Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 22-11-2022 | 10:41 am
PUNE: The health department of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has reported three suspected cases of measles from the Chikhali and Kudalwadi slum areas. The blood samples have been sent for investigations, officials told TOI on Monday. Suspected samples are those drawn from patients exhibiting known symptoms such as fever, cough and a rash. Such investigations are routine. But measles outbreaks in parts of the state have put the health machinery on heightened alert. Pavan Salve, the civic body's additional health and medical officer, said: “We have had a meeting with several doctors and experts to discuss precautionary steps. No confirmed cases have been detected so far in our limits.” In Pune city, the PMC’s immunisation officer Suryakant Devkar said the civic body sent 116 suspected samples to NIV for testing this year. “None of these samples turned out to be positive. These are samples collected from January onwards. An immunisation drive is currently underway at our hospitals,” Devkar said.
Two employees of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) were assaulted on December 5 after they cut the power connection to some houses in the Kondhwa area of Pune for non-payment of bills, police said. Police have booked four persons who also threatened to kill the officials.A First Information Report in the case has been registered based on the complaint of Shankar Rondhe, 32, a senior MSEDCL technician with the Kondhwa branch.According to police, the incident took place last Monday near Hajra Complex area in Kondhwa, when Rondhe and his colleague Siddharth Chavan had gone to recover long-pending power bills of consumers in Mithanagar, Bhagyoday Nagar, and Hajra Complex areas.“Around 11 am, Rondhe and Chavan cut the power supply to four houses and removed their electric meters as part of punitive action. When they were returning to their office to submit the meters, they were intercepted by four persons from the Hajra Complex building. The suspects punched and kicked Rondhe for snapping their power supply. They also hit Chavan as he tried to intervene,” said an officer.According to the complaint, the suspects also threatened to kill them if they came to their area again and snatched the power meters they had confiscated.Rondhe and Chavan approached the Kondhwa police after receiving basic treatment at Sassoon General Hospital in Pune. “Based on the initial investigation, a case has been registered against Afzal Kadar Kapadia, Asif Kadar Kapadia, Mohammed Afzal Kapadia, and one more person,” said an officer from Kondhwa police station.Police have invoked various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) pertaining to assault on public servants, voluntarily causing hurt to public servants and criminal intimidation among others. Police are yet to make arrests in the case.
Days after Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch busted a racket that supplied private data of individuals at a price, officials said the information had not been obtained from UIDAI — which secures Aadhaar card data — but was compiled from three to four different sources.The Crime Branch also arrested two more accused in the case from Pune on Tuesday, taking the total number of arrests in the case to six, including an accused who was arrested from Telangana.In the last week of November, the Crime Branch had arrested two brothers, Rahul (28) and Nikhil Eligati (25), who had created the websites — ‘tracenow.co.in’ and ‘www.fonivotech.com’ — which allegedly provided private data of residents of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Delhi.The data included everything from a person’s Aadhaar card number, address, date of birth and mobile numbers of relatives. This data was sold mainly to loan recovery agents at a monthly subscription cost of Rs 2,000,half-year subscription cost of Rs 12,000 or an annual subscription cost of Rs 24,000. A senior officer said that with six arrests so far, the Crime Branch has found that the accused had complied personal data of individuals from three to four places, including data leaked by telecom companies, vehicle data portals, and a popular Internet company, among others.“While initially we were looking into the possibility that the accused may have had access to the UIDAI server, it turns out that this is not the case,” said the officer.He added, “So far during the probe, we have found that the main purpose of the portal was to provide alternate details of people who took loans from loan recovery agents and had not paid back the amount. Some of them change their numbers and even addresses, which is when numbers of family members and neighbours are used by agents to track them down. Since the amounts involved are huge, they are willing to pay these portals for access to details.”An officer said that they have also identified the ‘mastermind’ of the racket, the seventh accused in the case who is currently on the run. “Once we arrest the seventh accused, we will get complete clarity on the manner in which the entire operation was carried out,” said the officer.So far, those arrested include three persons from Mumbai, two from Pune and one from Telangana.
