Keyword : Maharashtra

Mumbai will be transformed into global financial hub

More space, more funds and a time-bound programme will turn Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, into global financial hub. Speaking at Mumbai Next, an ideas exchange platfo

No surprises in byelections, huge win for ADMK in Jaya’s seat

As anticipated the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) won the assembly by-election to the prestigious Srirangam constituency of Tamil Nadu, earlier held by the party chief J J

Maharashtra goes for public gyms to promote healthy lifestyle

Maharashtra government has taken some innovative steps in its budget to make health an important issue in daily life Most of the aliments (blood pressure, diabetes and heart diseases

Advancing monsoon and cyclonic storm bring rainfall to west coast

The deep depression in the Arabian Sea has intensified into cyclonic storm `Ashobaa`. It may develop into a `super cyclonic storm` in next 24-36 hours. However, the landfall of the cyclonic storm m

Maharashtra to have regulator for real estate sector

Recognising the unique needs of Maharashtra, especially that of Mumbai, the centre has approved formation of a regulatory body to safeguard interests of home buyers. The regulatory a

Maharashtra’s Bhujbal, raided by ACB, has house with helipad

Maharashtra’s former minister Chhagan Bhujbal is facing corruption heat. Maharashtra’s anti-corruption bureau conducted searches on Tuesday at 6 properties belonging to Bhujbal and his

Maharashtra minister Munde in a sweet controversy

The sweet jaggery is becoming bitter for Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde. A major portion of Munde’s purchase scam involves ‘chikki’ an inexpensive nutrition bar made of jagger

Maharashtra again suspends encounter specialist Daya Nayak

Maharashtra government has suspended its `encounter specialist` Daya Nayak from service for the second time in his career. No official notification is available and a possible reason for suspension

Cisco to transform orange city Nagpur into smart city

The orange city of India will be a smart city soon. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Cisco in San-Fransisco to make his home town a s

Muslims see sinister move in Maharashtra schools survey

Saturday (July 4) was a big day for the education department. The Maharashtra government undertook a massive survey, ostensibly to count the number of out-of-school children. The department of scho

Maharashtra minister Munde’s chikki fit for consumption

Now the taste will be sweet. The controversial `chikki` supplied to Ahmednagar district schools has been found unadulterated and fit for consumption by two government labs and this news brings reli

Shiv Sena takes up of Ganesh mandals’ problems with Maharashtra CM

Ganesh utsav is a very popular community event in Maharashtra and over the years the 11-festival has generated many controversies. This year the festival begins on September 17 and the Shiv Sena pr

A Coin for Mumbai cops to tackle cyber crimes

Mumbai police can now use COIN to detect cyber crimes. Launched with the help of Asian School of Cyber Laws the collaborative online investigation network (COIN) will be a boon for the law enforcem

Acute water shortage hits Marathwada, CM takes stock of monsoon failure

With many parts of Maharashtra witnessing drought like situation, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis embarked on tour of affected areas of Marathwada. He also visited Ahmednagar and Solapur districts

Maharashtra panel wants govt to set up agri risk fund

As the Marathwada region of Maharashtra reels under drought like conditions due to failure of monsoon, a panel constituted by state government has recommended moratorium on debt recovery and establ

Maharashtra goes for single licence concept for industries

The Maharashtra cabinet on Monday decided to relax rules for promoting investment in the state. It gave investors virtually one ticket for industrial licence. Accordingly, those who have availed pe

Meat ban spreads: After Mumbai, Rajasthan says no and J&K court bans beef

India is witnessing food politics. When more than 30% of the population cannot afford one full meal a day, communities are out to ban food items. Amid the controversy in Mumbai over

Mumbai train blasts case accused held guilty, sentencing on Monday

A special court in Mumbai today convicted 12 of the 13 accused for their role in the 2006 Mumbai train blasts that killed 188 people and injured more than 800. Special judge Yatin D Shinde of Mahar

Maharashtra plans to urge companies to up spending

For better management and to make a difference in the society, the Maharashtra government plans to meet 100 private companies’ representatives in October to encourage them to invest more in c

Drought surcharge imposed in Maharashtra to mop up funds for farmers

The Maharashtra government has introduced a `drought surcharge` on a host of items ranging from fuel and liquor to cigarettes and jewellery to raise Rs 1,600 crore. The new taxes came into effect f

Maharashtra gets top billing in travel list

In an evaluation carried out for 30 states over the last few months, Maharashtra has been ranked number one in this year`s survey on for tourism, travel and leisure. The state`s rank

Sena now targets Maharashtra CM Fadnavis, calls him pro-Pakistan

Pakistan has generated havoc and bitterness in Indian polity without lifting a finger. In Maharashtra ruling alliance partner Shiv Sena has hit back at BJP leader and chief minister Devendra Fadnav

