Pallonji Mistry: Man with eye for India’s growth story

Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry, the head of 157-year-old, Mumbai-headquartered engineering and construction SP group, was a reclusive industrialist who was rarely seen in the media or high-profile corporate circuit. While Mistry, who passed away on June 28, 2022, was a big name in the construction field and built an empire worth $29 billion — according to … Read more

‘Being part of MVA a difficult journey; political interference in every constituency’

Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA from Bhiwandi East and two-time Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Corporator Rais Sheikh elaborates on where his party stands in the present political situation in Maharashtra, his experience working with the Thackerays and the future of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance. Q) The SP is part of the MVA alliance. Can … Read more

The Sunday Profile | A Maharashtra rerun, and the Comeback Man: Devendra Fadnavis

AT 51, Devendra Fadnavis is younger than the number of years Sharad Pawar has spent in electoral politics. Last week, the BJP leader achieved the near impossible in Maharashtra by outsmarting the grand old man of state politics and stealing power from right under his nose. Pawar, as reported by this paper, didn’t mince his … Read more

Rebels don’t back down, Uddhav Thackeray leaves CM home, says will quit if MLAs say so

Uddhav was seen leaving Varsha, the official residence of the CM, with wife Rashmi and sons Aaditya and Tejas. He left with personal belongings, and was accompanied by Shiv Sainiks all the way to Matoshree, the Thackeray family home. Earlier, in an address which was more an appeal to the Sena continued after rebel minister … Read more

9 votes Shiv Sena failed to get for the sixth RS seat

It was a difference of nine votes that led to BJP’s Dhananjay Mahadik emerging triumphant over Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Pawar in a tense electoral battle for the sixth Rajya Sabha seat in Maharashtra. The Shiv Sena publicly blamed six of its erstwhile supporters for failing to back the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA). “We were on … Read more

From coercion to swindle to China link: The menace of rising loan app scams

When a 22-year-old Zepto employee Sohail Shaikh recently needed some money, a “Magcloan” ad on YouTube for instant micro loans came to his mind. On April 24, he ended up taking a loan of Rs 6,000 from two apps, “Magicloan” and “cashmarket”. “I was supposed to pay them back on April 30. I would get … Read more

‘Power crisis to continue for now; Center looking to increase imported coal blending to 20 pc’

Dinesh Waghmare, Principal Secretary of Maharashtra’s energy department, speaking about the power crisis faced by the state, the steps being taken to ensure uninterrupted supply of coal, and how the state is preparing itself to insulate its power grids from cyber attacks: Due to the coal shortage there is a power crisis in the state. … Read more

State prisons: ‘Mulaqats’ resumed, but poor infra keeps families of prisoners away

TWO YEARS ago, state prisons began allowing inmates audio and video calls to their families since physical meetings were not possible amid the Covid-induced lockdown. With physical meetings now resumed, most prisons have discontinued calls, a decision criticised, and even challenged in court. Apart from a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed before the Bombay High … Read more

PM Narendra Modi, CM Uddhav Thackeray extending greetings on Maharashtra Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of India took to Twitter to extend their greetings to the people of Maharashtra as the state marked its 62nd foundation day on Sunday. ‘Maharashtra Day’ and is celebrated each year on May 1 to mark the formation of the state after the enactment of the Bombay Reorganisation … Read more

Mumbai Hanuman Chalisa row builds up to assault, jail, and Independent legislator duo

IN A fast-escalating situation in Mumbai over recital of Hanuman Chalisa in public, two legislators were arrested after the Shiv Sena laid a siege at their home, a BJP leader was assaulted exiting a police station, and the Opposition alleged a complete breakdown of law and order in Maharashtra. At the heart of the incidents, … Read more