MUMBAI: Chief minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday requested the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) to postpone its decision to conduct the state service main examination in descriptive pattern instead of objective pattern to 2025.The MPSC had earlier decided to conduct the main examination with a UPSC-like descriptive pattern from 2023. Over the last few weeks, MPSC aspirants, supported by youth organisations of various parties, have held protests in Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, and Nagpur.In a letter to the MPSC, Shinde pointed out that the state services main examination is conducted based on objective questions, and the commission has decided to conduct it in the old method i.e. descriptive method. "If this decision is implemented immediately from 2023, there is a possibility of injustice to the students who are preparing for this examination and therefore the students have strongly demanded that the decision of the examination in the descriptive format be postponed till the main examination of 2025," Shinde said in his letter.The chief minister has also tweeted about his appeal to the MPSC.Officials said in the letter, the CM has also expressed belief that the MPSC will give relief to lakhs of youth in the state by taking an urgent decision on the matter."Shinde said the MPSC is working very efficiently and in the last seven-eight months, it has worked rapidly to reduce the backlog of jobs. The preparation for filling 75,000 vacancies in government jobs has been completed and the same has been planned," an official said, requesting anonymity.
Fourteen fire vehicles were pressed into action, an official said.Pune: A fire broke out at a scrap yard in Maharashtra's Pune district in the early hours of Tuesday, forcing evacuation of 19 patients from a hospital located nearby, a fire official said. No one was injured in the fire, he said.The fire broke out at around 2 am at the scrap yard of used tyres in Kasarwadi area of Pimpri Chinchwad township, the official said."As the fire was close to the Max Neuro Hospital and there were chances that it may be affected by the fire, all 19 patients were evacuated from there and shifted to a nearby hospital," said the fire brigade official from Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.Fourteen fire vehicles were pressed into action and the fire was doused by 5 am, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comNo one was injured in the fire, the official said, adding the cooling operation was underway.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The Day"Shah Rukh Khan Is Not An Actor, He's An Emotion" John Abraham
PUNE: The city's morning humidity levels have been rising over the past three days, causing instances of late night and early morning haze. On Monday morning, the levels were 90-100% in all areas, India Meteorological Department (IMD) data showed. For instance, relative humidity in Shivajinagar on Monday morning was 96%, in Pashan it was 92%, and was as high as 100% in Lohegaon, Magarpatta and Chinchwad. In Lavale, it was 91%. On January 25, relative humidity levels were much lower in these areas, between 57% and 87%.Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather forecasting division, IMD Pune, told TOI, "The comparatively high humidity levels and relatively lower minimums have resulted in formation of haze in Pune during late night and early morning hours. Relative humidity has been on the higher side in the city since the last three days, but the levels started dropping from Monday evening."Kashyapi said the humidity levels would drop further from Tuesday, causing a significant drop in minimum temperatures in the coming days as well as sunny skies, which means that there would also be a minimum chance of haze in the city from Wednesday. Haze was likely to be recorded on Tuesday also, he said."The high humidity levels were because of the increased moisture incursion over north-central Maharashtra due to a passing western disturbance over north India, and interaction of two wind regimes - northerly cold winds as well as southerly/south-easterly/south-south-easterly/easterly, which are comparatively warm ,moist winds," he said.As the moisture is expected to reduce, various parts of north-central Madhya Maharashtra (including Pune city and district) can also experience strong northerly wind flow, which will lead to a fall in night temperatures by about 3-4 degrees C in the coming time.An IMD forecast on Monday said the minimums could drop to 8-9 degrees C by February 2-3 in Shivajinagar and may lead to further reduction in relative humidity in the coming days. On Monday, the minimum temperature in Shivajinagar was on the higher side at 14.9 degrees C. It was 16.9 degrees C in Lohegaon.
PUNE: The minimum temperature in areas under the Met department's Shivajinagar observatory went up marginally to 12.2° C, which was above normal by 0.7° C on Sunday, as against the 11.3° C recorded on Saturday.The Lohegaon observatory recorded 14.9° C, which was above normal by 1.9° C. The day temperatures in the city were high, as Shivajinagar and Lohegaon observatories recorded 31.6° C and 31.1° C, which were above normal by 0.7° C and 0.1° C, respectively, Met officials said.However, India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said the night temperatures are expected to drop to single-digit figures this week.The interaction between southerly/southeasterly/south-southeasterly winds and northerly winds originating from north India had pushed the moisture levels over the state. As a result, several areas had experienced overcast conditions in the last few days, the Met officials said."From January 30 onwards, there is a possibility the interaction becomes eastward. It would result in the minimum temperature falling from January 31 onwards over the northern and central parts of the state, including Pune. The temperature is likely to fall to single digits on February 2 and 3 in some areas, including Pune," a senior Met official said.Barring Satara, where the night temperature was recorded at 12.9° C, which was above normal by 0.1°, all other weather stations, including Mahabaleshwar, recorded warmer nights in the Madhya Maharashtra region.Aurangabad was the coldest place in the state, recording 10.9° C, which was below normal by 1.7° C.
