Pune News Today Live Updates: Water cuts in several areas today; Actor Vikram Gokhale in ICU at Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital – The Indian Express

Pune Latest News Updates: Several parts of Pune city will not get water on Thursday due to urgent repair work undertaken by the state power utility on the supply to various water pumping stations of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). PMC has informed that the civic administration has planned for repair and maintenance at Parvati, Cantonment, SNDT and Vadgaon water works. The areas that fall under these water works’ jurisdictions will not get water, while Kothrud and Shivajinagar areas will get water at low pressure.
In other news, a day after Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai said around 40 villages of Jat taluka in Sangli district have demanded their merger with the southern state due to water crisis, the district administration has said that none of the villages in question had sought water tankers from the district collectorate in the last five months. The district administration said there are 67 villages in the border areas of Maharashtra and Karnataka. “Of the 40 villages which passed the resolution 10 years ago for inclusion in the Karnataka state, only eight faced water crisis in May-June,” the admin said.
Veteran actor Vikram Gokhale continues to be in serious condition and has been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Pune’s Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital. There is no official statement from the hospital following the family’s request for privacy. It has been reliably learnt that the veteran actor was admitted to the hospital last week. “He has multiple problems,” those in the know of Gokhale’s condition told The Indian Express.
Maharashtra on Thursday reported 52 Covid-19 cases, which took the state’s tally to 81,35,450, while the death toll stood unchanged at 1,48,404, a health official said. It was a dip from the 89 cases reported on Wednesday, he pointed out.
Pune circle led with 18 new cases, followed by 17 in Mumbai circle, seven in Nashik circle, four in Aurangabad circle, two each in Nagpur and Akola circles and one each in Kolhapur and Latur circles, he said. The recovery count increased by 109 in the last 24 hours to touch 79,86,489, leaving the state with an active caseload of 557, the official said. (PTI)
Bharatiya Janata Party MP Udayanraje Bhosale, a descendent of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, on Thursday slammed Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and party colleague Sudhanshu Trivedi for their alleged objectionable remarks about the iconic 17th century king.
He also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded Koshyari’s removal from the post. While Koshyari is facing flak for calling the founder of the Maratha Empire an icon of olden times, Trivedi allegedly said that Shivaji Maharaj had apologised to Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
Bhosale, who on Tuesday wrote to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis seeking action against Koshyari and Trivedi, told reporters here that Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar were on stage when the governor spoke about Shivaji Maharaj. (PTI)
With a high demand for Indian sugar in the international market, mills are racing to ink agreements for exports.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Rahil Shaikh, vice-president of the All India Sugar Traders Association, talked about the agreements with various mills for the export of a total of 60 lakh tonne of sugar which would be completed by December while the physical deliveries to be executed by March-end.
After last year’s record 112 lakh tonne of exports, Indian millers talked about another year of good overseas sales. The central government had issued a mill-wise quota for exports with a total 60 lakh tonne of sugar expected to be shipped out in the first tranche. The industry hopes that the government would allow exports of 20 lakh tonne of further exports once the first lot is exported out. (Read more)
The Navale Bridge in Pune’s Narhe – a busy bridge on the Katraj Dehu Road bypass of the Mumbai-Bengaluru Highway – that witnessed a truck ramming into several vehicles Sunday night, was tagged as the ‘most dangerous patch of road’ in Pune in 2021, with a 500-metre stretch on the bridge reporting 30 accidents in which 17 persons died and 24 more were grievously injured.
Navale Bridge remained the most perilous patch among the list of 19 road stretches in Pune identified as accident black spots that together witnessed 200 accidents, 106 deaths, and 126 grievous injuries in 2021. While the traffic police say that efforts have been made to make commuting safer along these black spots – there is still a long way to go. (Read more)
Over five lakh citizens are going to gain from the ongoing work of the flyover on Sinhagad road which has gained momentum with more than half of its pillars erected and the construction of slabs being started.
It is among a chain of flyovers on the main Sinhagad Road from Rajaram Bridge to Funtime Cinema. The 1,890-metre-long flyover from the city area to Sinhagad Road locality would take off from Vithalwadi and land in front of Funtime Cinema theatre jumping six junctions in all.
The 1,540-metre-long flyover from the Sinhagad Road locality to Pune City will take off from in front of Indian Hume Pipe Company in Manikbaug and land at Inamdar chowk near Ranka Jewellers store in Hingane jumping four junctions. There will be another flyover of 495 metre that will take off from Vithalwadi and land near Veer Baji Pasalkar Udyan while jumping the main junction of Rajaram bridge. (Read more)
The second stealth-guided missile destroyer of Project 15B, which was built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, was delivered to the Indian Navy on Thursday. When commissioned, the ship will be christened INS Mormugao.
The contract for four ships of Project 15B was signed in January 2011. This project is a follow-on of the Kolkata-class destroyers built under Project 15A commissioned over the last decade. The lead ship of Project 15B, INS Visakhapatnam, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in November last year.
Designed by the Warship Design Bureau, Indian Navy’s in-house organisation and built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in Mumbai, the four ships of the project are christened after cities from four corners of the country — Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal and Surat. (Read more)
As the 2022 Fifa World Cup fever grips Pune city, several restaurants and bars have upped the ante to make the match-viewing experience for football fans exciting. From country flags and buntings welcoming football fans to attractive discounts on food and drinks, the atmosphere is all set for a celebration of football with friends.
Sakshi Gautum, social media manager of Swig Bar and Eatery, said that till the end of the tournament on December 18, they will hold a score prediction contest “In the World Cup spirit, we have a daily ‘predict the score’ contest. All that the customers have to do is predict the number of goals in a match and the one with the correct prediction gets a beer. We are also working towards having a fantasy football competition soon and some football gaming events, aside from the regular happy hours (a period when drinks are sold more cheaply than usual ) we have between 7 pm to 11 pm,” she said. Read more
Deenenath Mangeshkar hospital has notified people on Vikram Gokhale’s health to dispell rumours. The press release informs that a meeting between family of renowned actor Mr. Vikram Gokhale and treating doctors took place at 10:00 am. He is on ventilatory support and is being treated in critical care unit. They further said that news about him being deeply comatose and unresponsive are completely false. 
A power transformer located near the municipal school in Dattawadi of Pune area caught fire on Thursday morning around 8.45 am. Firefighters from Pune City Fire Brigade used foam to bring the fire under control within 10 minutes. No injuries were reported in the incident. 
The Pune city police have arrested two men belonging to Madhya Pradesh with marijuana worth Rs 2 lakh, said officials Thursday. They have identified the accused as Ajay Muktilal Pawar and Arvin Sukhlal Solanki, both 28.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of the Anti-narcotics Cell of the Pune city police Crime Branch laid a trap and nabbed the two suspects carrying bags on their shoulders in Yerwada on Wednesday. During their search, the team recovered 10.31 kg of marijuana worth Rs 2.06 lakh from these bags. The police seized the contraband along with the bags and cell phones of the accused. Read more
There will be a break in winter chill experienced last week. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a rising trend in the night temperatures till early next week. The minimum temperatures will hover between 13–18 degrees. Night temperatures over Vidarbha are set to drop in the coming days. 
Partly cloudy sky conditions are likely to prevail over the city on Thursday afternoon.

