Faisal Malik

Faisal Malik

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

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Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Maharashtra chief and senior minister Jayant Patil objective is to strengthen the organisation by having a dialogue with party cadres, discuss what they are dealing with and resolve them. (HT file Photo)
Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Maharashtra chief and senior minister Jayant Patil objective is to strengthen the organisation by having a dialogue with party cadres, discuss what they are dealing with and resolve them. (HT file Photo)

Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil to hold statewide tour to expand party

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 01:16 AM IST
In the first phase, Patil will be covering 82 assembly constituencies situated in 14 districts covering Vidarbha region and parts of north Maharashtra and by travelling around 3,000-km in 17 days
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The state government has approved <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.3 crore to provide compensation to poultry farm owners who were affected owing to the avian influenza. (HT FILE)
The state government has approved 1.3 crore to provide compensation to poultry farm owners who were affected owing to the avian influenza. (HT FILE)

732 more bird deaths in Maharashtra, toll touches 14K

PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 01:32 AM IST
Till Friday, the state has culled a total of 39,483 poultry birds and eight ducks and destroyed 35,515 eggs and 53,046 kg of poultry feed
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The veteran leader also reiterated that the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government – comprising Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress – would complete its five-year term and attempts to dislodge it won’t succeed. (HT FILE)
The veteran leader also reiterated that the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government – comprising Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress – would complete its five-year term and attempts to dislodge it won’t succeed. (HT FILE)

Law and order state subject: Sharad Pawar on Centre providing Y security to Maharashtra MP Narayan Rane

PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 01:21 AM IST
The state government had recently scaled down or completely scrapped the security cover of many leaders. Rane’s security cover was completely removed. He was earlier being provided the Y-plus category
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Dhananjay Munde. (File photo)
Dhananjay Munde. (File photo)

Mumbai: Woman withdraws plaint against Munde; Pawar says NCP stand vindicated

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 05:03 PM IST
In a letter posted on Twitter, the woman said she felt she was being used as a tool for a bigger political conspiracy and hence decided to withdraw her complaint
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Jayant Patil, however, said Sharad Pawar’s word would be the final one on the issue. (HT FILE)
Jayant Patil, however, said Sharad Pawar’s word would be the final one on the issue. (HT FILE)

Would like to be Maharashtra CM someday: State NCP chief and minister Jayant Patil

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:44 AM IST
Patil’s statement assumes significance as deputy CM and Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar is believed to be holding the second position in NCP after party chief
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BMC workers sanitise the area in front of bird enclosure at Lokmanya Tilak BMC Market , in Mumbai on January 14. (HT FILE)
BMC workers sanitise the area in front of bird enclosure at Lokmanya Tilak BMC Market , in Mumbai on January 14. (HT FILE)

Bird flu confirmed in 5 more districts of Maharashtra

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:36 AM IST
On Thursday, Bhopal’s ICAR-National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (ICAR-NIHSAD), which is the nodal body for testing bird flu cases, confirmed the flu as the cause behind the poultry bird deaths in Thane, Yavatmal, Gondia, Ahmednagar and Hingoli
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A healthcare worker gets the Covid-19 vaccine shot at the BKC vaccination centre on January 16. (HT FILE)
A healthcare worker gets the Covid-19 vaccine shot at the BKC vaccination centre on January 16. (HT FILE)

Maharashtra goes past 2 million Covid-19 cases

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:19 AM IST
The state recorded 2,886 fresh cases, pushing the count to 2,000,878, as it took 132 days to go from 1 million to 2 million infections, quicker than the 187 days for the first million, breached on September 11
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Smoke billows out after a massive fire broke out at the Serum Institute of India, in Pune, Thursday.(PTI)
Smoke billows out after a massive fire broke out at the Serum Institute of India, in Pune, Thursday.(PTI)

Maharashtra orders probe into SII fire that killed 5; Covid vaccine plant safe

UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:02 PM IST
  • The Maharashtra government will also conduct a fire audit of the Serum Institute building in Pune after a blaze killed five people.
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Workers rush out of the building after fire breaks out at Serum Institute of India, Pune, on Thursday. (PTI)
Workers rush out of the building after fire breaks out at Serum Institute of India, Pune, on Thursday. (PTI)

Maharashtra government orders probe into Serum Institute fire; clarifies Covid-19 vaccine plant is safe

PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 05:31 PM IST
Directives have been issued to Pune Police commissioner for a detailed investigation into the incident, said state deputy CM Ajit Pawar
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(Representative image) MPSC wants to restart the recruitment process which cannot be re-advertised without deleting the reservation and relaxations given under the Act. (HT Photo)
(Representative image) MPSC wants to restart the recruitment process which cannot be re-advertised without deleting the reservation and relaxations given under the Act. (HT Photo)

Maharashtra government upset with MPSC chief Satish Gavai in Maratha reservation case, CM Uddhav Thackeray seeks explanation

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 12:28 AM IST
The Maharashtra government is upset with the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) chairman Satish Gavai over an interlocutory application filed in the Supreme Court (SC) in the Maratha reservation case
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The state has set a target of inoculating around 28,500 health workers in a day (four days a week) at 258 centres across the state, officials said.
The state has set a target of inoculating around 28,500 health workers in a day (four days a week) at 258 centres across the state, officials said.

Maharashtra vaccine drive to resume today at 258 centres

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:31 AM IST
The announcement was made after the CM reviewed the preparations for the drive at a meeting held with state chief secretary Sanjay Kumar, CM’s principal adviser Ajoy Mehta, principal secretary to public health minister Dr Pradeep Vyas and other officials on Monday.
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A BMC worker sanitises the area in front bird enclosures at Lokmanya Tilak BMC Market, Grant Road in Mumbai. (HT FILE PHOTO)
A BMC worker sanitises the area in front bird enclosures at Lokmanya Tilak BMC Market, Grant Road in Mumbai. (HT FILE PHOTO)

Bird flu deaths in Maharashtra soar to 6,816; state to upgrade its lab

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 12:53 AM IST
The number of bird flu deaths in the state is rising continuously. The toll has reached 6,816 in the past 11 days. Of these, 829 birds were found dead across the state on Monday.
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A worker disinfects the poultry farm in Shivapur village to protect chickens from bird flu decease. Vilas Dhonde, owner of the poultry said he disinfects the poultry everyday in Pune, on Sunday, January 17, 2021. (HT Photo)
A worker disinfects the poultry farm in Shivapur village to protect chickens from bird flu decease. Vilas Dhonde, owner of the poultry said he disinfects the poultry everyday in Pune, on Sunday, January 17, 2021. (HT Photo)

Bird flu outbreak: 836 more birds dead; over 25,000 poultry birds culled across Maharashtra

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 11:31 PM IST
The count of bird flu deaths in the state has soared to 5,987 in the last 10 days
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A health worker taking a sample from a chicken to test for brid flu at a farm house. (HT Photo)
A health worker taking a sample from a chicken to test for brid flu at a farm house. (HT Photo)

Bird flu in poultry spreads in 11 more villages in seven districts of Maharashtra, confirms ICAR-NIHSAD

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 12:48 AM IST
The ICAR-National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal, a nodal body for testing bird flu cases, has confirmed avian influenza or bird flu in poultry chickens at 11 places, covering seven districts of Maharashtra on Friday
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Sharad Pawar and Dhananjay Munde. (Hindustan Times)
Sharad Pawar and Dhananjay Munde. (Hindustan Times)

Maharashtra: Won’t ask Dhananjay Munde to resign for now, says NCP chief

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 12:15 AM IST
Maharashtra social justice minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Dhananjay Munde will not have to resign from his post over allegations of rape for now, party chief Sharad Pawar said on Friday, adding he would be allowed to continue until the police investigation is completed
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NCP chief Sharad Pawar (Photo@PawarSpeaks)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar (Photo@PawarSpeaks)

'No room for doubt on Covid vaccine, ready to take the shot': Sharad Pawar

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 10:14 PM IST
The nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive is beginning from January 16.
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Minister Dhananjay Munde. (HT archive)
Minister Dhananjay Munde. (HT archive)

Rape charges: NCP decides to wait for probe; Dhananjay Munde not to step down yet

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 03:19 PM IST
The decision was taken considering revelations by leaders from other parties that the woman, who has accused Munde of rape, was in relationship with others and also blackmailed people
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NCP Chief Sharad Pawar. (HT Photo)
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar. (HT Photo)