PUNE: The Yerawada police have arrested two men and detained six boys aged between 15 and 16 on the charge of rioting, following a clash between two groups of minors at Laxminagar in Yerawada around 11pm on Friday, which left three people injured and an autorickshaw damaged.The two groups of minor boys are affiliated with two local gangs of criminals, the police said, after receiving two cross-complaints of riots and assault against the members of both the groups.The police identified the injured as Abdulla Amirulla Khan (19), Sharad Pramod Ingle (27) and 17-year-old boy of Laxminagar in Yerawada. "Ingle, and his accomplice, Vivek Prakash Gawali (20), were later arrested in one of the cases," the police said. The videos of the clash between the two groups went viral on social media sites. Confirming the development, deputy commissioner of police (Zone IV) Shrikant Borate told TOI, "A majority of the detained boys are school dropouts. We had invoked provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the senior members of the two gangs in 2021. They are lodged in the Yerawada jail."According to the police, Khan and his group members had picked up arguments with the other group led by Ingle during a football match about six months ago. "The minor boys and Ingle carried a grudge against Khan and his friends since then. On Friday night, the boys assaulted Khan with choppers and wooden sticks after finding him alone. The boys also vandalized the autorickshaws parked on the road, besides throwing emplty beer bottles on the road," the police said.The police summoned the parents of minor boys, followed by a counselling session.
The ED said it has seized gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 2.72 crore. (File)New Delhi: The board of directors of the Maharashtra-based Seva Vikas Co-operative Bank, led by its former chairman Amar Mulchandani, "violated" all banking norms, deliberately sanctioned loans to shell entities and "siphoned off" funds, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) alleged on Monday.A statement of the federal agency to this effect came after the Pimpri-Chinchwad Police arrested Amar Mulchandani and five of his family members for "obstructing" an ED raid conducted against the former bank chairman on January 27 and "destruction of evidence".The ED said it has seized gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 2.72 crore, about Rs 41 lakh in cash, four high-end cars, digital devices and "incriminating" documents during the searches.The money-laundering case of the federal agency stems from an FIR lodged by the Pune Police against Vinay Aranha of the Rosary Education Group and others for an alleged loan fraud. The premises of "Vinay Aranha (of Rosary School, Pune) and Sagar Suryawanshi, who have benefitted from this scam", were also searched by the ED last week.The agency said an audit of the cooperative bank found "gross fraud and misappropriation of funds worth Rs 429.6 crore, spread across 126 NPA (non-performing asset) loan accounts"."Board of Directors, led by Amar Mulchandani, had violated all banking norms and deliberately sanctioned loans to ineligible/shell entities to siphon off the funds."Based on this audit report, additional multiple FIRs were registered against the loan beneficiaries and bank management, including Amar Mulchandani. RBI has cancelled the licence of the bank," the ED said.The agency said, on January 27, an ED team, accompanied by bank "panchas" (witnesses) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, reached Mulchandani's residence in the Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal limits, located about 150 kilometres from state capital Mumbai, and "faced stiff resistance" while entering the premises."ED team was given to understand that Amar Mulchandani was absent, and the remaining five family members lied and tried to mislead the search team.""All the family members, as part of a well-planned conspiracy, had obstructed the lawful search of ED and this time was used by Amar Mulchandani to erase his phones and destroy evidence," the agency alleged.It was subsequently found that Mulchandani was "hiding" in a room locked from inside.PTI had reported on Sunday that the ED had called a locksmith to open the lock of the room where Mulchandani was allegedly hiding.On a complaint from the ED, the local police booked all the six residents of the house -- Amar Mulchandani, Ashok Mulchandani, Manohar Mulchandani, Daya Mulchandani, Sadhna Mulchandani and Sagar Mulchandani -- under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and all of them have been arrested, the agency said.All of them are now in police custody, it added.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cancelled the co-operative bank's licence in October 2022.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe bank does not have adequate capital and earning prospects, the RBI had said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The Day"India Has A Fearless, Decisive Government Today," Says President Murmu
