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Monday, February 17, 2020

Kavitha Iyer


Kavitha Iyer works as Associate Editor with The Indian Express, Mumbai.

Shloka Nath: ‘Climate Collaborative is about breaking silos, sharing responsibilities on climate change’
Mon, Feb 10, 2020

More than 40 organisations are already a part of the ICC, including the principal scientific advisor to the Government of India, TERI, ATREE (Bangalore), Center for Science and Environment (CSE), the Indian School of Business, Godrej Industries, HUL Foundation, Mahindra Rise, Wipro and others.

Water plant on forest land: Dahanu villagers oppose MMRDA’s bid to cut trees
Tue, Feb 04, 2020

The letter to the collector said the MMRDA is attempting to begin work on constructing the water purification plant without the permission of the DTEPA, and also without the permission from the Veti Gram Sabha, required as the plot of land falls within land granted to the Veti village as Community Forest Rights.

Navi Mumbai International Airport: Protest by villagers completes 30 days
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Residents of 10 villages in Raigad affected by airport project have been on a sit-in agitation outside the office of CIDCO

FRA in wildlife habitats: Experts express concern at govt haste
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

The government last week had issued directives asking officials at the sub-division and district levels to undertake the process on mission mode.

Mumbai: Mann Deshi Chamber of Commerce, a first network for rural women-owned start-ups
Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Swapnali Doshi invested all her profits from thousands of kilos of her sherbet powder to launch a small manufacturing unit from where she will make and distribute her product, called ‘Real Maja’.

Eight years in bonded labour, tribals recall horror, now hope for new life, homes
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

For eight years, Kantabai Jadhav was among 14 tribal men and women, and eight children, who lived as bonded labourers working on farms, a cowshed and a rice mill just 120 km from Mumbai in Dhamane village of Pune’s Maval taluka.

Explained: Mumbai Coastal Road Project, and why it’s caught in litigation
Thu, Dec 19, 2019

A Supreme Court order has set the stage for resumption of work on certain key stretches. What is the Mumbai Coastal Road project, what is its progress, which parts of it were caught in litigation, and why?

Explained: Maharashtra’s irrigation scam, and how NCP leader Ajit Pawar figures in it
Thu, Nov 28, 2019

Ajit Pawar, a BJP ally for three and a half days, was Water Resources Minister in previous Congress-NCP governments during the time allegations of irregularities surfaced in irrigation projects in Maharashtra.

‘Deshi MBAs’: Some school dropouts, all women entrepreneurs with inspiring stories
Sat, Nov 23, 2019

Deshi MBA is a mentorship programme to provide rural women with skills they need to start an enterprise, and to upskill women entrepreneurs for expansion and growth.

Maharashtra: Eight villages in Parbhani seek to become UT
Wed, Nov 06, 2019

Villagers say the approximately 5,500 voters of these villages executed a near-total boycott of the recent Assembly elections, but district and taluka officials remain unmoved.

‘Giving away money is a lot harder than it seems’
Mon, Nov 04, 2019

The scale of India and the scale of India’s problems are such that even if you combine all the government spending and all philanthropic spending, we’re not going to make enough of a dent," says Ingrid Srinath.

After drought, Marathwada’s farmers hit by untimely rain
Sat, Nov 02, 2019

Marathwada’s eight districts, which bore the brunt of acute water scarcity through the first seven months of 2019, are now worst affected by the latest floods, with lakhs of acres of standing crop, including soyabean, cotton and bajra, washed out.

As rain lashes Maharashtra, crops over 17 lakh hectares hit
Thu, Oct 31, 2019

For farmers who had already harvested their crops, rainfall has drenched the crops, which has led to untimely germination of harvested beans. Similar damage has been reported for bajra and maize. 

Maharashtra elections: In battle of Munde cousins, Dhananjay defeats Pankaja by 30,701 votes
Fri, Oct 25, 2019

For Gopinath Munde’s eldest daughter, who was seeking a third term from Parli, this election was the first test of her track record as an MLA — in 2014, there was a sympathy wave after her father’s sudden death.

Little luck for turncoats at the hustings
Fri, Oct 25, 2019

Several heavyweights who switched sides ahead of the elections taste defeat

Marathwada: BJP-Shiv Sena improves tally on Article 370, drought-free pitch
Fri, Oct 25, 2019

“In Nanded, the BJP had one MLA, and we now have three MLAs and one PWP MLA who will support the BJP,” said Pratap Patil Chikhalikar, who was leading the campaign management in the district.

Wins in Bhokar, Nanded— BJP can be kept out of power: Ashok Chavan
Fri, Oct 25, 2019

Asked about Congress’ poor showing in comparison with that of ally NCP, Chavan conceded that there were problems in some areas with candidate selection, but said an exhaustive study of the party’s performance, including lacunae, would follow later.

Maharashtra: Minister says Rs 4,700 crore allocated for Partur, ‘maximum among all constituencies’
Sun, Oct 20, 2019

Claiming that his home district of Jalna in drought-hit Marathwada received development funds totalling Rs 20,000 crore in five years, Lonikar candidly says he ensured that Partur received the largest chunk.

Campaigning for old friend, Nanded MP keeps it short and straight with voters
Fri, Oct 18, 2019

The 57-year-old first time MP, who has contested 16 elections since being elected sarpanch in the late 1980s, caused a major upset when he defeated former chief minister Ashok Chavan at the Nanded Lok Sabha poll this summer.

Maha Assembly polls: In jail for ‘multi-crore scam’, sugar baron pitches himself as ‘official’ BJP-led alliance candidate
Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Ratnakar Gutte is in custody in connection with a bank fraud case involving his Gangakhed Sugar & Energy Pvt Ltd. Associated with the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP), an ally of the ruling BJP, Gutte has filed his nomination as an Independent candidate.