Six migrant workers died of suffocation in a fire that broke out in a Pune bakery early morning on Friday, reports said.
The incident took place in a Bakes and Cakes outlet near Talab company in Kondhwa Khurd locality of the city. Though the reason for the fire is not known, a police contorl official told IANS that the fire is believed to be caused by a short-circuit.
The victims, all hailing from Uttar Pradesh, were caught unawares as the blaze quickly engulfed the mezzanine floor on which they slept inside the bakery. Rescue officials said the owner had locked the bakery shutter from outside, trapping the workers inside and seriously hampering the relief operation.
“We received a call at around 4.45 am on Friday and immediately fire tenders were rushed to the spot. As we reached the spot, we saw smoke emanating from the shutter of the shop, which was locked from outside,” a fire brigade official told PTI.
While efforts were on to break the shutter, the bakery shop owner came to the spot and opened it.
“As soon as the shutter was opened, we saw a huge fire inside and got information that there are bakery workers who were trapped at a loft inside the shop,” the fire officer said.
The fire brigade personnel wore breathing apparatus sets and climbed a staircase inside to reach the victims. “There were six workers, who were found in an unconscious state. They were rushed to the Sassoon General hospital, where they were declared dead,” said the officer.
The deceased have been identified as: Ishad Ansari (26), Juned Ansari (25), Shanu Ansari (20), Zakir Ansari (24), Faeem Ansari (21) and Zishan Ansari (21).
“Since the main shutter was locked from outside, all the six got trapped inside and died of suffocation,” the fire official informed.
Six people died in a fire that broke out in a Pune bakery early morning on Friday, reports said.
According to DNA, the incident took place in a Cakes and Bakes outlet near Talab company in Kondhwa Khurd locality of the city. Six employees working in the bakery were charred to death, it said.
Though the exact reason for the fire is not known, according to MaharashtraToday.in report, a short circuit is reportedly believed to have caused the fire. “The bakery was locked from outside and so the workers got trapped inside and died in the fire,” it said.
A video shared by YouTube shows the fire spreading to nearby shops. Firstpost, however, couldn’t independently verify the authenticity of the video.
Pune: A waste picker here today came across a bag full of Rs 1,000 notes totalling upto Rs 52,000, two day after the demonetisation of the currency of these denominations.
The elderly woman ragpicker, who chanced upon the cash in a plastic bag, however, immediately alerted her supervisor who in-turn informed the police of what she found. Police said the incident took place in one of the by-lanes of Law College Road here this morning.
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“Shanta Ovhal, who is working with the civic body, was segregating the waste this morning in one of the by-lanes of Law College Road, where she found a plastic bag,” an officer attached to Deccan-Gymkhana police station said.
“To segregate the waste, she opened the bag and was shocked as she saw currency notes in denominations of Rs 1,000 along with some waste in the bag,” he said. The woman then informed about it to her supervisor.
“Later, they approached the police and submitted the bag, full of demonetised currency notes,” the officer said. “We are investigating who had left the bag in the waste and also probing the genuineness of the recovered notes,” he added.
On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that high denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 will no longer be legal tender, in a bid to fight against black money and create a “corruption-free” India.
The RSS education wing, on Friday, demanded that the use of English language as the medium of instruction should be eliminated and emphasis instead should be on the mother tongue, from the HRD ministry, ahead of the constitution of the new education policy, as reported by The Indian Express.
File photo of Prakash Javadekar. Reuters
The RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (SSUN) made a number of suggestions such as that foreign languages be removed completely from the curriculum — even as an alternative; that all research should be connected to “national requirements” and those projects that do not fulfill this criteria should be taken off UGC scholarships, and that references that insult Indian culture and offer incorrect explanations should also be removed, says The Indian Express.
According toIndia TV, the RSS wing has also recommended that the ministry must attempt to gradually remove English at all levels of education, both in private and government schools, colleges and universities, in a meeting between Atul Kothari, leader of the SSUN and HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. Allegedly the government was asked to “immediately provide facilities to introduce education in Indian languages in English-medium institutions like IIT, IIM and NIT”, by the SSUN. An email response by the ministry on 14 October read that his list of recommendations is noted and shall be discussed.
The Deccan Chroniclealleges that the RSS affiliate has even asked for legal action against schools that do not let students speak in their mother tongue, as many schools have existing punishment systems, including remarks and fines, for students speaking in their native tongue. Kothari was reported as saying that many of his suggestions were appreciated.
