Times of India | 5 days ago | 22-09-2022 | 08:33 am
Pune: Active Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra have dropped 48% over the last 15 days, data showed on Wednesday. The state had more than 8,000 active cases around September 5, but that has now dropped to just over 4,000 (4,216).Officials said the Covid caseload has been easing since August 26. Around September 11, Mumbai had the state’s most active cases (1,711), followed by Thane (1,437) and Pune (1370). Positivity rates at the time were 10% for Pune, 5.2% for Thane and 4% for Mumbai. Now though, the numbers tell a different story. Pune has 1,232 active cases (as of September 20), Mumbai has some 930 and Thane’s active caseload is down to 647. Pune’s positivity rate is 9.8%, Thane’s is 3% and in Mumbai, it’s 2%.The state’s overall positivity rate is 3% — it has been below 5% for two weeks.Health authorities who were fearing a surge in cases after the Ganesh festival are relieved. And public health experts said the drop in caseload, despite nearly negligible masking, suggests some defences against SARS-CoV-2 are working. “The community level ‘immunity wall’ due to vaccinations, previous infections and hybrid immunity may be some of the reasons for the drop. These can reduce incidence of severe illness and hospitalisations. Second, most festivities happen outdoors. Transmission in outdoor settings is much lower than indoor settings,” said Dr Sanjay Pujari, a member of the national Covid task force.He added that the ‘immunity wall’ may also be curbing super-spreader events indoors. “The third reason is many with mild Covid are not getting tested. This also underestimates the burden of mild illness and overall Covid-19 rates. Fourth reason is the lag between rise in illness rates and hospitalisations so, we’ll need to keep an eye on hospitalisations for the next two weeks,” Dr Pujari said.Dr Sudhir Patsute, an infectious diseases expert at Naidu Hospital, said any virus that has circulated in a community for an extended period of time goes on to become milder. “That’s unless there is a major mutation that changes its transmission and virulence characteristics,” he said.Dr Patsute added, “We expect to keep seeing Covid cases in the community for the next 6-7 years, at least till another stronger virus comes to replace it. But we don’t foresee any major Covid waves, not until a significant mutation occurs in SARS-CoV-2. Many are now behind the hybrid immunity wall. But ups and downs, like H1N1 this year, may happen.”
BHIWANDI: Nizampura police on Monday arrested four villagers from Pilanipada village in Bhiwandi taluka in Thane district on charges of attacking a pastor and his associate over alleged conversion of locals to Christianity. Police said pastor Sujit Chikoli and his associate Justin Abraham, both residents of Navi Mumbai, on September 22, were returning to their home from Pilanipada village after addressing a crowd of around 40 people when four persons beat them up with a belt.-Pradeep Gupta
With focus on training to fight domestic sexual abuse, social media abuse, self-defence, gynaecological myths and nutrition, the Rotary Club of Bibwewadi has with its CSR partner GTPL Hathway Limited launched the fourth phase of Project Asmita in Maharashtra’s Pune city.The fourth phase of Project Asmita was launched during a symposium at Hotel Hyatt in Pune on the International Daughters’ Day on September 25.The theme of the symposium was ‘Empowering daughters is empowering the nation’.Partnering with rotary clubs of multiple districts, the project aims to empower over 36,000 daughters through training from various schools, orphanages and institutions across Maharashtra and Gujarat.The project is Rotary India’s biggest project in the field of daughter empowerment, an official statement said.Through Project Asmita, the haemoglobin levels of over 36,000 girls will be checked and they will be provided with iron supplements in case of a deficiency. They will also be given help booklets, which will cover all the video topics in a short and concise manner with interesting pictorial representation.“The daughters face a lot of issues in their day-to-day lives. Project Asmita is an attempt to provide confidence to the daughters, make them independent, fearless and brave,” said Rtn. Dr Anil Parmar, District Governor, RID 3131.Anil Bothra, CFO, GTPL Hathway Limited, said Project Asmita initiative has received tremendous response and this project “reconfirms our commitment towards making a positive impact on the society” and the Rotary Club of Bibwewadi “has been a perfect partner for us”.The contents of the video have been incorporated in a booklet, which has been released in three different languages — Marathi, Gujarati and Hindi.