Maharashtra goes for stock limit of pulses

The Maharashtra government has set stock limits to regulate prices of pulses across markets in the state. The stock limit and regulation provisions would continue till September 2016.  The pri

Maharashtra govt doubles festival advance for employees

The Maharashtra government has decided to increase the festival advance of non-gazetted employees to Rs 10,000. This change follows guidelines issued the central government. Earlier, the advance am

Evening digest: Kerala CM writes to PM Modi against crackdown on beef

Kerala government has dismissed the charges that beef curry was served at Kerala House in Delhi. The Kerala government has filed a complaint over entry of activists without permission. Kerala Chief

Housing regulator for Maharashtra by year-end

Maharashtra will soon have a housing regulatory authority. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that the housing regulator would be established within a month. The housing regulator will be a

Make in India: Rs 15.20 lakh crore investment promised

The just concluded Make In India Week has garnered business commitment of Rs 15.20 lakh crore in investment from global and domestic companies – of which  close to Rs 8 lakh crore will g

Maharashtra’s development pattern alien to Vidarbha and Marathwada: Shrihari Aney

There is conflict of duty and absolute absence of clarity on the powers of an advocate general’s post. Government has enough lawyers called government pleaders. Advocate general is a constitu

Has anyone read the drought management guidelines?

A number of districts in the country, especially in Maharashtra, have been reeling under drought for several months. Though water is a state subject, there have been a number of guidelines released

Maharashtra drought: Two children die in three days

In a span of just three days, two children were killed by the intense heat wave in Maharashtra’s drought-hit Marathwada region. A 12-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy, both belonging to Be

Technical teams to visit drought-hit areas, suggest water management

Several states are facing water crisis, with Maharashtra being the worst hit. Now, the technical teams of Central Water Commission and Central Ground Water Board will now study water situation in d

Centre to allow states to impose stock limits on sugar

In an attempt to curb the trend of rising sugar prices, the Centre has decided to allow states to impose and enforce stock holding limits on dealers of sugar. The move has been brought about after

Now, a data bank of traffic violations across India

 An e-challan software would now be providing a comprehensive enforcement solution for state transport enforcement cells and traffic police. Developed by the national informatics centr

Time for a water law

Fifty-two-year-old Shanti Devi from Sarkhadi village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region walks 12 km every day to fill two earthen pots with water, that lasts for two days. Then she fetches

Water scarcity: It’s the crop pattern

“The world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed.”                

Scary scarcity of water

One billion people will be facing severe water shortage in India and neighbouring areas by 2050 thanks to climate change and expansion of economic growth, according to a projection made by the rese

There is a water emergency now: Rajendra Singh

Are you aware of the MIT study which projects acute water stress in India 35 years from now? Why wait for 35 years? Even now 11 states are facing a water eme

Take your kids out to Nainital lake this summer...

Here is no water but only rock, Rock and no water and the sandy road. The road winding above among the mountains, Which are mountains of rock without water.

All’s not well as wells end

Of the many thought-provoking stories by literary legend Premchand, there is one about a landlord’s arrogance and water scarcity. It is titled ‘Thakur ka Kuan’ (the landlord&rsquo

Thirsty world stares at limp economy

India along with the rest of the world is facing an acute water scarcity, a crisis that is deepening with each passing year and now posing a threat to the world economy. A World Bank

Maharashtra staring at water famine: Yogendra Yadav

 “In Maharashtra the water scarcity has already turned into a water crisis and is fast progressing towards a water famine,” said Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj Abhiyan after completing 1

A calamity bigger than drought

For the past two months Ghaneshwar Yadav, a native of Bihar, has been working as a daily wage labourer in New Delhi’s Okhla area. With a few clothes tucked into a tattered plastic bag, Yadav

All government services to be online in Maharashtra

 "I am looking at a day when people will not have to visit government offices because the government will be available on their mobile phones," said Fadnavis while talking about Apne

AAP demands probe in shops’ allocation in Maharashtra’s Jalna city

 AAP national spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon has accused Khotkar, who is Maharashtra minister of state for textiles, animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries, of corruption to the t

Efforts on to conserve bunker found in Maharashtra Raj Bhavan

A committee of experts will prepare a comprehensive conservation plan for the 150 metre long colonial bunker that was discovered under the governor’s office-cum-residence at Malabar Hill in&n

Maharashtra horror: 740 tribal students died in last 10 years

 As many as 740 students of residential schools in tribal areas have died in Maharashtra in the past 10 years, revealed an internal report of the state tribal development department.