New Delhi/Mumbai: The Maharashtra Police has arrested a former chairman of a state-based cooperative bank and his five family members after an ED complaint they were allegedly obstructing its raids and destroying evidence, officials said Sunday.The case pertains to an Enforcement Directorate money laundering investigation, linked to alleged irregularities of about Rs 494 crore, against the former officer-bearers of the Pune-based Seva Vikas Cooperative bank including its chairman Amar Mulchandani.The agency, according to official sources, raided the premises of Mulchandani in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area (near Pune), early morning on January 27, but its team could not get into his house as "no one opened the house." The ED subsequently called in a locksmith who breached the lock, following which ED officials found at least five people inside.Official sources said the occupants of the house informed ED sleuths that Mulchandani was not there, and their statements were recorded under the sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).ED officials, after about six hours of search, found a servant room inside the premises which was locked and when its keys were sought, the occupants expressed their inability to provide them.The locksmith, as per the sources, was again summoned and after the door lock was broken, the agency found Mulchandani "hiding" inside this room.The ED filed a police complaint against all the six people alleging non-cooperation during the searches and hiding/destruction of evidence following which all of them, including two women, were arrested by the local police, they said.The agency suspects that the former chairman of the bank "erased" chats and cloud data from the two mobile phones allegedly recovered from him.About Rs 2.73 crore worth of jewellery and diamonds and Rs 40 lakh in cash were recovered from the premises, the sources said.The RBI had cancelled the licence of the bank in October, 2022.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe bank does not have adequate capital and earning prospects, the RBI had said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayOn Camera, Huge Clash At Ajmer Shrine Between Pilgrims, Officials
The minister's comment had stirred up a controversy, resulting in an ink attack on him. (File)Pune: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Chitra Wagh has compared Maharashtra cabinet minister and her senior party colleague Chandrakant Patil with social reformer Mahatma Jyotiba Phule.Wagh, who heads the state BJP women's wing, made the comments on Sunday at a programme organised here by local party leader Hemant Rasne which was also attended by Patil."We can see Savitribai (wife of Phule and pioneer of women's education in Maharashtra in the 19th century) in households, but a search is on for a Jyotiba (Phule) like Chandrakant Patil and BJP leader Hemant Rasne," she said.Notably, state Higher and Technical Education Minister Patil, who is an MLA from Pune, had kicked up a row by commenting that B R Ambedkar and Jyotiba Phule did not seek government grants for running educational institutions, but they “begged” people to gather funds for starting schools and colleges.The use of the word “begged” had stirred up a controversy, resulting in an ink attack on Patil.Meanwhile, Wagh, who had filed a complaint against social media influencer Uorfi Javed for dressing "improperly" in public, said the latter should be praised as she has started wearing full clothes.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"I never had any problem with that woman or with any religion. I had a problem with abnormality but now I think we should praise her because she is seen in full clothes now. I have received multiple photographs of her and I can see she's wearing good clothes," Wagh said responding to a query from reporters.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayShah Rukh Khan's Signature Pose And A Pathaan-Special Dance
PUNE: Registrations of new two-wheelers in Pune soared last year to reach pre-Covid levels of 2019, despite issues such as high fuel prices, rising insurance costs and impact on incomes due to the pandemic. An analysis revealed the number of registrations in 2022 was 58% more than the previous year and 68% more than 2020's figures.In fact, Pune registered the highest number of two-wheelers in Maharashtra in 2022 and accounted for nearly 16% of all new registrations in the state, officials from the RTO said."We thought the high fuel prices last year would have an impact on sales, but the numbers tell a different story," said one official.Fuel prices rose steadily between early 2021 and the middle of 2022. Now, a litre of petrol in Pune costs as much as Rs 105.91, compared to Rs 90 in January 2021. But there has been no impact on two-wheeler sales in the city, which many said only shows how weak the public transport infrastructure has become in the city. "Unlike Mumbai, Pune still has limited public transport options. So people here need their two-wheelers and have become extremely dependent on them," said deputy regional transport officer, Pune RTO, Sanjiv Bhor. Another RTO official said for thousands of daily commuters in Pune, a two-wheeler remains the most economical way to get around the city. "Cabs and autorickshaws are now just too expensive to use every day. As for the Metro, it's yet to link many parts of the city. Most buses are not on time either. So yes, public transport options are indeed few here," the official said, adding that the Covid pandemic, despite its impact on incomes, went on to trigger a surge in two-wheeler sales."Many started to avoid crowded public transport, like buses. So they went and bought themselves a bike or a scooter," the official said.Some families said they even borrowed money to buy two-wheelers. Kothrud resident Shameet Joshi said he bought two two-wheelers between 2021 and 2022. "Our salaries were hit during Covid. But commuting in Pune has become very difficult and expensive. So I bought a second-hand two-wheeler and my wife borrowed money from relatives to buy herself a new one. More than their fares, I would say trip refusals by autorickshaws and cabs is the real problem," Joshi said. Sales staff at showrooms said they're starting to see recovery."In 2019, we were selling an average of 1,000 two-wheelers every day. Last year, we sold 800-850," one salesman at a major showroom in the city said.Transport activists said at this rate, Pune's roads are only going to get more congested.Sanjay Shitole of the PMP Pravasi Manch said authorities should immediately improve the state of public transport in the city. "If buses are on time, people will use them more. It's that simple," he said.
