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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.

Pune traders fear return of ‘licence raj’ post GST
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

While agricultural commodities are exempted from GST, trademarked commodities have been included under the new tax regime’s ambit. The matter has been made more complicated as clarity regarding a ‘trademark’ seems to be missing.

Rules ignored, Pune housing societies discharge untreated sewage
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Sewage treatment plants in many housing societies non-operational; MPCB, civic body blame each other.

Farmers protest: At heart of stir, crop glut, cash crunch
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

As the farm protests in Maharashtra spilled over to MP, with five people killed in police firing in Mandsaur last week, The Sunday Express looks at the economics and politics of the unrest.

Unrest over farmer’s suicide in Solapur
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

The 42-year-old allegedly hanged himself and in a suicide note, suspected to have been written by him, asked for the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis before his body was cremated.

Maharashtra: All eyes on today’s farmers meet in Nashik, supplies get steady
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Since June 1, farmers in Maharashtra have been on an unprecedented strike which affected the supply of milk and vegetable in urban areas.

Devendra Fadnavis waives farm loans of Rs 30,000 crore, but protests spread
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Devendra Fadnavis said, “The loan waiver, which will come into force by October 31, 2017, will be restricted to small and marginal farmers with land holdings of five acres.”

Western Maharashtra farmers to gain more from loan waiver
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Credit crisis is one of the major reasons for increasing farmer suicides which has been plaguing the state since long.

KKM faces ire of farmers for not taking them into confidence
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Since June 1, farmers have stopped movement of vegetables and milk which has squeezed supplies to the wholesale markets across the state.

Day 2 of farmers’ strike: Major markets dry up, urban areas hit the most
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

Wholesale and retail prices of vegetables have gone up by almost 40 per cent, and are likely to increase more, as supplies continue to be sparse.

In Maharashtra, farmers protest by emptying milk containers, dumping vegetables on the road
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Farmers across Maharashtra had decided to go on strike from June 1 as repeated talks with the state government had failed to resolve the stalemate.

Alternate markets rake in Rs 13,000 crore in Maharashtra
Sat, May 20, 2017

Records released by the Directorate of Marketing show that the combined turnover from private markets, direct markets and single license markets had crossed Rs 13,000 crore.

White Revolution 2.0: For these farmers, dairying is not just about milk, but also dung
Thu, May 18, 2017

There is money to be made from sale of manure, especially from cattle kept in free-stall barns.

Months after fallout, Sadashiv Khot shares stage with MP Raju Shetti
Fri, May 05, 2017

Shetti and Khot had fallen out since the latter’s decision to field his son for the zilla parishad elections in Sangli.

Nashik, Wardha DCCBs face uncertain future
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

In case these banks lose their licences, distribution of crop loans could be impacted in the upcoming kharif season in the districts concerned.

Bitter Truth: Early summer heat dries up recovery hopes for sugar in Maharashtra
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

No strong production rebound seen in 2017-18, even as state concedes No. 1 slot to Uttar Pradesh.

Denied Sanjay Dutt’s release details, Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict writes to info panel
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

The application is expected to come up for hearing in a year’s time.

Maharashtra’s Osmanabad district: A dying bank resorts to ‘band baja’ to get debt-ridden farmers to pay
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

Vijay Ghonse Patil, managing director of the bank, said they have issued 20,700 notices and have also carried out the ‘naming and shaming’ in around 10 cases.

Pune: King of mangoes all set to make its way to unchartered territories
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Hapus to be exported to Iran, Australia , South Korea

NABARD submits KYC verification report: Now, Maharashtra’s DCCBs pin hopes on RBI to get old currencies exchanged
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

The DCCBs had moved the Supreme Court for relief and during the hearing the RBI had expressed doubts over the KYC compliance of the DCCBs.

Pune: Sewage water seeps inside Kothrud societies as ‘smart city’ tag sinks
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

No water supply, no power for over 48 hours; PMC struggles to find blocked drain

No effulent treatment plant in Pimpri-Chinchwad: SC directive puts over 1,400 industrial units in the dock in Maharashtra
Thu, Mar 02, 2017

The court had asked state pollution control boards to work in tandem with electricity distribution companies (discoms) to implement its orders.

FPCs to stop procurement as price crash sets
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

In view of the 20 per cent increase in acreage of pulses, the central government had mandated creation of a buffer stock of pulses, of which 20,000 metric tonnes (MT) was to be done by the Federation.