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(From left) Ajit Pawar, Dhananjay Munde, Ashok Chavan & Eknath Shinde are among the Maharashtra cabinet ministers who have tested positive for Covid | Source: Twitter & ANI

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. 
stand guard outside the Aarey Colony

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.
Farmers associated with Shetkari Sanghatana gather outside the tehsildar’s office in Nagpur district to celebrate the farm laws | By special arrangement

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.
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.

On Camera

How Joe Biden and Kamala Harris could transform American childhood

Although the impact of the Trump presidency will not be easily overcome, a Biden-Harris administration offers hope for the nation’s children.

Fastest Covid vaccination rollouts in Israel, UAE are propelling market gains

Traders are rushing to price the global vaccine rollout & betting that nations at the forefront will be the fastest to recover from the crisis, lifting their stocks, currencies and bond yields.

Defence

Bangladesh armed forces contingent during the full dress rehearsal for the upcoming Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi on Saturday | ANI

How Army and Navy are keeping Republic Day parade participants safe amid Covid

In November, when Army contingent and bands started arriving in the capital, a total of 260 tested positive for Covid, out of about 3,000 who had landed.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

7 reasons why Modi govt is in retreat on farm reform laws

Farm reform could’ve been high point of Modi’s second term. But lack of patience, understanding and contempt for history have turned it into a disaster.