Narayan Rane refuses to take back his resignation

Mumbai, July 22 : Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Narayan Rane on Tuesday refused to take back his resignation.


NHRC seeks report on Thane tribal teen's custodial death

Thane, July 22 : Taking suo moto cognizance of media reports that a 16-year-old tribal teenager was tortured in police custody in Thane during interrogation and died June 21, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tuesday sought a report from the Maharashtra government.


No room for Rane in Shiv-Sena: Sanjay Raut

New Delhi, July 22 : Shiv Sena Member of Parliament (MP) Sanjay Raut today said that there is no room for former Maharashtra industries minister Narayan Rane in his party.


Dabholkar murder: Pune's ex-top cop exposed in sting video

Pune, July 22 : A day after former Pune police commissioner Gulabrao Pol slapped a Rs.1 billion defamation notice against a popular news magazine, the publication Tuesday released a video of a sting operation that showed a 'tantrik' was employed to obtain clues about the killers of renowned rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.


Rane adamant on resignation, matter referred to Sonia

Mumbai, July 22 : After failing to convince Konkan strongman Narayan Rane to withdraw his resignation from the Prithviraj Chavan government, Maharashtra's Congress unit Tuesday decided to refer the matter to party chief Sonia Gandhi for a solution.


Dabholkar murder: Ex-top cop slaps defamation notice on news magazine

Pune, July 21 : Former Pune police commissioner Gulabrao Pol Monday sent defamation notice seeking Rs.100 crore (Rs.one billion) in damages from the editor and reporter of a English news magazine for alleging that he sought help of a 'tantrik' to solve the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.


Rakesh Roshan, housing society to donate Rs.15 lakh to fireman's family

By Subhash K. Jha, Mumbai, July 21 : A fierce fire that broke out in a posh highrise building named Lotus Business Park in Andheri here left one brave fireman named Nitin Ivalekar dead. Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan has gotten together with the other property owners of the building to offer a compensation to the fireman's bereaved wife.


Narayan Rane quits Maharashtra cabinet, attacks Chavan's leadership

Mumbai, July 21 : Disgruntled Maharashtra Industry Minister Narayan Rane Monday quit the cabinet and launched a scathing attack on the state Congress leadership, accusing Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan of delays in decision-making which had left the people resentful.


FDA to intensify drive against gutka, paan masala

Pune, Jul 21 : The Food and Drug Administration has decided to intensify the drive against gutka and paan masala after the Maharashtra government decided to extend the ban on tobacco and related products by another year.


Disgruntled Rane quits Maharashtra cabinet

Mumbai, July 21 : For the second time in two months, senior Congress leader Narayan Rane Monday resigned as Maharashtra's industry minister.


Bad weather hampers gas leak plug operations

Mumbai, July 21 : The ONGC is waiting for conducive weather conditions to plug and seal a gas leak from one of the wells at Bombay High, an official said here Monday.


Gas leak at Bombay High, 45 evacuated

Mumbai, July 19 : A minor gas leak was reported Saturday on an oil rig of ONGC Ltd. at Bombay High, around 100 km from here, following which 45 non-operative staff at the site were evacuated, an official said here Saturday.


Coast Guard airlifts two injured Chinese sailors to Mumbai

Mumbai, July 19 : The Indian Coast Guard Saturday evacuated two injured Chinese crew members requiring hospitalisation from a Singapore ship off the Mumbai harbour, an official said here.


Hoax call could have cuased fireman's death: Official

Mumbai, July 19 : A hoax distress call might have led to the death of a fireman in Friday's fire that broke out in a 22-storeyed building here, a top fire official said Saturday.


Seven Congress corporators join Shiv Sena

Thane/Mumbai, July 19 : In a jolt to the ruling Congress in Maharashtra, seven party corporators from Thane city joined the Shiv Sena Saturday.


Coast Guard chopper helps to check Maharashtra oil spill

Thane (Maharashtra), July 19 : The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Saturday rushed to help in checking a massive leak in a HPCL oil pipeline in Thane, an official said here.


Coast Guard chopper helps to check Maharashtra oil spill

Thane (Maharashtra), July 19 : The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Saturday rushed to help in checking a massive leak in a HPCL oil pipeline in Thane, an official said here.


Fireman killed, five hurt in Mumbai high-rise blaze

Mumbai, July 18 : A fireman was killed and five others were injured Friday when the top two floors of a 22-storeyed building that houses the office of film star Hrithik Roshan went up in flames here.


Fireman killed in Mumbai high rise blaze

Mumbai, July 18 : A fireman was killed and five others injured Friday when the top two floors of a 22-storeyed building that houses the office of film star Hrithik Roshan went up in flames here.


Two floors of Mumbai highrise gutted

Mumbai, July 18 : At least two top floors of a 22-storeyed building here that houses the offices of film stars Hritik Roshan and Ajay Devgn were gutted in a major fire Friday, officials said.