‘Saffronisation of education’ has been a popular phrase associated with Dinanath Batra, another RSS veteran of Shiksha Bachao Andolan, and leader of the SSUN. Times Of Indiareports that Batra and the Shiksha Bachao Andolan have been heading a movement to change UPA era textbooks. According to The Indian Express article, the Haryana government was looking to introduce six of his books in the state syllabus last year, all of which preached moral Indian values and culture.
However, Javadekar had earlier announced the government role must be of a facilitator and not a controller, for which it proposes to give more autonomy to premier institutions of higher learning, based on their performance during a review meeting, that he chaired, with directors of five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research located at Pune, Kolkata, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram and the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru in September, accordimg to an IANS report.
A Livemint report claims that the new education policy is aimed at encouraging innovation over rote learning, making education both the emancipator as well as the enabler. The drafting process is open to suggestions by district level and block-level consultation to make the policy more relevant and inclusive. Where gross enrollment was the earlier focus in schemes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Right to Education and National Literacy Mission, the poor quality of education is the problem tackled by the new policy. Several national-level surveys, third party assessments and consultation is directed to making it a participatory process, to avoid further high-handedness in the education sector.
An article in the Asian Age says that Javadekar hopes to evoke a consensus on a range of issues including the no-detention policy till class 8 and provisional Class 10 Board exams and so on. A detailed discussion is due to take place on 25 October between the HRD minister and the education ministers at the Central Advisory Board of Education.
Pune: Hopes turned into despair for the family of a four-year-old boy who was rescued on Sunday from a 200-feet borewell in Mandanwan village but died on his way to a city-based government hospital, a medical officer said.
Sunil More, son of a labourer, fell into the borewell while playing on Sunday.
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The rescue operations, conducted by a team comprising 27 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel, fire brigade and police officials, lasted for over 30 hours as they extricated the boy at around 7.45 pm.
According to Deputy Commandant Sacchidanand Gawade of NDRF’s 5th battalion, Sunil was unconscious when rescued but his pulse was on, following which he was first rushed to a private hospital in the village.
However, as his condition deteriorated he was being transferred to state-run Sassoon Hospital in Pune but died midway.
“He has been declared dead on arrival and his body will be sent to postmortem,” a Resident Medical Officer on duty at Sassoon Hospital told PTI on Sunday night.
Earlier, Gawde said, “We had to dig a parallel hole to the borewell. During the exercise, the rescue team had to face a daunting task as a solid rock was found underneath and it led to the delay.”
According to Gawade, after digging vertical at around 22 feet, the rescuing team dug horizontally to reach to the boy, who was stuck at 20 feet into borewell and eventually he was pulled out.
“Even though, his lower part of the body was freed from the horizontal tunnel, the rescue team had faced hardships while freeing his upper part of the body as his neck was trapped against a rock,” he explained.
The oxygen was being pumped inside the hole to make sure that Sunil did not face any difficulty while breathing.
Seated on his window seat aboard Jet Airways flight 9W 618 to Pune from Kolkata via Mumbai on Sunday, Tata Consultancy Services employee Manas Deka was an unknown man until of course destiny chose otherwise. Travelling with his team on an official assignment, little did Deka know, that this journey would turn out to be an epic one.
And what a way to get famous!
Those tense moments when he had a rather heated argument with Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and his group aboard the flight catapulted his popularity from Nowheresville to the land of trolls and TRPs.
“I was in the window seat while this guy (Kanhaiya Kumar) was in the aisle seat. Kanhaiya and 12-13 other boys were there in the group and they had boarded the flight in Mumbai. It so happened that when I was coming out from the seat my hand touched Kanhaiya’s shoulder. I am suffering from a boil in my thigh and it gets extremely painful when the area hits something. I was quite careful not to hurt it. In the process, since it’s a cramped area my hands touched Kanhaiya’s shoulder. He immediately reacted saying that I was going to kill him and in non time turned the whole situation into a drama,” Deka told Firstpost from Pune.
File image of Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI
“There were 18 of us who were travelling to Pune as our base was temporarily shifted out of Kolkata because of the ongoing West Bengal Assembly Election. Since the private firms were asked to shut down operations on poll days, this was a temporary arrangement as all our clientele are all from abroad and we cannot afford to close down our operations. We are to function out of Pune till 27 May,” the TCS employee said.
“Since there was a half-hour halt in Mumbai I just thought of chatting with my colleagues on board and that’s why I had come out of my seat,” Deka said while explaining the sequence of events.
But it was all havoc, the moment his hand touched Kanhaiya’s shoulder.
