Kolhapur News

Cattle disease mortality rate high in Pune, Kolhapur, Akola
Times of India | 2 days ago | |
Times of India
2 days ago | |

PUNE: The spread of Lumpy Skin Disease has slowed down in many parts of Maharashtra, but data on Tuesday showed that mortality rates in Pune (4.6%), Kolhapur (4.8%) and Akola (5%) and a few other districts continued to be higher than the state average of 3.5%. Officials from the state animal husbandry department said they have ramped up vaccination to bring down the number of deaths. So far, 2,192 infected animals have died in the state. Jalgaon has reported the most deaths, at 326, followed by Akola (308). Buldhana and Ahmednagar districts have reported 270 and 201 deaths respectively. Officials said complete vaccination of local cattle populations — with the goat pox vaccine — has been achieved in Kolhapur, Akola, Washim, Jalgaon and Mumbai sub-urban districts. “We have already vaccinated over one crore cattle in the state. The target population is 1.4 crore. A ramping up of the vaccination drive will further reduce the disease mortality rate,” an official from the animal husbandry department said. Sachindra Pratap Singh, commissioner of the state animal husbandry department, said a fund of Rs 1 crore per district has been made available through the district planning committees for purchase of medicines needed to treat the disease. An honorarium of Rs 5 per vaccination has also been approved for private veterinary practitioners, vaccinators and interns with the Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (MAFSU). Singh added: “The government has not imposed any ban on treatment of LSD by private veterinary practitioners. Government and private veterinary practitioners should treat infected animals as per the revised protocol of Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Science University dated September 24.” Some 2,150 villages, across 31 districts, have reported cases of Lumpy Skin Disease. Data till October 4 showed 52,955 cattle have been infected. A total of 27,403 animals have recovered. Hundreds of animals are also undergoing treatment. Across the country, Lumpy Skin Disease has been reported in 250 districts, in at least 15 states. Officials have said the infection — transmitted among cattle by insects such as certain types of flies and mosquitoes and ticks — does not spread to humans. According to scientists and researchers, the disease originally affected cattle in parts of Africa. But since 2012, infections have been reported in some countries in the Middle East and Europe. In Asia, the disease has been reported in parts of Bangladesh, India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Vietnam, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia. The outbreaks have been classified as epidemics. But scientists are currently trying to understand unexplained gaps of several years between the reported mass infections, which occurred regardless of humidity levels or seasons.

Cattle disease mortality rate high in Pune, Kolhapur, Akola
Kolhapur Congress to live stream Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra
Times of India | 3 days ago | |
Times of India
3 days ago | |

Kolhapur: The Kolhapur unit of Congress will live stream Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra through screens put up at various parts of the city and district.The ongoing tour of former Congress president and MP has so far reached Karnataka. It started from Kanyakumari on September 7 and will pass through 12 states, covering a total of 3,500-km, before concluding in Jammu and Kashmir. The whole tour will take as many as 150 days to complete. Gandhi will arrive in Nanded on November 7 and will cover 383 km in Maharashtra over 16 days. The Congress is planning a grand welcome for their leader. The Bharat Jodo Yatra is being seen as an attempt to make Gandhi’s presence felt and criticise the BJP-led Union government on grounds like unemployment and economy.Congress MLA Ruturaj Patil held a meeting with key leaders from across Kolhapur to plan Gandhi’s welcome. “We will live stream the yatra. We feel that people should see our leaders raising their voices for the youths, women and citizens in general. We are also going to distribute pamphlets to the citizens to let them know of our principles and the objectives of the yatra,” he said.The Congress unit will also send a team of 10,000 party workers to join Gandhi during his journey through Maharashtra. The party made a mark in the last state assembly elections in Kolhapur district by winning four seats.

Kolhapur Congress to live stream Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra
Work during pandemic helped PFI increase its footprint in Maharashtra: Police
The Indian Express | 5 days ago | |
The Indian Express
5 days ago | |

The work done by its volunteers during the coronavirus pandemic such as performing last rites of COVID-19 victims helped the Popular Front of India (PFI) widen its presence in Maharashtra, a senior police official said.The controversial organisation had presence only in Nanded in Marathwada region until eight years ago, but it had members in at least 22 of 35 districts of the state when it was banned last week, he said.The organisation, which originated in Kerala, was banned by the Union government under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for five years.Several of its members and functionaries have been arrested.In Maharashtra, the PFI became visible after 2014, particularly in the Nanded area, the official told PTI.In the next few years the organisation recruited active members in all eight districts of Marathwada region. By 2018 it had members in Mumbai and Pune too.PFI members would volunteer their services during natural calamities like floods, the official said. For instance, they handed out kitchen utensils in areas affected by Cyclone Tauktae in 2021.During the pandemic, PFI members volunteered to perform last rites of those who had died due to COVID-19 as the relatives would often be unwilling to handle the bodies of such patients for fear of infection.PFI members in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits were seen helping with last rites in many places. They even helped with the cremation of the bodies of Hindu patients, the official said.In Pune, the organisation had received permission from the municipal authority to perform last rites of pandemic victims.But in Mumbai, they were refused permission as Mumbai Police flagged the organisation’s links to radical outfits, the official said.In Kolhapur district, up to 80 persons used to attend the PFI’s meeting, chaired by Maula Mulla, in 2019, as per local police. Mulla was arrested last month.Before that, a PFI member from Kolhapur had been detained by police two years ago for alleged links with radical organisations, but he was allowed to go after enquiry, the official said.The organisation’s flag-hoisting functions and `unity’ marches on February 17 last year got good response in 22 districts, he noted.It was clear that its work during the pandemic had helped it expand its influence, said the official.As part of the nation-wide action by multiple law enforcement agencies against the PFI last month, at least 53 of its members were arrested in Maharashtra.