BMC administrator Iqbal Singh Chahal is indeed a bold bureaucrat. When the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned him to record his statement in a money laundering case over allotment of a contract for a Covid centre, his colleagues in the bureaucracy believed it would be the end of his career. Members of the fourth estate floated all types of reports anticipating his arrest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act before CM Eknath Shinde left for Davos for the prestigious World Economic Forum meet and before Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the city for laying the foundation stone of projects worth Rs 50,000. It was believed that the CM would give him an insignificant assignment or send him on leave. However, neither was he shunted out nor sent on leave. In fact, all along various events, he was spotted along the CM and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Even after the ED recorded his statement, Chahal didn't escape the media. He came out of the ED office, addressed an impromptu press conference and replied to all questions raised by the media before leaving. A cabinet member said it was not a summons, and that the ED had called Chahal to secure more information on the Covid jumbo center contract awarded to a close aide of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. In the past too, Chahal was caught in a series of controversies over allotment of contracts for cement concrete roads and cost of his clothes and the watches he is wearing. On all occasions, Chahal was instant to take on his detractors in bureaucracy and politics. As of now, it appears that Chahal is firm in the saddle.An honour well deserved: For Pune collector Rajesh Deshmukh, it was a rare honour when President Draupadi Murmu felicitated him for his outstanding contribution to 'healthy and pure' electoral rolls in the district comprising four lakh sabhas, 21 assembly seats, and a total voter population of 80 lakh. Two years ago, the Election Commissioner of India had asked all state chief electoral officers to draft a comprehensive action plan for preparing a 'healthy and pure' electoral register by removing duplicate names and those of deceased persons. Soon after taking over the reins of Pune district, Deshmukh embarked on a one-point mission to purify the electoral register. He mobilized officials of two municipal corporations, 17 urban local bodies, 1,400 gram panchayats and 1,900 villages for the purpose. Deshmukh involved nearly 450 colleges in the district with an emphasis on registration of young voters, and measures were taken to end urban apathy, since in the past, the voting percentage was less than 35 per cent in certain Lok Sabha and assembly constituencies. It was the biggest exercise in the recent past, says Deshmukh. He expects better results, in terms of percentage of voting in the ensuing elections.
PUNE: Most parts of the state are likely to get cooler as a cold spell may be in store for Maharashtra from February, the latest forecast of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated.The minimum temperatures have been four to six notches higher than normal, with warm days at 30C-31C in the last few days. But another cold spell is likely for the state from around February 1, forecasting a significant fall in minimum temperatures, which could even be three to five notches below normal, an IMD official said. Maximum temperatures are also likely to be below normal in the state during the next two weeks, till February 9. Track the pollution level in your city"The interaction between southerly/ southeasterly/ south-southeasterly winds and northerly winds originating from north India are likely to push up moisture levels and minimum temperatures in the state in the coming days, with instances of light rainfall in isolated locations, including Pune," Anupam Kashyapi, head of IMD Pune's weather forecasting division, told TOI. "The wind interaction is likely to continue till January 30, after which most parts of Maharashtra are likely to come under the influence of colder winds from north India."The ongoing week, from January 27 to February 2, may not necessarily get colder. "However, the following week, from February 3 to February 9, can bring a drop in minimum temperatures in most of Maharashtra," he said, adding that the night temperatures in the current week are likely to be in the 14°C to 15°C range across the state. "The week starting from February 3 will bring below normal minimum temperatures in most of the state - the minimums are likely to be in the range of 12°C to 13°C on average."He added that in the ongoing week, the forecast showed that north and central Maharashtra, including parts of Pune, and the extreme east of Vidarbha would experience above normal temperatures by two to three degrees. But the following week will see less than normal minimums."The medium range forecast issued by IMD is indicating that from January 31 evening, minimum temperatures will slowly start dropping. Currently, minimum temperatures in Maharashtra are in the range of 15°C to 20°C. The drop that may begin from January 31 would be the first fall in minimum temperatures in the last week or so. Minimum temperatures might drop significantly to around 12°C-13°C," he said.This drop will be conspicuous by February 1 or 2, Kashyapi said. However, isolated areas of north and central Madhya Maharashtra, including Pune, would see near normal minimum temperatures during the second week. Nevertheless, nights will still be colder than current trends.As per the extended range forecast, from January 27 to February 2, maximum temperatures may be below normal by two to four degrees. "In the week that follows, maximum temperatures would be less than normal by two to three degrees. So, cooler days are also in store for the state during the next 15 days," Kashyapi said.