No RDX or Gelatin used in Pune blast: Forensic report

Mumbai, July 17 : There was no gelatin or RDX used in the bomb that exploded in Pune last week, Maharashtra ATS officers said Thursday, citing the forensic report.


Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor to cost Rs.63,000 crore

New Delhi, July 17 : The Indian Railways' ambition to develop a high speed rail corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is estimated to cost Rs.63,000 crore.


Narayan Rane to quit as Maharashtra minister Monday

Mumbai, July 17 : For the second time in two months, Maharashtra Industry Minister Narayan Rane said he plans to quit the government this week.


BJP always favoured Maratha reservation: Fadnavis

Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Jul 17 : Maharashtra state Bharatiya Janata Party president Devendra Fadnavis today reiterated his party's stand in favour of reservation for the Maratha community in the state.


Shah's visit to address future of BJP-SS alliance: Observers

Nagpur, Jul 17 : Amid difference of opinion over Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena tie up, tomorrow's scheduled visit of the BJP national president Amit Shah is being considered as an important event in the political arena for continuity of the alliance in the coming Assembly election of Maharashtra.


Sena, BJP MLAs disqualified from Assembly elections

Mumbai, Jul 17 : Shiv Sena legislator Babanrao Gholap and BJP's Suresh Halwankar have been disqualified and are likely to be barred from contesting the Assembly elections for six years following an opinion given by the Election Commission (EC) of India.


CBI arrests publication firm officials

Pune, Jul 17 : The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the CBI has arrested the Managing Director and another board member of city based stationery manufacturing and publication firm Blue Bird (India) for their alleged role in a financial fraud.


Ammonium Nitrate used in Blast: state ATS

Pune, Jul 17 : Maharashtra's Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) officials today said the explosive that went off on a motorcycle parked near Faraskhana police station in Pune a week ago was made of ammonium nitrate and potassium chlorate and packed with shrapnel.


NCP Doctor cell to create awareness campaign against tobacco

Mumbai, Jul 17 : The doctors' cell of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will organise an Anti-tobacco campaign to create awareness among the citizen of the state pertaining to 'mouth cancer' due to chewing of tobacco.


Woman officer caught accepting bribe in Maharashtra

Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Jul 17 : The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) unit of Osmanabad arrested a woman sub-divisional officer attached with Osmanabad District Collector Office while accepting a bribe of nearly Rs 40,000 from seven farmers.


NCP extends office-bearers of Maharashtra unit

Mumbai, Jul 17 : Keeping in view upcoming Assembly election in Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today announced extended office-bearers of the state unit of the party.


Cong-NCP taking hurried decisions: Fadnavis

Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Jul 17 : In view of the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state, the Congress-NCP led government is hurriedly taking decisions to favour few selected persons, alleged BJP state president Devendra Fadanvis.


Armoured Fighting Vehicle Depot plays major role in Infantary fighting

Pune, Jul 17 : The Central Armoured Fighting Vehicle Depot (CAFVD) of Kirkee Arsenal Pune is the 'Mother' of all the tanks in the country, said the Commandant Brigadier RKS Kushwaha here today. Addressing a news conferance here, Brig Kushwaha highlighted the modern management techniques which are now been used for the security systems used by the defence in the country.


Minor children banned in Dahi Handi festivals

Mumbai, Jul 17 : The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights(MSCPCR) has directed to ban children below 12 years of age to participate in the famous 'Dahi-Handi' festival during Krishna Janmashtmi.


2 from Bhiwandi jailed for assualt of powerloom worker

Thane, Jul 17 : Thane Additional Sessions Judge MC Khadke today convicted and jailed two people from the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in Thane district after finding them guilty on charges of voluntarily causing injuries to a powerloom worker.


CR simplify concession procedure for physically challenged

Mumbai, Jul 17 : Central Railway (CR) have simplified the procedure for obtaining concessions for patients and physically challenged passengers.


Police launches manhunt for 10 for sexual abuse

Thane, Jul 17 : The District Rural police here has launched a massive manhunt for 10 people, including two women for sexually abusing a school girl.


Ahluwalia Contracts bag orders worth Rs 613.95 crore

Mumbai, Jul 17 : Ahluwalia Contracts (India), engaged in construction business, announced it has secured new orders aggregating to Rs 613.95 crore.


Water logging due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 16 : Heavy rainfall in Mumbai resulted in water logging in its Sion locality on Wednesday, thereby creating a problem for local residents.


Maharashtra boost for land development

Mumbai, July 16 : The Maharashtra government Wednesday decided to streamline the complicated issue of clearing agricultural lands for developmental activities, a step aimed at boosting housing and infrastructure.


2011 Mumbai blast accused nabbed from Goa airport

Mumbai, July 16 : Abdul Mateen Fakki, an accused in the 2011 triple blasts in Mumbai who was absconding, has been nabbed by the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) from Goa's Dabolim airport, sources said Wednesday.


