Articles by Pradip Kumar Maitra
Five tourists in the Tadoba Tiger Reserve in India have been fined ₹5,000 ($68) each for consuming alcohol during a safari. The tourists were under the influence of alcohol while riding in a vehicle within the reserve. The Tadoba Tiger Project aims to deter similar behavior by imposing fines and banning tourists from further visits. The reserve, home to over 130 tigers, is one of the oldest national parks in India.
Maharashtra’s Ramtek constituency has become a bone of contention in the Lok Sabha elections, with every political party staking a claim to the seat despite the two alliances yet to announce any seat-sharing pacts
The state FDA busted a racket involving 'substandard' medicines in government-run hospitals in Nagpur. Over 21,000 tablets were confiscated. Three individuals have been booked.
Amid growing concerns about the escalating conflict between humans and tigers in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts, forest department officials claimed to have captured 62 “unruly” tigers over the past 10 years
The Navi Mumbai international airport is set to begin operations by the end of this year, according to India's civil aviation minister. The airport is expected to contribute to the growth of Navi Mumbai and the surrounding areas. The minister also mentioned plans to establish two airports in 10 major cities in the next 10-15 years. The Navi Mumbai airport is currently under construction and will serve as the second airport in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
The greenfield airport is being developed in three phases, with the initial phase capable of handling 2.5 crore passengers per annum.
Senior Congress leader Sunil Kedar's conviction in a bank scam has not been stayed by the sessions court, which also rejected his bail plea and plea for suspension of the five-year sentence. Kedar was found guilty of a bank scam and sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment in October.
arlier in the day, Congress announced that Rahul Gandhi would commence the second leg of Bharat Jodo Yatra, titled Bharat Nyay Yatra, from Manipur on January 14. The yatra is slated to culminate in Mumbai on March 20
Congress’s Maharashtra unit chief Nana Patole said they were expecting around 200,000 people to attend the rally titled “Hain Taiyaar Hum (we are ready)”
The senior leader was accused of diverting bank funds to private entities for the purchase of government securities, leading to substantial financial losses for the bank
On Tuesday, Shridhar Ghadge, who heads the RSS’s Vidarbha unit,had said the organisation does not support the demand of a nationwide caste census
Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of Maharashtra has dismissed opposition charges of a breakdown in law and order, citing figures that show a decrease in the total number of crimes in the state. He also countered claims of increasing drug-related cases, stating that his government has taken action in over 40,000 such cases since assuming power. Fadnavis insisted that the state is relatively safe compared to other states in the country. The opposition had criticized Fadnavis over the deteriorating law and order situation, particularly in Nagpur, which they claimed had become the crime capital of Maharashtra. Fadnavis argued that the crime rate in Nagpur has actually decreased.
Shinde emphasised Maharashtra’s progressive nature and unique cultural traditions, where diverse communities coexist harmoniously
The man allegedly told investigators that he killed his wife and her family because he was convinced that she was cheating on him
Eknath Shinde’s remark comes a day after a RSS functionary told a visiting group of MLAs that the RSS did not support the call for a caste-based headcount
Agreeing that caste-based discrimination has existed for ages, the senior RSS functionary said a “caste census can only deepen the rift”.
Senior RSS functionaries made the organisation’s stand on the caste census clear to Maharashtra’s ruling party legislators.
The opposition on Monday claimed BJP minister Girish Mahajan had attended Dawood’s niece’s wedding and demanded his resignation
Nagpur: Opposition leaders staunchly criticised the state government on Monday in both houses of the legislature over Sunday’s blast at Solar Explosive India Limited near Nagpur which killed nine workers
Maharashtra state has mandated the construction of refuge areas on every second or third floor of high-rise buildings for fire safety purposes. Inspections will be conducted biennially to ensure compliance, and a comprehensive review of burn wards in hospitals will be conducted. The chief minister also pledged to reduce the red zone near the Talawade factory.
The Maharashtra State Legislative Council has passed the Lokayukta Bill, extending the jurisdiction of the anti-corruption ombudsman to include the chief minister and council of ministers. The bill had been delayed due to scrutiny and objections from legislators, but was reintroduced with recommendations from a joint committee. The bill received unanimous support and includes provisions from the Anti-Corruption Act. The Lokayukta will have the power to initiate a preliminary inquiry and seek permission to prosecute the chief minister if evidence is found. The bill also specifies limitations on the Lokayukta's investigations.
The Maharashtra government has decided to waive increased service charges for 56 MHADA colonies in Mumbai, amounting to ₹384 crore, to provide relief to middle-class residents.
Maharashtra remains the top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in India, attracting investments worth ₹28,868 crore in the last three months, according to Uday Samant, the state's industries minister. Samant also highlighted an anticipated investment of around ₹35,000 crore in the Raigad district. The state government is pleased with Maharashtra's robust business environment and its ability to acquire land for investment projects.
Responding to queries from Shiv Sena (UBT) MLCs Sunil Shinde and Vilas Potnis during the legislative council’s question hour, Samant informed that the contractor failed to meet the specified timeframe and legal obligations, resulting in the termination of the agreement
NAGPUR: The state government will consider providing special concessions for the redevelopment of Damodar Hall, an iconic Marathi theatre that also housed a school and a night college, in Mumbai’s Parel area
NAGPUR: The Maharashtra government will take a decision on the old pension scheme (OPS) before the upcoming assembly elections, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar announced in the state legislative council on Tuesday
Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the easy availability of drugs through social media platforms, particularly Instagram, is a major factor driving the surge in narcotics supply across Maharashtra
The statement is expected to pacify onion farmers in Nashik who stopped auctions in wholesale markets in the district indefinitely on Saturday, after the centre banned onion exports till March 31 next year
A day after deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis objected to the induction of NCP leader Nawab Malik in the ruling alliance in a strongly worded letter, Ajit Pawar clarified that the legislator has not yet joined his party
Former minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik made a surprise appearance on the first day of the assembly session in Nagpur on Thursday and then went on to sit on the treasury benches, ending days of speculation over his political loyalty and making his intention clear that he had chosen Ajit Pawar over Sharad Pawar