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Delayed over tablets, livestock census may finally begin in July
Sat, Feb 24, 2018

The Union Budget had accounted for the tablets, earmarking Rs 34.20 crore towards the Livestock Census, with an additional Rs 64.20 crore being provided for the coming fiscal. The tablets were estimated to cost around Rs 30 crore at Rs 5,000-plus per piece

Mounting backlogs, delay in annual reports: RTI gasps for breath in Maharashtra
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

The state has reported a whopping 37,456 pending second appeals by the end of January- one of the highest-ever recorded since the promulgation of the RTI Act, in 2005. Three benches — Nashik (9,792) Pune (8,126) and Amravati (7,166) — by themselves corner more than 20,000 appeals.

Pune: Few luxury and super luxury apartments launched in last 2 years
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

Sale of affordable units, below Rs 25 lakh, picks up pace

Govt keeps stepping in to drive down prices of onions; farmers ask what about us
Sun, Feb 11, 2018

Nashik, Maharashtra; In state producing most onions, 60% grown here

Budget 2018 and Agriculture: MSP promise fails to cut ice with farmers
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

For farmers like Bhawane, it’s not the promised MSPs, but the prices for the chana and tur/arhar (pigeon-pea) they would be selling in the next fortnight or so that’s the real concern.

Union Budget 2018, Agriculture: Farmer companies reap benefits, tax holiday for 5 years
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Union Budget 2018: Arun Jaitley acknowledged the positive role played by these FPOs and announced 100 per cent tax deduction for companies with turnover below Rs 100 crore.

Pune: Go only by the meter, AAP autorickshaw union tells drivers
Wed, Jan 31, 2018

Passengers alighting at the Pune railway station, especially those going to peripheral areas or alighting at odd hours, often find themselves at the mercy of autorickshaw drivers, who refuse to go by the meter and overcharge.

Mangoes likely to have shorter, cheaper stint this year
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

In Maharashtra, Alphonso, better known as Hapus, starts arriving in markets of Pune and Mumbai by the end of February. Both growers and traders have confirmed that, from this year, the fruit will be available only between April and May

Cane arrears crisis again as sugar prices crash
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

UP mills have in the current 2017-18 sugar season (October-September), as on Wednesday, bought cane worth Rs 15,481.73 crore at the state advised price (SAP) of Rs 315 per quintal for normal and Rs 325 per quintal for early-maturing varieties.

A new supply problem: Harvesting labour shortage adds to Maharashtra mill woes
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

There is no dearth of cane in the state this year, but not enough people to cut and take it from fields.

Pune: After report about ‘unsafe & unhygienic’ women’s toilet at labour office, minister sanctions funds for a new one
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

On January 11, The Indian Express had highlighted the absence of a functional woman’s toilet in the office.

White Truth: Milk turns sour for farmers on back of record powder stocks with dairies
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

The dairies are blaming the current situation on the crash in international skimmed milk powder (SMP) prices.

Soon, tech to ensure female births in cattle
Mon, Jan 15, 2018

Pune-based BAIF Development Research Foundation (BDRF) has embarked on a project to produce semen that increases the probability of birth of cows and she-buffaloes to 92 per cent

India’s first IT trade union registered in Pune, aims to fight ‘illegal layoffs’
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

While work is in progress for the registration of FITE chapters in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana, the Pune chapter is the first one to be officially recognised as a trade union, said Elavarasan Raja, general secretary, FITE, Maharashtra.

Pune: Office in charge of upholding labour laws has no proper bathroom for women
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

On Tuesday, woman employees in the office went on a flash strike to draw attention to the issue, and also handed over a memorandum to the Additional Labour Commissioner, Anil Lakaswar.

Fadnavis government to extend marketing reforms to oilseeds, food grains
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Submitted in July last year, the report had taken into consideration the effect of the market reforms in the fruits and vegetables markets before making its recommendations.

New project by MSAMB: State farmers may soon have greater access to markets in other states
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Yogesh Thorat, managing director, MahaFPC, said farmers found it difficult to crack such markets as they were not aware of the market dynamics. “The value chain has been created to help the farmers in such markets,” he added

Hit by heavy rain last year, grape growers hopeful about better season, export markets
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

In Nashik, the current price of grapes is Rs 120 per kg, and growers are hopeful that the price will decline, and settle in the Rs 60-80 per kg range

Police deny permission for Arvind Kejriwal rally in Buldhana
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

AAP event on January 12 an effort to ‘relaunch’ party in state

Meant to ‘relaunch’ party in Maharashtra, Kejriwal rally in Buldhana denied permission by police
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

The event was ostensibly an effort to relaunch the AAP in Maharashtra, with several prominent figures expected to join the party at the January 12 event.

Booked for ‘orchestrating violence’ in Bhima Koregaon, Sambhajirao Bhide denies charges, attacks Prakash Ambedkar
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

In a statement issued later, the Pratishthan alleged that newly-elected Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and JNU student leader Umar Khalid were among those who had incited violence on January 1, when Dalits were celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon.

What to expect in 2018 from the farm sector: prices could hold key to several political fortunes
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

Agricultural prices crashed in April-June, just when a bumper rabi crop had been harvested after two years of drought, and despite demonetisation.

Pune chemists face action for online sale of prescription drugs
Tue, Dec 26, 2017

The matter was raised in the State Legislative Council by Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt, who wanted the minister to throw light upon the online sales of medicines going on in the state. Such sales, the MLC said, was being carried out without any prescriptions.

With wholesale prices going up, retail customers likely to find daal dearer
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

After Centre hikes import duty on chana, massor daal, wholesale prices move closer to MSP.

IT and Agriculture: Mobile app technology brings silent revolution in Maharashtra sugar mills
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Enables more reliable estimates of cane area and better scheduling of harvesting for crushing.

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.