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PUNE: State health officials are set to launch door-to-door vaccination drives in June and July to improve Covid precaution-dose coverage among the 60-plus population. Currently, the coverage in this age category stands at 73% in the state. The campaign, officials said, was planned after the health ministry on Friday directed states to intensify precaution-dose drives among the elderly. Central officials told TOI that the drives will give preference to senior citizens who are eligible for the booster dose. One central official said, "We want to accelerate coverage among those who're vulnerable across the country. All states have been directed to scale up precaution-dose vaccination, especially for those who are in the 60-plus category. And these door-to-door campaigns will certainly help." The states of Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Maharashtra and Nagaland have been specifically asked to concentrate on increasing vaccination coverage in the age group. Dr Ramaswami N, commissioner of Maharashtra Health Services, National Health Mission, said that the state will revive the 'Har ghar dastak' campaign not just for the elderly, but for other age groups as well. "We will hold these drives by checking for those in the 60-plus group who have completed nine months after the second jab. We will also have camps at old-age homes, jails and other places. For other groups, focus will also be on vaccine camps at schools and colleges," he said. State immunisation officer Dr Sachin Desai said there has been a dip in average daily vaccination across the state. "Recent daily vaccinations have been less than 1 lakh, which will increase if such intensified campaigns are planned in all districts," Dr Desai said. Districts such as Washim, Gadchiroli, Buldhana, Nanded and Gondia have below 30% precaution-dose coverage among the 60-plus, according to a report that had data compiled till May 19. Booster coverage among frontline workers is at 45.6%; it's 66.2% among health staffers. The two-month campaign will also include those employed at brick kilns and out-of-school children. 45 new Covid cases in PMR The Pune Metropolitan Region recorded 45 new Covid cases on Saturday. There were zero deaths. At least 32 cases were from PMC limits and another eight were from PCMC areas. Only seven patients are in hospitals while some 280 are in home isolation.
Bengaluru residents have not been able to keep calm ever since Swedish home furnishing brand IKEA opened its first store in the Nagasandra area of the IT capital. The store has witnessed overwhelming response from citizens, resulting in long, meandering queues.The footfall increased over the weekend as residents found time to explore and shop at the newly opened store. The waiting time at the store spiked to three hours Saturday and the official Twitter account of IKEA confirmed the same. “Bengaluru, we are overwhelmed by your response❣️ Current wait time at Nagasandra store is 3 hours. Please plan accordingly or shop online.”Videos and photographs documenting long queues at IKEA have flooded social media platforms. Memes poking fun at the crowd have also generated quite a buzz.Harsh Goenka, the chairman of RPG Enterprises, shared a clip and wrote, “It’s not MLAs queuing in Maharashtra to form government, It’s not an immigration queue to enter our country, It’s not a vaccination queue to avoid Covid wave, It’s not pilgrims queueing in Tirupati for darshan, It’s the opening of IKEA store in Bangalore!”It’s not MLAs queuing in Maharashtra to form government,It’s not an immigration queue to enter our country,It’s not a vaccination queue to avoid Covid wave,It’s not pilgrims queueing in Tirupati for darshan,It’s the opening of IKEA store in Bangalore! pic.twitter.com/Qqnd0p9n8v— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) June 26, 2022Crowd waiting to enter new IKEA store in Bangalore, India. Hopefully, not for meat balls! pic.twitter.com/bZSoiUPFjL— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) June 25, 2022IKEA store opened…People: pic.twitter.com/GlcNNZuKTv— Bengaluru Betala (@gururaj_mj) June 26, 2022IKEA store opens in BangalorePeople: pic.twitter.com/Hx29OE2Ehn— Hemant (@Sportscasmm) June 26, 2022Me entering Nagasandra metro station after shopping from IKEA pic.twitter.com/OAyWqVh3px— JT Meme Store (@kaapi_kudka) June 24, 2022NothingJust Bangalore people going to IKEA pic.twitter.com/qDDk5ibZaz— Anish (@Aniiiiish) June 26, 2022Perhaps, the biggest footfall nagasandra metro station has ever seen in its lifetime has been seen today 😄 courtesy of ikea #ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು #ikeablr #ikea pic.twitter.com/Q27sQG5x0G— Prasanna | ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ (@terminalfix) June 25, 2022IKEA Darshan waiting time 3-4 hours.Haven't gone there, got it from a friend. pic.twitter.com/avS51NDC6z— Dr. Vijay (@Helth_z_Wealth) June 25, 2022Places you can go in three hours from Bengaluru.MysoreChikmagalurHassanShivanasamudra FallsNow IKEA Store also#EIIRHumor #Bengaluru #IKEA pic.twitter.com/FK0eLOEOTb— Pareekh Jain (@pareekhjain) June 26, 2022Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai inaugurated IKEA’s Nagasandra store Wednesday. Spread over 4.6 lakh sq ft, the store is the largest IKEA outlet in the country and is located close to the Nagasandra station of Bengaluru Namma metro.The Bengaluru IKEA store is the Swedish brand’s third outlet in India after the ones in Hyderabad and Mumbai. A company statement claims that the Bengaluru store features “over 7,000 affordable, good quality, sustainable and well-designed home furnishing IKEA products along with inspiring home sets to instill creative ideas to decorate your home.”
