Vivek Deshpande

Senior Editor

Former Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy meets Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Their meeting, which lasted for about 60 minutes, was described by Gadkari’s personal staff as “courtesy call”

Saved by court once, freed amid concerns, tigress dies of electrocution
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Sometime between 3 and 4 am on Saturday, two-year-old T27-C1 died after coming in contact with an electrified wire put out by a farmer to keep away wild boars.

Man-eater tigress, facing ‘shoot-to-kill’ order, electrocuted in Wardha
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

As reported earlier, the tigress after staying put in the Bor buffer area for many days had started moving out and had returned to the sanctuary again over the past 2-3 days after traversing a distance of over 500 kilometres.

Official issues fresh order to shoot tigress in Nagpur
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

The tigress was caught from Brahmapuri forest in Chandrapur district in July and was released in Bor sanctuary in Wardha district after she had killed two persons and injured four. It was captured after the HC had quashed the first shoot order issued then

‘Deaths of farmers from pesticide genocide by state,’ says farmer welfare task force chief
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Farmers’ welfare task force chief seeks criminal action.

Farmers’ deaths due to pesticide inhalation: activist Kishor Tiwari terms it ‘genocide committed by state’
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Addressing a press conference in Nagpur on Monday, Tiwari said over 40 farmers have died while over 2,000 were hospitalised due to passive inhalation of pesticides in Vidarbha and Marathwada.

Humidity, pesticide cocktails, new sprayer reasons for cotton farmer deaths in Yavatmal: experts
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Since July 19, 18 farmers have died in Yavatmal and 14 in surrounding districts in the cotton growing belt of the state. The two fresh deaths have been reported from Nagpur and Akola.

Pesticide deaths stalk Yavatmal fields: 18 dead, over 800 farmers in hospital
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

The Agriculture Department has meanwhile rushed two ‘Quality Control’ probe teams to Yavatmal and Akola to check if some of the pesticides were spurious.

Nagpur: Orders issued to shoot tigress of Brahmapuri
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

The tigress, T27c1, had claimed her second victim after her release in Bor Wildlife Sanctuary in Wardha district, following her capture in Brahmapuri in Chandrapur district in July.

Smruti Mandir premises belongs to Hedgewar Smarak Samiti: RSS to court
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

The ruling BJP has defended the work, saying that Nagpur is known as “Sanghbhoomi” and “Deekshabhoomi: and the NMC is well within its rights to carry out such work at Smruti Mandir since it has precedents at Deekshabhoomi and other places.

RSS clarifies to HC: Smruti Mandir premises belongs to Hedgewar Smarak Samiti
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

The HC had made RSS a respondent in the case along with General Administration Department of the state government, the NMC commissioner and Chairman of the NMC standing committee.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat tells Modi govt: ‘farmers, small business must not suffer’
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, in his Vijayadashami speech, said: “Employment means work for every hand and enough remuneration.”

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat praises PM Modi on ‘courageous and restraintful’ handling of Doklam standoff
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

In an unusual gesture, Bhagwat also called for handling the Kashmir valley in a manner that would create "affinity" in the minds of the people there for the country.

Farmers admitted to hospitals: In three months, over 450 insecticide induced illnesses in Yavatmal district
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Yavatmal Civil Surgeon T G Dhote said “I have been informed about six deaths. But I am yet to ascertain if those were due to accidental intake of insecticides or deliberate consumption in suicide bids.”

Seven farmers die, hundreds admitted to hospital in Yavatmal district after inhaling insecticide spray
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

“Do the extension machinery of the government as well as the companies selling these insecticides have no responsibility in educating farmers on how they should do such fumigation safely,” said Tiwari, while speaking to The Indian Express.

L K Advani may attend RSS Dussehra event
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

According to sources in the RSS, L K Advani has said he would attend the programme along with his family. “This is after many many years that Advani will be participating in the Dussehra programme,” said a member.

L K Advani to attend RSS’ Dussehra event
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Not exactly in the RSS good books since the times of Vajpayee-led NDA government, Advani hasn't been extended an invitation by the RSS but has himself volunteered to attend.

Public prosecutor, journalist booked for lawyer’s abduction, rape
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

The victim is unmarried and stays with her brother's family in Gondia. Her brother had filed a missing complaint on June 8.

Fatal attack by tiger reopens debate: Should big cats be released in the wild after capture
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Asked if her consistent movement close to human settlement wasn’t seen as an alarm, Mishra said, “About 40 pc of our tigers live outside Protected Areas (PAs) and close to human settlements and also feed on cattle. So, that’s not an issue.”

