Swapnil Rawal

Swapnil Rawal is Principal Correspondent with the Hindustan Times. He covers urban development and infrastructure. He had long stints with leading national dailies and has experience of over a decade in journalism.

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10 districts in Maharashtra report higher positivity rate than state’s average of 23.48%

According to recent data, ten districts in Maharashtra, including Thane, Pune and Raigad, have a higher weekly positivity rate than the state’s overall average
As per the data presented to the state cabinet on Thursday, Nashik had the highest weekly positivity rate at 38.98% as of January 19 followed by Pune at 38.54% (HT PHOTO)
As per the data presented to the state cabinet on Thursday, Nashik had the highest weekly positivity rate at 38.98% as of January 19 followed by Pune at 38.54% (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 11:07 PM IST
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Mumbai schools to reopen on Jan 24

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Thursday that all schools in the city, including pre-primary classes, will reopen on January 24
Mumbai guardian minister Aaditya Thackeray tweeted, “In line with the State Govt’s decision to let District Admins take a call on school reopening, Mumbai’s schools from pre-primary to 12th std will open with Covid SoPs from Monday, 24th (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Mumbai guardian minister Aaditya Thackeray tweeted, “In line with the State Govt’s decision to let District Admins take a call on school reopening, Mumbai’s schools from pre-primary to 12th std will open with Covid SoPs from Monday, 24th (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 12:28 AM IST
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BySwapnil Rawal and Damini Solanki

Maharashtra schools to reopen from Jan 24; Delhi waits

In Delhi, officials suggested they will wait for more signs to take any decision on rolling back curbs, which meant schools -- shut five times since April 2020 – continue to be closed.
Mumbai: A healthworker checks vaccination certificates of arriving passengers amid concern over spread of 'Omicron' variant, at Bandra Terminus in Mumbai, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_20_2022_000120B) (PTI)
Mumbai: A healthworker checks vaccination certificates of arriving passengers amid concern over spread of 'Omicron' variant, at Bandra Terminus in Mumbai, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_20_2022_000120B) (PTI)
Updated on Jan 21, 2022 03:05 AM IST
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By, Sadia Akhtar, Mumbai/delhi

Maharashtra govt gives nod to reopen schools, local bodies to take final decision

The Maharashtra government has allowed reopening of schools, including pre-primary classes, from January 24.
Maharashtra school education minister Varsha Gaikwad said chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has given consent to reopen offline schools in the state. (File Photo)
Maharashtra school education minister Varsha Gaikwad said chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has given consent to reopen offline schools in the state. (File Photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 04:39 PM IST
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Cannot rule out further surge in Maha, say experts as Mumbai breaches 1 million mark

Mumbai Maharashtra on Monday added 31,111 new Covid-19 cases, the drop can be attributed to a lower number of tests done in the last 24 hours
Mumbai breached the million mark in terms of cumulative Covid-19 cases on Monday with the addition of 5,956 fresh cases (Santosh Kumar /Hindustan Times)
Mumbai breached the million mark in terms of cumulative Covid-19 cases on Monday with the addition of 5,956 fresh cases (Santosh Kumar /Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 11:10 PM IST
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Yogi’s meal at Dalit household for publicity, BJP playing vote bank politics: Shiv Sena

MUMBAI: Days after Uttar Pradesh (UP) chief minister Yogi Adityanath enjoyed a meal at a dalit household in Gorakhpur, the Shiv Sena on Monday took on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying that the party is playing vote bank politics
Yogi’s meal at Dalit household for publicity, BJP playing vote bank politics: Shiv Sena (ANI)
Yogi’s meal at Dalit household for publicity, BJP playing vote bank politics: Shiv Sena (ANI)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 09:52 PM IST
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Shiv Sena hits out at BJP over ‘vote bank’ politics

The Sena criticised Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over such “publicity” events and for allegedly giving importance to caste and organising such meals
As a policy, the Maharashtra unit of BJP does not respond to criticism in the Sena mouthpiece. (HT Photo)
As a policy, the Maharashtra unit of BJP does not respond to criticism in the Sena mouthpiece. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 02:14 PM IST
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238 Omicron cases in state, new cases over 43k

Mumbai Maharashtra reported 43,211 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the state’s active tally to 2,61,658
In the past seven days, the state has recorded daily cases between 46,700 and 33,400 cases (Praful Gangurde)
In the past seven days, the state has recorded daily cases between 46,700 and 33,400 cases (Praful Gangurde)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 11:52 PM IST
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Goa polls: Sena prepared to go solo if talks with Congress fail: Raut

With only a month to go for the Goa assembly polls, the pre-poll alliance talks between the Shiv Sena and Congress have not materialised and the Sena has chalked out plans to go solo if the talks fail
he Uddhav Thackeray-led party has prepared to contest 16 seats in Goa in a bid to increase its electoral presence outside its home state. (ANI)
he Uddhav Thackeray-led party has prepared to contest 16 seats in Goa in a bid to increase its electoral presence outside its home state. (ANI)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 12:38 AM IST
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Positivity rate down in state for 2nd day

