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Pradip has been a journalist for over two decades. He covers the RSS , politics, farmer suicides, issues in the Maoist belt of central India and wildlife. He is based in Nagpur.

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‘Will save democracy’: Cong on foundation day

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi framed the elections as a clash between the party's vision of empowerment and the BJP's alleged ideology of hate and inequality

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at a gathering during the party's “Hain Taiyaar Hum” rally in Nagpur on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 12:56 AM IST
By, Nagpur

10 labourers killed in blast at Solar Industries in Maharashtra’s Nagpur

Preliminary reports indicate that the incident occurred during the packing process at the cast booster plant within Solar Explosive

Solar Industries at Bazargaon in Maharashtra’s Nagpur district (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Dec 17, 2023 05:39 PM IST

Govt seeks nod for 55,520-crore supplementary budget

NAGPUR: On the first day of the state legislature’s winter session, the alliance government presented supplementary demands of ₹55,520 crore, the highest in the recent history of the state

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Updated on Dec 08, 2023 07:44 AM IST

Winter session eve: Govt concessions for Adani’s Dharavi project spark war of words

Thackeray, who has announced that he will lead a march to the Adani group’s Mumbai office, said that several suspicious decisions had been taken to favour the developer, for instance, the government’s making it mandatory for builders seeking TDR to buy 40 percent from the Adani group

Nagpur: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde with Deputy Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar during a press conference ahead of the Winter session of Maharashtra Assembly, in Nagpur, Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 07, 2023 08:18 AM IST

Nitin Gadkari’s speech hints at his political unhappiness

His remarks are being seen as an indication that the Nagpur strongman with close ties to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is considering retirement from active politics, especially after his relations with the BJP top brass strained of late

Speaking at Dr Mohan Dharia Nation Building Award ceremony held in Nagpur, Nitin Gadkari said there is a lot of scope for experiments in areas such as water conservation, climate change and use of waste land. “I like to do them and sometimes do them forcefully. I have already told people it’s enough now; vote for me if you agree and don’t if you think otherwise,” he said. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 28, 2023 12:39 AM IST

Tit for tat: SIT probes in Disha Salian and Rahul Shewale cases

While the government announced a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the Disha Salian death case, the Shiv Sena (UBT) demanded an investigation into the allegations of rape against Rahul Shewale, MP of the Shinde faction

BJP MLA Nitesh Rane alleged that Disha, who was working with a firm managing Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, was murdered in June 2020, days before Rajput’s death. “A high-profile former minister was present at the party she attended before her death. The entire case is being hushed up to save the politician. To do her justice, the case needs to be investigated by an SIT,” Rane said. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 23, 2022 01:05 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Pradip Maitra

Politics over loudspeakers in mosques is wrong, says union minister Athawale

Union minister Ramdas Athawale objected to the effort to stop mosques from using loudspeakers for azaan, saying it should not be banned

Minister of social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale said muslims had been using loudspeakers for azaan for years. (Satish Bate/HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 08:22 PM IST

Politicians and liquor: A unique blend

Opposition to wine sale reeks of double-standards considering that leaders across party lines have substantial stakes in the industry, from producing spirit and alcohol to its manufacturing and sale

However, the opposition reeks of double-standards considering that leaders across party lines have substantial stakes in the industry, from producing spirit and alcohol (Vijay Bate)
Updated on Feb 07, 2022 11:40 PM IST
ByDhaval Kulkarni and Pradip Maitra

RSS Nagpur HQ on alert after terrorist admits to conducting recce, say police

Nagpur police commissioner Amitesh Kumar confirmed detention of the terrorist, who is a local Kashmiri, and visited RSS headquarters with senior police personnel on Friday to take stock of the security arrangements.

