10 killed as hillock crashes on Maharashtra village

Pune, July 30 : At least 10 people were killed and over 150 trapped under a massive section of a hillock that came crashing down on a village of around 50 homes near Pune early Wednesday, officials said.


Landslide hits Pune village, NDRF sends rescue teams

New Delhi, July 30 : Two National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams have been sent to carry out rescue operations in a village in Pune district in Maharashtra which has been hit by a landslide, an official said Wednesday.


Hillock crashes on Maharashtra village, many trapped

Pune, July 30 : Many people are feared to have been trapped when a massive sec ton of a hillock came crashing down on a village of around 50 homes near Pune early Wednesday, officials said.


Ex-cabinet secretary Zafar Saifullah is dead

Mumbai, July 30 : Former cabinet secretary Zafar Saifullah died in New Delhi last week, his family announced here Wednesday. He was 78.


RPI slashes seat demand in Maharashtra polls from 47 to 20

Mumbai, July 29 : Virtually conceding its shrinking bargaining power, the Republican Party of India-A Tuesday drastically reduced its demand for seats for the ensuing Maharashtra assembly elections from 47 to 20.


Downpour fails to dampen Mumbai's Eid spirit

Mumbai, July 29 : Unmindful of the heavy rain in Mumbai, Muslims came out in droves for the morning "namaaz" and celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, here Tuesday morning.


Miffed over fake account, Mahesh Bhatt heads to police

Mumbai, July 28 : Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has warned his fans against a fake Facebook account created under his name and says that he will approach the police.


Uddhav slams Karnataka Police for anti-Marathi stand

Mumbai, July 28 : Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Monday said the Maharashtra-Karnataka territorial row is as significant as the India-Pakistan boundary dispute, re-kindling the decades old boundary dispute between the two states.


Shiv Sena protests in Jammu over ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops

Srinagar, July 26 : The Shiv Sena today held a massive protest over perpetual reports of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in Jammu's Poonch and Akhnoor sectors.


Shyam Benegal urges Chavan to save Ghai's film institute

Mumbai, July 26 : Filmmaker Shyam Benegal Saturday urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to intervene and save Whistling Woods International Institute for Film, Fashion and Communication, founded and run by film director Subhash Ghai from closure.


An Obama dinner invite for a differently-abled Indian girl

By Quaid Najmi, Mumbai, July 26 : Next week, US President Barack Obama and his wife will host 12 differently-abled people from all over the world, including one from Mumbai, for an exclusive dinner at the White House.


After four days, leopard leaves IIT Bombay

Mumbai, July 26 : A leopard which had strayed into the forest-like campus of IIT Bombay finally left after an almost four-day long sojourn early Saturday, with the institute students, management and forest officials heaving a sigh of relief, an official said.


Muslims in Maharashtra hold protest against Israel

Mumbai, July 25 : Muslims across Maharashtra held protests, after offering Friday prayers, against Israel for its offensive in Palestine, which has claimed hundreds of lives.


Gang rape survivor files police complaint in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 24 : Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Srirang Naadgoda said here on Thursday that a woman who was allegedly gang raped inside a moving car in Mumbai on July 22 has today lodged an FIR against the culprits.


Speaker should take note of Maharashtra sadan incident: Atul Anjan

New Delhi, July 24 : Senior CPI leader Atul Anjan today asked the Speaker to take note of the incident where Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forced a Muslim man to break his fast in the Maharashtra sadan and present it before an ethics committee.


Mumbai model accuses police officer of rape

Mumbai, July 24 : Police in Mumbai Thursday booked an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer after a model accused him of raping her on several occasions, officials said.


Classical singer Sushilarani Patel dead

Mumbai, July 24 : Renowned classical singer Sushilarani Patel died following a heart attack at her home here Thursday afternoon, a close disciple said. She was 96.


Rape okay, not roti? Shiv Sena chief asks detractors

Mumbai, July 24 : Accusing the Congress of trying to impart a communal hue to the Maharashtra Sadan episode, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Thursday questioned "why a non-issue was being highlighted so much when other serious issues were being ignored".


Uproar in Lok Sabha over Sihv Sena MPs forcing man to break fast

New Delhi, July 23 : The Lok Sabha was on Wednesday adjourned till 2. 10 p.m. after witnessing massive uproar over Shiv Sena MPs for allegedly abusing and forcing a Muslim catering supervisor at the Maharashtra Sadan to break his Ramzan fast and eat a chapatti.


Bombay HC upholds conviction of Pune rogue driver

Mumbai, July 23 : The Bombay High Court Wednesday upheld the conviction of Santosh Mane, a state transport corporation driver who had mowed down nine pedestrians and injured 37 others in Pune in 2012.


Shiv Sena MPs should apologise for Maharashtra Sadan incident: Advani

New Delhi, July 23 : Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Lal Krishna Advani on Wednesday expressed regret off- the-camera, over the incident of Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forcing a Muslim man to break his fast and hoped that the concerned MPs would offer an apology.


Crime against secularism, Congress on Maharashtra Sadan row

New Delhi, July 23 : The Congress Wednesday criticised Shiv Sena MPs who allegedly forced a Muslim staffer at Maharashtra Sadan here to break his fast during Ramadan.


Gadkari, Najma mum on Shiv Sena incident

New Delhi, July 23 : Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Najma Heptulla Wednesday refused to comment on the issue of Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forcing a Muslim staffer to eat at the Maharashtra Sadan during his Ramadan fast.


Alliance with NCP not falling apart: Congress

New Delhi, July 22 : Congress leader Manish Tewari said Tuesday that his party's alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party was not falling apart and stressed that a tussle about the number of seats to be contested happens during every election.


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.