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The bus went down 100 to 150 feet. All 44 students were injured, an official told PTI (Representational)Pune: As many as 44 students and three teachers were injured on Tuesday after the bus they were travelling in hurtled down a gorge and overturned in Ambegaon tehsil in Pune district of Maharashtra, officials said.Acceding to Pune district officials, the students were travelling from Pimpalgaon to Girvali village, around 45 km from Pune city, to visit an observatory in the afternoon, reported Press Trust of India.Block Development Officer, Jalinder Pathare, said the school bus belonged to Muktai Prashala in Pimpalgaon, reported Press Trust of India.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"The incident occurred at a turn. The bus went down 100 to 150 feet into a gorge. All 44 students travelling in the bus, three teachers, the driver, and a bus assistant received injuries. Seven to eight students have been shifted to a hospital in Manchar, while the rest are stable," Mr Pathare told Press Trust of India. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Amid protests from the NCP and the Swarayja Sanghatana, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari arrived in the city to attend the Pune International Literary Festival on Friday. The event at YASHADA went off peacefully with police making unprecedented security arrangements.The 10th edition of the PILF was open only to those who were invited. Except for five newspapers, media outlets were kept away. Inside the auditorium, video recording was barred. Guests were frisked several times as police took no chance to ensure full-protection to the governor. Even inside the hall, police made their presence felt. They were also deployed on all roads leading to the venue.“Yes, no video recording or audio recording was allowed inside the hall,” said Sonia Prabhu, one of the organisers.As the governor’s cavalcade neared the venue, members of the Swarajya Sanghatana shouted slogans and waved black flags to protest against the controversial remarks he had made about Chhatrapati Shivaji at an Aurangabad function.“We protested against the governor who had insulted Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. As the governor’s convoy was approaching the YASHADA gates, we raised loud slogans and waved black flags to register our protest,” said Chhatrapati Sambhajiraj, who is a descendant of Shivaji and heads the Sanghatana.Dhananjay Jadhav, the Pune unit head of the Sanghatana, said. “Even Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati has complimented us through social media. We were released around 3.30pm,” he said.Jadhav said the Sanghatana would not allow the governor to hold any event in the state. “We will protest wherever he goes and try to stop him from attending events,” he said.Koshyari and Sudha Murthy, president of the Infosys Foundation, inaugurated the event. Author Manjiri Prabhu, the main organiser, thanked the chief guests and all those who had supported PILF over the years and made it a grand success.Koshyari, whose one-liners have been triggering protests of late, looked at ease with himself as he elicited laughter from the audience with his anecdotes.The governor did not let the opportunity to allude to the controversies slip. “I often read that there are literary events taking place in different cities in the country…But there are always some controversies at these events…Isn’t it?” he asked.The governor said when Prabhu had met him and requested him to be the chief guest at the event, he had told her that he was not the right person to inaugurate the event. “I am a student of literature, but please invite someone who deserves to be the chief guest. But when I saw Sudha Murthy here, I thought I got an opportunity to interact with a litterateur,…” he said.The governor confessed that he did not get time to read books. “I meet scores of writers and authors daily. They present me with books. I have collected thousands of books over the years. But I have to meet people, attend events and festivals….I don’t get time to read books,” he said.He said the spirit of such literary events should be kept alive as they gave even unknown writers a chance to showcase their skills. “Such events give people with different ideologies an opportunity to come on a platform and express themselves. It is a good idea to have such events regularly,” he said.Explaining the difference between journalism and literature, the governor said, “A journalist is unread while literature is not read…” This again drew laughter from the audience.Police commissioner Amitabh Gupta said nothing untoward happened at the literary festival. “The event went off peacefully. We had made tight security arrangements,” he said.Journalists such as Vinita Deshmukh, Abhay Vaidya and Alifiya Khan were felicitated by the chief guests.
Rajendra Pawar Thursday took charge as the chief engineer of the Pune zone of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL). He succeeds Sachin Talewar, who has been transferred to the Aurangabad zone of the power utility, according to authorities.Pawar hails from Nashik in Maharashtra and graduated from the Government College of Engineering, Pune. He joined the then Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) as a junior engineer in 1989. Pawar was selected as the executive engineer in 2011 and has over the years worked at Pen, Kalwan, Nashik, Panvel, and Kalyan.He had served as the superintendent engineer at Nagpur and Pune. Pawar’s professional acumen was hailed during the time of Covid-19 in June 2020 when he and his team, with meticulous planning, ensured power supply to 6.55 lakh consumers in the areas that were affected by a cyclonic storm. The power supply was disrupted after electric poles fell down in the rural areas of Pune, including Maval, Khed, Junnar, Ambegaon, and Mulshi. Pawar and team with meticulous planning ensured power supply to 6.55 lakh consumers in the affected areas.
