Railways & Mahametro to create MRTS in Nagpur

Indian Railways today signed an agreement with the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (MahaMetro) to create a mass rapid transit system in Nagpur. Under the MoU, the Railways and MahaMetro would work towards linking railway line to metro coaches on broad gauge network. The MoU was signed between Maharastra CM Devendra Fadnavis and transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari.

1st dedicated corridor for freight trains

17 : Indian Railways is set to get its first publicly-owned dedicated corridor for freight trains on 15th August 2018. The 190-km railway line between Dadri in Uttar Pradesh and Phulera in Rajasthan, which fall under the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC). It will connect Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and then will terminate at Mumbai, Maharashtra.

‘One farmer one transformer’ scheme

In order to reduce electricity losses, the Maharashtra government will launch a new scheme allocating one transformer per farmer. The scheme, “one farmer one transformer”, will be unveiled on August 15. Two lakh farmers will be given electricity connection for high voltage distribution line which will ensure uninterrupted power supply

UP banned plastic bags

UP government has banned the use of polythene bags and other commonly used items of plastic from 15 July. Allahabad High Court in 2015 directed the state government to issue a notification for a complete ban on the sale of polythene. Recently in March 2018 Maharashtra government also banned the manufacture, use, sale, distribution and storage of plastic materials.

World Bank: Maha most vulnerable to climate

Maharashtra is among the states where people’s standards of living are most vulnerable to climate change, says a World Bank study released, titled “South Asia’s Hotspots”. The study projects that India could shave off 2.8% of GDP by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions continue unmitigated. Many districts will see 9% – 11% decline in standards of living with Chandrapur district topping at 12.4%.

Ratnagiri Project: ARAMCO and ADNOC sign MoU

Saudi Aramco and ADNOC signed a MoU to jointly develop a refinery complex at Ratnagiri, Maharastra. The project will be implemented by Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (RRPCL) and is estimated to be Rs. 3 lakh Crore. The mega refinery will be capable of processing 1.2 million barrels of crude oil per day. It will produce 18 million tonnes per annum of refined petroleum products.

Plastic ban in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government has imposed a ban on manufacture, use, sale, distribution and storage of all plastic materials across the state. As per the notification, violators will be fined ` 5,000 and ` 10,000 for the first and second-time offence. With this Maharashtra becomes the 18th state of the country to impose a complete ban on plastic.

Swachh Bharat survey 2018

According to Swachh Bharat survey 2018, Jharkhand is the cleanest state in India followed by Maharashtra and Chattisgarh. Among the cities, Indore is the cleanest followed by Bhopal & chandigarh. Tripura was at the bottom of the list of cleanest states, followed by Puducherry, Nagaland and West Bengal. 18 out of 25 dirtiest cities in India with population of over 1 lakh are in West Bengal.

Fadnavis visited Virgin Hyperloop test site

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visited one of Virgin Hyperloop One’s test sites in the US, earlier this week. The visit follows the MoU signed by the state government with the Virgin Group to build the Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop at an estimated cost of ?20,000 crore. The Hyperloop is expected to reduce the travel time between the two cities to 25 minutes.

Rs 2,500 Cr fund for Bandra Versova Sea link

Maharastra Govt. will provide viability gap of Rs. 2,500 Cr for Bandra Versova Sea link by selling floor space index (FSI) to builders. The total cost incurred in creating 39 km sea link would be Rs. 9,500 Cr that will connect Marine lines with Kandivli. The govt will invest Rs. 2000 Cr, Rs. 5000 Cr is being raised by loans and the rest of Rs. 2500 Cr by FSI.

Refugees to self-survey their properties

Maharashtra government has now allowed thousands of Sindhi and Punjabi refugees who migrated from Pakistan to carry out self-assessment and survey of their properties. This is to facilitate regularisation, sale of house or redevelopment of properties without any hurdles. The refugees were not allowed to sell their units without permission from the government.

Maharashtra government, Quebec ink pact

The Maharashtra government and Canada’s Quebec province have signed a pact to increase the economic cooperation especially in areas like information technology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and welfare of the tribal community. The pact was signed between Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis and Philippe Couillard, Prime Minister of Quebec province of Canada.

