Zeeshan Shaikh

Articles By Zeeshan Shaikh

Maharashtra: Over 57,000 people aged over 100 in state

The figure suggests that upgraded medical care has substantially improved the life span of residents of the state with a large number of them living longer than before.

Latur: In region without jobs, industries, flyovers, Modi, BJP trump all

Latur is considered the bastion of the late Vilasrao Deshmukh, who served as the chief minister of Maharashtra for two terms, a tenure spanning over seven years.

To tide over agrarian distress, tribals diversify, sow organic brown rice, Jasmine & mangoes

Apart from using the latest agrarian techniques to improve productivity, the group is also using novel marketing techniques to sell their produce.

Zakat can transform Muslim community: Survey

The survey was conducted across India by the Association of Muslim Professionals, who sent questionnaires to 4,589 respondents from across various social strata to “understand the current practices of Zakat collection, distribution and its impact on Muslim community”.

Women in India marry at 22.1 years, Maharashtra fares no better at 22.4 years

The average age of marriage for women in Maharashtra is slightly higher at 22.4 years.

Mumbai votes today, BJP-Sena edge in 3 seats

The underlining feature of the Congress-NCP’s campaign in the city has been its reliance on MNS chief Raj Thackeray to swing Marathi voters in their favour.

Nashik: In bastion, the loneliness of Chhagan Bhujbal

Bhujbal once sold vegetables for a living. But jumping parties and loyalties with ease, he had gone on to lord over prime real-estate and business interests worth crores.

Barde-chi-Wadi: Dam only 2 km away, women here rappel down 60-ft-long well for water

Social activists in the area lament that in spite of the area being so close to Mumbai and Nashik, the problems faced by these women do not find resonance in the election campaign of any party in Nashik Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to polls on April 29.

Govt machinery has been let loose against Opposition, some are naturally scared: Chaggan Bhujbal

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power, the only major politician who has been booked and jailed on charges of corruption has been senior NCP leader Chaggan Bhujbal.

Aurangabad: Owaisi talks of Sadhvi Pragya, others of his ‘reluctance’ on own candidate

After the BJP announced Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, who is an accused in the Malegaon blasts case, as its candidate from Bhopal, Owaisi speeches focused around her and the Modi government.

Their single-minded purpose: Make manual scavenging a poll issue

In a constituency of over 15 lakh, 5,000-odd members of the Valmiki community, who work as manual scavengers, are not a big enough votebank who politicians would pander to.

Aurangabad: AIMIM chief says in game to win, but voters claim spark missing

The Hyderabad-based AIMIM is for the first time, since its inception, contesting Lok Sabha seats outside Hyderabad. Aurangabad, with a Muslim vote share of between 20 and 25 per cent, has long been seen as a seat where the chances of a Muslim candidate winning are relatively high.

CPI(M)’s Gavit plans 3-day, 130-km march across Maharashtra’s Dindori constituency

Gavit, who was one of the key figures behind the two Farmers Long Marches called by the CPI(M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) in the state over the last year, is expected to be accompanied by nearly 10,000 farmers and tribals.

Lawyers, activists slam BJP ‘hypocrisy’ on terror in Bhopal: ‘Thakur’s candidature setback for kin of those killed in Malegaon blast’

BJP has fielded Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, as its candidate against Congress leader Digvijay Singh for Bhopal seat.

Kept out of Congress-NCP, sliding in state, Raj Thackeray takes anti-Modi turn

Even as the MNS’s ties with the BJP have been strained, Thackeray and Modi have shared good personal equations. The attacks seem dictated by the MNS chief’s need to keep himself relevant at a time when his party’s political fortunes are dwindling.

Maharashtra: In five years, assets of contesting MPs rose from Rs 687 crore to Rs 941 crore

An analysis of the MPs’ wealth declaration has shown that the assets of eight MPs who are re-contesting have increased by over 100 per cent in the last five years.

As water crisis grips Marathwada region, Parbhani civic body fines local residents for ‘wasting’ water

Both Rabi and Kharif crops have been hit in these areas with water scarcity taking a toll on human and animals alike. Failure of crops like jowar, napier grass, maize, etc, has triggered a serious fodder crisis, which has threatened livestock across the state.

Maharashtra: Of 566 MPs elected from state since ’60s, only 2.47 per cent were Muslims

Over the years, Muslims have found themselves increasingly sidelined in electoral politics in the state with political parties hesitant to give them tickets.

Lok sabha elections | BJP, Sena, Cong and NCP: 38% of candidates hereditary politicians

34 candidates of NCP, Congress, Shiv Sena and BJP have relatives who have served either as MLAs or MPs

AIMIM fields ex-journalist & sitting MLA from Aurangabad

Aurangabad had last seen a Muslim MP in 1980 when Qazi Saleem of the Congress had won the seat. Over the past five years, the AIMIM, through Jaleel, has found support base in the district.