India needs a national disaster pool to protect against natural disaster risks, says SBI report

With the incidence and severity of natural disasters increasing over the years, a report called for the creation of a national disaster pool, as the country is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. India ranks third after the US and China in the number of natural disasters since 1900, with 756 natural … Read more

Maharashtra government will take legal action against Parambir Singh: Nawab Malik

Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik said on Thursday that the state government will take legal steps to ensure that the Supreme Court’s protection from arrest granted to former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh is withdrawn. Malik said that while the police will investigate the cases against Singh, the state will try to ensure that he is … Read more

Telangana, Kerala top H1 capex; UP, Maharashtra among backward: report

Telangana and Kerala lead the states’ capital expenditure charts in the first half of 2021-22, while the two biggest spenders, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, are not spending even a fifth of the budgeted amount, making total capital expenditure has decreased. A report shows that the states have a minimum of 28.4 percent in this period. … Read more

Tomato prices will continue to rise for the next 45-50 days: Crisil Research

Crisil Research says tomato prices, which have risen 142% annually in November, will continue to rise for the next 45-50 days. States like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra are the major suppliers of tomatoes during the months of October-December. However, excess rainfall in these areas (Karnataka-105%, Andhra Pradesh-40% and Maharashtra-22% more, during the period 1 … Read more

Param Bir Singh reaches Mumbai, appears before Crime Branch

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, declared a declared offender by a Mumbai court, arrived in Mumbai on Thursday to join the investigation as directed by the court, an official said. The official said that Singh had taken a flight from Chandigarh. “He has come with the order of the court to join the … Read more

13 states and union territories asked to increase the number of tests

Concerned over the fall in testing numbers and rising positives, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has written to 13 states and union territories to increase testing, especially in those districts showing positivity. Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Rajesh Bhushan has written to the health secretaries of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, West Bengal, Nagaland, … Read more

Maharashtra government announces wage hike for MSRTC employees amid strike deadlock

To end the nearly a month-long strike of MSRTC employees, Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab on Wednesday announced a wage hike. Appealing to the employees to call off the agitation, he said an average increase of Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 in basic pay would be the “highest in history” of the Maharashtra State Road … Read more

Post-Maharashtra worries create trouble for non-vaccinated

Faced with low vaccination levels, several districts in Maharashtra have resorted to forcing people to get vaccinated, from issuing orders to stop people from taking rations to threatening government employees if they don’t work. If so, they will not be paid. However, several IAS officers told ET that they are upset by these coercive orders. … Read more

Shiv Sena-led MVA alliance will be in power in Maharashtra for 25 years: Sanjay Raut

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday rejected Maharashtra BJP’s claim that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government will fall soon and the three-party ruling coalition will be in power in the state for 25 years. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with NCP president Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut hit out at the BJP … Read more

FIR lodged against Kangana Ranaut in Mumbai for ‘derogatory’ remarks against Sikhs

Police on Tuesday registered an FIR against Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut for allegedly using derogatory language against the Sikh community in a social media post. An official gave this information. The FIR was lodged at the suburban Khar police station a day after the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) filed a complaint against the … Read more