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  • Maharashtra’s mangrove cover has grown by as much as 37% or 82 sq km since the last national survey in 2015. Of that, more than half (47 sq km) has been added in the Mumbai suburbs, Thane and Navi Mumbai alone.
  • Mangrove cover in the state grew to 304 sq km in 2017 from 222 sq km in 2015, says the State of Forest Report 2017 released on 12 feb by the Forest Survey of India. Thane, including Navi Mumbai, has seen the highest increase within Maharashtra at 31 sq km, followed by Raigad (29 sq km) and Mumbai (16 sq km).
  • Maharashtra’s 82 sq km rise in mangrove cover is the highest growth for a state in India in the last two years. Across India, mangrove cover has increased by 181 sq km since 2015 and now stands at 4,921 sq km. After Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh has seen a growth of 37 sq km, Gujarat 33 sq km, Odisha 12 sq km and West Bengal 8 sq km.
  • In all, Maharashtra now has 5% of the total mangrove cover across India and has climbed to 5th position in all-India rankings. The report attributes the growth in the state to plantation and regeneration of mangroves.
  • The growth of mangroves on salt pan land where salt-making has stopped is good news. “This is a natural phenomenon. Mangroves must grow on the landward side,” said D Stalin, director, conservation, of the NGO Vanashakti

  • India's financial capital Mumbai, with a total wealth of $950 billion, is among the top 15 wealthiest cities globally, while New York tops the list, says a report.
  • According to a report by New World Wealth, the economic hub of India is the 12th wealthiest city, followed by Toronto with a total wealth of $944 billion, Frankfurt ($912 billion) and Paris ($860 billion).
  • Total wealth refers to the private wealth held by all the individuals living in each city. It includes all their assets (property, cash, equities and business interests) less any liabilities. Government funds are excluded from the figures.
  • Mumbai also features among the top 10 cities in terms of billionaire population. The city is home to 28 billionaires, individuals with $1 billion or more in net assets.
  • Regarding Mumbai, the report said, "Total wealth held in the city amounts to $950 billion. Mumbai is the economic hub of India. It is also home to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the 12th largest stock exchange in the world. Major industries in the city include financial services, real estate and media."
  • Going forward, Mumbai is expected to be the fastest growing city (in terms of wealth growth over the next 10 years), it added.
  • The list of 15 wealthiest cities was topped by New York with a total wealth of $3 trillion. "Home to the two largest stock exchanges in the world, areas around New York such as Connecticut and Long Island also contain a large amount of wealth that is not included in this figure," the report said.
  • London ranked second in the list with $2.7 trillion, followed by Tokyo ($2.5 trillion), and San Francisco Bay area ($2.3 trillion).Among the 15 cities listed, San Francisco, Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai and Sydney were the fastest growing in terms of wealth growth over the past 10 years, the report said.

  • Mumbai airport, the busiest single-runway airport in the world, broke its own record when it handled 980 arrivals and landings in 24 hours on January 20. "Before this, on December 6, the airport had landed 974 flights," said a Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd spokesperson.
  • Though India's second largest airport has the record breaking numbers, Gatwick airport, UK's second largest airport, is still the most efficient single-runway airport in the world.
  • According to statistics from UK's Airport Coordination Ltd, Gatwick single runway declared an aircraft handling capacity of 870 flight movements per day for summer 2018. But, unlike Mumbai airport, which is functional 24 hours a day, Gatwick handles most of its flights in the 19 hours between 5am and midnight because of night time restrictions in force since 1971.
  • Gatwick single-runway's peak handling capacity is 55 air traffic movements (landings or take offs) an hour, while Mumbai has touched 52 movements an hour.
  • However, unlike Mumbai, which rarely handles 52 movements an hour, Gatwick runway frequently handles 55 movements/hour daily during the peak hours between 6 am and 7.50 am; 10 am and 1.50 pm and 3pm and 7.50 pm. Mumbai, on the other hand, handles an average of around 48 movements in peak hours.