Work during pandemic helped PFI increase its footprint in Maharashtra: Police
Maharashtra: Tirupati sends silk sari for Mahalaxmi
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

KOLHAPUR: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), an independent trust managing the Tirumala Venkateswara temple in Andhra Pradesh, on Thursday presented a 'shalu' (silk sari) for Goddess Mahalaxmi in Kolhapur. TTD president Subba Reddy arrived in Kolhapur along with its trustee from Maharashtra Milind Narvekar and Sourabh Bora to hand over the sari to the Paschim Maharashtra Devasthan Samiti-PMDS, the umbrella body of temples in western Maharashtra. "It is an age-old tradition. The TTD presents a silk sari to Goddess Mahalaxmi every year. Bangles, garlands, coconut and other fruits are also presented along with the sari. the idol of the goddess will be draped in this sari on Dasara day," Reddy said. The famous Mahalaxmi temple in Kolhapur, meanwhile, has been witnessing a heavy turnout of devotees from across the country. In the first three days of Navratra, more than 3.5 lakh devotees had visited the temple. Secretary of PMDS Shivraj Naikawde said, "The number of devotees coming to the temple is increasing every day. We expect a footfall of around 25 lakh devotees till Dasara. On Friday, on Lalit-Panchami, the palanquin of Goddess Mahalaxmi will be taken to Temblai hill, where the 'kohala pujan' ritual will be performed. Preparations at Temblai hill have been completed." On Thursday, the idol was dressed in the form of Goddess Meenakshi of Madurai. The idol held a bunch of flowers in the right hand, with a parrot sitting over it.

Maharashtra: Tirupati sends silk sari for Mahalaxmi
Lord Balaji sends divine gifts from Tirumala to goddess Mahalakshmi in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

TIRUPATI: Expressing His divine love for his consort, Lord Balaji sent a set of divine gifts including a saree to Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi at the Kolhapur temple at Maharashtra on Thursday. The divine gifts were carried from Tirumala and delivered by the TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy along with trust board member Milind Keshav Navrekar and TTD's New Delhi LAC chairman Vemireddy Prasanthi Reddy at the Kolhapur temple ceremoniously on Thursday. Priests and officials at the Kolhapur temple extended a traditional welcome to the TTD entourage led by YV Subba Reddy and led them into the main temple, where they extended prayers to Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi and later handed over the pattu vastrams brought from the Tirumala shrine. Exchange of gifts between Lord Venkateswara and his divine consorts are a fascinating affair which have been in vogue since times immemorial. The sacred "Andal Goda Devi" garlands are presented to Lord Venkateswara from the Srivilliputtur temple in Tamil Nadu every year during the annual Brahmotsavams. Lord Malayappa Swamy is adorned with these sacred garlands presented by His divine consort during the highly revered Garuda seva procession. Similarly, Lord Venkateswara also sends a set of special gifts as part of the "Saare" to His divine consort Goddess Padmavathi Ammavaru on the sidelines of the Navaratri Brahmotsavams held at the Tiruchanoor temple every year. The set of special gifts including sarees, gold ornaments, vermillion, bangles etc are brought in a colourful procession from the Tirumala temple to the Tiruchanoor temple on caparisoned temple elephants and delivered by the senior officials of the TTD. Goddess Padmavathi is adorned with the special gifts sent by Her divine consort on Her birthday which is celebrated as the "Panchami Teetham", a sacred festival that draws nearly three lakh devotees to Tiruchanoor every year.

Lord Balaji sends divine gifts from Tirumala to goddess Mahalakshmi in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur
Cattle sans vax cert not allowed during crushing season
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

Kolhapur: Sugar cane cutters arriving in Western Maharashtra districts will have to carry a certificate showing that their cattle has been vaccinated for the lumpy skin disease.The vaccination should have been done 14-21 days before the cattle are brought to the sugar cane producing districts. Lakhs of cane cutters arrive from Marathwada and Karnataka for the crushing season in Western Maharashtra. The crushing season is set to begin from October 15 and will last for four months. All the districts from the region have witnessed a rapid spread of the disease and the death count of cows and oxen is also high.Y A Pathan, deputy commissioner of animal husbandry department of Kolhapur, said, “Cattle for which the sugar cane cutters do not have vaccination certificate will not be allowed entry in the district. Upon the directions of Kolhapur collector, the vigilance committee of the sarpanch and locals has been formed to ensure the cutters have the vaccination certificate for their cattle,” said Pathan.Pathan added that the cutters have tie up with the mills, which are providing the details of the sugar cane cutters, the cattle they will bring and the detailed address. “We are sharing the data with the respective district authorities so that the cows and oxen are vaccinated as early as possible,” Pathan said. The disease spreads when the infected cattle comes into contact with the healthy cattle. The incubation period of the disease virus is two weeks after which the lumps starts showing on the skin, the animal gets feverish and if not treated on time, the animal dies. The district collectors are passing on the restriction details to the mills. The collectors are holding video conferencing with the managing directors of the sugar mills.

