MAHARASHTRA

  • Incurred huge losses due to unseasonal rainfall, say Maharashtra farmers 2 days ago

    Unseasonal rains have led to farmers committing suicide from Jalna in Maharashtra. "We had to incur huge losses due to the unseasonal rainfall. 70%-80% of the crops have been damaged," said a farmer. ...
  • IIT Bombay student found dead on hostel terrace, leaves behind a note 2 days ago

    Mumbai: A third year chemical engineering student from IIT Bombay was found dead on the hostel terrace on Saturday evening. The student, 21-year-old Jitesh Sharma, originally from Rohtak, was found along with a note. According to sources, it is a case of suicide. The suburban Powai police was subsequently informed. Police reached...
  • Maharashtra turns 55 today, plight of farm widows remains a blot on state's record 4 days ago

    As Maharashtra celebrates 55 years of statehood today, the plight of the thousands of farm widows remains a blot on the state's record. Travelling through the suicide belt of Vidarbha, it was found that many like 31-year-old farm widow Aparna Malikar have decided to join the system to fight the...
  • Maharashtra: Rahul Gandhi woos farmers, begins his 15 km padyatra against Land Bill in Amravati 5 days ago

    Amravati: In an attempt to reach out to farmers, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi kicked off his padyatra against the Narendra Modi government's Land Acquisition Amendment Bill from Gunji village in Amravati district, Maharashtra on Thursday. Rahul will walk 15 kilometers through villages in Amravati district in Vidarbha region which has...
  • Maharashtra: Rahul Gandhi reaches out to farmers, to begin 15-km padyatra against Land Bill today 5 days ago

    Amravati: Seven years after his first big public statement on farmers' rights in Vidarbha, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will begin his padyatra against the Narendra Modi government's Land Acquisition Amendment Bill from Gunji village in Amravati district, Maharashtra, on Thursday. Rahul will walk 15 kilometers through villages in Amarvati district...
  • Mumbai: MNS rubbishes allegations of vandalism, says it was a fight between north Indians 6 days ago

    Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is back with its anti-migrants campaign. MNS cadre thrashed hawkers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on Tuesday. MNS leader later clarified that the fight was among north Indians and there was only one worker from their youth wing. ...
  • Maharashtra keen to woo Israeli tourists to promote Jewish sites 6 days ago

    Jerusalem: Maharashtra will take initiatives to preserve the Jewish heritage sites in the state as it looks to promote tourism, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said. "The state government is planning to celebrate the year 2017 as "Visit Maharashtra" year. "By that time we would create lot of circuits for tourism. I...
  • Bombay High Court upholds beef ban in Maharashtra 6 days ago

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday upheld the Maharashtra government's decision to ban sale and consumption of beef in the state. A division bench comprising Justice V.M. Kanade and Justice M.S. Sonak gave the verdict in a bunch of PIL'S (Public Interest Litigation) challenging the state government's move to ban...
  • SC stays proceedings against Shobhaa De for tweeting against Maharashtra government's diktat 1 week ago

    Mumbai: In an interim relief for author Shobhaa De, the Supreme Court has stayed stays all proceedings against her by Maharashtra authorities for tweeting against the government's diktat mandating the screening of Marathi films at multiplexes during prime time. The apex court has stayed all proceedings initiated against her by Maharashtra...
  • Devendra Fadnavis in Israel to seek collaboration, attract investment April 27, 2015

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis arrived here as part of his four-day visit to Isarel, during which he will attend an exhibition on agricultural technology and explore areas of co-operation including in emergency preparations and crises management technologies. During his tour, Fadnavis will also be keynote speaker at a symposium...
  • Hit by beef ban, butchers eye foreign-origin Jersey cows, say they may be less sacred than local cattle April 25, 2015

    Mumbai: Battling a beef ban that has threatened their livelihoods, Muslim traders in India are seeking permission to slaughter foreign-origin Jersey cows they think will not be as sacred to the country's majority Hindus as locally bred cattle. Several states led by the Bharatiya Janata Party have either brought new laws...
  • Maharashtra: Agrarian crisis forces farmers to commit suicide April 24, 2015

    There seems to be no end to the growing number of farmer suicides in Marathwada. Marathwada is now turning out to be the suicide capital of Maharashtra with growing number of farmers committing suicides because of the agrarian crisis. ...
  • Don't give MBA admissions till April 28, Bombay High Court tells Maharashtra private colleges April 23, 2015

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday restrained the private colleges in Maharashtra from granting admissions to MBA courses on the basis of common entrance test (CET) held in March this year till April 28. The order was passed by a division bench headed by Justice...
  • Maharashtra, India's richest state, needs over $200 billion to house its poorest April 23, 2015

    Mumbai: Maharashtra, India's wealthiest and most urbanised state, needs more than $200 billion in fresh investment by 2022 if it is to solve a chronic shortage of affordable housing in its fast-growing cities, a report by consultants KPMG found. India's urban population is set to roughly double by 2050, and that...
  • Eating beef not a fundamental right: Maharashtra government tells HC April 21, 2015

