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Vivek Deshpande

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Killing of Women Naxals: Maoists call Gadchiroli bandh on May 31
Fri, May 27, 2016

The five women Naxals killed in different encounters are Rajita Usendi, Minko Naroti, Aarti Pudo, Nirmala Dumma and Sarita Kowasi.

Wild boar culling in forest minister’s district splits officials, anger experts
Tue, May 17, 2016

Sharpshooter hired by forest dept has killed over 200 wild boars.

Missing constable killed, Gadchiroli police recovers body
Tue, May 17, 2016

From a note recovered from near his body, it was clear the 31-year-old was held captive by Naxalites.

Rain-fed Agriculture: Seizing the desi advantage through improved breeding
Thu, May 12, 2016

Eight new publicly-developed cotton varieties hold out hope for dryland growers.

Maharashtra: Rally for development in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli
Wed, May 11, 2016

The rally was also attended by K Madhukar Rao, one of the original authors of Salwa Judum movement in Chhattisgarh.

Naxal killed in encounter
Tue, May 10, 2016

Police suspect the deceased Naxal, whose body was found on the encounter spot, as Rajita alias Ramko Usendi, Chatgaon area secretary (CPI Maoist).

NNTR’s grand old tigress dies in fight with gaur
Sun, May 08, 2016

Also called T2, Mai was 17 and a deep gash on her hind side of the body was believed to have been caused by a fight with a gaur.

Gadchiroli mining: Maoists issue threat to politicians, call them ‘agents of capitalists’
Thu, May 05, 2016

The letter has been issued by Shrinivas, secretary of western sub-zonal bureau of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee.

Shrihari Aney hoists ‘Vidarbha flag’ in Nagpur, raises pitch for statehood
Mon, May 02, 2016

Led by former advocate general Shrihari Aney, the symbolic flag hoisting, however, received poor response with only a handful of regular activists congregating at ‘Vishnu ki Rasoi’, famous chef Vishnu Manohar’s eating joint.

Three major projects take off in Vidarbha, CM Fadnavis unveils 2 textile ventures in Amravati
Sun, May 01, 2016

Fadnavis hands over 141 acres to SAI for Wathoda regional centre project.

Maoists kill two villagers, say police
Sun, May 01, 2016

“A group of 15-20 Naxals came to Masanadi village near Pendhri and took away Sheshrao Darro, 52, and Devaji Atla, 55, both tribals, and killed them in the adjoining forest,” the note said.

Maharashtra forest guest plan to attract tourists draws flak
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

“Such respectable visitors create a lot of curiosity and interest about such places. It will thus give a fillip to forest tourism in a big way,” the GR says.

Nitin Gadkari plans meeting in Mumbai to fast-track irrigation projects
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari Saturday said he had planned a meeting in Mumbai to discuss the fast-tracking of irrigation projects in the state.

Bombay HC hits back at Gadkari: ‘Politicians blame us if orders inconvenient’
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

The observation came during a hearing on a PIL against stalling of admissions to 100 seats in Chandrapur Government Medical College by the Medical Council of India.

Policeman killed by naxals in Gadchiroli: Cops to track VIP movement, assign 4 securitymen to each
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

It was also decided that these security personnel would be equipped with small weapons instead of big ones like AK 47 as the Naxals have had an eye on the big weapons too due to the paucity of arms and ammunition they had been facing.

Row over ‘bharat mata ki jai’: Opposition due to ignorance of language: RSS leader Indresh
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

Claiming that Islam supports hailing of motherland and cow protection, RSS leader Indresh Kumar said in Nagpur Saturday that opposition to “Bharat Mata ki Jai” was due to the “ignorance of language”.

Nagpur is Deekshabhoomi, not Sanghbhoomi: Kanhaiya
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

In his speech, he accused the NDA government of attacking the democratic set-up in the country and said there was a direct assault on the Constitution authored by Ambedkar.

At Nagpur rally, Congress says BJP, RSS pushing ‘Manuwaad’
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

The Congress made explicit use of symbolism of Manuwaad, probably for the first time, to declare war on “anti-Dalit and anti-poor” policies of the BJP and RSS here on Monday.