Cattle sans vax cert not allowed during crushing season
Will not challenge Bombay HC decision on Dussehra rally venue, says Dipak Kesarkar
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

KOLHAPUR: Newly appointed Kolhapur district guardian minister Dipak Kesarkar on Sunday said Sena’s Shinde faction will not challenge the Bombay high court’s decision allowing the Uddhav Thackeray-camp to hold its Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Recently, there was a slug-fest between the Shinde and Thackeray factions over the right to hold a rally at Shivaji Park. Both the factions had applied to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) seeking permission for the rally, which was denied citing law and order issues. The matter was then taken to the high court, which allowed the Thackeray-led camp to hold the rally with certain conditions. “The talks that the Shinde faction will challenge the order are baseless and rumours that are being spread by the Thackeray camp,” Kesarkar, who is also the spokesperson of BJP and Shinde-led faction alliance, said. “A false narrative is being presented to show that the decision of the HC shows which is the real Sena. No word was spoken in the HC regarding this issue. The HC said the issue is with the Supreme Court, and it will not touch upon this. Please read the HC order. The high court has taken a guarantee from them (Thackeray faction) with respect to the law and order situation. The permission was rejected initially citing law and order issue. If we wanted the ground for the rally, we would have certainly got it. But we didn’t take the permission for ourselves. We will not challenge the decision,” he added. The Shinde faction will now hold its Dussehra rally at the BKC ground. “Our rally will be the biggest. Thoughts of Balasaheb Thackeray will be voiced from the dais. Congress and NCP will have no presence on the dais,” said Kesarkar.

Will not challenge Bombay HC decision on Dussehra rally venue, says Dipak Kesarkar
Solving Crime: How discarded clothes and birthday photos led Maharashtra Police to unearth a series of kidnappings and murders
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

Half-sisters Renuka Shinde and Seema Mohan Gavit, along with their mother Anjanabai and Renuka’s husband Kiran, were arrested in Nashik in 1996 for kidnapping a girl – an arrest that led to startling revelations of spine-chilling crimes that still haunt people in western Maharashtra.Police Inspector Mandaleshwar Madhavrao Kale, who was investigating the kidnapping case of a nine-year old in Nashik in October 1996, had said that he had no idea the probe would reveal that the trio had, in a span of six years, kidnapped at least 13 children and murdered nine of them.The nine-year-old girl, who was kidnapped, was the daughter of Mohan Gavit, one of Anjanabai’s two husbands, from another marriage. During a search of the house of the accused in Nashik, the police found several discarded clothes of small children and photographs of birthday celebrations of Renuka’s children that showed the presence of several other kids who were not locals. Suspecting something amiss, the police began an investigation to trace the children.The police found out that the three women had a pick-pocketing gang. They also learnt that the nine-year-old child was dumped in a sugarcane field near Pune and the trio returned after a few months without knowing that Mohan’s wife had lodged a kidnapping complaint against them.After an initial probe, the case was taken over by the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Suhas Nadgauda, who is currently a senior police officer in Pune Police, was part of the investigating team in the case. According to Nadgauda, it was an extensive investigation spread over multiple locations in western Maharashtra and nearly 156 prosecution witnesses were examined during the trial. Most of the children kidnapped and murdered by the trio were from poor families, he said.The police believed that the trio were involved in more than 40 cases of kidnapping and murder. However, due to the absence of electronic clues, the police could only get sufficient evidence in some cases.The probe revealed that Anjanabai had started indulging in petty street thefts by using her daughters as bait or distraction. The trio were habitual thieves and police had caught them on several occasions. However, they used to allegedly bribe the officials and escape.In 1990, Renuka, along with her child went to a temple which had a large gathering and tried to snatch a purse from a man but he caught her. Renuka made a hue and cry and questioned how he could catch her. People around her let her off, seeing the mother and the toddler. Renuka narrated the incident to her sister and told them how she managed to escape as she had her minor son with her. Thereafter, they would have a child with them at the time of committing the crime to easily escape from the crowd, police said.They conspired to kidnap small children below five years of age, use them while committing thefts and then murder them when they no longer remained useful, the investigation revealed. The accused thought this would be the only way to evade arrests.The probe revealed that their first such victim was a one-year-old boy who was picked up by Renuka from a female beggar in July, 1990. They brought him to Pune and named him Santosh. In April 1991, they took him to Kolhapur where Seema was caught while trying to steal a devotee’s purse at Mahalaxmi temple. Anjanabai intervened and threw Santosh on the ground, following which he sustained injuries. That distracted the crowd and Seema could escape. After committing two-three more such thefts, they killed Santosh as he would keep crying due to his injuries and it would lead to them being caught by the police. They disposed of the dead body near the State Transport bus stand at Kolhapur, the probe revealed.The police found that the trio, with the help of Kiran, who later turned approver in the case, had kidnapped at least 13 children and killed 9 of them and attempted to kidnap one more child. These incidents took place between June 1990 and October 1996 in Pune, Thane, Kalyan, Kolhapur and Nashik. They kept roaming around Western Maharashtra, including areas near Mumbai, by attending fairs, festivals and processions at landmark temples, train stations, bus stands and gardens and made a living out of stealing valuables from the crowded areas.Anjanabai, Renuka and Seema were arrested, along with Kiran, in November 1996. Anjanabai, who was nearly 50, died in prison due to illness prior to the commencement of trial. The sessions court in Kolhapur sentenced the two half-sisters to death in 2001 for kidnapping and murdering six children and the Bombay High Court upheld the sentence for five murders in 2004. The Supreme Court in 2006 upheld the death sentence and the President of India rejected their mercy plea in 2014.Over 25 years after their arrests, the Bombay High Court earlier this year commuted their death sentences to life imprisonment and pulled up the state machinery for “laxity and indifference” in deciding their mercy plea.

