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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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Maharashtra crosses 100 million milestone in its Covid-19 vaccine drive

Maharashtra, which started the vaccination drive on January 16, has inoculated 68.02 million or 74.38% of the targetted beneficiaries.

As Maharashtra crossed the 100 million milestone, Dr Rahul Pandit, Director-critical care, Fortis Hospitals and member, National Covid-19 task force, cautioned against lowering its guard down. (HT photo/Vijay Bate)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 06:56 PM IST

Majority of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra reported in urban areas

During the peak of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic on April 18, when daily cases totalled 68,631, 27 municipal corporations accounted for 52.47 % of the total number of infections in the state, at 36,017

A person taks a Covid-19 vaccine jab in Mumbai. A majority of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra were reported in urban areas. (HT photo)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 09:33 AM IST

68% of new cases in Maharashtra are from 27 municipal corporations

Meanwhile 13 districts and 8 municipal corporations in Maharashtra, including Malegaon, Nandurbar, Hingoli, Parbhani, Nanded, Yavatmal, Buldhana and Washim recorded zero deaths on Monday

A healthcare worker collects swab samples for Covid-19 test of passengers at Kurla ST Bus Depot in Mumbai, on Monday. Most of the cases in Maharashtra have been recorded from Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli and Pune Chinchwad Municipal Corporations. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 08, 2021 10:32 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Maharashtra continues to see decline in Covid-19 cases over the past week

On Sunday, Maharashtra recorded 892 new Covid-19 cases and 16 new deaths. The state’s tally has touched 6,617,654 infections and 140,388 deaths. Mumbai recorded 252 new cases and three new fatalities

Covid-19 vaccination underway in Mumbai, India. Maharashtra is seeing a steady fall in coronavirus cases as well as testing. (HT photo/File)
Updated on Nov 08, 2021 10:00 AM IST
ByNaresh Kamath and Jyoti Shelar

Central agencies and prisons in the country have been privatised: Shiv Sena

The statement comes in the backdrop of the arrest of former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh and the action by the central agencies against leaders from the state’s ruling coalition

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, in his weekly column ‘Rokthok’ in party mouthpiece Saamana, said that the central agencies are being effectively misused to hassle the opponents. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Nov 07, 2021 07:07 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Public Plaza to come up at Kalanagar flyover in Bandra; fountains, light art sculpture, seatings on cards

A Public Plaza is all set to be constructed under the recently inaugurated Kalanagar flyover in Bandra. The plaza is a part of the initiative undertaken by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)

State environment minister Aaditya Thackeray on Wednesday performed the bhumipoojan for the Public Plaza, to be constructed under the recently inaugurated Kalanagar flyover in Bandra.
Published on Nov 03, 2021 10:34 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Maharashtra CM sets 100% inoculation target for first dose by November 30

CM Uddhav Thackeray took a review of the vaccination coverage in Maharashtra, ahead of his inoculation review meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday

While Mumbai, Pune, Bhandara and Sindhudurg lead the vaccination drive in Maharashtra with the percentage of first dose inoculation ranging between 89% and 99%, districts such as Nandurbar, Akola, Beed, Buldhana and Amravati way behind, with 51-55% coverage for the first dose. (HT FILE)
Published on Nov 02, 2021 10:54 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Covid-19 pandemic: Maharashtra records lowest single-day cases in over a year

The state has also reported a drop in the positivity rate. In May, the test positivity rate was over 10%. The test positivity rate on Monday was 0.94%. Authorities said the fewer cases on Mondays are because lesser people are tested over weekends

A health worker collects swab sample of a resident for a Covid-19 test in Mumbai. Maharashtra recorded under 1,000 daily cases after a week as 809 infections were reported on Monday, the lowest single-day caseload since May 2, 2020. (PTI/File)
Published on Nov 02, 2021 02:04 PM IST

Premier Marathi library in Mumbai grapples with multiple problems

Besides the shoddy leaky premises, depletion of members, political interference, paucity of funds, underpaid staff and infighting have resulted in the premier Marathi library losing out the spotlight

One of the major problems for library is the pittance funding it receives from the Mumbai civic body – the richest civic corporation in India – and well as the state government. (HT File)
Published on Oct 31, 2021 12:45 AM IST
By, Mumbai

