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Agri Skill Development: After Centre’s nod, state government to start programme by month-end
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

The official added that the farmers trained under the mass skilling programme would be given group farming training, which they could implement in their respective villages.

Mumbai Collective: ‘Communalism has crept into villages, homes’
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

Former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union Kanhaiya Kumar said that India is going towards civil war as riots are no longer restricted to cities. Communal lines have been drawn in homes and villages as well, he said.

MoEF refuses to give exemptions for public hearings, biodiversity study for Goregaon-Mulund project
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

The total length with approach road is 5.6 km, including the 4.7-km tunnel under the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The estimated cost is Rs 2,000 crore.

First package of Samruddhi Corridor gets green clearance
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

According to the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), there are five packages of the Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway with a length of 700 km. This is the first environmental clearance granted by the MoEF for one package out of total five packages of the Expressway.

Maharashtra govt offers cash rewards to local bodies to go plastic-free
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

“There is already a ban on plastic bags below 50 microns. But there is poor implementation by local bodies. So, steps will be taken for effective implementation,” said the official.

Mumbai: BEST backs peak-hour entry, exit ban for private vehicles on three highways
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Plan aims to encourage use of public transport for three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening

State to appoint brand ambassadors to spread the word on plastic ban
Wed, Nov 29, 2017

Environment department officials said the brand ambassadors would help reach out to a large number of people.

Maharashtra govt to provide safety kits for all registered construction site workers
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

One such kit is estimated to cost Rs 4,000. The estimated expenditure to purchase the kits for all registered construction workers is approximately Rs 150 crore.

From a Mumbai school to a little village, this 10-year-old is still coping with change
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

Allotted petrol pump in Ghargaon instead of Kharghar, slain constable’s wife moved there this year to handle operations after running into losses

Benefits for sugarcane labourers: EPF regional office to hold meeting
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

A senior EPF official said the sugarcane labourers can be given the EPF benefits on the lines of a judgment given by the Madhya Pradesh High Court in the case of Orient Paper Mills vs Regional Provident Fund Commissioner.

Maharashtra: Ban on naming liquor shops after deities, historical figures
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

According to labour department officials, the issue was raised in March in the Maharashtra Legislative Council through a calling attention motion.

Mum and dad dead in 2008, he sees uncle and aunt as parents now
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

"We never miss our brother. Because in Shubham I see my brother, I feel he’s right here with us."

Maharashtra labour reforms: Factories won’t require prior nod if they pay proposed compensation to retrenched workers
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Maharshtra labour reforms have been proposed as a part of ease of doing business on the lines of the Central Model Act circulated by the Union government and considering the amendments made by the Rajasthan government.

His father killed in Rang Bhavan lane, nine-year-old Shaurya wants to join Army
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

“I miss my father often, and when I think of him, I go to my bedroom and then chat with my mother about him.”

Workers’ unions protest, labour minister Sambhaji Patil to hold meet next week
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

“Though we want to attract investments in the state to generate employment, the labourers’ rights would be protected to avoid any sort of exploitation. We will take all possible welfare measures for labourers,” Patil told The Indian Express.

Ease of doing business: State govt proposes labour reforms
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

The Centra government has also proposed to add a new section in the Act for raising any dispute related to retrenchment or dismissal from service within three years only.

Maharashtra Labour Reforms: Unions want to be consulted before a decision is taken
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Suryakant Mahadik, president of the Bhartiya Kamgar Sena, affiliated to the Shiv Sena, wrote to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis opposing the proposed amendments, asking it should be reconsidered. “These reforms will just lead to more exploitation of the labourers.

Rural road plan strays off target in Maharashtra
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Officials from the rural development department said the scheme was launched with an aim of improvement and strengthening of 30,000 km roads and construction of 730 km new roads across the state.

Ease of doing business: Maharashtra govt proposes labour reforms
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Any factory having more than 100 employees requires government permission for closure. Now, government has proposed to increase that number to 300 in the Industrial Disputes Act.

