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  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 18 drown during immersion of Ganesh idols in Maharashtra

    Mumbai: As many as 18 people drowned Sunday in various parts of Maharashtra during the immersion of idols on the last day of the Ganesh festival, officials said Monday. Three deaths each were reported in Raigad, Jalna and Pune (Rural) districts, two each in Satara and Bhandara, and one each in Pimpri-Chinchwad (on Pune’s outskirts), Buldhana, Nanded and Ahmednagar, a Maharashtra Police control room official said.

  • Maharashtra: Ganesh Chaturthi concludes, 11 drown in various districts during immersion procession

    Mumbai: Processions carrying idols of Lord Ganesh for immersion began winding their way towards rivers and lakes across Maharashtra Sunday morning, marking the culmination of the 11-day festival. In big cities like Pune and Mumbai, processions carrying huge idols of the elephant-headed God on decorated trucks, accompanied by thousands of devotees and troupes of drummers, are expected to continue well past midnight.

  • Heavy rainfall expected in Central Maharashtra, Konkan

    Mumbai: The developing cyclone off the coast of Odisha is set to bring heavy to moderate showers in Vidarbha and north-central Maharashtra, according to an Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) official. They have also predicted heavy rainfall over the weekend in most parts of Vidarbha, Marathwada, Khandesh and central Maharashtra.

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    Opposition slams Maharashtra govt’s move to use Gujarati TV channel to train Marathi medium teachers

    Mumbai: The Opposition has slammed the government’s move to provide online training to Marathi medium school teachers for Classes 1 and 8 through the television channel ‘16 Vande Gujarat’. However, Vinod Tawde, the minister for school education, has argued that since the channel is a free-to-air channel DTH (direct to home), the government has saved lakhs of rupees, which it would have had to pay Doordarshan’s Sahyadri channel.

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    Shiv Sena Minister accuses Maharashtra CM of consulting almanac for Cabinet reshuffle

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena minister, Gulabrao Patil, has taunted Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, calling him a devout Brahmin, who looks at planetary charts to take important decisions. “He is a Brahmin, so he will consult the ‘panchang’ (almanac) before he embarks on any major venture. This time, it’s the cabinet reshuffle. He will not announce it before consulting the almanac,” said Patil.

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    Mumbai: 6-feet long agarbattis donated to popular Ganesh mandals

    Mumbai: On the auspicious occasion of Ganeshotsav, Maharashtra’s favourite festival, Madhya Pradesh based agarbatti company Zed Black has reached out to lakhs of devotees by donating 6ft long mega agarbattis to various Ganesh Mandals across the city of Mumbai. Popular Ganesh Mandals like Mumbaicha Raja (Ganesh Galli), Tejukaya Mansion (One of the oldest in Mumbai), Parelcha Raja (Nare Park), Shri Datta Mandir Ganeshotsav Mandal (Girgaum, Thakurdwar) and Panchaganga Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Parel

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    Work hard to make NCP the largest party: Jayant Patil to workers

    Mumbai: Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil on Thursday sent out a strong message to party men and spoke about structural reforms, stressing that those working hard would be encouraged and those found derelict would be relieved of their posts.

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    Maharashtra Crime: 30-year-old married woman raped in Thane; two arrested

    Thane: Two persons were arrested for allegedly raping a 30-year-old married woman here in Maharashtra, police said Thursday. One of the accused, Rajesh Mhaskar (30), called the woman, who works as a labourer, out of her house at Khoni village in Bhiwandi area in the wee hours of Tuesday and allegedly raped her, an official at Nizampura police station said.

  • Man arrested for raping 14-year-old daughter in Thane

    Thane: A 40-year-old man was arrested Thursday here in Maharashtra for allegedly raping his teenaged daughter, a police official said. The accused and his wife separated seven years back. Since then, the 14-year-old girl was living with her father in the Kasarvadavli area of Thane city, he said.

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    BJP solely responsible for Goa’s political crisis, says Shiv Sena

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Wednesday accused the BJP, which had “insulted” the democracy by forming the government in Goa despite lacking majority, of being solely responsible for the current political situation in the state. The Sena alleged that the BJP’s ruling allies — Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) — were trying to destabilise the government, as leaders of these parties were vying for the top post in

  • Maharashtra has good fiscal health: Finance panel after CM meet

    Mumbai: Members of finance commission, who are on a three-day visit to Maharashtra since Monday, have suddenly gone on a back foot from the previous findings which projected a worrisome financial picture of the state. This sudden change of heart was seen after their meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

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    Maharashtra govt asked to explain decision to freeze recruitment in anganwadis

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday expressed its concern over the allocation of funds to the anganwadis across Maharashtra. The HC also stayed the circular by the women and child welfare ministry ‘freezing’ new recruitment to anganwadis. A division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Mahesh Sonak accordingly directed the Principal Secretary of the women and child welfare ministry to file an affidavit explaining why the circular was issued.

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    Maharashtra: Give anti-HIV pills even to those who unknowingly had unprotected sex, say experts

    Mumbai: According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline issued in 2014, regardless of the source of exposure of HIV, the person must be administered post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), an anti-HIV medication that must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. But in Maharashtra, the medicine is only given to persons who have been pricked by infected needles and not for those who have unknowingly had unprotected sex. Now, HIV experts say,

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    Maharashtra: Swine flu claims 3 lives in Nashik

    Nashik: The sudden change in weather has led to an outbreak of various diseases, with a resurgence of swine flu. In Nashik, three persons, died within 24 hours, reportedly after contracting the H1N1 virus. This has come as a dampener for those in the midst of Ganpati celebrations in Nashik city and rural areas. Signs of this disease had begun manifesting in July itself, but evidently, no serious cognisance was taken by the

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    17 Maharashtra districts under threat of water scarcity

    Mumbai: A threat of drought looms large over 17 districts in the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra due to deficient rainfall and excess use of water for sugarcane cultivation, officials said. Most parts of Marathwada received average rainfall this monsoon and the water stock in the region stands at just 28.81 per cent, according to figures of the water resources department.

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    DJ, high-decibel music systems major noise pollutants: Maharashtra government tells High Court

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court Wednesday that DJ and other high-decibel audio systems were a major source of noise pollution in the state and their use during festivals could not be allowed. Defending the ban on use of such sound systems during Ganesh and Navratri festivals, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni told the court that the moment a DJ or Dolby system is switched on, the noise level is over