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  • Spice Jet may have operated a demonstration seaplane flight in city on 09dec, but there's still a long way to go before this mode of transport turns popular in the country.
  • For one, there is plethora of work to do and hurdles to cross. Among them are formulating regulations on water-to-air transport, deciding whether seaplane operations will come under the shipping and water resources ministry or the civil aviation ministry, developing manpower and infrastructure to train pilots for these amphibious aircraft, having seaplane maintenance and repair organizations, identifying markets and studying the viability of such operations.
  • But on 9dec, after SpiceJet and Japan's Setouchi Holdings secured dozens of permissions from different government bodies to carry out a demonstration to showcase the seaplane to stakeholders, media and government officials, they ran into another hurdle poor weather.
  • The demonstration flight, operated by the ten-seater Kodiak Quest 1000 seaplane, was to land in the shallow waters near Girgaum Chowpatty around 1.30pm.
  • But poor visibility forced the pilot to stay put at the Mumbai airport till about 3pm, leaving minister of shipping and water resources, river development Nitin Gadkari; minister of civil aviation Ashok Gajapati Raju, SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh, and other officials waiting for 90 minutes before the seaplane landed around 3.10pm.

  • Two young men from the city will receive awards for conserving and improving the understanding of wildlife from the Sanctuary Nature Foundation on 8 dec night.
  • Hailing from the western suburbs, both Shashank Dalvi (34) and Nikit Surve (25) grew up exploring the wilderness of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). While both went on to become wildlife biologists, Dalvi was captivated by the diversity of birds in the country and Surve followed the trail of SGNP's urban leopards.
  • While collecting data on the elevational distribution of birds in Himalayas, Shashank Dalvi was the first to spot a bird new to science. He was part of the team that described the bird in 2016.
  • Acknowledging the legacy of the venerable 'Birdman of India' Dr Salim Ali, Dalvi named it Zoothera salimalii. Now commonly known as the Himalayan Forest Thrush, the bird is only the fourth new avifauna species to be described from India since independence.
  • In 2012, Dalvi was a member of the team that discovered and documented the mass massacre of Amur Falcons in Nagaland. "About 12000-14000 birds were killed per day.
  • The most difficult thing I have done in my life is filming the massacre of these birds," he said. His documentation of the killings led to one of the most successful conservation movements in the country led by local conservationist Bano Haralu. "Since 2013, not a single Amur Falcon has been killed in that landscape," he said.

  • The Bombay High Court 6 Dec upheld the validity of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA).
  • A bench of Justices Naresh Patil and Rajesh Ketkar pronounced its judgement on a bunch of petitions filed by by real estate developers and individual plot owners, all challenging the constitutional validity of the Act that was brought into effect earlier this year.
  • The Act, among other things, mandates that all developers register themselves under a common regulatory authority.
  • It also allows buyers to claim compensation for delay in possession, and envisages cancellation of a developer's registration in case the developer fails to complete the project within stipulated deadline.
  • The petitions claimed that the Act, and the constitution of a state-level authority for its implementation, were arbitrary, and therefore unconstitutional.
  • The bench, headed by Justice Patil, however, allowed a significant leeway for developers in 6 dec judgement by permitting the state-level RERA authority and the Appellate Tribunal to consider delays on a case-to-case basis, and not to cancel projects or developers' registration in cases where the delay was caused due to "exceptional and compelling circumstances."
  • Most of the developers had challenged a provision of 'force majeure or a natural disaster', where any extension beyond a year for completion of project would have led to penalties.
  • The Centre and the state had vehemently defended the Act, and justified the strict provisions by arguing that the same were meant to protect buyers, and to rein in rogue developers.

  • At least four lakh state government employees will be laid off if the government decides to implement its May 2017 Government Resolution to cut the workforce by 30%, said G D Kulthe, chief advisor, Maharashtra State Gazetted Officers Mahasangh.
  • In May this year, the state finance department to streamline staff and increase efficiency by using Information Technology. The GR has directed all departments to prepare a masterplan and reduce the staff strength by at least 30%. The cut is being insisted upon to reduce the financial burden on account of implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission.
  • Kulthe said there are 19 lakh state government employees spread across the state. However, for the last three years nearly two lakh posts have been vacant bringing down the workforce to 17 lakh.
  • "The government has brought into force Acts like the Right to Information and Right to Services but there aren't enough people to deliver services," he said.
  • "While the government promised to implement the Seventh Pay Commission by January 2016, it is yet to do so," he said.

