforms will help turn farmers into entrepreneurs: Modi

UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 04:17 PM IST
Opportunities are being created to take farming and farmers from the role of annadata (food provider) to entrepreneurship, he says
A healthcare worker at a Covid-19 testing centre in Pune, India, on Sunday, October 11, 2020.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
A healthcare worker at a Covid-19 testing centre in Pune, India, on Sunday, October 11, 2020.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Pune’s daily Covid tally remains under 1,000-mark for past one week

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 04:20 PM IST
This is for the first time after July, when cases have remained under the 1,000-mark throughout the week even as number of tests have been in the range of 4,000-4,600 barring Sunday, when it sees a drop due to it been the weekend.
“I do not believe that so many people just climbed the structure. I will not say conspiracy, but there has to be some preparation behind the act. Without preparation, bringing down the structure in five hours, was not possible,” Godbole said.(HT FILE PHOTO)
“I do not believe that so many people just climbed the structure. I will not say conspiracy, but there has to be some preparation behind the act. Without preparation, bringing down the structure in five hours, was not possible,” Godbole said.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Was expecting a different verdict, says fmr home secy Godbole on Babri demolition case

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 04:34 PM IST
Speaking after the CBI court’s verdict on Wednesday, Godbole said that he does not believe that the structure could be demolished without any planning, even if it wasn’t a conspiracy.
An Indian health worker helps another to wear personnel protection equipment before he collects swab samples at a Covid testing centre. ICMR has countered claims made by CSIR that its dry swab test method is effective even as the latter is awaiting approval since past four months.(AP (FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSE ONLY))
An Indian health worker helps another to wear personnel protection equipment before he collects swab samples at a Covid testing centre. ICMR has countered claims made by CSIR that its dry swab test method is effective even as the latter is awaiting approval since past four months.(AP (FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSE ONLY))

Dry swab test: ICMR counters CSIR claim on efficiency

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 04:38 PM IST
Central medical research agency tweets that scientific evaluation proved that despite initial promises, dry swab test is not effective for diagnosis of Sars-CoV-2 virus.
The dry swab tests, according to Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) director general Dr Shekhar Mande (in pic), have established its efficacy in multiple laboratories, including Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad; IISER Berhampur (Odisha) and Pune-based Armed Force Medical College.(HT FILE PHOTO)
The dry swab tests, according to Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) director general Dr Shekhar Mande (in pic), have established its efficacy in multiple laboratories, including Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad; IISER Berhampur (Odisha) and Pune-based Armed Force Medical College.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Dry swab test: Four months on, CSIR awaits ICMR approval

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 04:30 PM IST
CSIR director general Shekhar Mande calls it “shame that bureaucracy hindering Science in India”
Bike rider flouts mandatory mask precaution as he rides past a painted wall with coronavirus messages at Kalbhornagar, Chinchwad in Pune on September 20, 2020. Series of decisions by the Maharashtra government in its fight against Covid-19 pandemic has upset the doctors, who are now blaming those is power responsible for deteriorating health situation in the state.(HT PHOTO)
Bike rider flouts mandatory mask precaution as he rides past a painted wall with coronavirus messages at Kalbhornagar, Chinchwad in Pune on September 20, 2020. Series of decisions by the Maharashtra government in its fight against Covid-19 pandemic has upset the doctors, who are now blaming those is power responsible for deteriorating health situation in the state.(HT PHOTO)

Covid situation: Maharashtra govt, doctors’ body engage in blame game

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi and Steffy Thevar
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 05:07 PM IST
State seeks audit of medical staff, latter claims authorities neglected public healthcare.
Outgoing Pune top cop congratulates newly appointed Amitabh Gupta at the commissioner’s office in Pune on Sunday.(HT PHOTO)
Outgoing Pune top cop congratulates newly appointed Amitabh Gupta at the commissioner’s office in Pune on Sunday.(HT PHOTO)

Despite the Wadhwan e-pass issue Maha home minister backs Pune’s new police chief Amitabh Gupta

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2020 05:40 PM IST
Gupta, was accused of allowing the businessmen brothers Kapil Wadhawan and Dheeraj Wadhawan to travel from Khandala near Pune to Mahabaleshwar
Anil Deshmukh said Gupta had been punished for the Wadhwan episode and he remained a good officer.(ANI Photo)
Anil Deshmukh said Gupta had been punished for the Wadhwan episode and he remained a good officer.(ANI Photo)

Maharashtra home minister backs top cop who gave Wadhwans a lockdown pass

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 02:02 PM IST
Gupta had to face a departmental inquiry earlier this year for his issuing an e-pass to Wadhwans.
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