Pune: The second National Finswimming Championships will be held at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Mhalunge-Balewadi here from December 9 to 11.The sport, which is held both indoor and outdoor, combines aspects of swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. It involves swimmers competing on and below the surface of the water with equipment like masks, snorkel, fins and scuba sets.The disciplines include surface finswimming, apnoea or apnea finswimming (holding one’s breath throughout the race), immersion finswimming (with breathing apparatus) and bi-fins.The championship is yet to be recognised by Ministry of Sports.The sport is not on the Olympic programme. “In traditional swimming we use the term stroke, as in backstroke and breaststroke. In Finswimming, we use the term technique,” explained Tapan Panigrahi, a Dronacharya awardee in swimming and now the secretary general of USFI.“The races are held over 50 metres, 100m and 200m. One event which involves swimmers competing without breathing aid is called apnea, and it is held over only 50m in order to prevent health hazard.”Skipper and Maha fall shortCaptain Sushrut Sawant fell short of a century and Maharashtra trailed on first innings to Madhya Pradesh in the Vijay Merchant Trophy Under-16 cricket match in Surat on Wednesday.Having restricted the hosts to a modest 298, Maharashtra boys came up short by 25 runs with Sushrut making a stocky 96 from 168 balls with 13 hits to the fence.At stumps on the second day, Madhya Pradesh were 18 for no loss.Opener Sahil Parakh made a rollicking 58 from 41 balls to provide Maharashtra a solid start by barring Dirgh Brammecha (32, 44b, 4x4, 1x6), rest of the batters failed to provide any support to Sawant.U-19 women thrash Arunachal Ishita Khale picked up 4-4 with eight maiden overs as Maharashtra routed Arunachal Pradesh for a six-wicket victory in a BCCI Under-19 women’s one-day cricket match in Dehradun on Wednesday.Aachal Agarwal (2-11) and Utkarsha Kadam (2-14) lent support to Ishita as Maharashtra restricted Arunachal for 74 and then won in 14.5 overs. Arunachal did well to extend their innings till the penultimate ball of the allotted 50 overs with D Popi (16, 70b) and S Prasher (20, 72b) playing patient knocks.In Pune, Uttar Pradesh bundled out Hyderabad for 110 before overhauling the target in 38 overs for a six-wicket win; Kerala skittled out Bihar for 89 in a seven-wicket win; and Tamil Nadu overwhelmed Jammu and Kashmir by 10 wickets while chasing 126.
Mumbai: Chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday reviewed the progress of the Mumbai beautification works ahead of the G20 (Group of 20) meeting which will be held in the city later this month. Officials said that 187 beautification works will get underway on Thursday. A statement from the CM’s office said the projects will visually transform Mumbai and add to its glory. “Beautification work has been accelerated in the last four months. Decisions like concretization of roads, beautification of koliwadas, and upgradation of hospitals will add to the glory of dynamic Mumbai. The meetings of the G20 Council are being held in Maharashtra and the first meeting will be held in Mumbai,”the statement said. According to the statement, 5,000 cleanliness ambassadors should be appointed to beautify Mumbai in order to ensure a change in its appearance by giving priority to cleanliness. “Important buildings should be illuminated, important roads, squares, skywalks, flyovers should be beautified. This work should be undertaken on a mission mode,” the statement from the CM’s office stated.This year, India received the presidency of G20. Officials said that 161 meetings or events will be held in India of which 14 are to be held in Maharashtra. In the state, these meetings will be held in Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur. A meeting of the G20’s Development Task is scheduled to be held in Mumbai from December 13 to 16.
PUNE: Three men on Sunday night forcibly took a medical student (21) to a sugarcane field, thrashed him with canes, disrobed him and took his pictures before forcing him to withdraw Rs14,500 from an ATM after threatening to make his photos public when he tried to thwart one of the trio's initial bid to rob him of Rs15,000 in Baramati. The student was waylaid when he was returning to the college hostel. He filed a complaint with the Baramati taluka police on Monday. A police officer said, "A motorcyclist stopped the student near the medical college around 8.30pm. He abused the student and forcibly took Rs15,000 from the latter's wallet." He said when the student resisted, two others surfaced. "After the robber told the duo that the student was resisting him, the trio thrashed him and took him to a nearby sugarcane farm. They disrobed him and thrashed him," the officer said. He said one of them clicked the student's nude photographs and threatened to make them public, if he did not give them more money. "When the student agreed, the trio took him to an ATM kiosk. One of them covered his face and entered with the student to withdraw Rs14,500. The trio then fled. The student has given us the registration number of a motorcycle. We have also obtained the CCTV footage," he said.