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Power-packed 60th birthday bash for Gadkari in Nagpur

Nagpur, May 27 (IANS) Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had a power-packed 60th birthday celebration here on Saturday, showcasing his influence across the political spectrum and the respect he commands within his Bharatiya Janata Party. The highlights of the daylong celebrations which started this morning included release of his biography by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, followed by inaug...

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Mega 60th birthday bash for Gadkari in Nagpur

Nagpur, May 27 (IANS) Braving the blistering 45-plus degrees C heat, this Maharashtra city enthusiastically celebrated the 60th birthday of Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday. The celebrations started with a massive garland offered to Gadkari, who sported a simple kurta-pyjama, with lots of selfies and pictures clicked. This was followed by cutting a massive 60-kg ...

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Need to promote electric vehicles: Gadkari

Nagpur, May 26 (IANS) Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that electric vehicles need to be promoted in order to cut down expenses incurred on crude oil imports. E-vehicles need to be promoted in order to cut down the huge crude oil bill, reduce pollution and create cost effectiveness in transportation, Gadkari said at the launch of India's first multi...

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Maoists torch Jharkhand railway station

Ranchi, May 26 (IANS) More than 50 Maoist guerrillas have torched a railway station in Jharkhand's Bokaro district to protest changes made in two land acts in the state, police said on Friday. The Maoist militants attacked the Dumri Vihar railway station late on Thursday night, damaging the equipments and other instruments kept at the station, the police sources said. They also ...

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Fadnavis, 5 others, survive chopper crash; Tweets 'We are ok'

Latur (Maharashtra), May 25 (IANS) Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and five others had a providential escape when their chopper crash-landed after it got entangled in overhead electric cables in Latur district, sparking a major scare here on Thursday. He later tweeted, We are absolutely safe and ok. Nothing to worry. As the chopper appeared to lose control and suddenly came ...

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Admissions in MGIMS post graduate courses through common counselling: SC

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra government to include the state's Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) in the ongoing counselling for admissions in post graduate medical and diploma courses. The vacation bench of Justice L.Nageswara Rao and Justice Navin Sinha however said that the addition of the Wardha-based institute would...

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60 tribal children rescued in Madhya Pradesh, 8 arrested

Bhopal, May 23 (IANS) Government Railway Police (GRP) have rescued 60 tribal children belonging to Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh who were allegedly being taken for religious conversion, police said on Tuesday. Eight persons have been arrested. Sixty children, of which 28 are boys and 38 girls, were being taken from Jhabua via Megh Nagar to Ratlam on a train. On Sunday, the GRP questi...

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Young Indian cartoonist wins top conservation award

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Avid bird watcher, Rohan Chakravarty has turned his love for wildlife and environment into his muse by drawing cartoons centred on conservation issues under the banner of Green Humour, a comic strip that is being distributed internationally His cartoons make you laugh out loud. They also carry a strong message of conservation that leaves an instant impression in ...

7 days ago
Maharashtra farmers hold protest over Modi's unfulfilled promises

New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) At least 100 farmers from Maharashtra's Vidarbha region held a daylong hunger strike on Friday to remind Prime Minister Narendra Modi of promises he made during the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign. The farmers from Dhabhadi village of Yavatmal district of Vidarbha -- the epicentre of farmers' suicides in the country -- sat at the Jantar Mantar here. Led by forme...

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Congress alleges mega-scam in Mumbai-Nagpur expressway

Mumbai, May 19 (IANS) The Congress on Friday alleged a major road scam worth thousands of crores of rupees in the proposed 706-km-long Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, perpetrated at the level of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam said the request for qualification (RFQ) for constructing the expressway -- named 'Maharashtra Samruddhi Corridor' (MSC) -- li...

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Mixed response to JVM-P traffic blockade in Jharkhand

Ranchi, May 18 (IANS) Jharkhand on Thursday witnessed mixed response to a traffic blockade called by the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) to oppose the Adani power plant and amendments in two state land acts. The JVM-P workers hit the roads in districts and more than 1,000 supporters were arrested as a preventive measure. The traffic blockade by JVM-P activists had no impact i...

11 days ago
RSS using BJP to pursue 'fascist' agenda, says CPI

Raigad/Mumbai, May 15 (IANS) The Communist Party of India (CPI) On Monday accused the RSS of using the Bharatiya Janata Party governments at the centre and states to pursue its fascist agenda. Against this backdrop, the CPI also signaled a major shift in its policy by announcing plans to mobilise and unite all secular, democratic and Leftist forces in the country to combat the RSS-BJP.

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Bear mauls three Maharashtra tribals to death, injures three

Nagpur, May 13 (IANS) In yet another instance of man-animal conflict, a sloth bear mauled three tribals to death and seriously injured three others in the Chandrapur forest on Saturday morning, an official said. The bear was later shot dead by a forest official. While a woman, Ranjana Ambadas Raut, 56, of Kitali village, was killed on the spot, Bisan Soma Kulmethe, 45, and Farukh...

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Fadnavis' chopper develops snag in Maoist-hit district

Nagpur, May 12 (IANS) Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday cancelled plans to travel by a helicopter after it developed a technical glitch in the state's Maoist-hit Gadchiroli district, official sources said. Fadnavis, who fulfilled some engagements in Gadchiroli, was scheduled to fly to Nagpur to attend scheduled programmes in the afternoon but when he arrived at the h...

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4.500 Maharashtra petrol pumps to remain shut Sundays, one-shift on weekdays

Mumbai, May 11 (IANS) Around 4,500 petrol and CNG pumps in Maharashtra have decided to observe 'holiday' on Sundays, beginning May 14, and work on single day shifts, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., from Monday - ignoring criticism of the move by the Petroleum Ministry. The move will hit 225 petrol pumps in Mumbai alone, Federation of All Maharashtra Petrol Dealers Association (FAMPEDA) President Uday Lod...

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Maharashtra's polluting factories make its rivers filthiest in India

There was a time when Hanif S. Parkar, a fisherman from Dhabol Khadi village in the coastal district of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, could net 25 different kinds of fish from Vashisthi, the local river. For the past 25 years, factories in the neighbouring industrial belt of Lote Parshuram have been dumping untreated effluents in the river, destroying all living forms in it. The fish are dyi...

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With Patna this week, mission to spread BPO centres to small cities gathers steam

New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) In a move that could herald an IT revolution in smaller cities, the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) is all set to launch 1,000 seats in Patna this week, which is likely to create roughly 1,500 vacancies in the country's business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. Functioning under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the STPI has plans...

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Taking IT revolution to smaller cities is like lighting a bulb, says STPI

New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) In a move that could herald an IT revolution in small Indian cities, the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) is all set to launch 1,000 seats in Patna this week, which is likely to create roughly 1,500 vacancies in the sector. Functioning under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the STPI has plans to launch 48,000 such seats, with a tar...

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SC rejects plea to review death sentence of 4-year-old girl's rapist, killer

New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a review petition by Vasanta Sampat Dupare seeking the recall of its November 2014 order upholding his conviction and death sentence for raping a four-year-old girl and then battering her to death. Affirming its November 26, 2014 judgment upholding the 55-year-old Dupare's conviction and death sentence, the bench of Justice ...

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Maharashtra couple divorced - on Skype

Pune, May 2 (IANS) Marking a probable first in Maharashtra, a Pune couple was granted divorce by mutual consent after appearing online on Skype, a lawyer said on Tuesday. Both the husband and wife are software engineers, working in Singapore and London respectively. In August 2016, they filed a divorce petition by mutual consent under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, before the Pun...

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