Tuesday, 5 July, 2022

Topic: Mantralaya

After almost 2 years of Covid-forced WFH, CM Uddhav back in office at state secretariat

Maharashtra CM has mainly worked from official residence due to pandemic and his health. This was heavily criticised by Opposition BJP, but backed by Shiv Sena's MVA allies.

‘Marks tampering, leaks, confusion’ — series of controversies hits Maharashtra govt job exams

Paper leaks and malpractices in three government recruitment exams in Maharashtra have led to several arrests and a political slugfest. Students, meanwhile, are bearing the brunt.

Clear out old, dusty files & clean up, Uddhav govt tells ‘plush’ Mantralaya

While the entrance to the Maharashtra govt headquarters in Mumbai is plush, it gives way to sloppy, cramped offices, littered with old files, magazines and newspapers.

Video on, formal dress, no screenshots — Maharashtra govt code for official online meetings

With virtual meetings becoming an integral part of governance due to pandemic, Maharashtra general administration department lays down rules for employees.

Pay bill in 7 days, or no tea-coffee on credit — Maharashtra govt tells ministers, secretaries

The Maharashtra govt has cracked down because an undetermined amount of money is owed to the canteen of Mantralaya, the state secretariat.

Mantralaya’s room 602 — an office so ‘unlucky’ that Ajit Pawar has refused to occupy it

Ajit Pawar doesn’t believe in astrology or religion, but has taken up an IAS officer’s room because of the fate of the previous occupants of room 602.

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Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Indian Naval Air Squadron INAS 324 commissioned at Visakhapatnam | Twitter | @PBNS_India

India’s Eastern Seaboard gets its first naval air squadron INAS 324

With INAS 324, the Indian Navy's Eastern Seaboard will now operate a naval air squadron with HAL’s indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.