  • Nearly seven months after a Supreme Court order asking for dismissal of those who got government jobs through fake certificates, the Maharashtra government is still wrestling with the tricky issue of what to do in the matter of 11,700 employees who forged caste certificates to get employment under the Scheduled Tribes (ST) quota.
  • While use of fraud to secure government jobs has been known, it is the dimension of the con in Maharashtra which has come as an eyeopener to the authorities.
  • Besides its shocking scale, the dupery has also left the government to grapple with how to implement the SC order and still buffer itself from the wrath of the employees to be hit by what could arguably be the largest sack of government employees in one fell swoop.
  • Many of the beneficiaries, an overwhelming majority of them posing as tribals, have worked as government employees for more than two decades.
  • Recruited as clerks, many of them have now risen to the position of deputy secretary in the state government. Fears that they might lose these secured positions have prompted many to rally politicians and unions to take up their cause.
  • In July 2017, the Supreme Court had ruled that anyone found guilty of using a forged caste certificate to get admission into educational institutes or for a job will lose their degree and job. In addition, the apex court had directed punitive action against them irrespective of their tenure of service.

  • After several close shave incidents for chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in helicopter crash-lands the state government have come up with the helipad policy. The government has also decided to develop 358 permanent helipads, one each at every taluka across the state.
  • The state has issued a government resolution (GR) directing all district collectors to plan and identify the location at all talukas for developing permanent helipads.
  • A senior official from the general administration department (GAD) said that now, the site for the helipads will be identified and subsequently developed.
  • "After identifying these sites, departments concerned and local bodies will either keep that sites as no-development zones or reserved for helipad site in the development plan considering the future requirement of the helicopter traffic and to restrict coming up of high rise buildings or any other construction which could obstruct the takeoff and landing of helicopters," he said.
  • The policy for the helipad also mentioned that the district collector shall be responsible to ensure that any kind of construction does not take place around helicopter landing site which may become an obstruction for helicopter operations.
  • The state revealed its helipad policy on 25 Jan which stated that the site and the adjoining area, up to a distance of 500 metres from the centre of the helipad site, should be free of electric wires, telephone cables, data-tv cables, microwave tower, transformers and any such objects that may become an obstruction for safe operation of the helicopter.

  • The Maharashtra government has hiked bulk water tariff for all industries that draw water as raw material, like bottled water companies, breweries, soft drink and liquor manufacturers, by 25 times as compared to other industries.
  • So, while most industries will get it at Rs 4.80 per 1,000 litres (earlier Rs 3.20), for the water-intensive units the rate will be Rs 120 (Rs 16). The hike, which comes into force from February 1, is expected to marginally affect the price of liquor and bottled water.
  • A source in the liquor industry estimated only about a 12 paise per litre hike. "A 650ml bottle of beer requires almost a litre of water. There will be small rectifications in selling price and taxation," said one of them.
  • The cess hike will have little impact on Mumbai's drinking water tariffs too. It has been hiked by 16% of the 25 paise standard rate, but only one dam supplying water to the city, Bhatsa, is state-owned, and even then BMC contributed.
  • K P Bakshi, chairman of the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority, said the last hike was in 2010-2011. Tariff has also been increased for domestic and agricultural use by 17%. But agriculture and allied industries have been given a 25% relief compared to industries.
  • Officials said for the first time, they have proposed differential pricing on the lines of 'pay what you use' mechanism. If a person or industry uses more that their pre-decided per capita consumption, he/it will be charged more.
  • "Currently, there is a blanket charge for water usage. This new feature will help reduce water wastage," said V M Kulkarni, member of the authority.Officials estimated that this hike will bring a revenue of Rs 400-500 crore.

  • There is something wrong with the parrot drawn on a black wall in this uneven Ghatkopar slum. Its neck is missing and it seems to be inspecting its own back at an odd angle.
  • The parrot, it turns out, used to be an owl. An artist had drawn the nocturnal bird first but then the rustic residents of Sahyadri 2 one of the many slums perched like Lego blocks on this Asalpha hillock decided that they didn't want to wake up to "a bad omen". So, his chalk hastily replaced the hawk-like beak with a pouty, curved bill.
  • From the Mumbai Metro, however, you won't be able to see this mutant bird. Nor the mural of a cat sitting inside a soapy bubble inspired by a resident's kitten or the painting of a palm holding a turtle whose blueprint, Hari, lives nearby. All you can see from the air-conditioned train is a loud, multi-coloured installation of shanties that is likely to make filmmaker Rohit Shetty go: "Next song location."
  • Last month, Dedeepya Reddy's non-profit initiative 'Chal Rang De' tied up with the Metro and paint manufacturer Snowcem Paints to give the drab vertical slum a postcard-like makeover reminiscent of Italy's vibrant Positano village.
  • As a Metro traveller, the artist in her would cringe at the morose sight of the grey hilltop houses. An eye-popping paint job could change the perception of Mumbai's slums, decided Reddy, cofounder of creative agency Fruitbowl Digital.