  • The Indian Meteorological Department's (IMD) Mumbai observatory issued a rain and thundershower warning for the city and suburbs beginning 4 Dec night owing to the cyclonic storm Ockhi. They said that the situation would persist on Tuesday as well. Some parts of city started witnessing drizzle from Monday evening itself.
  • Maharashtara government also announced holiday for schools in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurga, Ratnagiri, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts due to the adverse weather
  • Weather officials also said that squally wind speed reaching 50-60 km per hour and gusting to 70 km per hour was very likely along coastal areas. Ajay Kumar, scientist from IMD Mumbai, said, "The severe cyclonic storm 'Ockhi' is 670 kms south west of Mumbai and likely to move north-eastwards. It will form a deep depression on Tuesday night near Surat area.
  • Mumbai is expected to get rains along with gusty winds. We have issued a warning to fishermen not to venture into the sea." The current weather condition has led minimum temperatures in the city to go up from almost 18 degrees last week to 23-25 degrees this week.
  • On 4 Dec the minimum temperature recorded by IMD Colaba observatory was 25 degree Celsius and Santacruz observatory was 23 degree Celsius, both around three degrees above normal. Apart from Ockhi there is also a low pressure area developing in the Bay of Bengal, said weather officials. However the same may not have much of an effect in the city.

  • A group researchers from Mumbai and Raigad recently discovered a new jumping spider with impressive hunting skills. The spider that belongs to Hasariinitribe was spotted in in Ratnagiri. It was found capturing a tadpole beneath a waterfall and dragging it away.
  • "For the first time in these parts it has been observed that a spider has hunted a tadpole whose size was slightly bigger than itself.
  • Our team witnessed it near Kumbharli ghat in Chiplun in Ratnagiri in the monsoon,"said arachnologist (expert in spiders), Javed Ahmed, the lead researcher of the team.
  • He said the team duly recorded it and presented a paper which has been published in the international scientific journal 'Peckhamia'. The discovery has been acknowledged by the world renowned authority on jumping spiders, Dr David E Hill.
  • The other researchers in Ahmed's team were naturalist Rajashree Khalap, wildlife photographer and naturalist Sumukha JN, environmentalist and surgeon Dr Krishna Mohan, and botanist Sagar Satpute, who photographed the spider preying on the tadpole.
  • The spider, despite rapid streams of water washing over the cliff when it was discovered, managed to drag away the tadpole to one of the many patches of mud dotting the cliff face.

  • November 30, marks the centenary of the one rupee note. The government had stopped printing India's smallest banknote in 1994 but resumed it on public demand in 2015.
  • The little blue bill is cherished during auspicious rituals when people present Rs 11, Rs 51 or Rs 101 as token payment.
  • This is the only paper currency that bears the signature of the finance secretary not the RBI governor, for it belongs to the Republic of India, not the apex bank.Perhaps that is why the RBI has not planned any commemorative function on 30 Nov.
  • "Our one rupee was initially minted as a silver coin. But silver became expensive during World War I so people began to melt these coins and convert them into bars and bricks to sell for profit. As a result, the government issued a banknote," said Sushilkumar Agrawal, CEO, mintageworld.com, an online numismatic museum.
  • Agrawal will hand out a memento card bearing a picture of the original banknote and the latest 2017 coin to members at the upcoming National Philatelic Exhibition at World Trade Centre from November 30 to December 4.
  • Over the past century, the one rupee note has undergone 28 design changes. Auctioneer Girish Veera of Oswal Auctions said, "The 1917 banknote is still available with collectors and dealers, and fetches Rs 12,000-13,000 on average. The denomination is not in common circulation and is seldom handed out by banks so it is best to hold on to it if you have one."
  • The Government of India issued currency notes for the first time in 1861.The one rupee note, which was issued as a promissory note on November 30, 1917, was printed in England. It depicted asilver coin image of King George V on the left corner. The words 'I promise to pay the bearer the sum of One Rupee on demand at any office of issue' were embossed upon it.
  • Until 1970, this note was also used as currency in Persian and Gulf countries such as Dubai, Bahrain, Muscat and Oman. The Portuguese and French were so impressed by ours that they also issued their own one rupee note.

