Maharashtra News

72 percent of rape accused in Mumbai are 'boyfriends' of victims: Police data

As much as 71.9 per cent of the accused facing rape charges in Mumbai are alleged to have lured their victims on the pretext of marriage, according to a review of such cases reported till October this year.

Congress challenges constitutional validity of Fadnavis government

The Congress' Maharashtra unit Wednesday moved Bombay High Court challenging the constitutional validity of the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government and seeking its dismissal.

BJP sets 1.5 crore membership target in Maharashtra by April 2015

BJP on Wednesday said it has set itself a target of enrolling more than 1.5 crore members by March 31, 2015 under its plan to expand the party's footprint in Maharashtra which it wrested from Congress in recently-held Assembly elections.

NCP attacks Maharashtra CM for not paying visit to 26/11 memorial

The Nationalist Congress Party on Wednesday slammed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for not paying homage to the martyrs of 26/11 terror attacks by visiting the memorial built for them.

HC tells Maharashtra govt to take a stand on police housing

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted three weeks to the Maharashtra government to take a stand on two public interest litigations (PILs) which have alleged that plots of land reserved for housing policemen were fraudulently allotted to housing societies of legislators and bureaucrats.

Uddhav ​Thackeray to meet Governor on drought issue

Shiv Sena on Wednesday said that its leader Uddhav Thackeray will meet Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday and request him to direct the state government to declare Marathwada and Vidarbha as drought-hit as the government was not making such announcement.

Mumbai's coastal security in God's hands: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena on Wednesday alleged that even six years after terrorists intruded into Mumbai via a sea route and launched a spate of killings, the maritime security of the region continues to be at "God's mercy" due to "lax" attitude of government.

Six years on, people of Mumbai ready to fearlessly counter terror attacks

 Six years after gunmen from Pakistan stormed prime hotels and city landmarks killing more than 160 people and wounding many more in Mumbai, residents say they are ready to counter such incidents should they take place in the future.

Man found dead in Akola

A 32-year-old man was found dead at Telhara in the district, police said on Wednesday.

Intense patrolling filling coastal radar surveillance gaps: Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard on Wednesday said that intensified and dynamic patrolling is plugging the gaps left due to the absence of radars in some coastal areas, as defence agencies have learnt important lessons after the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.

Insufficient fuel for boats hinders sea patrolling in Maharashtra

The 72 high-end speed boats acquired by Maharashtra Police two years after the Mumbai terror attacks are not operated to full capacity along the state's coastline for want of fuel and unattended technical snags.

Six years afer 26/11 - maritime security stronger

Improved co-ordination of some 15 national and state security agencies as well as continuous coastal surveillance have led to a much stronger maritime security, authorities said Wednesday, a day on which six years ago the Mumbai terror attack took place.

RSS calls for creating universally acceptable education model

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has called for creating a new education model acceptable to all, drawing from India's rich ancient past when the country was a great centre of learning.

Man held for raping minor daughter in Palghar

Palghar: A 40-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping his minor daughter in Vasai area of the district, police said Wednesday.

Six years later, Mumbai remembers 26/11 victims, heroes
Six years later, Mumbai remembers 26/11 victims, heroes

Six years after the audacious terror attacks in Mumbai, tributes were on Wednesday paid to victims and heroes, while the state government announced that it will implement recommendations of the Ram Pradhan panel which probed the 26/11 carnage.

Shiv Sena, BJP close to alliance deal in Maharashtra?
Shiv Sena, BJP close to alliance deal in Maharashtra?

After weeks of acrimony, the Shiv Sena and the BJP are believed to be again holding talks on forming an alliance in Maharashtra.

Four youths from India, who joined Islamic State, want to return home: Sources
Four youths from India, who joined Islamic State, want to return home: Sources

Government sources have said that four Indian nationals, hailing from Kalyan near Mumbai, who were reported to have joined the Islamic State terrorist group, want to return home.

Armed forces conduct coastal exercise ahead of 26/11 anniversary

Over 30 ships, submarines and aircraft of the Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Coast Guard and state agencies have been deployed for an exercise off the western coast, ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack.

Uddhav drags Pawar into slanging match against BJP's Khadse

The war of words between ruling BJP and opposition Shiv Sena escalated on Tuesday with Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse raking up Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray's "non-farming" background and the latter hitting back with an oblique reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on "empty promises" made in run-up to Assembly elections.

Gangster Abu Salem seeks ban on a book on him

Gangster Abu Salem on Tuesday filed an application in the special TADA court seeking a ban on a book written by a former journalist, titled `My name is Abu Salem'.

Crime against women rises in Mumbai, conviction rate low at 8%

Crime against women, including rape, molestation and chain snatching, have risen sharply in the metropolis in 2013-14, while conviction rate of serious offences fell to an abysmal low of eight per cent, showed a report complied by an NGO.

'Dry' Marathwada left after wave passed, says Uddhav

Taking potshots at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi without naming him, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said "a dry Marathwada" was left behind after "the wave" had passed.

Will follow YB Chavan's path to develop Maharashtra: Fadnavis

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said it would be his endeavour to take Maharashtra on the path of progress by emulating the late Yashwantrao Chavan.

Eknath Khadse does a Sharad Pawar, dismisses Uddhav's criticism

Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse ton Tuesday dismissed criticism by Shiv Sena by taking a jibe at the Thackeray family's non-rural, non-farming background.

Would bring sustainable development within a year: Fadnavis

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Tuesday that his government would bring about sustainable development within a year with priority given to development of the last man of the society.

Eknath Khadse says 'if farmers can pay mobile bills, why can't for power', stokes controversy

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and state revenue minister Eknath Khadse stirred up a controversy by stating that if farmers can afford to pay their mobile bills, why can’t they pay their electricity bills.

Sena threatens to expose media which project it in bad ligh

Accusing media of being biased, Shiv Sena on Tuesday threatened to expose media organisations which mislead the people and make "irresponsible comments" on the saffron party.

Exploding gas cylinders spark massive fire in Maha; none hurt

 A truck, carrying around 300 cooking gas cylinders, exploded into a huge ball of fire near a village on Murbad-Mhasa road here, police said on Tuesday.

PM Narendra Modi to perform Shivaji memorial bhoomi pooja

The ground breaking ceremony (bhoomi pooja) for the memorial of the Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj will be done at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 19 next year, it was announced here on Monday.

Maharashtra CM non-committal about separate Vidarbha state

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was non-committal about a separate state of Vidarbha on Monday and said that any decision in this regard would be taken at an "appropriate time".