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Naresh is a Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, Mumbai, since 2005. He covers the real estate sector, in addition to doing political reportage.

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Consumer forum fuels parking wars in city

In April, the Thane Additional District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission had ruled that a developer or promoter of buildings did not have the right to sell parking space

Just weeks down the line, home owners without parking slots are already writing to their housing societies asking to be allotted parking areas. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 18, 2022 12:31 AM IST

Maharashtra reports over 3k Covid cases, call for masks grows

The Maharashtra government held a meeting to review the situation earlier this week, where it was decided that the Covid outbreak will be observed further before decisions are taken on bringing back any Covid-related curb, especially since there is no spike in hospitalisations just yet.

Maharashtra recorded 3,081 new cases of Covid-19 and the test positivity rate in the state Capital, where close to 2,000 new cases were registered, leapt past the 10% mark, data released by the state government showed on Friday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 11, 2022 05:26 AM IST
ByNaresh Kamath and Pratip Acharya, Mumbai

Maharashtra’s daily Covid caseload breaches 3000-mark, Mumbai inches towards 2000

Mumbai: The daily Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra breached the 3000-mark on Friday, as the state reported 3,081 fresh infections with no fatalities

Dr Wiqar Shaikh, professor of medicine, Grant Medical College, and Sir JJ Hospital, questioned the logic of the government for not imposing the mask mandate. “Is the government waiting for cases to spread exponentially and then make masks compulsory? Questioned Dr Shaikh. (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Jun 10, 2022 11:15 PM IST
ByNaresh Kamath and Pratip Acharya

At 2,813, state sees highest single-day jump since Feb 15, city adds 1702 Covid cases

Mumbai: The city continued to add more than 1,000 Covid-19 cases for the third day in a row with 1702 infections being reported on Thursday

Thane, India - June 09, 2022: Commuters have a harrowing time getting into a crowded suburban local train at Kalwa railway station, in Thane, Mumbai, India, on Thursday, June 09, 2022. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 10, 2022 12:35 AM IST
ByNaresh Kamath and Pratip Acharya

Mumbai records 1,765 cases as Covid surges

Wednesday’s Covid tally was also the second day running that Mumbai saw more than 1,000 daily infections.

Beneficiaries receive a shot of the booster Covid vaccine at Malad, in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Published on Jun 09, 2022 12:43 AM IST
ByPratip Acharya and Naresh Kamath

Mumbai adds 1,765 Covid cases, highest single-day tally since Jan 26

BMC officials said that the number of cases has gone up due to the increase in test numbers and it is closely monitoring the situation

Mumbai adds 1,765 Covid cases, highest single-day tally since Jan 26
Published on Jun 09, 2022 12:32 AM IST
ByPratip Acharya and Naresh Kamath

Exclusion of Sewri chawls from revamp project to affect 960 families

The ambitious BDD (Bombay Development Department) chawls revamp project covering an area of 92

Image for representation HT File Photo
Published on Jun 08, 2022 12:23 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Masks not mandatory yet, says Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope

The Union government on Friday directed five states, including Maharashtra, which were reporting a rise in Covid-19 cases to take prompt steps in tracking new clusters and adhere to the Centre’s five-fold strategy of test-track-treat-vaccinate and ensure Covid-appropriate behaviour.

Maharashtra has seen a spike in cases in the past week and recorded over 1,000 cases three days in a row. (HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Jun 04, 2022 06:40 PM IST

Raj Thackeray issues open letter justifying loudspeaker issue

He said that while there were important issues like unemployment and inflation plaguing the country, the loudspeaker row was necessary to ensure ‘mental and social peace’

He further went on to claim that for the first time in independent India, an anti-loudspeaker campaign bore results as more than 92 per cent mosques in Mumbai restricted their decibel levels and complied with the timings as well (HT File)
Published on Jun 02, 2022 09:19 PM IST

Mumbai registers rise in Covid-19 cases; positivity rate jumps to 8.4%

Pushed by numbers from India’s financial capital, Maharashtra also crossed the 1,000-mark and reported 1,081 cases and zero deaths, with a positivity rate of 4.25%. On Tuesday, the state-wide TPR stood at 3.16%.

A beneficiary gets inoculated against Covid-19 at a vaccination centre, at Malad, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (Vijay Bate/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 02, 2022 07:00 AM IST
ByEeshanpriya M S and Naresh Kamath, Mumbai

46% increase in Mumbai’s Covid count in a day; TPR jumps to 8.4%

The test positivity rate (TPR) also took a jump from 6% on Tuesday to 8.4% on Wednesday, indicating a steady rise in infections

The state also crossed the 1,000-mark and reported 1,081 cases and zero deaths, with a positivity rate of 4.25% (Vijay Bate)
Published on Jun 01, 2022 10:24 PM IST
ByEeshanpriya M S and Naresh Kamath

For fourth day in a row, state reports over 500 cases

The detection of BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of the omicron strain has only sparked fears of the impending fourth wave

State surveillance officer Dr Pradeep Awate described the situation under control and ruled out the possibility of a fourth wave as of now (Sunil Ghosh)
Published on May 29, 2022 10:27 PM IST

Raj Thackeray puts Ayodhya visit on hold

Raj Thackeray’s announcement comes amid strong opposition from Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Uttar Pradesh, who had warned that Thackeray would not be allowed to enter Ayodhya till he tenders an apology for “humiliating” north Indians in the past.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Friday announced that his visit to Ayodhya scheduled on June 5 has been postponed amid strong opposition from BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 20, 2022 11:11 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Amid opposition from BJP MP, Raj Thackeray postpones Ayodhya trip

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Friday announced that his proposed visit to Ayodhya on June 5 had been postponed

