Mahesh Vijapurkar
Mahesh Vijapurkar
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Politics

Maharashtra farmers' protest: Devendra Fadnavis' Rs 34,000 cr loan waiver has left state in a no-win situation

The issue of farmers’ loan waiver has not died down even after the Maharashtra government on Saturday launched another scheme to provide Rs 34,020 crore debt relief to financially distressed farmers. The scheme will cover 89 lakh farmers and will see debt of up to Rs 1.5 lakh per farmer being written off.

India

Chandrababu Naidu's threat to 'ignore' non-TDP voters is outrageous; CM is accountable for entire state

By threatening voters, Chandrababu Naidu has committed a serious folly, which merits the attention of the Election Commission of India.

Politics

Presidential Election 2017: Maharashtra may head for mid-term polls if Shiv Sena dumps Ram Nath Kovind

If the Sena weighs in with support for the Opposition candidate, then any rationale for remaining in the NDA at the Centre or in a post-poll partnership with the BJP in Maharashtra just ceases to exist.

India

Kerala's emigration, locals' disinclination to work is a boon for interstate migrant labourers

Malayalee workers' migration to the Gulf had resulted in a need for domestic labourers in Kerala.

Politics

Maharashtra farmers' stir: Is BJP's loan waiver promise aimed at securing Shiv Sena support for presidential election?

The loan waiver deadline of 25 July hides a major political gambit by BJP, to ensure that its candidate for presidential elections secures Shiv Sena votes.

Mumbai

Mumbai woes: Experts slam BMC's anti-pedestrian policies, but it may have fallen on deaf ears

A team of 100 international experts recently studied Mumbai's footpaths, but the question in everybody's mind is if or not things will ever change

India

Ujjwal Nikam's phones stolen while his guards slept: Z-Plus security isn't all it's cracked up to be

When eminent lawyer Ujjwal Nikam, who has the highest level of security (Z-Plus), was travelling by train, he awoke from his slumber and put his hand under his pillow — horror of horrors — he found his cellphones that he had placed there for safekeeping were gone.

India

Maharashtra farmers' strike: It's time Devendra Fadnavis govt turns focus on the agrarian crisis, cuts out middlemen

Instead of the vested interests, the government should focus on farmers' issues — unremunerative pricing, absence of assured irrigation, debts to the extent of insolvency, high suicide rate, middlemen’s racketeering, lack of cold storage.

Politics

Presidential Election 2017: Sharad Pawar is keeping cards close to his vest, watch for ace up his sleeve

Why is it that NCP chief Sharad Pawar opted out of being the Opposition candidate for president?

India

Bhupen Hazarika Bridge an infrastructural marvel, but what about rehabilitation of people?

The Bhupen Hazarika Bridge was inaugurated with much fanfare by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. but what about the unpleasant fall-outs of the bridge, like the 2,000 people in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh who were rendered jobless

Business

Lavasa's special planning authority status revoked: A smoke and mirrors trick by Maharashtra govt?

The SPA status was contested by activists who feared alleged bending of rules

India

Missing zebra crossings leave lives of India's jaywalkers on the edge every day

Jaywalking is wrong and puts one’s life and limbs at risk. But even at what should be the places where a pedestrian does not have to jaywalk but have protection from a vehicle, such provisions are missing.

India

Tej Bahadur Yadav in Congress event: Why dragging security forces to politics is a bad idea

The scent of politics is already in the air with the Mumbai Congress having him in the city though Tej Bahadur Yadav has said, in all fairness, that he would have come had it been any other political party.

India

Farm loan waiver: As Maha CM Fadnavis 'studies' UP model, parties discard ideology for power

Isn’t it odd that a party which has its nominee in the Maharashtra government led by Devendra Fadnavis should organize an agitation demanding the waiver of loans to farmers? And that the same party has an MP as part of the Modi-led NDA? It is another matter that it was done on the platform of a farmers’ organisation.

Politics

AAP setback: Arvind Kejriwal must shed arrogance to prevent party's volte-face on ideology

The sudden leap of faith in BJP simply because it changes all its candidates cannot be the answer.

Politics

MCD Election Results 2017: Arvind Kejriwal has to change his ways as perception is more important than reality

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi results show that AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has to change his ways because perception is more important than the reality.

Business

Maharashtra govt's VAT hike on petrol: No efficiency in reducing expenses but spending binge continues

Despite successful attempts to shore up revenues, there has not been a single revenue-surplus budget in half a decade

India

Govt clamps down on service charge: Thrifty hoteliers may yet have an ace up their sleeve

Does one pay service charge in a restaurant where one likes the fare but is dissatisfied with the service? It can be a cause for flutter, which no one likes

India

Mumbai needs better service from BEST buses, not fancy paints on its exterior

Mumbai commuters know that the railway locals are cheapest and quickest from point to point trips but they also do need the buses for trips to and from the railway stations from homes and offices.

India

Liquor ban on highways: States sidestepping SC order, renaming 'city roads' to ensure bars stay open

Artfulness has returned to India with a rage following the Supreme Court ruling that banned liquor shops and bars along highways. Quick action in certain states have seen highways being denotified into streets