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Friday, December 04, 2020

Sandeep A Ashar


Maharashtra: Don’t take things lying down from allies, Congress tells party ministers, MLAs
Fri, Dec 04, 2020

In a meeting chaired by All India Congress Committee's Maharashtra in charge H K Patil at the Vidhan Bhavan, all party ministers and legislators were specifically asked not to take things lying down even from the allies.

Unqualified contractor, insufficient staff, norms violated: Dean’s note exposes lapses at Mulund jumbo Covid care facility
Fri, Dec 04, 2020

Further, the facility violated discharge practices as prescribed by ICMR and was keeping asymptomatic patients admitted even after the completion of the prescribed 10-day quarantine period. The additional commissioner had even served it a notice in this regard.

High drama in Congress meet, Nitin Raut targets Balasaheb Thorat
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

In Mumbai on a two-day trip, All India Congress Committee Maharashtra in charge H K Patil had convened a meeting of party leaders belonging to the Scheduled Castes.

Not here to snatch anything: Yogi Adityanath hits back at Uddhav Thackeray
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

Taking on Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Adityanath said, “I’m not here to snatch anything away, why are you so worried?”

For Shiv Sena and BJP, battle for BMC will dominate 2021
Mon, Nov 30, 2020

Amid indications that BJP may inch closer to MNS in run-up to the polls, Sena is believed to be keen on stitching a broad pre-poll pact with NCP and Congress.

Maharashtra: Rush to avail stamp duty cut continues to fuel property market
Sun, Nov 29, 2020

Two months after the state government cut the stamp duty on property transactions in a bid to revive economy, figures show that it has given a much-needed boost to property sales.

‘There are issues but they get resolved’: Maharashtra Congress chief
Sun, Nov 29, 2020

The biggest achievement by the coming together of the three parties was keeping the BJP at bay. I'm of the firm belief that the BJP's ideology and their style of functioning are detrimental to the nation's interest in the longer term, said Balasaheb Thorat.

Alliance doing well, must tread carefully during local polls: Balasaheb Thorat
Sat, Nov 28, 2020

Thorat's remarks assume significance at a time when the Congress itself seems divided on contesting the 2022 BMC elections as part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi.

Fillip for real estate sector: Construction premiums set to be halved till Dec 2021
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

Industry captains have been demanding a sector-specific stimulus contending that the slowdown and the liquidity freeze, worsened by the lockdown, was eroding wealth and causing job losses, besides delaying completion of construction projects.

Govt nod to widening of road adjacent to Bombay Gymkhana
Wed, Nov 25, 2020

One of the oldest gymkhanas in India and a premier sports club, Bombay Gymkhana has been locked in a bitter battle with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) over the widening of the Hazarimal Somani Marg, which connects Fashion Street to CST.

Maharashtra: After state cabinet nod, FYJC admissions to restart after two-month gap
Wed, Nov 25, 2020

Sources said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray gave the the nod to the resume admissions based on an opinion from the state's Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni.

Govt dilutes cluster scheme for Mumbai, projects allowed on narrower roads
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Dovetailing the buildable area incentives with the road width to avoid development of pencil-thin structures, the existing policy allows implementation of such schemes only for arrears served by roads that are at least 60 feet or 18.3-m wide.

Covid cases under check, Maharashtra turns focus on real estate to raise revenue
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

On Thursday, the Shiv Sena led Urban Development department (UDD) kicked off the process of sanctioning major land use and floor space index modifications proposed to Mumbai’s development plan to boost real estate activity.

At Dharavi’s Kumbharwada, potters hope for a bright Diwali
Fri, Nov 13, 2020

Yousuf Galwani (38), whose firm also handles corporate orders for pottery, says the collective clamour to move away from Chinese lamps and lights has also helped business. So has the government’s push to go “vocal for local”.

Maharashtra CM bats for Mumbai airport slum rehabilitation
Thu, Nov 12, 2020

On Wednesday, officials said that a relocation plan for 17,200 hutments existing on airport land near the Mithi river banks in Kurla — Indira Nagar, Sevak Nagar, Kranti Nagar, Sandesh Nagar, Vijay Nagar and Gandhi Nagar — was discussed in detail.

At Mumbai’s Bihari Tekdi, Tejashwi’s job plank resonates but Modi’s face sells
Wed, Nov 11, 2020

While most of the residents in the locality hail from Mithilanchal, a traditional BJP stronghold, many agreed that Tejashwi Yadav’s employment poll plank had resonated with them making him the new poster boy for these migrant families.

Maharashtra: Crop damage crosses 10 lakh hectares in flood-hit areas, soaring food prices stoke concerns of stagflation
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

With business activity and consumption set back by a fresh wave of infections, the state government’s economic forecast has earlier projected a 16.4 per cent contraction in its economy in terms of gross value added for the year ending March 2021.

‘Pain of migrants will translate into votes in Bihar elections’: Sanjay Nirupam
Sun, Oct 18, 2020

Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case has nothing to do with politics or Bihar elections. Unfortunately, parties are trying to exploit it for their own reasons. It is wrong. Prima facie it seems that the actor died by suicide.

Bhendi Bazaar: SC stays redevelopment of building where once Dawood Ibrahim lived
Fri, Oct 16, 2020

The top court’s stay order comes as a setback to the redevelopment plans of the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) that has undertaken one of the country’s largest cluster redevelopment project in Bhendi Bazaar.

Metro car shed: BJP plans mass campaign against relocation, Centre’s nod now key factor
Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Continuing to target the government over the move, former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday told The Indian Express that his party will launch a mass awareness campaign against it.

Kanjurmarg car shed land may revive Mumbai salt pan ownership dispute
Tue, Oct 13, 2020

The new site is a 41-acre erstwhile salt pan land, which was considered for the project even earlier but ruled out owing to legal complications and logistical hurdles, said sources.

Mumbai massive power cut: What happened, and why was it so bad?
Mon, Oct 19, 2020

Mumbai power cut: An outage of the kind that happened on Oct 12 is rare. According to Maharashtra’s Energy Minister Nitin Raut, it was caused by a technical failure in one of the power supply circuits at the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited’s 400 KV supply station at Kalwa-Padgha near Thane.

Aarey car shed relocation: Govt revives an old option, with help of a technicality
Mon, Oct 12, 2020

According to sources, the 41-hectare dried salt pan land at Kanjurmarg, where the car shed will now come up, was a much-favoured option for its construction when plans for the 33.5-km long underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro 3 corridor were first drawn up in 2013.

Uddhav junks Aarey Metro shed, shifts project to Kanjurmarg
Mon, Oct 12, 2020

BJP lashes out, Fadnavis underlines huge cost escalation, ‘indefinite’ delay

Maharashtra’s power demand dropped by 13% in first 8 months of 2020: Report
Thu, Oct 08, 2020

The report, which was part of an exercise by the finance department to analyse the state’s macroeconomic outlook in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, was presented to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and senior cabinet ministers earlier this week.