Woman attacked with acid in Pimpri

An FIR was registered on July 4 at the Pimpri Police station by a woman who was victim to an acid attack. The incident took place on July 1 around 4pm, after which she was immediately rushed to the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH). The complaint was registered against 4 unidentified people.

The victim was identified as Anita Deepak, who is a resident of Mahatama Phule Nagar in Chinchwad. According to Pune Mirror, the woman was attacked while she was on her way back from work. She was attacked while passing through an isolated area around Ramnagar. Two of the attackers held her from behind and the other two threw acid on her. The acid was brought in a black bottle.

According to the sub inspector of Pimpri police station,Sharad Kamble, “She doesn’t remember anything that can help us identify the culprits”. Also, the area where the incident took place was an open ground and devoid of CCTV cameras.

The accused have been booked under sections 326(A) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code for causing voluntary injuries through dangerous weapons.

Sources: Pune Mirror and Indian Express

Speeding tanker kills six software engineers in Pune

The night journey for 15 software engineers was a tragic one. A water tanker rammed into their minibus. Six were killed and nine were injured in the incident that happened late Sunday night.

A report in Mid-day notified that the deceased had gone to Sonai in Ahmednangar district for a friend’s wedding. They had been on their way home to Pune after the function. A Lonikhand police station official mentioned “The young techies who died include Vaibhav Mane (27), Vishal Chauhan (29), Nupur Sahu (26), Akshay Dabhade (28), Mahesh Pawar (28) and Nikhil Jadhav (26).”

As per a report in The Times of India the bodies were taken to Sasson Hospital for postmortem and other procedures. The injured persons were rushed to a private hospital in Wagholi. Inspector Sarjerao Patil stated, “The water tanker was heading towards Ahmednagar when the driver lost control. The vehicle hit the minibus on the opposite direction after it went over the road divider.” Ranjit Kadam , an engineer from the group informed TOI, “I was only fortunate to receive minor injuries on my finger since I was seated next to the driver in the front seat.”

The tanker collided with a car after hitting the minibus. A couple escaped with minor injuries.

Sources: TOI, Mid-Day

Pune records highest rains in last four years

Pune city got 50% excess rainfall this year in the month of June. The city received 200.7 mm precipitation since the onset of monsoon, as per the data of Meteorological Department. It was 70mm more than normal June rainfall.

Pune made its place in the top 5 wettest districts, with Mahabaleshwar getting the highest rains at 180mm following Pune, Harnai (90 mm), Alibaug (70 mm) and Ratnagiri (40mm) in Konkan district as on Friday.

AK Srivastava, head, climate monitoring and analysis group at IMD, Pune said, “With the positive climate frameworks causing downpours over Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra anticipated that would move towards north, there might be a slight lessening in the precipitation power in the start of one week from now”.  However, the dams that supply water to Pune city are yet to see a calculable ascent in their water levels — Pawana and Panshet dams are 30 for every penny full while the circumstance in Warasgaon and Temghar are yet to see a change. IMD authorities have said that the power of the precipitation will decrease somewhat in the following a few days, and will increment again by July 5. ” clarified AK Srivastava, head, atmosphere observing and examination amass at IMD, Pune.

Despite heavy rainfall, Pawana and Panshet dams are 30% full.  IMD authorities have analysed rainfall to decrease in a few days, and will increment again by July 5.

Sources: Indian Express, Times of India

Kerala Muslim Jamaat’s Pune unit sets up women’s wing

Since its inception a century ago, the Poona wing of the Kerala Muslim Jamaat has organized a women’s wing according to a report in the Indian Express.
Newly appointed president of the wing is Shani Naushad, who said that women of the community are happy with this development. She also mentioned that it is also the first branch of the Kerala Muslim Jamaat to have a women’s wing. The Jamaat also has other divisions set up in various cities across the country.
Naushad would like to gather all the women in the society and envision future plans. Her initial focus will be on improving education – she would like to try and expand on the literacy rate of the community.
Abdul Gafoor who is a trustee of the Jamaat endorsed the move adding that women are excelling in various fields. They have already been involved in various projects carried out by the society earlier, and this dedicated wing will help increase their involvement.
Currently, the Jamaat has more than 500 members out of which 75 are women. Set up initially as a ‘Dead Body Committee’ after a cholera outburst 100 years ago in Pune, the Jamaat’s role has expanded from just carrying out last rites of persons without families. They now help the community in various way that include finance and education for the underprivileged.
The office of the Kerala Jamaat is located in Pune city. Another office was also set up in the PCMC, which has 50 women members currently.

