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First phase of coastal road to be opened in 8 days: Samant

Mumbai's coastal road project phase 1 connecting Worli to Marine Drive to open in 8 days, reducing travel time by 70% and fuel consumption by 34%.

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Updated on Mar 01, 2024 06:38 AM IST

Prakash Ambedkar demands candidature for Jarange-Patil from Jalna

Prakash Ambedkar of VBA presents demands to MVA, including candidature for Manoj Jarange-Patil. Seat-sharing talks ongoing for upcoming elections in Maharashtra.

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Updated on Feb 29, 2024 08:56 AM IST

Jarange-Patil asks supporters to write emails to Prez, PM over ‘Sage-Soyare’ notification

While addressing his supporters on Wednesday, Jarange-Patil said, “The new 10% reservation bill will not survive in the court. So, we want implementation of ‘Sage Soyare’ notification and for that, we will start sending emails to the President of India, Prime Minister and all other authorities in the central and state government

Jarange-Patil asks supporters to write emails to Prez, PM over ‘Sage-Soyare’ notification
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 08:38 AM IST

Fadnavis using ‘bamani kawa’ to finish me, quell stir: Jarange-Patil

Maratha quota activist accuses Deputy CM Fadnavis of conspiracy, vows to pursue reservation demand relentlessly, dares Fadnavis to shoot him. BJP criticizes activist's actions.

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Updated on Feb 26, 2024 07:20 AM IST

Fadnavis wants to end Maratha influence in state, alleges Manoj Jarange-Patil

Accusing Fadnavis of hatching conspiracy against him, Jarange Patil threatened to march to the deputy chief minister’s residence at Mumbai

Jarange Patil is demanding that all Marathas be considered as Kunbi – a caste in Maharashtra under the OBC bloc. (ANI photo)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 02:58 PM IST

State working for welfare of all backward communities: Guv Bais

Governor Bais highlighted Maharashtra's 10% Maratha reservation bill, FDI leadership, and welfare schemes for backward communities in his legislative address.

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Updated on Feb 21, 2024 06:58 AM IST

Thackeray eyes more than 20 LS seats as MVA yet to finalise allocations

Shiv Sena (UBT) appoints coordinators for 18 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra as MVA partners still finalize seat-sharing formula.

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Updated on Feb 20, 2024 08:26 AM IST

Dand patta, used by Shivaji, declared state weapon

Dand patta comprises a double-edged sword measuring up to four feet with a gauntlet integrated as a hand guard. It was used widely during the medieval period and Shivaji is depicted with the weapon in several paintings

The announcement was made by chief minister Eknath Shinde at a function in the Shivneri fort, Shivaji’s birthplace, on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 05:52 PM IST

Sharad Pawar loyalist Jayant Patil dismisses speculations of joining BJP

Soon after former Congress leader and ex-Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan gave a major blow to the Congress party when he filed his nomination for Rajya Sabha from the BJP on February 15, several speculations of defection are making the rounds in the political circle

Jayant Patil held a press conference to clarify his position. He began, “If my name is being discussed, then it is a good thing but I am not going anywhere. I have no discussion with any BJP leader about joining the party. Neither any BJP leader offered me to join the party. I have no plans to go anywhere and will remain with NCP (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 07:28 AM IST

Drought in 66% of Maharashtra as state includes more 224 revenue circles in the list

The Maharashtra state government has decided to widen the scope of drought-affected regions by including an additional 224 revenue circles, (administrative clusters of villages), in its list. This decision stems from these areas receiving less than 75% of their average rainfall during the 2023 monsoon season

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Updated on Feb 19, 2024 06:30 AM IST

State approves 119 crore for Kalyan-Vasai water transport project

The Maharashtra government has approved the construction of four jetties for the Kalyan-Vasai water transport project, costing ₹119 crore. Additionally, ₹229 crore has been approved for a new jetty at the Radio Club near the Gateway of India.