  • Twenty of the 1.9 lakh candidates who took CAT 2017 for entry into premier IIMs have made it to the elite club of 100 percentilers this year.
  • Unlike last year, when male engineers dominated the list, this year two girls and three non-engineers bagged the perfect score. It is probably the first time that non-engineers have cracked the exam with a 100 percentile.
  • Three of the twenty all-India toppers are from Mumbai. Two are final year students at IIT-Bombay Arvind Menon and Mayank Raj while the third is a tutor from Thane, Patrick D'Souza, who has aced CAT a fourth time.
  • Menon, a Thane resident, who has already bagged a trading job in Amsterdam during the campus placements, has decided to give IIM a miss. Raj, from Bihar, will wait for the IIM call after his interviews and then make the final choice. He has landed a bank offer.
  • A host of other students from the premier Powai institute and other engineering institutes such as the VJTI have scored above 99 percentile this year.
  • D'Souza (41) got a100 percentile for the fourth time this year. D'Souza, who first gave CAT in 1996, failed to get an IIM call then. After pursuing his MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, he joined a corporate firm.
  • Four years later, he quit his job to get into teaching. "Since then, I have been training a small group of students for CAT. Some of my candidates managed over 99 percentile every year. It is very important to stay abreast of current trends in paper patterns and questions. It is a different experience for me every year," said D'Souza, a Thane resident.

  • The city will host its first night bazaars as part of the Mumbai Shopping Festival (MSF) between January 12 and 31.
  • Night bazaars or flea markets will be set up in three non-residential areas during the weekends and will be open till 4am. These will be held at Jio Gardens in BKC on January 13-14, at Mindspace in Malad on 19-20 and in Powai on the 26th and 27th.
  • There will be shopping and entertainment events through the night in these zones along with food trucks showcasing international and local flavours, said officials associated with the festival.
  • They added that this is the first time an all-night bazaar has been planned in the city and it has been made possible by the new law which allows shops to be open 24X7.
  • The locations have been picked to ensure the least inconvenience to residents living in those areas.

  • Starting from the next SSC exam in March, students' date of birth and place as well as Aadhaar card details will be mentioned in the passing certificates to enable them to use it as proof
  • Till now, the school leaving certificates mentioned both details but students have to submit the original to the next institution they attended.
  • Taking note of the complaints schools receive about students losing their leaving certificates, the state education board will include the details on the passing certificate too.
  • "When students want proof of birth and place after submitting the original, they state they have lost the leaving certificate to get a duplicate," said Krishnakumar Patil, secretary of the state board.
  • The students will have to mention the details in the examination forms to ensure they are incorporated in the certificates.

  • The newly formed Maharashtra International Education Board has decided to soon affiliate schools in other states as well. The state education department on Wednesday, through a government resolution, formally established the board which will start in the next academic year with a pilot of 100 schools in the state.
  • Earlier this year, the state started planning to set up the international board to improve the quality of school education.After a successful run of the pilot, schools in any part of the world can get themselves affiliated to the board.
  • "on 4 Jan, boards from outside the country are so popular and our schools get affiliated to it. We want to be able to provide similar high quality education and once we have perfected the curriculum, we hope schools outside the state and the country will want to affiliate themselves with our board.
  • We expect this to happen the following year," said Nandkumar, secretary, school education department.
  • Currently, only a few schools from Daman and Diu are affiliated to the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. Similarly, schools in the Middle East are affiliated to the Kerala state board.Central boards like CBSE and CISCE too have a few affiliated schools outside the country.

  • Students enrolled in private schools under provisions of the Right to Education Act, 2009, will get around Rs 2,000 more as annual reimbursement.
  • The state government has hiked the per annum reimbursement. As per a government resolution issued by the education department, private schools will now receive up to Rs 17,670 per year for every student from economically weaker section - a hike of almost Rs 2,000. The amount was Rs 13,474 in the 2014-15 academic year.
  • All unaided non-minority schools in the city are expected to reserve 25% of their seats at entry level for students from economically weaker sections. The state reimburses the school for the student who studies there for free.
  • The schools will be paid Rs 17,670 or the actual spending on the student, whichever is lower.Each year, approximately 3.000 students get admission in private schools through a lottery conducted by the civic body.
  • While schools have welcomed the hike in payout but have also demanded to know how the government arrived at the new amount.

