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Maharashtra govt revives plan for a London Eye replica in Mumbai
Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Apart from the site suggested by Ajit Pawar, the government is exploring a site near the Mahim Fort, and a plot of land behind the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA).

Mumbai: Cost of Ambedkar memorial rises to Rs 1,000 crore
Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Delays in the implementation of the project and the Maharashtra government’s decision to increase the statue’s height and modify the overall design has led to the cost escalation, said sources.

Maharashtra: Forest rights for dwellers in 55 critical wildlife habitats within three months
Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Acting on a recent Bombay High Court order, the state has issued directives asking officials to take up the settlement of such claims on a war footing.

Maharashtra set to auction iron ore, bauxite dumps
Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Maharashtra has huge dumps of bauxite, iron and manganese.

Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray’s Rs 10 meal scheme to be rolled out on January 26
Sun, Jan 05, 2020

According to officials, the full meal would include two chapatis, a vegetable bowl, rice and dal. The centres would operate between 12 pm and 2 pm and have arrangements to seat 25 people at a time.

CM Uddhav gets his son, Pawar his nephew in Maharashtra Cabinet
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar returned as Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister a little over a month after he had broken ranks to ally with the BJP. Many of the 14 NCP ministers sworn-in on Monday are seen as close aides of Ajit Pawar.

Mumbai confidential: Party Post
Mon, Dec 30, 2019

Though there has been speculation in the media about Chavan succeeding Vijay (Balasaheb) Thorat as state Congress president, senior party sources said the party leadership was not inclined to such a proposal as of now.

Maharashtra: Over 5 lakh farmers in Fadnavis govt’s approved list yet to claim benefit
Sun, Dec 29, 2019

This list of beneficiaries was described as a “green” list, as it was cleared after multi-layer screenings and application of several filters, as well as a ground-level verification.

Just before polls, Devendra Fadnavis used contentious rule to pay irrigation contractors
Sun, Dec 15, 2019

The new Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government under Uddhav Thackeray has stayed the move for now.

Shiv Sena flip-flop over Citizenship Amendment Bill after Congress frowns
Wed, Dec 11, 2019

Sources said Thackeray had to articulate the party’s change of stand after the Congress, a partner in the Thackeray-led government in Maharashtra, expressed strong displeasure over Shiv Sena’s support to the Bill during the Lok Sabha debate on Monday.

Uddhav Thackeray overturns Fadnavis govt stamp duty waiver to RSS affiliate
Thu, Dec 05, 2019

On September 9, the Devendra Fadnavis-led Cabinet had approved a proposal exempting the foundation from payment of stamp duty and registration charges for a property transaction.

Rs 321-crore horse fair contract: Senior bureaucrat had red-flagged major violations before contract was awarded
Wed, Dec 04, 2019

Official documents accessed by The Indian Express reveal that a senior Maharashtra bureaucrat had raised a red-flag citing major irregularities in its allotment.

Maharashtra scraps award of horse fair contract to Gujarat firm
Tue, Dec 03, 2019

In September 2018, however, the office of the Principal Accountant General raised an audit objection, alleging that “excess expenditure had been paid to the firm”. In May this year, the state’s planning department red-flagged the project, questioning the move to release the VGF.

Mumbai Confidential: Flown In Specially
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

Mehta had to cut short his trip and board a chartered plane after he was informed about the oath-taking around 10.30 pm on November 23. Mehta landed in Mumbai after midnight, and was in Raj Bhavan for most of the next day.

Maharashtra: Fadnavis govt’s decisions in last 6 months likely to be reviewed
Sun, Dec 01, 2019

After Aarey car shed, Uddhav orders a look into all major policy decisions, contracts approved just before polls

Maharashtra: Tightrope walk awaits unlikely allies
Sun, Dec 01, 2019

Even Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray seemed a little surprised that he and his two new-found allies, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), had managed to achieve what they had.

Maharashtra Cabinet expansion may be delayed: Congress demands deputy CM’s post, NCP says no
Sat, Nov 30, 2019

On Friday, a day after Uddhav was sworn in as the chief minister, a fresh disagreement broke out between the allies over the post of the deputy CM.

From rally in rain to Grand Hyatt lobby, Sharad Pawar fought his way back
Wed, Nov 27, 2019

Many Maharashtra Congress leaders accept, rather grudgingly, that Pawar’s enthusiastic campaign helped them in many seats.

Maharashtra: After dark night, Constitution Day
Wed, Nov 27, 2019

Running out of options and facing defeat in the trust vote after NCP leader Ajit Pawar resigned as Deputy Chief Minister following the Supreme Court order, Fadnavis too threw in the towel, saying he no longer had majority — the shortest tenure of a government in Maharashtra.

With Operation Lotus, BJP prepares for floor test
Mon, Nov 25, 2019

The BJP, the single largest party with 105 MLAs, requires the support of 40 more MLAs to get to a simple majority of 145 in the 288-member state Assembly.