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Maha legislative council passes Lokayukta Bill

The Maharashtra State Legislative Council has passed the Lokayukta Bill, extending the jurisdiction of the anti-corruption ombudsman to include the chief minister and council of ministers. The bill had been delayed due to scrutiny and objections from legislators, but was reintroduced with recommendations from a joint committee. The bill received unanimous support and includes provisions from the Anti-Corruption Act. The Lokayukta will have the power to initiate a preliminary inquiry and seek permission to prosecute the chief minister if evidence is found. The bill also specifies limitations on the Lokayukta's investigations.

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Updated on Dec 16, 2023 07:50 AM IST

Govt waives increased service charges for 56 MHADA colonies in Mumbai

The Maharashtra government has decided to waive increased service charges for 56 MHADA colonies in Mumbai, amounting to ₹384 crore, to provide relief to middle-class residents.

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Updated on Dec 16, 2023 07:20 AM IST

Foreign investors prefer Maharashtra: Samant

Maharashtra remains the top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in India, attracting investments worth ₹28,868 crore in the last three months, according to Uday Samant, the state's industries minister. Samant also highlighted an anticipated investment of around ₹35,000 crore in the Raigad district. The state government is pleased with Maharashtra's robust business environment and its ability to acquire land for investment projects.

Mumbai, India - January 06, 2023: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari along with Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar and Maharashtra Industries Minister Uday Samant during the All-India Marathi Literary Conference 2023, at Worli, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, January 06, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 15, 2023 07:28 AM IST

Contracts for concretisation of roads cancelled: Uday Samant in council

Responding to queries from Shiv Sena (UBT) MLCs Sunil Shinde and Vilas Potnis during the legislative council’s question hour, Samant informed that the contractor failed to meet the specified timeframe and legal obligations, resulting in the termination of the agreement

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Updated on Dec 14, 2023 07:10 AM IST

Govt will consider concessions for Damodar Hall redevelopment: Dy CM Fadnavis

NAGPUR: The state government will consider providing special concessions for the redevelopment of Damodar Hall, an iconic Marathi theatre that also housed a school and a night college, in Mumbai’s Parel area

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Updated on Dec 14, 2023 06:54 AM IST

State committed to giving justice to govt pensioners: Ajit Pawar

NAGPUR: The Maharashtra government will take a decision on the old pension scheme (OPS) before the upcoming assembly elections, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar announced in the state legislative council on Tuesday

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Updated on Dec 13, 2023 08:00 AM IST

Social media platforms are major source for sale of drugs: Fadnavis

Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the easy availability of drugs through social media platforms, particularly Instagram, is a major factor driving the surge in narcotics supply across Maharashtra

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Updated on Dec 13, 2023 07:04 AM IST

Govt to procure onions from farmers if needed, says Fadnavis

The statement is expected to pacify onion farmers in Nashik who stopped auctions in wholesale markets in the district indefinitely on Saturday, after the centre banned onion exports till March 31 next year

Nagpur, Dec 11 (ANI): MLAs of Mahavikas Aghadi protest against the central government regarding the onion export ban in Nagpur on Monday. (ANI Photo) (Chandrakant Paddhane)
Updated on Dec 12, 2023 07:36 AM IST

Ajit says no decision on Malik yet; opposition targets BJP over another NCP leader

A day after deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis objected to the induction of NCP leader Nawab Malik in the ruling alliance in a strongly worded letter, Ajit Pawar clarified that the legislator has not yet joined his party

Ajit says no decision on Malik yet; opposition targets BJP over another NCP leader
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 08:10 AM IST

Nawab Malik picks Ajit faction; Fadnavis says he is not welcome

Former minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik made a surprise appearance on the first day of the assembly session in Nagpur on Thursday and then went on to sit on the treasury benches, ending days of speculation over his political loyalty and making his intention clear that he had chosen Ajit Pawar over Sharad Pawar

Nawab Malik picks Ajit faction; Fadnavis says he is not welcome
Updated on Dec 08, 2023 07:50 AM IST

Disha Salian case: State likely to form SIT

The state government is likely to form a special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the death of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s former manager, Disha Salian, for which ruling alliance legislators had demanded that Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Aaditya Thackeray be probed

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Updated on Dec 08, 2023 07:10 AM IST

Tiger cub dies after being hit by train in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur

Preliminary examinations indicate that the tiger cub succumbed to injuries from a collision with the train, possibly while attempting to cross the railway line

Since January this year, Maharashtra has recorded nearly 35 tiger deaths (Representative Photo)
Published on Nov 27, 2023 05:49 PM IST

BJP playing polarisation, appeasement politics: Mallikarjun Kharge

Mallikarjul Kharge also said that if the Congress comes to power, it will promptly decide to conduct a caste census in the country

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge. (File)
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 08:15 PM IST

Tadoba reserve’s tigress Maya may have died; DNA sample sent for confirmation

Maya’s last sighting was on August 23 in the Panchdhara area near Tadoba Lake, when the park was closed for two months because of monsoons

Maya (T-12), who is feared to have been killed in territorial fight, was photographed four months ago in Tadoba -Andhari Tiger Reserve (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 20, 2023 03:18 PM IST

Fadnavis: If proposed refinery is not set up in Konkan, it can be relocated to Kerala or TN

Deputy CM Fadnavis has stated that if the proposed refinery is not set up in the Konkan region, it could be relocated to coastal areas of other states like Kerala or Tamil Nadu. He also dismissed the possibility of setting up the project in Vidarbha. The refinery project, initially proposed in 2015 in the Nanar region of Ratnagiri, is facing protests and has been relocated to the Barsu region. Fadnavis emphasized the importance of the project for Maharashtra's industrial growth. He also announced that Union Home Minister Amit Shah would inaugurate a mega steel plant in Khonsari in December.