MMR accounts for half of daily Covid caseload and active cases of state

Maharashtra on Friday recorded 1,338 Covid-19 cases with 36 deaths taking its tally to 6,609,292 and toll to 140,170. Around 638 or 47.68% of the new cases were from MMR

With the comparatively high number of daily caseload, Mumbai outnumbered Pune to lead in the number of Covid-19 active cases. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 29, 2021 10:08 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Covid-19 pandemic: Maharashtra’s active cases drop further

Maharashtra’s surveillance officer Pradeep Awate said the reduction in the number of cases showed that the Covid-19 pandemic was under control

Maharashtra on Thursday recorded 1,418 Covid-19 cases and 36 deaths. Mumbai reported 324 cases and six deaths, taking the toll to 16,235.
Published on Oct 29, 2021 08:52 AM IST

Active Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra dip to 18,748

Maharashtra’s count of active Covid-19 cases on Thursday dropped to 18,748, down from the 19,480 on Wednesday and 22,981 on Tuesday.

Maharashtra’s count of active Covid-19 cases on Thursday dropped to 18,748, down from the 19,480 on Wednesday and 22,981 on Tuesday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 28, 2021 10:58 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Covid-19: Weekly positivity rate in Maharashtra down to 1.45%

There are currently 19,480 active Covid cases across Maharashtra, of which Mumbai tops with 4,993, followed by Pune (3,984) and Thane (3,451)

Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 1,485 Covid-19 cases and 38 infection related deaths. (HT Photo/Representatives)
Updated on Oct 28, 2021 09:07 AM IST

Maharashtra sees 1,485 new Covid cases, 38 deaths; weekly positivity rate 1.45%

There are currently 19,480 active Covid patients across Maharashtra, of which Mumbai tops with 4,993 patients, followed by Pune with 3,984 and Thane with 3,451 active patients

A beneficiary gets inoculated against Covid-19 at Bharatratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Municipal General Hospital, Kandivali. Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 1,485 new cases with 38 deaths. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 27, 2021 10:01 PM IST
By, Mumbai

No fresh Covid-19 cases in nine of Maharashtra’s 36 districts

A health expert said Covid cases in Maharashtra have reduced in rural areas as they have lot of space, making social distancing possible. He added that opening of trains as well as theatres and amusement parks was likely to result in a minor surge in the number of Covid cases in the state

On Monday, Maharashtra reported 889 new Covid-19 cases, which was the lowest in the last 511 days. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 27, 2021 08:43 AM IST

Covid-19: Maharashtra reports lowest single-day cases in over a year

The state of Maharashtra on Monday recorded under 900 Covid-19 cases - marking its lowest 24-hour coronavirus caseload in 511 days. A total of 841 Covid infections were reported on May 5 in 2020

A healthcare worker checks temperatures of passengers arriving from outstation trains in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The state reported a welcome dip in the number of Covid-19 cases on Tuesday. (Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 26, 2021 09:43 AM IST

Maharashtra records 889 new Covid-19 infections

Maharashtra on Monday recorded 889 Covid-19 cases, its lowest single-day caseload in 511 days (841 infections were reported on May 5)

Maharashtra on Monday recorded 889 Covid-19 cases, its lowest single-day caseload in 511 days (841 infections were reported on May 5. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 25, 2021 11:30 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Maharashtra’s death toll breaches 140k mark, amid dip in Covid fatalities

The first wave which started on March 9, 2020, and went up to February 9, saw 2,048,802 cases and 51,360 deaths

Although fewer deaths and new cases have been reported in the past 24 days of October, the fatality rate has been high at 1.86%.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Oct 25, 2021 10:17 AM IST

Maharashtra’s Covid toll crosses 140,000 mark

Even as Covid-19 deaths are on steady decline, Maharashtra’s death toll breached the 140,000 mark, with its tally touching 140,016 on Sunday. Maharashtra on Sunday recorded 1,410 Covid-19 new cases and 18 deaths.