    Mumbai: It is not a fundamental right of a citizen to eat beef and the state legislation can regulate consumption of flesh of animals, the Maharashtra government on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court. Advocate General Sunil Manohar made this submission while opposing a bunch of petitions challenging the ban on...
  • Facing all round flak, Maharashtra drops Mumbai Development Plan April 21, 2015

    Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Tuesday scrapped the controversial Mumbai Development Plan that could have shrunk the city's open spaces and led to increased congestion, in the face of stiff opposition from political parties and social activists. The decision to shelve the Development Plan 2034 was taken at a meeting of the...
  • Verdict date of Salman Khan's hit-and-run case to be announced tomorrow April 20, 2015

    Mumbai: A Mumbai court will announce on Tuesday the date of the verdict in the Salman Khan accident case of 2002 after the prosecution and defence completed their final arguments here on Monday. On the concluding day of his final arguments, defence counsel Shrikant Shivade argued that the evidence of the...
  • CM Fadnavis defends beef ban, says government's decision justified April 20, 2015

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis defended the controversial beef ban in the state saying the Constitution makes provision for a cow slaughter ban. He said, "The government is justified in implementing beef ban. Ban on cow slaughter is what people of Maharashtra wants. The government will listen to what people...
  • 30 minutes: Beef ban in Maharashtra April 19, 2015

    BJP-ruled state Maharashtra banned sale and consumption of beef and has imposed a five-year jail term for cow slaughter. ...
  • Watch: HT Mumbai's Most Stylish Awards 2015 April 19, 2015

    At Hindustan Times Mumbai's Most Stylish Awards 2015, celebrities showed off their style mantra. ...
  • Being vegetarian a personal choice: Kamal Haasan on beef ban April 19, 2015

    After Maharashtra government has put a ban on beef, veteran actor Kamal Haasan said being a vegetarian should be a matter of personal choice. In an exclusive interview to Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand, Haasan said, "According to scriptures, Brahmins used to be beef eaters. I don't eat beef anymore, it's...
  • PM Modi's Toronto remarks aimed at assuring industries: Devendra Fadnavis April 18, 2015

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday sought to clarify Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks in Toronto in which he has blamed the erstwhile government for leaving a "mess" behind, saying the statement was meant only to assure industries of "hassle-free" environment in the country. "Firstly, he (Modi) never said...
  • Railway to ink Maharashtra-specific pact on network expansion April 18, 2015

    Mumbai: Railway Ministry will soon be entering into a tie-up with the Maharashtra Government to develop and deepen rail network in underdeveloped pockets in the hinterland. A new company will be created to execute the project, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said. "In the next few days, we will create a...
  • BSF camp attack: Maoist couple nabbed in Chhattisgarh April 18, 2015

    Raipur: A Naxal couple, allegedly involved in the gun-battle at Chhote Baithiya BSF post in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district earlier this week, were arrested on Saturday. Dasru Pungati alias Vikram (35) and his wife Nirmala (38) were apprehended from Burgi Pipili village in the neighbouring Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, station house officer...
  • No more guard of honour for Maharashtra ministers April 18, 2015

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has decided to discontinue the colonial-era practice of according police guard of honour to ministers and top officials during their district-level visits, terming it a "waste of time and resources". The directive will also apply to all ministers and senior state officials, a senior official said. Chief Minister...
  • Ajay Shirke in no mood to return to BCCI April 16, 2015

    Ajay Shirke, the Maharashtra Cricket Association president, is known to keep away from the limelight and take bold decisions. So it wasn't surprising that the then treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India tendered his resignation in the wake of the infamous IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal...
  • Maharashtra by-poll: RR Patil's wife wins Tasgaon-Kavthemahankal seat by over 112,000 votes April 15, 2015

    Sangli: Nationalist Congress Party candidate Suman Patil was elected to the Maharashtra assembly in the by-poll from Tasgaon-Kavthemahankal constituency with a huge margin over her rebel BJP rival, officials said on Wednesday. Patil, widow of former deputy chief minister RR Patil, an NCP stalwart, secured over 112,000 votes, comfortably trouncing rebel...
  • SC asks trial court to consider bail plea of Malegaon blast accused, decide on MACOCA charge April 15, 2015

    Mumbai: In a partial relief for the Malegaon blast case accused, the Supreme Court has asked the trial court to reconsider their bail application. The trial court will now be hearing the bail pleas again. The trial court has also been asked to decide if the stringent Maharashtra Control of...
  • No problem with people eating fishes, goats but won't allow cow slaughter: Nitin Gadkari April 15, 2015

    New Delhi: Even as there is a massive public outrage over the beef ban in Maharashtra, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said ban on cow slaughter is necessary to save the ecology. He also lent support to the Maharashtra government's diktat to show Marathi films during primetime slots. He said, "Today...
  • e Lounge: Shah Rukh Khan encourages regional cinema April 14, 2015

    "First of all I think every regional cinema should not only be supported but also encouraged. I have been living in Maharashtra for 25 years now and I am very anti anyone who talks pro or anti region. So, I am not going there," the 49-year-old actor said during a...