The Pune Rural police have busted an interstate gang of cell phone thieves comprising six people, including three minors, from Jharkhand, who had come to Pune to target pilgrims during the Pandharpur Wari Palkhi processions, said officials Sunday.The three arrested suspects and three minors belong to a village in the Seraikela Kharsawan district of Jharkhand. The arrested suspects have been identified as Somra Nagar Mori, 26, Akash Dilip Mori, 25, and Chandan Nagar Mori, 22. According to the police, they have recovered as many as 101 stolen cell phones worth around Rs 14 lakh.On June 24, a team from the Daund police station responded to a call about a cell phone theft from the Amar Society in Daund taluka of Pune district. A team led by inspector Vinod Ghuge launched a probe based on the clues available from the theft.Over the next day, the police arrested three people and detained three minors who were believed to be part of the gang active in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Jharkhand.Inspector Ghuge said, “The arrested suspects have said that they had come to Pune particularly during the time period of Pandharpur Wari to steal cell phones from the Wakaris who participate in the Palkhi processions.”The police probe suggests that the suspects have also stolen cell phones from places like Itarsi in Madhya Pradesh and Bhusaval, Nagpur, Jalgaon, Nashik, and Amravati in Maharashtra and some places in Jharkhand.Before this, the Pimpri Chinchwad police arrested as many as 55 people, including 12 women, suspected to be involved in petty thefts and robberies which took place during the Palkhi processions. They were arrested by police teams comprising personnel who were disguised as Warkaris.
In view of the rally, the Mumbai police tightened security in the city.Mumbai/Pune: Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra following a rebellion by senior Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde and others, the loyalists of party president and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took out a two-wheeler rally in Mumbai and held protests in parts of Pune against the dissident leaders on Sunday.Sena workers and its local functionaries, led by the Pune city unit president Gajanan Tharkude, staged 'jode maro' (hit with footwear) protests at two places - outside Balgandharva auditorium and in Kothrud - and raised slogans against the rebels.The party workers were seen hitting Mr Shinde's photo with footwear."These protests are meant to put out a message that Shiv Sainiks will not forgive the traitors," Mr Tharkude said.Party corporators, local office-bearers and workers took part in the agitations, he said, adding that a two-wheeler rally was also organised in support of Mr Thackeray.On Saturday, Sena workers, led by corporator Vishal Dhanwade, had vandalised the office of rebel MLA Tanaji Sawant in Katraj area for "betryaing" chief minister Thackeray.Meanwhile, in Mumbai, a large number of party workers, including women, assembled outside the office of 'Saamana', Shiv Sena's mouthpiece, at Prabhadevi and took out a two-wheeler rally raising slogans against Mr Shinde and rebel MLAs.A Sena supporter, who took part in the rally, said, "Hindutva is with Uddhav Thackeray. If rebel MLAs have to say anything, then they should come to Mumbai instead of sitting in Guwahati.""Shiv Sena belongs to Balasaheb Thackeray. Nobody else can stake claim to it. We are here to support Uddhav Thackeray," another party worker said.In view of the rally, the Mumbai police tightened security in the area, an official said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMeanwhile, a signboard carrying the name of Byculla MLA Yamini Jadhav, who is one of the party rebels, was found blackened. The board is positioned under the Byculla bridge, a police official said.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Pune city police have initiated action against illegal hoardings and banners in the city. A press release issued Saturday stated that as many as 1,400 illegal hoardings and banners were identified in the Pune city limits.Pune News1Pune police begin crackdown on illegal banners, hoardings in city2Pune: A celebration of writing and reading at DAV Public School’s literature conclave3Pune Municipal Corporation elections: Woman voters outnumber men in 6 wardsMore from PuneThe city police, along with the Pune Municipal Corporation authorities, have initiated legal action against these illegal hoardings and banners, it said. Amitabh