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Fight for ticket intensifies in Parvati assembly constituency

Three members from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have started projecting themselves as eligible candidates for Parvati and put-up banners at prime locations in the vicinity

BJP leader and former leader of house in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Shrinath Bhimale has sett up temporary centres at 30 prime locations in the constituency to register new voters. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Jul 13, 2024 10:46 PM IST

Six years after it was proposed for Nashik, Pune, neo metro project yet to kick off

The neo metro project is not feasible on technical grounds, said Minister of state (MoS) for civil aviation Murlidhar Mohol

The neo metro project is a trolley bus system with overhead electric traction and rubber tyres. It was proposed to have 25-metre-long electric bus coaches able to run on ground and elevated. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 12, 2024 08:26 AM IST

Ajit Pawar announces 3200 crore project to address floods in western Maha

Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Friday made the announcement while presenting the annual budget for 2024-25

There were huge losses in terms of livestock and human beings in Sangli and Kolhapur, Pawar said. (HT PHOTo)
Updated on Jun 29, 2024 06:53 AM IST

Pawar tells new MPs to remain present in House

The Sharad Pawar faction of NCP won eight of the 10 seats it contested while the Congress bagged 13 of 17 it contested with Shiv Sena (UBT) getting nine of 21 seats in the LS polls

The Sharad Pawar faction of NCP won eight of the 10 seats it contested while the Congress bagged 13 of 17 it contested with Shiv Sena (UBT) getting nine of 21 seats in the LS polls. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 22, 2024 05:48 AM IST

Centre can’t be mere spectator, should take lead to resolve quota issue: Pawar

Speaking at his hometown Baramati, the veteran leader said there is a need for amendments in law and the state and Centre’s policies

He was responding to a question on increasing Maratha-OBC conflict in Maharashtra over reservation issue. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 05:30 AM IST

Agricultural College now a data centre for ‘Sahiwal’ breed of cow

In September 2022, the College of Agriculture Pune had for the first time witnessed the birth of a calf of the Sahiwal breed through ovum pickup and in-vitro fertilisation (OPC IVF) technique at its premises

According to College of Agriculture officials, the data centre will help maintain information on Sahiwal cows across India, especially those with better sperm quality, so as to increase the population of this breed of cow which yields more milk. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 06:04 AM IST

Govt gives nod for proposed HCMTR

Interestingly, even as the controversy over the proposed Balbharati-Paud Phata (BBPP) Road refuses to rest, the proposed HCMTR route is shown passing through the same stretch

The Maharashtra government on June 13 issued the notification and approved the HCMTR route, with some changes, which was on paper since 1986. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 05:26 AM IST

2 years on, PMC awaits NDMA funds

Meanwhile, the civic administration took one year to prepare an expenditure plan before forwarding it to the Centre in 2022

Urban floods pose a new challenge to larger cities, disrupting civic life and critical services. (HT FILE)
Updated on Jun 19, 2024 05:32 AM IST

PMPML reports 734cr operational loss in 2023-24, highest in last six years

In 2017-18, the total loss of the public transport utility was ₹204 crore and by 2023-24 total loss reached at ₹734 crore

Considering this, PMC will need to bear <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>440.42 crore loss and the PCMC <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>293.58 crore. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 17, 2024 05:58 AM IST

BJP, Sena not upset over RS ticket to Sunetra: Ajit Pawar 

Pawar said the decision to field his wife was taken by his party NCP’s apex body and denied reports that senior colleague Chhagan Bhujbal was upset over the move

Ajit Pawar’s wife Sunetra on Thursday filed nomination papers as the NCP candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha bypoll in Maharashtra, days after she lost the Lok Sabha elections from Baramati. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 07:06 AM IST

Pawars political dynasty reigns with five elected representatives

There is clamour growing for another family scion, Yugendra, to join electoral politics and contest polls from Baramati assembly constituency. Yugendra is the son of Ajit’s elder brother Shriniwas Pawar and had campaigned for Sule in the recently held LS polls

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Ajit Pawar's wife Sunetra Pawar filed her nomination for the upcoming Rajya Sabha by-elections, at Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai on Thursday. National Working President of NCP Praful Patel, Party leader Sunil Tatkare and Maharashtra Minister Chhagan Bhujbal are also present. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 07:20 AM IST

First phase of Metro to begin operations before Maha assembly elections

Pune's Mandai to Civil Court metro stretch likely to start before state assembly elections. PCMC to Swargate and Vanaz to Ramwadi corridors to complete first phase.

As the Maha-Metro had planned to finish all the works till August-end this year, it is clear that operations will likely begin from September. (HT HOTO)
Updated on Jun 13, 2024 06:06 AM IST

Sharad Pawar back in Baramati with Ajit’s potential rival

On Tuesday, a large number of party workers gathered at Sharad Pawar’s bungalow at Govind baug and said that Yugendra Pawar who is the son of Ajit Pawar’s younger brother Shriniwas should be fielded against Ajit Pawar in the October assembly elections

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Updated on Jun 12, 2024 07:32 AM IST

Supriya Sule raises issue of similar election symbol

The EC allotted ‘Pipani’ (trumpet) symbol to independent candidates, similar to NCP’s election symbol — ‘Tutari’ (man-blowing trumpet) allotted to the party after the split in July last year

The ECI allotted similar symbols to independent candidates and this created confusion among voters. We lost the Satara seat because of this confusion, Sule said. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 05:36 AM IST

LS polls: The three giant killers from Maharashtra

Among the contestants in Maharashtra, Nilesh Lanke, Bajarang Sonawane and Pratibha Dhanorkar defeated established leaders and became “giant killers” for supporters

