PUNE: The social security cell of the Pune police on Tuesday rescued five women, including a foreign national, who were forced into prostitution after conducting raids at Ahmednagar Road and Lullanagar. Police have arrested four suspects, including Yuvaraj Keshav Thapa (27) of Vadgaonsheri. Thapa was booked under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) by…

Pune: Fifteen men, all members of Karni Sena, were arrested on Wednesday by the Sinhagad Road police for damaging eight vehicles on Vadgaon bridge along Katraj-Dehu Road bypass after Tuesday midnight to protest against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” in the city. One of the affected truck drivers, Mahesh Bhapkar (30) of Dombivli…

PUNE: In a planned drive against “outsiders” committing vehicle thefts in the city, various teams under the Wanowrie police division recovered 82 stolen two-wheelers and arrested 13 persons in the past two weeks. The arrested suspects belong to six different gangs, mostly from outside Pune district. They had a simple modus operandi: visit the city,…

PUNE: The Bombay high court has granted bail to two accused in the murder of money lender Dattatreya Phuge. The bench observed that “the incident appears to have been blown out of proportion” by the complainant and one of the eye-witnesses. Nine accused were chargesheeted in the murder case following an FIR lodged by the…

PUNE: A sessions court here has set aside a magistrate’s order of July 25, 2017, that issued process in a criminal complaint against Goel Ganga Developers India Private Limited and its three directors for “defying” an interim order issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on December 23, 2015. Through the interim order, the NGT…

PUNE: Villagers from Hirve Khurda and adjoining hamlets of Junnar taluka staged an agitation on the Ozhar-Nashik highway on Wednesday protesting against the death of a 30-year old-woman who was attacked by a leopard on Sunday morning. The villagers blamed the forest department for not taking measures to prevent such animal attacks in the area.…

PUNE: City-based non-government organisation (NGO), Pune Construction Engineering Research Foundation (PCERF) initiated the Vidyarthi Awards to encourage excellence in the civil engineering and architectural education. This year, students of Sinhagad College of Engineering bagged most of the awards including first place in both the categories at Padmashree B G Shirke Vidyarthi Competition 2018 award ceremony…

Symbiosis’s cultural event ‘Sanskrutik Mahotsav’, a plethora of cultural events in Pune was inaugurated on January 23. The event was held at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum open arena and was open to public with free entry. The Mahotsav was inaugurated by Union Minister Mr. Ramdas Athawale and actress Sharmila Tagore. Apart from the two dignitaries,…