Sanjay Raut claims BJP leader told him Fadnavis govt tapped his phone

Mumbai: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Friday (January 24) said his phone was being tapped by the previous Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra. He said a BJP leader had informed him about the tapping. “I said if anybody wants to listen to what I am saying I welcome it... Whatever I do, I do it openly,” Raut told reporters.

Coronavirus: Two under watch in Mumbai, special ward set up

Mumbai: Two persons who returned from China have been kept under medical observation here for possible exposure to the novel coronavirus which has infected a large number of people in the neighbouring country, officials said on Friday (January 24).

Maharashtra govt holds review meeting on Koregaon Bhima case

Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh met senior police officials here on Thursday (January 23) to review the case of violence at Koregaon Bhima in Pune on January 1, 2018.

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Reciting preamble to Constitution mandatory in Maha schools from Jan 26

Mumbai: Starting January 26, students in schools across Maharashtra will have to compulsorily read out the preamble to the Constitution during their morning assemblies, state minister Varsha Gaikwad said on Tuesday.

Woman gangraped, robbed in suburban Kurla, four arrested

Mumbai: In another horrific incident, a 32-year-old woman was allegedly raped by four persons near a railway track in suburban Kurla, a police official said on Tuesday (January 21). All the accused have been arrested, he said. The incident took place near the Harbour Line rail track in Sable Nagar locality on late Monday night when the victim, a resident ...

Shirdi bandh over Saibaba’s birthplace row to be called off: Sena MP

Shiv Sena MP Sadashiv Lokhande has announced the day-long bandh, which was observed in Shirdi on Sunday following a row over the birthplace of Saibaba, will be called off after midnight. He made the announcement after a meeting with the locals on Sunday evening.

Shirdi eyes indefinite closure from Sunday after Uddhav’s remarks

Mumbai: The administrative body of Saibaba Sansthan Trust has called for the indefinite closure of the Shirdi temple from Sunday after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray reportedly termed Pathri in Parbhani as Saibaba’s birthplace. “We have announced to close Shirdi against rumours, from January 19,” B Wakchaure of the Saibaba Sansthan Trust said.

Never used Shivaji or Indira’s name for political gain: Shiv Sena

Following the controversial remarks of its leader Sanjay Raut on Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and former prime minister Indira Gandhi, the Shiv Sena on Friday (January 17) said it had never used Shivaji’s or Gandhi’s name for political gain. The party made certain observations in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana about gangster...

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To motivate girls to go for higher studies, UGC to launch 10 women-centric chairs

On the occasion of National Girl Child Day on Friday (January 24), University Grants Commission (UGC) announced the establishment of 10 women-centric academic chairs in various universities.

Australian Open: Nadal, Halep crush rivals to enter Melbourne last 16

Melbourne: World number one Rafael Nadal routed fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta for the loss of just seven games on Saturday while two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep avoided becoming the latest big casualty in the third round of the Australian Open.

Nirbhaya case: Delhi court disposes convicts’ lawyer’s petition

Rejecting the contention of the counsel representing the Nirbhaya convicts that the prison authorities were not handing over certain documents required to file mercy and curative pleas, a Delhi court on Saturday said no further directions were required in the rape and murder case, and disposed of his plea.

Boxing Olympic qualifiers postponed after Coronavirus flare

New Delhi: Following the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan, boxing's Olympic Qualifying Tournament scheduled next month was on Friday pushed to March, a couple of days after it was cancelled.

Responsibility of protecting Constitution lies with citizens: Kejriwal

New Delhi: Asserting that the responsibility of protecting the Constitution lies with the country's citizens, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal read out the Preamble of the Constitution at the Republic Day celebration at Chhatrasal Stadium here on Saturday (January 25).

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The Mumbai police and Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) have launched a manhunt to trace one of the most wanted terrorists after he goes missing during parole.

Goods train derails near Kurla; Harbour Line services hit

Mumbai: A goods train derailed on Kurla-Trombay line here around Tuesday midnight, disrupting services on the Central Railway's Harbour Line and stranding scores of commuters in local trains and on stations, an official said. No casualty was reported in the incident, he said. The mishap took place near Kurla station when the goods train was crossing the...

Touching a cow drives away negativity, claims Maharashtra minister

Mumbai: Days after she faced flak for stating that ministers in the Maharashtra government had just been sworn-in and had not started making money, state minister Yashomati Thakur courted controversy again by claiming that touching a cow drives away negativity. Thakur, MLA from Teosa and Women and Child Development Minister in the Uddhav Thackeray gover...

