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First in Maharashtra: Pune village implements ban on regressive widow customs
Fri, May 27, 2022

Earlier this month, Hervad village and then Mangaon village, both in Kolhapur district, had passed resolutions banning funerary customs linked to widows such as wiping off the vermillion and breaking their bangles.

Why Sambhajiraje snubbed Shiv Sena in Maharashtra Rajya Sabha elections
Thu, May 26, 2022

Though the Sena has named a party leader instead of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s direct descendant after he rejected its condition that he should join the party, either the ruling party or the BJP is likely to back the Maratha leader’s candidature at the last moment.

As Sena fields Kolhapur leader for sixth RS seat, ‘betrayed’ Sambhajiraje slams party
Wed, May 25, 2022

The Shiv Sena will be fielding two candidates for two RS seats, Sanjay Raut and Sanjay Pawar, said party leaders.

Cancelled Ayodhya trip as a trap was being laid for me, says MNS chief Raj Thackeray at Pune rally
Mon, May 23, 2022

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief said if he had still decided to visit Ayodhya, many would have followed him. He added that though the loudspeaker problem has ceased for now, the MNS will have to remain on alert.

Why is NCP chief Sharad Pawar meeting Brahmin community leaders in Pune today?
Sat, May 21, 2022

NCP leaders including Pawar, Amol Mitkari and Chhagan Bhujbal have drawn the Brahmin community’s ire over recent remarks they made in connection with Chhatrapati Shivaji and on priests. At the meeting, Pawar will attempt to clear the air, party leaders said.

Sambhajiraje firm on contesting Rajya Sabha seat; Shiv Sena and BJP to fight for additional seat
Thu, May 19, 2022

"I am firm on contesting the election as an independent candidate. I have, through a letter written to all political parties, sought their support to my candidature," Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati told The Indian Express on Wednesday.

Widow customs: Cautious govt asks all 28,000 gram panchayats to follow ‘Kolhapur pattern’
Fri, May 20, 2022

The department felt that the gram panchayat’s decision was “unique and progressive”.

State election panel likely to finalise poll dates by July-end
Wed, May 18, 2022

The SEC said that the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday allowed it to take a call depending on the upcoming monsoon situation in different parts of the state.

Ketaki Chitale might have been instigated by some, say Marathi TV personnel on ‘derogatory’ post about Sharad Pawar
Wed, May 18, 2022

Ketaki Chitale - Sharad Pawar controversy: As the actor repeatedly makes controversial comments, artists in the Marathi film and TV industries say that Ketaki Chitale might be drawing support from certain quarters.

Boundaries of Pimpri-Chinchwad wards final, there will be no more changes: PCMC poll office
Mon, May 16, 2022

The final delimitation plan includes approval to changes in boundaries of Charholi, Bhosari, Chikhali, Indrayani Nagar, and Prelok Park (Chinchwad) panels or wards.

Ketaki Chitale, known for controversial social media posts, had drawn ire of Maratha activists too
Tue, May 17, 2022

The 29-year-old actor, a resident of Pune, has had a penchant for making controversial statements and has had brushes with the law for such statements on social media.

Maharashtra: Village bans widowhood rites, encourages families with sops
Sat, May 14, 2022

In fact, Mangaon has gone a step ahead of Hervard. While Hervard left the implementation of the ban on the villagers, Mangaon in Hatkanangle taluka is offering sops to those who free widows from the age-old customs in the form of property tax and water tax waiver for a year.

Shivaji descendant hopes for an RS seat ‘by consensus’, Maharashtra parties debate numbers
Fri, May 13, 2022

Given Sambhajiraje's Shivaji links, no Maharashtra party can afford to antagonise him. The BJP in fact helped him to the Rajya Sabha seat last time as a presidential nominee, as a way of neutralising the Maratha quota agitation against its government in the state.

Congress has ‘secret plan’ with Sena to defeat BJP in BMC; will go solo in PMC, PCMC elections
Fri, May 13, 2022

A Congress leader said that the party will support the Sena candidate in places where its candidate is weak and seek the Sena's support in places where it has an upperhand.

Pawar’s Belagavi bid to unveil Rani Chennamma statue sets BJP abuzz with NCP’s Lingayat outreach
Thu, May 12, 2022

Rani Chennamma belonged to the Lingayat community, which accounts for about 7 per cent of Maharashtra's population. Lingayats make up about 16 per cent of Karnataka's population.

Maharashtra: Kolhapur village bans rites associated with widowhood, dist admin asks other villages to adopt resolution
Mon, May 09, 2022

The sarpanch said that widows in the rural hinterland are still forced to lead a life of seclusion and even her own relatives often shun her during social or religious functions. “This makes widows feel guilty for no fault of theirs,” he added.

Pre-poll process for PMC, PCMC starts; BJP promises 27% tickets for OBCs
Sun, May 08, 2022

BJP leader and former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the BJP will provide 27 percent tickets to OBC communities in all the elections which will be held from now on.

Lokmanya began process for Chhatrapati samadhi renovation, says family
Wed, May 04, 2022

"It is true that Mahatma Jyotirao Phule discovered the samadhi of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1869. But it was Lokmanya Tilak who initiated the process of renovating it," Rohit Tilak, the great-grandson of Lokmanya Tilak, said on Tuesday.

‘Proud’ parents witness Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 99 in IPL, Vengsarkar says Pune batter fit for Test team
Mon, May 02, 2022

Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar was excited to see the way Ruturaj handled Hyderabad's pace ace Umran Malik.

AIMIM MP Imtiaz Jaleel interview: ‘Muslim community is open to changes, wants SC ruling on loudspeakers implemented’
Sun, May 01, 2022

Ahead of MNS chief Raj Thackeray's May 1 rally in Aurangabad, AIMIM MP and Aurangabad MP Imtiaz Jaleel tells The Indian Express that the issue of loudspeakers in mosques is not a major one for the Muslim community.

Ahead of rally, Raj Thackeray gets an iftaar invite from AIMIM; BJP mum on alliance
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

After an overnight stay in Pune, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief is expected to start for Aurangabad on Saturday morning. The rally is being held in backdrop of the ultimatum given by Raj Thackeray to pull down loudspeakers from mosques by May 3.

Raj Thackeray heads to Aurangabad for May 1 rally, his party doesn’t rule out tie-up with BJP
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

The rally is being held in backdrop of the ultimatum given by Thackeray to remove loudspeakers from mosques by May 3.

Chandiwal report: NCP, Cong hail ‘clean chit’ to Deshmukh, Shiv Sena stays mum
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

But the Shiv Sena said it would comment on the report only after it is made public.

Former Union Home Secretary Madhav Godbole, who resigned in protest against Babri demolition, dies at 85
Tue, Apr 26, 2022

His former colleague Mahesh Zagade remembers him as 'a disciplined and upright IAS officer' who never buckled under pressure from politicians.

Uddhav Thackeray gives Mangeshkar family event, honouring PM Modi, a miss
Mon, Apr 25, 2022

Insider says party upset with CM Thackeray's name missing from invitation card and Centre ‘targeting’ the Thackeray family through agencies.

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