Shivaji memorial: Nod for 210 m statue, tallest in the world
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial project is estimated to cost Rs 3,600 crore. It is one of the flagship programmes of the BJP-led government in the state with major political implications.

Maharashtra govt may restrict timings of liquor shops
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Officials from the labour department said the move comes after the police authorities raised the issue of law and order problems and suggested certain restrictions on running the liquor-related businesses such as wine shops, beer bars, permit rooms and star hotels.

Maharashtra govt orders district collectors to return job cards to MNREGA workers
Mon, Oct 30, 2017

State claims it will bring more transparency in implementation of the scheme

Powerloom owners end strike
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

"So, they sought three months time. The big powerloom owners have been asked to register with EPF office on their own. After these decisions, the powerloom owners agreed to call off their strike,” said Deshmukh.

Solapur powerloom units: Tribunal grants interim stay on EPF order
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

The order has not gone down well with the powerloom owners, who have gone on an indefinite strike since October 7, closing operations of more than 13,000 powerloom units and rendering more than 42,000 workers jobless ahead of Diwali

Squads formed to help powerloom workers in Maharashtra get EPF benefits
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

In a letter issued to the Maharashtra EPF office on August 4, the EPFO directed that Provident Fund benefits should be given to workers in multiple powerloom units operating under a single shed and having the same trademark and logo, but being operated as separate units

Solapur powerloom owners on strike over EPF order
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Owners claim EPFO rules do not apply to them; strike has rendered over 42,000 workers jobless in festive season

Day after BJP wins BMC bypoll, six MNS corporators switch to Sena
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

The six MNS corporators who jumped ship on Friday include the party’s group leader in the BMC, Dilip Lande, and Archana Bhalerao, Ashwini Matekar, Parameshwar Kadam, Harshala More and Datta Narnavkar. Sanjay Turde is now the sole MNS corporator in the BMC

Day after BJP win in bypoll, six MNS corporators join Shiv Sena
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Following the Bhandup bypoll, the number of BJP corporators in Mumbai rose to 82. The Sena has 84 corporators, not counting a handful of independents or the six MNS members who have sought permission for the MNS in the BMC to be formally merged into the Sena.

Subhash Deshmukh says no impropriety, but another unit was forced to buy land
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Cooperative society setting up garment unit in Wardha was sanctioned Rs 1.57 cr, but approval was on condition that it would purchase land for the factory.

Maharashtra minister Subhash Deshmukh’s firm leases land to garment unit funded by his own dept
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

RTI records show that the Preshak society first wrote to the Textile Department on August 10, 2009, to set up a readymade garments unit on a two-acre plot, with a 40-year lease, in Savatkhed in South Solapur tehsil.

Maharashtra government yet to set up advisory board for contract labourers
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

Damle further said a major issue among contract labourers was about settling disputes regarding making contractual labourers permanent.

Elphinstone Road Station stampede: Need better railway infrastructure, not bullet train, say Shiv Sena, Congress leaders
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Questioning the need for the bullet train project, senior Sena leader and Industries Minister Subhash Desai said: “Instead of a bullet train, important railway works should be taken up on priority."

Traffic improvement work at Parel station on hold
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

A civic official said: “The SATIS for Parel station was part of the Smart Cities project. As the project did not take off, it did not move much.”

Anganwadi workers’ strike: ‘State govt claim that ASHA workers are filling in is false’
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

In villages of Melghat region in Amravati, local people said there may be a rise in the number of malnutrition cases in the absence of the supplementary food, or a worsening of existing cases.

Height of Shivaji Memorial increased: MoEF panel seeks more information from state govt, clearance likely to get delayed
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

In a setback to the state government, an expert panel of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has sought more information before granting approval for amendment in the environmental clearance for the proposed construction in the Arabian Sea.

Update muster rolls within 30 days: Maharashtra government
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

The labourers need the payments within 15 days. The delay in receiving money they are eligible for leads them to suffer, defeating the very purpose of the Act.