Thane: Police have arrested a 19-year-old man for stealing expensive motorcycles in Kalyan area of Maharashtra's Thane district and recovered 13 vehicles, an official said.The accused, Subham Bhaskar Pawar, allegedly stole the costly motorbikes to "impress" his girlfriend, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III-Kalyan) Sachin Gunjal told reporters on Wednesday.He was arrested on Monday and following his interrogation, the police recovered 13 stolen motorbikes worth Rs 16.05 lakh from various places including Latur, Solapur and Pune, the official said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe local police are carrying out further probe into the case, he added.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayNDTV Exclusive: Super 30 Founder Anand Kumar On Being Awarded The Padma Shri
A crowd gathered to witness the reverse auto race.A reverse auto rickshaw driving competition was organised in the Sangli district of Maharashtra on Tuesday. The event was held in Haripur village on the occasion of Sangameshwar Yatra, reported news agency ANI.In a video tweeted by ANI, auto-rickshaw drivers are seen racing in reverse at significant speed while looking back over their shoulders. A crowd gathered to witness the race and cheer for the participants. A person can also be heard describing the race through live commentary.#WATCH | Maharashtra: A reverse auto rickshaw driving competition was organised at Haripur village, Sangli on the occasion of Sangameshwar Yatra today. pic.twitter.com/dlkMdompnz— ANI (@ANI) January 24, 2023At the time of writing this, the video has collected over 80,000 views on the platform.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com“This is so cool!! More power to the community. Just need to be more safety for people watching,” a user wrote.This is so cool!! More power to the community. Just need to be more safety for people watching. ????— T Kumar (@DailyTej) January 25, 2023A person wondered, "Auto main reverse gear bhi hota hai? (Is there a reverse gear in an auto rickshaw?) Never saw it being used”.Auto me reverse gear bhi hota hai? ???? Never saw it being used.— Shakti ???????????? ???????????????? (@Shakt1_) January 25, 2023Another user joked, “Must add for next Olympics”.Must add for next Olympics.— siva (@SivaTheGreat) January 24, 2023A user offered a name for the competition – “Rickshaw Returns“.Rickshaw Returns......— kdb କାଳିଦା (@mrkdbhai) January 25, 2023“India is full of talent,” a comment read.India is full of talent.— Kulwant Dabas (@DabasKulwant) January 25, 2023A person said, “Formula 1 auto looks thrilling”.Formula 1 auto look thrilling— john (@Javidjohn1991) January 24, 2023“We are still living in the 1960s,” a comment read.We are still living in 1960s— TJB (@StrotamShiva) January 24, 2023Some described the event as “Awesome”.Awesome!!!— Kanishk Bhardwaj (@CampOcto) January 24, 2023“How stupid are those standing along the edge of such an uneven racing track watching a reversing three-wheeler approach them at full speed?” a user wrote.How stupid are those standing along the edge of such an uneven racing track watching a reversing three-wheeler approach them at full speed?— Subhan Shaikh ???????? (@subhansk08) January 24, 2023Last year, a bullock cart race, held at Landewadi in Ambegaon tehsil of the Pune district, saw the participation of more than 350 bullock cart owners. According to former Shiv Sena MP from Shirur, Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil, who organised the race, cart owners from Pune and neighbouring Ahmedabad district competed in the event.The cart owners raced individually on a 400-meter track and the winners were decided as per the time clocked by each cart.Click for more trending newsFeatured Video Of The DaySonu Sood Sings 'Dil Chori', Soldiers Love His Desi Swag
PUNE: An empanelled team of MahaRERA will from February visit sites where developers have declared costs higher than incurred on projects progressing at slow pace.The team will comprise experts, primarily valuers from the commissioner of income tax and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India. The inspections will start with the lapsed projects, followed by other projects with complaints.A senior Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) official on Tuesday said the team would inspect such project sites and submit reports. Following this, MahaRERA will go ahead with the necessary scrutiny, the official said."Letters of intimation will be sent to developers before such site visits. The experts will initially focus on lapsed projects, where a significant amount has been spent but very little work has been completed," the official said.MahaRERA recently decided to allow developers to apply for extension of lapsed projects without the consent of 51% homebuyers in the respective units. Homebuyers, however, feared that MahaRERA's decision would lead to further delay in completion of projects that have already missed deadlines. A project is considered "lapsed" when the developer does not adhere to the timeline mentioned at the time of registration. Once a project is declared "lapsed", the developer concerned cannot advertise for it. The state has over 4,500 lapsed projects.Another senior MahaRERA official said, "We have already empanelled the investigators for the in-person site visits. We are preparing a format for sending letters of intimation to the developers before visiting the sites. Once the format is prepared, we will send the intimation notices to real estate projects, for which the in-person visits should be done on priority."The investigators will prepare a report on the actual progress of the construction work and other related issues pertaining to a project. The report will include details such as stages of construction, target dates of completion approved by the authority and set by the developer and the investigators' opinion on their observations on possible project completion date. Most of the projects that need to be investigated are in Mumbai, MMRDA and Pune.The authority has already listed over 4,500 lapsed projects. "The entire process is to ensure that the developers complete projects on time," the MahaRERA official said.Consumers said the measures taken by MahaRERA would lead to a better monitoring system and ensure transparency in the sector."The site inspection report will throw up a true picture of the progress of a project," said Lekha Kuber, who had invested in a project that lapsed registration.Developer bodies too feel that checks for those defaulting are a must.National Real Estate Development Council (NARDECO) member and secretary Abhay Kele said, "This is a welcome move to ensure strict adherence to compliance with RERA rules. This will also ensure project completion on time. It is a win-win situation for the real estate industry."
MUMBAI: The wife of former state revenue minister Eknath Khadse, Mandakini, was granted interim bail in a money laundering case till disposal of her bail application."Having regard to the fact that accused ...is not arrested during the course of investigation, I am of the considered view that prima facie case is made out for interim bail," the court said. The case is related to a 2016 Pune land deal.
