Vivek Deshpande

Senior Editor

No loan waiver yet, Maharashtra farmers struggle for cash
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Farmers across Maharashtra had launched a strike from June 1 to press for a complete loan waiver. Subsequently, CM Devendra Fadnavis announced a loan waiver of Rs 34,000 crore with an upper limit of Rs 1.5 lakh.

Nagpur division: Deficit rain hits sowing of paddy
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

“We have only 60 per cent of the normal rainfall till this time. Only 53 per cent of transplantation has become possible till August 15. Normally, the transplantation is over by this time,” said Joint Director (agriculture), Nagpur division.

Devendra Fadnavis lays foundation for Rs 1,600-crore Medicity in Nagpur
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

The joint initiative being undertaken under the umbrella ‘Indo-UK Institute of Health (IUIH)’ is the first of 11 such integrated healthcare campuses to be established across the country at a total investment of over Rs 17,600 crore over the next 11 years in three different phases.

WhatsApp messages, pamphlets calling for boycott of Muslims fuel tension in Narkhed
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Trouble began in July last week when Pramod Shendre, an army technician posted in Bhatinda, allegedly changed the name of the WhatsApp group from ‘Narkhed Ghadamodi (Narkhed News)’ to ‘Vande Mataram Narkhed’

Forest officials capture tigress that killed two men in Wadsa forest division
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

As reported earlier by The Indian Express, after a long gap of over 25 years, Gadchiroli has been witnessing a comeback by tigers, thanks to the spillover population from the neighbouring Brahmapuri division in Chandrapur district that is experiencing a saturation in population of tigers since the past few years.

Go where you feel secure, RSS’s Indresh Kumar tells Hamid Ansari
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

At a press conference that Indresh Kumar addressed after a Raksha Bandhan programme organised by the Rashtriya Muslim Manch of which he is “margdarshak”, the RSS leader was asked about Ansari’s recent observation that Muslims in the country were not feeling secure.

Hamid Ansari should head for any country ‘where he feels secure’: RSS leader Indresh Kumar
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

"For all these ten years, he (Ansari) didn’t feel insecure. He should point out any country in the world where Muslims are secure. I don’t feel Ansari should remain in trouble (taklif). So, he should head for any country where he feels he will be secure,” said Indresh Kumar.

Melghat: Deaths of children, mothers go up by 200, finds RTI
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

The reply shows that infant (0-1 year) deaths were up from 207 to 280, child (0-6years) deaths from 283 to 407 and mothers’ deaths from 7 to 15. The stillbirth number, however, dropped marginally from 141 to 136.

Gujarat ATS arrests Nagpur activist for ‘seditious activities’
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

The Maharashtra Police, meanwhile, said Bhattacharya was picked up from Chhattisgarh, and the Gujarat ATS had not sought any help from them in the matter.

Gujarat ATS arrests activist for ‘seditious activities’
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

ATS sources said, “He was wanted among 20 others in the case. He was absconding.” However, Bhattacharya is known to have been in Nagpur for the past three years, creating doubts about the allegations made by the ATS of him being on the run.

GST to push up Pune, Nagpur metro project cost
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

The Nagpur Metro is being built at a cost of Rs 8,680 crore while the Pune project was originally expected to cost Rs 11,420 crore. The GST will lead to the Nagpur project cost going up by about Rs 400 crore while Pune project will rise by about Rs 500 crore.

It’s duty of Hindus to rid world of unbridled consumerism: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

Bhagwat clarified that the “god-ordained” (ishwar pradatta) duty of Hindus is to “free the world of the ills of unbridled consumerism and hedonism engendered by uncontrolled capitalism.”

What has NITI Aayog gained from Arvind Panagariya: SJM leader Ashwini Mahajan
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

“We had said that after two years there was nothing much for the Aayog to show in terms of achievement for the country. We also said that it was pushing a pro-corporate agenda. In any society, a critique of government policies is inevitable and we did only that,” he said.

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat meets RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

Sources said, “Their meeting may have been about the tug-of-war between Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari and Rawat over the alleged graft in the land acquisition for National Highway 74 expansion project in Uttarakhand.”

Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth V-C sacked: Citizenship wasn’t an issue in 2012, why is it now, asks V-C
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Questions over citizenship had cost Dani the position of CICR director in 2009

Removal from post days before retirement on citizenship issue perplexing: Raviprakash Dani
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

The present governor's office had said in a release on Saturday that he was being removed from the post after consultation with Law and Judiciary Department and Ministry of External Affairs on Dani's citizenship status.

‘Problem tigress’ released in sanctuary
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

PCCF (Wildlife) A K Mishra said, “We will monitor it and may open the gate of the specially-created enclosure tomorrow if everything looks good.” The 2.2-year-old tigress was captured after she killed two and injured five people near Halda village.

