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Five tourists fined 25K for drinking during safari in Tadoba

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.

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Updated on Feb 17, 2024 07:02 AM IST

Every party wants Ramtek seat, Pawar NCP announces candidate before MVA seat-sharing finalised

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

Every party wants Ramtek seat, Pawar NCP announces candidate before MVA seat-sharing finalised
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 08:08 AM IST

FDA busts bogus medicine racket, seizes 21,600 ‘antibiotic’ tablets at Nagpur hospital

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.

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Updated on Feb 04, 2024 07:12 AM IST

3 killed in tiger attack in Gadchiroli in last two weeks: Officials

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

1 person was killed on Saturday in tiger attack near Lohara in Gadchiroli (Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 20, 2024 05:17 PM IST

Navi Mumbai airport to become operational by year-end: Scindia

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.

Nagpur:12January2024 Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotirditya Scindia addresses during the inauguration of the AAR Indamer MRO facility at MIHAN SEZ, in Nagpur, Friday Jan 12, 2024. Photo by Sunny Shende:PM100029 (PTI)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 07:56 AM IST

Navi Mumbai airport to become operational by year end: Scindia

The greenfield airport is being developed in three phases, with the initial phase capable of handling 2.5 crore passengers per annum.

Scindia speaking at the formal function of AAR-Indamer while inaugurating the MRO in Nagpur on Friday(Sunny Shende/HT)
Published on Jan 12, 2024 09:47 PM IST

Court refuses to stay Kedar’s conviction, denies him bail

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.

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Updated on Dec 31, 2023 07:46 AM IST

Mega rally in Nagpur today shows Maha central to Cong’s poll agenda

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

Nagpur: Maharashtra Congress in-charge Ramesh Chennithala with Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole and senior leaders inspect the preparation at the venue on the eve of the party's
Updated on Dec 28, 2023 06:30 AM IST

Congress to launch national poll campaign with rally in Nagpur tomorrow

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)”

Preparations underway for the Congress's public meeting in Nagpur. (PTI)
Published on Dec 27, 2023 04:18 PM IST

Nagpur court convicts ex-minister Kedar in multi-crore bank scam

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

Mumbai, India - Dec. 30, 2019: Sunil Kedar during the swearing in ceremony for Maharashtra cabinet expansion at Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai, India, on Monday, December 30, 2019. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 23, 2023 07:46 AM IST

‘Not against it’: RSS clarifies stance on nationwide caste-based census

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

A demand for nationwide caste census has been aggressively put forth by the Congress-led INDIA bloc (HT File photo)
Updated on Dec 22, 2023 04:50 AM IST

Fadnavis claims dip in state’s crime rate, says more action being taken against drug rackets

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.

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Updated on Dec 21, 2023 07:32 AM IST

CM Shinde visits RSS headquarters, non-committal on caste census

Shinde emphasised Maharashtra’s progressive nature and unique cultural traditions, where diverse communities coexist harmoniously

Nagpur, Dec 20 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde with Shiv Sena MLA Bharat Gogawale and others pay tribute to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar at Reshimbaug, in Nagpur on Wednesday. (ANI Photo) (Snehal Sontakke)
Updated on Dec 21, 2023 07:22 AM IST

Man, 31, kills wife in her sleep, then her father and 2 brothers; arrested: Cop

The man allegedly told investigators that he killed his wife and her family because he was convinced that she was cheating on him

The The incident took place in Tirjhada Pardi Beda village in Yavatmal district about 150km from Nagpur on Tuesday night. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 20, 2023 07:18 PM IST

Decision on caste census will keep sentiment of all in mind: Eknath Shinde

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

Nagpur:Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde with party MLA Bharat Gogawle pays tribute to RSS founder KB Hedgewar at Hedgewar Smriti Mandir in Nagpur. (PTI)
Published on Dec 20, 2023 04:48 PM IST

Caste survey will do no good, will aggravate inequality: RSS

Agreeing that caste-based discrimination has existed for ages, the senior RSS functionary said a “caste census can only deepen the rift”.

Union home minister Amit Shah had last month said that the BJP has never opposed the idea of caste census, but a decision in this regard would be taken after proper thought (HT File)
Updated on Dec 20, 2023 01:39 AM IST

RSS opposes caste census, says it will aggravate inequality

Senior RSS functionaries made the organisation’s stand on the caste census clear to Maharashtra’s ruling party legislators.

A senior RSS functionary said a caste-based census can only deepen the rift within the society. (File)
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 06:36 PM IST

Opposition demands BJP minister Girish Mahajan’s resignation over Dawood link

The opposition on Monday claimed BJP minister Girish Mahajan had attended Dawood’s niece’s wedding and demanded his resignation

Nagpur:18December2023 Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council Ambadas Danve interact with media showing photograph of BJP MLA and State Minister Girish Mahajan and some others leaders associated with the State Government attended the wedding of muslim religios leaders from Nashik having connection with Dawood Ibrahim, during the winter session of Maharashtra State Assembly, at Vidhan Bhawan Nagpur. Monday. Dec 18, 2023. Photo by Sunny Shende
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 01:45 AM IST

Day after explosion killed 9 workers, opposition accuses govt of shielding company

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

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Updated on Dec 19, 2023 06:24 AM IST

Refuge area must on every third floor in a high-rise, says Fadnavis

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.

Nagpur:14December2023 A group photo of the existing MLAs of the 2019 Vidhan Sabha including Chief Minister Ekhnath Shinde, DCMs Devendra Fadnavis was organised outside the Vidhan Bhavan premises during the Winter Session of Maharashtra State Assembly, Nagpur. Thursday. Dec 14, 2023. Photo by Sunny Shende:PM100029 (PTI)
Updated on Dec 16, 2023 08:58 AM IST

Maha legislative council passes Lokayukta Bill

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.

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Updated on Dec 16, 2023 07:50 AM IST

Govt waives increased service charges for 56 MHADA colonies in Mumbai

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.

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Updated on Dec 16, 2023 07:20 AM IST

Foreign investors prefer Maharashtra: Samant

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.

Mumbai, India - January 06, 2023: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari along with Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar and Maharashtra Industries Minister Uday Samant during the All-India Marathi Literary Conference 2023, at Worli, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, January 06, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 15, 2023 07:28 AM IST

Contracts for concretisation of roads cancelled: Uday Samant in council

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

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Updated on Dec 14, 2023 07:10 AM IST

Govt will consider concessions for Damodar Hall redevelopment: Dy CM Fadnavis

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

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Updated on Dec 14, 2023 06:54 AM IST

State committed to giving justice to govt pensioners: Ajit Pawar

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

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Updated on Dec 13, 2023 08:00 AM IST

Social media platforms are major source for sale of drugs: Fadnavis

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

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Updated on Dec 13, 2023 07:04 AM IST

Govt to procure onions from farmers if needed, says Fadnavis

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

Nagpur, Dec 11 (ANI): MLAs of Mahavikas Aghadi protest against the central government regarding the onion export ban in Nagpur on Monday. (ANI Photo) (Chandrakant Paddhane)
Updated on Dec 12, 2023 07:36 AM IST

Ajit says no decision on Malik yet; opposition targets BJP over another NCP leader

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

Ajit says no decision on Malik yet; opposition targets BJP over another NCP leader
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 08:10 AM IST

Nawab Malik picks Ajit faction; Fadnavis says he is not welcome

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

Nawab Malik picks Ajit faction; Fadnavis says he is not welcome
Updated on Dec 08, 2023 07:50 AM IST
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