Free Press Journal
  • Mumbai: Development Plan 2034 likely to be unveiled by March end

    After being in pipeline for quite some time now, the Maharashtra state government is set to finally unveil Development Plan 2034 by March end. The BJP-led Maharashtra government will use Development Plan 2034 to woo voters for 2019 elections. Maharashtra Chief Minister is also likely to unveil the Development Control regulations (DCR) by the end of this month.

  • Bombay HC directs Maharashtra govt to form SAB regarding Disabilities Act

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government to take immediate steps for constituting the State Advisory Board (SAB) for effective implementation of provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. A division bench of justices N H Patil and N W Sambre directed the government to file a report by March 16 on what progress it has made on the issue.

  • Treating Loya case as a ‘cause’, SC tells petitioners

    New Delhi : Adjourning further hearing on Monday to March 5 as arguments remained inconclusive, Chief Justice Dipak Misra assured the petitioners demanding a probe into the mysterious death of Mumbai’s CBI judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya that the Supreme Court is treating the case as a “cause” and giving it the “highest amount of seriousness.”

  • Maharashtra government to launch cheap sanitary pad scheme

    Mumbai: At a time when attempts are being made to remove the taboo associated with the topic of menstrual hygiene with increased awareness, the Maharashtra government is all set to roll out its “Asmita Yojana” on the International Women’s Day next month.

  • Maharashtra PWD to change road funding pattern to get better results

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has decided to change the funding pattern of roads from “demand-based sanctioning” to “result-based approvals” so that roads that cater to more people get funds rather than the ones that see more lobbying, a senior Public Works Department official said.

  • Maharashtra government seeks Centre’s help to assist hailstorm-hit farmers

    Mumbai: The state government demanded Rs. 200 crore from the Centre to aid farmers affected by hailstorm and unseasonal rain. According to Vijay Kumar, principal secretary of Agriculture department, farmers will also get compensation from insurance companies and hence there will be less burden over state exchequer.

  • Revive 14-member supervisory committee to end child labour: Bombay High Court tells Maharashtra government

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has described the Maharashtra government’s approach as ‘insensitive’ towards child labour. The court has accordingly directed the government to consider including ‘domestic work’ in the list of ‘hazardous employment,’ which is banned under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act. A division bench of Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Justice Bharati Dangre also revived the 14-member supervisory committee, which was constituted a decade ago to oversee the issue of

  • Forensic experts put question marks on Judge Loya’s death

    New Delhi : Was Mumbai’s CBI Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya poisoned? At a time when The Supreme Court is hearing petitions for an independent probe into his mysterious death in Nagpur on December 1, 2024, a top most forensic expert has dismissed the official claim that he had died of heart attack.

  • Loya case: 4 judges’ statements “unimpeachable”, Maharashtra government tells Supreme Court

    New Delhi: The Maharashtra government today told the Supreme Court the statements of four judges, who were with special CBI judge B H Loya on the last day of his life, and had termed his death as “natural”, were “unimpeachable”. Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, had died allegedly of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014 when he had gone to attend the wedding of

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    Mumbai: Mantralaya security to be beefed up after spate of suicide bids

    Mumbai: Maharashtra government is in the process of revamping security measures at Mantralaya, after a string of suicide attempts at the state secretariat has left the government red faced. A senior Home department official said preliminary discussions over the issue has been held and a comprehensive plan is being formulated to prevent suicide attempts in future, while keeping the premises as open and accessible as before.

  • Maharashtra govt tells Bombay High Court: Have made draft guidelines for emergency organ retrieval

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court it has drawn a set of draft guidelines for emergency organ retrieval and donation even for hospitals that are not registered for organ transplant. The government said the guidelines will be ratified in about four weeks and a Government Resolution (GR) will then be issued notifying them.

  • Bombay High Court warns of action if Maharashtra govt fails to implement law protecting kids

    Mumbai: Coming down heavily on the Maharashtra government, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday said unless it does not give importance to human existence, the issue of child labour would continue to prevail in the State. The HC even warned the government of initiating prosecution against its top bureaucracy, if it failed to implement the Child Labour Act.

  • Maharashtra government to set up transgender welfare board soon

    Mumbai: The long-pending TransgenderWelfare Board (TWB) will finally see light of the day with the Maharashtra government making a provision of Rs 5 crore for welfare of the community. Minister of State for Social Justice Dilip Kamble told PTI that the Board will be set up in a month’s time. It will look after education, employment, housing, and health schemes for transgenders and protect their Constitutional and human rights.

  • Maharashtra government hire PR officers for 30 depts, Opposition slams move

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has decided to appoint temporary public relation (PR) officers for 30 departments to inform the people about its decisions and counter any “misleading” information in media, drawing flak from the opposition which called it a propaganda exercise.

  • Maharashtra farmer suicide: Discrimination in compensation for thermal Project-affected to be probed

    Mumbai: A war of words broke out between ministers of Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena in the state cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, as the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered a detailed probe into the unjust rates paid as compensation for the land acquired for thermal power project. These sparks flew during the discussion over death of Dharma Patil, a farmer from Vikharan in Dhule district was raised by Diwakar Raote,

  • Can parking proof be made mandatory before purchasing vehicle: Bombay High Court asks state government

    Mumbai: Voicing its concern over the increasing vehicular congestion in Mumbai, the Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Maharashtra government to clarify its stand on the issue. The court has asked the government to spell out if it could make it mandatory for potential vehicle users to submit a ‘parking proof’ before purchasing a four-wheeler vehicle.