  • Private hospitals have contributed to over 94% of Mumbai Region's cadaver donations this year, while public hospitals, including the busiest tertiary centres, facilitated merely three out of 53 donations. As the year draws to a close, the dominance of the private sector in organ donation and transplant has once again come to the fore.
  • Data from the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) shows that Navi Mumbai's Apollo Hospital that became fully functional only a year ago topped the list with seven donations. It was followed by Fortis Hospital in Mulund and Jupiter in Thane, which carried out six and five donations.
  • The 53 donations in all facilitated 151 organ transplants, including 38 heart surgeries. The contribution from the public sector was miniscule despite the staterun JJ Hospital charting history by making two donations in its 172 years of existence.
  • The third donation came from the civic-run Sion Hospital. Parel's KEM and Mumbai Central's BYL Nair, which treat a mammoth volume of patients, failed to donate a single cadaver.
  • "When it comes to organ donation, public hospitals have remained a weak link across the country, not just in Mumbai," said Dr Jagdish Prasad, director general of health services (DGHS), Union health ministry. "What we need is major commitment from state governments to invest in manpower and infrastructure."

  • Using technology to reduce response time to distress calls to 5-8 minutes from the current 10-15 minutes, Mumbai Police have equipped patrol vans with tablets.
  • So, now when the control room receives a distress call, it immediately tracks the patrol van closest to the spot via GPS and sends the information on the tablet. After reaching the spot, policemen also use the tablet to click photographs and videos to use as evidence.
  • "Currently, patrol vans in south Mumbai have been equipped with tablets as a pilot project. Once successful here, tablets can be given to vans across all police stations," an IPS officer said. In Delhi, police patrol vans are equipped with tablets.
  • Police on patrol duty attend to situations which may or may not culminate in an FIR being registered. For instance, a marital squabble, an argument between neighbours, or a complaint about drug addicts frequenting an area. Policemen often mediate in disputes and counsel the people involved.
  • "There are times when allegations are levelled at patrolling personnel for having a biased attitude towards one of the parties. A videorecording of the goings-on would make things clear when senior officers take a review," said a cop.
  • Also, in some instances, false information about an incident or morphed photographs are uploaded on social media which could lead to a law and order problem. Here, photographs shot by the patrolling team using the tablet could be banked upon as authentic.
  • There have, however, been some teething problems. The tablet logs out in areas where there is poor network and the personnel aboard the van have to be alerted to move to another area. This could delay response time. "We are working towards ironing out the glitches. Traditional wireless sets can be used to communicate with the patrol van team if the tablets can't connect temporarily," suggested a police officer.

  • The Maharashtra government is planning to launch a website on medical tourism in the state and provide necessary information about treatments and costs to foreign patients.
  • The website, which is expected to serve as a single window for information, is likely to be functional in a month's time, said a statement issued by state health minister Dr Deepak Sawant on 25Nov.
  • The portal will provide details of various services related to medical tourism as well as other important information, like the administrative procedures to be followed for procuring visa and the documents required.
  • The representatives from private and charitable hospitals were earlier invited by the health department for a discussion regarding the portal, said the statement.?The need to develop standard operating protocols was felt when Egyptian woman Eman Ahmed, who weighed around 500 kgs, left Mumbai's Saifee Hospital in May this year amid a row, after receiving free treatment for 83 days.
  • Noting that exaggerated expectations can sometimes give rise to misunderstandings, Sawant said the aim of the portal is to give a realistic picture to patients about the hospitals, facilities, expenditure, duration of treatment, visa and cost.
  • The government also plans to set up kiosks at the international airport to ease travel and logistics for those visiting the state for medical tourism, he said.

  • Taking a non-sympathetic view of organ trade, the state's public health department has asked the police to book a city-based donor-recipient duo for their involvement in an international kidney racket that spanned from Ahmedabad to Cairo.
  • The recipient, a 54-year-old Malad-based affluent businessman, and the donor, a 29-year-old driver from Taloja, now face charges for breach of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994 (THOA).
  • The name of Pankaj Rao, a car dealer in Malad, cropped up during investigation in the racket covering nine Indian states and Nile Badrawi Hospital in Cairo, for allegedly buying a kidney from driver Yaseer Ahmed Basha from Taloja in Navi Mumbai.
  • After studying the case details, the directorate of health services (DHS) has asked Sahar police to file an FIR and book Rao and Basha under sections 18 and 19 of the Act. Agents running the racket, too, have been booked under the same sections in addition to the Indian Penal Code.
  • "The Act defines anybody indulging in the business of organ trade as serious offender. We have also written to the Centre underlining the need for better scrutiny as it involves other states, including Punjab, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh," a state official told TOI. If proved guilty, the accused can face a jail term of up to 10 years and a penalty of up to Rs 25 lakh.
  • The investigation has so far led to six donors and six recipients, including the daughter of the mayor of Phagwara.In a statement to the police, Rao's brother Manoj (48), a stockbroker, has said his brother has been a diabetes patient for the past 30 years.
  • The need for a transplant arose in the last two years as the health complications multiplied. He told cops that Rao's 27-year-old son was a diabetic and his 53-year-old wife too weak to qualify as donors. Interestingly, a state official said the family never enlisted for a cadaveric organ, which is usually the first step.

