Keyword : Mumbai

No more borrowing, says Jaitley and talks of cuts in spending

Finance minister Arun Jaitley does not believe in living on borrowed money. This means the government will not overshoot limits imposed on fiscal deficit. However, to maintain 4.1% f

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

Mumbai`s coastal road project: An end to traffic woes?

A   city is like a human body. The roads are its arteries. The moment one of them gets clogged up the urban  flow starts to choke slowly.   Mumbai’s arteries

Call records help cops catch Bengal nun rape case suspect in Mumbai

After some intelligent tracking and investigation based on mobile phone call records, the West Bengal police on Thursday made the first breakthrough in the Ranaghat nun gang rape case by arresting

Panagariya for job creation by industries and hiring firm sees positive growth

In his first blog published on the newly launched portal of NITI Aayog on Monday, vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya had said that due to limited potential of the agriculture sector in bringing prospe

Mumbai stores keep out Maggi as Delhi puts others brands under scrutiny

Even while Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan was taking credit for suo moto action of the government (for the first time after independence) in a matter like Maggi noodles, one Mumbai retailers` organ

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

Why bring Dawood in Lalit Modi debate?

As the cacophony over Lalit Modi hits unbearable decibels, the arguments and comments are becoming irrational or say childishly pedestrian. Gurudas Kamat, AICC general secretary and

DeitY gets home ministry’s desperate call on national intelligence grid

Eight years after the Mumbai terrorist attack where 164 people were killed and over 300 injured, Indian government is struggling to integrate databases of intelligence agencies with those of railwa

Mumbai marooned in monsoon rains, social media helps people connect

Mumbai weathers it every monsoon with bit of help from the administration. Friday was no different. Suburban trains are lifelines of India’s commercial hub Mumbai and they stood still on trac

Mumbai let down by civic authorities and politicians

Even though Mumbai’s municipal corporation claims to have completed more than 95% of the desilting work and removed more than 3.40 lakh cubic metre of silt from major nullahs (storm water dra

Modi-Sharif meeting sets stage for NSA-level talks

It was a cold and chilly morning in Ufa, Russia. And, India and Pakistan took a baby step in thawing the bilateral relations. Prime minister Narendra Modi while raising the issue of terror, agreed

Mumbai blasts accused Yakub Memon to be hanged as SC rejects his curative petition

The supreme court has rejected  the curative petition filed by death row convict Yakub Memon who is currently lodged in the Nagpur central jail.Memon has been sentenced to death in the March 1

Yakub Memon’s death sentence becomes politics, SC to hear plea on Monday

While the lawmakers indulge in unnecessary politics, the supreme court will hear on Monday the plea by 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon`s fresh plea. It challenges the death warra

Evening digest: Mumbai terror attack planned in Pak, confirms Pak sleuth

Tariq Khosa, former DG of Federal Investigation Agency of Pakistan, has said that 2008 Mumbai attack was planned and launched from Pakistani soil. In an article published in Pakistani newspaper Daw

Ports, many state capitals in India’s smart cities project

The government has included 24 state capitals in the list of 98 cities, which are to be developed as smart cities.  The list of smart cities was unveiled by Union minister Venkaiah Naidu today

Morning briefing: Indirect tax mopup surges 36.7% in August to Rs 54,396 crore

Indirect tax collection maintained its bumper pace in August, supporting the view that the economy can do better than the below expectation 7 per cent growth recorded in the first quarter of the cu

Railways taps unreserved seats with booking app

Bringing smart solutions that deliver convenience, railway ministry introduced mobile-based application for booking unreserved tickets for travelling on New Delhi - Palwal section of northern railw

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

Meat ban leaves bad taste and tweets pour

An avalanche of ban on meat lead to a deluge of protest and outrage.  And as expected, this was was mainly vented on Twitter, the outraged`s favorite social media platform. Some of it was funn

Meat ban order stayed in Mumbai, no curbs on individual choice

There will be no ban on sale of meat in Mumbai. This morning the Bombay high court stayed the ban on sale of meat in Maharashtra on September 17. However, the court refused to interfere with the ba

India fails to gain due to messy urbanization, says World Bank

Analyzing the patterns of India’s urbanisation, World Bank says that while India added seven multicity agglomerations between 1999 and 2010 for a total of 30 cities, Indian cities are not abl

Morning briefing: Modi tweets to `vote in large numbers` as Bihar polls begin

Voting for the first phase of assembly elections  in 49 constituencies is underway in Bihar today. Prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday tweeted "Urging all those voting today in Bihar t