Trees to be axed by PMC reduced to 35

Pune Municipal Corporation announced its decision to reduce the number of trees to be cut to 35 for re-designing of Rajbhavan road that comes under Smart City Mission’s Urban Street Design policy. The project would have initially required felling of 105 trees from Savitribai Phule Pune University road till Bremen road and Aundh. The green activists, however, are still not happy as they believe that the number can be reduced further.

The pilot project of Smart City mission involving renovation and widening of Jangali Maharaj Road began followed by PMC’s announcement similar renovations for 15 other roads in the city.

Rajendra Raut, Chief Superintendent Engineer of the PMC road department said, “We earlier faced a similar issue with the removal of 105 existing trees on the stretch in question for road widening. After reworking the project, adjusting utilities and pedestrian pathways, we started work and reduced the number of trees to be cut. A proposal has also been submitted to the tree authority for approval.”

Ironically, these very roads also came under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) improvements and PMC has already spent Rs 72 crores since 2008. Despite heavy finances, the roads and pavements are still encroached by hawkers, cycle tracks are in pathetic condition and regular digging work for utility services disrupts traffic leading to congestion.

When questioned about the difference between JNNURM and Smart City roads project, Raut defended that the aim is to make them pedestrian friendly this time. Hence, the components would be almost the same, but redesigning will be done within the available width of roads.

News Source: Pune Mirror

Image Source: Times Of India



NCP and BJP candidates enters into violent clashes

Pune: Chinchwad area of Pune saw election campaign turn unruly after candidates of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) got into clashes with one another, resulting in complaints filed from both ends.

A BJP worker complained that he and his fellow party workers were assaulted by NCP workers in the Anandnagar slums at around 10.45 on Saturday night, reported TOI .

According to the complaint filed at the Chichwad Police station, the members of BJP reached Anandnagar after learning that the NCP workers were distributing cash in order to buy votes for the elections. Four persons from the NCP were booked under the case, Vitthal Kaubade of the Chichwad police told TOI.

In another instance, the sitting woman NCP corporator from Chichwad registered a complaint with the police stating that 15-20 BJP workers hurled stones at her apartment in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

According to the complaint lodged, the BJP workers forced themselves into the house and assaulted the women of the family. They allegedly broke the window panes by hurling stones before leaving the housing complex premises.

The two parties are strong contenders in the Pune Municipal Corporation elections. Chichwad area is set to for the polls on February 21.


  1. TIMES OF INDIA http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/ncp-bjp-workers-clash-in-chinchwad/articleshow/57240461.cms
  2. PCMC TIMES-http://pcmctimes.com/politicsnews/ncp-bjp-workers-clash-in-chinchwad

Parties make last bid to woo voters ahead of polling tomorrow

Ahead of the polling day for the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) tomorrow, most of the candidates were seen taking to the streets. 

A total of 162 corporators will be elected from the 41 electoral panels in PMC, with the state government introducing four-ward electoral panels for the civic elections. 1,090 candidates are in the fray to make it to the civic body. The NCP has forged a pre-poll alliance with the Congress in some seats to retain the power, while the BJP, MNS and Shiv Sena are going for it alone to display their strength in the city politics.

In 2014, BJP had won the Lok Sabha seat from the city with a record margin and also managed to win all the eight Assembly seats from the city. The campaign for BJP was led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The party had also roped in Union Ministers Manohar Parrikar, Venkaiah Naidu and Prakash Javadekar for campaigning.

This time, even after the campaigning ended, party workers were spotted moving around the city, urging people to vote for their candidates. In Pimpri-Chinchwad, padyatras, roadshows and door-to-door campaigning marked the last day of electioneering. Corner sabhas or rallies, however, were conspicuously missing. The town wore a festive look as it also celebrated Shiv Jayanti with gusto.

News Source: Times of India, Indian Express

Image Source: Indian Express