Maharashtra most vulnerable state

Maharashtra has been ranked the most vulnerable state in the draft National Disaster Risk Index, followed by West Bengal & Uttar Pradesh. States like Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh that are prone to natural calamities have been ranked relatively lower. Few factors taken into consideration were exposure of population, agriculture and livestock, environmental risk & economic vulnerabilities.

Tata Motors inks MoU to deploy 1,000 EVs

Tata Motors has inked a pact with Maharashtra government to deploy 1,000 electric vehicles (EVs) from its range of passenger and commercial vehicles across the state. Tata Motors along with Tata Power will also facilitate setting up of EV charging stations in the Maharashtra. The MoU boosts the Maharashtra Electric Vehicle Policy, 2018.

Maharashtra govt unveils ‘sandbox’

The Maharashtra Government has announced the opening up of a ‘sandbox’ to boost start-ups. Sandbox is seen as a safe zone to test financial innovation which sees a limited rollout of new products to select customers. Reserve Bank panel had recommended introducing a “regulatory sandbox” to foster financial technology innovation.

Mekunu Cyclone turns severe

India Meteorological Department has warned that Mekunu Cyclone might trigger heavy showers along the Maharashtra coast. Mekunu Cyclone had caused severe flooding and damage in Yemeni island of Socotra and now is moving towards the western coast. High speed winds and rough seas are expected in next three days and lifeguard agencies have asked people not to visit beaches for the next 72 hours.

Indore is the cleanest city in India

According to Swachh Survekshan 2018 survey, Indore has bagged the title of the cleanest city in India, followed by Bhopal & Chandigarh. Indore was the cleanest city last year as well but that survey was conducted only for around 430 cities. This time it was conducted for around 4200 cities. Jharkhand was adjudged the best-performing state in the survey followed by Maharashtra & Chhattisgarh.

4th Global Exhibition on Services Inagurated

President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 4th Global Exhibition on Services and launched a portal on 12 Champion Sectors in Services in Mumbai on 15th May 2018. Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Maharashtra Government, Confederation of Indian Industry & Services Export Promotion Council took this initiative.The President also launched a portal on 12 Champion Sectors in Services.

Maha signs MoU with Centre’s GRIHA council

Maharashtra govt has signed a MoU with Centres Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council to train state PWD officials to rate govt buildings.With this, Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to sign such a MoU. As per the agreement, the GRIHA Council would train PWD’s civil & electrical engineers & architects to rate govt buildings as per its parameters

Maha launched mobile weather information app

Maharashtra Chief Minister launched ‘MahaVedh’, a mobile application which provides weather-related information to farmers. The application will provide real-time information on temperature, humidity and a forecast for 15 days. The application will also provide forecasts of lightning.

Maharashtra to issue land document online

Maharashtra has become the first state in India to provide digitally-signed land record receipts (also known as 7/12 receipts). The 7/12 receipt is extensively used by farmers for loan agreements, crop survey and for availing of government facilities. Earlier the hand-written 7/12 receipts were prepared by talathis, who solely had the power to make changes in the documents.

Maharashta signed MoU with British Council

The Maharashtra government signed an MoU with the British Council to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation.With this MoU, the British Council hopes to expand its existing work in the state. The areas of potential collaboration include developing further initiatives to improve English teaching and enhance employability skills in schools and training institutes.

Maharashtra government to hold Startup Week

The Maharashtra government announced the launch of ‘Startup Week 2018’ in June this year, with a view to encourage and enable the entrepreneurial eco-system. The startup week will provide the new companies a platform to showcase their innovative products and services to the state government. Top 100 ventures will be selected to present their solutions to a selected panel.

Maharashtra now an open defecation-free state

Maharashtra has declared itself an open defecation free state, having provided access to toilets to all its residents.In October 2017, the state declared its urban areas as ODF and now, rural Maharashtra has followed suit. In a period of just 3.5 years, the state government provided toilets to 55% of the homes that did not have one.

Tribal development centre in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government has set up an institution known as Quality Evaluation for Sustainable Transformation centre (QUEST).The QUEST will evaluate and quantify special development budget allocations and their impact on tribal development. The state has taken the initiative to bring greater accountability in spending and management of dedicated funds allocated for tribal welfare.

