Faisal Malik

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

Articles by Faisal Malik

CAG slams BMC for irregularities, mismanagement and callous handling of public funds

Mumbai: As the city awaits polls to elect a new civic house, a special audit conducted by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) into the Mumbai civic body’s functioning has pointed out serious irregularities in giving contracts and implementing various city projects

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Published on Mar 26, 2023 12:20 AM IST

HL: Speaker to formulate code of conduct for legislators in Vidhan Bhavan

Strap: Pandemonium in assembly a day after ruling party legislators hit Rahul Gandhi’s poster with chappals Mumbai: A day after ruling party legislators hit Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s poster with footwear in Vidhan Bhavan premises, Speaker Rahul Narvekar on Friday declared that a code of conduct for the legislators will be formulated and those found violating it will have to face action

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Published on Mar 25, 2023 12:24 AM IST

Ajit Pawar questions Aniksha’s access to Dy CM’s home

Mumbai: The leader of the Opposition leader Ajit Pawar on Friday raised questions on giving Aniksha Jaisinghani, daughter of bookie Anil Jaisinghani, access to the residence of deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis

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Published on Mar 25, 2023 12:18 AM IST

Sena-BJP MLAs fling footwear at Rahul Gandhi poster in Vidhan Sabha

Speaker Rahul Narvekar later announced an investigation into the incident and warned of strict action if it was ever repeated. Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis admitted that the protest was inappropriate and would not happen again. However, he added, Gandhi needed to also refrain from insulting Savarkar.

Mumbai, India - March 23, 2023: Congress leaders Bhai Jagtap and Charan Singh Sapra along with party activists stage a protest against the defamation verdict by Surat Court on Rahul Gandhi, at Azad Maidan, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, March 23, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 12:31 AM IST

Major shake-up on cards for Maharashtra Congress

According to party insiders, the Maharashtra Congress is looking at a major shake-up in its state executive committee

Mumbai, India - February 10, 2023: Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Nana Patole, at Tilak Bhavan, Prabhadevi, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, February 10, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 12:50 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Shinde asks Chahal to prepare report on building toilets, drinking water facilities at gardens, parks

Chief minister Eknath Shinde has directed BMC commissioner I S Chahal to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) on providing basic amenities at the gardens, parks and playgrounds in the city

Mumbai, India - July 05, 2022: Chief Minister Eknath Shinde addresses the media during a press conference at BMC Disaster Management Department, BMC Headquarters, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, July 05, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 06:53 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Fadnavis orders SIT probe into Satara medical college admission racket

A racket allegedly helped students with fake mark sheets to get admissions at a private medical college in Maharashtra’s Satara district

Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. (ANI File Photo)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 01:02 PM IST

EC holds hearing to review NCP’s ‘national party’ status

“The election commission takes a review (of national status) every five years. A hearing for the same was held today,” senior NCP leader Praful Patel, who attended the hearing at EC’s Delhi office, said. Patel, however, did not elaborate on details of the hearing.

Mumbai, India - June 4, 2018: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Sharad Pawar at his resident in Mumbai, India, on Monday, June 4, 2018. (Photo by Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times) (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 12:59 AM IST
ByFaisal Malik and Deeksha Bhardwaj

No need to take back Dharavi project from Adani Group, says Fadnavis

Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the government is not going to take back the Dharavi redevelopment project from Adani Group that is allegedly in a financial stress following allegations of stock manipulation and fraud

Mumbai, India - February 22, 2023: Aerial view of Dharavi, the biggest slum, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 08:10 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Govt employees call off strike after CM assures OPS-like scheme

Mumbai: After staying on strike for six days, over 1

Mumbai, India - March 20, 2023: CM Eknath Shinde during the Maharashtra Budget Session, at Vidhan Bhavan, Nariman Point, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, March 20, 2023. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 12:52 AM IST

3 months on, not a single complaint before committee to probe inter-faith marriages in Maha

Mumbai: Earlier this month, on March 8th , women and child development minister Mangal Prabhat Lodha set off a political storm when he claimed that there were one hundred thousand cases of so-called ‘love jihad’ in Maharashtra

