Maharashtra women’s panel chief booked for performing EVM ‘pooja’

The chairperson of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW), Rupali Chakankar, allegedly performed EVM ‘pooja’ before voting at a polling station in the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency on Tuesday, 7 May. However, it was unclear what official action, if any, was taken in the matter. Belonging to the ruling MahaYuti ally, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led … Read more

Why has PM ignored plight of Marathwada’s farmers: Congress

“Most of Maharashtra is facing a water shortage this year but Marathwada has been the worst affected with drinking water reservoirs only at 19 per cent capacity, compared to 40 per cent last year,” he said. In Latur, water availability has come down to once in 15 days, he noted. “Instead of trying to address … Read more

Supriya Sule, Sunetra Pawar file nominations from Baramati

Meanwhile, addressing a rally after Sule filed her nomination, Sharad Pawar said the BJP government at the Centre had deceived citizens for the past 10 years and and had failed to mitigate problems like inflation, unemployment, farm distress and atrocities against women. “There is a significant disparity between the promises made 10 years ago on … Read more

Sitars, tanpuras made in Maharashtra’s Miraj town get GI tags

“The online business accounts for around 10 per cent, while 30 to 40 per cent comes from the retail music instrument shops and the remaining 50 per cent are direct customers, including some well-known artistes,” he said. The clientele includes yesteryear classical singers and founders of the Kirana gharana, such as Ustad Abdul Karim Khan … Read more

Rahul Gandhi’s six-fold vow to Adivasi citizens

Before that, it had announced the Jay Jawan scheme as counterpoint to the Agniveer scheme. Speaking of the Sushaasan promise and the FRA today—a promise akin to that of rolling back the contentious New Pension Scheme and the controversial Agnipath scheme—Gandhi said: ‘The Forest Rights Act will be brought back. The BJP weakened it, and … Read more

Chhagan Bhujbal announces protests against Maratha quota decision

“Steps are taken to fool the OBCs in the state. When a clear definition of relatives is stated in the law, why have changes been made illegally? The induction of Marathas into the OBC category will push the existing backward classes out and they will be deprived of reservation benefits,” Bhujbal said. Notably, Bhujbal, who … Read more

Maratha reservation protest: NCP office in Maharashtra’s Beed set on fire, prohibitory orders issued | Top developments

A group of people protesting over the Maratha reservation issue allegedly torched the office of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Beed city on fire on Monday evening. A video shared by news agency ANI showed the NCP office engulfed in fire and billows of smoke coming out of the building. “Later, they ( pro-Maratha … Read more

Opposition leaders poke fun at Dy CM

Something is not quite right with the state of the Maharashtra BJP. They unnecessarily put Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to embarrasment by putting up a video and after ridicule on Marathi social media swiftly withdrawing it, making the whole fiasco even worse. The video proclaimed Fadnavis as saying, “Mee Punha Yein” (I will return) … Read more

Centre imposes floor price on onion exports to ensure domestic availability amid rising prices

The union government on Saturday imposed a minimum export price (MEP) of $800 a tonne ( ₹67 a kg) on onion exports between 29 October and 31 December to ensure domestic availability. The move comes against the backdrop of rising onion prices owing to a delay in the arrival of kharif onions, which are now … Read more

Mumbai gets a taste of food terrorism

When they go abroad, open motels in the US, visit restaurants serving beef or when they marry beef-eating foreigners, why is it they cannot stand the smell of fish or meat being cooked in this country, fumed a Maharashtrian on social media earlier this month. He was referring to the Gujaratis of Mumbai, whose food … Read more