  • Nearly 9 lakh cotton farmers have approached the Maharashtra government seeking compensation for failed crops after a severe pest attack. After complaints of huge losses, the state government has deployed its machinery to survey the affected districts and has also invited applications from the farmers seeking compensation from the seed companies.
  • According to preliminary estimates, nearly 50% of the cotton crop in the state have been affected by the pink bollworm attack, a major cotton pest. The attack has affected the third cotton picking cycle, leading to unprecendeted losses to the state's farmers.
  • Senior agriculture department officials said that so far 66 lakh quintals of cotton has reached the market, as against a total estimate of 160 lakh quintals for the entire season which will last till March 2018. Every one quintal lost means a loss of Rs 4,320 less for a cotton grower.
  • Agriculture minister Pandurang Phundkar announced a compensation of Rs 30,800 per hectare for rainfed land and Rs 37,500 per hectare for irrigated land. And a bonus of Rs 200 has been announced per quintal for a maximum limit of 50 quintals.
  • Large-scale use of genitically modified or Bt cotton seeds that are failing to keep pest at bay, is one of the main reasons for the crisis. This issue gains further significance in Maharashtra as nearly 96% of the cotton crop cultivated in the state is by using Bt seeds of which majority is by using twin gene Bt seeds.
  • The use of illegal variety of Bt seeds herbicide tolerant seeds, that has some part to play in the crisis. Officials said that the number of the affected farmers is likely to increase as the survey is yet to be completed.
  • "Besides details like area under cultivation and the extent of loss, we are also asking the farmers for the receipt of the amount paid to the seed company and also the amount spent on fumigation," said an official.

  • Have a question for Sophia, the world's first humanoid robot who has been granted citizenship by a country? You can tweet it to Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay's TechFest team.
  • Sophia will be visiting India, her maiden trip to the country, on December 30 to attend the TechFest—the institute's annual science and technology meet. Select questions asked by Twitterati will be put in front of Sophia by a moderator when she will be on the institute's campus.
  • "We are starting a Twitter campaign wherein users can send questions to Sophia using the hashtag #AskSophia," said Anirudh Poddar, manager, media and marketing, Techfest.
  • In 2014, the Techfest had hosted BINA 48, the most advanced social robot to talk to in the world at that time. Sophia, known for her jibe at Elon Musk, CEO of electric car maker Tesla and a staunch opponent of artificial intelligence, will also interact with a select audience of engineers on the campus.
  • The robot, who was granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia in October, will spend the entire day on the campus and will also be part of an hour-long interaction in the institute's convocation hall.

  • At a time when deaths of four radio-collared tigers in the region had raised a stink over the efficacy of the monitoring devices, the scientific experiment has revealed how a young tigress from Kolsa range of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) dispersed 110km to reach Paoni range of Umred-Karhandla-Paoni Wildlife Sanctuary (UKPWS).
  • "This may perhaps be the first long-range dispersal by a female tiger fitted with GPS collar. Earlier, most such dispersals were by male tigers in search of new territories and partners," says tiger scientist Dr Bilal Habib of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun.
  • Confirming the development, PCCF (wildlife) AK Misra said, "We will do distant monitoring as the tigress is already being tracked via satellite. Our staff has been put on high alert to take on threats like electrocution. Where the tigress goes is part of the study and we won't interfere much.
  • As reported by TOI on April 8, 2015 , a Bor tigress (BTR-T1) had travelled 150km from Bor Tiger Reserve to Pohra-Malkhed forest in Amravati. But it was not collared.
  • As part of the WII-forest department study project, two of the four cubs a male and female of the Shivanzari zone tigress were collared on March 6 & 9 this year, respectively, at Kolsa. The tigress had four cubs one female and three males. The cubs were then 22 months old.