The alert was sounded after the recent arrest in Kashmir of a terrorist , who, during interrogation, spoke of some members of the group conducting a reconnaissance of some buildings in Nagpur. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 11:59 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Communal sentiments raked up for BJP’s benefit: Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) referring to the recent communal unrest in Amravati. He said there is also suspicion that communal sentiments were raked up to take their benefits in the assembly elections scheduled in a few states, which needs to be thoroughly investigated

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said there is also suspicion that communal sentiments were raked up for BJP’s benefits in the assembly elections scheduled in a few states. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 17, 2021 11:12 PM IST
ByPradip Maitra and Faisal Malik, Mumbai

Top Maoist Teltumbde killed in Saturday’s op

Teltumbde, who carried a reward of ₹50 lakh, was instrumental in building the Maoist movement in the state, along with Gondia, Balaghat and Mandla regions in Madhya Pradesh and the Rajnandgaon region in Chhattisgarh, over the last two decades.

Nearly 100 Maoists rained bullets at the commandos when the gun battle broke out around 6.30am on Saturday(Vikas Tiwari/ HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 12:30 AM IST
By, , Hindustan Times, Raipur/ Nagpur

Policemen gun down 26 Maoists in Maharashtra

People aware of the developments said that four police officials were seriously injured in the gunbattle that lasted for about 10 hours, and were airlifted to Orange City Hospital in Nagpur for treatment.

Medical staff treat injured police personnel at Orange City Hospital. At least 26 naxals were killed in an encounter with police in eastern Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district. Four police personnel were also seriously injured in the action and were taken to for treatment, in Nagpur. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 04:39 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Nagpur

After fresh violence, curfew imposed, internet suspended in Amravati

BJP had called for a bandh against the violence that had occurred in Amravati during another protest which was called by some Muslim organisations on Friday over reports of a mosque in Tripura being vandalised

Amravati’s acting commissioner of police Sandip Patil said essential services would be exempted during the curfew. Patil was prompted to announce the indefinite curfew after a fresh spell of violence rocked the city on Saturday afternoon when several shops were set afire in Rajapeth and Namuna areas and crowds damaged public and private properties. (HT )
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 03:38 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Nagpur

‘Be ready for all possibilities:’ RSS chief Bhagwat on Taliban talks

The RSS is the ideological fount of the BJP and the annual Vijayadashami speech of its sarsangchalak (delivered on Dusherra day) are closely followed by analysts and experts to understand issues that could become priorities for the government in the future

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat (PTI)
Updated on Oct 16, 2021 02:48 AM IST
By, , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Activist writes to ED, I-T dept for probe into RSS funding

The complainant, Mohnish Jabalpure, sought to understand how it managed to generate huge amounts of funds

Senior RSS functionary Arvind Kukde said the organisation would respond whenever it receives any summons. (Representational photo/HT)
Published on Sep 30, 2021 02:52 AM IST
By, Nagpur

4 of farmers’ family killed near Nagpur in Maharashtra

Police said the farmers’ family members were killed by sharp weapons at around midnight and their bodies were first found by neighbours the next day at around 11am

Maharashtra Police said prima facie, enmity appeared to be the motive behind the brutal murder of the farmers’ family. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Sep 21, 2021 03:30 PM IST

Khairlanji episode: Caste divide cemented by brutality from 15 years ago

Khairlanji (Maharashtra): In September 2006, Khairlanji was just another village in Maharashtra’s Bhandara, its 700 strong populace fairly nondescript

Khairlanji episode: Caste divide cemented by brutality from 15 years ago. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 16, 2021 04:07 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Khairlanji

RSS-affiliated farmers’ group plans nationwide protest on Sept 8

The Sangh outfit said the Narendra Modi government should either bring new legislation or make changes in the farm laws enacted last year to add a provision for the payment of minimum support price (MSP) for major farm produce in the country.

The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh a section of the farm leaders deviated from farmers’ interest for their personal agenda.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 06:11 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Nagpur

ED raids hotel as part of its probe against NCP’s Deshmukh

The raids came a day after the central agency conducted searches at the Nagpur Institute of Technology (NIT), run by Shri Sai Shikshan Sanstha headed by Deshmukh in Fetri, and seized some documents, the minister’s personal secretary confirmed.

Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh(HT File Photo)
Published on Aug 08, 2021 03:54 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Nagpur

Reliance on RAT in rural Maha indicates caseload may be higher

Shortly after receiving his first dose of the vaccine Ravindra Khaire, a pharmacist from the small town of Ramtek in Nagpur district, began to exhibit symptoms of the coronavirus disease: a persistent cough, low-grade fever and body ache

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Updated on Jun 03, 2021 12:44 AM IST
ByPradip Maitra, Jyoti Shelar and Steffi Thevar, Nagpur/mumbai/pune

13 Maoists killed by forces in Gadchiroli encounter

The exchange of fire took place at around 5.30 am after around 200 jawans of the elite C-60 anti-Maoist squad conducted raids based on a tip-off that the local Maoist squad was trying to organise a meeting with villagers and tendu leaf contractors over wages for collection of tendu leaves.

Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Wadse Patil along with top police officials addresses a press conference regarding the encounter of 13 naxals by C60 commandos at Paidi forest near Etapalli in Gadchiroli. (PTI)
Published on May 22, 2021 02:24 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

Oxygen Express reaches Nagpur, 3 tankers unloaded

Indian Railways’ first Oxygen Express reached Nagpur in Maharashtra on Friday evening

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Published on Apr 24, 2021 12:10 AM IST
ByAroosa Ahmed and Pradip Maitra, Mumbai

Devendra Fadnavis under fire as 22-year-old nephew gets Covid-19 jab

After the photos were widely shared on social media, several leaders questioned how the 22-year-old received the vaccine since only frontline or health care workers, and those over the age of 45 are eligible to receive the doses.

BJP leader and former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2021 01:45 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Nagpur

Nagpur hospitals discharge patients early to admit others

As the second Covid wave sweeps Nagpur causing an unprecedented spurt in cases and mortalities, the city is also reeling under an equally unprecedented shortage of hospital beds

It is even alleged that two Covid patients were made to share a bed, reflecting the frightening reality of the bed crisis.
Published on Apr 14, 2021 12:39 AM IST
By, Nagpur

4 dead in massive blaze at Nagpur's Covid-19 hospital

According to people familiar with developments, around 27 patients at the hospital have been shifted to the government-run medical college and hospital and Indira Gandhi Medical College in a critical condition.

Four fire tenders were rushed to the spot and it took an hour to bring the fire under control.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 10, 2021 02:58 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Nagpur

Covid 19: Baba Amte's Anandwan ashram declared containment zone

Around 100 to 150 people in Anandwan were being tested every day since March first week, said a district official.

Anandwan inmates are specially vulnerable to Covid-19 infection as they follow community living, said an official.(sourced photo)
Published on Mar 11, 2021 08:20 AM IST
By | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Nagpur

Elite commando injured in landmine blast by Maoists in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli

On February 23, a Maoist camp was destroyed and an ambush against security forces was foiled by police in Gadchiroli district.

An encounter between Maoists and the elite security force was underway, reports said. File Photo/Representational(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 05, 2021 04:15 PM IST
By | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Nagpur

Shiv Sena minister named in suicide case puts up show of strength, irks Maharashtra govt

Rathod is in controversy after a few audio tapes that went viral following a TikTok star’s suicide. BJP alleged that Rathod was in a relationship with the woman and is responsible for her death

Sanjay Rathod made his public appearance at Pohradevi temple, an important place of worship for the Banjara community, in Washim district. (HT)
Updated on Feb 24, 2021 01:39 AM IST
ByFaisal Malik and Pradip Maitra

Doctor, 2 others sacked after children given sanitiser instead of polio drops

The services of three persons were terminated on the basis of prima facie evidence, said officials.

The incident took place at Kapsi-Kopari, an interior village under Ghatanji tehsil of Yavatmal district on Sunday. (Representative Photo: Reuters)
Published on Feb 03, 2021 07:40 PM IST

MVA gains, but BJP may emerge as largest party in Maha panchayat polls

The BJP won about 2,600 gram panchayats, followed by the Sena, which won 2,570 of the 11,800 panchayats whose results were declared late on Monday evening. The NCP and Congress bagged 2,400 and 1,825 panchayats respectively, while local panels and independents won over 2,335 panchayats.

Deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar said, “The voters voted in favour of the MVA. Ruling parties fought in cooperation and it resulted in the combined victory.
Published on Jan 19, 2021 12:27 AM IST
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