  • In the works for a while, the state has finally got a 'gender budget cell' which will monitor implementation of welfare schemes for women and kids and also ensure benefits of gender-neutral schemes reach women in equal measure.
  • Sudhir Mungantiwar, minister for finance and planning, on 20 Nov announced setting up of the cell. He said the cell would work toward better coordination and implementation of various schemes, especially of the Women and Child Development and education departments.
  • He also instructed all departments to form inter-departmental panels to assess schemes and look into budgetary allocation as well as implementation so that there were no gender inequalities.
  • There was some confusion over who would be responsible for the gender budget cell with both the planning and finance departments passing the buck to each other. But it has finally been decided that the finance department will bear the onus in line with the policy followed by other states, said an official.
  • The new cell will not only coordinate between departments and ensure effective impleme-ntation of schemes, but also evaluate schemes and work toward improving their outcome.
  • Pankaja Munde, minister for women and child development, who was present at the meeting at Sahyadri guest house, said not only should result-monitoring be done, but actual spending of allocation on various schemes should also be taken into account with focus on the concept of 'innovative spending'.

  • A Hyperloop route between Navi Mumbai and Pune airports may make travel possible between the twin cities in 14 minutes and at 1/10th the cost of airfare, said Maharashtra government on 16 Nov.
  • Currently, a road journey between Mumbai and Pune takes around 3 hours. The state has signed an agreement with US-based Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) to "assess the possibilities of developing the transportation system" in Maharashtra in the presence of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
  • The company based in California is working on commercializing Hyperloop (see graphic) to move passengers and cargo at high speed at a fraction of the cost of air travel.
  • "The 100km line between Navi Mumbai and Pune will cost around Rs 26,000 crore, which is lower than the cost of an underground Metro," said Nick Earle, senior vice president of VHO's global field operations.
  • "A Hyperloop line is built on columns or tunneled underground. There is negligible land acquisition for the project," added Earle.
  • The per km cost comes to Rs 260 crore, which is close to that of an elevated Metro line. Expenditure per kilometre on building an underground Metro corridor is around Rs 750 crore.
  • "A Hyperloop route requires high-density traffic to become viable. Mumbai and Pune have the potential to become an optimal route," said Fadnavis.

  • The Maharashtra government unveiled a plan on 16 Nov. to kick off its ambitious bid to become a plastic-free state from March next year.
  • "There are six states in the country that have achieved plastic-free status and we are going to send a team to study their model and table a proposal to the cabinet for consideration," said environment minister Ramdas Kadam.
  • The government would like to start the ban on packaged water bottles from Mantralaya and other government offices to create a role model before extending it to private offices.
  • "We should start from home (Mantralaya) and when we can implement it here, we can ask the others to follow," said a senior official. Currently, offices of bureaucrats and ministers at Mantralaya serve water to guests in PET bottles, every meeting has packaged water bottles on tables, and thousands of visitors go in and out carrying plastic bottles.
  • "We are rolling out the issue in advance to give traders and consumers time to accept the issue and make necessary changes," said an official.
  • The government will hold consultations with beverage manufacturers and industrial leaders in the next few weeks. It will urge them to look at environment-friendly options, like using compostable plastic.

