Zeeshan Shaikh


Gender-based violence around public toilets in Mumbai: ‘Lack of lighting, provision of basic sanitation facilitate violence against women’
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

The findings indicate that there was at least minimal provision of toilet facilities, basic security features, water, and electric supply in the research sites.

MIDC to get anti-encroachment cells
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Historically, the MIDC has relied on the help of local administration and the local police to help clear these encroachments.

Wish has come true, felt responsible for what she went through: Fauzia ansari on release of Pak journalist Zeenat Shehzaadi
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Many believe the role of Zeenat in making Pakistani authorities acknowledge that Hamid was present in a Pakistani jail was one of the key reasons for her disappearance in 2015.

Pakistani journalist found 2 years after she went missing while probing Indian citizen’s case
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

Pakistan journalist Zeenat Shahzadi went missing after filing an application with Pakistan’s Supreme Court on behalf of missing Indian citizen Hamid Nehal Ansari’s mother, Fauzia. Ansari was sentenced to three-year imprisonment for espionage months after Shahzadi’s disappearance.

Household Spending: Urban homes spend 84% more, Muslims spend mostly on food
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Economists say that the poor tend to spend most of their expenditure on essentials like food. The share of spending on food and beverages decreases as a household’s income rises.

Six jump ship: Raj Thackeray firefights, to meet MNS corporators individually
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Over the past two elections held to Maharashtra’s 27 municipal corporations, the MNS tally of corporators has gone down from 148 to 43

Poor infrastructure at Nashik civil hospital claims life of another tribal child
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Maharashtra Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant, who visited the hospital on September 9, had promised immediate installation of 5 to 6 additional incubators and an additional half-a-dozen in the near future to augment infrastructure of the department.

‘Mumbai most populous in county, 41.3% live in slums’
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Almost 179 SRS dwellers from 245 people that makes up 73% of the total were found to be satisfied with the scheme. In case of the desire to stay in future, 183 dwellers, that is 75%, were found to be interested in staying at SRS in future.

TISS study praises Maharashtra govt’s Baliraja Chetana Abhiyan
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) recently conducted a study on the implementation of the Baliraja Chetana Abhiyan (BCA) in Osmanabad district in 2016 to counter distress among farmers

A little increase in Maharashtra’s share doubled wholesale onion prices
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

While the move is seen as an attempt by the Central government to ensure onion prices are kept under check in the country’s cities, farmers have blamed the Centre for interfering in a free market and not allowing farmers to get good prices for their produce.

No specialist in Nashik civil hospital where 187 babies died in 5 months
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Maharashtra Health Minister Deepak Sawant, who paid a surprise visit to the hospital on Saturday, attributed the pressure on the hospital to the high patient load.

Indians travel 4 times more for religious reasons than on business, indicates data from NSSO
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

‘Social’ travel accounts for nearly 86% of all overnight travel; travel for purposes of religion is a distant second, show NSSO survey data.

Mumbai building collapse: No structural audit by MHADA, thousands of buildings at risk
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

Many cessed buildings unstable, activists say rules skewed against tenants

Mumbai’s Husaini building collapse: Why cess buildings need to be re-looked at urgently
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Mumbai building collapse: There were 19,642 cessed buildings stretching from BMC's Ward A to G — from Colaba to Mahim. The number has now come down to 14375.

Better drains can cut losses by 70 per cent, say experts
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Over the years, Mumbai, while cementing its position as an economic powerhouse among the top 50 cities in the world, has witnessed rampant unplanned urbanisation rendering it the second most vulnerable city among the 50 to face coastal flooding.

In five years, 234% hike in number of post-graduate convicts in Maharashtra
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Sociologist have blamed this trend to the rising consumerism in the country, where for many people, it has become acceptable to make a fast buck in as short a time as possible.

MNS corporator set to become Jalgaon mayor
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

The party, which in 2009 had 13 MLAs, does not have a single representative in the Maharashtra Assembly at present. Its lone representative elected on the MNS symbol had quit the party to set up his own organisation in February this year.

An initiative that aims to empower Muslims economically, create more entrepreneurs
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

Over the past two decades, there has been a concerted effort on the part of the Muslim community to get itself educated.