Shiv Sena rally allowed in Mumbai, told to keep noise level low

“Political parties should make an earnest endeavour to keep enthusiasm low and ensure residents are not troubled by noise,” observed Bombay high court while allowing the ruling alliance

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

Morning briefing: Two-day special sitting of parliament from today

In a tribute to BR Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian constitution, the parliament is having a special sitting today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday), marking Constitution Day. The two-day eve

The way to a clean city starts with a single citizen

As I walk across the thickly crowded lanes of Malad East in P North ward with Subhash Rane, I notice that unlike the rest of Mumbai, streets here are devoid of any dumping sites, garbage heaps or s

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

Delhi, Mumbai may contribute in global urban consumption growth

Two Indian cities – Delhi and Mumbai – will likely be contributing significantly to global urban consumption during a course of 15 years, as per a

Over 14,000 malaria cases in Maharashtra in 2015

Maharashtra state reported 14,209 cases of malaria, including five fatal ones, in the year 2015, but Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation [BMC] says malaria rate is now coming down. Dr

Mumbai: Citizens join hands to oppose Coast Road project

Some 15 citizen organisations and resident associations have come together on a common platform called Apna Mumbai Abhiyan to protest against big infrastructure projects in the city approved withou

No car depot for Metro line at “eco-sensitive” Aarey, demand residents

Alleging that the state government has misrepresented facts on alternative sites for constructing a car deport at Metro line 3 of Mumbai, citizen groups and NGOs have expressed strong opposition ag

MTNL performs worst in Mumbai, registers 42.92 percent of call drop

Telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI), in its quality test drive in Mumbai, has found that users of state-run telecom operator MTNL are experiencing worst telecom service in the area. During

Mumbai’s draft development plan inconsistent, say activists

 A revised draft development plan (DP) for Mumbai has come in for criticism, with experts pointing out inconsistencies and anomalies. The two month window provided by the BMC for sug

Heavy rains lash Mumbai, records above normal rainfall

Heavy rains in the Mumbai since morning disrupted routine life as the suburbs recorded 126.6 mm rain from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm while Colaba recorded 21.4 mm rainfall during the same time.

Women can enter inner sanctum of Haji Ali Dargah: Bombay HC

Women now have the right to enter the inner sanctum of Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai, the Bombay high court said on Friday. However, the women cannot enter the shrine as per the orders of the high cour

Maharashtra Information Commission: Quick turnaround

Anyone else would have thrown up their hands in despair on seeing over seven lakh right to information (RTI) applications at Maharashtra’s exceedingly busy information commission, but

Mumbai’s iconic Dhobi Ghat to be slum free

 Mumbai`s Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest open air laundry, will  be redeveloped. The British era laundromat, a popular tourist spot has rows of open air,  concrete wash pens &

Mumbai chopper crash report within a week

 A two member team from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau is conducting an investigation into a helicopter crash in Mumbai. A senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviat

When dhandho leaves Mumbai

Mumbai is a proud city. There are two kinds of pride. The first kind is fairly common, more so in India. It’s inherited from one generation to another, it’s transmitted by mere associat

Dream city Delhi

Anand Kumar, from Palwal, a small town in Haryana, had gone to bustling Bombay in the late 1980s as a teenager in search of work. “I had thought I’d drive a taxi or something, it would

The mind, the heart, and two great cities

I am made of both Delhi and Mumbai.  Intellect will tell you sharply that Mumbai and Del

Mumbai: Digi Dhan Mela held to promote cashless payment

To promote and generate awareness for digital payments for citizens Maharashtra government organised Digi Dhan Mela in Mumbai on Tuesday. Headed by NITI Aayog and the department of e

Humans of Delhi: Dilwalon ki Dilli

I came to Delhi from Kanpur in 2003 for higher studies. Since

Humans of Mumbai: Bombay meri jaan

I came to Mumbai from Sikar [in Rajasthan] to make a living. Mumbai gives me better work opportunities as compared to other cities. Here, I manage to save about Rs 40,000 per month, whereas in my h

Premium Khadi lounge opens in Mumbai

 The government is committed to put Khadi on the global map, said minister of state for micro, small and medium enterprises Haribhai Parthibhai Choudhary while inaugurating the first and exclu

Digital literacy awareness programme for senior citizens in Mumbai

A digital education and awareness programme was organised by Centre for the Study of Social Change (CSSC) under union ministry of social justice and empowerment. Principal Advisor,

India’s richest civic body heads to polls

Elections to the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which is the country’s richest civic body, will be held in February and political observers are expecting a split verdict. The reas

Mumbai’s changing campaign colours

Demonetisation was a factor as candidates in the fray for the Mumbai civic polls wooed people. Though the election commission doubled the expenditure limits from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, some candi

At 55.28% BMC sees highest voter turnout in 25 years

Mumbai recorded its highest ever turnout in the civic elections on Tuesday with 55.28% voters exercising their franchise.