Solving Crime: How discarded clothes and birthday photos led Maharashtra Police to unearth a series of kidnappings and murders
  • Mumbai: Cyber probe into fake kidnap clips
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: The cyber police are conducting a probe to track down the culprits behind circulation of recent fake videos and audio clips on social media about children being kidnapped from outside their buildings or school premises in several localities of Mumbai. JCP (Law & Order) Vishwas Nangre Patil has urged the people not to believe such rumours and fake news.

27 deaths due to lumpy skin in Satara, Kolhapur & Sangli
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

Kolhapur: A total of 27 cattle deaths due to the lumpy skin disease (LSD) has been reported in south Maharashtra districts. The Satara district has reported the highest number of casualties (15).With 321 infections, the district also has reported the highest number of cases of which 242 are active. After Satara, Kolhapur has, so far, reported nine deaths and has reported 108 cases (76 active). Third on the list is Sangli with 105 cases and three deaths.Authorities, meanwhile, have decided to vaccinate all the cattle in these three districts. Kolhapur collector Rahul Rekhawar on Tuesday said he has asked the local administration to carry out vaccination of the stray cattle that are not registered.“We have started vaccinating the stray cattle as well. The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) has set a target to complete the vaccination of the stray cattle by Saturday. People should come forward and get their cattle vaccinated against the infection. We have 2.8 lakh cattle registered in the district and have more than the required number of vaccine doses. The vaccination should be done as soon as possible to avoid other cattle from getting infected,” Rekhawar said.So far, in Kolhapur district, around 1.5 lakh cattle have been vaccinated. Private dairies have also been roped in to accomplish this mammoth task. Sangli district have the highest (8.3 lakh) population of cattle. “Utmost care should be taken by the cattle owners. They must ensure that cattle are not transported. The sheds should be kept free from flies and mosquitoes and other carriers. The dead animals should be buried by digging a pit — eight to 10 feet deep. Chemicals should also be dusted on the layered soil,” Rekhawar added.

27 deaths due to lumpy skin in Satara, Kolhapur & Sangli
Maharashtra sees 602 new Covid-19 cases, 3 deaths
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

MUMBAI: Maharashtra on Sunday recorded 602 new coronavirus positive cases and three deaths, which raised its caseload to 81,15,542 and toll to 1,48,310, the state health department said. There was a slight drop in the number of cases on Sunday as compared to the previous day, when the state had recorded 631 cases along with three fatalities. The highest number of 239 cases were detected in the Mumbai circle, followed by 191 in Pune circle, 51 in Nagpur, Nashik 38, Kolhapur 29, Aurangabad eight, Latur and Amrawati circles 23 each, the department said. Two deaths were reported in Mumbai city, while another one was recorded in Ratnagiri district under Kolhapur circle, it said. At least 621 patients recuperated from the infection in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 79,62,692. The state currently has 4,540 active cases, of which Pune accounts for 1,222, followed by 1,071 in Mumbai district and 744 in Thane district. Maharashtra's recovery rate stands at 98.12 per cent, while the fatality rate is 1.82 per cent, the department said. As 22,212 swab samples were tested in the last 24 hours, the overall test count went up to 8,45,38,001 in the state, it added. The coronavirus figures of Maharashtra are as follows: Positive cases 81,15,542; new cases 602; death toll 1,48,310; recoveries 79,62,692; active cases 4,540; total tests 8,45,38,001.

Maharashtra sees 602 new Covid-19 cases, 3 deaths
  • Maharashtra sees 631 Covid-19 cases, three fatalities
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: Maharashtra on Saturday recorded 631 fresh Covid-19 cases and three fatalities that raised the tally to 81,14,940 and the toll to 1,48,307, a state health department official said. There has been a slight drop in the daily cases compared to Friday when 697 infections were reported along with two fatalities. As per the data shared by the department, the highest 293 cases were detected in Mumbai circle, followed by 184 in Pune circle, Kolhapur 39, Nagpur 38, Nashik 24, Latur 19, Akola 17 and Aurangabad 17. Mumbai, Latur and Kolhapur circles reported a single fatality each, it stated. At least 789 patients recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries in Maharashtra to 79,62,071, the report stated. The state currently has 4,562 active cases, of which Pune accounts for 1,161, followed by 1,154 in Mumbai district and 812 in Thane district. Maharashtra's recovery rate stands at 98.1 per cent, while fatality rate is at 1.82 per cent. With 24,309 swab samples tested in the last 24 hours, the number of samples examined so far for coronavirus went up to 8,45,15,789 in the state, the data revealed. Coronavirus figures of Maharashtra are as follows: Positive cases 81,14,940; fresh cases 631; death toll 1,48,307; recoveries 79,62,071; active cases 4,562; total tests 8,45,15,789.

