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Gandhi, Sanjay Dutt, Kasab — Pune’s Yerawada jail, open to public, has many stories to tell

Yerawada jail was opened to public on 26 January, making it the first prison in Maharashtra to do so. Other prisons with historical significance likely to open up too in boost to 'jail tourism'.

530-page book, conference, app — how Uddhav govt is reviving age-old border row with Karnataka

Uddhav is raking up Karnataka-Maharashtra border row, an issue his father championed, but analysts say it holds little resonance in border areas & no poll value in rest of Maharashtra.

Why Shiv Sena won’t back down from renaming Aurangabad despite risk to alliance govt

In 1988, Bal Thackeray said Aurangabad would be called Sambhajinagar after Chhatrapati Shivaji’s son. Now, his son and Maharashtra CM Uddhav is pushing for it again.

More political & more cartoon-centric — Bal Thackeray’s 60-yr-old weekly Marmik gets new look

Since 17 November, Marmik has published three more editions along the lines of its revamp plans of making the weekly almost like a deeper shadow of Shiv Sena’s Saamana. 

In Shiv Sena’s support to farmer protests, a deliberate strategy to shed its urban image

Shiv Sena, which has a very Mumbai-centric urban image, has backed almost every farmers’ protest in Maharashtra & the country over the past few years.

After year in opposition, this is how ‘unbeatable’ BJP is planning to regroup in Maharashtra

BJP was confident the MVA govt wouldn’t last but has now spent a year in opposition — its image, of an unbeatable force with a ‘development first’ agenda, having taken a beating. 

Packed meeting rooms, no mask — no surprise 18 of Maharashtra’s 43 ministers got Covid

While politicians are more susceptible to Covid due to the very nature of their job, the number of ministers infected in Maharashtra is one of the highest in the country.

NCP aide, Modi backer, now Mumbai’s ‘Godfather’ — the political gymnastics of Raj Thackeray

The MNS chief’s latest political avatar, aimed at the 2022 Mumbai civic polls, is to project himself as a ‘godfather’ who solves people’s woes and champions Marathi pride. 

Aarey to Kanjurmarg in 9 yrs — Mumbai Metro car shed to still take over 2 yrs if all goes well

CM Thackeray has shifted the car shed for Mumbai’s costliest metro rail out of Aarey Colony. But it took years of political back and forth for the project to reach Kanjurmarg.

Not all farmers are against Modi’s new farm laws, this group in Maharashtra is celebrating

Farmers associated with Shetkari Sanghatana, founded by economist Sharad Joshi in 1978, believe the laws are a step closer to their demand — freedom of access to markets.

On Camera

YourTurn

India, China held military talks this week to discuss air space violations, provocations by Chinese Air Force

Raising air power violation is China’s mind game. India’s challenge is to call the bluff

India's issue isn't only about providing resources to the armed forces, but that political leadership must move away from sloganeering to outcome-centric on reforms.

India’s ‘salaried class’ shrank during Covid, Muslims hit hardest, govt data suggests

India’s salaried class shrank by 2.7 percentage points during pandemic, govt’s Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) shows. But data for religious minorities, women is even bleaker.

Defence

The two frigates under construction at Yantar shipyard in Russia | Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

Not dependent on Ukraine for engines, want to be part of Make in India initiative, says Russia

India had procured gas turbine engines from Ukraine & handed over to Russia to install them on the Admiral Grigorovich-class guided-missile stealth frigates being made for the Navy.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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