Sandeep A Ashar


Shiv Sena tags non-Marathi votes for BMC polls with #Didyouknow?
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Mumbai’s changing voter demographic has now forced the party to woo a larger base in the build-up to the 2017 civic polls on February 21.

Maharashtra beats model code for PM Modi’s pet housing scheme
Fri, Jan 13, 2017

Floats tenders worth nearly Rs 3,000 cr for low-cost homes

Maharashtra: Norms for non-agricultural use of farmland relaxed
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

The state’s revenue department issued the ordinance notifying this relaxation on January 5.

Ahead of polls, Maharashtra govt hikes FSI for slum rehab to 4
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

SI is a development tool that defines the extent of construction permissible on a plot. It is the ratio of the built-up area of a plot to the plot’s area.

Maharashtra BJP’s gameplan for rural elections: A separate OBC department, sops for farmers
Wed, Dec 28, 2016

The new department, which is proposed to be fully functional from April 1, 2017, will have its own budgetary provisions.

Mumbai collector questions OK to parking near zoo
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

The grant was approved by former CM Prithviraj Chavan about a month before he stepped down in September 2014.

Housing rules: Maharashtra dilutes key safeguard for buyers
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Allows more flexible use of funds in escrow account for a housing project

Government’s sweet dose for the sugar lobby in Maharashtra
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

Cap withdrawn on sale of key byproduct, millers to gain handsomely

Maharashtra suspends no-confidence motion against NMMC chief Tukaram Mundhe
Sat, Oct 29, 2016

The government if of the opinion that “the motion was against the larger public interest and would work against the financial interest of the civic body”.

Maharashtra CM report card: Fadnavis’s big investment pitch fails to beat recession
Fri, Oct 28, 2016

Assured investment numbers from mega projects decline; ranking slips

Fadnavis report card: No big bang economic changes yet
Fri, Oct 28, 2016

The forecast is that this debt stock will top Rs 3.56 lakh crore by next March, a rise of 18 per cent since 2014-15.

Maharashtra Cabinet panel to look into tax waiver for Coldplay event
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

Consumer rights group opposes move

Maharashtra: Drinking permits a click away
Tue, Oct 25, 2016

The state’s excise department has done away with the need for people to queue up outside its offices for obtaining drinking permits, and made them available at the click of the mouse.

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 […]