Pune, the seat of power for many dynasties in the Deccan, is also the centre of forts built during different reigns to protect the city from invaders. As winter sets, all trekkers in the city are preparing to take a hike to their favourite fort in the lush Sahyadris. Let’s have a look at the top five forts you can visit this weekend:1) Sinhagad: With a steaming cup of tea in one hand and some hot ‘Kanda bhajji’ on the side, you can admire the lush green valleys of the Sahyadris as the veil of fog slowly gets lifted. This is the ideal weekend any person in Pune can spend at the Sinhagad. Sinhagad, earlier known as ‘Kondhana’ is the most popular fort in Pune. It is named after the valorous Tanaji Malusare, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s trusted and brave general who led a battle here against the Mughal army. In his resolve to win the fort, Tanaji had to unfortunately lose his life, thus giving the fort its name ‘Sinhagad’ (‘Sinha’ means lion in Marathi).Distance: 32 km from Swargate bus stop2) Rajgad: Rajgad literally translates to the ‘Fort of the King’ (‘Gad’ means fort and ‘Raj’ king). It is divided in two parts: the lower fort and the upper fort. Established by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, it was the seat of Maratha power for 24 years. It has 3 ‘machis’ (the slope adjacent to defence walls of any fort) – Padmavati, Suvela, Sanjeevani – and a citadel called ‘Balekilla’. It has a reservoir named after goddess Padmavati and the remains today can still help one imagine the original outline of the fort when built ages ago.Distance: 54 km from Swargate bus stop3) Torna: A mere 12 kilometres away from Rajgad, Torna fort is also known as Prachandagad because of its huge proportions according to some historians. This fort laid the foundation of the Maratha empire and exchanged multiple hands from Malik Ahmed, a Bahmani ruler, to Adilshah to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and finally to Aurangzeb until it was conquered again by Nagoji Kokate, a Maratha general. The temples of Mengai, Toranjai, Budhla Machi and Zunjar Machi are the points of attraction of this fort.Distance: 64 km from Swargate bus stop4) Lohagad Visapur: Believed to be built around 600 years ago, it was under the control of Malik Nizam Shah who founded Nizamshahi dynasty before getting annexed by the Bahmani Sultanate and ultimately transferred in the hands of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The Peshwas controlled it for a brief period of time till it was taken over by the British in 1818. The fort has multiple gateways which remain to be in a good condition, offering some clues on the layout of the fort when it was built. The main attraction continues to be the ‘Bawantaki’, a water reservoir atop the fort.Distance: 67 km from Swargate bus stop5) Purandar: The history of this fort can take one back to the Yadava period. It has a twin fort called Varajagad, which is smaller in size and serves the purpose of protection. It also houses a complex called ‘Balekilla’ believed to be the residence of the nobles. This fort has stood the test of time as it was under the control of the Baridshahi, Nizamshahi, Marathas, Mughals and British. Purandareshwar temple is a tourist attraction on the fort premises and it also has a statue remembering the bravery of Murarbaji Deshpande, a general in the Maratha empire during the reign of Shivaji.Distance: 50 km from Swargate bus stop
NASHIK: The body of a 9-year-old boy with his right hand and little finger severed was found near the Manmad-Daund railway tracks in Maharashtra's Nashik district, leading to residents of his area protesting seeking capital punishment for those involved, a police official said on Friday. Lokesh Sunil Sonawane had gone missing on the evening of November 30 while out on a rented bicycle, and a search for him for several hours in his Eklavya Nagar locality was in vain, after which a police complaint was filed, he said. "We found the body of the Class IV student on Thursday morning in the thicket near a filtration plant along the Manmad-Daund railway tracks. The right hand and the little finger had been cut off. There were scratches on the face as well," he said. The case is being probed by the railway police, in whose jurisdiction the body was found, and Manmad city police, where the missing complaint was filed, he added. Meanwhile, angry citizens held a protest on Thursday night and even stopped traffic on the Indore-Pune highway for some time seeking capital punishment for those involved in the death of the 9-year-old boy.
Children aged 9-13 years are spending more than three hours a day on social media watching videos or playing games on the internet, according to 42 per cent of urban parents who took part in a survey in Maharashtra. And 46 per cent of the children are using smartphones for it, thanks to easy access to devices with school activities going online.The survey was conducted by Local Circles, a community social media platform which conducted various studies to gauge public opinion during the pandemic. The survey included around 13,000 parents from across Maharashtra, seeking their observations on internet, social media and gaming habits of children, post pandemic.“During the first two years of the pandemic, many children were mostly confined to their homes. Besides being engaged with online classes as in-person schools were shut, one of their favourite past-time was using gadgets such as smartphones, tablets or laptops to watch videos, play online games and chat with peers. Studies have revealed obsession with screen-time increased during the pandemic,” said Sachin Taparia, founder of Local Circles.Parents feel excessive use of gadgets and giving access to children early along with school activities becoming online during the pandemic are key reasons why children have become addicted to social media, videos and gaming on the internet. While 39 per cent of the parents feel their children aged 9-13 years are addicted to videos, chat and gaming on the internet; 35 per cent parents feel this is partially true. According to them, this is because many school-related activities are now online, which has allowed easy access to internet.“More troubling for urban Indian parents has been allowing their children as young as nine-year-olds to use social media, including Facebook and Instagram, which they didn’t allow previously due to fears about the safety of their children and also likelihood of them being exposed to undesirable content,” said Taparia, adding that a national-level survey with over 65,000 responding parents paint a similar picture.According to him, 47 per cent of urban Indian parents surveyed said their children aged 9-13 years are addicted to social media, videos and gaming on the internet.