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Jharkhand assembly adjourned over Land Amendment Act row

Ranchi, July 17 (IANS) The Jharkhand assembly was on Tuesday adjourned till Wednesday as the opposition parties raised the Land Amendment Act 2017 issue and disrupted the house proceedings. When the house assembled at 11 a.m., the opposition members stood on their seats and demanded a discussion on the Land Amendment Act 2017. They also demanded withdrawal of the act. Speaking on...

11 hours ago
Essel plant to generate power from waste in Maharashtra

Nagpur, July 16 (IANS) Essel Infraprojects Ltd (EIL) will construct Maharashtra's first Waste to Energy (WtE) plant with a capacity of 800 tonnes of waste, it was announced on Monday. Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, besides other dignitaries were present at the groundbreaking ceremony for the plant performed here this a...

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As farmers agitate, Mumbai, other cities stare at milk crisis

Mumbai, July 16 (IANS) Thousands of milk farmers across Maharashtra launched an agitation for their various demands early on Monday, hitting supply of fresh milk across big and small cities in the state. Scores of milk tankers bound for major cities including Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and others were blocked in different parts of the state, raising the spectre of milk shortage.

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Maharashtra milk farmers protest

Mumbai, July 16 (IANS) Thousands of milk farmers launched an agitation early on Monday, hitting supply of fresh milk across big cities in Maharashtra, in support of various demands. Scores of milk tankers bound for major cities including Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and others were blocked in different parts of the state, raising the spectre of milk shortage. The farmers' groups,...

3 days ago
Maharashtra goofs again: Gujarati pages in Marathi textbooks

Nagpur (Maharashtra), July 13 (IANS) The Maharashtra legislature witnessed an uproar on Friday after an opposition member said pages written in Gujarati language were being printed in a Marathi school textbooks for Maharashtra schools. This is the second time such a goof-up has led to chaos in the Maharashtra legislature this year and sharpened the Marathi-versus-Gujarati debate in the s...

3 days ago
Outside food allowed in multiplexes: Maharashtra government

Nagpur, July 13 (IANS) The Maharashtra government on Friday warned multiplexes that they would face action if they restrained movie watchers from carrying home-cooked or outside food. There is no ban on patrons carrying outside food to multiplexes and if the multiplex authorities prohibit it, they could face action, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ravindra Chavan said in the state legis...

3 days ago
No ban on outside food in multiplexes: Maharashtra government

Nagpur, July 13 (IANS) Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ravindra Chavan on Friday assured the state legislature that there is no ban on patrons carrying outside food to multiplexes but if the multiplex authorities prohibit it, they could face action. The minister's statement came after a heated debate on the raging issue of the exorbitant rates charged by multiplexes for food...

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After unholy row, Maharashtra spikes distributing 'Bhagavad Gita' in Mumbai colleges

Mumbai/Nagpur, July 12 (IANS) After massive protests by the opposition parties over its purported decision to distribute free copies of Hindu holy scripture 'Bhagavad Gita', the state government indicated it has halted the move, a prominent student union leader said on Thursday. We met the Joint Director of Higher Education, Rohidas Kale and registered our strong sentiments in the matter...

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PepsiCo to help Maharashtra implement plastic ban

Nagpur, July 11 (IANS) PepsiCo on Wednesday expressed its commitment to support the plastic ban enforced in Maharashtra, including the extended producer responsibility for PET plastic waste bottles, a top company official said. PepsiCo India President and CEO Ahmed ElSheikh met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here and said it has partnered with Gem Enviro Management for setting up infra...

6 days ago
Two dead, flight overshoots runway as rains still batter Mumbai, surroundings

Mumbai, July 10 (IANS) At least two persons were killed in rain-related accidents in Maharashtra's Palghar while road, rail traffic and flights were severely hit as the country's commercial capital and many parts of the state were battered by incessant rains for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, officials said. Mumbai has now been placed at high alert. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnav...