Taken aback by this reaction, the TCS staffer instantly offered his apologies to the JNUSU president and explained him about his medical condition. “But Kanhaiya would have none of it,” Deka said.
“Immediately all his friends surrounded me and threatened me with dire consequences. If you seen the clip there was one guy in a while shirt. He became so aggressive that I felt that he was going to rain blows soon after,” he said.
“Very soon, it snowballed into a heated altercation.”
What was intriguing was the BJP link. Where did the party jump in from in all that pandemonium?
“As soon as the fight escalated, the CISF and police were called into the aircraft. When they asked my name I told them it was Manas Jyoti Deka. Someone from Kanhaiya’s group might have googled it immediately when the name of BJP’s Manas Deka had probably appeared,” the TCS employee said. “That’s how the wrong Manas Deka of the BJP in all likelihood came into the picture. They did not have the time to ascertain the facts in their zeal to pin me down,” he said.
The TCS staffer was furious that an innocent individual was unnecessarily dragged into the whole controversy.
“If Kanhaiya Kumar is such a big leader as he thinks he is, he should have some common sense. Can’t there be many individuals with the same name? He claims to be a student but he is too much into politics,” Deka said.
The TCS employee also took umbrage to the way Kanhaiya used his language. “Tu Kolkata se hai na? Aa raha hoon mein. Dikhatu hoon tujhe! (You are from Kolkata, right? I am coming. I will show you). That’s how he abused me in public,” Deka said.
Belonging to a nondescript village near Sarthebari town in Assam’s Barpeta district, TCS staffer Manas Deka is the son of a retired college principal.
“Because of Kanhaiya and his group, my whole family is tense. My parents, my brother and sister are all crying because they fear harm to me. They are extremely worried,” he said.
The highlight, however is, it is still not over.
“I have already received three-four threatening calls. I am concentrating on my work and have ignored them so far. I have not sought police protection yet. The police has also not contacted me so far,” Deka said.
The TCS staffer was also not in a mood to meekly surrender.
“He has put my family in so much distress. I will soon file a case against him,” Deka said, adding, “I am not alone. All my colleagues and my friends are behind me. The company has been extremely supportive and has assured me of all help. The TCS human resource department is constantly in touch with me.”
When pointed out that his not-so-friendly updates about the JNU on Facebook are doing the rounds, Deka’s answer was prompt.
“It depends on my wish. As a normal human being I might like or dislike anything. It’s just my personal opinion. Now they have dragged in even that and are making politics out of it,” he said.
Deka denied that he had deleted his Facebook profile. “Its access is private,” he said.
Although aware of the trolls that he had been subjected to all the while, the TCS employee simply chose to ignore them as there is hardly anything he could about them.
Next time, when he boards the aircraft for his return journey to Kolkata, TCS employee Manas Deka will probably be in a pensive mood, wondering what lies ahead — cruise control or turbulence.
Pune: One youth sustained injuries when two groups of students clashed at a college in Pune following a dispute over changing subject line on WhatsApp group, police said on Saturday.
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The incident happened on the premise of Garware College on Friday, and the injured was identified as Akshay Dinkar. Four others sustained minor injuries in the incident.
A complaint in this regard was registered by a BBA student Sanket Salunke (22) on Saturday.
According to police, on Thursday, some members were giving birthday wishes to the complainant on Whatsapp and had changed the subject line to his name. One of the accused students, however, changed the subject line, which irked the complainant’s friend Dinkar and he objected to it that led to a dispute between them,” a police inspector attached to Deccan Gymkhana police station said.
“When they confronted each other the next day in college, the accused student along with his other friends attacked the complainant and his other four friends in which Dinkar sustained grave injuries as he was attacked with a wooden object and weapons,” he said.
He added that Dinkar is recuperating at a private hospital.
“We have registered a case against 22 youths and arrested five under relevant sections of IPC,” the inspector said.
Mumbai: Faced with criticism over large quantity of water usage for pitches for IPL, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said Maharashtra is fine with the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches being shifted out of the state, but will not provide potable water for maintaining cricket grounds.
“Even if IPL is shifted from Maharashtra this season, we do not have any problem. No potable water will be provided for IPL this season,” Fadnavis told reporters on sidelines of an event here.
His comments came a day after the Bombay High Court refused to grant a stay on the first of the IPL cricket matches scheduled for Saturday here.
File photo of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. PTI
The court had also sought to know from the state government and the municipal body whether the water supplied to the stadiums in tankers was potable or non-potable.
