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  • Maharashtra minister carries revolver at kids' event, faces criticism 30-03-2015 04:29 PM

    Mumbai: Maharashtra minister and BJP leader Girish Mahajan faced flak on Monday after he attended an event for deaf and dumb children with a revolver tucked in his waist, an act dubbed as "inappropriate". The minister claimed that he had a license for the weapon. But the opposition continues to...
  • News 360: SC axes Section 66A of IT Act, calls it unconstitutional 24-03-2015 09:38 PM

    Section 66A of the Information Technology Act has been struck down by the Supreme Court for being "unconstitutional and untenable". The apex court delivered the landmark judgement on Tuesday on a petition filed by Shreya Singhal, who sought amendment in Section 66A of the IT Act. ...
  • News 360: VK Singh, Kashmiri separatist leaders attend Pakistan National Day celebrations 23-03-2015 09:33 PM

    Minister of State for External Affairs Minister VK Singh on Monday attended Pakistan National Day reception at the High Commission in New Delhi amidst the controversy sparked by Pakistani envoy Abdul Basit's comments that India was not against his interactions with Kashmiri separatist leaders. ...
  • Maharashtra Minister sparks controversy, says foreign hand behind church attack 23-03-2015 03:46 PM

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse sparked off a controversy by saying that there could be a foreign hand behind the Church attack. The Opposition also created an uproar in the state Assembly over the issue with the National Congress Party walking out of the Assembly over the issue. On...
  • Maharashtra CM promises action against Church attackers 22-03-2015 02:53 PM

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday promised action against the three accused who vandalised a church in Navi Mumbai. The Chief Minister said the three attackers have been identified and will be arrested soon. On Saturday morning, three men on a bike were caught on CCTV hurling stones...
  • Child commission directs Mumbai police to file FIR against actor Shah Rukh Khan 20-03-2015 05:03 PM

    Mumbai: In the latest twist to Wankhede Brawl that took place during IPL in 2013, Child Commisssion has ordered Mumbai Police to register an FIR against actor Shah Rukh Khan. The actor has been accused by the commission for using filthy language before children causing them mental suffering. The FIR...
  • DGCA pulls up Air India for compromising with passengers' safety 20-03-2015 11:59 AM

    Mumbai: Pulling up Air India, the Director General of Civil Aviation has written to the national carrier asking it to stop operating with mimimum crew. The action comes after it was highlighted how the national carrier was compromising with flight safety norms by rendering fully operational doors unserviceable. This as...
  • Mumbai's Girgaum Chowpatty to be renamed Swaraj Bhoomi to honour Lokmanya Tilak 19-03-2015 10:45 AM

    The BJP-led Maharashtra government on Wednesday decided to rename the area at Girgaum Chowpatty in the city where veteran freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was cremated, as 'Swaraj Bhoomi'. ...
  • After communist leader Govind Pansare's death, activist Dr Bharat Patankar receives threat letter 18-03-2015 12:37 PM

    Mumbai: A month after the murder of Communist leader Govind Pansare and rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, another writer and activist Dr Bharat Patankar has received a letter threatening that he, too, will meet the same fate. The letter accused Patankar of backing rationalists and Muslims and warned him against doing so....
  • Is Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen the new threat to Congress? 15-03-2015 02:04 PM

    Back from political wilderness as Congress' Maharashtra PCC President, Ashok Chavan faces his first big electoral challenge in his own backyard- Mararthwada. And it is the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) that is the big worry for the party in the Aurnagabad Municipal Corporation election scheduled for next month. ...
  • Jerry Seinfeld's show in Mumbai gets cancelled over parking issues 13-03-2015 03:45 PM

    Mumbai: Bad news for Mumbaikars. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld's show which was scheduled for this weekend, has been cancelled. The show has been cancelled due to parking issues at the venue. The organizers have been unable to assure adequate parking at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium, the venue for the event....
  • News 360: CNN-IBN reveals identity of AgustaWestland kingpin in VVIP chopper deal 12-03-2015 09:22 PM

    In the latest development in the VVIP chopper deal, CNN-IBN on Thursday revealed the identity of AgustaWestland kingpin. The picture of middleman Christian Michel has been revealed for the first time. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has started tracking down the trail from Dubai to Delhi and also began tracking the...
  • News 360: Ex-AAP MLA stings Arvind Kejriwal; Anjali Damania quits party 11-03-2015 09:31 PM

    In a major setback for the Aam Aadmi Party, senior leader from Maharashtra Anjali Damania quit the party on Wednesday after a former AAP MLA Rajesh Garg released an audio of his conversation with Kejriwal showing how the latter allegedly wanted to encourage horse-trading in 2014. ...
  • Anjali Damania quits AAP after former party MLA accuses Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal of horse-trading 11-03-2015 03:09 PM

    Mumbai: In a major setback for the Aam Aadmi Party, senior leader from Maharashtra Anjali Damania quit the party on Wednesday. The development took place following allegations of horse-trading against Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal. She announced her decision on Twitter, saying she joined the AAP...
  • News 360: Lok Sabha passes Land Acquisition Bill 10-03-2015 09:24 PM

    The contentious Land Acquisition Bill passed the Lok Sabha test on Tuesday after the government carried out nine amendments to it and persuaded most of its allies to support, setting the stage for its consideration in Rajya Sabha where the numbers are loaded against the government. ...
  • 300-odd passengers of Air India face harrowing time, made to wait for 15 hours 10-03-2015 01:15 PM