BMC polls throw up fractured mandate

 It’s a hung verdict in the elections to the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, which is India’s richest civic body. Shiv Sena bagged 84 seats closely followed by BJP th

Shiv Sena may again ally with BJP

The civic election results could well have long term implications in Maharashtra’s politics, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) doing dramatically well and the Shiv Sena failing to get a

Demonetisation: Requests to change scrapped notes still pour in at RBI

 It’s been four months since demonetization took place, yet requests to change the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes are still coming at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Tata Trusts, PFA to build state-of-the-art veterinary hospital

Tata Trusts and People For Animals (PFA) announced their collaboration to build a state-of-the-art, multi-specialty veterinary hospital and emergency clinic at Navi Mumbai to serve the needs of a

Political parties show scant concern for poll manifestoes, says report

Political parties have failed to keep the promises that were made in the election manifestoes, noted a Praja Foundation report. The report has pointed towards scant concern of pol

Stripped of sand

Sand mining was once an activity that provided an alternative source of livelihood to the fisherfolk living on the outskirts of Mumbai. Today, relentless, mechanical sand mining has not only snatch

Tejas Express: Not so tej

Tejas Express, a semi-high speed train, is supposed to run at 200 kmph. But, on its inaugural run between Mumbai to Karmali (Goa), it touched a maximum speed of 110 kmph. A few days befor

Nearly half of the elderly have been mistreated: Report

 Nearly 1 out of 2 elderly people have been mistreated in India, said a report. HelpAge India’s latest report ‘How India treats its Elderly’ is a national survey of

Spike in dengue, TB cases in Mumbai: Report

 Dengue cases in Mumbai have increased by a whopping 265% from 2013-2017, said a report which added that almost 18 people have died every day from tuberculosis (TB) in 2016-17. Accor

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

It’s now up to Pakistan to claim Dujana’s body

In what is a clear shift in handling Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir by the Narendra Modi government, the Jammu and Kashmir police, has, for the first time, refused to hand over the body of

It’s now up to Pakistan to claim Dujana’s body

 In what is a clear shift in handling Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir by the Narendra Modi government, the Jammu and Kashmir police, has, for the first time, refused to hand over the b

Land swap proposal between AAI and MMRDA approved

 The government on Wednesday gave its approval for transfer of 40 acres of Airports Authority of India’s (AAI) land at Dahisar to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)

Duranto train derails, no one seriously injured

An express train headed to Mumbai derailed on Tuesday. Railways said that no one sustained serious injuries. The derailment took place barely six days after an express train derailed near

Lohani lays emphasis on highest level of safety

Chairman railway board (CRB) Ashwani Lohani wrote a letter to railwaymen to ensure highest level of safety, just hours after the derailment of Nagpur-Mumbai CST Duranto express on Tuesday.

Rains bring Mumbai to its knees

Torrential rains on Tuesday wreaked havoc in Mumbai and a day later, all government offices, schools and colleges will remain closed. Only employees providing emergency services will be on duty.

Can India’s bullet train meet the new deadline?

 Will you be able to take a bullet train in 2022? New railway minister Piyush Goyal is confident that the new deadline will be met, but experts are not so sure. The national high spe

Foundation stone laid for India’s first bullet train project

 Foundation stone of the 508 km long Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed rail project was jointly laid by prime minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday at Sabarmati

22 killed in stampede on narrow Mumbai foot over bridge

 The poor state of railway infrastructure stood exposed on Friday when a stampede broke out on a poorly maintained and narrow foot over bridge in Mumbai, killing 22 people and leaving scores i

Mumbai FOB was a disaster waiting to happen

 In 2010, a group of people had sought improvement of facilities at the Elphinstone railway station, where tragedy struck on Friday with 22 people being killed in a stampede. The FOB

AC EMU trains to be manufactured for Mumbai from 2019

 Indian Railways has decided to stop manufacturing non-air conditioned suburban electric multiple unit (EMU) trains from 2019 to give a comfortable ride experience to commuters in Mumbai. 

