Faisal Malik

Faisal is with the political team and covers state administration and state politics. He also covers NCP.

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Maharashtra Covid surge continues as Mumbai cases drop

Maharashtra reported 40,000-plus cases for the fourth consecutive day on Saturday clocking 46,393 fresh infections taking the state’s count to 7,466,420
Maharashtra Covid surge continues as Mumbai cases drop (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
Maharashtra Covid surge continues as Mumbai cases drop (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 12:28 AM IST
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Education Min Varsha Gaikwad directs authorities to approve Ranjitsinh Disale’s study leave

Global Teacher Prize 2020 winner Ranjitsinh Disale had applied for six months’ leave to study in the US on a Fulbright DAI scholarship.
Ranjitsinh Disale was among the 12,000 educators from 140 countries who were nominated for the prize. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Ranjitsinh Disale was among the 12,000 educators from 140 countries who were nominated for the prize. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 22, 2022 08:36 PM IST
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NCP MP Amol Kolhe under fire for portraying Godse in movie

Maharashtra housing minister and NCP leader Jitendra Awhad said that Kolhe should not have acted in a movie glorifying Godse
The Hindi movie, ‘Why I killed Gandhi’, is set to release on OTT platforms on January 30, the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. (File photo)
The Hindi movie, ‘Why I killed Gandhi’, is set to release on OTT platforms on January 30, the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. (File photo)
Updated on Jan 22, 2022 04:19 AM IST
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NCP MP Amol Kolhe under fire for portraying Nathuram Godse in movie

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and member of parliament (MP) Amol Kolhe is under fire for portraying Nathuram Godse in a movie called ‘Why I killed Gandhi
Meanwhile, NCP chief Sharad Pawar tried to draw a curtain on the entire controversy and said that playing Nathuram Godse doesn’t make Amol Kolhe anti-Gandhi (ANI)
Meanwhile, NCP chief Sharad Pawar tried to draw a curtain on the entire controversy and said that playing Nathuram Godse doesn’t make Amol Kolhe anti-Gandhi (ANI)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 07:47 PM IST
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NCP leader draws flak for playing Godse’s role

Maharashtra minister Jitendra Awhad said the movie glorifies Godse and Kolhe should not have played the role
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Published on Jan 21, 2022 01:58 PM IST
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CM Thackeray to hold meeting over OBC data

Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will meet members of the Commission and senior ministers in the MVA government to discuss the matter that will have long-term political implications in the state
CM Thackeray to hold meeting over OBC data (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
CM Thackeray to hold meeting over OBC data (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 12:23 AM IST
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SC: Submit OBC data to MSBCC

The apex court allowed the state government to submit existing data on OBC communities to the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission (MSBCC) for assessment
The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday refused to offer relief on the plea filed by the Maharashtra government seeking a recall of the top court’s December order stating that seats reserved for Other Backward Class (OBC) candidates in local bodies should be re-notified as general category seats (HT)
The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday refused to offer relief on the plea filed by the Maharashtra government seeking a recall of the top court’s December order stating that seats reserved for Other Backward Class (OBC) candidates in local bodies should be re-notified as general category seats (HT)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 12:37 AM IST
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Maharashtra reports over 40,000 cases for fifth day in a row

With fresh additions, active cases surged to 265,346, a rise of 2,54,954 cases from December 27, when active cases were 10,441.
The total number of Omicron cases in the state has reached 1,738. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
The total number of Omicron cases in the state has reached 1,738. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 10:57 PM IST
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Education minister: No physical classes in colleges till Feb 15

The Maharashtra government announced on Wednesday that all physical classes in colleges and universities across the state will be stopped and online classes will start with immediate effect till February 15
Examinations scheduled in this duration will also be conducted online except in Gondwana, Jalgaon and Nanded universities, as regular power supply is an issue in these districts. (HT PHOTO)
Examinations scheduled in this duration will also be conducted online except in Gondwana, Jalgaon and Nanded universities, as regular power supply is an issue in these districts. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 12:30 AM IST
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ByFaisal Malik and Shreya Bhandary