  • The country's first local AC train, running between Churchgate to Borivli, was 25 Dec flagged off by the state education minister Vinod Tawde here on 25 Dec
  • The first train, whose fare is 1.2 times that of a local's first class, was launched at 10.30am from Borivli.
  • Earlier the train was supposed to run from Churchgate to Virar. But, the Western Railway curtailed the services at Borivli in the first week.
  • Many people came for a ride in the country's first AC local train.Commuters, especially women, were a happy lot.
  • Sanyukta Bandan, who works in Pune, boarded the train from Borivali and said, "Mumbaikars who travel long distances deserve a comfortable commute."
  • Some people, however, expressed their dissatisfaction over the steep prices.The complete fare chart (daily, weekly, fortnightly and monthly tickets) was released on 24 Dec afternoon. The AC local has a host of unique security features.
  • WR also curtailed services from the promised 12 a day to six (three up, three down), that too during non-peak hours. "The full run, Churchgate-Virar stations with 12 services, including in peak hours, will be from January 1," said WR's chief public relations officer Ravinder Bhakar.
  • Sources said the change in plan was because officials feared that the introduction of the AC local during peak hour on Day 1 could upset the running of other trains. "Commuters need to get used to automatic doors. Once things are streamlined by the weekend, we'll be ready for the full launch."

  • In probably the first case of its kind, the city police have issued a lookout circular (LOC) against a person in a case of stalking. An LOC is commonly issued against terrorists, gangsters, white-collar criminals and murderers.
  • "Julia D'Souza, the victim, and Robert Pareirra (23), the accused, were known to each other since childhood," said a police source. They went to school together and grew up playing and spending most of their time together.
  • They liked each other, but unfortunately Pareirra got addicted to drugs and was sent to a rehabilitation centre. He was in touch with Julia after return.
  • A few months ago, Julia broke off with Pareirra and asked him not to meet or call her. However, it went unheard and Pareirra kept pursuing her. "He started harassing her and would call her repeatedly.
  • Julia warned him several times and asked him not to try to contact her, but he did not mend his ways. Fed up with his behavior, she approached the police last month and lodged a complaint," said a police officer, who is supervising the investigation.

  • Alexandre Ziegler, who has held several prominent positions with the government of France, is now the French Ambassador to India. A man with a variety of interests, he lives in Delhi which he calls home, though he has travelled extensively across India.
  • During one of his many visits to Mumbai, a city he describes as "vibrant and creative", Mr Ziegler talks to BT about the common passions shared by the French and Indians, like art, cinema, politics and of course, food. Yes, he watches Bollywood movies too, and he tells that what's remarkable about Indian cinema is that "it is distinct and has its own identity"
  • As a foreign dignitary, what has been the most exciting part about living in India?I have been living in India for 18 months now. I stay in Delhi, but I travel around the country, which is what makes it exciting. I have visited 22 cities over the past year-and-a-half, which is not bad at all. I travel mostly for business, but sometimes, also for leisure. I particularly love Mumbai and Kolkata, as they are vibrant and creative cities. Delhi is like home to me, so it is special. However, the most striking and emotional experience so far has been Banaras. I have really enjoyed travelling to Kerala and Pondicherry as well, they are lush and green.
  • Mumbai is known for its diversity, much like Paris -Yes, cities like Paris, New York, Sydney, London, Hong Kong and Mumbai are open to the world. Mumbai has so much energy and diversity. It is a world city with a strong identity and individuality.

  • Coinex, a numismatic exhibition, organised by the International Collectors Society of Rare Items, Pune, was inaugurated on December 15 at Sonal Hall, Karve Road.
  • Collectors from across Pune displayed their collection of coins, currency notes, stamp papers and medals, some of them being theme based.
  • Some coins, currency notes, stamp papers and medals on display are as old as first century AD while those from the medieval period and the Mughal era are also on display. In the exhibition, a special cover of Indus Valley Civilization was inaugurated by the Post Master General, Pune, Ganesh Sawaleshwarkar.
  • Sawaleshwarkar said, "Till now, several other such special postal covers have been released by us like Pandharpur Wari special cover, Ganpati special cover, forts special cover, special cover on Aptyachi paan and many more.
  • These special covers are printed in limited numbers and the collectors collect it based on the relevance of one's subject."
  • The displays from the exhibition include gold, silver, copper coins from fifth century BC, coins from Awadh, Maharashtra, Mughal rulers, hammer stroke coins, Mashaki-smallest denominations of the Punch Mark coins, Shivkalin dump coins, world coins and many other such coins.
  • Along with it, there were stamp papers in modi lipi and medals of Indian Army Regiments, right from First World War, till date.
  • The centre of attraction is the coin showcasing Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja's coins of gold, copper and silver, from 1622 to 1680 AD. The coins are round with a 1.1 cm diameter and weigh 2.7 to 2.9 gm.

  • 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.

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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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