Rice mill owner gets 1-yr jail, ₹10,000 fine for power theft
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

Kolhapur: A rice mill owner from Chandgad tehsil of Kolhapur district has been sentenced to one year of simple imprisonment and slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 for power theft by tampering with the meter.Bhaurao Sambhaji Patil was convicted under sections 135 and 138 of the Indian Electricity Act, 2003, by the Gadhinglaj court. Patil was given an industrial connection for his rice mill located in Dholgarwadi. When the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) employees visited the mill, they found that the meter was tampered with. They carried out tests which showed that the meter was running slow by up to 95% of its capacity. The MSEDCL filed a case against Patil, accusing him of power theft of around 24,675 units worth Rs 2.50 lakh during 2014-15. The amount was settled at Rs 1.50 lakh, which too, was not paid by the accused. The power supply agency then moved court.Onkar R Deshmukh, the special judge of Gadhinglaj court, issued the sentence and held the accused guilty on the charges of altering the copper wire of the meter for the power theft. The order states that the accused, failing to pay Rs 10,000 fine, will have to serve the additional simple jail term of one month.The MSEDCL has appealed to the power consumers to not indulge in power theft, and if they do so, they might land up in jail. Recently, the MSEDCL exposed a nexus of meter reader and the consumer involved in power theft by showing the meter out of work and helping the consumer steal power worth Rs 64,000. The MSEDCL decided to pursue the case.

Rice mill owner gets 1-yr jail, ₹10,000 fine for power theft
Technology vs tradition: Netizens divided over use of conveyor belt for Ganesh visarjan
The Indian Express | 4 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
4 weeks ago | |

After Ganesh visarjan was banned in Maharashtra’s Panchganga river, idols of Lord Ganesh were immersed using a conveyor-belt machine in the Irani Khan Ganapati Visarjan lake in Kolhapur.Videos of the conveyor-belt machine, installed by the municipal corporation, that show “eco-friendly” idols falling into water as the onlookers chant “ganpati bappa morya” are going viral.Netizens have expressed mixed opinions about the use of conveyor-belt technology for the ritual. a A Twitter user wrote that mechanising the visarjan process would help to maintain public order.The most indigenous, innovative way to bid a convinent, respectable and emotional goodbye to our beloved #GanpatiBappaThis is in #Kolhapur.Rivers and lakes are strictly barred for immersion. Such artificial ponds and the conveyor belt system is the way ahead. pic.twitter.com/gcQn5d3USl— Shantanu Patil’s Weather Updates MH / KA / GOA (@shanpati) September 5, 2022Instead of this,just bring eco-friendly Bappa &perform all the rituals properly at your home only,with family& friends around!It’s a bliss 🙏🙏Our next door neighbour did just that and believe me, it was a blessing to be even there watching the Arti and all rituals 🙏🙏— Shikha Jaiswal 🇮🇳 (@ShikhaJ75928322) September 5, 2022I’m not comfortable with the idol falling in the water from a height. The ‘conveyor belt’ could have been kept touching the water, the idol@could have just slided in the water.— Amar Barwe – अमर बर्वे (@amarbarwe) September 5, 2022I’m not comfortable with the idol falling in the water from a height. The ‘conveyor belt’ could have been kept touching the water, the idol@could have just slided in the water.— Amar Barwe – अमर बर्वे (@amarbarwe) September 5, 2022Here in Karnataka, we dip the idol 3 times before immersing it into the water…!! Just a fear of forgetting the traditions in the name of innovations.— Kartik🇮🇳 (@KartikTalikoti) September 5, 2022People have welcomed the move. Those who understand the concept, will never complain. For those “some” people, home immersion is the best option. We did it at home. Very convenient, homely affair and hassle free.— Shantanu Patil’s Weather Updates MH / KA / GOA (@shanpati) September 5, 2022Honestly, didn’t like this concept.Going into the lake/river and doing Visarjan of Bappa has a different feel to it, which cannot be replaced by technology.Trying to add science/technology in every tradition and festival is undesirable.— Vaibhav Salgaonkar (@TheSalgaonkar) September 5, 2022Not a right method but it helps. So many kids enthusiastic to work as Visarjan Boys lose their lives in Water. This method is secure that way.Instead bring in a Brass, Silver, Gold Ganesha…Do Pooja, Visarjan at home…Clean it and keep it back in home temple.— Varadraj Adya (@varadadya) September 5, 2022A great effort by Kolhapur Municipal Corporation for Ganesh Visarjan.🙏Notice that the Nirmlaaya (garlands and flowers) have been removed in advance to avoid polluting thr water furthur. pic.twitter.com/rHAp8UyFQV— Varsha 🌸 (@Varrsha2) September 6, 2022Loved the idea.. Somehow, not feeling good to see like this. It’s not the way I believe.— VJ🇮🇳 (@Mystic_VJ) September 5, 2022“How many times we’ve heard of news of boats being capsized during ganpati visarjan resulting in loss of lives. So this method may help preventing these type of accidents,” read the user’s comment.Another Twitter user commented, “A great effort by Kolhapur Municipal Corporation for Ganesh Visarjan.🙏 Notice that the Nirmlaaya (garlands and flowers) have been removed in advance to avoid polluting the water further.”However, many people felt that the use of machines dampened the festivities. “Honestly, didn’t like this concept. Going into the lake/river and doing Visarjan of Bappa has a different feel to it, which cannot be replaced by technology. Trying to add science/technology in every tradition and festival is undesirable,” a Twitter user wrote.The immersion of Ganesh idols in waterbodies marks the end of the popular Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

Technology vs tradition: Netizens divided over use of conveyor belt for Ganesh visarjan
Kolhapur DP delayed over lack of GIS mapping agency
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