Navi Mumbai, India - Feb. 26, 2023:Jan Akroshk Morcha by Hindu Sakl Samaj in protest against Love and Land Jihad held at Vashi in Navi Mumbai in Navi Mumbai, India, on Sunday, February 26, 2023. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 12:44 AM IST

After Haryana and UP, Maharashtra forms commission for protection of cows

The commission named ‘Maharashtra Gau Seva Aayog’ (Maharashtra commission for Cow Services), will supervise rearing of livestock and assess which of them are unproductive and rendered unfit for milching, breeding, carrying agricultural works etc. The state government believes that the population of livestock will go up owing to beef ban

Ranchi, India - Jan. 23, 2019: :Cows at Goshala ( cow shelter) on Harmu road in Ranchi, India, on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. (Photo by Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times ) (Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 12:49 AM IST

State to conduct study to make BEST Undertaking self-sustainable

Mumbai: The road transport service provider Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) is facing one of its worst financial crises

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Published on Mar 18, 2023 12:59 AM IST

Grant Medical College doctors embezzled 5 cr; used money on foreign trips

The state medical education department conducted the investigation, which lasted four years, and found that the 11 department heads opened accounts in various banks on behalf of their departments and collected a sum of around ₹5 crore through various means such as commission from pharma companies. The money was then used by these department heads for foreign trips and procuring personal stuff, revealed the probe.

Mumbai, India - July 26, 2022: The Grant Medical College and Sir J.J. Hospital, Byculla, which opened in May 1845 and completes 177 years this year, is set to get a museum in its 40-acre campus. The Boys’ Common Room that was converted to a storage facility after the Covid-19 pandemic struck. (HT Photo) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 18, 2023 12:59 AM IST

As strike continues, united union movement weakens with withdrawals

The unions have declared that they will remain firm until their demand to reintroduce the old pension scheme is met. Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, on his part, has stated that as several unions were gradually calling off their strike, there was no need to invite union leaders for discussions.

Thane, India - March 16, 2023: The employees of Thane Mental Hospital went on strike outside the hospital on the third day of indefinite strike called by state government employees demanding implementation of old pension scheme, in Thane, India, on Thursday, March 16, 2023. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 12:20 AM IST

State asks health dept to start tracing H3N2 patients and their contacts

Shinde said that early detection and early treatment is the key to stopping its spread, thus those found infected with any type of influenza should start treatment without any delay. He also asked the people to wear face masks if they are having cough or symptoms of influenza

Bengaluru: Medical students wear a mask for protection against diseases including H3N2 and Covid virus, at a government hospital, in Bengaluru, Friday, Mar 10, 2023. (PTI Photo) (PTI03_10_2023_000268A) (PTI)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 12:18 AM IST

State declares SIT to probe Appa Pada fire

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced a special investigation team (SIT) to find out if there was any “ill-intention” behind Monday’s massive fire, which gutted nearly 2,000-3,000 hutments in Appa Pada area of Malad East

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Published on Mar 16, 2023 01:09 AM IST

Maharashtra recorded two H3N2 deaths in last seven days

Since January, 118 influenza cases (15 H3N2 and 105 H1N1 cases) have been reported, said BMC out of which 19 cases (18 H1N1, 1 H3N2) were reported in January, 46 (39 H1N1, 7 H3N2)in February and 53(46 H1N1, 7 H3N2) cases in March till date

“Guidelines are circulated to all private practitioners that if fever doesn’t subside within 24 hours then Oseltamivir shall be immediately started without waiting for results of diagnostic tests (Swab is not mandatory in such cases),” Dr Mangala Gomare, executive health officer, BMC said (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 01:08 AM IST
ByFaisal Malik and Somita Pal

Strike over OPS continues, govt starts issuing show-cause notices

The state government employees’ indefinite strike, held to demand the restoration of the old pension scheme (OPS), entered its second day on Wednesday

Thane, India - March, 15, 2023: on wednesday is the second day for this demand to implement old pension for state government employees In the Thane Collector's office, not a single employee is visible due to the strike in the department ,in Thane, in Mumbai, India, on,wednesday, March, 15, 2023. ( Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 01:08 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Indefinite strike of govt employees in Maha after 44 years

Mumbai: After 44 years, the state has witnessed another indefinite strike of government employees, with 1

