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Maharashtra govt to penalise bureaucrats coming late to work
Sun, Jan 03, 2021

Cracking the whip on habitual latecomers, Maharashtra has decided to start penalising staff, including senior state employees, who turn up late for work. It has decided to start deducting earned leaves of latecomers.

Mumbai keeps Fingers Crossed for 2021
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

After a harrowing 2020, Mumbaikars hope for a 2021 that will bring better tidings on every front.

Stop insulting our leaders or face consequences: Cong to Sena
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

Addressing an event in Mumbai’s Y B Chavan Centre to mark party’s foundation day, former CM and state’s Public Works Minister Ashok Chavan reminded Thackeray’s party that it would cease to be in power without Congress’s backing.

Congress says alliance with Sena conditional, limited to Maharashtra
Mon, Dec 28, 2020

According to sources, the Congress leadership is miffed with Sena’s repeated unsolicited opinions about its functioning. Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP and Saamana editor Sanjay Raut, had Saturday, taken a public dig at Congress’ lea-dership.

Metro car shed’s latest option: Eco-sensitive sprawl in Goregaon
Sat, Dec 26, 2020

Eyeing the Pahadi Goregaon land as a possible alternative for the car shed if the Kanjurmarg land remains unavailable, the MMRDA now wants the UD department to sanction this pending modification

Sena wants Navi Mumbai international airport to be named after Bal Thackeray
Fri, Dec 25, 2020

State’s Urban Development Minister and Shiv Sena’s local heavyweight Eknath Shinde, who was also present for the meeting, demanded that the Navi Mumbai international airport be named after Sena founder (late) Bal Thackeray.

Maharashtra: State lifts curbs on hiring of private consultants, withdraws pay cut
Fri, Dec 25, 2020

While the 67 per cent cut of development spend remains in place for all non-revenue generating departments, the state government has also withdrawn the 30 per cent cut it had imposed on the remuneration of consultants.

Metro car shed: After claiming ownership, Fadnavis govt considered ‘leaseholder’ proposal for building homes on Kanjurmarg land
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

According to the documents, the state revenue department - then headed by Chandrakant Patil - had on June 11, 2019, formed a committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) Manoj Saunik to study the private developer's proposal of building 1 lakh houses on the land.

For Navi Mumbai civic polls, Congress wants to fight in alliance with MVA partners
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

Seen as a weak player in the satellite town, the Congress is in favour of a pre-poll pact with its allies Shiv Sena and NCP, who have been the dominant forces in the region over the past decade.

Electoral bonds: CIC says revealing names of donors not in public interest, violates RTI
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

The electoral bond scheme, which was notified by the Centre in 2018, allows citizens and corporates to buy monetary instruments from the SBI and donate them to a political party, which is then free to redeem it for money.

Congress’s survival dilemma: Stay with Shiv Sena, or go solo in BMC polls
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

The Congress faces a dilemma in Mumbai, the city where it was founded in 1885. It realises it needs to stop the BJP from dislodging Thackeray’s Shiv Sena in the BMC. At the same time, it also has to ensure its own survival.

Bombay HC raps state govt, seeks affidavit
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

“It would have been appropriate if the government would have taken a decision as to whether the benefit of the EWS ought to be granted to the candidates who have applied from the SEBC category and the said reservation is stayed by the Apex Court," said the court.

With 3 months to go, Maharashtra way behind its income target
Mon, Dec 21, 2020

The collection so far is still 59 percent lower than the Rs 3,47,457 crore it had projected to earn in 2020-21.

Congress picks Marathi face to head MRCC but does a balancing act
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

The new organisational model is also being seen as the party's attempt to rid factionalism within the party in the run-up to the 2022 Mumbai civic polls. It is also an attempt to get the caste and community balance right ahead of the civic polls.

Explained: What next after stay on Uddhav’s Metro move at Kanjurmarg?
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

In October, Thackeray overturned his former ally and predecessor Devendra Fadnavis's contentious decision of building the project’s car shed at Aarey Milk Colony and relocated it to Kanjurmarg.

Sonia writes to Uddhav, demands quota for SC/ST entrepreneurs in contracts, projects
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

Apart from reservations for the SC/ST entrepreneurs, Gandhi has also demanded that “the budget allocation for the SC/ST communities should be proportionate to their share in the population”.

Metro car shed project: BKC land not technically viable as per Uddhav-appointed panel
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

A 67-acre land parcel in BKC, a portion of which is already earmarked for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, is one of the options being considered for the relocation, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has said.

After HC red signal, Thackeray mulls another relocation for Metro car shed
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Admitting the Centre’s plea that the land in question was an erstwhile salt pan land, which belonged to it, and taking claims of two private parties on record, the HC had also rapped the state bureaucracy for its “careless” approach.

Conversion of plots: CM asks officials to frame revised policy
Thu, Dec 17, 2020

On March 3, 2019, the previous government had enacted the policy permitting transfer of plots, allotted on such restricted land tenures to ownership plots on payment of a premium equivalent to 10-15 per cent of the ready reckoner (RR) values

Privilege motion: Maharashtra House ‘won’t take note of court’ in Arnab case
Thu, Dec 17, 2020

In the State Assembly, the proposal was declared as “passed unanimously” by Speaker Nana Patole. It stated that Speaker Patole and Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal would not respond to any notice or summons issued by the Supreme Court.

Maharashtra Assembly: Thackeray’s notings on file tampered with, FIR lodged
Wed, Dec 16, 2020

BJP's Ashish Shelar exposed the "file scam" during the proceedings of the state Assembly on Tuesday.

Maharashtra: Struggling for funds, govt proposes over Rs 21,000 cr for excess expenditure
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

According to the supplementary statement of expenditure, which was tabled by Finance Minister Ajit Pawar on the first day of the winter session of the state legislature, just about 34 per cent or Rs 7,509 crore of these have been set aside for public sector investment in capital works.

Builder claims it owns land on which Mahakali caves stand, wants construction rights worth over a lakh sq ft
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

Documents show that Motion Pictures Private Limited (MPPL), an associate of construction major DB Realty, has approached the Shiv Sena-controlled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) with this rather unusual claim.

State govt stays policy for disposal of govt leased plots
Sat, Dec 12, 2020

On March 3, 2019, the Devendra Fadnavis government had enacted a policy permitting the transfer of plots, allotted on such restricted land tenures, to ownership plots on payment of premium.

BMC grants 1 lakh sq ft building rights to private developer for existing public road
Sat, Dec 12, 2020

Raising allegations of wrongdoing against the chief minister, BJP’s former MP Kirit Somaiya, on Friday, labelled the entire episode as a “multi-crore FSI fraud committed by the Thackeray sarkar to facilitate the developer”. He has demanded a probe in the matter.