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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray | Photo: ANI

Declare Karnataka’s Marathi-speaking areas as Union Territory, says Uddhav Thackeray

Thackeray lashed out at the Karnataka govt over alleged atrocities on Marathi speakers in Belgaum, Karwar and Nippani areas and spoke for their inclusion in Maharashtra.
Farmers assemble at Azad Maidan to participate in the 'Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha' in Mumbai on 25 January

Mumbai Police stop protesting farmers from marching towards Raj Bhavan

The All India Kisan Sabha's Maharashtra unit Sunday said the protesters will march to the Raj Bhavan and submit a memorandum to Governor B.S. Koshyari over their various demands.
People stand in a queue to vote during the gram panchayat elections in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district on 15 January 2021 | By special arrangement

Shiv Sena’s rural reach, ‘mandate for Uddhav’ — what Maharashtra gram panchayat results show

Shiv Sena emerged as one of the biggest victors of the elections held last week to 14,234 gram panchayats, with the party clinching victory in about 20% of them.
Hiware Bazaar residents standing in a queue to vote during the gram panchayat elections in Maharashtra on 15 January 2021. | Photo: Special arrangement

For the first time in 35 years, this Maharashtra village had to ‘vote’ for its gram panchayat

Hiware Bazar, in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district, has earned its fame as a model village — going from an under-developed hamlet to an affluent, self-sufficient one.
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.
Mumbai Airport (representational image) | Commons

Navi Mumbai airport, hit by lockdown & funds crisis, could be ready with one runway in 2023

The Rs 16,000-crore airport is touted to be one of the world’s largest greenfield airports with two parallel runways. The first phase involves operationalising one of the two runways.
Devendra Fadnavis PC

Maharashtra govt reduces security cover of Devendra Fadnavis, Raj Thackeray

The Uddhav Thackeray govt downgraded the security of 11 people, including former UP governor Ram Naik, and withdrew it from 16 others.

MP govt seeks deployment of six companies of paramilitary forces in Naxal-hit areas

According to police, around 100 Naxals from Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra have sneaked into Madhya Pradesh over the past few months to expand their base.
A file photo of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his wife and Saamana editor Rashmi Thackeray. | Photo: ANI

‘Sure you don’t like it’ — BJP flags ‘derogatory’ Saamana articles to editor Rashmi Thackeray

Over the last few days, the Shiv Sena, through Saamana editorials, has severely criticised BJP leaders over farmers’ protests and ED notices to political opponents, among other issues.
A file photo of rescue efforts after the train blasts in Mumbai in July 2006. | Photo: Commons

Are 5 on death row for Mumbai 7/11 blasts guilty? NIA/police files reveal contradictory facts

The men convicted for 7/11 train blasts continue to insist they are innocent and have produced official and court documents filed by different investigative agencies in their defence.

On Camera

File photo | Protesters in Aden, Al Mansoora during the Arab Spring uprising in 2011 | Wikimedia commons

Arab Spring showed autocracy is anything but stable

The chaotic & unpredictable fashion in which regimes entered into crisis and collapsed shows that authoritarianism is both highly fragile and a major source of violent turmoil.
Coconut copra

Govt increases MSP for milling copra by Rs 375 per quintal, ball copra by Rs 300

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said this will benefit millions of farmers engaged in copra farming and impact the farmers of 12 coastal states.

Defence

File image of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Rajnath Singh speaks to new US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the two reiterated the commitment to deepen India-US defence cooperation and exchanged views on regional and global issues.
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.