1 day ago
Maharashtra gets its 36th district

Palghar (Maharashtra), Aug 1 (IANS) Maharashtra's 36th district Palghar was craved out of India's most populous district Thane Friday here. A formal function heralding the new district will be attended by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan later in the day even as scores of hoardings announcing the creation of Palghar were set up at various locations. The proposal for a new, smalle...

1 month ago
India's most populous district Thane to be split

Mumbai, June 13 (IANS) India's most populous district - Thane - will be split and a new district Palghar carved out of it soon, officials said here Friday. Pending since 20 years, the proposal to split Thane - with a population of over 12 million, nearly 10 percent of the state population - was approved by the state cabinet here Friday, but immediately sparked protests from various oppositi...

11 months ago
324 killed in Maharashtra monsoon fury

Mumbai, Aug 13 - Maharashtra has borne the brunt of this year's monsoon fury with 324 deaths, mainly in the eastern Vidarbha region of the state, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said here Tuesday. Heavy rains, floods, lightning strikes and other natural causes led to 324 deaths across the state, besides huge losses to property, mainly in the Nagpur and Amravati divisions of the state

11 months ago
324 killed in Maharashtra monsoon fury

Mumbai, Aug 13 - Maharashtra has borne the brunt of this year's monsoon fury with 324 deaths, mainly in the eastern Vidarbha region of the state, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said here Tuesday. Heavy rains, floods, lightning strikes and other natural causes led to 324 deaths across the state, besides huge losses to property, mainly in the Nagpur and Amravati divisions of the state

1 year ago
Leopard on rampage in Vidarbha, eight humans killed

Chandrapur -, April 18 - A 50-year-old woman was mauled to death by a leopard in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra Thursday, a forest department official said. The woman, identified as Gopika Kalsarpe, became the eighth victim of leopard attack in the Chandrapur district of the state's eastern Vidarbha region in the past two weeks. A girl was killed only a day earlier. Gopika Kalsarpe ...

3 years ago
Monsoon set to hit Maharashtra in next two days

Mumbai, June 7 - Signalling the onset of monsoon over Maharashtra, the weather bureau Tuesday warned of heavy rains in the coastal Konkan belt of the state in the next two days. While local cautionary signal LC-III has been issued at all the big and small ports in northern Maharashtra, fishermen have been advised against venturing into the Arabian Sea for the next two days. According...

4 years ago
Prabha Rau was an athlete, trained musician

Mumbai, April 26 - A soft-spoken and quiet person, Rajasthan Governor Prabha Rau, who died Monday, was an athlete in her school and college days and had represented Maharashtra in several sporting events. Rau was born March 4, 1935, in Khandwa, now in Madhya Pradesh, in the well-known Wasu family of freedom fighters and social reformers from Wardha district in eastern Vidarbha region of Mah...

5 years ago
Athavale hails Khairlanji verdict, Ambedkar decries it

Nagpur, Sep 15 - Even as Republican Party of India president Ramdas Athavale has hailed the 'historic' judgment in the Khairlanji dalit carnage, his rival Bharatiya Republican Party-Bahujan Maha Sangh president Prakash Ambedkar has bemoaned the dropping of 'conspiracy' and 'atrocity' charges by the prosecution. Expressing satisfaction about the judgement of the Bhandara trial court in Ma...

5 years ago
19 killed as heavy rains lash various parts of India

New Delhi, Aug 5 - After a long dry spell, torrential rains since Monday claimed at least 19 lives in various parts of the country, including Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra's Vidarbha region, besides disrupting normal life in the national capital and Chandigarh. Heavy downpour since Monday morning claimed seven lives in Maharashtra's eastern Vidarbha region, cut off hundreds of villages ...

5 years ago
Heavy rains claim seven lives in Vidarbha

Nagpur, Aug 5 - After an agonizing dry spell, it is the turn of torrential rains to keep Vidarbha on tenterhooks. Heavy downpour since Monday morning claimed seven lives in eastern Vidarbha, cut off hundreds of villages and caused disruption in road traffic at some places, official sources said. The worst affected was the Chandrapur city and district which recorded a rainfall of 1200 mil...