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Mostly, dry weather will prevail. Night temperatures over Vidarbha are set to drop in the coming days.

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“Vikram Gokhale is still critical and on life support. Please pray for his speedy recovery,” informed Vikram Gokhale’s daughter to ANI as rumours started to float around today around his death. 
Eminent actor Vikram Gokhale has reportedly been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Pune’s Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital in a critical condition. 
“Veteran Actor Vikram Gokhale is still critical and on life support, he has not passed away yet. Keep praying for him,” confirms Vikram Gokhale’s daughter

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Jio is expanding the availability of its ‘True’ 5G network in India. The company has now confirmed that the Jio 5G network is now available in the city of Pune. Jio network users in Pune will be able to access free unlimited 5G network with up to 1Gbps download speed on select smartphones by registering on the Jio Welcome Offer portal on the My Jio app.
The Jio 5G network is now available across 12 major cities in India, which includes cities such as Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. In all these cities, Jio claims that a user should get an average download speed of at least 500Mbps.
Amid an increase in the number of measles cases, the Centre has asked states to consider administering an additional dose of measles and rubella vaccines to all children aged nine months to five years, in vulnerable areas. Recently, increased numbers of measles cases were reported from certain districts of Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala and Maharashtra. In a letter to the Principal Health Secretary of Maharashtra that was also marked to all states and Union territories, the Health Ministry said this surge is of particular concern from the public health point of view. (PTI)
PMC informed that the power utility is taking up urgent repair work at Parvati substation and the civic administration has planned for repair and maintenance at Parvati, Cantonment, SNDT and Vadgaon water works.
The areas that will have water cut include central part of the city, Peth areas, Satara road area, Deccan, Swargate, Shivajinagar, Lokmanyanagar, Rajendranagar, Karve road, Kothrud, Senapati Bapat road, Bhosalenagar, Bhandarkar road, Prabhat road, APte road, Ghole road, Erandwane, SNDT area, University, Kirkee, Sangamwadi, Mula road, Kirkee Cantonment Board, Aundh, Bopodi, Sanewadi, Sakalnagar, Sahakarnagar, Padmavati, Bibewadi, Salisbury Park, Parvati gaothan, Meethanagar, Kondhwa Khurd, Pune Cantonment, Koregon Park, Wanowrie, Nagarroad, ALandi road, Vadgaonsheri.
Eminent actor Vikram Gokhale has reportedly been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Pune’s Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital in a critical condition.