Maharashtra decides to stop physical classes in colleges and universities

  • Maharashtra government has decided to shut physical classes in colleges and universities and return to online studies till February 15.
The decision was taken considering a surge in Covid-19 cases. State higher and technical education minister Uday Samant made the announcement on Wednesday.(HT file)
The decision was taken considering a surge in Covid-19 cases. State higher and technical education minister Uday Samant made the announcement on Wednesday.(HT file)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 08:44 PM IST
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Physical classes in colleges, varsities suspended till February 15

Due to a surge in Covid cases, the Maharashtra government has decided to shut down physical classes in colleges and universities till February 15
The state government also decided to allow only 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to attend offices at colleges and universities on a rotation basis (Bhushan Koyande)
The state government also decided to allow only 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to attend offices at colleges and universities on a rotation basis (Bhushan Koyande)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 08:22 PM IST
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ByFaisal Malik and Shreya Bhandary

Maharashtra may see nearly 100,000 cases a day during the third wave peak

Maharashtra on Monday recorded 12,160 fresh Covid-19 cases taking the tally of active cases in the state to 6,712,028
Data indicates that daily cases may go up to 100,000 cases at the peak of the third wave anticipated in February. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Data indicates that daily cases may go up to 100,000 cases at the peak of the third wave anticipated in February. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 04, 2022 06:09 PM IST
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CM: No property tax of residential properties up to 500 sq ft

Property tax on residential units of up to 500 square feet, located within the Mumbai municipal area limits, will be waived off, the Maharashtra government said on Saturday
CM: No property tax of residential properties up to 500 sq ft (Aalok Soni/HT PHOTO)
CM: No property tax of residential properties up to 500 sq ft (Aalok Soni/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 11:57 PM IST
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ByFaisal Malik and Mehul Thakkar

Maharashtra’s daily Covid tally crosses 9,000-mark

Reporting a surge in Covid cases for the sixth consecutive day, Maharashtra reported 9,170 fresh infections, taking the count to 6,687,991 on Saturday
Maharashtra also saw seven casualties and the total number of fatalities stood at 141,533 (Anshuman Poyrekar)
Maharashtra also saw seven casualties and the total number of fatalities stood at 141,533 (Anshuman Poyrekar)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 11:03 PM IST
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13 months on, MVA govt. awaits Governor’s decision on appointment of 12 MLCs

Despite over a year having passed since the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government recommended 12 names to be appointed as MLCs on the vacant seats
New Delhi, India- May 8, 2016: Former Chief Minister Uttarakhand and member of parliament Lok Sabha from Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar Bhagat Singh Koshyari address a press conference on the issue on Uttarakhand legislative assembly on 10 May to test whether unseated Congress government led by Harish Rawat enjoys confidence of majority votes on the floor of the House is unprecedented in more ways than one. At BJP HQ in New Delhi, India on Sunday, May 8, 2016. ( Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India- May 8, 2016: Former Chief Minister Uttarakhand and member of parliament Lok Sabha from Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar Bhagat Singh Koshyari address a press conference on the issue on Uttarakhand legislative assembly on 10 May to test whether unseated Congress government led by Harish Rawat enjoys confidence of majority votes on the floor of the House is unprecedented in more ways than one. At BJP HQ in New Delhi, India on Sunday, May 8, 2016. ( Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 12:30 AM IST
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Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari pained by threatening tenor of CM’s letter

The tussle between the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari continued as he told chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in a letter that was circulated on social media on Wednesday that he was “pained” by the “threatening tenor” of the CM’s letter pertaining to the election to the Speaker’s post
The tussle between the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari continued as he told chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in a letter that was circulated on social media on Wednesday that he was “pained” by the “threatening tenor” of the CM’s letter pertaining to the election to the Speaker’s post (Hindustan Times)
The tussle between the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari continued as he told chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in a letter that was circulated on social media on Wednesday that he was “pained” by the “threatening tenor” of the CM’s letter pertaining to the election to the Speaker’s post (Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 30, 2021 12:43 AM IST
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Maharashtra passes resolution to defer local body polls over OBC reservation

