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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

YourTurn

Rahul Gandhi in Srinagar, where the Bharat Jodo Yatra has culminated | Rahul Gandhi/Twitter

Bharat Jodo Yatra has worked more for Rahul Gandhi. Congress’ walk...

In such a buzz-creating yatra, not one new Congress leader was born. Pramod Mahajan, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Modi emerged from Advani's and Manohar Joshi’s yatras.
File photo of trade unions protesting the Modi government's labor codes in Bhubaneswar | ANI

Economic Survey says govt’s labour codes ‘in tune with market trends’....

Four labour codes, amalgamating 29 laws, were passed in 2019 & 2020. But central, state govts have yet to notify the laws that will cater to around 40 crore unorganised sector workers.

Defence

Representational image | Nuclear submarine INS Chakra | Indian Navy

Budget 2023: Defence eyes big boost for more firepower, submarines, drones

Private sector is also hoping for a high budgetary allocation for defence capital expenditure since it will translate into more acquisition programmes fructifying.

Return of the Muslim: From Modi ‘sermon’ to Pathaan to Bharat...

Most key Hindutva/RSS objectives have been achieved, and Modi & BJP now need social calm, at least till summer of 2024. A de-escalation of some sort is on.