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Updated on Nov 19, 2023 06:18 AM IST

Maoists kill 32-year-old tribal in Gadchiroli, claim he was a police informer: SP

Gadchiroli SP Neelotpal said the Maoists executed Dinesh Gawde after branding him as a police informer

Accident or crime scene cordon tape, police line do not cross. It is nighttime, emergency lights of police cars flashing blue, red and white in the background (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Nov 16, 2023 03:46 PM IST

Maharashtra’s tiger zones under threat over plan to cut over 2.5 lakh trees

Bajrang’s is the 42nd tiger death in the state since January, the highest figure in the last 11 years

Maharashtra’s tiger zones under threat as state proposes to cut over 2.5 lakh trees for projects
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 01:46 PM IST

Tigress that killed 3 villagers trapped in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district

The tigress is blamed for killing three persons including a 60-year-old woman who was attacked in the Bramhapuri forest division’s south forest range

The tigress has been relocated to the wildlife transit centre in Chandrapur. (Representative Image)
Published on Nov 06, 2023 05:42 PM IST

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat asks people to remain vigilant against divisive forces

In his annual Vijaydashami speech, Bhagwat stressed voters should not yield to those aiming to sow discord and divide society

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat with singer Shankar Mahadevan. (PTI)
Published on Oct 24, 2023 10:53 AM IST

‘All safe in India, country never seen wars like Israel-Hamas’: RSS chief

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that Hinduism embodies a religion and culture that values all sects and beliefs

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. (File Photo)
Published on Oct 22, 2023 07:23 PM IST

2 women held for poisoning 5 of their family in Maha: Police

Two women, Sanghamitra Kumbhare and Rosa Ramteke, have been arrested for the serial murder of five family members in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra.

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Updated on Oct 19, 2023 07:17 PM IST

The launch of Gadkari’s biopic sparks a hundred theories

The somewhat staid and solid Nitin Gadkari, 66, union minister for roads, transport and highways is an unlikely subject for a biopic, and yet, there it is—a well-mounted cinematic ode featuring the actor Rahul Chopra playing Gadkari as the Minister Can-do in the Modi cabinet

The launch of Gadkari’s biopic sparks a hundred theories
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 08:00 AM IST

Maharashtra: Elephant, tigress found dead in forest areas of Chandrapur

Preliminary reports indicate that the elephant may have succumbed to electrocution, as it was found near agricultural land with electric fences

One person was taken into custody for questioning. (Representative file image)
Published on Oct 03, 2023 04:17 PM IST

Angry flood-hit victims corner Fadnavis in Nagpur

Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis faced backlash when he visited flood-hit victims in Nagpur. Angry citizens complained about lack of information and delayed evacuation. Four people died and hundreds were rescued. NDRF and SDRF are conducting rescue operations. Compensation will be given to affected families and damaged establishments. Nitin Gadkari and Nitin Raut also visited the affected areas.

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Updated on Sep 25, 2023 12:35 AM IST

Four killed as torrential rain pounds Nagpur

Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who represents Nagpur South-West assembly constituency, has directed the collector, the municipal commissioner, and the city police commissioner to deploy multiple teams for rescuing stranded citizens, people aware of the development said

Four killed as torrential rain pounds Nagpur
Published on Sep 24, 2023 12:48 AM IST

Maoists issue death threat against Maharashtra minister for supporting mining in Gadchiroli

Some Maoist leaflets threatening the minister were found in the Left Wing Extremism- affected Gatta area in Maharashtra’s Gadchirolii district on Tuesday

This is not the first time Dharambaba Atram has received threats from the Maoists. (Representative Image)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 05:20 PM IST

Nagpur: Complaint against Udhayanidhi Stalin, Raja, Kharge over Sanatan remarks

In his complaint, Nagpur resident Ashish Gajanan Wandile said that the remarks hurt the religious feelings of Sanatan Dharma followers

Tamil Nadu minister Udhayanidhi Stalin. (PTI)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 04:32 PM IST

Maharashtra records 33 tiger deaths this year

The 33 tiger deaths included eight cubs, four sub-adults and 21 adults- out of which five cubs were found dead last week

All the tiger deaths in Maharashtra in the last three years were reported from the Vidarbha region, which has five of the state’s six tiger reserves. (Representative Image)
Published on Sep 11, 2023 07:39 PM IST

Tiger cub rescued in Ballarpur forest range this week dies during treatment: Official

Chief conservator of forest, Chandrapur Circle Jitendra Ramgaonkar said the cub died on Saturday morning despite efforts to stabilise its condition

A Sumatran tiger cub cleans one of its parents during the annual weigh-in to document the health and condition of animals (REUTERS FILE?REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Sep 09, 2023 08:46 PM IST

Fadnavis acquitted in case related to non-disclosure of criminal cases

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has been acquitted by a Nagpur court in a case related to the alleged non-disclosure of criminal cases filed against him in his election affidavit. The court ruled that the non-disclosure was an oversight by Fadnavis' lawyer and would not have affected the election outcome. Fadnavis served as Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 2014 to 2019.

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Updated on Sep 09, 2023 12:24 AM IST
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