There is growing unrest among senior leaders of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) as they are being asked to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The issue was laid bare during a review meeting of the party on Monday.
The strong public opinion generated by the sexual assault on a Tehelka journalist by her boss in Goa, has prompted the state government to propose an amendment in the existing acts to make neglect of the Supreme Court’s Vishaka guidelines a punishable offence.
The state has a Herculean task ahead. In order to roll out the food security programme, it will have to bring down the number of beneficiaries to 7 crore from the existing 8.52 crore beneficiaries.
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, on Sunday, did not hold out any hope for Worli’s Campa Cola compound residents. Surendra P Gangan reports.
Mumbai has dipped to the eighth rank in the human development index in Maharashtra, as per the draft report presented before the state cabinet on Wednesday
Political bosses in the urban development department have directed the dministration to take strict action against the three officials who were arrested three days ago by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) in a graft case.
After the Union defence ministry turned down permission for a heliport opposite NCPA in Nariman Point last year, the state decided to shift its plan to the Mahalaxmi race course.
More public toilets could soon be available in the city, especially for women. The state government has proposed building toilets under flyovers, at petrol pumps, government offices and toll-posts.
Less than 1% of schools in rural Maharashtra could get an A grade in the evaluation drive conducted by the state government over the past few months.
The new land acquisition bill passed this week is likely to increase the cost of infrastructure, power and irrigation projects in the state at least eight-fold, making most of them unfeasible. Surendra P Gangan reports.
The economic slowdown and recent spends on drought and flood mitigation have taken a toll on the state’s exchequer, with finance minister Ajit Pawar announcing a 20% expenditure cut on Wednesday.
To make the food security programme (FSP) viable, the food and civil supplies department of the state government has demanded the exclusion of families with an annual income of Rs1 lakh. This will result in the exclusion of 77.93 lakh ration cards in Mumbai, its suburbs and Thane.
With the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena deciding to remain neutral, the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party are up in arms against BJP leader Gopinath Munde and met on Sunday evening to ensure NCP candidate Dhananjay Munde’s victory in the legislative council by-poll to be held on Monday.
The monthly minimum wages from a house will be calculated based either on the number of hours spent, or the volume of work.
The state government has proposed to bring the age of senior citizens down from 65 years to 60 years. This would mean 30 lakh more people under the senior citizen category, taking the total number of beneficiaries to 1.30 crore.
Hours before the gang-rape of a 22-year old photojournalists on Thursday, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar had taken the Maharashtra police force to task in the half yearly annual general meeting at the police headquarters. Surendra P Gangan reports.
At the receiving end of public anger over the murder of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, the state Cabinet has been forced to decide on issuing an ordinance to enact the long-pending anti-superstition bill, which makes many superstitious practices punishable.
Having learnt their lessons from the earlier irrigation scam, babus in the Maharashtra government have made it clear that they will not shoulder the responsibility of further cost escalation of irrigation projects.
Maharashtra government has roped in superstar Amitabh Bachchan to spread the message against liquor and tobacco addiction through ad films on TV channels and theatres.
The unscientific disposal of bio-medical waste, rampant in major cities such as Mumbai, is posing a serious threat to citizens’ health, a report by the state legislature’s public accounts committee (PAC) has pointed out.