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

Two societies in Mumbai are managing their waste and regenerating energy

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) served 23,000 notices to Mumbai housing societies from January to June 2017. Reason: not segregating dry and wet waste. The notices, under the Maharasht

Mumbai film festival to screen 430 documentaries, short and animation films

The 15th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films beginning from January 28 will showcase 430 documentaries, short and animation films from acros

PM lays foundation stone for Navi Mumbai International Airport

PM Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone for Rs 16,700 crore Navi Mumbai International Airport. The first phase of the construction is expected to be completed by December 2019. The pro

India’s civic bodies most fund-starved

BMC will for the first time draw money from its reserves to fund its ambitious infrastructure projects. The richest civic body of the country will for the first time tap its fixed de

Why farmers want Swaminathan panel report’s implementation

Thousands are farmers have marched into Mumbai to present a list of demands to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis – and things would not have come to such a pass if a 2006 report had been imple

72% rape victims in Mumbai were minor girls

Sexual crimes against minor girls in Mumbai is on the rise, Praja Foundation said in a report released on Tuesday. Out of the total rape cases reported in Mumbai in 2016, 72% (455 out of 628) rapes

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

"Govt must allow open spaces which can serve as lungs for the city"

For years we had a tradition in Mumbai, particularly for all the trunk roads, to be avenues (boulevards). Though we continue to have trees in some parts of Mumbai, the fact is that we appear to hav

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

BMC took nearly 48 days in resolving one complaint

The number of civic complaints with BMC has increased from 61,910 in 2015 to 92,329 in 2017, which is 49% in two years. A report titled ‘Civic Issues Registered by Citizens and Deliberations

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

“If Mumbai does not fix housing problem soon, it will lose out to other cities”

A 1977 batch IAS officer, Jha has written a book, ‘Urban Essays’, and co-authored ‘Towards People Friendly Cities’ published by the UNICEF. He was the editor of the &lsq

The training advantage

It’s a sultry March afternoon and students at a municipal school in Santacruz East are engrossed in their lecture. It’s 4 pm already but the training session in the mobile repairing cou

What’s wrong with Mumbai?

It seems the financial capital of India, Mumbai, is need of a major help. The city has been witnessing one mishap after another since 2017. Nearly 1,700 rain-related incidents have been reported si

Even with sufficient funds, several projects under MCGM delayed: Report

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai’s (MCGM) presented the budget for the FY 2017-18 which have highlighted current state of financial management. A report released by Janaagraha Cent

Control rooms set up ahead of elections to report black money use

To curb the use of black money in the coming 2019 General Elections, gather intelligence and keep a strict watch over movement of cash and valuables and other unlawful means of influencing election

Accessing quality sexual and reproductive healthcare

Approximately 2000 healthcare providers who serve Mumbai`s 57,26,442 women attended the two day conference on sexual and reproductive health hosted by Mumbai Obstetric and Gynecological Society (MO

Mumbai’s Santacruz railway station becomes 1600th station to have free Wi-Fi

Mumbai’s Santacruz railway station became 1600th station in the country to have free public Wi-Fi provided by Indian Railways’ PSU, Railtel.   RailTel has pro

Campaign trail with BJP’s Manoj Kotak

Dressed in white shirt and pants, three time Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) corporator Manoj Kotak is now contesting from Mumbai north-east constituency. Kotak, representing BJP i

Voting for Mumbai meri jaan

“Voting is an important constitutional duty and a right that turns our

Footpath of hope and despair

As you walk through the lanes near the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, you can see hope and despair living in the same place. With ID cards listing their case numbers hanging around their nec

“The key issue in this election is: Save Democracy, Save the Constitution”

Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, an engineer by training, is a rare politician: down-to-earth and with a clean image. In the midst of the hectic electioneering, Chavan spoke wit

On a personal note: DIVINE

An underground rapper who grew up on Mumbai streets, Divine spins his music around his environment and poverty. His breakout single, ‘Meri Gully Mein’, along with fellow rapper Naez

Mumbai witnesses jump in bus ridership after fare cut

To revive bus ridership, the BMC-run Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) reduced its bus fares in Mumbai to minimum Rs 5 for non-AC buses as against Rs 8 earlier for the first five ki

Better cities require active citizen engagement

With Mumbai city battling myriad civic issues and annual flooding year after year, stakeholders and experts came together to discuss ways of dealing with these issues as community work. The discuss

How India can make cities better, liveable

The rankings for Indian cities in the latest Global Liveability Index, prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), should not have come as a surprise to us: the two cities that feature in th