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Updated on Feb 17, 2024 07:52 AM IST

Stop issuing Kunbi certificates to Marathas, NCP minister tells Maharashtra govt

Maharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal’s sharp remarks on the Maratha reservation issue came hours after the state backward commission submitted its report

Chhagan Bhujbal said reservation for the Marathas should be separate from the OBCs (HT Photo/Satish Bate)
Published on Feb 16, 2024 06:09 PM IST

Narwekar to decide whether Pawar’s MLAs will have to follow Ajit’s whip

Maharashtra Assembly Speaker has recognized the Ajit Pawar faction as the real NCP, but the issue of the whip will be decided separately. The Sharad Pawar faction plans to challenge the order in the Supreme Court. The opposition is criticizing the judgment and calling it "ridiculous" and a "joke of democracy." The speaker claims his order is based on constitutional provisions and Supreme Court directives.

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Updated on Feb 16, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Water level in dams falls to 50%

Water level in Maharashtra dams falls to 50.57%, 18% lower than last year, raising concerns of shortage as stock must last for another five months.

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Updated on Feb 15, 2024 07:18 AM IST

It will soon be ‘Congress-occupied BJP’, says Uddhav on Ashok Chavan’s exit

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of breaking opposition parties because it lacks confidence in winning the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Thackeray also criticized the BJP for importing leaders from other parties and neglecting farmers' issues.

Mumbai: Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray with party MP Sanjay Raut during a press conference, in Mumbai, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. (PTI Photo/Shashank Parade)(PTI02_10_2024_000162B) (PTI)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 08:26 AM IST

Maha must get back 50% of the money sent to Centre: Uddhav

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray criticized the central government for not allocating sufficient funds to Maharashtra and promised to change the laws on fund distribution to states when the government changes. He also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using the Bharat Ratna for vote bank politics and of denying job opportunities to Maharashtrian youths. Thackeray called on the Lokadhikar Samiti to use their right to elect a desired government and fight against injustice.

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Updated on Feb 12, 2024 06:44 AM IST

The quiet return of Mumbai's dance bars

The contemporary history of dance bars changed course in 2005 when then-home minister RR Patil ordered a ban on them saying they were exploitative

Bars and Restaurants - Bar Dancers - Bar girls entertain customers in a dance bar at Andheri West - HT Photo by Vijayanand Gupta 04-07-05
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 01:05 PM IST
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Sena factions trade accusations over Ghosalkar’s murder

Warring factions of Shiv Sena (UBT) trade allegations after the murder of former corporator Abhishek Ghosalkar, blaming each other and the opposition party.

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Updated on Feb 10, 2024 07:18 AM IST

The importance of Ghosalkars in Shiv Sena (UBT)

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray visited the family of deceased party member Abhishek Ghosalkar, highlighting their importance to the party's clout in northern Mumbai. Ghosalkar and his father were crucial in strengthening the party's organization and electoral strategy in the region. Ghosalkar's rise in the party mirrored his father's, and he was a member of the party's youth wing led by Thackeray's son, Aaditya Thackeray.

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Updated on Feb 10, 2024 07:12 AM IST

Saamana promoted Mauris Noronha, says Uday Samant in attack on Shiv Sena UBT

Maharashtra minister Uday Samant hit back after Sanjay Raut put out a photograph which showed Mauris Noronha and Eknath Shinde in the same frame

Shiv Sena (UBT) leader and MP Sanjay Raut posted a photograph of Mauris Noronha and Eknath Shinde (X/rautsanjay61)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 03:05 PM IST

State to give gratuity, pension to around 2 lakh Anganwadi workers

The Maharashtra government has asked the woman and child development department to prepare a proposal for gratuity and pension for Anganwadi workers. This move comes after a statewide strike by the workers demanding these benefits. The proposal will benefit over two lakh women working in Anganwadi centers across the state.