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Published on Mar 15, 2023 12:53 AM IST

OPS becomes a headache for Shinde-Fadnavis govt

MUMBAI: With 1

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Published on Mar 15, 2023 12:52 AM IST

Maharashtra govt employees start indefinite strike for OPS; services affected

The strike has affected health services at government hospitals, schools and colleges the most as all the Class 3 and 4 employees, teaching and non-teaching staff have gone off duty

A protest by Maharashtra government employees in Thane on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 14, 2023 01:28 PM IST

OPS talks fail, government employees’ to start indefinite strike

Class 1 and Class 2 officers have decided not to participate, but all Class 3 and Class 4 employees, teaching and non-teaching staff in educational institutions, zilla parishads in rural areas and municipal councils in small cities will be completely off duty.

Mumbai, India - March 13, 2023: Vishwas Katkar, convenor, Steering Committee of Government Employees Unions along with other representatives from various employees unions, declare indefinite strike from midnight during a press conference, at Mumbai Press Club, Azad Maidan, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, March 13, 2023. (HT Photo) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 14, 2023 12:47 AM IST

Tax revenue arrears rise to 1.55 lakh crore, amnesty scheme announced

Mumbai: As the debt burden on the state exchequer is expected to grow to ₹ 6,49,699 crore by the end of the current fiscal year, and the revenue deficit is expected to be ₹ 16,122 crore, the tax revenue arrears of Maharashtra have increased substantially to over ₹ 1

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Published on Mar 13, 2023 12:52 AM IST

20K farmers march towards Mumbai from Nashik to seek govt intervention on pressing issues

The falling prices of late kharif season onions have led to huge losses for farmers leading to a spate of protests that erupted since the beginning of this month. Last week, the farmers from Lasalgaon, India’s biggest onion market, Pimpalgaon and Chandwad blocked the Ahmednagar-Pune highway and also demonstrated outside government offices, demanding quick government intervention

20K farmers march towards Mumbai from Nashik to seek govt intervention on pressing issues
Updated on Mar 13, 2023 12:30 AM IST

BJP clamour for law on ‘Love Jihad’ in Maharashtra assembly

: After a series of rallies across the state by Sakal Hindu Samaj, a federation of Hindutva outfits, and the setting up of an inter-faith marriage-family coordination committee, the BJP is now demanding a law against so-called ‘Love Jihad’

Navi Mumbai, India - Feb. 26, 2023:Jan Akroshk Morcha by Hindu Sakl Samaj in protest against Love and Land Jihad held at Vashi in Navi Mumbai in Navi Mumbai, India, on Sunday, February 26, 2023. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 11, 2023 12:55 AM IST

Govt plans development of Aarey Milk Colony, monetise land parcels

Mumbai: The state government on Friday announced to form a high-level committee for development of Aarey Milk Colony

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Published on Mar 11, 2023 12:44 AM IST

Memorials, monuments and shrines: State government reaches out to various communities

Mumbai: Even as the deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday clarified that the state assembly elections will not be advanced, the Maharashtra government tried to reach out to a number of castes and communities — from politically dominant Marathas to backward castes — by announcing various initiatives or schemes in the name of their deities or popular personalities

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Published on Mar 10, 2023 12:57 AM IST

Ajit Pawar alleges 500 crore scam in govt ads during Fadnavis’s tenure

Pawar sought a detailed probe and suspension of the officers with immediate effect. He said that the preliminary probe was conducted after Uddhav Thackeray led MVA government came to power in 2019. The report found blatant violations on part of eight officials including DG and the principal secretary

Pawar said that the chief secretary in his preliminary probe found the then director general (DG) DGIPR and then principal secretary, the social justice department guilty of irregularities as the approval from the chief minister was necessary for spending such a large amount of money on advertisements (Vijay Bate)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 12:50 AM IST

Limit for free hospital treatment increased to 5L; 700 free clinics soon

State finance minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that 200 new hospitals would be empanelled in the scheme, and added that the limit for kidney transplant surgery would also be increased to ₹4 lakh from the existing ₹2.5 lakh

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Published on Mar 10, 2023 12:38 AM IST
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