A unique project gives new life to a chaotic Mumbai fishing village

Traditional fishermen or Kolis; synonymous with feasting, song and dance; are the original inhabitants of Mumbai. For generations, they have loved their vocation and prided in it. But their work an

Mumbai civic body invites urban designers to improve five streets

To redesign and make its streets safer and inclusive in a studio project, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has invited urban designers to join hands with its engineers so as to cr

Aarey tree cutting: Supreme court orders status quo

Citizen protesters had some relief on Monday as the Supreme Court ordered a status quo pm the cutting of trees in Aarey forests of Mumbai to build a Metro Rail shed. The apex court&r

Ashish Shelar of BJP says, “We are very confident of victory”

Ashish Shelar, 47, was the president of the Mumbai city unit of the BJP, before he became the minister of school education, sports and youth welfare in the Maharashta government this year. He h

“If the oppn is weak you can’t blame the govt for that”

A three-term Rajya Sabha member, Sanjay Raut is the Shiv Sena spokesperson and its voice in parliament. He is also the executive editor of Marathi newspaper Samana, started by Shiv Sena founder

A home of one’s own

Deepak Parekh, founder and chairman of HDFC, the premier housing finance organization in the country, in an interview with the Times of India published on September 9, 2019 provided some important

Ambedkar home in Mumbai to become national monument

The chawl in Mumbai where Dr BR Ambedkar, the father of the Constitution, lived between 1912 and 1934 will be converted into a national monument. Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Th

Mumbai civic body presents Rs 33,441.02 crore budget

With a Shiv Sena chief minister in Maharashtra after almost 20 years, Asia’s largest and civic body, ruled by the same party, has presented a budget of Rs 33,441.02 crore for 2020-21, with an

How Divyang-friendly and inclusive is Mumbai? Experts discuss

Mumbai, the second largest city in the country, is not very inclusive when it comes to the easy access to the disabled, but it is learning and is in the process of making the life of Divyangs easie

All you wanted to know about Mumbai’s coastal road

Mumbai is building a coastal road to cut through traffic snarls and make life easier for commuters. The ambitious project, part of the city’s Development Plan (DP) 2035, is the second major i

Save Panje wetland, give it Ramsar status: environmentalists

To protect the fast depleting wetlands against being used as landfill and for development activities in Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR), environmentalists have asked the centre to declare the 289-

In Mumbai, stakeholders discuss climate crisis in coastal cities

At a conclave titled ‘Climate Crisis - Action for Tropical Coastal Cities’, organized by Mumbai First last week, stakeholders came together for two days to discuss risk management in co

Most of India under lockdown as COVID-19 cases go up

India is making an all-out effort to save a billion-plus people from the outbreak of COVID-19, bringing most parts of the country under curfew and lockdown, as the number of people affected by the

Doctors, others continue to face vigilantism

Scare following the outbreak of Covid-19 has led some people to turn to vigilantism, harassing people at the frontline of fighting the disease and keeping the country running amid the lockdown.

India ramps efforts as COVID-19 cases rise

As COVID -19 cases continue to rise amid a 21-day lockdown, the centre and the states are proactively taking measures to provide aid to the underprivileged and the needy during this unprecedented s

Mumbai hospitals shut as more and more healthcare workers test positive

Maharashtra has emerged the epicentre of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak in the country with Mumbai reporting the highest number of cases in the state. With more and more healthcare providers gettin

Communication in the times of Corona

This article originally appeared on the ORF website: https://www.orf

Lockdown is not lockup, don’t worry: Thackeray

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has assured the large number of migrant labourers who are getting anxious to return to their homes that the fight against the Covid-19 virus is being fou

Allow wine shops, small hotels to open: Raj Thackeray

As the lockdown to halt the spread of Covid-19 continues into its second month, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray believes it’s high time some relief is granted, with precaut

Maharashtra to provide free test, treatment to Covid-19 patients

The Maharashtra government will provide free testing, treatment and meals to Covid-19 patients in civic and state government-run hospitals in the state.   With the number of Covi

Uddhav assures migrant workers of all help

As Maharashtra leads the country in the number of Covid-19 infections with the financial capital Mumbai remaining the most affected city, the state government has replaced the high-profile municipa

Maharashtra coop societies to hold virtual meets

In line with various notifications by the department of cooperation during the Covid-19 pandemic to maintain social distancing in cooperative societies the Commissioner, Co-operation and Registrar,

Mumbai medicos flag area of concern

In a letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, Association of Medical Consultants (AMC) Mumbai, a body of specialist doctors in Mumbai, has said that unless the government controls the spread Covi

