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Barricades placed at an entry to the Upper Indiranagar area that has been sealed in Pune, Maharashtra, India, on Saturday, June 6.(Rahul Raut/HT)

Monday Musings: Decline in active Covid-19 cases in Pune is heartening

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune, Pune
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 03:57 PM IST
Even as the number of positive cases are expected to rise in the coming days, the decline in active cases and fatality rate, and the rise in the recovery of Covid-19 patients are heartening
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The world's tallest statue "the Statue Of Unity" was inaugurated overlooking the Sardar Sarovar Dam near Vadodara in India's western Gujarat state.(HT/PHOTO)
The world's tallest statue "the Statue Of Unity" was inaugurated overlooking the Sardar Sarovar Dam near Vadodara in India's western Gujarat state.(HT/PHOTO)

Monday Musings: Thankfully, there’s no grand memorial for him

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2019 02:39 PM IST
Constructing tall statues and grand memorials seems rather outdated in this era of information technology and artificial intelligence
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The Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Mahamandal organises the annual Marathi literary meet and the latest fiasco over the withdrawal of the invitation to the eminent writer, Nayantara Sahgal from the 92nd literary meet is quite telling.(HT PHOTO)
The Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Mahamandal organises the annual Marathi literary meet and the latest fiasco over the withdrawal of the invitation to the eminent writer, Nayantara Sahgal from the 92nd literary meet is quite telling.(HT PHOTO)

Monday Musings: Marathi literary body must become fiercely independent

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2019 03:17 PM IST
Literary bodies must not conduct themselves in a cowardly manner
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Metro worker dressed as Yamraj spreads awareness about road safety at Deccan corner in Pune.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Metro worker dressed as Yamraj spreads awareness about road safety at Deccan corner in Pune.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Monday Musings: Why is BJP opposing road safety in Pune?

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2019 03:43 PM IST
At one end is union minister Nitin Gadkari who is campaigning for road safety and at the other is the Pune BJP opposing safety helmets
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The people are to be blamed to a large extent when it comes to littering of garbage, traffic indiscipline, and breaking queues. (In pic) Kothrud garbage dumping yard in Pune.(HT/PHOTO)
The people are to be blamed to a large extent when it comes to littering of garbage, traffic indiscipline, and breaking queues. (In pic) Kothrud garbage dumping yard in Pune.(HT/PHOTO)

Monday Musings: Why is good governance elusive in India?

By Abhay Vaidya | HindustanTimes, Pune
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2018 02:22 PM IST
Bad governance and the inefficiency accompanying it bleeds the country in various ways, day in and day out.
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Election after election, political parties promised to address the city’s needs for mass transport and in the mid-2000s, a pilot BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System) was launched in Pune.(HT/PHOTO)
Election after election, political parties promised to address the city’s needs for mass transport and in the mid-2000s, a pilot BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System) was launched in Pune.(HT/PHOTO)

Monday Musings: Mass transport for Pune, BJP must now deliver

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2018 02:39 PM IST
It is after many decades that the crying needs of Pune are being addressed. Sound delivery of projects is now important
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Construct a university at Ayodhya with the consent of Hindus and Muslims, said Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia in a TV show recently.(HT PHOTO)
Construct a university at Ayodhya with the consent of Hindus and Muslims, said Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia in a TV show recently.(HT PHOTO)

Monday Musings: Ayodhya dispute needs a creative, inclusive solution

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2018 02:54 PM IST
Construct a university at Ayodhya with the consent of Hindus and Muslims, said Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia in a TV show recently
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Draupadabai Murlidhar Khedekar general hospital and trauma care centre is located in Bopodi.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)
Draupadabai Murlidhar Khedekar general hospital and trauma care centre is located in Bopodi.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)

Monday Musings: Has Marathi manoos gained from defunct 100-bed hospital?

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2018 02:35 PM IST
A classic case of public healthcare at the mercy of political goondaism in Pune is on display in Bopodi
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A view of the memorial to the ‘Iron Man of India’ Sardar Vallabhai Patel which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(HT/Photo)
A view of the memorial to the ‘Iron Man of India’ Sardar Vallabhai Patel which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(HT/Photo)

#MondayMusings: How tall should a statue be?

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2018 02:42 PM IST
Tall statues no longer mean much in this day and age. What we need are tall achievements
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As against ₹1,500 for an off-season Pune-Nagpur ticket of a private luxury bus, the rates during Diwali have been raised to a whopping ₹3,000 to ₹4,000, with an indiscriminate jump of 100% to 250%(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
As against ₹1,500 for an off-season Pune-Nagpur ticket of a private luxury bus, the rates during Diwali have been raised to a whopping ₹3,000 to ₹4,000, with an indiscriminate jump of 100% to 250%(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

Monday Musings: Why can’t Govt tame pvt. bus operators?