Sharad Pawar questions composition of SC appointed committee on farm laws

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 12:49 AM IST
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has questioned the composition of the committee appointed by the Supreme Court to discuss contentious farm laws and give their recommendations
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On Thursday, 382 bird deaths were reported from different districts in Maharashtra. (HT Photo)
On Thursday, 382 bird deaths were reported from different districts in Maharashtra. (HT Photo)

Bird flu confirmed in Maharashtra districts of Beed and Nanded; state death toll soars to 3,378

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 12:25 AM IST
Avian influenza, or bird flu, is spreading to more parts of Maharashtra
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NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Dhananjay Munde. (Hindustan Times)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Dhananjay Munde. (Hindustan Times)

Maharashtra: Amid other leaders’ complaints, NCP won’t ask Munde to resign

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 01:52 AM IST
The NCP took the decision in a late-night meeting of core committee members as leaders from other parties alleged the same woman had tried to “honeytrap” them too, said insiders.
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Maharashtra Social Justice Minister and a senior NCP leader Dhananjay Munde. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Maharashtra Social Justice Minister and a senior NCP leader Dhananjay Munde. (HT FILE PHOTO)

NCP to decide Maharashtra Minister Dhananjay Munde's fate over rape allegations

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:38 PM IST
  • NCP chief Sharad Pawar said a decision on Dhananjay Munde should not be delayed.
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NCP Chief Sharad Pawar said it is understandable why the farm unions do not have faith in the Supreme Court-appointed committee to discuss the three farm laws.(ANI File Photo)
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar said it is understandable why the farm unions do not have faith in the Supreme Court-appointed committee to discuss the three farm laws.(ANI File Photo)

SC-appointed panel on farm laws should have been truly independent: Sharad Pawar

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 07:36 PM IST
  • Sharad Pawar said it is not surprising that the farmers do not have faith in the Supreme Court appointed committee because all four members had supported the farm laws at some point of time.
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Dhananjay Munde. (HT archive)
Dhananjay Munde. (HT archive)

Maharashtra: NCP minister facing rape charges may step down

UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 05:07 PM IST
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the rape allegations against Dhananjay Munde are serious in nature and the party will have to take a decision on the latter’s continuation in the MVA government
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As Bird flu hits Mumbai city, a worker is seen carrying a bunch of chickens for sale, in Govandi. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
As Bird flu hits Mumbai city, a worker is seen carrying a bunch of chickens for sale, in Govandi. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

481 more birds dead in Maharashtra, count soars to 2,395

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 01:04 AM IST
The incidents of bird deaths are rising in Maharashtra and their count has soared to 2,395 after 481 birds were found dead on Wednesday
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Dhananjay Munde. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Dhananjay Munde. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Maharashtra: BJP demands removal of Dhananjay Munde; NCP says let probe be completed

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 12:57 AM IST
Following allegations of rape, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded sacking of the social justice minister and Nationalist Congress Party leader Dhananjay Munde
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Passengers at Dadar station. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Passengers at Dadar station. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Trains for all: Maharashtra government yet to take a call, wary of spike in Covid cases

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 12:54 AM IST
Worried about a spike in Covid-19 cases, the state government has decided to wait for a few more days before taking any decision on reopening local trains for the general public
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The meeting lasted for an hour, said people familiar with the developments.(ANI Photo )
The meeting lasted for an hour, said people familiar with the developments.(ANI Photo )

Actor Sonu Sood meets NCP chief Sharad Pawar amid row with Mumbai civic body

PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 02:57 PM IST
The BMC had issued a notice to the actor over alleged iilegal construction.
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Representational picture (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Representational picture (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Bird flu: 200 more birds found dead in Maharashtra; tally touches 1,839 in 5 days

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 01:23 AM IST
With a growing number of bird deaths being reported in Maharashtra, the risk of avian influenza, or bird flu, spreading across the state is also rising
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 (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Covid vaccine in Maharashtra: 1st batch of vials in hand, state to inoculate 800K people in two months

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 12:16 AM IST
Starting from January 16, the state is expecting to complete vaccination of 800,000 health workers in the next two months
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Representational image. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Representational image. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)

Maharashtra: Daily Covid cases decline; MMR continues to be the most affected area

PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 10:42 AM IST
Of the total 2,438 cases reported on January 11, as many as 826 cases were reported from the MMR (33.88% of the day’s tally)
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