Corona warriors to “flush the virus” in Mumbai

Even as humanitarian support is pouring in to help distressed migrants amid Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown, civil society organizations and NGOs are working for sanitation of community toilets

How Jeevan Raths have helped 52,000 migrants in Maharashtra

Before the novel coronavirus hit it, Mumbai about 10-12 lakh labourers from elsewhere had made it their home. The figure for the state of Maharashtra was another 18-20 lakh. As the pandemic spread

As some docs battle Corona, they continue to face neighbours’ stigma too

As part of her work Dr Azmera Sheikh, would often visit the municipality office and ward offices for meetings with officials for Covid-19 patients, do thermal screening at multiple containment zone

He fought to save lives. Unfortunately, his own could not be saved

This is the story of a man who worked hard to improve the life of a metro which failed him when his own life was at stake. This is the story of a citizen activist whose life could not be saved due

Mumbai to replicate Dharavi model to curb Covid-19 in emerging hot spots

With the number of Covid-19 cases gradually coming down to single digits in Asia’s largest slum sprawl of Dharavi which has population density of 2,27,136 persons per sq km and Worli hot spot

No bar on domestic workers in housing societies, Maharashtra clarifies

Amid extra precautions to curb the spread of pandemic in Mumbai, the Maharashtra government has clarified that there has not be any ban on domestic helps, drivers and other service providers enteri

A place of local democracy in pandemic governance: The case of Mumbai

Democracy in India is now taken for a fact, with an unstated assumption that all our institutions are democratic and hence often our successes and more often failures are attributed to ‘democ

Hiranandani Group launches ambitious data centre project

With the Covid-19 pandemic pushing more online activity and the capacity usage of data centres going up, India’s largest data centre (DC) building and the biggest tier-IV data centre, Yotta N

Mumbai opts for “most liberal Covid-19 testing” in the world

As part of the four T strategy of trace-test-track-treat, Mumbai – the most affected city in India – has decided to make Covid-19 tests accessible to all. The municipal c

BMC spells out numbers to counter Fadnavis’ claims

The BrihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) has countered Maharashtra leader of opposition Devendra Fadanvis’s suspicions of fewer Covid-19 tests, as it outlined various measures it has adop

Project Mumbai, with ‘Will do anything for my city’ spirit, wins UN SDG award

Project Mumbai, a volunteer-led non-profit, has been selected by the UN SDG Action Campaign as one of the global recipients for the Solidarity Award, a special call from the annual

Every other Mumbai slum dweller exposed to coronavirus

As many as 57% people in slums and 16% in non-slum areas have had exposure to Novel Coronavirus, according to a serological surveillance survey for SARS-CoV2 infection jointly commissioned by NITI-

Mumbai civic body hiding real Covid-19 toll: Kirit Somaiya

Firebrand BJP leader Kirit Somaiya has blasted BMC Commissioner, IS Chahal, for claiming credit for reducing numbers of coronavirus cases in Mumbai city and said that BMC’s own Sero Survey ha

"Mumbai Commissioner shameless in taking credit for Covid numbers"

Senior BJP leader Kirit Somaiya has blasted BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner IS Chahal for taking credit for reducing the number of coronavirus infections in the in the slum sp

`My Family, My Responsibility`: Mumbai campaign to spread Covid awareness

As coronavirus refuses to abate, Maharashtra has become the first state in India to cross 1 million mark in terms of confirmed cases and stares at shortage of medical oxygen. Every day 2,000-3,000

This Mumbai NGO empowers children with skills

When Dharmendra Pandey, a fruit-seller had to leave Mumbai after the imposition of the lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic, and return to his village in Uttar Pradesh, he was staring at economic

Covid-19: 2nd sero survey shows fall in infections in Mumbai slums

A sero survey conducted in the second half of August shows the presence of Covid-19 antibodies in samples from Mumbai slums has decreased by 12 percent over the findings of the previous survey of J

Mumbai civic body’s campaign ups Covid-19 recovery rate

Prompted by a high incidence of Covid-19 infection, the BrihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) launched an awareness-outreach campaign, ‘My Family My Responsibility’, on September 15,

Amid Covid, Mumbai to have a quiet Diwali

Aiming to curb pollution amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the BrihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) on Monday imposed a ban on the use of firecrackers and fireworks – during the festival of Diw

How to help Covid-hit Mumbai get back on track

The Covid -19 havoc has raised concerns of economic revival, following social distancing norms in crowded public transport, challenges of online learning specially for the poor, migrants and inform