Understanding context of SC ruling on triple talaq: Divorce rate of Muslim women is thrice that of men
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Among Muslim women, the largest percentage of divorces take place in the age group 20-34 (43.9%), in which only 24% of the total Muslim female population lies.

After triple talaq verdict, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan says its draft can be used to codify personal law
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

Muslims in India are governed by the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act 1936. This law makes the Shariat applicable on Muslims.

Shiv Sena should face hard reality, say BJP leaders
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Maharashtra’s elections, which saw the BJP, Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP jostling for space, have over the past two years turned into a race between the BJP and the Sena, being the two dominant players.

‘In Mumbai slums, one in every sixth child of 14-17 years uses tobacco’
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

In the study, the prevalence of use of tobacco was 17.5 per cent. Overall, smokeless tobacco use was higher than the type smoked. Gutkha was the most common form of tobacco used, followed by cigarettes, khaini, beedi and masheri.

A mushaira for non-Muslims to recite their Urdu works
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

The “Bazm-E-Yaaraan-E-Adab” (gathering of lovers of literature), a social organisation floated by late Bhiwandi corporator Balkrishna Mukund Mali, is set to hold a mushaira on Sunday, in which only non-Muslim Urdu writers will recite their compositions.

Mumbai Paper Clip: ‘Elderly living in Mumbai slums are digitally illiterate’
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

The study evaluated the living standards of 1,262 senior citizens across slums in Mumbai.The study suggests that nearly half of the elderly living in Mumbai slums were illiterate.

Devendra Fadnavis orders probe against two ministers, bureaucrat
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

The Opposition had been demanding action against Mehta and Desai. While Mehta is a BJP minister, Desai is from Shiv Sena.

‘Low socio-economic status, illiteracy common among drug abusers’
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

The study said 35% of the users are below the age of 29 while 27% are between 30-39 years. Only 18% were aged 40-49 years. Majority of the respondents (53%) were educated up to secondary school, 19% were illiterate, and only 7% were graduates.

Crop Insurance scheme: 70 lakh covered, says govt; farmer leaders claim 40 per cent left out
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

Core committee plans to start agitation from August 14

Take 5: ‘Lakhs can die, but not the guardian of people’
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

"People tend to blame politicians when such incidents occur, saying that they are corrupt, but bureaucrats tend to get off scot-free."

September sees most sudden deaths in city, January the least: Study
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

A study conducted by Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India evaluated 238 sudden natural deaths (SND) that had taken place in the city.

The other side
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

The widening of water bodies can similarly cause displacement of “riparian areas” — the stretch of vegetation along a water channel that checks bank erosion and also helps in filtering water. Riparian areas, moreover, act as buffers against floods, while regulating stream flows during droughts.

‘Maharashtra has highest proportional share of individuals over 50 facing the law’
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

Of its 21,667 undertrials, 14.50 per cent , which is 3,142, are over the age of 50. In 2000, the proportional share of undertrials over 50 years was higher for India at 14.7 per cent compared to Maharashtra that had 13.4 per cent.

Overcrowding in jails: No solution in sight
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Maharashtra’s prisons house 31 per cent more people than capacity, in Mumbai and areas around it that figure is 102 per cent

Three square meals for Rs 34: Here is why prisoners risk assault to seek better food
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

In less than a month, two incidents of violence in Maharashtra’s prisons have left two dead, including one convict who had been allegedly assaulted by jail staff. A three-part series looks at the faultlines in the state’s prisons and the denial of human rights behind bars.

Maharashtra again hunts for Wakf Board CEO
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Frequent transfer of incumbents and shortage of Muslim officers to head the dept making state’s job difficult.

More parents seek help for mental problems of boys than girls
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

The study found that 47.4 per cent parents perceived that their children suffered from some psychiatric disorder but only 10.5 per cent had sought treatment voluntarily before they were interviewed for the study.

Repackaging 1,000-yr-old ideas to revive a system of medicine
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

The system’s beginnings can be traced to the teachings of ancient Greek physicians like Hippocrates, and its principle revolves around strengthening the ‘Quwwat-e-Mudabbira-e-Badan’ (immunity).