  • A 7-year-old from Dadar was among the 16 children who were conferred with the National Child Awards 2017 on November 14 at the hands of the Ram Nath Kovind, president of India.
  • Jaisal Shah, a chess enthusiast has won several tournaments in the past two years and was the only one from Maharashtra to win the award this year.
  • The awards are given to celebrate the exceptional achievements of children and to individuals and institutions who work for child welfare on the occasion of Children's Day. Jaisal, along with 14 others from across the country received the silver medal, cash prize of Rs 10,000 and a certificate at a ceremony in New Delhi.
  • A class II student, Jaisal picked up the passion for chess by watching videos of Vishwanath Anand's games. "He stumbled upon some posters and videos of chess champions. He continued to watch many more videos and started to practice the games.
  • When we realized his keen interest in the game, we enrolled him for a chess class and he started participating in various tournaments," said his mother Kinjal Shah.
  • It was during one such tournament in July that state government officials saw Jaisal play and nominated him for the award. "We thought Jaisal was being interviewed for some media coverage but in fact it they considered him for the award.
  • He is not even among the top chess players in the state but they identified his talent," said Kinjal. Recently, the little one also was the captain of the interschool team chess championship

  • Three south Mumbai properties belonging to fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim were auctioned for Rs 11.58 crore on 14 Nov, according to an official involved in the process.
  • The properties were put on auction by the ministry of finance, under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) Act.
  • The three properties are Hotel Raunaq Afroz, also known as Delhi Zaika, Shabnam Guest House and six rooms in Damarwala building.
  • The Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust was the highest bidder for the three properties, the official said.
  • While the Raunaq Afroz hotel attracted a bid of Rs 4.53 crore, Shabnam Guest House got a bid of Rs 3.52 crore and the rooms in the Damarwala building went for Rs 3.53 crore, he said

  • In a move that will disrupt the pricing of tur dal in the retail market, the state government will be selling it at Rs 55 per kg in the markets, as against the current retail price of Rs 90-110 per kg
  • Saddled with 25 lakh quintal tur that it had procured from farmers earlier this year to curb falling prices due to a record production, the government will start milling it into dal form and package it in one kg and five kg packets and give it to traders at Rs 50 per kg with an MRP of Rs 55 per kg printed on the pack.
  • The state government will also introduce tur dal in the public distribution system (PDS) and will make it available in ration shops. Even a person without the below poverty line ration card can purchase the dal, said officials from the marketing department.
  • However, this move will incur the state government a cumulative loss of nearly Rs 360 crore as one kg tur dal costs the government Rs 75 per kg; this includes cost of purchasing tur, maintenance, storage, milling, packaging and transportation.
  • "There will be a loss of Rs 25 per kg," said an official. Once milled, 18 lakh quintals of tur dal will be produced as only 70% dal is generated from one kg of whole tur.

  • The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has received 50 proposals for new undergraduate (UG) health science colleges and 12 for postgraduate (PG) colleges in different faculties. In addition to this, 18 existing UG health science colleges and six existing PG colleges have submitted proposals to increase their intake capacity.
  • If all the proposals received by the health university are accepted, the state will get at least 62 new colleges and 450 additional seats in different courses by the 2018-19 academic year.
  • This development could be termed as an outcome of the university's initiative this year to invite proposals for opening new medical colle-ges, PG courses and increase intake capacity for UG and PG courses in existing colleges.
  • Maharashtra needs more health institutes as it has a very poor doctor-population ratio of 1:481, according to the five-year 'Perspective Plan for 2016-21' of MUHS. The state is deficient by 2,08,842 doctors to achieve the standard ratio of 1 doctor for 250 patients.
  • MUHS registrar K D Chavan told TOI on Friday that the 50 applications for new colleges came from educational trusts across the state. "These include two applications for new medical (MBBS) colleges, two dental, six ayurveda, four homoeopathy and three nursing colleges.
  • The MUHS planning board will scrutinise these applications and forward them to the Management Council soon," said Chavan. "Apart from this, two applications each have been received for new PG medical (MD/MS), PG ayurdveda and M Sc nursing colleges. Interestingly, five applications are for MBA (health care) course."

  • Gynaecologists and pediatricians willing to work in some of the state's remotest areas may soon pocket a monthly remuneration of nearly Rs2 lakh. Hit by an acute shortage of specialists, the state has floated a scheme to hire 500 doctors, who would not just earn a base salary of Rs50,000 to a lakh but get additional payment for each case examined or treated.
  • The public health department this week released advertisements to recruit gynaecologists, pediatricians and anesthetists for 65 centres, including rural, sub-district and district hospitals, in 15 districts. The doctors would have to run outpatient clinics, take ward rounds and be available for emergency calls during duty hours six days a week. Some can opt to offer emergency services only.
  • This scheme is not linked to the mandatory rural stint of doctors, which is separate.
  • The regions where the scheme would be rolled out have been divided into three grades (A, B and C) depending on the proportion of remoteness and difficulty in delivering services.
  • A gynaecologist willing to join a centre in a district under grade A will be given a base salary of Rs70,000 while those joining grade B and C centres would come under the slab of Rs60,000 and Rs50,000 respectively.
  • For pediatricians, the base salary is Rs1 lakh in a grade A centre, Rs85,000 in grade B and Rs75,000 in a grade C centre. Anesthetists would be paid Rs4,000 per case, irrespective of the surgery being a major or minor one.

