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PUNE: A cyclone brewing over the Bay of Bengal could cause isolated December rainfall in parts of the state, including Konkan, Goa, Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada, this weekend, Met department officials told TOI on Wednesday. It is unusual for Maharashtra to get rainfall in December, but the remnant of cyclone would cause a surge in moisture levels in parts of the state, causing light rainfall associated with thunder showers, the officials said. An India Meteorological Department (IMD) update on Wednesday said a deep depression over southwest and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal had moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 16kmph. It lays centered over southwest and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal. The update stated that it intensified into a cyclonic storm on December 7 evening and was expected to reach southwest Bay of Bengal off north Tamil Nadu-Puducherry & adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts by December 8 morning. It will continue to move west-northwestwards towards north Tamil Nadu-Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts during the subsequent 48 hours, the update added. Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather forecasting division, IMD, Pune, told TOI, "After the system makes landfall, its strength will weaken gradually. The more it weakens, the larger will be the area it will affect in terms of rainfall/moisture incursion. In southern peninsular as well as south-central Maharashtra, easterly wave is predominant. Hence, wind pattern is likely to be easterly/south-easterly over the next few days. These winds will bring moisture and cloud mass into south central parts of Maharashtra, including Pune district/city, in the coming days." He said from December 8 evening, moisture incursion would increase in Maharashtra. "Pune can get very light to light rain from December 11-13. In south Maharashtra, chance of light rain or isolated thunder activity will increase after 72 hours," Kashyapi added.
MUMBAI: Chief minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday requested the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) to postpone its decision to conduct the state service main examination in descriptive pattern instead of objective pattern to 2025.The MPSC had earlier decided to conduct the main examination with a UPSC-like descriptive pattern from 2023. Over the last few weeks, MPSC aspirants, supported by youth organisations of various parties, have held protests in Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, and Nagpur.In a letter to the MPSC, Shinde pointed out that the state services main examination is conducted based on objective questions, and the commission has decided to conduct it in the old method i.e. descriptive method. "If this decision is implemented immediately from 2023, there is a possibility of injustice to the students who are preparing for this examination and therefore the students have strongly demanded that the decision of the examination in the descriptive format be postponed till the main examination of 2025," Shinde said in his letter.The chief minister has also tweeted about his appeal to the MPSC.Officials said in the letter, the CM has also expressed belief that the MPSC will give relief to lakhs of youth in the state by taking an urgent decision on the matter."Shinde said the MPSC is working very efficiently and in the last seven-eight months, it has worked rapidly to reduce the backlog of jobs. The preparation for filling 75,000 vacancies in government jobs has been completed and the same has been planned," an official said, requesting anonymity.
Fourteen fire vehicles were pressed into action, an official said.Pune: A fire broke out at a scrap yard in Maharashtra's Pune district in the early hours of Tuesday, forcing evacuation of 19 patients from a hospital located nearby, a fire official said. No one was injured in the fire, he said.The fire broke out at around 2 am at the scrap yard of used tyres in Kasarwadi area of Pimpri Chinchwad township, the official said."As the fire was close to the Max Neuro Hospital and there were chances that it may be affected by the fire, all 19 patients were evacuated from there and shifted to a nearby hospital," said the fire brigade official from Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.Fourteen fire vehicles were pressed into action and the fire was doused by 5 am, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comNo one was injured in the fire, the official said, adding the cooling operation was underway.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The Day"Shah Rukh Khan Is Not An Actor, He's An Emotion" John Abraham
PUNE: The city's morning humidity levels have been rising over the past three days, causing instances of late night and early morning haze. On Monday morning, the levels were 90-100% in all areas, India Meteorological Department (IMD) data showed. For instance, relative humidity in Shivajinagar on Monday morning was 96%, in Pashan it was 92%, and was as high as 100% in Lohegaon, Magarpatta and Chinchwad. In Lavale, it was 91%. On January 25, relative humidity levels were much lower in these areas, between 57% and 87%.Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather forecasting division, IMD Pune, told TOI, "The comparatively high humidity levels and relatively lower minimums have resulted in formation of haze in Pune during late night and early morning hours. Relative humidity has been on the higher side in the city since the last three days, but the levels started dropping from Monday evening."Kashyapi said the humidity levels would drop further from Tuesday, causing a significant drop in minimum temperatures in the coming days as well as sunny skies, which means that there would also be a minimum chance of haze in the city from Wednesday. Haze was likely to be recorded on Tuesday also, he said."The high humidity levels were because of the increased moisture incursion over north-central Maharashtra due to a passing western disturbance over north India, and interaction of two wind regimes - northerly cold winds as well as southerly/south-easterly/south-south-easterly/easterly, which are comparatively warm ,moist winds," he said.As the moisture is expected to reduce, various parts of north-central Madhya Maharashtra (including Pune city and district) can also experience strong northerly wind flow, which will lead to a fall in night temperatures by about 3-4 degrees C in the coming time.An IMD forecast on Monday said the minimums could drop to 8-9 degrees C by February 2-3 in Shivajinagar and may lead to further reduction in relative humidity in the coming days. On Monday, the minimum temperature in Shivajinagar was on the higher side at 14.9 degrees C. It was 16.9 degrees C in Lohegaon.