Tigress released into the wild kills 55-year-old farmer near Bor wildlife sanctuary
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Earlier, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) A K Mishra had issued shoot orders but a wildlife activist had moved the High Court here alleging flouting of procedure norms in issuing the shoot orders. The HC had quashed the order and had directed the officials to capture the tigress alive.

Problem tigress released back in the wild kills man
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

T27C1 was captured after it killed two persons and injured three others

Tigress released in Bor sanctuary kills another man, rehabilitation experiment in question
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Two teams of trackers had since been following her to ensure that she didn’t stray out near villagers, leading to any further conflict with humans.

Wi-Fi connectivity restored in villages
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Incidentally, the government has announced Nagpur to be the first fully digitised district in the state in August last year. The government had managed to pay the bills only till November last year but had defaulted on them from December.

Activist files plea against Nagpur civic body’s Rs 1.37-crore project to develop RSS premises
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

A local social activist moved the Nagpur bench of Bombay HC, seeking restraint on Nagpur Municipal Corporation regarding the latter’s plan to spend Rs 1.37 crore for the development of Smruti Mandir premises of the RSS.

Nagpur Municipal Corporation funds for beautification of RSS premises
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Leader of the Opposition Tanaji Vanve of the Congress said, "such works can't be undertaken on private premises at NMC's cost as per the prevalent rules. Hence, we opposed it."

CPI (Maoist) denies role, says ‘Brahminical fascist goons’ behind Gauri Lankesh murder
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

“Lankesh had become an eyesore for the Hindutva forces ever since she translated the book Gujarat Files by Gujarat journalist Rana Ayyub, exposing the involvement of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah in the Muslim carnage in 2002,” said CPI (Maoist) spokesman, Abhay.

Maoists condemn Gauri Lankesh murder, ask people to hit streets for ‘determined fight’
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

The CPI (Maoist) also targeted PM Modi for his silence on her murder which it says was “indicative of the Hindutva hand in her murder”. “It is their lowly and dirty act to pressure and get her brother to hint at the possibility of Maoist hand in her murder,” the release further says.

Relocated tribals protest at Melghat reserve, return
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Interestingly, the agitation was prompted by a BJP leader, Rajkumar Patel, who was the party’s MLA between 1999 and 2009. Patel, who had left the party in 2015 to join NCP, had returned to its fold about three months ago.

Nagpur jail fight leaves murder convict dead
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

 The deceased, Ayush Pugalia, 25, had been sentenced to three life terms by the Bombay High Court in 2015 for kidnapping and killing eight-year-old Kush Prashant Kataria, son of a prominent businessman, in 2011.

Nagpur: Murder convict killed by inmate in central jail
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Nagpur central jail has been in news over the past few years for incidents like group escape by Mcoca accused, discovery of hundreds of cell phones smuggled into the jail and its high profile inmates such as Mumbai blast accused Yakub Memon, hanged two years ago, and underworld don Arun Gawli.

Custodial death in Nagpur Central Jail, inmate kills convict serving life imprisonment
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

The deceased, Ayush Pugalia, 25, was serving a rare sentence of three life imprisonments awarded by the High Court here in 2015 for kidnaping and killing eight-year old Kush Prashant Kataria, son of a prominent businessman in 2011.

Audio goes viral: Yavatmal contractor accuses Arni MLA Raju Todsam of harassing him for money
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

In the audio, the caller is heard asking another person to “better carry out some financial transactions to continue work in his area”. The other person is initially heard pleading the caller to consider his inability to do so.

Hindu-Muslim couple move HC alleging harassment by Bajrang Dal activists, Nagpur police
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

The petitioner, Mohammad Arif Dosani alleged in his petition that he was constantly harassed by Bajrang Dal activist and Nagpur police despite having a legal marriage on August 17.

PM Modi has right to do things his way, I was only talking of farmers’ issues, says Nana Patole
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

Nana Patole, three-time Congress legislator before joining the BJP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and winning it against NCP’s Praful Patel, drew attention to the paddy cultivation in his constituency being in trouble due to scanty rainfall this season.

Day after saying PM Modi doesn’t like questions, BJP MP Nana Patole says ‘quoted out of context’
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

Asked about the PM not taking questions and asking him to shut up at a party MPs’ meeting, Patole said, “The PM has the authority to say things which he deems fit.”

PM Narendra Modi doesn’t like to take questions: Maharashtra BJP MP Nana Patole
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

BJP MP Nana Patole said PM Narendra Modi had got angry with him when he tried to raise issues about the OBC Ministry and farmer suicides at a meeting of BJP MPs.