How tribal infants are dying of malnutrition in Palghar

On a cloudy afternoon in the last days of September, a five-watt bulb hangs inside a kuchha hut in Kalamwadi village, somewhere deep in a tribal area of Palghar district, Maharashtra. The flickerin

NHRC issues notice to women and child development ministry

 The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognisance of the condition of crèches in the country and has issued a notice to the ministry of women and child developm

Convenient coalition vs. aspirational alliance

 It is that time when contesting parties take the road less travelled, woo their voters with dream schemes and swear by their promises. Each party attempts to gerrymander vote share and appeas

NPCIL inks MoU with French public utility for n-reactor

 The French government in January 2016 communicated that French public utility Electricite de France (EDF) was designated to take control of AREVA NP and would be the single point for Indian s

NHRC issues notice to Karnataka and Maharashtra govt over unusually large number of hysterectomies

    The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the governments of Karnataka and Maharashtra for an unusual large number of Hysterectomy procedures being perf

BHEL unveils two thermal units in Maharashtra

State-owned enterprise, BHEL has commissioned two units of 270 MW capacity at RattanIndia Nasik Power Limited’s thermal power project at Nasik in Maharashtra.  

Need to bring down power cost in Maharashtra

The electricity charges in Mumbai are the highest in entire Maharashtra and experts are wondering why the prices have not come down despite the fall in coal prices. For consumption b

Maharashtra, UP, Gujarat saw significant investments in real estate

Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat together account for over half of the total investments attracted by real estate and construction sector in India as of December 2016, noted a study by ASSOCH

CAG detects shortcomings in Maharashtra PSUs

The Comptroller and Auditor General has noticed shortcomings in Maharashtra PSUs and said that the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited even after 14 years of its existence could not dev

Farmers are incensed and a fast won’t calm them

There are different arguments for the farmers’ agitation which first caught Maharashtra in its octopus grip and then spread to Madhya Pradesh where six people were killed in police firing. Un

Farm loan waiver: Maharashtra mulls hiking non-tax revenue

 The Maharashtra government’s decision to waive its farmers loans is estimated to set back the state government by Rs30,000-Rs32,000 crore. The state’s overall debt is likely to ba

Must empower trafficking victims: Fadnavis

 Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that human trafficking is a crime against humanity and “the victims lose their dignity and die every day”.  Sp

Why this should not be an ISOlated case

Sitting in his office on the fifth floor of the Mantralaya building in Mumbai, Sudhir Mungantiwar is all smiles. The minister of finance and planning, Maharashtra, has achieved something which ot

Stories you must not miss this weekend

There are many surmises: was she killed because she was anti-establishment? Was she killed because of the rise of that right-wing that disliked her anti-Hindutva stance? Was she killed because she

Decline in tobacco consumption in Maharashtra: Survey

 Tobacco use among adults has come down in Maharashtra, showed the findings of the latest Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS2) . As compared to earlier report of GATS1 (2009-2010), th

Mumbai tense after caste violence in Pune

 Violence erupted in several parts of Maharashtra following the death of a 30-year old who was hit with stones when he was returning from office on Monday after a fight  broke out between

Why did a 200-year-old battle trigger violence

Maharashtra has been ravaged by violence that was triggered over a battle fought in 1818. Here’s why the 200 year old battle caused arson and rioting. What happened?

Can Shiv Sena provide a new template for regional parties?

The bickering between the BJP and the Shiv Sena has now become a regular feature. The Sena is seen to be progressively distancing from the BJP following its announcement that it will not contest th

How to make Mumbai green

In November 2015, Mumbaikars started an exciting experiment. Called Equal Streets, it was a citizen initiative to usher in equality at least in the usage of roads and streets. Thus, on Sunday morni

Trouble on the metro line

The storm is yet to die out over the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited`s (MMRC) taking over 30 hectares of the famed Aarey colony, a green belt of mumbai, when another application has come in f

Mumbai Development Plan annoys activists and experts

Approximately one-eighth of Mumbai’s existing landmass is proposed to be added for development works, especially for housing of low income groups. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadn

“Only a sense of ownership will bring sustainability”

A practising orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Patil is a minister of state for home, urban development, law & judiciary, parliamentary affairs and skill development for the Maharashtra government. I

Saudi ARAMCO and ADNOC ink pact for India’s $44 bn refinery

State owned Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi national oil company (ADNOC) have signed a pact to jointly build a $44 billion integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex at Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. The

NHRC notice over Maharashtra farmer suicides

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports about the Maharashtra government informing the state assembly that 639 farmers had committed suicide in th

An elastic plastic ban

For a ban that arrived with a bang, it seems to be fading away even before it could take effect. The Maharashtra government has backtracted to allow groceries and general stores to continue to use

NHRC notice over rights activists’ arrest

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Maharashtra government, taking note of the arrest of five human-rights activists from different cities. Maharash

6 percent reduction in tobacco use in India: GATS 2

Tobacco consumption in India has decreased by 6 percent among the adult population. As per the latest GATS 2 (Global Adult Tobacco Survey), tobacco consumption among adults aged 15 and above has co

The light turns amber

In a black salwar-suit and matching headscarf, Ruksana (name changed) listens carefully from a corner of the hall. Members of her support group are talking about their suffering, struggles, aspirat



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