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
India’s Serum Institute is the world’s largest maker of vaccines.(Reuters file photo)
India’s Serum Institute is the world’s largest maker of vaccines.(Reuters file photo)

Oxford vaccine trials in India offer hope despite AstraZeneca dampener

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 06:31 PM IST
Serum Institute of India has signed an agreement to mass produce the Oxford vaccine.
A health worker collects a swab sample at SNDT college in Pune, India, on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.(Sanket Wankhade/HT)
A health worker collects a swab sample at SNDT college in Pune, India, on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.(Sanket Wankhade/HT)

Pune admin predicts 2.30 lakh Covid cases by Sept 14; shortage of 1,984 oxygen beds, 348 ventilators

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Dheeraj Bengrut and Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 04:27 PM IST
This may leave the administration staring at a shortage of 1,984 oxygen beds, 145 ICU beds and 348 ventilators, as per the projection by the district authorities.
Pune Municipal Corporation closed some parts of Balajinagar containment zone area off Pune-Satara road.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
Pune Municipal Corporation closed some parts of Balajinagar containment zone area off Pune-Satara road.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Pune accounts for 1/5th of Maharashtra’s total Covid-19 cases

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 04:30 PM IST
Of the 9,23,641 cases in Maharashtra till Monday, 2,03,468 lakh cases have been reported from Pune district alone with at least 4,000 testing positive daily
People come back to Pune from their native places after the lifting of lockdown at ST Stand, Swargate in Pune.(HT PHOTO)
People come back to Pune from their native places after the lifting of lockdown at ST Stand, Swargate in Pune.(HT PHOTO)

Lockdown was lifted due to pressure from traders: Ajit Pawar on Raut’s remarks

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:31 PM IST
Raut’s remarks, made earlier this week, was seen as indirectly blaming Pawar and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) after Pune becoming one of the worst-affected districts in the country with over 1.89 lakh cases and 8,333 deaths till Friday
Rajesh Tope(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Rajesh Tope(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

‘We are preparing for worst... but on most parameters situation in Pune under control: state health min Tope

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2020 06:04 PM IST
Yogesh Joshi of Hindustan Times spoke to Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope on the situation in Pune
Two volunteers from the city became the first in the country to be administered phase II of the ‘Covishield’ vaccine developed by Oxford University and mass-produced by SII.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
Two volunteers from the city became the first in the country to be administered phase II of the ‘Covishield’ vaccine developed by Oxford University and mass-produced by SII.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Vital signs of volunteers administered with Oxford Covid-19 vaccine normal, three more get doses in Pune

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 05:14 PM IST
Three more volunteers given vaccine shots; doctors to monitor health condition of each candidate daily
Sensing pressure building from all sides, the government has also hinted of opening places of worships in September. Sanjay Raut, a Rajya Sabha MP from Shiv Sena, said he believes the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government will take a call on this issue in the first week of September.(PTI)
Sensing pressure building from all sides, the government has also hinted of opening places of worships in September. Sanjay Raut, a Rajya Sabha MP from Shiv Sena, said he believes the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government will take a call on this issue in the first week of September.(PTI)

With BJP, AIMIM, VBA on same page, Sena hints at reopening places of worship

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 05:21 PM IST
Decision on reopening gymnasiums and religious places of worship would be taken in the first week of September, said Sanjay Raut, a Rajya Sabha MP from Shiv Sena
All the five candidates will once again be given another dose after a month, said the director of the Pune hospital.(Reuters)
All the five candidates will once again be given another dose after a month, said the director of the Pune hospital.(Reuters)

Volunteers given first shots of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine are stable, three more get doses

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 03:23 PM IST
According to Bharti Vidyapeeth Medical College and Hospital, the two candidates, aged 32 and 48, have not reported any complaints and all their vital parameters appeared to be normal even after 24 hours
Vijay Kelkar. The chief minister in April had said that the government set up task force, including Kelkar and well-known scientist Dr Raghunath Mashelkar as its members, to help the state recover its economic condition(HT FILE)
Vijay Kelkar. The chief minister in April had said that the government set up task force, including Kelkar and well-known scientist Dr Raghunath Mashelkar as its members, to help the state recover its economic condition(HT FILE)