Raj Thackeray addressing a public rally in Aurangabad. ANI File Photo
Updated on May 20, 2022 09:33 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Raj Thackeray to hold rally at Pune on Sunday ahead of Ayodhya visit

Mumbai: After the agitation fiasco against the use of loudspeakers at mosques and ahead of his Ayodhya visit, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray will hold a rally Sunday morning at Pune

Raj is likely to attack his cousin and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 20, 2022 12:04 AM IST

Raj Thackeray plans rally in Pune, home minister says he has to follow rules

After his campaign against loudspeakers at mosques fizzled out and his proposed visit to Ayodhya ran into controversy, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has now planned a public rally in Pune

MNS chief Raj Thackeray addressing a rally in Aurangabad. ANI File Photo
Updated on May 19, 2022 12:22 AM IST
By, Mumbai

MNS books trains and hotels for Raj Thackeray’s Ayodhya tour

Mumbai: The proposed visit to Ayodhya by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on June 5 has put the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a fix, as some party members voicing for and against Thackeray’s visit

iMumbai, India - May 04, 2022: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray interacts with the media at his Shivaji Park residence, Dadar, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, May 04, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 13, 2022 12:24 AM IST

Roadshow held in Ayodhya opposing Raj Thackeray’s visit; MNS says tour on

Addressing the gathering, the lawmaker said that said the apology was non-negotiable for Thackeray’s entry to the North heartland.

As per the schedule, Raj will leave for Ayodhya on June 4, and spend the next day visiting the proposed temple site before returning on June 6. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 11, 2022 12:35 AM IST

Govt to speed up vaccination to combat possible fourth wave

Amid the surge in fresh Covid cases, the state government said that the fourth wave may arrive in the state by the month of June-July

The active cases have now reached 1,403 with Mumbai leading with 844 cases, followed by Pune at 292 and Thane with 153. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 11, 2022 12:30 AM IST

Loudspeaker row: Raj writes to CM over crackdown on MNS workers

In his letter, Raj taunted CM and said that power is not permanent and it will come and go and his cousin will not be an exception to it

He further taunted and said that every Maharashtrian know well who is behind such a repressive action (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 10, 2022 09:53 PM IST

UP MP calls meeting of saints to stop Raj Thackeray from entering Ayodhya

Singh had last week demanded an apology from Raj for his violent campaign against north Indian migrants in 2008.

MNS leader Manoj Chavan, who is coordinating the event, said Raj Thackeray’s event will happen as per the schedule (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 09, 2022 11:44 PM IST

Weak on-ground MNS leadership, police action behind failure of loudspeaker agitation

The police department’s proactive action of asking Muslim clerics not to broadcast the morning azaan on loudspeakers and also to lower the decibel, put MNS on a backfoot

Political analysts and MNS insiders said that in addition to the little enthusiasm among people, deft handling of the situation by the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and a weak on-ground MNS organisation, seem to be the reasons behind the failure. (Praful Gangurde)
Published on May 06, 2022 10:13 PM IST

Faced with lacklustre response, MNS shifts focus to signature campaign against loudspeakers atop mosques

The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government’s crackdown on the MNS workers as well as heavy police bandobast blunted the right-wing party’s aggression

Many mosques in Malegaon removed their loudspeakers, while those in Bhiwandi toned down their volumes. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 06, 2022 12:31 AM IST

MNS campaign against loudspeakers at mosques fails to evoke response

Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray’s agitation against loudspeakers atop mosques did not evoke much response on day one even as the police took adequate precautions to prevent any attempts to create communal strife in the state

HT Image
Published on May 04, 2022 11:38 PM IST

‘Till it reaches logical conclusion’: Raj Thackeray on agitation over loudspeakers

MNS chief Raj Thackeray said use of loudspeakers to broadcast the 5am azaan was a violation of Supreme Court guidelines but added that he was against use of loudspeakers by mosques throughout the day

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray interacts with the media at his Shivaji Park residence, Dadar, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday. (HT Photo/Satish Bate/)
Updated on May 04, 2022 05:38 PM IST

Hanuman Chalisa played at some places amid row over loudspeakers at mosques

Police action and observance of the loudspeaker norms at mosques ensured the situation remained under control

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray threatened to launch an agitation from Wednesday if the public address systems were not removed from Muslim places of worship. (PTI)
Published on May 04, 2022 12:31 PM IST

Case filed against Raj Thackeray over his speech on loudspeakers

Police charged Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray withprovocation with intent to cause riot over his repeated threats to protest against loudspeakers in mosques and issued prohibitory orders to thousands of his followers.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray with his daughter at his 'Shivteerth' residence in Mumbai on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on May 04, 2022 12:30 AM IST

Raj Thackeray booked for provocative speech at Aurangabad rally

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray was booked on Tuesday for his provocative speech at a rally in Aurangabad on May 1

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI
Published on May 04, 2022 12:17 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Naresh Kamath, Mumbai

Loudspeaker ultimatum: It’s now or never, Raj urges citizens to complain

According to senior MNS functionaries, Raj said that the plan remains unchanged but workers should take prior permission of the local police to stage protests

In his statement, Raj Thackeray quoted the Supreme Court’s judgement and said that it’s time to implement the guidelines issued by the apex court (ANI)
Updated on May 03, 2022 11:14 PM IST

Raj Thackeray takes u-turn on Maha Aarti to avoid causing ‘hindrance’ on Eid

The decision holds significance as Thackeray had previously urged everyone to celebrate Akshay Tritiya with full vigour and perform Aartis.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray addresses a public rally, at Sanskrutik Mandal Maidan, in Aurangabad on Sunday. (ANI)
Published on May 02, 2022 11:48 PM IST
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