PUNE: The Yerawada police have arrested two men and detained six boys aged between 15 and 16 on the charge of rioting, following a clash between two groups of minors at Laxminagar in Yerawada around 11pm on Friday, which left three people injured and an autorickshaw damaged.The two groups of minor boys are affiliated with two local gangs of criminals, the police said, after receiving two cross-complaints of riots and assault against the members of both the groups.The police identified the injured as Abdulla Amirulla Khan (19), Sharad Pramod Ingle (27) and 17-year-old boy of Laxminagar in Yerawada. "Ingle, and his accomplice, Vivek Prakash Gawali (20), were later arrested in one of the cases," the police said. The videos of the clash between the two groups went viral on social media sites. Confirming the development, deputy commissioner of police (Zone IV) Shrikant Borate told TOI, "A majority of the detained boys are school dropouts. We had invoked provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the senior members of the two gangs in 2021. They are lodged in the Yerawada jail."According to the police, Khan and his group members had picked up arguments with the other group led by Ingle during a football match about six months ago. "The minor boys and Ingle carried a grudge against Khan and his friends since then. On Friday night, the boys assaulted Khan with choppers and wooden sticks after finding him alone. The boys also vandalized the autorickshaws parked on the road, besides throwing emplty beer bottles on the road," the police said.The police summoned the parents of minor boys, followed by a counselling session.
The ED said it has seized gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 2.72 crore. (File)New Delhi: The board of directors of the Maharashtra-based Seva Vikas Co-operative Bank, led by its former chairman Amar Mulchandani, "violated" all banking norms, deliberately sanctioned loans to shell entities and "siphoned off" funds, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) alleged on Monday.A statement of the federal agency to this effect came after the Pimpri-Chinchwad Police arrested Amar Mulchandani and five of his family members for "obstructing" an ED raid conducted against the former bank chairman on January 27 and "destruction of evidence".The ED said it has seized gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 2.72 crore, about Rs 41 lakh in cash, four high-end cars, digital devices and "incriminating" documents during the searches.The money-laundering case of the federal agency stems from an FIR lodged by the Pune Police against Vinay Aranha of the Rosary Education Group and others for an alleged loan fraud. The premises of "Vinay Aranha (of Rosary School, Pune) and Sagar Suryawanshi, who have benefitted from this scam", were also searched by the ED last week.The agency said an audit of the cooperative bank found "gross fraud and misappropriation of funds worth Rs 429.6 crore, spread across 126 NPA (non-performing asset) loan accounts"."Board of Directors, led by Amar Mulchandani, had violated all banking norms and deliberately sanctioned loans to ineligible/shell entities to siphon off the funds."Based on this audit report, additional multiple FIRs were registered against the loan beneficiaries and bank management, including Amar Mulchandani. RBI has cancelled the licence of the bank," the ED said.The agency said, on January 27, an ED team, accompanied by bank "panchas" (witnesses) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, reached Mulchandani's residence in the Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal limits, located about 150 kilometres from state capital Mumbai, and "faced stiff resistance" while entering the premises."ED team was given to understand that Amar Mulchandani was absent, and the remaining five family members lied and tried to mislead the search team.""All the family members, as part of a well-planned conspiracy, had obstructed the lawful search of ED and this time was used by Amar Mulchandani to erase his phones and destroy evidence," the agency alleged.It was subsequently found that Mulchandani was "hiding" in a room locked from inside.PTI had reported on Sunday that the ED had called a locksmith to open the lock of the room where Mulchandani was allegedly hiding.On a complaint from the ED, the local police booked all the six residents of the house -- Amar Mulchandani, Ashok Mulchandani, Manohar Mulchandani, Daya Mulchandani, Sadhna Mulchandani and Sagar Mulchandani -- under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and all of them have been arrested, the agency said.All of them are now in police custody, it added.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cancelled the co-operative bank's licence in October 2022.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe bank does not have adequate capital and earning prospects, the RBI had said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The Day"India Has A Fearless, Decisive Government Today," Says President Murmu