Covid: Pune district sees 8,261 new cases, 2 deaths
Pune: On Wednesday, Pune district reported 8,261 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths related to the infection. This takes the progressive count to 1.21 million of which 1.16 million have recovered, 20,214 is the death toll, and 32,672 are active cases currently in hospital undergoing treatment or in home isolation. Pune also saw 57,518 vaccinations on the day.
As per the state health department, Pune rural reported 1,411 new Covid-19 cases which takes the progressive count to 376,889. The death toll stands at 7,052 as one more death was reported. Pune city reported 4,903 new Covid-19 cases which takes the progressive count to 554,147. The death toll stands at 9,284 as one more death was reported. PCMC reported 1,947 new Covid-19 cases and the progressive count went up to 281,921 with the death toll at 3,528 as no more deaths were reported.
Pune district also saw 57,518 vaccinations on the day as per CoWin dashboard. Of the total of 15.91 million doses administered, 9.14 million are first doses and 6.75 million are second doses. A total of 649 sites saw vaccination of which 479 are government centres.
An abandoned boat containing three AK-series assault rifles and ten boxes was found along the Raigad coastline on Thursday morning, police said. The boat was spotted at the Harihareshwar beach in Raigad district, nearly 200km from Mumbai, early on Thursday. A police officer said some local residents went to check out the boat that appeared to have drifted to the beach. They found a box containing assault rifles and ammunition and immediately called the police.
A day after former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa was inducted into the new BJP parliamentary board, state BJP in-charge, Arun Singh met Yediyurappa on Thursday. "I congratulate him on his appointment. He is a senior leader and has been CM four times. BJP would be able to expand throughout southern parts of the country under him," said Arun Singh after meeting him. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari was also dropped from the Parliamentary board.
The Karnataka government has issued an order making it mandatory to sing the national anthem at all government and private schools as well as pre-university colleges in the state. The Basavaraj Bommai-led government released a statement to all educational institutions on Wednesday after it reportedly received complaints that the national anthem was being skipped during morning assemblies in some schools. The order also quoted Section 7(2) (g) (I) of Karnataka Education Act, 1983, which said “it is necessary to abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem”.
Quota-based politics seems to be returning to focus in Uttar Pradesh. A day after Bharatiya Janata Party ally, the Nishad Party, said that an announcement on moving their community from OBC to Scheduled Caste is imminent, the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party has now flagged its long -standing demand for implementation of the social justice committee report. It is a demand with which BJP's other ally, Apna Dal (Sonelal), isn't comfortable with.
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Thursday that he had written to Union home minister Amit Shah urging him to clarify the Centre's stand on shifting of Rohingya Muslims to EWS flats in the national capital. He asked who took the decision on the resettlement of the Rohingyas if it was not the Centre as neither the Delhi government had decided anything on it. Sisodia said while addressing a press conference.