The resolution comes on the back of the SEC declaring elections to 567 seats in local bodies reserved for OBCs on January 18.
In March, the Supreme Court (SC) scrapped the 27% OBC reservation in Maharashtra local bodies for want of quantifiable data on backwardness. (Representative use)
In March, the Supreme Court (SC) scrapped the 27% OBC reservation in Maharashtra local bodies for want of quantifiable data on backwardness. (Representative use)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 04:00 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

MVA, governor may again struggle over Speaker election

Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari may engage in another tussle over the Speaker election, as the latter is yet to clear the poll
The state government has amended the rules for the Speaker’s election by allowing open voting instead of secret ballot. (HT File)
The state government has amended the rules for the Speaker’s election by allowing open voting instead of secret ballot. (HT File)
Published on Dec 26, 2021 11:36 PM IST
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Ajit Pawar says no to slashing fuel taxes in Maharashtra

Deputy chief minister and finance minister Ajit Pawar has ruled out that it is unlikely to cut the fuel taxes in Maharashtra, citing revenue losses of 250 crore every month if taxes are reduced.
Deputy chief minister and finance minister Ajit Pawar has ruled out that it is unlikely to cut the fuel taxes in Maharashtra, citing revenue losses of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>250 crore every month if taxes are reduced. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Deputy chief minister and finance minister Ajit Pawar has ruled out that it is unlikely to cut the fuel taxes in Maharashtra, citing revenue losses of 250 crore every month if taxes are reduced. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 24, 2021 10:31 PM IST
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Maharashtra panel backs longer jail terms, higher penalties in Shakti bill

  • The revised version of the Shakti bill is expected to be placed before the Maharashtra legislature soon for approval.
Maharashtra government's Shakti bill proposes to increase imprisonment for acid attack perpetrators from the current 10 years to life to a minimum of 15 years extendable to life
Maharashtra government's Shakti bill proposes to increase imprisonment for acid attack perpetrators from the current 10 years to life to a minimum of 15 years extendable to life
Updated on Dec 23, 2021 03:57 PM IST
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By, Mumbai, Hindustan Times

MVA tables OBC reservation ordinances in Maharashtra assembly

The Supreme Court stayed the both ordinances and ordered the state to complete an empirical survey that would accurately identify the extent of the OBC community’s socio-economic backwardness before assigning political reservation to them.
The Maharashtra government decided to table the ordinances as the Supreme Court stay did not stay the legislative process to replace an ordinance with a legislation passed by the assembly. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
The Maharashtra government decided to table the ordinances as the Supreme Court stay did not stay the legislative process to replace an ordinance with a legislation passed by the assembly. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 23, 2021 03:41 PM IST
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BJP MLA Shivendrasinh Bhonsle meets Sharad Pawar, fuels speculations of returning to party

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Shivendrasinh Bhonsle recently met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar at the latter’s residence in Mumbai, fuelling speculations of him returning to the party. Bhonsle had quit NCP before the last assembly elections
Shivendrasinh Bhonsle’s visit was related to the Satara District Central Cooperative Bank (SDCCB) election and retaining his position as its chairman. He has sought Sharad Pawar’s help for the same, fuelling speculations of him returning to the party.
Shivendrasinh Bhonsle’s visit was related to the Satara District Central Cooperative Bank (SDCCB) election and retaining his position as its chairman. He has sought Sharad Pawar’s help for the same, fuelling speculations of him returning to the party.
Published on Dec 04, 2021 08:39 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Malik questions NCB’s motive behind seeking transfer of top cases

