Free Press Journal
  • Restoring the green cover: 133 hectares more under mangroves in Mumbai

    Mumbai: The mangrove cell of Maharashtra’s forest department, in a study, has said that there has been a 133 hectare rise in mangroves in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The state Mangrove Cell experts claim that it was possible due to a sense of environment conservation among people and strict action against encroachments and encroachers.

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    Activists arrest: Congress seeks suspension of Maharashtra cops after Supreme Court rap

    Mumbai: Opposition Congress Thursday demanded suspension of top Maharashtra police officials for briefing the media on the arrests of five Left wing activists in August in connection with the January 1 Bhima Koregaon violence. The demand was made hours after the Supreme Court rapped the police officials concerned for addresing the media following the arrests.

  • Bhima-Koregaon violence: Probe panel begins recording of witness’ statements

    Mumbai: A two-member judicial commission, set up to probe the Koregaon Bhima violence at Pune in Maharashtra, began its proceedings here by recording evidence of a witness, even as an activist urged that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis be summoned before the panel. A 40-year-old graphics designer from Maharashtra’s Thane district deposed as a witness and told the commission on Wednesday that she was among those injured in

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    23-year-old auto-rickshaw driver held for killing sister’s lover in Thane

    Thane (Maha): A 23-year-old auto-rickshaw driver was arrested Thursday here in Maharashtra for allegedly killing a man who was in love with the former’s sister, police said. The accused, Rahul Namdeo, had Sunday informed the Shivaji Nagar police in Ambernath that he saw a man lying injured near a temple in the town, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said.

  • Motorists please note! Mumbai-Pune Expressway to remain shut from 12 pm to 2 pm today

    Mumbai-Pune Expressway will be shut for two hours for two hours from 12 pm to 2 pm today as MSRDC will be carrying out work for installation of electronic signboards along expressway for road safety. The signboard displaying safety measures will have instructions of not cutting lane from the left-hand side, wearing seatbelt and following traffic rules.

  • Bharat Bandh Live Updates: Protesters stage rail roko in Bihar, people hit streets in Thane

    Security has been beefed up across the country about 150 organisations of upper castes and OBCs called for a Bharat bandh today against the amendment of SC/ST Act. Since morning protests have erupted in Bihar, Maharashtra’s Thane, Madhya Pradesh. Protestors have also stopped trains in Bihar’s Darbhanga and Munger’s Masudan.

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    Man freed in case of sexually harassing teenage sister

    Thane: A court here in Maharashtra has acquitted a 20-year-old man accused of sexually harassing and torturing his minor sister. Additional Sessions Judge Kavita D Shirbhate acquitted the man last week for want of evidence against him, observing that the victim, who is the complainant in the case, and her mother did not support the prosecution theory in the court. According to the prosecution, the accused had sought sexual favours from his

  • Bhima Koregaon Violence, Release activists, dadar, protesters, protest, intellectuals, maharashtra

    Bhima-Koregaon Violence: Release activists, accused are roaming scot-free, say protesters

    Mumbai: In the aftermath of the arrest of five prominent human rights and civil liberties activists and intellectuals, over a hundred people including students and civil society organisations staged a protest at Dadar on Wednesday evening.  The protesters demanded the release of advocate Arun Ferreira, writer Gautam Navlakha, advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, writer-activist Varavara Rao and ex-Mumbai University lecturer and writer Vernon Gonsalves, who were arrested by Pune police on August 28.

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    Nalasopara Arm Haul: Jalna MLA still under ATS radar

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) is trying to ascertain the links between arrested former Shiv Sena corporator Shrikant Pangarkar and a Nationalist Congress Party MLA whose farmhouse was allegedly used for arms training, in the Nalasopara explosives haul case. According to an ATS official, when raided the NCP MLA’s farmhouse in Jalna, police have found no incriminating evidence, but during interrogation Pangarkar insisted of MLA being an aide.  An ATS

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    Bhima-Koregaon Violence: Judicial commission begins hearing

    Mumbai: After seven months of its appointment, the two-member Judicial Commission on Wednesday finally commenced hearing the pleadings in the Bhima-Koregaon riots matter. The commission, which had issued summons to over a dozen of witnesses in the case, on Wednesday started examining the very first witness, who had filed a complaint with the Thane police after her daughter sustained injuries on January 1, in Pune.

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    BJP slams opposition over Ram Kadam remark row

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra BJP accused the Opposition Wednesday of being least bothered about the people’s real issues and fuelling instead the controversy over its MLA Ram Kadam’s anti-women remarks, even as ally Shiv Sena demanded strict action against the legislator.

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    Shaina NC on BJP MLA Ram Kadam’s ‘kidnap’ remark: I was quite shocked, I will say it quite openly

    Mumbai: Maharashtra BJP spokesperson Shaina NC expressed displeasure on Wednesday over her party MLA Ram Kadam’s anti-women remarks.  “I was quite shocked and I will say it quite openly. There was a legislator from our own political party who was talking about how you can kidnap young girls and if you want to have a quick pass time ‘I will help you’ and it shocked me,” Shaina said at Alibaba’s XIN Philanthropy

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    BJP MLA Ram Kadam slammed for ‘kidnap’ remark

    Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Ram Kadam found himself in the midst of a storm after his controversial remark about his alleged readiness to abduct girls for spurned suitors.  Angry protests erupted against him across the state. The opposing Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) demanded Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis sack him. The Shiv Sena demanded action against him. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and NCP workers protested in front of

  • Bhima-Koregaon violence: Activists arrested for based on cogent evidence linking them with banned Maoist, Maharashtra police tells SC

    New Delhi: Five rights activists were not arrested for their dissenting views but due to the cogent evidence linking them with the banned CPI(Maoist), Maharashtra government claimed in the Supreme Court Wednesday. The apex court while ordering the house arrest of the five activists on August 29 till tomorrow had categorically said that “dissent is the safety valve of democracy”.

  • Maharashtra: Akola collector starts clean-up operation in PWD office after seeing dirty walls

    Mumbai: Irked by the sight of stained walls and cobwebbed corners, the collector of Akola district in Maharashtra rolled up his sleeves and took it upon himself to carry out a `Swachhata’ (cleanliness) campaign Tuesday. Astik Kumar Pandey, the collector, paid a surprise visit to the Public Works Department (PWD) office in Akola, and found its walls spray-painted by spitting.

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    ‘Bhujbal can travel in state without court permission’

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday allowed former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal, who is out on bail in a money laundering case, to travel in the state without seeking court’s permission.