Vivek Deshpande

Articles By Vivek Deshpande

BMS plans protest against Centre’s policies on workers

BMS all-India general secretary Virjesh Upadhyaya said, “The government is planning many changes that are not in the interest of workers and the country, like merger of banks and insurance companies, codification of labour laws, involvement of corporates in running sectors like railways and defence.

Akola: Six farmers attempt suicide over ‘inadequate’ compensation for acquired land

Congress leader Ashok Chavan criticised the state government for being "insensitive" to farmers, one of whom, he said, was praised by PM Modi in 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Non-protected areas: As tigers venture outside reserves, a need to rejig conservation model

With the 2018 tiger census revealing a growth in tiger numbers in non-protected areas such as these, experts say the current tiger conservation model has to move beyond the reserves or the protected areas, that account for a mere 2.2 per cent of India’s forests.

Pench Tiger Reserve: At country’s best reserve, lessons in conservation — abundant prey, community outreach

The Sunday Express follows the pugmarks — from the success story of Pench to a ‘shocking’ dip in numbers in Chhattisgarh, from a reserve with no tigers to the challenges of tigers outside the reserve

Could have avoided lowering cut-off age for tiger count: Wildlife Institute of India

Conservationists said the lowering of cut-off age means the mortality rate of tigers will have to be updated. “Earlier, a one-year-old tiger’s existence was supposed to be subject to various natural hazards and their survival was never guaranteed,” said a conservationist.

A set of questions for Prasoon Joshi and Co

At the outset, the intellectual bankruptcy of this whataboutery business in a protectionist bigotry regime needs to be countered with a question: what is your take on the several incidents of mob-lynching in the name of cow and about this new trend of assaulting Muslims and forcing them to chant “Jai Shri Ram”.

Explained: Why the tiger population in India is increasing

Tiger census report: What are the key takeaways from the tiger census? Which parts of India have done the best and the worst in the conservation effort? How did the exercise reach its estimates? How reliable are they?

Tiger count likely to rise as conservation efforts ramp up

According to officials familiar with the report’s findings, the overall count of tigers in the country is set to increase by about 400-450.

Maharashtra: Vijay Kelkar panel report not rejected, says Sudhir Mungantiwar

Reports had quoted Devendra Fadnavis as saying in the Legislative Council on June 20 that the state government can’t implement the report “as it is”.

In Maoist-hit Bhamragad, 32-year-old tehsildar shows the way with ‘good governance’

Andil did not bat an eyelid when he got his first post-probation posting as Bhamragad tehsildar after clearing the Maharashtra Public Service Commission examination in May 2017.

Activists against new forest Act draft: Will reestablish forest dept stranglehold

In the first-ever such consultation with the forest department of Maharashtra on Thursday, tribal and forest rights activists, including those belonging to RSS constituent Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, have demanded that the amendment be shelved.

Animal underpasses on Maharashtra highway a life-saver, tigers turning out to be regular users

Wildlife activists have cited these incidents to underscore the inadequacy of the nine underpasses built by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), on the directions of the Bombay High Court, for animals to avoid the highway.

Vidarbha reels under agrarian crisis due to delayed and deficient rains

The Amravati division comprising Amravati, Yavatmal, Akola, Buldana and Washim talukas are particularly affected, with only 427 tankers supplying drinking water.

Shivraj Chauhan slams ‘nakli Gandhi’, says he left Congress rudderless

Chauhan refuted allegations that BJP was behind the political crisis in Karnataka adding that since the Congress-JD(S) government was falling apart the BJP was in a position to stake a claim for forming the government.

RSS’ role in ‘nation-building’ part of Nagpur varsity syllabus, NSUI threatens agitation

A delegation of NSUI workers, led by city unit chief Ashish Mandpe met Vice-Chancellor Siddharth Kane on Tuesday and register their protest against the university's decision to dedicate a chapter on RSS in the syllabus.

Maharashtra: Tigress, two cubs found dead in Chimur forest

Last month, the human-wildlife conflict in Chandrapur claimed its fourteenth victim with a cowherd being killed in a suspected tiger attack at village Murmadi in Sindewahi tehsil.

Maharashtra: 15 policemen killed; NIA to probe IED blast in Gadchiroli

The blast had taken place near Jambhulkheda village in Kurkheda tahsil when a civilian vehicle carrying 15 commandos of Gadchiroli police were headed for the Purada police station after being called there by then Sub-Divisional Police Officer Shailesh Kale following an incident of arson by Naxals a few kilometres from Purada a few hours bef

NIA to probe IED blast in Gadchiroli

Asked why NIA will be taking over the probe, he said, “The NIA has decided to take up some Naxal cases for probe. They are taking up some cases from Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand too.”

Devendra Fadnavis launches drive to plant 33 cr saplings from Anandwan

The Chief Minister's suggestion came at a programme to launch the Maharashtra Forest Department's Atal Anand Van Yojana, a drive to plant 33 crore saplings at Anandwan, the leprosy rehabilitation colony set up by late Baba Amte.

Auto-driver to IIM case study: Pyare Khan’s journey on uncharted highway

Between the story of these two loans lies the story of how Khan, now 41, scripted one of the most heartwarming entrepreneurial success stories. Registered in 2013, Khan’s Ashmi Road Transport Pvt Ltd is now a Rs 400-cr-turnover company that owns a fleet of 125 trucks and hires a fleet of over 3,000 trucks a day to ferry steel and power infrastructure across the country, and even abroad.