There is no official statement from the hospital following the family’s request for privacy. It has been reliably learnt that the veteran actor was admitted to the hospital last week. “He has multiple problems,” those in the know of Gokhale’s condition told The Indian Express. Read More
The former chief justice of India Uday Umesh Lalit being presented a memento during an event to celebrate 75 years of establishment of Pune Bar Association and 100 years of foundation stone laying of Pune District Court building, in Pune district, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (PTI Photo)


A 32-year-old man from Pune who was previously into construction business was allegedly kidnapped and beaten to death last week for the money he owed to bookies for cricket betting, police said Wednesday.

The probe has revealed that the suspects had been threatening the man and demanding their money back, prior to the abduction on November 15. Read More
Veteran film, television and stage actor Vikram Gokhale has been admitted to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune following health complications. Gokhale’s family on Wednesday confirmed that the 82-year-old actor is critical.

They shared with indianexpress.com, “He was doing ok a few days ago. Won’t say that he was fine as he has multiple health issues. He has been at the hospital for the last few days and was recovering too, but from yesterday he’s critical. We are waiting for the doctors to tell us about the way forward. Hopefully tomorrow they’ll tell us more, tell us what needs to be done. But he is critical, and that’s all we can say.” Read More


With a few meetings of the G20 summit likely to be held in Pune next year, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has begun preparations by undertaking road repair work in parts of the city where delegates are likely to visit.

“The PMC has decided to beautify the various junctions on city roads ahead of the G20 summit in the city. The beautification work is undertaken a Built Operate Transfer (BOT) basis,” said Prashant Waghmare, City Engineer, PMC. Read More
Pune is a thriving centre of starups and business and this new venture in the city is taking wellness treatment to different heights.
Pune Inc: National award-winning Atmantan centre takes wellness treatment to greater heights
Twenty years ago, Nikhil Kapur, an ironman triathlete and sports nutritionist, realized that the pace of wealth creation in India had gained steam, and it was giving rise to chronic ailments, commonly referred to as rich man’s diseases that used to be witnessed in the West earlier. With wellness as his focus, the Fergusson College and Symbiosis Institute of Business Management graduate along with his wife Sharmilee Agarwal Kapur founded a wellness centre near Pune on a lush Sahyadri mountain range overlooking Mulshi dam, and called it Atmantan Wellness Centre. Atmantan refers to ‘Atma’ (soul), ‘Mana’ (mind) and ‘Tann’ (body). The centre was formally opened on World Health Day, April 7, 2016.
Another interesting read would be to know more about the history of the gangs in Pune. How has Pune’s underworld changed over the years.
Know your City: How Pune’s underworld has changed with the times, from tangas and soda bottles to SUVs and social media
In the 60s and 70s, gangsters in Pune roamed around the city on tangas or horse carriages to commit crimes. Their favoured choice of weapons? Bicycle chains, Rampuri knives, and in some cases, even soda bottles. Decades later, police officials say, Pune’s underworld has changed. Organised gangs now use high-end SUVs, sophisticated foreign-made firearms – and social media – to claim their supremacy.
Crime in the city however has changed its ugly form as the recent case of suicide in the city where the mastermind was arrested from a village in Rajasthan
Pune sextortion & suicide case: ‘Mastermind’ arrested from Rajasthan village
In a breakthrough, the Pune city police arrested the alleged mastermind behind several sextortion crimes in the country from a village in Rajasthan. The accused is involved in the case involving a 19-year-old from Pune, who died by suicide after being blackmailed by a “woman” with whom he came in contact through social media, police said. The accused has been identified as Anwar Suban Khan (29), a resident of Gothri Guru village in Lachhmangarh taluka of Alwar district of Rajasthan. Similar to Jamtara village in Jharkhand, many youngsters from the village were found to have been trained in committing digital crimes like the online “sextortion” case in Pune, police said.

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