Maharashtra recorded a decline in the daily test positivity rate for the second day in a row, even as the caseload saw a marginal increase with 34,424 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday
In effect, the test positivity rate — the number of positive cases per 100 tests conducted — on Tuesday was 16.38% (Bhushan Koyande)
In effect, the test positivity rate — the number of positive cases per 100 tests conducted — on Tuesday was 16.38% (Bhushan Koyande)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 12:26 AM IST
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Maharashtra imposes restrictions daily cases cross 40k

The state government issued new restrictions on Saturday in light of the rising number of cases of Covid-19
Maharashtra added 41,434 fresh cases, with 20,318 from Mumbai alone. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
Maharashtra added 41,434 fresh cases, with 20,318 from Mumbai alone. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 01:11 AM IST
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Maharashtra imposes night curfew from Jan 10; gyms, salons to remain closed

Restaurants, eateries will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity from 8am to 10pm. Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed in cinemas and auditoriums. Gyms, beauty salons will remain closed; hair-cutting salons will function at 50% capacity.
Checking of Covid-appropriate behaviour going on in Karad, Maharashtra. (PTI)
Checking of Covid-appropriate behaviour going on in Karad, Maharashtra. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 08:18 PM IST
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By, | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

BMC issues fresh home isolation guidelines

With this decision, the formal home isolation period also has been brought down to seven days from the earlier 10 days in Mumbai.
Those who cannot isolate at home will continue to be quarantined at BMC’s isolation facility (Satish Bate)
Those who cannot isolate at home will continue to be quarantined at BMC’s isolation facility (Satish Bate)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 11:07 PM IST
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ByMehul R Thakkar and Swapnil Rawal

Sena opens second front in war with Rane family

The latest incident could become a new chapter in the Rane-Shiv Sena tussle, after the Union minister’s arrest in August this year
On December 18, Parab, a Sena functionary from Kankavli in Sindhudurg was allegedly assaulted. (HT PHOTO)
On December 18, Parab, a Sena functionary from Kankavli in Sindhudurg was allegedly assaulted. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 27, 2021 11:33 PM IST
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Maharashtra police probing BJP legislator’s role in attack on Sena functionary: Minister

Maharashtra minister Shambhuraj Desai on Monday said police were investigating Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Nitesh Rane’s role in an attack on Sena functionary Santosh Parab on December 18
Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)
Published on Dec 27, 2021 03:40 PM IST
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City’s Covid-19 cases highest in six months

MUMBAI: The city recorded 896 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, its highest single-day spike since June 23, when it had recorded 864 cases
However, said that it will take at least two more weeks of sustained rise in cases for them to conclude whether this is the third wave of Covid-19. (Satish Bate)
However, said that it will take at least two more weeks of sustained rise in cases for them to conclude whether this is the third wave of Covid-19. (Satish Bate)
Published on Dec 26, 2021 10:08 PM IST
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‘Shiv Sena is a staunch Hindutvawadi party’: Sanjay Raut rebuts Amit Shah

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut countered union home minister Amit Shah’s accusation that the Sena compromised on Hindutva for power, saying the “Shiv Sena has never let go of Hindutva, and it will never do so”
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the BJP would not have won 105 seats in the 2019 Maharashtra elections had it not been for the Sena’s support and dared the BJP to resign from these seats and contest the election afresh. (ANI)
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the BJP would not have won 105 seats in the 2019 Maharashtra elections had it not been for the Sena’s support and dared the BJP to resign from these seats and contest the election afresh. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 03:54 PM IST
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Maharashtra adds 8 more Omicron cases, tally rises to 48

The new Omicron cases, including an eight-year-old girl and a 17-year-old, came from screening at the airport and surveillance of close contacts of the already infected persons
Of the new Omicron cases detected on Saturday, four were from Mumbai, three from Satara and one from Pune. (Vajay Bate)
Of the new Omicron cases detected on Saturday, four were from Mumbai, three from Satara and one from Pune. (Vajay Bate)
Published on Dec 18, 2021 10:02 PM IST
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No new Omicron case yet, Rajesh Tope warns of possible third wave

A day after the health department said that Maharashtra would see a large number of Omicron cases in January, Rajesh Tope warned of a possible third wave
, however, are not calling it the beginning of the third wave (Bhushan Koyande)
, however, are not calling it the beginning of the third wave (Bhushan Koyande)
Published on Dec 16, 2021 10:24 PM IST
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Surge in Omicron cases likely in January warns Maharashtra govt

The new detections in Mumbai, include a minor and at least one senior citizen. Among the four new cases, there are three men and one woman. The infected persons are isolated in a hospital and are asymptomatic. Three of the infected persons have been vaccinated, while one is not eligible for vaccination as the patient is 16-years-old.
Of the four new Omicron cases, two were detected in Osmanabad, while one case each was detected in Mumbai and Buldhana, the Maharashtra health department said on Wednesday. (PTI PHOTO.)
Of the four new Omicron cases, two were detected in Osmanabad, while one case each was detected in Mumbai and Buldhana, the Maharashtra health department said on Wednesday. (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on Dec 16, 2021 12:40 AM IST
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Rahul taking Congress on new path with ‘India country of Hindus’ remark: Sena

An editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said that the wordplay on “Hindu” and “Hindutvawadi” showed that the party has made an appeal to the majority Hindus after a long time
“Rahul Gandhi has tried to give a new direction to the Congress, which was stuck in the useless secularism,” said Sena mouthpiece Saamana. (HT Photo/File/Representative use)
“Rahul Gandhi has tried to give a new direction to the Congress, which was stuck in the useless secularism,” said Sena mouthpiece Saamana. (HT Photo/File/Representative use)
Updated on Dec 14, 2021 01:26 PM IST
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Two new Omicron cases in Maharashtra, India’s tally at 40

The two cases were reported from Pune and Latur districts; both were fully vaccinated and had recently travelled to Dubai, as per the health department. 
A BMC health worker collects swab sample of an outstation passenger for Covid-19 test, at Dadar railway station in Mumbai, on Monday. (PTI)
A BMC health worker collects swab sample of an outstation passenger for Covid-19 test, at Dadar railway station in Mumbai, on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 14, 2021 02:06 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

Covid-19: South Africa returnee tests positive for Omicron variant in Nagpur

The infected person, 40, arrived in Nagpur from South Africa on December 5. The state administration in Maharashtra tested 30 close contacts of the person and everyone tested negative for Covid-19
Between December 1 and Sunday morning, 77,530 passengers, including 11,751 from at-risk nations, arrived at the international airports in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. (REUTERS/File)
Between December 1 and Sunday morning, 77,530 passengers, including 11,751 from at-risk nations, arrived at the international airports in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. (REUTERS/File)
Published on Dec 13, 2021 08:32 AM IST
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Unvaccinated Nagpur man tests Omicron positive

Mumbai Maharashtra on Sunday added a new Omicron case, taking the state’s tally to 18
With this one case, Maharashtra’s Omicron tally goes up to 18. (Satish Bate)
With this one case, Maharashtra’s Omicron tally goes up to 18. (Satish Bate)
Published on Dec 12, 2021 08:06 PM IST
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‘Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi have challenge to save Congress’: Sena MP Sanjay Raut

Raut while praising Rahul and Priyanka for their efforts to revive the party, said that the ‘seniors’ in Congress have been given their dues, but they are not ready to take the responsibility when the party needs them the most.
Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut. (File photo)
Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut. (File photo)
Published on Dec 12, 2021 04:44 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Maharashtra registers seven new Omicron cases, 3 from Mumbai

The 25-year-old returned to Mumbai from London on December 1, while the 37 and 48-year-old patients returned to Mumbai from South Africa and Tanzania, respectively, on December 4. All three patients are admitted at Seven Hills Hospital in Marol area of Andheri.
Maharashtra on Friday added 695 fresh Covid-19 infections, pushing the state’s tally to 6,642,372. It reported 12 deaths, taking the death toll to 141,223. Mumbai added 194 new Covid-19 infections, and added one fatality. (PTI PHOTO.)
Maharashtra on Friday added 695 fresh Covid-19 infections, pushing the state’s tally to 6,642,372. It reported 12 deaths, taking the death toll to 141,223. Mumbai added 194 new Covid-19 infections, and added one fatality. (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on Dec 11, 2021 12:31 AM IST
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BySwapnil Rawal and Pratip Acharya

Seven new cases in state, tally at 17

Mumbai Maharashtra on Friday detected seven new Covid-19 cases with Omicron variant, pushing the state’s total to 17
remaining four cases are from Pimpri-Chinchwad in Pune district. (Bhushan Koyande)
remaining four cases are from Pimpri-Chinchwad in Pune district. (Bhushan Koyande)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 10:12 PM IST
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BySwapnil Rawal, Pratip Acharya and Eeshanpriya MS

State may ask districts to impose curbs to push 2nd dose numbers

The state government is considering asking districts to impose restrictions to encourage full vaccination of citizens, even as seven more cases of the Omicron variant have been reported
At present, only 47.84% of the state’s population has received two doses of vaccine. (Bhushan Koyande)
At present, only 47.84% of the state’s population has received two doses of vaccine. (Bhushan Koyande)
Published on Dec 10, 2021 09:52 PM IST
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Germany offers to support restoration work in Maharashtra

In a bid to strengthen diplomatic relations between the two countries, Germany has offered to support Maharashtra in the restoration of temples and heritage structures in the state
German ambassador Walter J Lindner said that the German consulate in Mumbai will draw up a list of structures for the restoration work (Anshuman Poyrekar)
German ambassador Walter J Lindner said that the German consulate in Mumbai will draw up a list of structures for the restoration work (Anshuman Poyrekar)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 10:39 PM IST
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State readies oxygen, med supplies to handle possible surge

Even as Maharashtra’s Omicron cases have not gone up from 10 in the last three days, the state government has geared up with health infrastructure, including oxygen to counter possible surge
After a meeting with union health department, the state decided to prepare oxygen supply, medicines. (Bhushan Koyande)
After a meeting with union health department, the state decided to prepare oxygen supply, medicines. (Bhushan Koyande)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 09:58 PM IST
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