A city-based NGO had petitioned the court challenging the use of over 60 lakh litres of water to maintain pitches and sought shifting of IPL matches out of the state given the second successive drought it is experiencing.
Altogether 20 matches will be played in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur and all these cities are facing grim water crisis, said the petition.
On two consecutive days, the High Court had come down heavily on the state government, IPL organiser Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and other cricket associations for “criminal wastage of water”.
The court had suggested for the IPL matches to be shifted to a state where water is in abundance and had asked “is your cricket match more important than people”.
The court was informed by BCCI that they purchase water to maintain the grounds and it is non-potable and cannot be used for drinking purposes.
34-year-old Mohammed Ismail, who was detained on Tuesday in Pune by NIA investigators, suspecting him of being an ‘Islamic State recruiter’, has been released. Ismail’s detention could have been a case of ‘mistaken identity’, a said senior government official said in New Delhi.
Ismail’s father, Rauf Ahmed, said that he received a call from his son around 11 pm on Wednesday that he had been released and was in Mumbai, reports The Hindu.
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Ismail was detained at the Pune airport on Tuesday, as he was leaving the country and flying to Dubai for onward journey to Syria.
Officials had identified him as Raoof Ahmed, a resident of Bhatkal in north Karnataka. “The person detained at the Pune airport also had Raoof in his name and since he is from Bhatkal,the intelligence agencies could have mistaken him for a terror suspect,” The Hindu reports the official as saying.
Security agencies have been keeping a strict vigil after his name cropped up during internet chats with members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is being monitored by sleuths to look for possible followers of the terror group, active in parts of Syria and Iraq.
They said Ahmed was detained as the Union Home Ministry had issued a Look Out Circular against him sometime back. At least 14 youths have been arrested early this year by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as part of its probe on indoctrination of youths by the banned terror group.
Pune: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt finally walked out a free man from the Yerwada Central Jail on Thursday after serving a 42-month prison-term.
Present to receive him outside the jail amidst tight security were his wife Manyata and their children, sister and former MP Priya Dutt and her family, film director Rajkumar Hirani, thousands of fans, and a huge media contingent from across India and abroad.
Sanjay Dutt. Sachin Gokhale/Firstpost
Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to undergo five years rigorous imprisonment for illegal possession of arms during the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. Arrested in 1993, he had already served 18 months as an undertrial and then returned to jail in May 2013 to serve the remaining 42 months of his sentence.
Shortly after he walked out, the actor drove to Pune airport to board a chartered plane to Mumbai.
Once in Mumbai, he will proceed straight to the famed Siddhivinayak temple to offer prayers.
Then he will visit the Bada Kabrastan in Marine Lines and pray at the grave of his mother the late actress Nargis Dutt.
He is scheduled to interact with the media later in the day.
Pune: In the wake of the Murud beach tragedy that claimed 14 lives, the Pune education department has banned educational tours to beaches, rivers, lakes and hills.
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The office of Deputy Director (Education) of the region today issued a circular in this regard. Also, no permission will be granted for such trips outside Maharashtra.
“In the wake of the tragic incident in Murud, we have issued a circular in which schools and junior colleges have been instructed not to take educational tours to risky and dangerous places like beaches, rivers, lakes and hills,” the circular read.
“If tours are being organised, adequate teachers should be accompanying students,” said Ramchandra Jadhav, Deputy Director (Education), Pune region, which comprises Pune, Ahmednagar and Solapur districts.
Also, permission would not be granted for educational tours out of the state, he said, adding “consent letters from parents have been made a must”.
Schools and junior colleges undertaking excursion tours will have to submit an affidavit on stamp paper, Mr Jadhav said.
The measures come days after 14 students of the city-based Abeda Inamdar College drowned off Murud beach in Raigad district during a picnic on Monday.
At least 13 students of Pune’s Inamdar College on Monday drowned in the sea near Murud beach in Raigad, Maharashtra, according to reports.
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ANI reported that over 13 bodies have been recovered till now while IANS reported that the death toll is likely to rise as 10-12 students are still missing.
The tragedy took place at 4.30 pm on Monday. The incident occurred in afternoon when altogether 18 students ventured into the sea to swim.
Coast Guard, police and locals have launched search operations.
The Coast Guard has launched search by an interceptor craft and a Chetak helicopter to help bolster rescue operations, reported PTI.
A Sea King helicopter has also been pressed into service, a senior official said.