CIC orders probe against Mumbai police chief

Mumbai, July 16 : Maharashtra's chief information commissioner (CIC) has directed the state government to launch a judicial probe against Mumbai police chief Rakesh Maria for "misleading" the widow of a police officer martyred in the 26/11 terror attacks.


Mumbai ATS nabs 13/7 terror accused from Goa

Mumbai, July 16 : The Mumbai ATS nabbed Abdul Mateen Fakki, an absconding accused allegedly involved in the 2011 triple blasts in Mumbai, informed sources said Wednesday.


India Inc. frowns on Maharashtra quota for Marathas, Muslims

Mumbai, July 16 : India Inc. Wednesday raised concerns over the Maharashtra government's decision to extend reservation in education and jobs for Marathas and Muslims in the state.


Shakti Mills gang rapes: Juveniles get correctional sentences

Mumbai, July 15 : The Juvenile Justice Board Tuesday awarded correctional sentence to two juveniles for the 2013 Shakti Mills gang rapes of a photojournalist and a call centre employee.


Compensate two women over Facebook post: NHRC to Maharashtra

Mumbai, July 15 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tuesday sent a reminder to the Maharashtra government to pay Rs.50,000 each as compensation to two women who were illegally detained for 10 days by police following a Facebook post after the death of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray two years ago.


Imagica: Mumbai's gateway to a magical world

By Quaid Najmi, Khopoli (Maharashtra), July 15 : The Haunted Castle of Salimgarh, Wrath of the Gods, Wild West, Deep Space, Prince of the Dark Waters, Alibaba Aur Chalis Chor, Scream Machine, Gold Rush Express, Mr. India-The Ride and D2-Dare Drop - there are all these and more at Adlabs Imagica - arguably India's first and only world-class theme park some 90 km from Mumbai in Raigad district.


Terror export to Iraq matter of concern: Shiv Sena

Mumbai, July 15 : The Shiv Sena Tuesday expressed concern over what it described as "home-grown terror being exported" to Iraq, which could pose serious ramifications for India.


Maharashtra concerned over four Muslim youth suspected to be in Iraq

Thane, July 14 : The Maharashtra government is in touch with the central government over the disappearance of four Muslim youth from Kalyan town who are suspected to have joined ISIS jehadis in Iraq, Home Minister R.R. Patil said Monday.


11 crewmen rescued from drifting cargo ship off Raigad

Mumbai, July 14 : In a daring operation, the Indian Coast Guard braved stormy weather Monday to rescue 11 out of 16 crewmen from a drifting cargo vessel in the Arabian Sea off Maharashtra's Raigad, an official said here.


Poll panel's notice to Ashok Chavan in paid news case

New Delhi, July 13 : The Election Commission Sunday issued notice to former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan in a paid news case, asking why he should not be disqualified.


Government must save Homi Bhabha's home for posterity

By K.S. Parthasarathy : Homi Bhabha, the architect of nuclear India, lived the most productive part of his life in Mehrangir, the house his father bought in 1937. Scientists regret the disinformation campaign on Bhabha's association with Mehrangir. They want the government to declare Mehrangir a national monument and save his last asset.


Aid-starved, drought-hit farmers protest in Vidarbha

Nagpur, July 12 : Nearly 1,000 farmers, including many women, staged a day's hunger strike and sit-in protest demanding minimum support price for cotton and waiver of farm loans in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, an NGO leader said here Saturday.


Three die as two Mumbai buildings collapse

Mumbai, July 12 : Three people were killed and six injured in two separate incidents of building collapse here Saturday, officials said.


US-style poll campaign may not work in Maharashtra: Prithviraj Chavan

Mumbai, July 11 : Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Friday expressed doubts whether a US presidential style of campaigning adopted by the BJP in the last Lok Sabha elections would be replicated in the upcoming state assembly elections.


My son not a rocket to be launched, says Raj Thackeray

Mumbai, July 11 : Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray Friday rubbished reports that his son would join politics with the party's student wing serving as a launch-pad, saying his son was "not a rocket to be launched".


Three Maharashtra farmers ended lives on budget day

Nagpur, July 11 : Three debt-ridden farmers committed suicide even as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented his well-received budget Thursday, a farm NGO said here Friday.


CBI to probe former Mumbai scribe's suicide

Mumbai, July 11 : The Maharashtra government has asked the CBI to probe the suicide of senior journalist Charudatta Deshpande last year, an official said here Friday.


Budget: What fell in Maharashtra's kitty?

Mumbai, July 10 : Maharashtra Thursday managed to get a few goodies in the union budget 2014-15, though Mumbai was completely left out.


Filmmakers demand to stop harassment while shooting on roads

Mumbai, Jul 10 : The representatives of BollyWood filmmakers met the Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria and demanded stopping of their harassment while shooting on the roads.