MUMBAI: Saying investments had been going away from the state in the recent past because the infrastructure had not kept up with rising business expectations, deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said it was the priority of his government to fast-track infrastructural growth and attract foreign direct investment. "Recently, Mumbai had become unaffordable due to lagging development, resulting in businesses going to cities like Hyderabad and Bengaluru," he said.Interacting with a TV channel, he said that in the coming quarter he expected the state to lead the country in attracting FDI. "During our earlier, 2015-19 regime we were unbeatable as the cumulative FDI attracted by four states was far behind us," he said.CM Eknath Shinde said the state would meet the $1 trillion FDI target to take foreign investments in the country to $5 trillion.Fadnavis said te recently inaugurated Metro lines in the city had seen one lakh people taking these every day. "The third Metro line will lead to 17 lakh commuters in a year or two. We have already expedited the Nagpur-Goa expressway via Nanded and Solapur, the Alibaug-Virar corridor, and the Pune ring road projects, which will create a cumulative value of Rs 8.5 lakh crore considering expected growth in businesses, trade and tourism," he said.
MUMBAI: President Droupadi Murmu on Tuesday appointed advocate Neela Kedar Gokhale as an additional judge of Bombay high court for two years. Gokhale, 53, is expected to be sworn in on January 30.There is still a large vacancy of close to 30 judges in the Bombay HC, which has a sanctioned judge strength of 94. There are at present 64 judges of which 38 are permanent and 26 are additional judges. The notification of Gokhale's appointment was issued on Tuesday, two weeks after the Supreme Court collegium recommended her name for Bombay HC judgeship. With roots in Pune, Gokhale had started her legal practice over 30 years ago as a first generation lawyer in a trial court.
PUNE: The city's minimum temperatures are likely to be on the higher side for at least a week, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast indicated on Thursday.Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather forecasting division in IMD Pune, said there is no immediate chances of a fall in minimum temperature in Pune for at least the next five to seven days. "The wind regime in Maharashtra is mostly southerly or south-south easterly. These winds are bringing in slight moisture from the Bay of Bengal, which may cause a rising trend in minimum temperatures in Pune," Kashyapi told TOI.He said there may not be a big change in minimum temperatures during the current 72 hours in Pune but a rising trend may be seen thereafter."Till January 22, we may see sunny skies mostly, followed by mainly clear skies. But thereafter, clouding is likely to increase in parts of Maharashtra, including Pune, because of the interaction of southerly winds as well as northerly winds. While the southerly winds come from the Bay of Bengal through southern peninsula and are warm and moist in nature, in contrast, the northerly winds will come from colder regions of north and central India and will be cold in nature," he said.The interaction between these winds will start gradually from the evening of January 23, increase from the evening of January 24, and may continue till around January 26-27. The interaction will take place over areas of south central India and north Maharashtra. "This will result in significant clouding in parts of Maharashtra, especially areas of Vidarbha, north Madhya Maharashtra and north Marathwada. Thus, while minimum temperatures are likely to be on the higher side during the next few days, maximum temperatures are likely to reduce till January 28 in the city," Kashyapi said.
Mahindra & Mahindra on Thursday said the Maharashtra government has approved its proposal to set up a Rs 10,000-crore electric vehicle plant in Pune under the state's industrial promotion scheme for EVs. The two sides signed an agreement to this effect at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, M&M Ltd said in a statement. The company, through its subsidiary, will make this investment over a period of 7-8 years for setting up the manufacturing facility, development and production of its upcoming Born Electric Vehicles (BEVs), M&M Ltd said. Based on the INGLO EV Platform, these models will include the e-SUVs under the iconic brand XUV with the Twin Peak logo in copper and the all-new electric-only brand called 'BE'. Some of these BEVs were showcased last August in Oxfordshire, UK. The company has received this approval from the Maharashtra government for setting up its EV manufacturing plant in Pune, and investing in what has been its 'home' state for over 70 years, said Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director for auto and farm sector at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. "The government's focus on 'ease-of-doing-business' and progressive policies, together with Mahindra's investment, will act as a catalyst for Maharashtra to become India's EV hub, attracting further Indian and foreign direct investment," he added.