The first wave which started on March 9, 2020 and went up to February 9 saw 2,048,802 cases and 51,360 deaths. Against it, the second wave which still continues has logged 88,656 deaths. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 24, 2021 10:24 PM IST
By, Mumbai

‘Demand drop, verdicts, politics led to fall of ‘community-specific’ housing projects’

In the past 3 decades, many Mumbai builders started selling apartments only to restricted communities as this would fetch a huge premium for their housing projects

The community-specific housing projects mushroomed at Parel, Lalbaug, Ghatkopar, Goregaon, Mulund, Vile Parle, Malabar Hill, Byculla, Mazagaon and Borivli. (HT FILE)
Published on Oct 24, 2021 07:22 PM IST

Shiv Sena rues ‘attempts’ to malign Savarkar, BJP accuses it of hypocrisy

Sanjay Raut said that during the freedom struggle Savarkar was a hero but after independence, consistent attempts were made to malign him

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said it was a conspiracy to focus only on Savarkar’s clemency petitions while overlooking his contribution in the freedom struggle and the long time he spent in prison for it. (PTI Photo)
Published on Oct 24, 2021 04:18 PM IST

NCP chief Sharad Pawar-led panel contests election to retain control of 123-yr-old library

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar is contesting the election for the post of president in the library, while former vice-chancellor of Mumbai University Dr Bhalchandra Mungekar for the post vice president for the library which has 28 branches in the city

A panel led by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar is contesting election for the control of a library - Mumbai Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya (MMGS). (PTI)
Published on Oct 23, 2021 08:19 PM IST
By, Mumbai

SRA can work out four steps to restart stalled slum projects in Mumbai: State

There are about 225-250 SRA schemes in Mumbai which are currently languishing due to various factors like monetary issues, lack of consent from the slum dwellers as well as compliance issues

The meeting headed by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray asked the SRA to take stringent methods to ensure that the stalled slum projects in Mumbai get rolling (Representational picture)
Updated on Oct 20, 2021 09:35 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Maharashtra govt extends restaurant timings till midnight, shops till 11pm

Hotels and restaurant associations in Maharashtra welcomed the relaxation in timings of operation but said they wanted restoration of the operation hours before the coronavirus period

Maharashtra government notification said shorter duration of operation for shops and restaurants was likely to result into more crowds during festival season. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 20, 2021 09:04 AM IST

Maharashtra sees 4th straight day of fewer than 2,000 Covid-19 cases

In view of the decline in Covid-19 cases, the Maharashtra government has extended the timings of restaurants and eateries till 12am, while shops have been allowed to function till 11pm from Tuesday onwards. In addition, all preparations are being made for colleges, which are slated to open from Wednesday

In view of the decline in Covid-19 cases, the Maharashtra government has extended the timings of restaurants and eateries till 12am, while shops have been allowed to function till 11pm from Tuesday onwards (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 19, 2021 10:01 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Raj Thackeray gets into Hindutva mode, meets Hindu seers from UP

In the backdrop of the municipal elections scheduled next year, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has gotten into Hindutva mode. On Monday, Hindu seers from Uttar Pradesh met MNS chief Raj Thackeray at his residence seeking his support for establishing a Hindu nation.

The two seers from Uttar Pradesh who go by the name of Guru Ma Kanchan Giriji and Jagatguru Suryacharaji met Raj Thackeray for an hour after criticising Chief Minister and his estranged cousin Uddhav Thackeray for abandoning Hindutva. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 18, 2021 09:29 PM IST
By, Mumbai

We practise our Hinduism at home, practise nationalism once we step out: Maharashtra CM

Uddhav Thackeray said the greatest threat to Hindus is from ‘neo-Hindus’, and for the Shiv Sena nationalism was the biggest religion

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said that, unlike others, the Shiv Sena’s brand of Hinduism is well known. (ANI)
Published on Oct 16, 2021 09:41 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Maharashtra sees 2,149 new Covid-19 cases, 29 deaths

Maharashtra on Friday recorded 2,149 new Covid-19 cases and 29 deaths, while Mumbai saw 480 cases with five deaths

A beneficiary being vaccinated at CR Wadia Hospital in Thane, Mumbai. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 10:59 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Active Covid-19 cases drop below 30,000 in Maharashtra

As an indication of a decline in the Covid-19 cases, the active infections in Maharashtra have now dipped to below 30,000

On Thursday, the state recorded 29,560 active cases. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 09:10 AM IST

Active Covid cases in Maharashtra dip below 30,000; minor students can take trains

The state has also removed the 200-attendees’ cap for closed halls and has allowed 50% attendees of the total seating capacity

Those who are not allowed to take a vaccine due to their medical condition, will be allowed on trains, provided they have a certificate on their condition from a recognised doctor. (HT FILE)
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 11:39 PM IST
By, Mumbai
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