Pune, Oct. 31 : Scores of devotees jumped onto heaps of thorns to appease Lord Shiva to celebrate the annual ''thorns festival'' at a Pune temple.
According to devotees, the ritual would please the god of destruction and he will fulfil their wishes.
“I am an ardent believer of Lord Shiva, all the devotees come here to offer prayers and jump onto the heap of thorns, in order to appease the lord. We don''t feel the pain of the thorns stuck to our bodies because the belief is so strong that is supersedes the pain," said Sashikant Nigade, a devotee.
Swine flu took two more lives in Pune taking the death toll to 87. However, according to officials there has been a fall in the rate of the swine flu infection from last few days.
Thirty-six-year-old Sunita Raju Gaikwad from Sambhaji Nagar in Dhankawadi was admitted to Sassoon Hospital on October 16. She died on October 17 due to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
Vijaykumar Gandhi (45) of Anthurne village in Indapur taluka was admitted to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital where he died on October 16.
Pune, Oct 15 : Sixth-seeded French girl Elodie Rogge Dietrich knocked out top seed Poojashree Venkatesha 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 while wildcard Ankita Raina got the better of second seed Rushmi Chakravarthi 7-5, 1-6, 6-0 to enter the semifinals of the $10,000 women's International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournament here Thursday.
Dietrich now takes on unseeded Prerna Bhambri who outplayed Aishwarya Agrawal 7-5, 6-3. Pune girl Raina will clash with fourth-seeded Miki Miyamura of Japan who outclassed Shivika Burman 6-2, 6-1.
Pune, Oct 14 : Junior players Ankita Raina of Pune, Aishwarya Agarwal and Prerna Bhambri of Delhi upset seeded players to move into the women's singles quarterfinals of the $10000 MSLTA-AITA Women's ITF Tennis Futures at the Balewadi complex, here Wednesday.
In the second round matches, Aishwarya knocked out third seeded veteran Sanaa Bhambri 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 to record one of the most impressive wins of her career. Sanaa's cousin Prerna, however, kept the Bhambri family flag flying by scoring a 6-2, 6-3 win over seventh seeded Jung Yoon Shin of Korea.
Pune, Oct 12 : As Maharashtra goes to poll on October 13, expectations of voters in Pune were high from who would represent them.
Residents say that the city, coping with the country''s first and highest number of swine flu cases, has a woefully inadequate public transport system. Water and power shortages add to things getting worse.
"We want such candidates in polls who are able to solve traffic and water problems. Also, he should make sure that benefits meant for the poor section should reach them," said Pallavi, a housewife.
Pune/Aurangabad, Oct 8 : BJP leader L K Advani has termed the state of Maharashtra the record holder for most cases of suicide by the farmers.
The elections to the legislature of Maharashtra are scheduled to be held on October 13.
"In India, Maharashtra holds a record that is for the most number of suicidal cases of the farmers," said Advani in an election rally.
Swine flu turned more deadly on Monday as two more persons died of deadly virus in Pune, taking the death toll in the city to 75.
It is learnt that a 21-year-old Trupti Nanasaheb Magar admitted to KEM hospital died at 9.30 pm on Sunday night.
Trupti was a resident of Nimgaon, Malshiras taluka in Solapur. She was eight months pregnant.
The second victim, Jyoti Ankush Pardeshi (45), a resident of Hadapsar, died at Sassoon Hospital on Monday morning.
Speaking on these two deaths, Ashok Mehta, joint director of the state health services, said that both the victims had tested positive for the swine flu.
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Mumbai/Pune, Oct 3 Former champions Dempo Sports Club of Goa started their I-League campaign with a thumping 3-1 win over Mumbai Football Club while East Bengal were held goal-less by newly promoted Pune Football Club.
At the Cooperage in Mumbai, Dempo took the lead in the 22nd minute through Brazilian playmaker Roberto D'Silva, who shot from close range, and three minutes later India striker Sunil Chettri doubled the lead.
Seven minutes into the second half, Climax Lawrence completed the tally after he shot home a rebound.
Dempo looked relaxed after taking a 3-0 lead allowing Mumbai FC to pull one back in the 78th minute through Peter Siddiqui.
Swine flu epicenter, Pune has recorded its 62nd human swine flu-related death.
This time, a pregnant woman has succumbed to the deadly virus in the city.