Maharashtra govt & Centre signs MoU with WB

The Government of India, Government of Maharashtra and the World Bank signed a US$ 420 million project to help Small and Marginal farmers in the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra.The project will help in increasing climate resilient practices in agriculture. The project will help the farmers in reducing risks of climate-related crop failure and increase their income.

India received 1st LNG shipment from US

The first long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) US cargo from the Houston-based Cheniere Energy Inc. arrived at the Dabhol LNG terminal in Maharashtra. India is the world‘s fourth-largest LNG importer. The first crude oil shipment from the US to India arrived in October 2017 in Odisha.

Maharashtra bans plastic bags

The Maharashtra government has imposed a complete ban on plastic carry bags and thermocol cutlery. Maharashtra has become the 18th state of the country to impose such ban. The state government has given traders, manufacturers and even consumers a time period of one month to dispose of the banned items in their possession.

Maharashtra generates most bio-medical waste

According to a document submitted by the ministry of health and family welfare, Maharashtra tops the list of biomedical waste generated in the country daily. Maharashtra generated 53,385 kg a day in 2014, which increased to 62,740 kg a day in 2015 and further to 71,511 kg in 2016. Second on the list is Karnataka (at 66,468 kg a day) followed by Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Maharashtra bans Plastic

Maharastra has decided to ban the use of plastic from ?Gudi Padva?, the Maharashtrian New Year, which is on 18 march, this year. The ban would cover the production, use, storage, sale, import and transportation of plastic. The plastic used to cover medicines, forest and horticulture products, the use of plastic in special economic zones for export purposes are exempted from the ban.

Virgin group & Mah govt. to build Hyperloop

The Virgin Group has signed an ‘intent agreement’ with the Maharashtra State govt to build a hyperloop transportation system between Mumbai and Pune.The first hyperloop route will link central Pune with Mumbai and the proposed Navi Mumbai international airport. The hyperloop is expected to reduce travel time between the cities to 20 minutes, from the present three hours.

Sex ratio at birth dips in 17 of 21 States

The sex ratio at birth saw a decline in 17 out of 21 large States of the country, with Gujarat recording an alarming dip of 53 points.Gujarat is followed by Haryana, which registered a drop of 35 points, Rajasthan (32 points), Uttarakhand (27 points), Maharashtra (18 points). Improvement in SRB was witnessed in Punjab, which registered a rise of 19 points, followed by UP & Bihar.

Package for paddy farmers: Maharashtra

Maharashtra government announced a financial package to help paddy and cotton farmers whose crops have been damaged because of pests. Farmers cultivating paddy will be provided with Rs 7,970 per hectare compensation for non-irrigated land. Farmers who have irrigated land would get Rs 14,670 per hectare. The compensation will be allowed upto two hectares.

Yes Bank partners Pantomath Advisory

Yes Bank has partnered advisory services firm Pantomath Advisory to develop a MSME ecosystem focused for Maharashtra and Gujarat.The partnership is a part of Yes Banks Alliance, Relationships & Technology that aims to help MSME sector with support at various stages including access to capital, knowledge & skills.It aims to help MSMEs to scale for a multiplier effect for the overall economy

India’s ATP event becomes Tata Open

India’s leading ATP event early next year will be called the Tata Open Maharashtra 2018, following Tata Sons deciding to associate with the competition via a 5 year sponsorship.The event is being hosted in Maharashtra for the first time, after it was moved from Chennai.Tata Open Maharashtra 2018 qualifying rounds will be played on December 30, 31 2017 while the main draw starts Jan 1, 2018

Ban on Plastic Bottle at Offices, Hotels

On 17th November 2017, Maharashtra government announced ban on plastic bottles, with effect from 18 March 2018. It will cover government offices, functions and state educational institutes before it is extended to private institutes. This was announced by Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam.

Committee to curb custodial deaths

Maharashtra set up a seven-member committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary Sudhir Shrivastava to recommend ways to stop the custodial deaths. Minister of State for Home Deepak Kesarkar informed that the committee will recommend measures so that people get proper treatment at police stations. He said that, the number of custodial deaths in Maharashtra has now come down from 36 to 15-16.

Panel to study merger of weak DCCBs

Maharashtra government has formed a committee to study the feasibility of merging financially weak District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) with the Maharashtra State Cooperative (MSC) Bank. The panel, headed by former NABARD chairman Yashwant Thorat, is expected to submit its report in a month’s time. DCCBs disburse crop loans to village level PACS, which in turn lend to the farmers.

