• Watch: Bal Thackeray's last interview to CNN-IBN November 18, 2012

    The last interview Bal Thackeray gave to CNN-IBN was in February this year where he spoke on a range of issues. ...
  • Thane: Drought leads to polygamy among farmers May 11, 2012

    Thane: As the state of Maharashtra reels under a severe drought, one is seeing a strange occurrence in the district of Thane. The farmers in its villages are resorting to polygamy, so that there are more hands to fill and carry water from wells that are over two hours from...
  • India gets its first ever Paralympics swimmer May 9, 2012

    Mumbai: A swimmer from Karnataka, Sharath Gayakwad, is the first Indian swimmer to qualify for the Paralympics. Born with a deformed hand, Sharath has managed to swim against all odds to get there. "I want to be an Olympic champion and break a world record," the Paraswimmer said. 20-year-old Sharath...
  • Maha drought crisis: MLAs' Europe tour draws flak May 4, 2012

    Mumbai: Over 6000 villages in 15 districts of Maharashtra are drought affected, and while the state government has announced extra funds for the areas, the government's plan to send 25 MLAs on the annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Board tour to Europe at such a time has met with severe criticism, particularly...
  • Maharashtra: Anna's Lokayukta campaign from today May 1, 2012

    Mumbai: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare will be back in action on Tuesday though this time his campaign will be restricted to Maharashtra. Anna will be on a five-week campaign to bring in a stronger Lokayukta Bill in the state. Last week Anna visited Mumbai to build political consensus on the...
  • Activists claim victory as President gives up land April 28, 2012

    Pune: President Pratibha Patil decided to give up the proposed post-retirement bungalow being constructed in Pune after allegations of grabbing defence land. The activists who highlighted the violations have claimed victory but the President said she was pained at such baseless allegations. Retired defence officers in Pune congratulated each other...
  • Maharashtra land scam: Trouble for Deshmukh, Rane April 17, 2012

    Mumbai: Top Maharashtra leaders Vilasrao Deshmukh, Narayan Rane and Chhagan Bhujbal were left red-faced as the CAG report that was tabled in the Maharashtra Assembly on Tuesday slammed them for allotting subsidised land without following due procedure. As reported by CNN-IBN a week ago, the CAG report implicates Deshmukh for...
  • Pune: Agricultural land marketed as hill station April 15, 2012

    Pune: In what may remind many of the Lavasa controversy, Girivan, an agricultural land near Pune, is being marketed as a private hill station. The Girivan Project's website advertises resorts, restaurants, a convention centre and an adventure sports park, none of which can be built on agricultural land without due...
  • Controversy over defence land allotted to Prez April 12, 2012

    New Delhi: There is a fresh controversy surrounding defence land allotted to President Pratibha Patil in Pune. An RTI application filed by former defence officers has shown that her post-retirement bungalow is being built on defence land far in excess of what is sanctioned under the rules. The President's office...
  • Prez allotted land meant for defence personnel April 12, 2012

    New Delhi: An RTI disclosure has revealed that President Pratibha Patil has been allotted defence land, the size of which is six times more than she's eligible for, in Pune to construct a bungalow. The President has been allotted 2,61,00 sq ft of defence land in the Khadki cantonment area....
  • Tikku murder case witnesses high drama April 11, 2012

    Mumbai: One of the suspects held for the murder of senior citizen Arunkumar Tikku fled police custody but was re-arrested after a nightlong manhunt. In the court, the suspect, Vijay Palande, claimed he was never arrested. There were allegations of police torture by the man accused of murdering TV actor...
  • Maharashtra land row: CAG report names Vilasrao April 5, 2012

    Mumbai: Union minister and former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh is at the centre of a fresh land row. This after the state Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) indicted him for allotting land at discounted price to his own trust. The report also puts serving Maharashtra ministers in the dock....
  • Gadchiroli: tribals caught in crossfire? April 4, 2012

    Gadchiroli: Two more tribals were killed allegedly by the Naxals in the Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra taking the toll to 44 in the last one year. Just last week, 12 CRPF men died in a Naxal attack in Gadchiroli. The question is whether tribals are increasingly being caught in the...
  • Indians in Pak jail despite completing sentence April 2, 2012

    Ahmednagar: Thirty-two Indians are languishing in Pakistani jails even though a Lahore court ordered their immediate release as they had all served their sentences. However, it is red tape that is standing in the way of their freedom. Aunabai Karale couldn't hold back her tears when she read letters from...
  • Maharashtra: state to form battalion to fight Naxals April 1, 2012

    Gadchiroli: Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil has said that the state will form a tribal battalion to counter the Naxal situation in Gadchiroli after 12 CRPF jawans were killed in an attack there on the March 27. But with Naxals allegedly brutally killing anyone they suspect to be a police...