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Govt may seek fresh report on quotas for Maratha community

The Maharashtra government is likely to ask for a fresh report on the issue of reservation to the Maratha community from the newly constituted Maharashtra State Commission for Backward Classes (MSCBC) to strengthen its claim in court. The government may soon request the court to allow it to refer the case back to the MSCBC. […]

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Incentives for slum revamp: Maharashtra government mulls high FSI for more cheap homes

Looking to tap slum redevelopment projects to create affordable housing, the Maharashtra government plans to increase the construction limit for slum redevelopment projects that are on plots spanning more than an acre. The state urban development department on Friday issued a draft notification to increase Floor Space Index (FSI) given for large slum redevelopment projects […]

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Taxi, auto unions face losses in Mumbai, but still demand fare hike

Taxi and autorickshaw unions have demanded fare hikes again, even as they have rapidly lost business to app-based taxis in the past year. The demand was raised when the four-member panel led by former IAS officer BC Khatua, tasked with reviewing the fare revision formula put in place by the Hakim panel, called the unions […]

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Mumbai gets 2.39 lakh new voters just before civic polls

The city registered an additional 2.39 lakh voters during a massive drive undertaken in September-October last year. This increased the total number of voters in the city to 91,80,635, with the highest number of voters, 3.45 lakh, from the Chandivli assembly constituency in the western suburbs. The revised electoral roll was announced by the Election […]

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Brush strokes and recitals: Pune Biennale hits the right note

Classical dancers emerge from the audience and step into a frame on stage, posing as art by Raja Ravi Varma.In its third year, the Pune Biennale has really come into its own. Identity and Self is the theme of this edition of the Pune Biennale (January 5 – 29). And it’s been explored and expressed […]

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I came to pick Om Puri up, but had to pick up his body: Ashoke Pandit

“I went to pick him up as we had a meeting scheduled at the American Embassy for a musical show in the US. I didn’t know I would have had to pick up his body,” said film-maker and social activist Ashoke Pandit, after veteran actor Om Puri, 66, passed away at his Oshiwara residence on […]

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Royal China restaurant at Bandra’s Turner Road demolished

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) demolished a restaurant, Royal China, in Bandra West on Friday. The civic body demolished almost the entire structure, saying it had encroached upon an open space. The restaurant had earlier got a stay from the Bombay high court, which was recently lifted. The H-West ward then undertook the demolition of […]

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CBSE likely to postpone Class 12 Board exams by a week due to polls

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning to postpone Class 12 board exams to March second week owing to the upcoming assembly polls in five states, sources said. CBSE is likely to announce the schedule early next week. “We will ensure there is no delay in releasing the results and students will get […]

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Women’s entry in Sabarimala temple: Won’t break tradition, says shrine board

In the backdrop of woman activist Trupti Desai’s plan to enter the famous hill shrine of Lord Ayappa at Sabarimala, Travancore Devaswom Board said on it would not break with tradition and customs in allowing entry to women in the age group of 10-50 into the shrine. “Nobody will be allowed to break the custom […]

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Aircel-Maxis scam: SC threatens to block Aircel’s earnings from 2G spectrum

The Supreme Court on Friday threatened to block Aircel’s earnings from 2G spectrum allocated to it unless the telecom company’s owner and officials appear before a trial court hearing an alleged bribery case. The apex court also restrained transfer and sale of shares by Aircel, potentially delaying its proposed merger with the Anil Ambani-led Reliance […]

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