Parthasarathi Biswas


Price collapse: The MSP mirage
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Modi government’s decision to hike import duty on edible oils has come too little, too late for soyabean farmers

Egg prices hit a high, now as costly as chicken
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Considering that egg production isn’t going to recover as fast as broiler, consumers may have to wait for a few weeks for prices to ease.

Two months after SC clarified liquor ban order, sales almost back to normal in Pune
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

In December 2016, after the Supreme Court had banned the sale of alcohol within 500 metres of state and national highways, more than 1,600 of the 2,500 licensed establishments in the district were forced to shut shop.

One year of demonetisation — Wholesale markets: After cheque and digital experiments, cash rules again
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

While 30 mandis selected under the eNam project have by and large reported higher digital payments, agricultural produce marketing committees are transacting largely in cash.

Demonetisation anniversary: Cooperative banks still weighed down by cash that cannot be used
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court allowed the old notes to be accepted, after verification through NABARD that started in July.

PMC’s plan to dispose organic waste not going as planned
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

The inspection reports note that there were complaints about foul odour in most of the 16 functional plants, and the total amount of biogas, produced as a by-product, was not maintained by any of them.

Online portal for marketing sugar
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Prakash Naiknavare, managing director of NFCSF, said the online platform will allow for greater access as well as better price realisation. “Chances of cartelisation will be minimum on such a platform,” he said.

‘Lying’ about BPL status costs Sangli resident his RTI appeals
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

As per RTI norms, those living under the poverty line are exempted from paying RTI fees. Such applicants have to attach their BPL certificate with their applications.

Domestic markets may face shortage, 40% dip in grape production worrisome, says Secretary Maharashtra Grape Growers Association
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

In many areas in Nashik, growers have uprooted their vines after the roots were waterlogged. Last year, prices of grapes had crashed both in international and domestic markets, causing distress among the farmers.

As cane season starts, speculation about price heats up
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

The 2016-17 season was unique as paucity of cane had set off a price war among millers to attract cane. Also, last year was the first time when Maharashtra implemented the revenue sharing formula as per the recommendations of the C Rangarajan committee.

Pune: Network errors and confusion about filing make GST more complicated for many
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

A survey conducted by the GST Commissionerate among 600 assesses in Pune region has identified the major technical issues which need urgent attention from GSTN.

Pune RTO sees 25 per cent rise in vehicle registration on Dussehra
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

The figures released by the RTO shows a total of 8,689 vehicles were registered between September 25 and 30.This was the peak period of Navratri when such buying gets a major boost.

Ganesh festival greener than last year, Pune rivers see lesser pollution levels
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

Detailed analysis of river water at various locations carried out by the MPCB shows lesser measure of pollutants in the water a day after the immersion as compared to the same day last year.

Onion prices: Centre seeks report from Maharashtra govt on role of cartels
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

“Reports also reveal the nexus with traders in the Northeast where wholesale onions did not sell below Rs 26-27 per kg. There are reports of mandis being closed down erratically, creating distortion in the demand supply chain,” Central govt letter said.

GST and Rural India: No takers for ‘branded’ foodgrains
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

But the 5 per cent GST has abruptly upset this established system of trading. The small retailers are now shying away from purchasing ‘branded’ cereals and pulses.

GST and Rural India: When doing business is taxing for farmers
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Maharashtra’s nascent farmer producer companies are struggling to cope with the new indirect tax regime

With institutional treatment and international tender, PCMC tries to find permanent solution to garbage problem
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

“To reduce the quantum of garbage being dumped at Moshi, we have decided to push for segregation of garbage at the source,” said, chairperson of the PCMC Standing Committee.

As Centre puts stock limits, millers say will not affect price
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

Union Civil Supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce the stock limits. This move, the minister said, will help in controlling sugar prices in September and October.

Think tank behind noteban calls it a ‘success’, says tax base increased
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

"Dead currency has come back to circulation as after demonetisation, people were forced to deposit their money in the banks. A policy shift has happened in the country and banking’s base has increased,” said a trustee of Arthakranti Pratishthan.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana quits NDA
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Following the decision of Party leader and MP Raju Shetti to exit NDA, party leader Ravikant Tupkar resigned from his position as the president of the Handlooms and Textile Corporation of the state.