Confirming the news, the health officials said that a 27-year-old pregnant woman named Jayashri Kale, admitted to a government hospital died on Tuesday evening.
Kale was six months pregnant.
Initially, the victim was admitted to a private hospital at Urali on September 22 and later was shifted to a government run hospital of the city.
Unity Infraprojects, , one of India's largest civil contractors, has secured an order worth Rs 54.50 crore from Amanora Park Town for construction of six towers, RCC works and upto gysum finish - (R21) Sector, Amanora Park Town, Hadapsar, Pune.
The project is scheduled to be completed within next 29 months.
Pune, Sep. 29 : Over 150 volunteers from different parts of the country have initiated a massive campaign to clean up water body sources in order to make them pollution-free at Alandi pilgrimage site, near Pune.
The campaign named ''Jaldandi'' saw the participation of people from all walks of life, the old and young alike including heads of different religious faiths, doctors and engineers.
Pune has recorded its 61st human swine flu-related death.
The deadly virus turned more deadly when three people succumbed to the H1N1 in different hospitals of the city.
Informing the media persons, the health officials said that 51-year-old Dilip Mane, a resident of Mohannagar in Chinchwad died on Wednesday.
The second victim, Madan Agarwal, 34, also breathe his last in a city hospital on Wednesday.
Agarwal was a resident of Anandnagar on Sihagad road.
An under trial in the Yerawada jail named Maruti Ananda Zargad (60) succumbs to the same virus at a government hospital on Thursday.
Adding one more feather to its crown, the crime branch officials of Pune police seized over 73,000 fake N95 facemasks from two different warehouses in Pune on Wednesday.
Two persons viz. Rajesh Sampatrao Narayankar, 24, and Anmol Eknath Murgud, 19, has also been arrested by the police in this connection.
The police have booked both of them under Sections of the Copy Rights Act and the Intellectual Property Rights Act.
The police conducted the raid after information from a US N95 manufacturing Company, 3M.
Pune, Sept 21 : Orra, a world known diamond company, showcased an idol of Lord Ganesha made of 514-karat diamond in Pune.
The idol is made of a single piece of diamond and was found in one of Orra''s factories in Africa by a foreigner. He was surprised to find that the diamond resembled Lord Ganesh.
Pune, Sep 20 : The nine-day festival Navratri is being celebrated as a low-key affair in the swine flu hit Pune city.
Pune witnessed over 50 deaths due to the swine flu in last couple of months.
The festival which started on Saturday and is dedicated to Goddess Durga who is also known by several names such as Chamundeshwari, Parameshwari, and Mookambika among others.
Residents of Pune are celebrating the festival but with precautions. Devotees could be seen with facemasks while going to the Chatushangi Temple to offer prayers.
In a significant move, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has served notices to 31 banks in the city.
These banks were not paying octroi on the gold coins sold in their banks over the last many years.
Apart from this, the octroi department has also sought details from many banks about their transactions regarding sale of gold.
According to the department, most banks get the gold coins from outside the city, but they have not been paying octroi.
Swine turned more deadly on Thursday as two more persons died of deadly H1N1 virus in Pune, taking the death toll in the city to 46.
Confirming the development, health officials said that Kashinath Ghanshetty (40) and Shankaramma Taylor (56) died at government hospital on Wednesday.
However, their H1N1 test reports became available only today.
Meanwhile, as a preventative measure, the health officials have decided to launch a screening drive in the city and rural areas.
Swine flu turned more lethal on Thursday as five more persons died of deadly virus in Pune, taking the death toll in the city to 40.
While informing the media persons, the health functionaries stated that a standard I pupil of a zilla parishad school in Junnar taluka and a girl studying in a preschool at Bhosari besides a 3-year-old kid and a 17-year-old boy were among five people who lost their lives owing to the H1N1 flu in the city on Thursday.
Pune (Maharashtra), Sep 9: Seventeen new positive cases of swine flu were reported from Maharashtra’s Pune district on Wednesday.
All the cases have been reported from B K Birla School’s hostel at Shirgaon in Pune district, where 17 students have tested positive for the deadly virus and are undergoing treatment at various hospitals.
According to officials, all students infected with the virus have shown improvement in their condition following treatment.
The hostel houses around 500 students and most of the parents have taken their wards home after the spread of the infection. (ANI)