Sandeep A Ashar


Maharashtra courts start-ups for public supply contracts
Thu, Oct 20, 2016

Government revises policy norms giving start-ups a better chance to win contracts.

EC halts Maharashtra government’s publicity blitz
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

The EC’s clampdown would limit the BJP’s gameplan of “leveraging” this government spending for political gains in the upcoming local body elections in the state, which are being seen in political circles as a ‘mini-Assembly poll.’

Fee waiver extended: Maharashtra govt puts onus of implementing benefit on colleges
Sat, Oct 15, 2016

A government resolution (GR) Friday made the qualifying educational institutes responsible for full online disclosure pertaining to the applying students.

Maharashtra plans hike in entertainment duty before GST rollout
Wed, Oct 19, 2016

Top sources in the government confirmed to The Indian Express that a proposal for raising the levy was under active consideration.

Deadly chemicals mixed with toddy across Maharashtra, reveals excise department survey
Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Shocked by the findings, government bans sale in areas that do not grow trees that yield toddy.

Amid Sena-BJP hostilities, two top leaders step in to defuse potential crisis
Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Thackeray is learnt to have got a call from the ally hours before his speech at Shiv Sena’s Dussehra rally.

Excise department links sugar baron Ratnakar Gutte to illegal liquor racket
Wed, Oct 12, 2016

The department, led by BJP’s Chandrasekhar Bavankule, has even served the firm a notice, threatening to suspend the licence for the alleged violation.

Maharashtra: Board under CM Fadnavis aide ignored CAG’s missive, disregarded own panel’s report as well
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

Following The Indian Express report, more discrepancies come to light.

Mumbai to have taller buildings around Metro corridors
Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Under the chief minister, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority — the nodal agency for the Metro projects — had originally demanded higher FSI close to Metro corridors for raising monetary resources to fund the projects.

Uran alert: Maharashtra Police probe mystery boat abandoned in Raigad
Fri, Sep 23, 2016

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K P Bakshi said a probe is underway to ascertain whether Thursday’s incident has anything to do with the boat that was intercepted.

To decongest Mumbai, building height to be linked to width of roads
Wed, Sep 21, 2016

Rule had been announced for all other municipalities except Mumbai in May this year

CM Devendra Fadnavis nod to attach Kripashankar Singh’s properties
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

"Once the court decides the matter, the action in this case will be initiated,” said a senior Home department official.

Tower Of Shame: 13-storey building comes up in Mumbai without permission
Thu, Sep 08, 2016

Official documents reviewed by The Indian Express reveal that the government machinery woke up to the violations only after repeated complaints from the affected slum dwellers.

Charity land records to go digital in Maharashtra
Mon, Sep 05, 2016

The digital initiative, which will be rolled out on September 7, will see all details of registered trusts, including their trustees, the nature and the title of the lands they hold.

In Maharashtra, crores spent on educating ‘ghost’ tribal students
Fri, Sep 02, 2016

Official records accessed by The Indian Express show that 8,177 out of 25,922 students on the rolls in these Jalgaon schools could not be traced.

Multiple housing and real estate firm regulators to be appointed in Maharashtra
Fri, Aug 26, 2016

At last count, about 37,000 such cases were pending in the consumer redressal forum, official data shows

Maharashtra: Water revenue only for irrigation works
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

The revenues realised by water reservoirs through various means will not be deposited in the state government’s consolidated fund, and would only be used for irrigation purposes, according to a news proposal.

Maharashtra government revives the contentious process of allocation of dam water for non-irrigation purposes
Wed, Aug 24, 2016

The Cabinet has approved the proposal to allocated 13.5 million litres from three dams diverted for non-irrigation use.

Maharashtra begins mapping of illegal liquor dens and hooch makers
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

In a fresh bid to crack down on the sale of spurious liquor, the state excise department has started building a database on how and where illicit liquor trade takes place.

Maharashtra: Eknath Khadse’s Rs 1,000-cr tender scrapped
Sat, Aug 20, 2016

The tender estimated an annual supply worth Rs 200 crore, or Rs 1,000 crore over five years. The plan was to authorise the supplier to recover this amount from the manufacturers.

Mumbai charity trust and private developer booked for unauthorised sale of govt land
Fri, Aug 19, 2016

No action against errant government officials as yet.

Appointment of Dr K P Vishwanatha as Vice-Chancellor of MPKV triggers controversy
Tue, Aug 16, 2016

Two writ petitions filed in HC seeking quashing of move.

Maharashtra: Sex crimes against children on rise; 11,123 cases pending in courts
Sun, Aug 14, 2016

The rape of a minor girl aged two and a half years shocked Mumbai Saturday. According to government figures, which show reported crimes, there has been a rise in the cases of sexual crimes involving a child in the state. The number of cases where convictions are still pending is staggering too. The government figures […]

Charity trust sells prime land illegally, Maharashtra govt takes 6 years to act
Fri, Aug 12, 2016

Mumbai (City) Collector Dr Ashwini Joshi to lodge criminal action against the trust, others.

In Maharashtra power minister’s constituency, brother’s firm bags road contracts worth Rs 57 crore
Sun, Aug 07, 2016

Bawankule himself was a partner in the firm till 2004. The minister’s wife, Jyoti, and son, Sanket, were also partners in the firm earlier.

Fire safety very poor in Maharashtra’s top cities: CAG audit
Sat, Aug 06, 2016

It has further said that even existing fire services were ill-equipped to deal with fire emergencies.

In Maharashtra, special cell to counter ‘negative’ news
Tue, Aug 02, 2016

There is also a plan to set up a dedicated 'social media wing' to comb posts and feedback uploaded on various social media platforms, blogs and web portals of media houses.

Centre accused academician of graft, Maharashtra promoted him
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

CM Fadnavis says will take corrective action soon.

Opposition: Days after SIT disclosed plans to arrest minister, CM Fadnavis transferred probe
Tue, Jul 26, 2016

Congress says Fadnavis misusing his position to shield his ministers, misleading legislature

Governor Vidyasagar Rao had cautioned Pankaja Munde over food contract
Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Department had told Cabinet it would float independent tenders.

Bombay HC: Tender issued to create monopoly for handful of suppliers
Thu, Jul 14, 2016

The Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court, setting aside the tender notice, has indicated that it was issued in a manner that would create a monopoly for a handful of suppliers.

New ministers will have to jostle for residential and office space
Mon, Jul 11, 2016

Ex-ministers continue to occupy bungalows, Tawde clings on to additional one

Maharashtra Cabinet reshuffle: Pankaja Munde tweets a headache for CM Fadnavis
Mon, Jul 11, 2016

Indicates she was not kept in loop before being divested of 2 important portfolios; supporters burn CM effigy in Beed

Maharashtra: Norms flouted in multi-crore drug purchase
Wed, Jun 29, 2016

CM Fadnavis confirmed that he had received Sahai’s report. Assigning the responsibility for a “detailed probe” to Sahai again, he said, “We have asked him to submit a final report in the matter.”

Two decades after panel recommendation, policy to push redevelopment in Mumbai suburbs
Tue, Jun 28, 2016

On the lines of cessed buildings in island city, suburban properties tagged as dilapidated or dangerous to get higher FSI

After Khadse, another Maharashtra minister, Ravindra Waikar, under graft cloud
Sun, Jun 26, 2016

According to an official note accessed by The Sunday Express, Waikar, while making the case for lifting of the ban, referred to a specific building project.