  • The Maharashtra government has moved a step closer towards a major labour reform which will make it easier for factories in the state to shut down or lay off workers.
  • A cabinet sub-committee has cleared reforms to the Industrial Disputes Act 1947, which will allow 96% of the industrial units in the state to close down and retrench workers without seeking government permission.
  • Currently, factories with less than 100 workers do not need government permission for closures and layoffs. In line with the reforms already in place in BJP-ruled Rajasthan, the sub-committee has suggested amending the law to extend the waiver to factories with less than 300 workers.
  • The proposal to amend the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 is expected to be tabled in the state cabinet next week. If cleared by, it will have to be passed by the state legislature. Since it is a central law, the amendment will also need to be approved by the President.
  • Maharashtra has 37,234 factories employing 25.16 lakh workers. Currently, 87% of these factories employ less than 100 workers and hence do not need government permissions for closures or lay-offs.If the amendment goes through, 3,426 factories employing 5.84 lakh workers will be added to the exempted category. In all, the waiver will then apply to 96.2% of factories

  • In a move that is likely to boost milk production in the state, the Maharashtra government is in the process of adopting `sexed or sorted semen,' a breeding technology which increases the chances of a cow producing a female calf.
  • The technology, which was originally developed in the West, is now commonly used in many countries, among them the United States, to produce more cows than bulls.
  • It uses biotechnology to sort sperms that have the X-chromosome (that produces a female) from those that have the Y-chromosome (that produces a male). A cow is then inseminated using the Xchromosome-bearing sperms to increase the chances of giving birth to a female offspring.
  • Officials said that the technology has a 90 per cent accuracy rate.According to state officials, the chief idea behind adopting this technology is to increase milk production, given that Maharashtra's per capita availability of milk is 237 grams per day as against the national average of 337 grams. Gujarat, for example, has a per capita availability of 545 grams.
  • The diary business in the state is also being pushed as a supplementary profit-making activity.

  • Help will be a phone call away for faculty facing any issues during assessment. The Mumbai University will not only have their officers, but a technical team of eight people from the service provider, MeritTrac, will also be available on call during the winter exam assessment work.
  • The help desk will ensure faculty grievances are promptly addressed and no teacher is made to wait for technical glitches that may crop up. The first level of help may be available in the explainer video.
  • "When a faculty logs in for the first time, heshe will have to go through a manda tory training of eight minutes via this video. Only after watching it will the first answer script load in the system," said acting V-C Devanand Shinde.
  • In-charge exam head Arjun Ghatule said, "There could be other problems the video may not address and even our university officials may not be able to solve them.Hence, this team will be available on call throughout the assessment process."
  • In the summer exam, faculty members had complained they had spent days waiting for grievances to be addressed and that added to delay in processing results. Data from the university also shows that 3,900 faculty members never participated in the assessment. This time, adatabase of 14,000 assessors has been drawn up and letters have gone to their college principals.

  • The organs of a 51-year-old Amravati resident, that was flown to the city on 2 Nov, gave a new lease of life to three Mumbaikars.
  • The donor, a property broker, had consumed poison and subsequently suffered cardiac arrest. After being initially treated in a public hospital, he was moved to Sankalp Chaudhari Hospital and Dialysis Centre in Amravati that was granted a special one-time permission by the Directorate of Health Services to retrieve organs.
  • Nephrologist Dr Avinash Chaudhari said that the patient's brain stem function too was affected. He was declared brain dead following which his family members consented to donate his liver, kidneys and cornea.
  • The organs were retrieved by liver transplant surgeon Dr Gaurav Chaubal of Jupiter Hospital. The liver was transplanted into a 56-year-old recipient while the kidney was given to a 34-year-old at Jupiter.
  • The other kidney was transplanted into a patient in Hinduja Hospital.

  • The government's move to direct the Army to construct new foot-over bridges at the Elphinstone Road and other train stations in Mumbai has not gone down well in certain quarters of the country's defence establishment.
  • Several serving and retired officers were of the opinion that politicians were "increasingly misusing and politicising" the 13-lakh strong Army, whether it be to build bridges, clean waste left behind by tourists in high-altitude areas or act as the first responders - instead of the police - in law and order situations.
  • The Army is meant to guard the long unresolved borders with China and Pakistan as well as undertake counter-terrorism operations in "highly disturbed areas" like Jammu and Kashmir and the north-east.