Gadchiroli: Iron-ore mining project starts
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

The mine of 348 hectares leased to Lloyds Steel began extracting ore on March 5, with 300 labourers getting jobs on the site.

Tigress found dead in river near Tadoba Andhari reserve
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

The tigress found floating on water had her right hind leg broken in two parts and her canines missing.

First civic school in Maharashtra to win ISO certificate is in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

From CCTV cameras, a projector, science lab and a garden with medicinal plants, the school is equipped with facilities.

AIDS awareness: Poor turnout, High Court directive about gap between 2 events flouted
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

Leader of the ruling BJP Dayashankar Tiwari, who had conceived the programme, had to repeatedly tell enthusiastic volunteers not to spread out religious banners at the awareness programme.

Denied medical treatment in jail: Prof Saibaba
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

It may take several months for him to recover, said Saibaba, adding that he would eventually “go back to teaching”.

Bombay HC raps Nagpur civic body over event on ‘Hanuman Chalisa’
Wed, Apr 06, 2016

The NMC has been envisaging entering the Guinness World Records for health awareness via the April 7 programme.

In Nagpur, Hanuman Chalisa reading in a bid to prevent AIDS
Sat, Apr 02, 2016

The BJP-ruled Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has organised a grand “Hanuman Chalisa path” programme on the day, which incidentally is World Health Day, hoping to attract over 1.5 lakh people from the city and around.

Zeroing in on nationalism
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

How Manoj ’Bharat’ Kumar’s Phalke award resonates with current turmoil.

Kanha-Pench: 29 wildlife conservationists, scientists come together to save wildlife corridor
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

The NHAI had questioned the need for the structures. In January 2015, however, the measures were reduced to underpasses, total 2.7 kilometres long and 4.5 metres high.

Will create ‘pressure group’ to get statehood for Vidarbha, says Maharashtra ex-AG Aney
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

He said, “the BJP seems to be waiting to jump in at the opportune time to stake claim but not do anything by itself. They will repeat the same drama (of statehood) again in the next election.”

Maharashtra gets first batch of women commandos to guard its forests
Sat, Mar 26, 2016

They are posted in eight ranges — Sironcha, Asarali, Zinganur, Dechhlipetha, Pranhita, Bamni, Jimalgatta and Kamlapur — in Maoist-affected Sironcha division.

After 3 years, NDCCB starts operations
Wed, Mar 16, 2016

The licence was suspended due to the bank’s poor financial condition owing to the debilitating impact of the 2002 gilts scam.

Brother of NCP leader booked for poaching
Sat, Mar 12, 2016

Ravindra is the former Deputy Zilla Parishad chief of Aheri and is a BJP worker. His nephew Ambarish Atram is the Aheri MLA and Minister of State for Tribal Affairs.

Wardha farmers to end hunger strike today
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

This will be done by auctioning of the properties of defaulter trader Sunil Talatule, attachment of which is underway by Wardha Collector Ashutosh Salil.

Bombay HC stops payment of irrigation contractor
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

The bench comprising Justices Bhushan Gavai and Pradip Deshmukh issued the directive Thursday on a petition filed by local NGO Jan Manch for expeditious probe into the irrigation scam in the Vidarbha projects.

Cotton farmers fail to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

Nagpur police reportedly tried to browbeat the agitating farmers by asking them to wind up their agitation or face tough measures.

Centre shrinks eco-sensitive zone of Lonar crater lake
Wed, Mar 09, 2016

In a move that has left green activists worried, the Centre has shrunk the Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) around the meteor-crater Lonar lake in Buldhana district to 100 metres from 500 metres.

Monsanto patent under cloud as Bt cotton prone to pink bollworm
Tue, Mar 08, 2016

Keshav Raj Kranthi, said that he had been consulted by the Union Agriculture Ministry on whether the pink bollworm had developed resistance to Bt cotton grown in India — to which he had given an affirmative reply.