Two persons were killed in the accident, the official said. (Representational)Mumbai: Two persons were killed and 30 others received injuries when a bus overturned in Maharashtra's Sindhudurg district today, police said.The accident took place at around 5.30 am when the bus driver lost control over the wheels while negotiating a sharp turn near the Gad river bridge in Kankavli, located 480 km from the state capital Mumbai, an official said.The luxury bus carrying 36 passengers was going from Pune to Goa, he said.Two persons were killed in the accident, the official said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAll the injured persons were rushed to the civil hospital in Kankavli for treatment, he said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayWatch: Mamata Banerjee Plays Drums In Meghalaya
LATUR: As many as 53 passengers were injured when the bus in which they were travelling in overturned in Latur district of Maharashtra on Tuesday morning. The mishap occurred near Borgaon Kale village at around 8.30am when the bus belonging to the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) was heading towards Pune from Nilanga via Latur, head constable Ratan Shaikh said. The bus was on a narrow bridge when its driver lost control over the wheels while trying to a collission with hitting another vehicle coming from the opposite side. As a result, the bus overturned, he said. Some villagers present at the spot immediately dialed '108' emergency medical service number. All the injured passengers were taken to a rural hospital in Murud for treatment. Later, 16 of them rushed to a government hospital in Latur for further treatment, the official said.(With inputs from PTI)
PUNE: Some people broke into the office of the Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education's distance learning polytechnic institute in Model Colony sometime between December 28 last year and January 16 this year and stole examination forms, merit lists, and other documents and articles totally worth Rs6,000. Institute official Mohammed Shahid Afjal Ahmed Usmani filed a complaint with the Chatushrungi police on Tuesday. Educational documents such as merit lists, examination forms, scholarship documents and affiliation certificates for the period between 2017 and 2019 were stolen from a record room in the students' hostel, police said. The police are trying to ascertain the identity of those responsible with the help of CCTV camera footage.
PUNE: Developers across Maharashtra are increasingly opting for e-registration of first-sale units from their respective offices. The number of such developers has gone up to 170 this month from 129 in December 2022. The response to the system, which spares developers and homes buyers from visiting the sub-registrars' offices to get properties registered, is growing not only in Pune, Mumbai and Thane, but also in districts such as Nagpur, Amravati, Akola, Sangli, Solapur and Kolhapur, deputy inspector general of registration (IT) Deepak Sonawane said."Our target is to ensure that at least 25-30% of the first-sale registrations are carried out from the developers' offices," he told TOI, adding that of the average 15,000 first-sale units registered with the department, 3,000 would be done at the developers' offices.He said the department has created awareness regarding the e-registration process and trained the developers on the process. Six dedicated officers have been appointed to promote and speed up the e-registration scheme that was initiated in October 2021. A property registration official said 170 developers were currently using the software from their offices and have registered nearly 8,500 units. Credai-Pune vice-president Ranjit Naiknavare told TOI that the e-registration facility was working without any hassle. "We hope that all our members in Pune will opt for the process in the next three to six months," he said. Pune-CREDAI (metro) has 450 regular membersAdvocate Amitabh Mehta, who has helped citizens with the e-registration process, said, "The system saves time of property buyers as they are not required to visit the registration offices."
PUNE: Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has finally started monitoring execution of recovery warrant orders issued against developers found at fault. This comes in the wake of several complaints by consumers related to the tardy execution of the recovery warrant orders. A MahaRERA official on Wednesday said the initiative would start with 27 pending recovery warrant orders, worth Rs 6.77 crore, from Raigad. The orders would be executed on Friday through auctioning of the properties by the Panvel tehsil office to reimburse the homebuyers. MahaRERA has set up a dedicated system to monitor the recovery warrant orders pending with 13 district collectorates, including Pune. The official said a "focussed approach" would be adopted to ensure early execution of the recovery warrant orders in all the districts. "Of the 74 recovery warrants issued by MahaRERA in Raigad, 27 will be executed by the collectorate officials. After Raigad, the system will be rolled out in all the districts," the official said.Statistics available on the MahaRERA website revealed that 884 recovery warrant orders from 13 districts have been issued against 351 projects till December last year with a recovery amount of Rs 543.84 crore. The maximum recoveries and listed projects are from Pune, Mumbai, Thane, and the Raigad collectorates (see graphic). Collectorate officials from Pune and Mumbai said though they had started executing the recovery orders, there was hardly any action in the past two years due to Covid. Recovery warrants are issued under Section 40(1) of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act against the errant developers under Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act. The warrants are forwarded to the collectors for attachment of properties and recovery of dues.MahaRERA's decision to monitor execution of the recovery warrant orders has come as a relief for several aggrieved homebuyers. A senior citizen from Pune, who has been waiting for almost three years for the execution of the recovery warrant order worth over Rs 50 lakh issued in his favour, said. "If the authorities monitor the execution process, it will be of much help. We are tired of the visits to the collector's office."Maharashtra Society Welfare Association chairperson Ramesh Prabhu said the collectors have to initiate the process, forward the recovery warrant orders to the tehsildars and ensure their execution at the earliest. "If MahaRERA has started the process to monitor execution of the orders, it will help several aggrieved homebuyers get their amount back," he said.The Bombay high court recently issued contempt notices against Mumbai suburban district administration officials for not abiding by its earlier orders of executing recovery warrants against promoters for a project in Malad (West).
