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Rescue work at the site of the building collapse at Bhiwandi in Thane on 22 September.

Death toll in Bhiwandi building collapse rises to 39 as 14 more bodies recovered

18 children, including three toddlers, were among those killed when a 43-year-old building collapsed early morning Monday in Maharashtra's Bhiwandi.
A medic collects a nasal sample from a resident via Rapid Antigen kit for Covid-19 test, at Borivali in Mumbai Sunday, 6 September 2020 (representative image) | PTI

Covid hotspot Mumbai spent poorly on health in last 3 years, NGO report says

The report by Praja Foundation says that of the BMC’s estimated capital expenditure spend of Rs 2,189 crore over three years, it actually spent just 39.97% or Rs 875 crore. 
Building collapse incident in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra which took place earlier today, 21 September | Twitter/ANI

11 killed, 13 rescued in building collapse in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi town

A civic official said the building at Patel compound of Narpoli near Dhamankar Naka collapsed at 3.40 am when the residents were asleep.
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh | @AnilDeshmukhNCP | Twitter

Maharashtra govt says will keep aside 13% posts for Marathas during police recruitment

The announcement by Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh comes amid Supreme Court's recent interim order staying implementation of the state law granting reservation to the Marathas.
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SC stayed Maratha reservation but Maharashtra govt can still find a way. Here’s how

More than a century after Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj introduced caste-based quota in Kolhapur, the Maratha community in Maharashtra is fighting a legal battle to save reservation.
Cotton balls grow on a plant | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

India’s cotton exports set for revival over global demand for masks, lower domestic prices

Indian Cotton Association's estimates say exports are now expected to touch 65 lakh bales this year against its June estimate of 40 lakh bales — a 63% improvement.
File photo of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray in Pune

Uddhav announces new plan for Mumbai to take medical help to people as Covid cases rise

Under 'My family-My responsibility' campaign, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation will reach out to every family in city and provide medical help and guidance if needed.
Actor Kangana Ranaut and Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. | Photo: ThePrint Team

Dev Anand to Kangana Ranaut — Shiv Sena has had a long love-hate relationship with Bollywood

Kangana Ranaut’s spat with the Shiv Sena is only the latest incident in the party’s long history of an oxymoron relationship with Bollywood.
The Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Can states declare a caste as socially, educationally backward? Constitution bench to decide

The Supreme Court is dealing with a challenge to the Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act (SEBC Act) of 2018.
Vendors carry onion sacks at a market in Mumbai

Onion prices could touch Rs 100/kg by Oct as heavy rain damaged early-kharif crop, rabi stock

Over the last two weeks, wholesale and retail prices have more than doubled in several markets across India, including the largest wholesale onion market in Nashik.

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Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Afghanistan is India’s one reliable neighbour, but Hekmatyar’s surprise entry can change this

During a recent webinar on Kashmir, the former mujahideen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar warned India to ‘learn a lesson from the Afghan jihad’.
People crowd a weekly market which reopened after the COVID-19 lockdown, in New Delhi | ANI

Indian economy’s ‘animal spirits’ stabilise in August but strong rebound still far away

Five of 8 high-frequency economic indicators gained but a strong rebound is still a far way off as a surge in virus cases continues to disrupt activity.

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File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian soldiers at LAC have go-ahead to open fire in self-defence, India tells China

With no signs of disengagement on the ground in Ladakh, where India and China have been locked in a stand-off since April, both sides will stay dug in during the region’s bitter winter too.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?