Kolhapur: Two years have passed since the implementation of the development plan ended, but Kolhapur city does not have any revised development plan in place.The second revised development plan for Kolhapur city sanctioned in 2000 had implementation period till 2020. As per section 38 of Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, the development plans of the cities should be revised once in 20 years so that the demands of the growing population can be met properly. In 2017, then principal secretary of the urban development department of the state government had asked Kolhapur Municipal Corporation to start preparing the draft DP and get it approved before 2020. Usually, drafting of the DP is a complex process and requires two years to reach its implementation. The reason for the delay in the drafting of the DP is largely due to the delay in appointing a competent agency to carry out crucial stages such as preparing the base map, existing land use and proposed land use surveys and maps. Last Monday, the KMC tendered the work for the fifth time. The KMC authorities point to the state government for the delay, stating that the mandatory use of GIS (geographical information system) is causing the delay as the agencies bidding are not experienced in GIS use to accomplish the tasks at disposal.“We are expecting competent agencies to approach this time. Last time, inadequate number of agencies bid. Once, the agencies that bid did not have the experience to carry out the task,” said a senior town planning official, requesting anonymity.The state government has sanctioned 23 posts to draft the DP. However, only 10 posts have been filled and working under Dhananjay Khot, deputy director, DP Office, the office created to draft the DP. The first DP of the city was prepared in 1958.

Kolhapur DP delayed over lack of GIS mapping agency
Man suffers cardiac arrest during a routine check-up. Watch what happens next
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

A video of a doctor saving a patient’s life who suffered a cardiac arrest in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur is going viral. The video was shared by Rajya Sabha MP Dhananjay Mahadik, who is from Kolhapur.The video shows the patient, accompanied by two people, suffering a cardiac arrest while sitting in front of Dr Arjun Adnaik during a routine check-up. The patient is seen feeling uncomfortable and tapping on the table in front of him. The doctor quickly gets up from his chair and rushes to his aid. He then thumps on the patient’s chest a few times and saves his life with the timely intervention.“This video shows an example of a real life hero living in our midst. Dr. Arjun Adnaik, one of the best cardiologists, from Kolhapur saving a patient’s life. I applaud such honourable and virtuous heroes,” Mahadik wrote as he tweeted the video.Watch the video below:This video shows an example of a real life hero living in our midst. Dr. Arjun Adnaik, one of the best cardiologists, from Kolhapur saving a patient’s life. I applaud such honourable and virtuous heroes. pic.twitter.com/Gd9U2ubldJ— Dhananjay Mahadik (@dbmahadik) September 5, 2022Shared Monday, the video has received more than 1.16 lakh views so far.“Basics of life saving, cardiology, life saving shud be included in schools, its matter of seconds,” commented a Twitter user. “More of a precordial thump.Patient was lucky sitting in front of a doctor,that too ,a cardiologist,” wrote another.However, there were a few people who expressed their doubt about the procedure and whether it really worked.Dr Shariq Shamim, an interventional cardiologist according to his Twitter bio and lives in the US, posted, “I am sorry but these kind of chest thumps don’t do anything. Its not CPR. And it has nothing to do with person waking up.”“Patient was having old pacemaker. Pacemaker age 14 years. It was due to change. It stopped working in front of doctor while routine checkup. Doctor just activated it by thumping,” posted another Twitter user.

Man suffers cardiac arrest during a routine check-up. Watch what happens next
Lack of govt transplant facility impacts survival chances of aplastic anaemia patients
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

DESPITE BEING the second most populated state in India, Maharashtra doesn’t have a government-run bone-marrow transplant facility for adults suffering from acquired aplastic anaemia. This has left patients in a lurch as they can’t afford to pay Rs 15-25 lakh for transplant in private hospitals. The lack of a transplant facility has further contributes to the high fatality rate which goes unreported as the state lacks mechanism to record it.Sanjay Bhittam (46) travelled for 380 kms from his hometown Kolhapur to Mumbai with his ailing wife whose haemoglobin count is below 5 grams per deciliter, much lower than the standard healthy range of 11.6 grams per deciliter.His wife, Indubai Bhittam (43) was detected with acquired aplastic anaemia in June. Since then, due to the unavailability of specialised healthcare facilities around Kolhapur, they have to travel by train every month to reach Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital, Parel for her treatment.Doctors have now advised Indubai a bone-marrow transplant. However, as the facility is not available in any public hospital in Maharashtra, he will either have to sell off his cultivated land to pay for the surgery at a private hospital or travel to AIIMS-Delhi where the treatment is free but the waiting list is long. “There are so many such cases but the state doesn’t have a single centre where my wife can undergo the transplant free-of-cost,” Bhittam said.His is not an isolated case. On a daily basis, the haematology department of KEM hospital—the biggest civic-run department in Mumbai — gets about 5-6 such cases, of which 70 per cent are related to acquired aplastic anaemia.Aplastic anaemia is a rare, serious blood disorder where the bone marrow fails to produce blood cells. They are of two types — inherited which is caused because of gene defects, and is most common in children and young adults, and acquired aplastic anaemia which is more common in adults. It is believed that some viruses such as HIV or Epstein-Barr, certain medications and toxic chemicals are among the triggers for such problems in the immune system.“In aplastic anaemia, the body’s immune system gets weakened. The patients suffer from severe anaemia, bleeding and infection. It is a life-threatening disease which has a much higher mortality than blood cancer,” said a doctor associated with KEM hospital, adding, “If the patient doesn’t get timely treatment such as blood transfusion, he/she will die within days or even hours.”As most patients can’t afford the surgery at a private hospital, they are administered a therapy—usually ATG and cyclosporine that temporarily suppresses the immune system. However, even with the therapy, the success rate is only 30-40 per cent for such patients.“We start the treatment by injecting ATC for five days. Then, for the next one year, we keep them on other immunosuppressed medicines along with others depending on their health,” said Dr Parth Ganatra, Paediatric Hematology-Oncology, Nanavati Hospital. “If they don’t respond to the treatment, bone-marrow transplant is the only option for survival. It comes with 100 per cent guarantee that the patient will live. But sadly, as there are no such government-run centres, the patients struggle to arrange money for the surgery at private hospitals,” Ganatra added.Many patients can’t even afford the treatment which costs around Rs 8 lakh annually. Priyanka Sharma (27) from Kalyan, one of the few patients to have responded to the treatment, spends nearly Rs 50,000 per month on medication.Speaking to The Indian Express, Dr Mahendra Kendre, ADHS, blood cell, of the State’s Directorate of Health Service, said that the state doesn’t have any data on the total number of patients suffering from aplastic anaemia. “For sickle cell anaemia and thalassaemia, we issue health cards. So we have the approximate data for the two blood-related diseases. But we don’t have the data of aplastic anaemia,” he said.

