Free Press Journal
  • Maharashtra: Elections for 6 municipal councils, panchayats on July 15

    Mumbai: Elections to six municipal councils/Nagar panchayats and by-elections to one seat each in 11 other local bodies will be held on July 15. State Election Commissioner J S Saharia today said that elections will take place in Bhor, Vadgaon (Pune), Muktainagar (Jalgaon), Wandongri, Parshivni (Nagpur), Barshi Takli (Akola).

  • Maharashtra: ‘Harassed’ over loan repayment, Nashik couple commits suicide

    Nashik: A couple allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at their residence in Ambad locality here, due to “harassment” by five money-lenders, police said today. The incident took place yesterday and the deceased were identified as Vasudev Ambadas Jadhav (38) and his wife Sangita (34), police said.

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    Maharashtra: Opposition fumbles over caste issue, slams minister for putting pressure on victims

    Mumbai: The controversy over two Scheduled Caste (SC) children being paraded nude in Jalgaon district has now become a huge embarrassment for the opposition, which had turned it into a caste conflict on Thursday. The First Information Report (FIR) registered by Jalgaon Police and the caste certificate of accused, Ishwar Balwant Joshi, accessed by The Free Press Journal shows that he is from Nomadic Tribe (NT) and not from an upper caste,

  • Ramdas Athawale to visit Maharashtra village where 2 backward caste boys were paraded naked

    Mumbai: Condemning the parading of two minor boys from a backward community naked in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district, Union minister Ramdas Athawale said he would visit the village, where the incident took place, tomorrow to ensure the victims get justice. Ahead of his visit, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Athawale demanded that strict action be taken against the perpetrators.

  • Maharashtra PWD to build toilet blocks along state and district roads 

    Mumbai: Taking note of the high volumes of people travelling on major state and district roads, the Maharashtra Public Works Department (PWD) has come up with a policy on building public conveniences and toilet blocks on lands owned by it along such roads.

  • CM Devendra Fadnavis: Aiming to make Maharashtra a trillion-dollar economy by 2025

    Washington: The Maharashtra government is aspiring to make the state the first trillion-dollar economy by 2025, five years early, by investing in infrastructure, agriculture and services and by leveraging foreign investments in various sectors, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said.

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    Maharashtra: Furore over Dalit boys being paraded nude in Jalgaon’s village

    Mumbai: A furore has been sparked in the state over a shocking incident of three minor Dalit boys being stripped, beaten and paraded nude in a Jalgaon village for allegedly swimming in a village well.  The incident occurred on Sunday, but came to the fore only after some videos of the boys’ parading in the Vakadi village went viral even as the authorities swung into action.

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    India suffering worst water crisis in history, says NITI Aayog report

    New Delhi: India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history and millions of lives and livelihoods are under threat, the NITI Aayog has said. It also warned that the crisis was only going to get worse and by 2030, the country’s water demand is projected to be twice the available supply, implying severe water scarcity for hundreds of millions of people and an eventual six per cent loss in the

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    Gujarat tops Niti Aayog’s Water Management Index

    New Delhi: Gujarat has emerged as the best state on Niti Aayog’s composite water management index (CWMI) in the country followed by Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. In northeastern and Himalayan states, Tripura has been adjudged as the top state in 2016-17 followed by Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Assam.

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    6 arrested for printing fake notes in Maharashtra’s Satara

    Mumbai: Six persons were arrested for allegedly printing currency notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 denominations using colour photocopiers in western Maharashtra’s Satara, over 250 kilometres from here, police said today.

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    Mumbai: St George’s hospital morgue to go for revamp

    Mumbai: Acting on an online campaign launched by a city-based woman, the Maharashtra government has ordered St George’s hospital in South Mumbai to upgrade its morgue and appoint only qualified staff to conduct autopsies.

  • Merc reserves order on Reliance Infra-Adani Transmission deal

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (Merc) today concluded its hearing on the proposed sale of Reliance Infrastructure’s Mumbai power distribution business to Adani Transmission for an estimated Rs 18,800 crore.

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    DRI raids ketamine units in Maharashtra, Goa, Guj; busts international syndicate

    Mumbai: In a three-day operation code-named “Operation Vitamin”, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has busted an international drug syndicate, a statement issued by the enforcement agency on Wednesday said. The DRI officials have seized 308 kg ketamine and a huge quantity of raw material from various sites in Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat, and arrested 10 persons including two British nationals and one from Vietnam.

  • Underpaid intern doctors go on indefinite strike

    Mumbai: More than 2700 medical interns across Maharashtra have go on an indefinite strike on Wednesday, demanding an increase in the stipend. The doctors said until their demands are not met and get a written assurance from the health minister or the government they will continue with the strike.

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    Maharashtra government, Quebec ink agreement for greater economic cooperation

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government and Canada’s Quebec province have signed a pact to increase the economic cooperation, specially in areas like information technology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and welfare of the tribal community. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is on a week- long tour to the US and Canada, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard on Wednesday. “We also discussed ways to increase our collaboration