Maharashtra minister promises October 1 as farm waiver rollout date, but speed-breakers aplenty
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

A total of Rs 34,000 crore worth of crop loan stands to be written off. As per the guidelines of the scheme, up to Rs 1.5 lakh would be waived from the outstanding loan amounts of eligible farmers.

Make in India 2015: Turning promise of MoUs into actual investment, Pune tops district chart
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

The figures released by the Directorate of Industries show that Pune is far ahead of other districts in converting the promises into actual investments. In percentage terms, Mumbai has fared better, but only 65 MoUs had been signed for Mumbai at that time.

Khot announces committee to draft format of new party
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

Speaking to The Indian Express, the minister of State for Agriculture Sadashiv (Sadabhau) Khot, said the name of the committee members will be announced in seven days.

Scanty rains in Vidarbha affects orange production, fruit set to be costlier
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

On an average, Maharashtra reports around 1,24,000 hectares of orange orchards with the state cornering 9 per cent of the country’s production.

Livestock trade: A business that has stalled
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Only a couple of weeks ago, gaurakshaks impounded a consignment of eight indigenous Gir breed cows that Jadhav had sourced from a farmer in Gujarat’s Amreli district. These animals, whose milk fetches a premium, are currently being housed at a gaushala (cow shelter) near Amreli.

73,000 co-op housing societies ignore HC directive on holding polls
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

As per the Election Rules of the State Cooperative Election Authority, the onus is on the housing societies to notify the Authority, and to hold elections once the five-year term of the executive body gets over.

Onion export registers 10-year high in 2016-17
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Exports of onions play a crucial role in balancing the domestic price of the produce in the wholesale markets. India consumes almost 90 per cent of the home-grown produce, but 10 per cent export is necessary to prevent a price crash.

PMC Realty check: Demand for new houses falters, number of permissions lowest in last 10 years
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

While civic officials blamed the prolonged effect of note ban, realtors said the high rate of real estate in PMC areas was the prime reason behind them choosing areas located beyond the corporation’s limits for new constructions.

Maharashtra govt asks labour commissioner for report on IT layoffs
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

Since the last few months, major IT companies have reportedly conducted large-scale layoffs. Pune, which has the second largest concentration of IT companies in the country, has also seen layoffs.

For farmers in Maharashtra finding the right price for farm produce, a continuing challenge
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

That anger finds resonance among farmers across the state who have been complaining about low price realisation for years now. The problem is acute in the case of fruits and vegetables.

Good news for foodies: GST ushers hotels, restaurants to slash rates by 5-10 per cent
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Around 70 per cent of the restaurants have already printed new menu cards, with the reduced prices, while the rest are in the process of doing so.

Farmers from Maharashtra to sell produce directly in Delhi
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

The FPC movement in Maharashtra has seen much action over the last year or so. Working under the banner of MahaFPC, the FPCs had purchased more than 25,000 MT of tur last year.

No price hike, say officials, but restaurants get pricier: For customers, a ‘bitter taste’ of new tax regime
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

Restaurants without AC have been bracketed under the 12 per cent slab, while those with AC have to pay 18 per cent GST and high-end star properties are in the 28 per cent slab.

Maharashtra’s DCCBs get RBI green signal to exchange old notes, but there’s a rider
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

The Pune DCCB had tried to deposit Rs 25 crore just before the note ban, but the currency chest banks had written to them about their lack of space and refused to accept the same.

RBI yet to accept old notes, district cooperative banks face losses of Rs 300 crore
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

The Pune DCCB alone has suffered a loss of Rs 20 crore, because of the excess interest they have had to pay to depositors from November.

Committee to probe allegations against Khot
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Sources said that Khot’s proximity with the BJP and his alleged role in trying to scuttle the farmers’ strike had allegedly not gone down well with farmers in Maharashtra.