PUNE: The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety will inspect tracks till Civil Court interchange station next month. Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) officials on Wednesday said most works had reached their last stage on the Garware College to Civil Court as well as Phugewadi to Civil Court Metro lines. It will take one-and-a-half months to finish the remaining work. The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) will be inspecting the tracks, stations and facilities for commuters. The lines will open for commuters only after clearance from the CMRS. Brijesh Dixit, managing director, MahaMetro, said, "We have expedited works of all stations till Civil Court. The planned work at this Metro station, where two lines are meeting, is 95% done. It is a unique station as commuters here can switch between two Metro lines. The station is located around 31 metres underground, and will have 18 escalators and eight lifts for seamless movement." Civil Court station will also have a parking lot for cars, bikes and bicycles and space for a Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus terminus, besides pick-up and drop-off points for aggregators and autorickshaws. There will five entry-exit points, and a subway connecting Civil Court to station premises. MahaMetro officials said there is a plan to provide a foot over bridge (FOB) to connect Civil Court station to the Metro's third line from Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar as well.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) Wednesday announced the dates for the by-polls to Kasba Peth and Chinchwad Assembly constituencies in Maharashtra. The seats had fallen vacant after the deaths of the sitting MLAs. Both the seats had BJP MLAs –Mukta Tilak in Kasba Peth and Laxman Jagtap in Chinchwad.As per the schedule announced by the ECI, the polling for the seats will take place on February 27. The results will be announced on March 2.Along with the bye-election in Kasba Peth and Chinchwad, the ECI announced by-polls for one parliamentary constituency in Lakshadweep and one Assembly constituency each in Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal. The last date for filing of nomination is February 7 and for the withdrawal of nomination is February 10. BJP Kasba Peth MLA Tilak, who was a former Pune mayor, succumbed to cancer on December 22.Jagtap died after a protracted illness at a private hospital in Baner on January 3. He was 59. Speculations are rife on ticket allotment by the BJP. Opposition parties are reportedly keen on seeing if the BJP fields family members of the deceased leaders or allots tickets to others. In the case of Kasba Peth constituency, MVA allies Shiv Sena (UBT), NCP, and the Congress are said to be keen on fighting the bypolls if the BJP fields a candidate from outside the Tilak family.
Both retail and wholesale egg prices have firmed up in Pune as lower supply hits the market. Lower production at the farm end and hoarding at the traders’ end are the reasons despite the cost of production remaining more or less static on a year-on-year basis, according to market sources.As per the National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), the price of 100 eggs in Pune for January is Rs 568.83. This translates into Rs 5.68/egg and Rs 68.12 per dozen for wholesale. In the retail market, a dozen eggs is now trading at Rs 80 with a single egg costing Rs 7. Last January, 100 eggs cost Rs 497.29 and a dozen for wholesale Rs 60. In the retail market, a dozen cost Rs 65-70.While it is not unusual for egg prices to increase in the winter, this year the price rise was a tad bit on the higher side. Layer or egg-laying birds have a different cycle than the broiler or birds raised only for their meat. Layer birds start laying eggs after they reach five months of age and continue doing so for the next seven to ten months. On average, a layer bird lays around 330 eggs during its entire lifecycle after which a younger bird replaces it.A city like Pune on average consumes 30 lakh eggs per day, which increases during the winter months. After an unusually warm December, January temperatures have fallen leading to increased demand for eggs. However, the industry, Prasanna Pedgaonkar, general manager of the Pune-headquartered poultry giant Venkateshwara Hatcheries (Venky’s) said, has kept production around 10-15 per cent on the lower side.This is because of the past two years of a bad experience when during the winter months the demand had dipped due to the emergence of the Delta-triggered Covid-19 wave in 2021 and bird flu in 2022. “Thus, most farmers reduced their flock size which has affected production,” he said.A temporary shortage due to traders controlling the supply has also contributed to the situation.
Three Pune ultramarathoners, sports shop owner and blueBrigade running club founder Ajay Desai, merchant navy officer and film producer Prashant Pethe, and trekker and fitness coach Shyamal Mondal, began a run on Wednesday to create awareness about diabetes. The runners plan to run a distance of 338 km individually and aim to finish the run in 72 hours.Shiksha Education Society’s Innovera school in Loni will be their base and the runners will run in a loop of 25 km towards Ramdara temple and back – a route used for the annual Pune Ultra Marathon.Desai, who has diabetes and suffers from hypertension, said he set up blueBrigade in 2015 to impart the knowledge he gained by controlling his ailments just by running. From just 10 people when it began, the blueBrigade running club now has over 600 members and functions at eight different locations in Pune.While Yusuf Devaswala, an architect, and Satej Kalyani, a software engineer, will run 161 km each in support of the three main runners, other runners from blueBrigade will also run and support them, Desai said.The main objective of this run is to “create awareness about diabetes – the real pandemic” and to raise donations for Nityaasha Foundation, which works with underprivileged children with Type 1 diabetes, Desai added.Several celebrities from the Marathi film industry are supporting the run, helping it reach a wider audience.Training with blueBrigade is free of cost. In December 2021, six blueBrigade runners ran from Pune to Kolhapur, a distance of 220 km, and raised around Rs 2.5 lakh for Nityaasha Foundation.