Gupta, Commissioner of Pune city police, has appealed to citizens to inform the police at control room number 112 if they find any illegal hoarding against which action hasn’t been taken. Express SubscriptionDo not hit the wall, subscribe for the best coverage out of India starting at just $5 per monthSubscribe NowThe city police, along with the Pune Municipal Corporation authorities, have initiated legal action against these illegal hoardings and banners, it said. Amitabh Gupta, Commissioner of Pune city police, has appealed to citizens to inform the police at control room number 112 if they find any illegal hoarding against which action hasn’t been taken. Express SubscriptionDo not hit the wall, subscribe for the best coverage out of India starting at just $5 per monthSubscribe Now
NEW DELHI: The Maharashtra assembly deputy speaker has summoned 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs on a disqualification petition. They have been asked to respond by Monday. But the rebel camp is confident that the ruling will go in its favour if the matter lands in court. The Shiv Sena in an executive committee meeting on Saturday authorised party chief Uddhav Thackeray to take action against the rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde. Both sides are doubling down on their respective positions, as Maharashtra stares at a protracted political turmoil. Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan met NCP chief Sharad Pawar in Mumbai this morning. Maharashtra political crisis live updatesHere are the latest developments from the unfolding political saga in Maharashtra: Sena activists demonstrate against rebels in Mumbai, Pune Despite prohibitory orders in place, Shiv Sena workers hit the streets in large numbers for a bike rally to protest against the rebel MLAs outside the Saamana office in Mumbai. In Pune too, Sena workers vented their anger against Eknath Shinde and his loyalist MLAs. Pune, Maharashtra | Shiv Sena workers hold 'joote maro andolan' against rebel Shiv Sena MLAs https://t.co/fFvLrtIJM2— ANI (@ANI) 1656223717000No provision for split, merger only option for Shinde: ExpertsFormer principal secretary (legislature secretariat) Anant Kalse felt that the Shinde camp’s homework on the anti-defection law was grossly inadequate, while retired Justice B G Kolse Patil said that the Shiv Sena leader has been trapped and it may not be possible for him to come out of it. Former speaker Arun Gujarathi and former minister Eknath Khadse said that in the days to come, Maharashtra will witness a long-drawn legal battle involving the deputy speaker, governor and the election commission. Read AlsoMaharashtra political crisis: Eknath Shinde, state may be staring at long-drawn legal battleA senior NCP leader said since merger is the only option before Shinde, it will not be a smooth affair.Rebel camp confident of a favourable court rulingRebel Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar, who is in Guwahati, told TOI that the group supporting Eknath Shinde will move the Bombay high court early next week to challenge the decision of Uddhav Thackeray to replace Shinde from the party chief whip’s post and to appoint a new MLA to the post. “We will be moving court by Monday or Tuesday. Our group has the backing of the majority of Sena legislators. We are confident the court would give its verdict in our favour,” Kesarkar added, stating the rebel group would also make a similar move if the 16 MLAs are disqualified. Read AlsoFighting to save Sena from MVA’s crocodile grip: Eknath ShindeAttempting to tighten the screws as reports emerged on Saturday that Shiv Sena’s rebel MLAs may have to merge with another party to escape anti-defection laws, Sena MP Sanjay Raut tweeted after the party resolution, “If they want to ask for votes it should be in their father’s name, not inProhibitory orders in Mumbai till July 10The prohibitory orders issued by the city police under section 37 of the Mumbai Police (MP) Act in the first week of June, ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections, will continue to remain in place till July 10. It bans the assembly of five or more persons at one place. With tempers running high among Shiv Sena workers following the rebellion by party leader Eknath Shinde, the Mumbai police have deployed its personnel at the city-based offices of various political parties and leaders, including ministers, MLAs and MPs, and their residences as a security measure, an official said on Saturday.