6 years ago
Advani names Munde Maharashtra chief ministerial candidate

Shendurwafa (Maharashtra), May 3 (IANS) Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani Saturday declared party general secretary Gopinath Munde will be the chief minister of Maharashtra if the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance came to power in the forthcoming assembly elections. Addressing a mammoth rally of paddy growers from eastern Vidarbha in this tiny village of Bhandara district, the ...

6 years ago
Police seize arms stolen by surrendered Maoists

Nagpur, April 7 (IANS) The police have recovered arms and ammunition stolen by two Maoist-turned-informers, who fled from a police office in Maharashtra a week ago. Working on a tip-off, a joint search team of the Gadchiroli and Gondia police Sunday found two AK-47 rifles, a hand-grenade and seven magazines dumped under a paddy stack in Gadchiroli district's Khursipar village, 100 km fro...

6 years ago
Maharashtra to encourage 'mahua' wineries in Vidarbha

Mumbai, March 13 (IANS) The Maharashtra government will encourage creation of 'mahua' wineries in forest-rich eastern Vidarbha where mahua trees grow in abundance, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh announced in the state assembly Thursday. 'Wineries will be a part of the comprehensive scheme aimed at boosting the economy of the region which will include production of fuel oil and soaps fr...

6 years ago
Maharashtra may waive farmers' loans

Nagpur, Nov 19 (IANS) Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has indicated that a waiver on farmers' loans was on the cards, reiterating the state's willingness to go along with the central government on the issue. 'We are waiting to see the central government's policy in that regard in order to know our share of responsibility in the package,' the chief minister told reporters here Sunday, on...

7 years ago
Coal-rich Vidarbha can make Maharashtra power surplus

Nagpur, May 17 (IANS) The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra is all set to transform the power-starved state into a power-surplus one again in the next five years, thanks to a host of upcoming and proposed projects. Already accounting for over 60 percent of the power generated in the state, the coal-rich central Indian region of Vidarbha will soon boast of a string of new plants with an install...

7 years ago
Nine Maharashtra farmer commit suicide in a day

Yavatmal (Maharashtra), March 9 (IANS) Noise of official compassion notwithstanding, nine debt-ridden farmers ended their lives in Maharashtra's Vidarbha region on a single day Thursday. Meanwhile, top officers of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) arrived to ascertain claims and counter-claims on the suicides as 28 farmers took their lives in the first nine days of this month. Am...

7 years ago
Foraying into rural India through micro-finance

Deoli (Maharashtra), March 3 (IANS) Even as rural India tries to grasp the chimerical implications that the 2007-08 budget has for it, banking giant State Bank of India (SBI) has already set out to include the teeming millions in the country's hinterland hitherto left out of the credit loop. Reaching out to more than 10,000 new families in three tiny blocks of Wardha district, SBI aims to r...

7 years ago
Farmer suicides in Vidarbha cross 100 mark

Nagpur, Feb 11 (IANS) The number of suicides by debt-ridden farmers in Maharashtra's Vidarbha region has crossed the three-digit mark in the first 40 days of 2007 with 15 deaths reported during the last three days, including six Saturday. While most of the 106 suicides have taken place in the six dry-land farming districts of Yavatmal, Amravati, Akola, Buldana, Washim and Wardha in western...

7 years ago
Adani Group to set up power plant in Vidarbha

Gondia (Maharashtra), Feb 10 (IANS) Gautam Adani, chairman of the diversified Adani Group, has promised to set up a power plant in eastern Vidarbha even as frantic efforts were being made to tide over an unprecedented power crisis dogging Maharashtra. Groundwork for the proposed Rs.800 billion project will start in the first week of April at Tiroda, bordering the two rice-growing districts ...

7 years ago
Nine more farmers in Vidarbha end life

Nagpur, Feb 4 (IANS) Nine debt-ridden farmers in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra ended their lives over the weekend, according to information received here Sunday. Three suicides were reported from Buldana district of western Vidarbha, two from Chandrapur district of eastern Vidarbha and one each from Amravati, Akola, Washim and Yavatmal district, all in the western part of the region.

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