MIDC to get anti-encroachment cells

Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation will finally get a dedicated encroachment removal department. The MIDC is presently in control of nearly 1.5 lakh hectares of land, in various stages of acquisition. The mandate of the department that was set up in 1962 is to acquire land, undertake provisioning of infrastructure on these plots and facilitate setting up of industrial units.

ISKCON’s Govardhan Village gets award

Govardhan Eco Village, set up by the ISKCON in Palghar district of Maharashtra has won the ‘Green Platinum Award’. The Award has been instituted by Indian Green Building Council, which is a part of Confederation of Indian Industry. Goverdhan Village is a farming community and retreat centre. It was set up in 2003.

Maharashtra adopts climate change policy

Maharashtra cabinet approved a climate change adaptation policy that will focus on developing environment-friendly villages and cities. A special cell will be set up for the effective implementation of the policy. It is done to mitigate the impact of climate change on Maharashtra.

Samruddhi Corridor

Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s recent two-nation tour has given a boost to the Maharashtra Samruddhi Corridor, with South Korea extending a Rs. 35,000-crore loan to the state government. Samruddhi Corridor is a ambitious Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway project in Mumbai. The project aims to create state-of-the art road connectivity within a period of three years

DNA databank in India

Maharashtra forensic department is in talks with a Pune-based tech company to create a DNA fingerprinting database of offenders for state through a public-private partnership. Maharashtra will be the 1st state to start DNA database which will help law enforcement agencies in tracking maoists as well as terrorists. Almost all developed countries including USA, Canada & UK have DNA database.

Maha Mission 1 Million

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched ‘Maharashtra Mission 1 Million’ initiative under which over 10 lakh students across the state will play football. It will not only create football players and lovers of the game, but will also help in overall development of the state. The FIFA U17 World Cup is happening for the first time in India and in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra to raise $270 million

2030 Water Resources Group will help Maharashtra Govt raise $270mn from Green Climate Fund. Funds will be invested in integrated watershed programmes such as Jalyukt Shivar Yojana. Approvals for raising money will take place in 2018 & could take a year to get the funding. WRG along with Mah. Govt launched Water Resources Multi-Stakeholder Platform to address critical water resources challenges

Britannia to set up its largest plant

India’s leading FMCG Britannia Industries would set up its largest plant in Maharashtra in a food park at Ranjangaon. The park would have the largest biscuits manufacturing plant with six lines, along with cake and rusk. The company is also planning to set up a dairy project at the food park with a capacity of seven lakh litres per day.

Motorbike ambulance service launched

5 : Maharashtra govt has launched a motorbike ambulance service to provide swift medical assistance to patients. Ambulance will be available through `108′ helpline, have teams of paramedics providing treatment, especially in places inaccessible to larger ambulances, to patients during the golden hour. Royal Enfield motorbikes have been converted into ambulances with emergency medical equipment

Aadhaar-authenticated DBT portal

Maharashtra has launched MahaDBT portal, through which benefits of all govt schemes will be transferred directly into bank accounts of beneficiaries in the state. It has been designed on lines of central govt’s DBT scheme, Aadhaar will become mandatory to claim benefits through the portal. Maharashtra is the 1st state to launch this system to give direct benefits with Aadhaar authentication

Kuheli Wins 50m Rifle Prone

Kuheli Gangulee won the women’s 50m rifle prone at the 60th National shooting championship. Representing CISF, Kuheli finished with a new national record score of 626.5 from 60 shots. Maharashtra’s Tejaswini Sawant, who held the previous national record with a score of 622.1 achieved also finished with a high score of 625.0. Gujarat’s Lajja Gauswami took the third position.

Noted Marathi Author Anand Yadav Dies

Noted Marathi author and Sahitya akademi awardee Anand Yadav passed away. His autobiography ‘Zombi’ won him Sahitya Akadmi award in 1991. Mr Yadav faced a major controversy over his book ‘Santsurya Tukaram’, wrote on Sant Tukaram, a 17th century saint poet from Maharashtra. He has penned around 40 books which comprise collection of essays, poems, criticism among others.