  • In a decision that could have a chilling effect on workers' unions, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) issued a circular on Monday deducting 36 days' salary of nearly 90,000 employees, including 68,000 state bus drivers and conductors, as "punitive action" for a four-day strike during Diwali.
  • The public transport utility plans to implement the 36-day salary cut in six instalments with the first four days' pay cut to be enforced this month. The remaining 32 days' salaries will be deducted in the next six months, senior officials said.
  • More than 15,000 state buses were off the road and lakhs of commuters were inconvenienced due to the strike between October 17 and 20. MSRTC claimed it incurred losses of about Rs 125 crore.
  • The employees were demanding implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission. People across the state faced considerable hardship travelling to their hometowns during the festive season.
  • The Bombay high court had subsequently termed the strike as "illegal" and ordered the employees to return to work following which the strike was called off on October 20.
  • A senior management official said: "The MSRTC board is headed by the state transport minister and it had passed a resolution in 2005 empowering the management to deduct up to eight days of employees' salaries for every single day of strike. We are just exercising these powers."

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Ministers of Cabinet

  1. Shree Devendra Fadnavis: Chief Minister, Home Affairs, General Administration, Urban Development, Law & Judiciary, Tourism, Information and Public Relations, Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare, Revenue, Rehabilitation & Relief Works, Earthquake Rehabilitation, Minorities Development and Wakf, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries and State Excise
  2. Shree Sudhir Mungantiwar: Finance & Planning and Forests
  3. Shree Vinod Tawde: School Education, Sports & Youth Welfare, Higher & Technical Education,Medical Education, Marathi Language, Cultural Affairs
  4. Shree Prakash Mehta: Housing, Mining and Labor
  5. Shree Chandrakant Patil: Co-operation, Marketing and Textiles and Public works (excluding public undertakings)
  6. Smt. Pankaja Munde: Rural Development,Water Conservation,Employment Guarantee Scheme and Women and Child Development
  7. Shree Vishnu Savara: Tribal development
  8. Shree Girish Bapat: Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Food and Drugs Administration and Parliamentary Affairs
  9. Shree Girish Mahajan: Water Resources
  10. Shree Diwakar Raote: Transport
  11. Shree Subhash Desai: Industries, Ports, Employment & Self-Employment
  12. Shree Ramdas Kadam: Environment
  13. Shree Eknath Shinde: Public Works (including Public Undertakings)
  14. Shree Chandrashekhar Krishnarao Bawankule: Energy, New and Renewable Energy
  15. Shree Babanrao Lonikar: Water Supply and Sanitation
  16. Dr. Deepak Sawant: Public Health and Family Welfare
  17. Shree Rajkumar Sudamji Badole: Social Justice and Special Assistance

Minister of State

  1. Shree Dilip Kamble: Social Justice and Special Assistance
  2. Smt. Vidya Thakur: Women and Child Development, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Food and Drugs Administration
  3. Shree Ram Shankar Shinde: Home (Rural), Marketing, Public Health and Tourism
  4. Shree Vijay Sidramappa Deshmukh:Public Works (Public Undertakings), Transport, Labour and Textiles
  5. Shree Sanjay Dulichand Rathod: Revenue
  6. Shree Dadaji Dagadu Bhuse:Co-operation
  7. Shree Vijaybapu Shivtare:Water Resources and Water Conservation
  8. Shree Deepak Vasant Kesarkar:Finance, Rural Development
  9. Shree Ambrishrao Raje Satyavanrao Atram:Tribal Development
  10. Shree Ravindra Dattaram Waikar:Housing, Higher and Technical Education
  11. Dr. Ranjit Patil:Home (Urban), Urban Development, General Administration, Law and Judiciary and Parliamentary Affairs
  12. Shree Pravin Pote: Industries and Mining, Environment, Public Works (excluding public undertaking)