Mumbai Coastal Road project makes progress

In line with its plans, 17% of work on the Mumbai Coastal Road, the Maharashtra government’s ambitious infrastructure project to decongest traffic movement in the megacity, has been completed

Mumbai on guard against new strain of Coronavirus

As a new strain of the Novel Coronavirus, several times more contagious, has started spreading rapidly in the UK, India wasted no time in responding to the threat, as it suspended the flights from

Mumbai air ‘very poor’, activist calls for tackling individual sources

On the New Year’s day, Mumbai, India’s financial capital, recorded the second worst air quality index (AQI) since 2016. On Thursday it worsened and dropped to `very poor` category.

Uddhav inaugurates largest tunnel boring machine for Mumbai Coastal Road

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has launched the largest tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the Mumbai Coastal Road project at Priyadarshini Park, in Malabar Hill area of South Mumbai.

Mumbai local trains open for public during non-peak hours

Maharashtra has extended its lockdown restrictions till 28 February and also announced the reopening of local trains for general public. Soon after his review meeting on resumption o

BEST services to upgrade with command and control centre

Mumbai’s dependable mode of transport for its large number of population, the BMC-run BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) bus service, is upgrading and going for a makeover.

Corona pressed pause button, made us take stock: Thackeray

Following is the rendering in English of Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s inaugural address during the webcast of ‘Colaba Conversation 2021: Creativity, Community and C

“Mumbai will have to reinvent, re-assist itself against future emergencies”

Mumbai needs to convert its need-based policy to land-based policy and plan properly to handle crisis situations in future, believes Ashwini Bhide, additional municipal commissioner, Municipal Corp

Mumbai budget up by 16.74%, focus on health, infra, amenities

With Covid-19 putting huge strains on the city’s health care system, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), one of the richest civic bodies in Asia, has allocated a major chunk o

In Mumbai, 29 private hospitals join vaccination drive

In order to expand the vaccination drive, the centre has allowed 29 private hospitals in Mumbai not empanelled in central and state health schemes to be designated as Covid Vaccination Centres (CVC

Covid-hurt Maharashtra focuses on healthcare

Maharashtra, among the worst Covid-affected states, has allocated Rs 7,500 crore for construction and upgradation of health institutions over four years, and provided Rs. 5,000 crore for quality he

Oppn leaders pushing Mumbai to second lockdown: Mayor

Blaming the opposition leaders for flouting Covid-19 norms and leading to a resurgence of infection in Mumbai, Mayor Kishori Pednekar has said that they are setting bad examples and pushing the cit

Testing mandatory in public places as Mumbai faces second wave

With Covid-19 infections on an upward spiral in the state of Maharashtra as well as the city of Mumbai, the BrihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) has tightened testing rules instructing ward off

Pawar to take a call on Deshmukh

Amid political turmoil in Maharashtra over allegations made by the former Mumbai police chief, the ruling coalition allies met NCP chief Sharad Pawar late Sunday, leaving the fate of home minister

Singh’s allegation has merit: intelligence report had flagged corruption

The political crisis in Maharashtra is turning murkier. As former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh has gone to the Supreme Court, seeking a CBI inquiry against home minister Anil Deshmukh

Night curfew in Maharashtra from March 28

As the number of Covid cases continues to rise exponentially in Maharashtra, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced night curfew across the state starting March 28, Sunday.  The curfew,

Night curfew in Mumbai till April 15

Struggling to contain the spread of Covid-19 infection, the Maharashtra government has imposed a night curfew from 8 pm to 8 am, starting Sunday night. Maharashtra on Saturday repor

In Mumbai, Covid-19 patients to be admitted through ward war rooms only

Straddled with the burgeoning cases in the city surpassing pervious numbers, Mumbai civic authorities on Monday sought to avoid chaos over allotment of beds and issued strict instructions to all go

Surge continues in Maharashtra, new restrictions under consideration

As the Second Wave of infections in India shows no sign of relenting, Maharashtra continues to report more than half the new cases, with 43,183 new cases and 249 deaths reported in the 24 hours to

As Covid cases jump in Maharashtra, Thackeray warns of lockdown

As Maharashtra continues to report an increasing number of Covid-19 cases, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has said he is not ruling the possibility of a total lockdown and he will take the decisio

Maharashtra prepares for the second lockdown

With new Covid-19 infections crossing the peak of the last year, the Maharashtra government has imposed stringent restrictions on movement of people enforcing Section 144 and night curfew in the en

Deshmukh likely to challenge high court order in SC

Anil Deshmukh is reportedly considering approaching the supreme court Tuesday to challenge a Bombay high court order that had forced him to quit as home minister of Maharashtra a day earlier.