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Updated on Feb 09, 2024 08:04 AM IST

Prakash Ambedkar seeks OBC quota in LS and assembly

Prakash Ambedkar had given 25 demands to be considered for the Common minimum programme of MVA last week. Now before the next meeting of the alliance, Ambedkar submitted a draft for CMP. Ambedkar has covered issues like social justice, agriculture, land reforms etc in his draft

Pune, India - November 26, 2018: Prakash Ambedkar speak at Wanchit Bahujan Samaj convention at SSPMS ground in Pune, India, on Monday, November 26, 2018. (Photo by Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 06:42 AM IST

Prakash Ambedkar lays out agenda for MVA, demands OBC quota in Parl, state assembly

Besides demanding a caste census, Ambedkar has sought reserved seats for Other Backward Class (OBCs) in the Lok Sabha and state assembly

The VBA leader has covered issues like social justice, agriculture and land reforms in the document. (Prakash Ambedkar | Official X account)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 05:01 PM IST

Which Pawar will capture the cooperative sector?

When the NCP was formed in 1999, many leaders from western Maharashtra joined the party on account of their stake in the cooperative sector and Sharad Pawar’s control over it through the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank and various state-level associations

Sugarcane - Malegaon sugar co-operative in Baramati constituency is among one of he largest well managed factories in the state. Seen here are agricultural labourers taking sugarcane for crushing in the factory - Sugar co-operatives turned around the fortunes for farmers here - HT Photo by Satish Bate - 20/03/09 - MAR09 2K9 (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 08, 2024 07:54 AM IST

Soyabean farmers in Maha face financial crisis

Soyabean farmers in Maharashtra are facing a financial crisis due to falling prices and a government policy that has negatively impacted both farmers and processing units. The crop can be stored for up to two years, allowing farmers to borrow money against it. However, with prices falling below the minimum support price, farmers are now struggling to repay loans. Additionally, processing units are facing a shortage of raw material. The agriculture department is seeking a policy intervention from the government to resolve the situation.

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Updated on Feb 06, 2024 06:58 AM IST
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INDIA alliance ‘over’: Prakash Ambedkar as he begins talks with MVA

A 3-time former MP, Ambedkar, said the coalition first needs to come up with a common minimum programme.

Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut with Dr B R Ambedkar’s grandson and Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar and others during Maharashtra Development Alliance meeting, in Mumbai. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 01:19 AM IST

Shinde, Ajit adopted same strategy to ‘win’ parties

The hearing in the NCP MLAs' disqualification case has ended, and the assembly Speaker will study the arguments and make a verdict by February 15. The rebel factions in both the NCP and Shiv Sena cases adopted a similar line of defense, questioning the authority of the party president and arguing dissent within the party. The NCP case has no dispute over the party constitution, unlike the Shiv Sena case. The Speaker will have to decide which constitution is authentic.

Mumbai, Jan 27 (ANI): Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange Patil celebrates with Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde as Patil announces an end to the protests after the government accepts their demands, in Mumbai on Saturday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 08:26 AM IST

Prakash Ambedkar attends Opposition alliance’s Lok Sabha seat-sharing talks

Former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is believed to have been keen on including Ambedkar in the alliance given his following among socially backward communities

Prakash Ambedkar at the meeting. (ANI)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 03:04 PM IST

Carry out survey in transit camps: State to MHADA

The Maharashtra government has directed the MHADA to conduct a biometric survey of residents in transit camp homes to determine their eligibility and status. The survey will help the government make decisions on the rehabilitation of residents. This is the second survey of its kind, with the previous one in 2010 identifying ineligible and unauthorized residents in transit camps.

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Updated on Feb 02, 2024 07:12 AM IST

Party had no policy on alliances, so there was no question of violating it: Ajit Pawar camp

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) disqualification hearing has ended, with the rebel faction arguing that there was no party policy on political alliances. The speaker will announce his verdict before February 15.

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Updated on Feb 01, 2024 07:16 AM IST
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