Lack of govt transplant facility impacts survival chances of aplastic anaemia patients
Maharashtra adds 1,600 new Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

MUMBAI: Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 1,600 fresh coronavirus cases, while five more patients succumbed to the infection in the state, the health department said. With these additions, the state's overall Covid-19 tally rose to 81,00,338, while the death toll increased to 1,48,247, said the department in a bulletin. On Tuesday, the state had recorded 1,444 cases and eight fatalities linked to the viral infection. Mumbai alone recorded 638 fresh cases and four fatalities, while Kolhapur district registered one death related to coronavirus, said the bulletin. The coronavirus fatality rate in the state stood at 1.83%, while the recovery rate was 98.04%, said the department. It said 1,864 patients recovered from the coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, taking their cumulative count to 79,41,458 and leaving the with 10,633 active cases. According to the bulletin, 30,856 tests were conducted in the state in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of swab samples examined so far in the state to 8,41,24,382.

Maharashtra adds 1,600 new Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths
  • India reports 7,231 new Covid cases and 45 fatalities in last 24 hours, says health ministry
  • Times of India

    NEW DELHI: India's Covid-19 tally increased to 4,44,28,393 with 7,231 new infections recorded every day, but the number of active cases decreased to 64,667, according to the data by Union health ministry published on Wednesday. The death toll from the pandemic rose to 5,27,874 when 45 additional people died in last 24 hours. The number includes 10 deaths reconciled by Kerala, according to statistics updated at 8 am. According to the government, active cases account for 0.15 percent of total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate has climbed to 98.67%. A drop of 1,065 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 case count in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.05 per cent. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.55 per cent, according to the health ministry. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,38,35,852, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 per cent. According to the ministry, 212.39 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020; 30 lakh on August 23; 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28; 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29; 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed one crore on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore coronavirus cases on May 4, three crore on June 23 last year and four crore on January 25 this year. The 35 new fatalities include eight from Maharashtra, five each from Delhi and Karnataka, three from Punjab, two each from Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and one each from Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Odisha, Sikkim and West Bengal.

  • Pune Metropolitan Region records 271 new Covid cases
  • Times of India

    PUNE: The Pune Metropolitan Region on Sunday recorded 271 new Covid cases. There were no deaths. Most of the new cases were from PMC areas (146). Pimpri Chinchwad recorded 87 cases. Another 38 new cases were from Pune rural and cantonment areas. There are less than 100 Covid patients currently in hospitals in the PMR (96, as of Sunday). Some 1,700 people are in home isolation. Statewide, there were five deaths recorded on Sunday - all senior citizens from Mumbai with underlying medical conditions (three were above 80 years of age). The state added 1,639 new Covid-19 cases. Maharashtra has so far registered 80,96,484 confirmed cases and 1,48,229 casualties. Currently, it has a total of 11,679 active cases (1,698 patients were also discharged on Sunday across the state). Health officials have urged citizens to take certain precautionary measures during the festive season, calling for masks and physical distancing in crowded areas.

  • Weekly Covid cases fall below 70,000, but no decline in deaths
  • Times of India

    NEW DELHI: Fresh cases of Covid-19 in India fell to an 11-week low, with detected infections in the week ending Sunday falling below 70,000 and the daily average cases under 10,000 for the first time in nearly three months. However, there was no decline in the number of deaths from the virus as over 275 new fatalities were reported in the week (August 22-28), nearly the same as in the previous seven days (278), as per TOI’s Covid database. These figures exclude deaths from earlier months added to the toll during this period. India reported over 66,000 fresh cases in the week, down nearly 18% from the 80,617 logged in the previous seven days. This was the lowest weekly tally of cases since June 6-12, when 48,769 cases were recorded. While infections fell compared to the previous week in a majority of states and UTs, there were some notable exceptions like Kerala, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Bihar. Kerala posted a 12.5% rise in infections, recording 7,863 cases as opposed to 6,990 last week. Cases had been declining in the state for the last seven weeks. Infections remained flat in Maharashtra, with the state reporting 12,101 new cases, the highest in the country and 0.5% more than the previous week’s tally. By contrast, Delhi registered a sharp 48% drop in cases. The capital logged 4,821 cases as compared to 9,228 last week. However, there was no decline in the number of Covid deaths, with 38 people succumbing to the virus in the city as opposed to 39 in the previous week. In the week before that, Delhi had recorded 51 fatalities. Maharashtra recorded 34 Covid deaths in the week, up from 24. Kerala continued to report the highest number of fatalities— 43 this week, down from 53 last week. Deaths remained relatively high in Karnataka (24), Bengal and Punjab (19 each), Haryana (15), and Rajasthan (14). Active cases continued to drop in the country, with TOI’s data showing around 70,000 active infections on Sunday night, although the government’s data showed a higher figure (around 85,000).