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One killed as heavy rains lash coastal, western Maharashtra

Mumbai, July 7 (IANS) One person was killed and normal life disrupted in many areas on Saturday as, for the second time this week, torrential rains lashed the Mumbai suburbs, and adjoining districts of Thane, Raigad and Palghar, officials said. At least five picnickers went missing and another 30 were rescued from a picturesque hilly picnic spot, Chinchoti Falls in Palghar district. <...

10 days ago
Heavy rains inundate Nagpur, legislature in darkness

Nagpur, July 6 (IANS) Following a torrential downpour on Friday, the state's second capital was virtually inundated and the Maharashtra Legislature, which was in session, was plunged into darkness, forcing an adjournment till Monday. Power was cut off to the legislature building as a precautionary measure after the transformer room was inundated in water, and most parts of the city also ...

13 days ago
Reliance Energy to replace 88,000 Mumbai streetlights with LEDs

Mumbai, July 3 (IANS) Reliance Energy on Tuesday announced it will replace 88,000 high pressure sodium vapour (HPSV) streetlights with LED lamps in Mumbai suburbs this year to save 40 percent electricity. In the first phase, the company will replace 19,800 of the existing HPSV lamps with the energy-efficient LED lamps this month, and convert all the 88,000 lamps by December this year.

14 days ago
Maharashtra lynchings: CM announces compensation, 23 suspects held

Mumbai, July 2 (IANS) With the lynching of five mendicants (bhikshus) on Sunday threatening to snowball into a controversy, the Maharashtra government on Monday announced a compensation of Rs 500,000 to the kin of each victim, and other assistance while at least 23 suspects were arrested. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while making the announcement of compensation, appealed to the peop...

14 days ago
Traders decry Walmart-Flipkart deal, want it scrapped

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Delhi traders staged a sit-in here on Monday against the proposed acquisition of Indian e-commerce company Flipkart by the international super store giant Walmart. The traders, protesting under the lobby group Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), denounced the deal arguing that it would create unfair competition and demanded that the government scrap it.

16 days ago
Record number of Hajis in year subsidy abolished

New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) The year 2018 that began with the end of Haj subsidy has been marked by a record 175,025 Indians heading for Saudi Arabia and is also distinct for a record 47 per cent women among the pilgrims including 1,308 without their 'mehram' (male companion). For the first time after the Independence, record 1,75,025 Muslims from India are going to Haj this year. These in...

16 days ago
S. Ramesh takes over as Chairman, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs

New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) S. Ramesh has taken over as Chairman, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC),on superannuation of Vanaja N. Sarna on Saturday, June 30, an official statement said here. Prior to his elevation, he was Member (Administration) in the Board. S. Ramesh began his career in Mumbai as Asst Commissioner, Central Excise and thereafter in Mumbai Customs...

21 days ago
'Pranab's visit helped increase RSS membership'

Kolkata, June 25 (IANS) Former President Pranab Mukherjee's presence at a recent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) event has worked as a catalyst in boosting the organisation's membership that is already on the rise across the country, a senior RSS leader said here on Monday. Pranab Mukherjee is the former Indian President and a veteran politician. So his presence at the RSS event on Jun...

21 days ago
Export of live sheep, goats to help Vidarbha farmers: MP

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) In a bid to provide new avenues of revenue generation to farmers in Maharashtra's Vidarbha region, the government has decided to export live sheep and goats on a mass scale, an MP said. According to Rajya Sabha MP Vikas Mahatme, sheep are reared in Vidarbha, which is known for highest number of farm suicides, for wool but not for meat. Farmers and sheph...

24 days ago
Women shine at Smart India Hackathon at IIT Kharagpur

Kharagpur, June 22 (IANS) Coimbatore's Whistling Cookers of Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women bagged a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh by winning the Smart India Hackathon 2018 - Hardware Edition on Friday. The first runner-up was from the same college -- Team Buddies. And the second runner-up was Team Askurvara from the Silicon Institute of Technology. The winner and runners-up...

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