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The Gilbert Hill structure, surrounded by tall buildings in Mumbai. | Photo: Vasant Prabhu/ThePrint

Gilbert Hill, a Mesozoic Era marvel Thackeray govt wants to preserve after years of neglect

Last week, Uddhav Thackeray spoke about preserving Gilbert Hill, which is rare and special, but has been reduced to a trifling hillock in the dense suburb of Andheri.
File photo Aaditya Thackeray | Facebook

How Aaditya Thackeray’s using Covid downtime to prep Maharashtra as post-pandemic tourist hub

Since the beginning of the year, the Maharashtra tourism department has sent at least 5 major policy decisions to state cabinet, all of which have been approved.
Aaditya Thackeray (left) and Rohit Pawar | Instagram

In Aaditya and Rohit, seeds of another Thackeray-Pawar friendship in Maharashtra politics

Rohit Pawar, grandnephew of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, has been praising Aaditya Thackeray for his work and returning barbs of his political opponents.
Sharad Pawar addresses the media in New Delhi

How quaint Silver Oak Bungalow No. 2 has become one of Maharashtra’s key political addresses

2, Silver Oak, home of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, has become a hotspot of political activity and media glare since the MVA govt came to power last year.
An idol maker hard at work in Mumbai ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi, which starts 22 August | ANI

British then, Covid now — Mumbai plans muted Ganesh festival with message for new ‘enemy’

The 10-day Ganesh festival, a Hindu tradition celebrated with special fervour in Maharashtra, will begin 22 August. 
Screenshot of the Saamana epaper on 6 August 2020

Journey of Bal Thackeray’s Saamana — from Shiv Sena’s daily newspaper to newsmaker

The paper, founded in 1989, is known for its incendiary editorials, though its role has evolved from Bal Thackeray’s era to Uddhav Thackeray’s.
File image of K. Chandrashekar Rao | KCR/ Facebook

Vastu-compliant secretariat in Covid times — why KCR is building new complex in Hyderabad

Earlier this month, Telangana govt began the demolition process of the old secretariat to build a new one. Opposition has questioned the timing of the move.
File photo of Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray with his son and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray (right) | Photo: PTI

Behind the CM spotlight, Uddhav is a family man, Marathi arts fan & shutterbug at heart

Uddhav Thackeray is a health enthusiast who shuns fried food. His iPod is said to be full of old Marathi songs and his father Bal Thackeray’s speeches.
A sweet shop employee places a sign in front of their 'Immunity Sandesh', in Kolkata in June | ANI

Mishti, immunity kick or gimmick? Kolkata doesn’t care as ‘anti-Corona’ sweets are the rage

Sweet makers claim Covid-themed sweets are selling like hot cakes. Customers say they eat sweets just as sweets and don’t expect them to work as medicine.
Newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, his son and Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray acknowledge their supporters, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. | PTI

The ‘softening’ of Shiv Sena — belligerent under Bal Thackeray to more liberal under Uddhav

27 years after the Mumbai riots, in which it played a major part, the Shiv Sena prepares to take credit for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. But much has changed within the party and its cadre. 

On Camera

Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

Turkey waging new war of economic liberation, says Erdogan after country’s currency falls

Erogan's speech follows the Turkish lira weakening to a record low of 8.3849 per dollar on Friday.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.