Zeeshan Shaikh


Maharashtra caste violence: Dalit MLAs in BJP play it safe, Shiv Sena legislators more vocal
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

Dalits constitute nearly 13 per cent of the state’s voting population and are a politically active community. In major urban centres like Mumbai, Dalits make up nearly 15 per cent of the voting population.

Maharashtra bandh: Traders idle at Vashi APMC
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

“The supply was completely unaffected. Close to 200 trucks with supplies had come into the market in the morning. However, most of the traders had to sit idle,” said Sanjay Pansare, trader and former APMC director.

19th century Gazette: What happened at the Battle of Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 1818
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

The battle took place at the village of Koregaon (population 960) 16 miles northeast of Pune, where 800 British troops faced 30,000 Marathas on January 1, 1818.

Maharashtra’s groundwater levels going down fast, contamination rising
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

57% wells show decline in water levels; 20 districts record heavy metals over acceptable limits

Among cities, Mumbai leads in fire mishap deaths; 3,781 people died during 2006-2015
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

India reported 2.16 lakh deaths in fire accidents between 2006 and 2015, with nearly 64 per cent of the victims being women

‘Tobacco habits common in police personnel’
Tue, Dec 26, 2017

Use of tobacco with lime was found to be the most common habit present in the police personnel (34.0%) followed by alcohol (19.3%), whereas the least common habit found was betel nut chewing (3.9%).

‘My brothers killed our mother… They deserve what they got’
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

On an October night in 2014, Rahibai had witnessed her 65-year-old mother Budhibai Dore and an aunt, Kashibai Veer, 85, being branded witches and trampled to death, while she herself was stripped naked and beaten

Muslims in Gujarat polls: Just a few candidates, tiny voteshare
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

203 Muslim candidates together received 1.6% of the total vote in the 2017 Gujarat elections. Contrast this with Uttar Pradesh, where despite the BJP sweep, Muslims got 13.36% of the vote.

Mumbai riots 1992: 25 years on, some have given up, some still hope for justice
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

Nine police officials face charges; activists feel the action taken after Srikrishna Committee report is cosmetic, too little for the magnitude of the crimes committed

Maharashtra: Chalisgaon leopard claims 7th victim
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

7-year-old had stepped out at night to answer nature’s call when he was attacked in Sakur village

Cyclone Ockhi aftermath: Unseasonal rain hurts grape crop in Maharashtra
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

“The unseasonal rain caused the skin of grapes to split. These were produce to be sent to the market right now. The rain damaged the fruit and it will be hard to find takers for them,” a grape farmer said.

Maharashtra: 11 get life in jail for killing two women branded ‘witches’
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

Two sons of one victim among the convicts; her daughter managed to escape

Mumbai riots 1992: Srikrishna Commission report and action taken
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

he riots in December 1992 and January 1993 left close to 900 dead and as many as 2,036 people injured in Mumbai.

Mumbai Paper Clip: ‘57.9% men believe contraception wife’s responsibility alone’
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

The respondents were in the age group of 21-50 years and hadn’t undergone vasectomy.

Maharashtra’s recovery rate for stolen goods one of the lowest in country
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

Maharashtra accounted for 55 per cent of the value of total goods stolen in the country. The number has now come down to 34.63 per cent. The total recovery of stolen goods for Maharashtra was worth Rs 266.9 crore

A former engineer who helps foreigners learn Hindi
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

At 27, Pallavi Singh looks nothing like a drab Hindi language teacher. The former engineer, however, has over the past five years taught colloquial Hindi to over 700 foreigners, including the likes of William Dalrymple, various diplomats and a bevy of Bollywood background dancers. “Language affects how you are included or excluded in a society. […]

Nashik DCC Bank chairman resigns
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

"In spite of a year since demonetisation, the problems are not going away. I have faced the wrath of farmers and depositors for the past one year and I felt I could not do so anymore and hence have resigned,” Narendra Darade said.

Chalisgaon: Leopard kills woman, death toll four in 15 days
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Local people told the police that the family members were sleeping when they were woken up early on Wednesday by the distressed sound of their cow and buffalo. 

Gujarat elections: Muslim votes elude Muslim candidates
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

Muslims make up 9.67% of Gujarat’s population but Muslim candidates managed to garner only 2.37% of the total valid votes polled in 2012.

Mumbai paper clip: Hypertension as injurious in the young as in the old
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

The study published in the International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health, found that 73 (16.2%) participants were hypertensive and 377 (83.8%) were not hypertensive

Seven extended weekends in 2018: Maharashtra govt
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

As per the dates released by the state government, holidays that will precede or succeed weekend holidays would be Republic Day on January 26, which will be on Monday, giving people a three-day weekend.

Mumbai Paper clip: ‘38.7 per cent tourists at yellow fever vaccination centre’
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

The paper states that international travellers are at more risk of acquiring and transmitting infectious diseases. Major airports and ports handling international departures and arrivals should be strengthened enough to practise travel medicine through travel health clinics, it adds. 

Kin of farmer who died at Bayer event point at buttermilk
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

Atul was the lone earning member of his family. The family owns 10 acres of land but villagers said they are not very well-off.

Nashik: Farmer dead, 75 ill after lunch at Bayer Seeds event on hybrid tomatoes
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

Police have registered a case of culpable homicide and those booked include the regional manager of Bayer Seeds.

‘Going cashless in farm sector is like trying to drive a racing car on a severely potholed road’
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

Both farmers and traders feel while demonetisation may help country in long run, proposed system fails to take into consideration complexities of APMCs

Keen to restart races, govt committee to compare running ability of bulls, horses
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

The government plans to lay a scientific ground to counter the popular notion that bullocks are not meant for racing.

Mumbai Paper Clip: ‘Poisoning most common method for suicide attempts’
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Patients with borderline personality traits were significantly associated with repeat suicide attempts between one and two years.

Agriculture: Farmers’ stir, oversupply of produce compounded problems for Maharashtra govt
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has tried to fight his way out by announcing a Rs 30,000-crore farm loan waiver that will further deepen the state’s debt burden of around Rs 4 lakh crore.

Industrial growth in Maharashtra dips: Boosting investment climate remains a work in progress for the govt
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Pace of reforms slackens, demonetisation dealt a blow; recessionary trend continues; jobs at MSMEs lowest in 5 years

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.