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‘Arrest’ of 56 donkeys for illegal sand mining shows govt resolve, leaves Maharashtra Assembly in splits
Sun, Aug 02, 2015

Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse informed the Assembly that authorities had ‘arrested’ 56 donkeys found transporting illegally mined river sand to secret collection points in one such case last month.

Maharashtra govt puts Rs 521 crore of depositors’ money at risk, says CAG report
Sun, Aug 02, 2015

Audit agency comes down heavily on the state for failing to act against cooperative banks on verge of closure.

Maharashtra government buys more time to acquire land for public purposes
Thu, Jul 30, 2015

The government has also introduced provisions of the Centre’s new Land Acquisition Act, 2013, in the MRTP Act to bring it in sync with the Centre’s guidelines.

SC’s May judgment could hold key to Memon’s fate
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

In the May 27 order, the SC judges had ruled that “sufficient notice ought to be given to the convict before issuance of a warrant of death."

Maharashtra puts on hold approvals to private universities
Mon, Jul 27, 2015

While six private varsities have so far obtained the government’s nod, Fadnavis-led Maharashtra cabinet, has decided to put on hold all other proposals to set up private universities in the state.

Governor likely to decide on Yakub Memon’s mercy petition today
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

State feels it need not consult the Centre for the ruling.

Hanging can’t be deferred, only Supreme Court can stop it: Devendra Fadnavis
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

As reported by The Indian Express, the Maharashtra government found little merit in Memon’s fresh clemency plea.

Monsoon session: In state too, BJP line of attack is scam vs scam
Fri, Jul 24, 2015

The Congress had earlier demanded the resignation of Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Babanrao Lonikar after a controversy erupted over his educational qualifications. Lonikar hails from Partur.

Maharashtra govt sees little merit in Yakub Memon’s fresh mercy plea
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

Memon had addressed his latest clemency plea to Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, who under the Constitution has power “to grant pardon and to suspend, remit or commute sentences”.

Maharashtra: Sugar, rice crops worst hit by continued dry spell in state
Tue, Jul 21, 2015

30 per cent sown area under threat already, weather forecast an added worry.

Farm Crisis: Maharashtra plans over Rs 5,000-cr package
Fri, Jul 17, 2015

Plan for a fresh financial assistance comes at a time when the public debt in Maharashtra has already crossed Rs 3.85 lakh crore.

BJP brings fresh graft charges against Congress, NCP
Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Probe ordered into ‘corruption’ in purchase of food for hospitals by Congress-controlled health department, graft charges against NCP legislator

Campaign against hooch: Govt turns to women groups for crackdown on liquor dens
Wed, Jul 15, 2015

As many as 104 people had died after consuming spurious liquor in Mumbai’s Malwani on June 17.

BJP on ‘chikki’ wicket with plan for supply in civic schools
Tue, Jul 14, 2015

Official documents show that the tenders for the supply of chikki in BMC schools were first floated in 2013.

Exclusive TV channels for House proceedings in Maharashtra soon
Sat, Jul 11, 2015

Live broadcast of proceedings of the Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad was launched last year on Doordarshan’s local channels.

A Digital India initiative running on community backup since 2009
Mon, Jul 06, 2015

School in tribal hamlet on a mission to transform rural schools into smart e-learning centres.

Documents point to ‘unusual haste’ by Munde department in clearing purchases
Sat, Jul 04, 2015

After discussions in her office on February 12, chikkis totalling Rs 75 crore replaced ladus, biscuit contract was limited to Rs 5 crore.

Rate contracts: Fresh curbs likely as Maharashtra govt plans to revise policy
Thu, Jul 02, 2015

The new policy would also specify the circumstances and the kind of items that could be purchased under the controversy-riddled method.

Procurement of fire extinguishers: Maharashtra govt orders probe into Rs 191-cr contract
Wed, Jul 01, 2015

Govt has ordered a probe into allegations of irregularities in a contract awarded for the supply of fire extinguishers to state-run schools.

State to oppose Centre’s plan to repeal its housing Act
Fri, Jun 26, 2015

Parliamentary panel to hold consultations on real estate Bill in Mumbai today.

Allegations against Pankaja Munde bring family feud to fore
Sat, Jun 27, 2015

Estranged cousin Dhananjay was the initial ‘whistleblower’; WCD dept stands by Pankaja.

‘Housing for all’ target could be scaled down
Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Current goal of 19 lakh homes by 2022 too steep to achieve, say officials.

City’s biggest housing project hits green hurdle
Tue, Jun 23, 2015

BMC has cited a Supreme Court ruling of 2013 that mandates minimum 15 to 25 per cent of the plot area as recreational open space at the ground level.

Mumbai rains: Heavy downpour expected today too
Sat, Jun 20, 2015

City receives 197 mm rain, witnesses a high tide of 4.45 metres; commuters hit hard as locals cancelled; Bombay High Court declares holiday, schools shut.

Graft money recovery: Govt sits on bill for easier property seizure
Fri, Jun 19, 2015

At least 250 pending cases where nod was sought for recovery of assets to compensate for loss to public exchequer.

After Chhagan Bhujbal, more Opp leaders set to face graft probe
Thu, Jun 18, 2015

“The ACB’s preliminary investigations suggest that the stay was questionable,” a senior state official said.

Incentives for IT/ITeS: FSI hike, incentives to cover more beneficiaries
Wed, Jun 17, 2015

FSI hike, incentives to cover more beneficiaries.

Building permits account for almost half of construction cost
Sat, Jun 13, 2015

Mumbai was ranked as the world’s 12th most expensive city to live and work in by global real estate giant Savills’ in 2014.

Water projects under cloud as Centre cuts its share of funds
Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Earlier, Central assistance for water projects ranged between 75% and 90%. That has now been lowered to 50%, which burdens state finances.

State takes steps to regulate milk
Tue, Jun 09, 2015

70 Aarey stalls in Mumbai sealed for unauthorised use, flying squads to check supply of adulterated milktrade.

No prior govt nod needed for additional FSI in cessed buildings in Mumbai
Sun, Jun 07, 2015

The government has delegated these powers to MHADA, which could benefit around 2,200 buildings in the island city

Maharashtra government relaxes building norms around jails
Sun, Jun 07, 2015

Buffer zones reduced to 150 metres for central jails, 100 metres for district jails in line with Centre’s jail manual

Maharashtra: 100 shortlisted for CM’s internship programme
Sat, Jun 06, 2015

Six in 10 applicants opt out of online test.

Mumbai’s super luxury project in the eye of storm
Thu, Jun 04, 2015

‘Developer of twin 64-storey project seeks perks for rehabilitating himself’, govt agencies raise red flag

Maharashtra Govt plans cloud seeding in Vidarbha, Marathwada if monsoon is below par
Wed, Jun 03, 2015

Senior officials said that the government is looking at international agencies that undertake the cloud-seeding exercise.

BMC chief pulls the plug on post-retirement jobs
Sun, May 31, 2015

The decision to discontinue the retirement postings comes after an RTI activist Anil Galgali had raised voice against the issue.