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2018 02:48 PM IST
The government has failed to take firm steps to prevent private bus operators from inflating ticket prices during the holiday season.
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Be it the well-known water affidavit (in picture) scam or the cancellation of the tendering process for the mega, Rs 3,300 crore 24x7 water scheme on suspicion of bid rigging; the story is very similar in department after department of the PMC.(HT PHOTO)
Be it the well-known water affidavit (in picture) scam or the cancellation of the tendering process for the mega, Rs 3,300 crore 24x7 water scheme on suspicion of bid rigging; the story is very similar in department after department of the PMC.(HT PHOTO)

Monday Musings: Civic spending needs forensic accounting

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2018 02:21 PM IST
At least one citizen’s group must take the help of forensic accountants to closely monitor civic spending
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Motorist using the Elliot Lines road near Kalyaninagar. The road was recently opened to civilian traffic to help reduce commute time in the city.(Shankar Narayan/HT)
Motorist using the Elliot Lines road near Kalyaninagar. The road was recently opened to civilian traffic to help reduce commute time in the city.(Shankar Narayan/HT)

Monday Musings: Let Cantts be, but open arterial roads to public

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 02:41 PM IST
Cities that have Cantonments are blessed with considerable greenery and encroachment ­free roads. However, Cantonments should be open to change
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Back-of-the-envelope calculations show that this black business of water mafia has grown to upwards of Rs. 100 crore per annum.(SHANKAR NARAYAN/ HT PHOTO)
Back-of-the-envelope calculations show that this black business of water mafia has grown to upwards of Rs. 100 crore per annum.(SHANKAR NARAYAN/ HT PHOTO)

Monday Musings: Citizens’ white paper on Pune’s water mafia is the need of the hour

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2018 04:38 PM IST
Pune’s water mafia includes builders who submitted ‘water affidavits’ and defaulted on their pledge to supply water to housing societies at their cost, exploitative water tanker operators, mute politicians and a corrupt Pune Municipal Corporation.
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Water tanker illegally fills water from a punctured PMC water tank at Wadgaonsheri.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Water tanker illegally fills water from a punctured PMC water tank at Wadgaonsheri.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Monday Musings: There’s Aamir’s Paani Foundation and there’s Pune’s Paani Mafia

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2018 02:31 PM IST
All the good work being done by Aamir Khan’s Paani Foundation and other Good Samaritans is being washed away by Pune’s Paani Mafia.
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This bird park, just a decade ago, was frequented by at least 30 different species of birds, including ruddy shelduck, red wattled lapwings and black headed ibis.(HT File Photos)
This bird park, just a decade ago, was frequented by at least 30 different species of birds, including ruddy shelduck, red wattled lapwings and black headed ibis.(HT File Photos)

Monday Musings: Is Dr Salim Ali Bird Park headed for a slow, painful death?

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 02:55 PM IST
Had Pune been a city in Europe, USA or Japan, everyone would have joined hands to cherish this bird park
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the case relates to cartelisation and bid-rigging that has been established in tenders of Rs 14 crore pertaining to seven thermal composting plants at various locations in the city.(HT Representative Photo)
the case relates to cartelisation and bid-rigging that has been established in tenders of Rs 14 crore pertaining to seven thermal composting plants at various locations in the city.(HT Representative Photo)

Monday Musings: BJP on test: How will it deal with corruption in PMC?

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2018 03:36 PM IST
PM Narendra Modi’s promise to the nation that he will root out corruption from the country comes to mind.
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Most parents lose the battle when children are fussy about food and throw regular tantrums over their refusal to eat fruits and vegetables, and their demand for oily fast foods and sugared drinks.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Most parents lose the battle when children are fussy about food and throw regular tantrums over their refusal to eat fruits and vegetables, and their demand for oily fast foods and sugared drinks.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Monday Musings: What are we doing to our children?

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2018 03:00 PM IST
Children from well-off families have been found to be ‘malnourished’ because of bad dietary habits and increasingly sedentary behaviour.
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Last week, the actor was in Pune to urge college students to become ‘Jalmitras’- volunteers in the cause of fighting drought in the state.(Hindustan Times File Photo)
Last week, the actor was in Pune to urge college students to become ‘Jalmitras’- volunteers in the cause of fighting drought in the state.(Hindustan Times File Photo)

Monday Musings: Aamir Khan silences critics with Paani Foundation

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2018 03:09 PM IST
Where are the people who had asked this great son of India to leave the country two years ago?
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In Decembers, last year, a restaurant at Kamala Mills in Mumbai was gutted in fire. The restaurant was found to have no fire safety measures in place.(HT File Photo)
In Decembers, last year, a restaurant at Kamala Mills in Mumbai was gutted in fire. The restaurant was found to have no fire safety measures in place.(HT File Photo)

Monday Musings: Is Pune waiting for a fire tragedy at pubs, eateries?

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2018 04:33 PM IST
The Pune Municipal Corporation needs to take immediate action on fire department’s warning rather than wait for a tragedy to break out.
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Agent Jack's pub in Baner.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Agent Jack's pub in Baner.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Monday Musings: Pubs in residential areas the new normal for Pune?

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2018 04:24 PM IST
Government must enforce stiff norms to prevent pubs from causing nuisance to residential neighbourhoods in the vicinity.
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Monday Musings: Five golden rules for safety on Indian roads

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune, Pune
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2018 03:05 PM IST
The three most important causes of accidents are improper lane changing/lane usage (30%), speeding (29%) and driver fatigue/sleep/drowsiness (11%).
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