महाराष्ट्र राज्य मंत्रीमंडळ

कॅबिनेट मंत्री

  1. श्री.देवेंद्र फडणवीस (मुख्यमंत्री): सामान्य प्रशासन,नगर विकास,गृह विधी व न्याय,बंदरे,पर्यटन,माहिती व जनसंपर्क, माजी सैनिकांचे कल्याण,राजशिष्टाचार,कौशल्य विकास आणि अद्योज्क्ता, महसूल,पुनर्वसन व मदत कार्य,भूकंप पुनर्वसन,अल्पसंख्यांक,विकास आणि वक्फ,कृषी आणि फलोत्पादन,पशुसंवर्धन,दुग्ध व्यवसाय विकास व मत्स्यव्यवसाय,राज्य उत्पादन शुल्क आणि इत्यर कोणत्याही मंत्र्यांना विवक्षितपणे नेमून न दिलेले विभाग किंवा विषय
  2. श्री.सुधीर मुनगंटीवार: वित्त आणि नियोजन वने
  3. श्री.विनोद तावडे: शालेय शिक्षण,क्रीडा आणि युवक कल्याण,उच्च व तंत्र शिक्षण,वैद्यकीय शिक्षण,मराठी भाषा,सांस्कृतिक कार्य
  4. श्री प्रकाश महेता: गृहनिर्माण,खनिकर्म कामगार
  5. श्री चंद्रकांत पाटील: सहकार,पणन आणि वस्त्रोद्योग, सार्वजनिक बांधकाम (सार्वजनिक उपक्रम वगळून)
  6. श्रीमती पंकजा मुंडे: ग्रामविकास आणि जल संधारण,रोजगार हमी योजना,महिला व बाल विकास
  7. श्री.विष्णू सवरा: आदिवासी विकास
  8. श्री.गिरिष बापट: अन्न व नागरी पुरवठा आणि ग्राहक संरक्षण,अन्न आणि औषध प्रशासन,संसदीय कार्य
  9. श्री. गिरिष महाजन: जलसंपदा,खर जमीन
  10. श्री. दिवाकर रावते: परिवहन
  11. श्री. सुभाष देसाई: उद्योग
  12. श्री.रामदास कदम: पर्यावरण
  13. श्री.एकनाथ शिंदे: सार्वजनिक बांधकाम (सार्वजनिक उपक्रम)
  14. श्री.चंद्र्शेखर बावनकुळे: उर्जा,नवीन व नवीकणीय ऊर्जा
  15. श्री.बबनराव लोणीकर: पाणी पुरवठा आणि स्वच्छता
  16. डॉ.दिपक सावंत: सार्वजनिक आरोग्य आणि कुटुंब कल्याण
  17. श्री. राजकुमार बडोले: सामाजिक न्याय आणि विशेष सहाय्य

राज्यमंत्री

  1. श्री. दिलीप कांबळे: सामाजिक न्याय आणि विशेष सहाय्य,मदत व पुनर्वसन,भूकंप पुनर्वसन,अल्पसंख्याक विकास व वफ्क आणि राज्य उत्पादन शुल्क
  2. श्रीमती विद्या ठाकूर: महिला व बाल विकास,अन्न व नागरी पुरवठा आणि ग्राहक संरक्षण,अन्न आणि औषधी प्रशासन
  3. प्रा.राम शिंदे: गृह (ग्रामीण),पणन,सार्वजनिक आरोग्य,पर्यटन,कृषी आणि फलोत्पादन
  4. श्री.विजय देशमुख:सार्वजनिक बांधकाम (सार्वजनिक उपक्रम) परिवहन, कामगार,वस्त्रोद्योग, पशुसंवर्धन,दुग्धव्यवसाय विकास आणि मत्स्यव्यवसाय
  5. श्री.संजय राठोड: महसूल
  6. श्री.दादाजी भुसे:सहकार
  7. श्री.विजय शिवतारे:जलसंपदा,जलसंधारण,संसदीय कार्य
  8. श्री.दिपक केसरकर:वित्त,ग्राम विकास, नियोजन
  9. श्री.राजे अम्ब्रीशराब आत्राम:आदिवासी विकास
  10. श्री.रविंद्र वायकर:गृहनिर्माण,उच्च आणि तंत्रशिक्षण
  11. डॉ. रणजीत पाटील:गृह (शहरे),नगरविकास,सामान्य प्रशासन, विधी आणि न्याय विभाग,संसदीय कार्य,कौशल्य विकास आणि उद्योजकता,बंदरे आणि माजी सैनिकांचे कल्याण
  12. श्री.प्रविण पोटे-पाटील: उद्योग आणि खनिकर्म,पर्यावरण,सार्वजनिक बांधकाम (सार्वजनिक उपक्रम वगळून)
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