The first-ever working committee of eminent parliamentarians from various political parties and Vidhan Sabha/Council Speakers/Chairmen from many States and Union Territories met in Pune to decide on the organization of the National Young Legislators’ Conference (NYLC or Rashtriya Yuva Vidhayak Sammelan). The working committee meeting was co-chaired by the noted former Speakers of Lok Sabha – Shri Shivraj Patil, Smt. Meira Kumar, and Smt. Sumitra Mahajan. The incumbent and former speakers of State Assemblies and chairpersons of Legislative Councils from more than 15 states, former Chief Election Commissioners, and a few former bureaucrats also participated in the deliberations. Shri Pramod Sawant, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, also joined the meeting virtually and offered to extend complete support of the Goa government.We are celebrating the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav currently and in another 2 years we will be entering into the 75th year of implementation of our Constitution. The NYLC will connect these two memorable achievements in the history of our country by bringing young legislators from all across the country on one platform in a historic effort.The NYLC, once established, will be organized jointly by the legislative bodies, non-governmental institutions and civil society with active support from the MIT School of Government, Pune. The NYLC will seek support from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UNESCO.NYLC will aid in the creation of a cohesive ecosystem among leaders of all ideologies for the common cause of development beyond party politics, instilling the spirit of nationhood, encouraging clean leadership for enhancing good governance, and creating a model to be reckoned with globally. It will foster peer-to-peer learning aimed at designing innovative development solutions, in addition to developing ethical, spirited, and competent public leadership for formulating pro-people policies.The proposed dates for the organization of NYLC are 16, 17 and 18 June, 2023 in either Goa or Mumbai, Maharashtra.Shri Shivraj Patil, Former Speaker of the Lok Sabha said – “There are three very important aspects which are expected out of the legislature. The first is policy making, the second is to make laws and the third is to check that laws are implemented. If young legislators are imparted with knowledge of the law, policy making, and administration at an early stage, this would, in turn, change the democratic shape of the country and yield good outcomes for society.”Smt. Meira Kumar, Former Speaker of the Lok Sabha said, “It was a wonderful conference and the interactions we had in the evening were both positive and successful. I congratulate Mr. Rahul Karad and pay respect to his father Dr. Vishwanath Karad. They are the guiding spirit behind NYLC. ”Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Former Speaker of the Lok Sabha said, “NYLC shouldn’t be an end in itself but a means to obtain a bigger purpose where we sensitise our young legislators of the responsibility that they have ahead as they start their journey to serve the people of this country.”Shri Rahul V. Karad, Chief Initiator, MIT School Of Government said “The time has come for our country’s Young Elected Representatives to rise above partisanship and work toward the creation of a Unified, Strong, and Developed Bharat that will address the aspirations of countless young, old, and women alike. Only a united Bharat, led by a strong democratic leadership, can face the challenges of an increasingly divided world and show the international community the path to world peace. NYLC will act as a catalyst of ideas and as a concept that will ignite and strengthen the sense of national unity and responsibility among the young legislators who will be the future of Bharat.”The outcome of the legislators’ conference will be to assist the National Leadership in understanding the pros and cons of policies, as well as the challenges of governance and development at the grassroots level, and in spreading the progressive imagery of the National Leadership around the world.The National Young Legislators’ Conference is being held under the aegis of MIT School of Government (MIT-SOG). MIT-SOG has been at the vanguard for fostering innovative and flagship events in the past such as Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad, National Women Parliament, National Panchayat Parliament, and National Youth Parliament among many other events.About MIT School of Government (MIT-SOG):The MIT School of Government (MIT-SOG), a constituent unit of MIT World Peace University (MIT-WPU), Pune, is the first institute of its kind to initiate a two-year Master’s degree program in Political Leadership & Government or MPG (UGC-approved program) for a Career in Politics.MIT-SOG was initiated in the year 2005 under the visionary leadership of Shri. Rahul V. Karad – Initiator & Executive President, MIT World Peace University with the vision of creating Ethical, Spirited, and Committed Political Leadership for the country from the grassroots and all walks of life.Under the able guidance of Late. Shri. T.N Seshan, First Chairman, MIT-SOG, former Chief-Election Commissioner of India (also well known as the Father of Electoral Reforms in India), the curriculum for MPG program at MIT-SOG was designed with the complete involvement of highly decorated officials from Government, Politics, Judiciary, Media and Academia. MIT-SOG specifically caters to the need for training students in politics & government to become trained Political Leaders of the country.Participants for 1st National Young Legislators Conference (NYLC)Day & Date: Friday, 16th September 2022Venue: J W Marriott, PuneDignitaries in the meetingFor more information, contact: Nishita Sharma | email@example.com | +91-9654192435
MUMBAI: Worli police are probing a case of extortion where a person sent death threat messages from WhatsApp to a news channel journalist and demanded Rs 5 crore. A senior officer said they learnt that the accused had sent similar messages to others too. “Going by the number and profile, it seems he is the same person,” said a senior officer. The 42-year-old journalist had lodged a complaint few days back, after he received threat messages. Initially, he ignored the messages but when the sender told the complainant he would kill him and named him in the message, the complainant got worried and approached police to lodge an FIR. “This could be a fake name. We are probing the case,” said the officer. Another police officer said he tnumber was from Maharashtra.
MUMBAI: A statewide campaign was launched on Monday to screen women and girls for health problems. The 10-day campaign 'Mata surakshit tar ghar surakshit' will run parallel with Navratri celebrations at public health centres. Dr Mangala Gomare, BMC's executive health officer, said the campaign has been started on instructions of the state government and will target women above 18. Health care workers will carry out primary examination.