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Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Rathod becomes first minister to resign from Maha Vikas Aghadi govt

Sanjay Rathod, who held the forest profile in Maharashtra govt, tendered his resignation to CM Uddhav Thackeray after an hour-long meeting Sunday afternoon.
File image of Maharashtra minister Sanjay Rathod | Twitter | @SanjayDRathods

Why this senior Shiv Sena minister could be the first in MVA govt to lose his job

Minister Sanjay Rathod of Yavatmal district is battling heat not just from opposition BJP, but from MVA allies Congress and NCP, as well as his own party.
An NCP Rashtrawadi Parivar Samvad Yatra event at Vidarbha on 12 February | By special arrangement

How Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP leaders played a part in Maharashtra’s Covid spike

Heightened political activity has led to at least 7 Maharashtra ministers testing Covid-positive in 17 days, with one of them, Omprakash, contracting the virus for the 2nd time.

Uddhav visits, NCP yatra, Patole as Congress chief: Ruling allies eye BJP stronghold Vidarbha

Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are looking to gain ground in Vidarbha, the region which accounts for about 22 per cent of Maharashtra’s total assembly seats.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar | Photo: ANI

NCP got 5 times more funds, including from Mumbai BJP chief, after coming to power in 2019

Sharad Pawar’s party got Rs 59.94 crore in 2019-20 compared to Rs 12.05 crore the previous fiscal, with Rs 5 crore coming from Lodha Developers.
File photo of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya Thackeray | Photo: ANI

Uddhav govt naming schemes after Bal Thackeray since a year, Congress says they’re overdoing

The MVA govt has named at least three schemes & certain projects after Sena founder Bal Thackeray. Some of these were considered pet projects of former CM Devendra Fadnavis. 
A file photo of Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde. | Photo: ANI

What sexual harassment case against Dhananjay Munde is, and its implications for NCP

Maharashtra minister Munde is in the dock over 'rape' and sexual harassment charges. The NCP leader claims it’s blackmail. Some leaders from other parties back him too.
the fire at the Bhandara district hospital

Murder says BJP as Maharashtra govt orders probe into Bhandara hospital fire 

The fire at the Bhandara district hospital, which led to the deaths of 10 infants, has also prompted the government to order an audit of neonatal units in the state.
(Representational image) The Bibi Ka Maqbara, a 17th century Mughal-era monument in Aurangabad | wikimedia commons

Sena-Congress rift widens as Pune, Osmanabad, Ahmednagar are pulled into renaming row

Shiv Sena, MNS & Maratha outfits now want more cities renamed but MVA partner Congress believes 'politics of renaming is inappropriate and has nothing to do with development'.

Ready to fight BMC polls solo but open to tie-up if party says — new Mumbai Congress chief

Mumbai Congress chief Ashok Jagtap, who was appointed last month, says party's target is BJP whether Congress fights independently or in alliance with Shiv Sena in Mumbai civic polls.

On Camera

Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan is in sorrow, wants vote of confidence. Opposition hopes it can finally oust him

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has called it 'a sorrowful day for democracy in Pakistan'. This is a moment where you are either with Imran Khan or against him.
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New Umbrella Entity is the new digital payments race as Amazon, Google, Facebook jump in

The companies are part of four consortia preparing to apply for licenses to operate retail payments and settlement systems, with more firms banding together before a 31 March deadline.

Defence

An Indian Army truck on a Kashmir highway leading to Ladakh | Representational image | ANI

Self-reliance in defence, cyber challenges in focus at Combined Commanders’ meet starting today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address the Combined Commanders’ Conference, which will be held in Gujarat between 4 and 6 March.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Habeas Porcus — how our judiciary is murdering the principle of ‘bail, not jail’ routinely

Judiciary is responsible for ensuring our liberty, and habeas corpus is the usual route. But magistrates are acting as if the rule is ‘jail, and bail is above my pay grade’.