Among the contestants in Maharashtra, Nilesh Lanke, Bajarang Sonawane and Pratibha Dhanorkar defeated established leaders and became “giant killers” for supporters. ((PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Updated on Jun 07, 2024 08:12 AM IST

Sule manages to get lead in five of six assembly segments

The four-time Member of Parliament (MP) got lead even in Baramati town, represented in the state assembly by NCP chief and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar

In 2014 and 2019, some of these assembly constituencies did not back Sule, although this time, voters here refused to back Sunetra. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 06:20 AM IST

VBA & AIMIM fail to make a mark as MVA strategy pays off

Unlike 2019 when VBA and AIMIM candidates cut into the vote share of the Congress-NCP thus helping the BJP-Shiv Sena, the situation was different this time around as these smaller outfits failed to make a mark

In most constituencies where the VBA and AIMIM fielded candidates, the MVA prevented them from cutting into its vote share by avoiding any criticism of these parties while indirectly telling voters not to vote for these outfits. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 06:18 AM IST

Maharashtra’s onion belt rejects Mahayuti candidates 

Mahayuti candidates contesting from all these parliamentary seats suffered defeat with the Maha Vikas Aghade (MVA) wresting most of the seats

In Ahmednagar too, Nilesh Lanke of NCP (SP) defeated BJP’s Sujay Vikhe by a margin of 28,000 votes. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 06:06 AM IST

Mohol wins in 5 out of 6 assembly segments encouraging but reduced margin worrisome

As per the Election Commission of India (ECI) data, late MP Girish Bapat won by 3.24 lakh votes in the 2019 LS elections whereas the BJP’s former MP Anil Shirole won by 3.15 lakh votes in the 2014 LS polls

Mohol (R) defeated Congress candidate Ravindra Dhangekar by a margin of only 1.23 lakh votes, the counting for which was completed on Tuesday. (HT )
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 06:02 AM IST

Sule wins Baramati for fourth time; Kolhe, Barne retain seats 

In a high-profile clash in Baramati, Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule got better of her sister-in-law Sunetra Pawar

In Shirur, despite a strong challenge from Ajit Pawar and the Bharatiya Janata Party, voters elected sitting MP Amol Kolhe for the second consecutive time.  (HT FILE)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 05:28 AM IST

Hat-trick for BJP as Murlidhar Mohol clinches Pune LS seat

Interestingly, the Kasba Peth assembly segment, which helped Dhangekar just a year ago during the by-polls, this time backed Mohol

BJP’s Murlidhar Mohol celebrates beating Congress candidate Ravindra Dhangekar in Pune on Tuesday. (MAHENDRA KOLHE/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 05:18 AM IST

Poll result to decide rise of Mohol or repeat of Kasba in Pune

Final results for Lok Sabha seats in Pune district to be declared by 5 pm Tuesday, with Pune's outcome expected by 2 pm. BJP and Congress confident of victory.

Dhangekar had defeated BJP’s Hemant Rasane in last year’s bypolls at Kasba Peth, the saffron party’s stronghold for 30 years. (HT )
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 07:06 AM IST

Factors that would determine Baramati poll results

From the beginning, sympathy for Sharad Pawar was visible on the ground, particularly in rural areas of the constituency after Ajit Pawar rebelled.

The contest also saw most members of the Pawar clan campaigning for Sule while Ajit Pawar appeared lonely in the battle. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 07:01 AM IST

Growing confrontation between politicians and civic officials

Tensions rise in Pune district as politicians and bureaucrats clash over corruption allegations and harassment accusations, leading to suspensions and calls for investigations.

Diwase also refuted allegations saying, Katyare himself is facing inquiry in some cases in land acquisition cases. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 06:40 AM IST

After 4-year wait, PMC opens aviation gallery for public 

The civic body had inaugurated the museum in March 2020, but it never saw the light of the day. Hindustan Times has raised this issue many times

The proposal was initially put forward in 2017, and the civic body completed the works in March 2020, costing <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4 crore.   (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 29, 2024 06:12 AM IST

Pune accident case: Different justice for rich and poor, says Rahul Gandhi

On the Pune accident case, Rahul Gandhi said that the rich and poor are getting different justice in Modi’s tenure

On the Pune accident case, Rahul Gandhi said that the rich and poor are getting different justice in Modi’s tenure. (HT FILE)
Updated on May 22, 2024 08:40 AM IST

Ajit Pawar missing in action, his absence in campaign triggers speculations

His absence in electioneering, especially at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi rallies in Nashik, Kalyan and road show held at Mumbai on Wednesday, has sparked speculations about the leader’s whereabouts

As Ajit was last seen in action during the last day of campaigning for the fourth phase of polls on May 11. (HT FILE)
Updated on May 17, 2024 05:02 AM IST

PMC orders safety audit of hoardings in Pune 

Following the Mumbai incident, municipal commissioner Rajendra Bhosale met with the sky sign department and other related departments on Tuesday to conduct a review of hoardings throughout the city

According to PMC records, there are 85 illegal hoardings in the city, 84 of which are in the Hadapsar-Mundhwa area and one in Aundh Baner.  (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 15, 2024 06:50 AM IST

Pune sees voter turnout at 53.54%, Shirur 54.16% and Maval 54.87%

he latest figure is higher than 2019 when the voter turnout was 49.89%. In 2014, 9.86 lakh voters exercised their right, making the turnout to 54.11% of total electorate at 18.35 lakh

Shrirang Barane exercised right to vote by voting with his wife in Pimpri in the city Monday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 15, 2024 05:56 AM IST

Pune records more voting than 2019; Kasba Peth highest percentage, but less voters

As the poll body is yet to announce final figures, they will declare revised figures the next day like previous polls

As per the election commission’s data, highest number of voters are at Wadgaonsheri with 467,669 voters. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2024 08:10 AM IST
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