Mumbai Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) slammed the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday for asking the state government to hand over the top five cases under the anti-narcotics cell (ANC) of Maharashtra police’s investigation to them
Malik said that the NCB wrote the letter under the directions of home minister Amit Shah (HT File)
Malik said that the NCB wrote the letter under the directions of home minister Amit Shah (HT File)
Published on Dec 03, 2021 07:08 PM IST
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28 samples from Maharashtra sent for genomic sequencing

The state recorded 796 fresh Covid-19 infections pushing the cumulative cases to 6,637,221 on Thursday
Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)
Published on Dec 03, 2021 08:43 AM IST
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Twenty-eight samples from Maharashtra sent for genome sequencing

Maharashtra government tested 861 international passengers until December 2, with three testing positive, according to data released by the state health department. Twenty-eight samples have been sent for genome sequencing, including the three found positive on Thursday. Their reports are awaited.
Twenty-eight samples have been sent for genome sequencing from Maharashtra, including the three found positive on Thursday. (HT PHOTO)
Twenty-eight samples have been sent for genome sequencing from Maharashtra, including the three found positive on Thursday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 11:29 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Opposition cannot be limited to UPA; need broader front with collective leadership, says NCP

A day after Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that there is no united progressive alliance (UPA) left, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) national spokesperson Nawab Malik on Thursday said that things will not change if Opposition parties limit themselves to UPA
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) national spokesperson Nawab Malik on Thursday said that things will not change if Opposition parties limit themselves to UPA. (HT PHOTO)
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) national spokesperson Nawab Malik on Thursday said that things will not change if Opposition parties limit themselves to UPA. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 10:01 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

United front without Congress not feasible, state leaders tell Mamata

Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi allies, Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party leaders tell WB chief minister Mamata Banerjee even as she remaked that UPA is almost non-existent
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee arrives to meet Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar at his Silver Oak residence in Mumbai on Wednesday. (Pratik Chorge)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee arrives to meet Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar at his Silver Oak residence in Mumbai on Wednesday. (Pratik Chorge)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 09:20 PM IST
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BySwapnil Rawal and Faisal Malik

Sitaram Kunte retires, becomes principal advisor to CM; Debashish Chakrabarty takes over as interim CS

Maharashtra chief secretary Sitaram Kunte retired from service on Tuesday as he did not get an extension from the central government. He was appointed as principal advisor to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray
Sitaram Kunte was appointed as principal advisor to CM Uddhav Thackeray within hours after his retirement. Kunte was appointed as principal advisor to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray within hours after his retirement. (Hindustan Times)
Sitaram Kunte was appointed as principal advisor to CM Uddhav Thackeray within hours after his retirement. Kunte was appointed as principal advisor to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray within hours after his retirement. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 12:09 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

State issues SOP for schools, vaccines mandatory for staff

Only those vaccinated staff members and students with no symptoms of Covid-19 will be allowed in the school
All teaching and non-teaching staff should be vaccinated in school (AP)
All teaching and non-teaching staff should be vaccinated in school (AP)
Published on Nov 30, 2021 12:30 AM IST
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Bring law that guarantees MSP, says Tikait; warns of protest on Republic Day

Farmers’ leader, who represents Bharat Kisan Union, Rakesh Tikait on Sunday warned of a major protest on Republic Day if the Central government does not hold talks with them and bring a law that will guarantee minimum support price (MSP) for the farm produce
Farmer Leader Rakesh Tikait along with other leaders during the Kisan Mazdoor Mahapanchayat at Azad Maidan. Farmers’ leader, who represents Bharat Kisan Union, Rakesh Tikait on Sunday warned of a major protest on Republic Day if the Central government does not hold talks with them over MSP. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Farmer Leader Rakesh Tikait along with other leaders during the Kisan Mazdoor Mahapanchayat at Azad Maidan. Farmers’ leader, who represents Bharat Kisan Union, Rakesh Tikait on Sunday warned of a major protest on Republic Day if the Central government does not hold talks with them over MSP. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 10:25 PM IST
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