Steady rain pushes up stock in 4 dams to halfway mark

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PUNE: The collective storage in the four dams that supply water to the city reached the halfway mark on Saturday evening. The stock in Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar touched 50.52% due to the consistent rain in the catchment areas during the week. The stock was at 14.73 thousand million cubic feet (TMC) on Saturday evening, which is equivalent to the city’s annual water requirement. Though the city has been allowed to lift 11.5 TMC water per year, the civic administration has been drawing around 15 TMC water, considering the…

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PMC to raze illegal kiosks near Air Force Station gate

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PUNE: The Ahmednagar road ward office of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will demolish 30 illegal kiosks in the vicinity of the quarter gate of the Air Force Station (AFS), in Lohegaon. The decision was taken following a recent meeting of the civic officials with the Indian Air Force personnel, who had expressed concern about the illegal structures. “We will soon demolish these illegal kiosks. During the meeting, the IAF officials had agreed to provide security, if required, during the demolition drive,” said Santosh Gaikwad, the ward officer. After the…

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Dirty picture of dry police lines pain residents

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PUNE: The water supply to Shivajinagar Police Lines was restored on Saturday, a day after over 500 police personnel and their spouses staged a protest, but the flow was inadequate to meet the demand of the residents of the quarters. Hazaribi Ismail Shaikh, a resident of the police lines next to Modern College, said, “There was no water on Thursday and Friday. The supply was restored on Saturday for half-an-hour in low pressure, which was insufficient to complete our household chores.” Worse than slums N D Naik, a resident of…

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Girl’s scooter skids in pothole, truck crushes her

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PUNE: A pothole at Khadi Machine Chowk on Katraj-Phursungi road snuffed out life of 20-year-old Zainab Mushtaq Hatyari of Kondhwa on Friday afternoon. Zainab was off-balanced when her scooter fell in pothole on the edge of the road. She fell off her vehicle and a speeding truck ran over her. The Kondhwa police said Zainab fell after her scooter entered the pothole on the edge of the road. Before she could be back on her feet, the speeding truck ran over her. The truck driver sped away from the spot.…

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Uddhav questions BJP’s failure over Ram Mandir

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PUNE: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said the BJP had failed to take decisions on key issues like the construction of Ram Mandir, introduction of uniform civil code and the abolition of Article 370 despite having a majority. “If the decision on note ban can be taken within a few minutes, why the decision on Ram Mandir cannot be taken in years despite having a majority? The BJP can take a firm stand on these issues because it has majority. Nothing has been done in the past four…

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People wary of snarls after Metro re-alignment

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PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (MahaMetro) has changed the alignment of the project from the median of the BRTS corridor to the service lane. But this move has sparked concerns that traffic congestion will worsen on the service road. The alignment pertains to a 2km stretch of the Pimpri-Swargate corridor. “We had noticed that the MahaMetro had dug pits to lay the foundation for two pillars in the dedicated bus lane in Kharalwadi, ahead of Babasaheb Ambedkar chowk,” said Vijay Bhojane, the head of the BRTS cell. “So,…

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Voters’ drive: 8.16 L households to be covered

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PUNE: In less than 20 days, the booth level officers (BLOs) involved in door-to-door voters’ registration drive in Pune district will need to cover roughly 8.16 lakh households. If they fail, the BLOs will face action, said Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram after a meeting with election officials in Mumbai on Thursday. The Election Commission of India has instructed the state to wrap up the door-to-door registration and voters’ name-checking campaign by July 31. The district collector said it is a humungous task, but the officials will ensure that…

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Google mapping to keep tabs on plantation drive

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The forest department’s Pune office will ensure Google mapping of the tree plantation drive undertaken by the state government since July1. As many as 33 departments of the state government are involved in the drive. “This is for the first time that Google mapping will be done in Maharashtra to check the authenticity of the claims made by various government departments related to meeting their respective targets,” said Vaibhav Bhalerao, assistant conservator of forest department, Pune. The government has roped in all departments to improve the state’s green cover by…

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EU film fest closes at NFAI auditorium in Pune

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PUNE: The European Union Film Festival for 2018 concluded at the auditorium of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) on Saturday. The festival, which started on July 6 with the French film 9 Mois Ferme, ended with the screening of Belgian science-fiction drama Labyrinthe. In all, 24 films were screened at the festival, most of whom released after 2014. The festival concluded with a closing ceremony that involved a masterclass in European cinema by Douglas Boswell, the director of Labyrinthe. The discussion involved modern film-making techniques in European cinema,…

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