“We received information regarding 15 to 18 students being washed into the sea at about 4 pm. Coast Guard aircraft IC117 and two hired fishing boats were deployed for search and rescue. So far, Coast Guard chopper ex-842SGN was launched at 6:03 PM and ICGS ‘Achook’ has been diverted,” a Coast Guard spokesperson said.
So far, of an estimated 20-22 students who had gone into the sea, four girls have been rescued till late afternoon and a search continues for the others, reported IANS.
“A total of 155 students from Pune went to Murud main beach and some of them went swimming around 3.30 pm this afternoon,” said assistant inspector of police Arvind Patil. “Thirteen students are dead due to drowning. The victims were all aged between 19 and 23,” he further said.
Trustee of the Pune-based college PA Inamdar told mediapersons that the senior students, studying computer science, had gone on a college-sponsored annual picnic accompanied by five staff members and other support staff.
“We are shocked by this tragedy. We are making all efforts to help the students and their families with the help of the local villagers and police. A team of our trustees has already left Pune for Raigad for rendering further assistance,” Inamdar said.
He also alleged that the beach where the students had gone apparently had no life guard. He added that the process of ascertaining the identity of the victims and informing their families is underway.
Meanwhile, thousands of tourists and locals gathered at the Murud Beach where the bodies of the victims were lined up even as grieving parents and relatives rushed to the college campus or to Murud.
A pall of gloom descended over the college following the tragedy.
Over hundred students, accompanied by their teachers, were present at the beach, CNN-IBN further reported.
The tragic incident, however, has several unfortunate precedents. The fact that such incidents continue to be reported raise a question mark on whether adequate precautionary measures are being taken to prevent such fatalities.
Not long ago, in 2014, six persons, all residents of Chembur in Mumbai, died of drowning at Murud-Janjira after they went to the beach after consuming alcohol.
Maharashtra has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of deaths caused by drowning in India. The state saw as many as 4,822 such fatalities in the year 2014, according to statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Deaths due to drowning are among the leading causes of accidental deaths in the country, along with road accidents, fires and building crashes.
While the remarks by Union minister for urban development M Venkaiah Naidu that citizens would have to pay more taxes for being part of smart city has evoked strong reaction from citizens, Congress and NCP would work as watch dog on the smart city scheme when it comes to Pune city.The general body meeting of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), in December 2015, gave its nod for participation in the smart city scheme and Pune stood second in the competition held at the National level after Bhubaneshwar. While BJP has its guardian minister for the district as well as Lok Sabha MP for the Pune city constituency, they would ensure implementation of the scheme. BJP does not have majority in the PMC which would be crucial while implementing the smart city Pune project.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP city unit president Anil Shirole, who is also the Lok Sabha MP for Pune, has expressed happiness over inclusion of Pune city in the list of smart cities and said that he was insisting for the same right from the beginning. Pointing out that he had promised it in his election promises, he said that the city of Pune has vigilant citizens and vigilant society only can achieve the goals in scheme like smart city. He said that smart city is all about improving the city to show the example for other cities when it comes to providing all the services and improving the life of common man in the city. He said that technology would play crucial role and people of Pune have understood importance of being part of this project and that is the reason they have supported it with overwhelming response.NCP city unit president Vandana Chavan said that even though NCP has agreed for the inclusion of city in to the scheme, what government is doing is selecting a small part of the city which is already smart. She pointed out that Balewadi, Aundh and Baner were the areas which have a population of around 40 thousand were selected to become smart cities and Union minister Naidu has revealed, two days back, that citizens would have to pay more taxes which is nothing but cheating people.Chavan said that taxing people of the entire city for providing efficient services to a selected part of city was unjust. She said that they should have selected the challenged areas from any of the slum or Peth (old) areas as pilot for the scheme. She added that NCP would not oppose the scheme as such but wants more transparency and NCP has a demand that PMC commissioner should not be SPV president. Instead, she said that some other officer should handle it since other than making the city smart in a limited areas during the pilot project, the development work is getting hampered for the other parts for last two months.Congress spokesperson MLC Anant Gadgil said that Congress would welcome if something good for the city of Pune is happening but would raise concerns if it is happening for only 40 thousand citizens from areas which are already developed. He said that instead the government should concentrate on old buildings and replicate Mumbai model for redevelopment in Pune. Both Chavan and Gadgil said that merely deploying technology for locating bus routes could not make Pune a smart city.Gadgil pointed out that even chief minister Fadnavis also has indirectly said that people would have to pay more if they want efficient services. He said that Fadnavis has said it indirectly since it can evoke strong reactions.