    New Delhi: About 300 passengers of an Air India Delhi to Mumbai flight had a harrowing experiencing when they were made to wait all night at the Delhi airport because of incessant delays in the intervening night of March 8 and 9. Worse, according to passengers, there was only one...
  • News 360: SMS, Internet services still blocked in Dimapur; 22 arrested in mob lynching case 09-03-2015 10:22 PM

    The situation is slowly returning to normalcy in Dimapur city of Nagaland after the horrific lynching of a rape accused by a mob of thousands on Thursday. Twenty two people have been arrested in connection with the case but the incident has now led to a political tussle between the...
  • A year on, MH370 passenger's family awaits her return 08-03-2015 12:53 PM

    Mumbai: Even after a year, families of MH370 passengers are awaiting their return. The Malaysian Airline flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people onboard mysteriously disappeared. Prahlad Shirsat, husband of one of the passengers, scours the Internet every morning looking for some lead, somewhere. His wife Kranti who...
  • Rift widens in AAP, Mayank Gandhi demands minutes of National Executive meet be made public 07-03-2015 02:54 PM

    Mumbai: The rift is widening in the Aam Aadmi Party and party leader Mayank Gandhi has once again hit out at party's national convener Arvind Kejriwal and his loyalists. Gandhi has demanded that the minutes of the National Executive meeting that took place on March 4 be made public. In...
  • News 360: AAP sacks Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan from party political panel 04-03-2015 09:17 PM

    the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday removed senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the party's decisive Political Affairs Committee (PAC). At the same time, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's resignation as AAP's national convenor was rejected. ...
  • Bombay HC dismisses Ashok Chavan's application for recall of his name from Adarsh scam 04-03-2015 12:26 PM

    Mumbai: In a setback for Maharashtra Congress president and former chief minister Ashok Chavan, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed a an application filed by him for recall of an earlier order refusing to drop his name from the charge-sheet of Adarsh Housing Society scam. Chavan had approached the...
  • Agrarian crisis deepens in Marathwada, 93 farmer suicides reported in 2015 03-03-2015 10:05 AM

    Mumbai: The agrarian crisis in the arid Marathwada region of Maharashtra is deepening and as many as 93 farmers have reportedly committed suicide since January 1, 2015. Successive droughts, hailstorm in 2014 and faulty agriculture policy are all contributing to the crisis. In February, 40-year-old Shamrao Rambhau Parde owning less...
  • News 360: J&K CM Mufti says Afzal Guru's hanging travesty of justice; BJP distances itself 02-03-2015 09:55 PM

    A group of People's Democratoc Party (PDP) MLAs on Monday fired another salvo at its coalition partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) calling the hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru issue as "a travesty of justice". The issue is sure to embarrass the PDP leadership too and expose chinks in the relations...
  • Maharashtra government to pay for treatment of H1N1 patients 02-03-2015 11:16 AM

    As the death toll due to swine flu crosses 1,000, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has instructed private hospitals to treat H1N1 patients even if they can't pay. He said the government will bear the costs. The state health minister is also reviewing situation. ...
  • Watch: Political battle over the Modi government's full-fledged budget 28-02-2015 06:33 PM

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the first full-fledged of the Narendra Modi government in Parliament on Saturday aimed at high growth, saying the pace of cutting the fiscal deficit would slow as he seeks to boost investment and ensure that ordinary people benefit. ...
  • Mumbai locals await infrastructural upgrade in overcrowded suburban railway network 25-02-2015 11:17 AM

    12 people are said to die everyday on Mumbai's suburban railway network which is severely overloaded. With no upgrade in infrastructure, rampant corruption, it is to be seen what can Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu can do to improve the situation. ...
  • Lonavala: Body of a 7-year-old girl discovered from terrace of a resort under the water tank 18-02-2015 04:21 PM

    Lonavala: The body of a seven-year-old girl was discovered on the terrace of a popular resort in Lonavala under a water tank on Tuesday evening. The girl had visited Kumar Resort with her parents for a wedding on Sunday evening. Her father had filed a complaint on Monday morning after...
  • News 360: China says will back India for UN Security Council permanent membership 12-02-2015 11:36 PM

    Ahead of Narendra Modi's Beijing visit, China on Thursday softened its stand on India's bid for a permanent membership in United Nation's Security Council. After decades of denial, it is for the first time that China said it supported India's bid. A senior Chinese official said Beijing has no problem...
  • Shiv Sena targets Narendra Modi, calls BJP's Delhi debacle PM's mistake 11-02-2015 08:38 AM

    Mumbai: A day after Aam Aadmi Party's landslide victory in the Delhi elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party's oldest ally Shiv Sena has taken a dig at the party after their near wipeout in national capital. In an article in its mouthpiece Saamna, the party has made a scathing attack at...
  • Shirin Dalvi continues to be hounded for reproducing Charlie Hebdo cover 08-02-2015 03:55 PM

    Mumbai: Despite printing a front page apology for reproducing the cover of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, Editor of the now closed Urdu publication 'Avadhnama' Shirin Dalvi continues to be hounded. Her crime was reproducing the cover of Charlie Hebo that had a caricature of the Prophet. Dalvi was arrested and...