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  • 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...
  • India Inc leaders discuss Mumbai's future at 'Mumbai Next' summit 06-02-2015 04:39 PM

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Friday held a transformation summit titled 'Mumbai Next' where industry captains like Cyrus Mistry and Mukesh Ambani among others discussed execution plans for big projects to help transform the Mumbai metropolitan region into a financial hub. Work has begun in full earnest to push investments...
  • BJP MP Poonam Mahajan takes on Shah Rukh Khan, asks BMC chief to demolish the ramp next to Mannat 03-02-2015 01:40 PM

    BJP MP Poonam Mahajan has taken on star Shah Rukh Khan. Following complaints from the local residents of Bandra, Mahajan has written to the BMC chief, asking him to demolish the ramp set up next to Khan's bungalow Mannat. The ramp is often used by Shah Rukh Khan to park...
  • Censor Board orders singer Mihir Joshi to beep out the word 'Bombay' from his song 02-02-2015 01:40 PM

    If the recent decision taken by Central Board of Film Certification is anything to go by then the word 'Bombay' needs to be beeped out from a song. The decision was earlier taken by the censor board examining committee under former chief Leela Samson. Censor Board had taken exception to...
  • Arun Jaitley lashes out at CBFC members 17-01-2015 11:36 PM

    Arun Jaitely hit back at CBFC members in a blog post and called them rebels. "If there is any corruption in CBFC, UPA appointees have themselves to blame," he said. ...
  • Nine CBFC members resign citing interference, corruption in I&B Ministry 17-01-2015 09:31 AM

    Mumbai: Nine members of the Central Board of Film Certification have sent their resignation letters to the Information and Broadcasting Minister on Saturday citing interference and corruption in the ministry. The resignations came a day after Censor Board chief Leela Samson quit alleging interference from the government. In their letter...
  • Another Censor board member Ira Bhaskar resigns in support of Leela Samson 16-01-2015 04:51 PM

    New Delhi: After Censor board chief Leela Samson quit from her post citing corruption in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, another Censor board member Ira Bhaskar has also decided to quit. Bhaskar said, "My letter will go in the evening. I've decided to resign. Our members had discussed on this...
  • News 360: Kiran Bedi joins BJP, to contest Delhi Assembly elections 15-01-2015 11:37 PM

    The BJPs mission Delhi got a shot in the arm, when former top cop and once close Anna aide Kiran Bedi joined the party on Thursday. Kiran Bedi who may well be the face of the BJP will be pitted against her one time collegue Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam...
  • Infosys Prize 2014: The science and society debate 13-01-2015 11:37 PM

    The Infosys Awards are in the 6th year. This year, these awards have been instituted to recognise excellence in the pure sciences and in the social sciences. ...
  • NCP, Congress, Sena asked to vacate offices for construction of Colaba metro line 13-01-2015 02:27 PM

    Mumbai: A big buck infrastructure project is likely to displace several politicians in Mumbai. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Congress and Shiv Sena in Mumbai have been asked to vacate their party offices for the construction of Colaba's new metro line. The plot of land on which these offices are constructed...
  • Watch: The Bhabha atomic reserach centre will be thrown open to the public 11-01-2015 04:13 PM

    In a massive public outreach aimed at changing perceptions about nuclear science and helping convey the benefits of atomic energy to the society, the iconic Bhabha atomic reserach centre will be thrown open to the public. ...
  • News 360: Sunanda Pushkar was poisoned, says Delhi Police; files murder case 06-01-2015 09:27 PM

    A year after Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in her hotel room, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Tuesday said that a murder case has been filed in it. Sunanda Pushkar was staying at the Leela Hotel in the national capital when she was found...
  • Claims made in Science might need evidence, says Amartya Sen 06-01-2015 12:35 AM

    Mumbai: Economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has said some evidence is required in the controversial claims made in the Indian Science Congress regarding the achievements of ancient Indians. Talking to CNN-IBN, Sen said, "The idea that human beings can fly is known to human beings from birth. The idea...
  • Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna activists vandalise Kolhapur toll booth 29-12-2014 05:39 PM

    Kolhapur: Activists of Raju Shetty's Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna vandalised the Kolhapur toll booth on Monday. The activists alleged that their district president was manhandled by IRB official on Sunday evening at the toll booth. Kolhapur has been the epicentre of the anti toll agitations. The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana is an...
  • Air India cabin crew complains against pilot for upgrading his son to first class on flight 27-12-2014 09:08 AM

    Mumbai: Air India cabin crew association has sent another complaint to the Aviation Ministry against a flight captain who allegedly upgraded his son to first class on a flight. A previous complaint was filed against the official after his daughter took a crew bunk meant for the first officer during...
  • Mumbai Police deploy 75% of its force to ensure safety for women on New Year's eve 26-12-2014 11:17 AM

    Mumbai: Mumbai police has stepped up the security measures to ensure safety for women on New Years eve. 75 per cent of its personnel to be deployed for New Years eve. Women police personnel wearing civilian clothes will be deployed in crowded areas like Juhu Chowpatty, Marine drive and Gateway...
  • News 360: Despite intelligence inputs, India, US, Britain failed to prevent 26/11 attacks 22-12-2014 10:10 PM

    India, USA and Britain had been tracking the activities of Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists behind the 26/11 Mumbai attacks before they went on rampage in India's financial capital Mumbai killing 166 people including a few foreigners. ...
  • Maharashtra CM orders probe against Ajit Pawar, Sunil Tatkare in irrigation scam 12-12-2014 01:29 PM

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday gave a green signal to the states anti-corruption bureau to conduct an open enquiry against former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and state Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sunil Tatkare in the irrigation scam. The Maharashtra Irrigation scam was a government scam...
  • Nashik: Angry villagers find files rotting in Tribal Development office, take on officials 11-12-2014 01:27 PM

    Nashik: A row has broken out after files relating to tribal land claims were found rotting in a the Tribal Development office in Nandurbar. Angry tribals who found these files rotting and half eaten by termites, carried them to the Tribal Development office in Nashik. They barged into Adivasi Commissioner...
  • Uber misleads customers on driver verification, nature of its business 10-12-2014 02:21 PM

    Mumbai: After the Delhi rape, Uber representatives claimed that they were only aggregators and didn't carry out driver verification but in an email reply to a customer's query regarding the verification of drivers on November 3, Uber claimed the opposite. Infact, driver partners are put through a rigorous quality control...