Eight dead in explosion at chemical factory in Maharashtra’s Boisar

At least eight persons were killed in a huge explosion at a chemical factory in Boisar at Maharashtra's Palghar district on Saturday evening, a police official said.

Action sought against Akshay Kumar for ‘insulting’ Maratha warriors

A Maratha organisation has submitted sought action against Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar for allegedly hurting the community's sentiments in a washing powder advertisement, an official said on Saturday. Calling the advertisement an "insult" of the Maratha warriors, the Sambhaji Brigade on Thursday submitted the letter to Nanded District Collector...

Maha Govt open to reinvestigating Loya death case: Minister

Mumbai: Maharashtra government is open to reinvestigating the death of special CBI judge BH Loya in 2014, state home minister Anil Deshmukh said on Thursday.

JNU violence: Maharashtra minister joins students protest in Mumbai

Mumbai: The overnight protest by students at the Gateway of India here against the violence at theJawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi continued on Monday.

Aaditya gets tourism, Ajit Pawar finance in Maha cabinet expansion

Mumbai: Worli MLA Aaditya on Sunday (January 5) expressed happiness over getting the portfolio of state Tourism and Environment minister and assured that he will take substantial steps to boost the tourism sector in order to strengthen Maharashtra's economy. "I have been given the portfolios of Tourism and Environment. We can strengthen the economy of M...

Maharashtra: Shiv Sena refutes news of minister Sattar’s resignation

Within days of the formation of the government, the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government appears to have suffered a setback with Sena minister Abdul Sattar reportedly putting in his papers, Saturday (January 4). But the party has categorically denied any such development. The former Congressman, who joined the Shiv Sena just ahead of the assembly...

Artists take up brush & paint to protest against CAA & NRC

Mumbai: A group of artists held a protest on Saturday (January 4) against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) by creating paintings around the theme of Save Constitution.

Portfolio allocation taking time as government mulls new depts: NCP

The NCP, which is sharing power with the Shiv Sena and Congress in Maharashtra, on Saturday said the allocation of portfolios to ministers is taking time as the Uddhav Thackeray-led government is mulling creation of some new departments. NCP chief spokesperson and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik made this comment in the wake of reports, which c...

Maharashtra-Karnataka border: Sena revives dispute as BJP on back foot

The Kohlapur-Belagavi region along the Karnataka-Maharashtra borders is on the boil again with tensions flaring up over the border dispute between the two states.

Heir-raising legacy and Maharashtra’s dynasty politics

Mumbai: It’s all in the family in Maharashtra’s Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by Uddhav Thackeray. Notably, 18 out of 36 ministers sworn in on December 30 are a by-products of dynasty politics.

Sena admits to tussle among Maha allies for Cabinet berths

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Thursday (January 2) admitted that there was a tussle among senior leaders of the three ruling alliance parties in Maharashtra for key Cabinet berths, and said some MLAs could not be inducted as ministers because the list of “probables” was huge. It also took a dim view of some people vandalising the Congress office in Pune to p...

Maharashtra cabinet expansion upsets senior Cong, Sena leaders

The expansion on Monday (December 30) saw 34 MLAs from the three parties – the Shiv Sena (15), the Congress (12) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) (16) - being inducted to the state cabinet.

Ajit Pawar sworn in as Maharashtra deputy CM, Aaditya gets cabinet berth

NCP leader Ajit Pawar was sworn in as deputy chief minister of Maharashtra and Aaditya Thackeray, the 29-year-old son of Uddhav Thackeray as a minister, during the expansion of the state cabinet on Monday (December 30).

Ajit Pawar takes oath as Maharashtra deputy CM

NCP leader Ajit Pawar has taken oath as the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra on Monday (December 30) after a huge power tussle that was packed with dramatic twists and turns. Shiv Sena MLA Aaditya Thackeray, who is Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's son, may also take oath as a minister along with NCP leader Nawab Malik. Ten Co...

Schoolchildren allege misbehaviour by drunk teachers in Maharashtra

Aurangabad: In a shocking incident, students of a Zilla Parishad school in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad have alleged their teachers were drunk during an excursion and misbehaved with them. An inquiry has been instituted into the incident, an official said on Sunday.

Uddhav draws flak for loan waiver up to ₹2 lakh for farmers

Mumbai: Farmers whose outstanding crop loan amount till September 30 this year exceeds ₹2 lakh, will not be eligible for the loan waiver scheme announced by the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra last week.

CAA protests: 104 held, thousands booked in 3 districts in Maharashtra

Aurangabad: More than 100 people have been arrested and over 12,000 booked in three districts of Marathwada in connection with violence during protests against the amended Citizenship Act in the central Maharashtra region last week, officials said on Monday (December 23).