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SC quashes Maratha quota introduced by earlier BJP govt in Maharashtra

In an important judgment, the Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside the 16 per cent reservation granted to the Maratha community in government jobs and educational institutions by the erstwhile BJP government in Maharashtra in 2018. The top court said that the reservation to the community exceeded the 50 per cent cap. The verdict came...

Rajasthan, Maharashtra join states that have pledged to provide free COVID vaccines

The Congress government in Rajasthan has decided to vaccinate all above the age of 18 from May 1 from its own pocket. The free vaccination would cost the state exchequer around Rs 3,000 crore—a significant sum for a cash-strapped state government. Earlier during the day, the Maharashtra government, of which Congress is a part, also...

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan lambasts Maharashtra govt for trying to create panic

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan has come down heavily on states such as Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Delhi that have been repeatedly demanding that the Centre should expand the immunization drive and include people below the age of 45. The Maharashtra government also attracted the ire of Harsh Vardhan after its health minister Rajesh Tope claimed...

Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh face vaccine shortage; urge Centre to release additional doses

One of the worst-affected states Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh are facing a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines and might run out of the jabs this week if fresh supplies are not sent by the Union government. Both the state governments requested the Centre on Wednesday to send additional doses of the vaccine. The Maharashtra government has...

Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh resigns after HC orders CBI probe

Shortly after the Bombay High Court directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary probe into the corruption allegations levelled against Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, the latter resigned from his position citing “moral grounds”. Notably, former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh had levelled serious allegations against the minister after he was shunted out...

PM Modi orders central teams be sent to Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh to combat COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday directed that central teams consisting of public health specialists and clinicians be sent to Maharashtra given the high caseload and deaths, and likewise to Punjab and Chhattisgarh because of the disproportionate number of deaths being reported there. The directions came during a meeting chaired by him to review the...

Hundreds booked after mob armed with swords attacks cops in Maharashtra’s Nanded

Around 17 people have been detained by the Nanded Police and nearly 400 others booked after a mob of sword-wielding Sikhs attacked cops for not providing permission to hold a public procession. At least four cops were injured in the incident that took place in Maharashtra’s Nanded on Monday. Out of the four, the condition...

NCP chief Sharad Pawar unwell, to undergo surgery on March 31

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar is unwell and will be admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital on March 31 where he will undergo surgery. Notably, doctors had detected a problem in his gall bladder and therefore he will undergo surgery at Breach Candy Hospital. The veteran politician was earlier taken to the hospital...

COVID-19: Is Maharashtra heading towards a lockdown?

With Maharashtra being the worst-affected state in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday ordered officials to prepare a plan for the imposition of a lockdown. Thackeray asserted that despite several requests, people were not following COVID safety protocols. An official statement from the government said that the decision was...

Amit Shah gives cryptic reply on secret meeting with Sharad Pawar in Ahmedabad

Rumours are rife about a secret meeting between Union home minister Amit Shah and NCP chief Sharad Pawar in Ahmedabad on Saturday. However, Amit Shah on Sunday left people guessing when he neither admitted nor declined the secret meeting. In fact, in a cryptic reply, Shah said, “Everything need not be made public.” Notably, the...

COVID-19: Tourist spots, beaches to remain shut on weekends in Daman & Diu

Following the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases in Gujarat and Maharashtra, the authorities in Daman and Diu have decided to keep tourist spots, beaches and parks shut on Saturdays and Sundays. A directive has been issued in this regard and it will remain applicable till further orders. Authorities in Daman and Diu have also advised...

Maharashtra, Punjab impose strict restrictions to curb spread of COVID-19

With the COVID-19 cases and deaths once again increasing rapidly in Maharashtra, the Udhhav Thackrey-led state government has now imposed a fresh set of restrictions to contain the viral spread. The state government has issued a fresh guideline as per which auditoriums and theatres will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity. Similarly,...