Government constituted task force seeks a rethink on Konkan refinery

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 05:21 PM IST
Prominent economist and government-appointed task force member Vijay Kelkar asked Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to reconsider the proposal regarding the starting of the refinery at Konkan, which according to him, will help generate employment for one lakh individuals
Rajesh Deshmukh, Pune district collector(HT PHOTO)
Rajesh Deshmukh, Pune district collector(HT PHOTO)

Rajesh Deshmukh is appointed as Pune district collector

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 09:29 PM IST
Deshmukh was previously the district collector at Yavatmal where he was credited with reducing the number of farmers suicide.
Both Parth and his father Ajit have maintained studied silence even as several other NCP leaders downplayed the episode saying “it’s just a family matter”.(HT file photo)
Both Parth and his father Ajit have maintained studied silence even as several other NCP leaders downplayed the episode saying “it’s just a family matter”.(HT file photo)

Parth Pawar attends get-together at uncle’s residence in Baramati, maintains silence over next move

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 11:02 AM IST
Both Parth and his father Ajit have maintained studied silence even as several other NCP leaders downplayed the episode saying “it’s just a family matter”. Messages and calls to Parth Pawar did not evoke any response.
Health workers during a door-to-door screening for coronavirus in a slum near Dandekar bridge in Pune.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Health workers during a door-to-door screening for coronavirus in a slum near Dandekar bridge in Pune.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Two more sero surveys to cover Pune

Hinudstan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2020 05:17 PM IST
Community-based sero survey helps identify presence of antibodies among vulnerable population
A health worker of Pune district council gears up before collecting swab samples to test for COVID-19 infection at BJS hostel, in Wagholi, Pune.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
A health worker of Pune district council gears up before collecting swab samples to test for COVID-19 infection at BJS hostel, in Wagholi, Pune.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Covid-19 curve likely to flatten in Pune by August-end

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 05:05 PM IST
An epidemiologist from PCMC, however, said the number of cases in the industrial town will stabilize sooner than September-end, as predicted by others
The findings of the first sero survey, conducted by Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) along with Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), will be released by August 15.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
The findings of the first sero survey, conducted by Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) along with Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), will be released by August 15.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Pune’s first sero survey results to be out by Aug 15

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 06:00 PM IST
In Mumbai, the sero survey revealed presence of antibodies in 57% of those surveyed in slums and 16% in non-slums.
Naval Kishore Ram, a 2008-batch IAS officer, was appointed the district collector in April 2018 before he was posted in PMO.(HT PHOTO)
Naval Kishore Ram, a 2008-batch IAS officer, was appointed the district collector in April 2018 before he was posted in PMO.(HT PHOTO)

Pune district still awaits new collector, five days after Ram’s transfer order

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 04:34 PM IST
The Centre on August 4 issued transfer orders for Ram to join the Prime Minister’s Office as deputy secretary.
Nilangekar had a couple of other distinctions too. He is remembered as ruling the state merely for 277 days and was the second CM of Maharashtra after AR Antulay to have resigned due to indictment from the court.(HT PHOTO)
Nilangekar had a couple of other distinctions too. He is remembered as ruling the state merely for 277 days and was the second CM of Maharashtra after AR Antulay to have resigned due to indictment from the court.(HT PHOTO)

Served as CM for 277 days, Nilangekar was second after Antulay to resign due to court ruling

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 04:29 PM IST
Despite serving for a brief period, Nilangekar was for a long time remained a political force in Latur district, his hometown, and Marathwada region, says Chitra Lele, professor, political science at SNDT University
Working on the field all these years was a great experience. It taught me many things and offered real experience., says Naval Kishore Ram.(HT PHOTO)
Working on the field all these years was a great experience. It taught me many things and offered real experience., says Naval Kishore Ram.(HT PHOTO)

Real on-the-field experience will help me with the bigger canvas of PMO’s office, says Naval Kishore Ram