  • Maharashtra reports 1,639 new Covid-19 cases, five fatalities
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: Maharashtra on Sunday reported 1,639 Covid-19 cases and five fatalities, taking the tally to 80,96,484 and the toll to 1,48,229, the state health department said. Of the new cases, Mumbai saw 610 infections and four deaths due to COVID-19. Another fatality due to coronavirus infection was reported from Beed district in the Marathwada region. A total of 1, 698 patients were discharged on Sunday after treatment, raising the count of recoveries to 79,36,576, leaving the state with 11,679 active cases, the department said. With the fresh additions, the overall tally of coronavirus cases in Mumbai mounted to 11,42,396 and the death toll to 19,688. Mumbai region saw 1,105 fresh cases, taking the tally of the total infections in the region to 23,66,475 and the death toll to 40,035, the department said. Nashik division added 65 cases, Pune division 284, Kolhapur division 57, Aurangabad division 29, Latur division 36, Akola division 16, and Nagpur division 47 cases. With 29,010 tests conducted on Sunday, the number of samples examined so far in Maharashtra went up to 8,40,50,407.

  • Maharashtra sees 1,723 Covid-19 cases, six deaths, 1,845 recoveries
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: Maharashtra on Saturday reported 1,723 Covid-19 cases and six deaths, which took the tally to 80,94,845 and the toll to 1,48,224, a health official said. This was a drop from the 1,846 cases recorded a day earlier, though the fatalities were higher, he pointed out. Of the new cases, Mumbai Circle accounted for 1,144 cases, followed by 264 in Pune Circle, 154 in Nashik Circle, 58 in Kolhapur Circle, 43 in Nagpur Circle, 39 in Latur Circle, 12 in Aurangabad Circle and nine in Akola Circle. Five deaths took place in Mumbai Circle and one in Nagpur, he added. The recovery count increased by 1,845 in the last 24 hours to touch 79,34,878, leaving the state with an active caseload of 11,743, he said. Mumbai accounted for 5,177 of the active cases, followed by 2,449 in Thane and 1,803 in Pune districts, the official added. State health department data revealed the recovery rate was 98.02 per cent and the fatality rate stood at 1.83 per cent. The positivity rate was 4.48 per cent, while the overall number of coronavirus tests conducted so far was 8,40,21,397, including 38,421 in the last 24 hours. Coronavirus figures of Maharashtra are as follows: Positive cases 8094845; fresh cases 1723; death toll 148224; recoveries 79,34,878; active cases 11743; total tests 8,40,21,397.

Heavy rain spells damage many forts in Maharashtra: Archaeological Survey of India
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

PUNE: The heavy rain spells this season have caused significant damage to several monuments in Maharashtra - with portions of their fortification walls collapsing in some locations, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials stated on Friday. At least four forts - Jaigad and Janjira in Ratnagiri district, Vijaydurg in Sindhudurg district and Panhala in Kolhapur district - under ASI have suffered damage in the ongoing monsoon. A senior ASI official on Friday said the foundation of a part of the fortification wall of Vijaydurg fort recently sank under the seawater after being lashed by intense ocean waves for days. "There has been significant damage to Panhala and Vijaydurg forts. At least a metre of a fortification wall at Vijaydurg has sunk. At Panhala fort, a wall portion near the Char Darwaza has given in due to the intense rainfall. Our first priority is to renovate such structures," the official said. Another ASI official said parts of the fortification walls have collapsed near the Char Darwaza and Rajdindi marg in Panhala fort as well. "The incidence of heavy rain in parts of Maharashtra has gone up in the past two to three years. The base of the Panhala fort, which is close to 1,100-year-old, is made of soil stone at many places. Part of a fortification wall gave in when the rush of rainwaters was intense." The number of houses in the upper reaches of the fort had rapidly increased with significant population pressure over the land resources in the area. "Over 3,000 people stay in the upper reaches of the fort area. The population pressure has thus been increasing beyond the carrying capacity. The increasing constructions have also blocked the natural water outsources in many places. The water from the heavy rain will find its way out in any case, carving through the fort base over the years and thus weakening it," an ASI official said. The authorities had recently stopped the entry of visitors to the affected portion of Panhala fort. "Panhala fort was built by the Shilahara dynasty in the 12th century and has undergone extensive changes since, including during British time. Such recurrent changes tend to further weaken a structure," the official said. The rainfall average in Kolhapur has been increasing in recent years, more so in the past two to three years. A study published by the India Meteorological Department in 2020 had observed a significant increase in the heavy rainfall days in Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Raigad, Kolhapur and Bhandara districts during the June-September period. The study had noted that during the entire year, there was a significant increase in the heavy rainfall days in Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Raigarh, Kolhapur and Bhandara districts. While the study stated that no significant increasing or decreasing trends in June, July, August, September monthly rainfall in Maharashtra were seen, the number of heavy rainfall days in some districts had gone up. This meant that the damage to the old structures in some districts was mainly because of the increase in the heavy rainfall days, the official said. Another ASI official said, "A fortification wall at Rajwada at the Janjira fort has collapsed. The monument is currently closed for the tourists as the rainy season is still on."

Heavy rain spells damage many forts in Maharashtra: Archaeological Survey of India