Run, Doctor, Run: Two Indians complete one of the toughest bicycle ultra marathons RAAM
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

Srinivas Gokulnath from Nashik touched the finishing line at Annapolis on June 25, he became the first Indian to complete the arduous Race Across America (RAAM), one of the toughest ultramarathon bicycle races in the world.

Grain trader confesses to supplying medicines, other items to Naxals, say police
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

Purshottam Dongre, a resident of Yemli Burrgi village in Gadchiroli, was arrested after the Income Tax department discovered suspicious transactions to the tune of Rs 4.5 crore in his Bank of India account at Aheri tehsil town.

What ails the farm sector part-3: Safest bet for farmers, cotton’s success stymied by low yields, lack of irrigation
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

It’s sturdy and withstands harsh weather conditions better than other crops, it’s non-perishable, farmers can hope to get extra flushes from extended rain spells and, more importantly, prices have generally remained stable if not very remunerative. Moreover, cotton has always had a demanding market in the textile industry.

Maharashtra: EVM malfunctioned in Buldhana local election, says Collector
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

LED next to BJP candidate blinked on voting for Independent, said complaint

‘Problem tigress’ of Brahmapuri to be released into the wild in Maharashtra
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

The tigress had caused panic and anger in the Haladgaon-Padmapur belt of Brahmapuri in Chandrapur district last month by killing two and injuring five persons in a series of attacks.

Let law deal with justice, why the gundagardi, asks father of ex-BJP man
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Superintendent of Police (Nagpur rural) Shailesh Balkawde said, “For now, it seems to be a one-off instance of offence by Salim, but we are verifying if he was into it (beef business) on a regular basis

After Pune, it’s Nagpur: Madhur Bhandarkar film event venue changed thrice, cancelled after protests
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

On Sunday, protests by party workers forced Bhandarkar to shift venues thrice and eventually to cancel the press conference before he returned to Mumbai.

Nagpur attack: Forensic report says meat being carried was beef
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Superintendent of Police (Nagpur Rural), Shailesh Balkawde, told The Indian Express: “We have already booked Shah under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act and are questioning him.”

Farmers hold ‘funeral’ protest in Yavatmal to press for demand of complete loan waiver
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Asked about the format of the agitation, Wankhede said, “Why did the state government bother? Farmers are dying anyway, so what’s the big deal?” Yavatmal district, incidentally, is known for the maximum number of farmers’ suicides in the state.

Panel suggests ‘problem tigress’ should be released into the wild
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Rambabu is understood to have expressed the view that keeping one tigress in captivity with long-term conservation interest in mind does not amount to any injustice to the animal since any erratic behaviour of the tigress could add to the public anger against it.

Nagpur man, beaten up after being suspected of carrying beef, is BJP leader
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Incident took place near Nagpur; meat sample sent for tests. Shah and his family were too scared to talk. “They are in a state of shock and are not talking to the media,” said journalist Javed Kazi, who was with Shah’s family till he returned home from a Nagpur hospital Wednesday.

Man beaten up in Nagpur for allegedly carrying beef, four arrested
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

The Nagpur incident follows a long list of such cases of mobs taking law into their own hands often resulting in casualties. Last month, protests broke out in various parts of the country against targeted lynchings of minorities and Dalits after Junaid Khan, a 15-year-old, was stabbed to death on a Mathura-bound train by a mob in Ballabhgarh in Haryana.

Nagpur boat tragedy: Boat tilted as men recorded Facebook live video, 8 dead
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Pani re pani tera rang kaisa, we are in the middle of the water, enjoying a lot,” they can be heard saying in the video.

Centre clears decks for Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

The Union Ministry of Commerce granted approval to the company as co-developer of the park. Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), the nodal agency for developing the MIHAN (Multi-modal International Hub Airport at Nagpur) project, has the status of developer.

Order to shoot tigress: Bombay High Court quashes forest official’s order
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

The Bombay High Court summoned the PCCF and other senior officials during Wednesday’s hearing and asked them to remain present Thursday.

Bombay High Court quashes order to shoot ‘man-eater’ tigress
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

"NTCA guidelines state that tiger shouldn’t be killed unless it is habituated to human deaths, elimination of tiger should be the last resort after failure of all efforts to capture it live, reasons should be declared to justify declaration of the animal as man-eater," said petitioner’s lawyers.

Order to kill tiger: If wrong tiger is shot, you’ll be responsible, Bombay HC tells forest department
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by one Jerryl Banait, seeking quashing of the order of Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) A K Mishra to shoot dead a tigress that has so far killed two persons.

Pench: 2 held for poaching, tiger parts seized
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

The forest staff on Monday arrested two persons, Devidas Kumre and Babulal Kumre, from Usripar village in Ramtek tehsil and seized tiger bones, nails and also canines.

‘To cover loan waiver, will push GDP to borrow more’, says Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Fadnavis was speaking at the award ceremony organised by Marathi Patrakar Parishad to honour journalists from the state.