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Rajya Sabha elections eventful; Congress’s Maken bows out in Haryana over cancelled vote

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha elections on Friday remained eventful, with BJP and Congress trading allegations of horse-trading and cross-voting. Counting in Maharashtra and Haryana had to be withheld because of objections by the BJP and was resumed late in the night. Later, Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena), Imran Pratapgrahi (Congress) and Praful Patel (NCP) from...

Raj Thackeray says protest against loudspeakers will continue

Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray has said his agitation against illegal loudspeakers will continue until all such devices are removed. Following his threat to mosques, warning them against playing the azaan on the loudspeakers after May 3, several mosques in the state refrained from doing so. At places where they were used, the...
Shiv Sena workers protest outside MP Navneet Rana’s house over Hanuman Chalisa row

Shiv Sena workers protest outside MP Navneet Rana’s house over Hanuman Chalisa row

Mumbai: The Hanuman Chalisa row in Maharashtra gained momentum on Saturday with Shiv Sena workers reaching the house of Amravati MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana. They protested against the couple for the latter’s plans to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside ‘Matoshree’, the residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, at 9 am...

Covid-19: India records 1,335 new cases, 52 deaths in 24 hours

Maharashtra drops all Covid restrictions, makes masks optional; Delhi to review fines for no masks   New Delhi: The country recorded 1,335 new cases of Covid-19 in last 24 hours, the Union health ministry said on Friday morning. The daily death toll rose to 52, taking the overall death toll to 5,21,181. The daily positivity...

Mandatory Marathi signboards not a violation of Constitution, says Bombay HC

Dismisses petition by retail traders association challenging Cabinet decision Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition by the retail traders’ association challenging an order mandating signboards in Marathi at all establishments across Maharashtra. The HC has held that the rule does not violate provisions of Article 14 of the Indian Constitution,...

Maharashtra: BJP MLA’s son, 6 other medical students killed in car crash on way to Wardha

Nagpur: Seven medical students were killed when their car fell off a bridge near Selsura on Monday night. The deceased included Avishkar Rahangdale, son of BJP MLA from Maharashtra’ Tirora constituency  Vijay Rahangdale. The mishap took place at around 11.30 pm on Monday (January 24). According to Wardha SP Prashant Holkar, the deceased were on...

As Covid-19 cases rise, Mumbai stops offline teaching for grades 1-9, 11

Mumbai: Students of grades 1 to 9 and 11 in Mumbai who had started going to school after several months will once again have to return to attending classes from home. With the Covid-19 cases rising in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has announced that schools will remain closed for these grades till January...

Maharashtra Covid spike: 10 ministers, 20 MLAs positive; govt may impose more curbs

Mumbai: At least 10 ministers and 20 MLAs in Maharashtra have tested positive for Covid-19 so far, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said on Saturday. He added that the government may have to impose more restrictions if the numbers continued to rise in the state. Maharashtra reported 8.067 fresh cases on Friday. Maharashtra also accounts...

ED files charge sheet against former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday filed a 7,000-page supplementary charge sheet against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. In its charge sheet filed in the PMLA court, ED had named Anil Deshmukh as the main accused in the money laundering case. His sons Hrishikesh and Salil, too, have been named in the charge sheet....

200 Omicron cases in India so far, says health ministry

2 more cases of Omicron detected in Odisha on Tuesday New Delhi: The tally of Omicron cases in India has reached 200, the Unioin Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. The cases have been reported from 12 states/Union Territories. Maharashtra and Delhi are at the top of the list with 54 cases each. Telangana...

India’s Omicron tally rises to 33 as one more case confirmed in Delhi

New Delhi: One more Covid-19 patient in Delhi was confirmed as infected by the Omicron variant. The person had returned from Zimbabwe. With this, the overall tally of Omicron cases in India has reached 33. The highest number of cases have been reported from Maharashtra. On Friday, seven new cases cases were recorded in the...

BJP govt will come to power in Maharashtra in March: Narayan Rane

Some secrets have to be kept to form or break a government, says Union Minister Narayan Rane in Jaipur   Mumbai: Maharashtra is all set for a change very soon, according to Union minister Narayan Rane. The minister has predicted that the BJP will return to power in the state by March. However, he refrained...