Maharashtra, centre trade charges as India reports highest ever cases

India recorded a new high of 1,15,736 daily Covid-19 cases with Maharashtra bearing nearly half of the load, as the state and the centre traded charges for the first time since the outbreak. State

Mumbai allows 24x7 delivery of essential services

Amid tighter movement restrictions as the city and the state continue to battle a consistently rising trajectory of fresh Covid-19 cases, Mumbai civic authorities on Thursday allowed 24-hour home d

On vaccine shortage, Maharashtra hits back at centre

Maharashtra, suffering from a heavy number of fresh cases every day and complaining of vaccine shortage, has replied to the union health minister criticism and blamed the centre for the situation.

In Mumbai, nodal officers to streamline bed allocation at ward war rooms

With Covid-19 cases continuing to spiral upwards and public and private hospitals running to full capacity, the BMC has appointed nodal officers in all 24 ward war rooms and jumbo field hospitals w

Maharashtra goes under ‘Janata curfew’, restrictions from tonight

Striving to control the deadly second wave of Covid-19 infections, the Maharashtra government has imposed prohibition on the gathering of more than four people as well as night curfew from Wednesda

India’s Second Wave crosses 2-lakh milestone

The Second Wave in India seems unstoppable. The number of daily new cases crossed the 2,00,000 figure on Thursday morning, which is the highest ever anywhere in the world. Most of the burden &ndash

“Not appropriate to postpone Class XII CBSE exams”

Criticizing the postponement of the CBSE Class XII exams in the wake of the second Covid -19 wave across the country, Nupur Sharma, BJP national spokesperson, has said the decision will jeopardize

Remdesivir procured at high prices to save lives: BMC

Countering the opposition BJP’s allegations of corruption in the procurement of Remdesivir, a critical anti-viral injection often prescribed for Covid-19 patients, the BrihanMumbai municipal

Politicians trade charges as Covid breaks previous records in Maharashtra

A political war erupted between the centre and Maharashtra over supply of essentials including medicines and oxygen as the state struggles to control the raging Covid-19 amidst scarce health infras

In Mumbai, decline seems to have begun

Amid a virulent second wave, as Mumbai scrambles for hospital beds, the civic authorities have said there was no need for panic since 3,685 beds were still available in the city for Covid-19 patien

"Maharashtra opposition interested in politics, not public welfare”

Refuting any political instability in the state, Jayant Patil, Maharashtra cabinet minister and state president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has said the government is very stable and there

Thackeray orders probe in Nashik Hospital gas leak tragedy

The Maharashtra government has ordered a probe into the tragic incident of oxygen leak at the Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik district, in which 24 Covid-19 patients on critical life support have

Mumbai survey finds more women than men are seropositive

As many as 37.12 percent of women and 35.02% of men in Mumbai are found to have antibodies against Covid-19 as per the latest sero survey conducted by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (M

First Oxygen Express arrives in Mumbai; those for Delhi, UP on their way

A Ro-Ro service carrying three tankers loaded with liquid medical oxygen (LMO) from Hapa in Gujarat reached Kalamboli in Maharashtra Monday. Meanwhile, an Oxygen Express train carrying four tankers

Oxygen: 20 cryogenic tankers imported, allocated to states

To address shortage of oxygen tankers in the country, the centre has imported 20 cryogenic tankers of 10 MT and 20 MT capacity and allocated them to states. The mapping of liquid medical oxygen (LM

Case fatality rate further declines to 1.11%

The ferocious second wave showed no signs of halting as India reported 3,79,257 new cases Thursday, but the good news was that the case fatality rate declined to 1.11%, and the cumulative number of

‘Mumbai cases down due to BMC commissioner’s good work’

RP Singh, national spokesperson, BJP, has praised Mumbai municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal for actively engaging with people and effectively handling Covid-19 and said that a good administr

BMC commissioner urges Mumbaikars to come forward for testing

To take preventive steps early and save lives, BrihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has urged citizens to come forward and get themselves tested.  

Learn from Mumbai model to manage oxygen supply: supreme court

Mumbai, once the epicentre of the pandemic in India, has emerged as a model for all others in mitigating the crisis. The supreme court on Wednesday said the central government should adopt and take

Visionary Talks with R P Singh, National Spokesperson, BJP



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