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2020 04:02 PM IST
In an order issued on Tuesday, Pune district collector Ram has been transferred to the Prime Minister’s Office as deputy secretary
Senior Congress leader and former Maharashtra CM Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar.(ANI)
Senior Congress leader and former Maharashtra CM Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar.(ANI)

Former Maharashtra CM Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar passes away in Pune

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhay Khairnar and Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2020 11:13 AM IST
Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar led Maharashtra as a Chief minister between the years 1985-1986.
Earlier on Thursday, Mohol claimed that there are at least 400 suspected Covid-19 deaths in July, that have gone unaccounted for. Mohol’s allegation came on the day chief minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the city.(Shankar Narayan/HT)
Earlier on Thursday, Mohol claimed that there are at least 400 suspected Covid-19 deaths in July, that have gone unaccounted for. Mohol’s allegation came on the day chief minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the city.(Shankar Narayan/HT)

Sassoon reported 50% less deaths in July as compared to last year: Ram

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 04:27 PM IST
According to Ram, July this year saw 17 persons who were brought dead, 144 persons dying unnatural death and 384 natural deaths. “The figures were relatively low compared to last year where 35 were brought dead, those who died unnatural deaths were 216, while natural deaths 331,” said Ram.
Dhamale in his complaint said that before 2012, he and Sanjay Kakade (in photo) were partners in a construction business.(HT PHOTO)
Dhamale in his complaint said that before 2012, he and Sanjay Kakade (in photo) were partners in a construction business.(HT PHOTO)

FIR against former MP Sanjay Kakade for threatening brother-in-law

Hinudstan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2020 04:14 PM IST
Case registered at Chatuhshrungi police is based on the complaint filed by Yuvraj Dhamale, a developer and brother of Kakade’s wife Usha Kakade, states that alleged life threats were given to him by Kakades in 2018
Contract workers in PPE equipment seen sanitizing the ambulance after transporting the body of a coronavirus victim, at Yerwada crematorium, in Pune, Maharashtra.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Contract workers in PPE equipment seen sanitizing the ambulance after transporting the body of a coronavirus victim, at Yerwada crematorium, in Pune, Maharashtra.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Next on administration’s radar - to bring nursing homes in Covid-19 network

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 12:23 PM IST
Officials from district administration on Monday held a meeting with representatives of Indian Medical Association (IMA), management of nursing homes, doctors and nursing bureaus to discuss with them the possibility of bringing their facilities in Covid-19 network as part of boosting health infrastructure to tackle the pandemic.
Vaccines normally require years of testing and additional time to produce at scale, but scientists are hoping to develop a coronavirus vaccine within months.(Reuters)
Vaccines normally require years of testing and additional time to produce at scale, but scientists are hoping to develop a coronavirus vaccine within months.(Reuters)

‘Once successful, Covid-19 vaccine doses will be distributed by govt’: Serum Institute

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 03:10 PM IST
The clarification came a day after CEO Adar Poonawalla tweeted saying the company would “keep more than enough” doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for the Parsis, the community he belongs to.
People cross a road recently barricaded on Laxmi road on Sunday, ahead of the lockdown from Monday, midnight.(Rahul Raut/HT Photo)
People cross a road recently barricaded on Laxmi road on Sunday, ahead of the lockdown from Monday, midnight.(Rahul Raut/HT Photo)

PMC’s three-pronged strategy during lockdown - 100 per cent contact tracing, testing and increasing bed capacity

Hinudstan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2020 04:16 PM IST
PMC data till the first week of July suggested that the source of infection among 21.35% cases was unknown
During the meeting called by Ajit Pawar, deputy chief minister and guardian minister, in the city, on Friday, Gaikwad was among the very few officials who resisted the lockdown.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
During the meeting called by Ajit Pawar, deputy chief minister and guardian minister, in the city, on Friday, Gaikwad was among the very few officials who resisted the lockdown.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Did resistance to lockdown being pushed by other IAS officials and politicians cost Gaikwad his job as civic chief?

Hinudstan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2020 04:28 PM IST
Decision to transfer Gaikwad is wrong. He has been made a scapegoat. I feel the transfer was for political reasons, says Pune MP Girish Bapat
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