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8 students missing after boat with 40 capsizes off Maharashtra coast

A fishing boat with 40 students on board capsized in the Arabian Sea near Maharashtra’s Dahanu on Saturday. Around 25 students have been rescued, and search operation is on for the others, said Manjunath Singe,SP Palghar. A Dornier aircraft and Coast Guard vessels in the area have been deployed for the rescue operations. District collector Prashant Narnaware told PTI that the incident occurred this morning off the Dahanu coast. All […]


A school for grannies is making dreams come true in Maharashtra

Aajibaichi Shala is a school for grandmothers in Thane district, Maharashtra. Dressed in bright pink saris, the grannies all sit together in a single classroom and learn to write, read and multiply, all in Marathi. The school was opened on March 8, 2016, Women’s Day. It’s 27 grannies are aged 60 to 90. On Republic Day this year, they moved to a new, bigger plot. Sitabai Deshmukh, 90, is the […]

All that Maharashtra could have done with the money being spent on Shivaji's statue

It could pay for a micro-irrigation programme to bring water to thousands of farmers over two years; pay for new rural roads seven times over; electricity projects five times over; restore 300 medieval forts in Maharashtra. But the Maharashtra government, on October 26, started work on the world’s tallest statue – of medieval Maratha monarch Shivaji – off Mumbai’s coast and intends to spend Rs 3,600 crore, at current estimates. […]

If Vijay Mallya Can, Why Can't I: 'Safai' Worker Seeks Loan Waiver

Amid the controversy over public sector lender SBI reportedly writing off loans worth Rs. 7,000 crore, including that of Vijay Mallya-promoted Kingfisher Airlines, a sanitation worker in Nashik has written to the SBI, seeking a ‘similar’ waiver of his Rs. 1.5 lakh loan. Bhaurao Sonawane, a safai worker with the Tryambakeshawar municipal council in Maharashtra’s Nashik district, said he had written to the SBI, seeking waiver of his loan, “in […]


Maharashtra Farmer Sells 10 Acres of Land to Construct a Concrete Dam for His Village

Sanjay Tidke is a 42-year-old farmer from Akola district of Maharashtra. Faced with government apathy in getting a dam built in his village, Sanjay has sold a major chunk of his farmland to build a concrete dam for himself and other farmers in his village. Tidke and his brother, who collectively own about 30 acres of land, have sold 10 acres for Rs. 55 lakh to build a dam that […]

An oasis in drought-hit Maharashtra, village sets example

Amid desperate denizens scrounging for water in the drought-affected parts of Maharashtra stands a village which has not felt the need to call a single water tanker for the last 21 years! While other villages in the arid Ahmednagar district are digging borewells even up to 400 feet, the underground water table in Hiware Bazar is so good that the precious commodity is available barely 20 to 40 feet below. […]

First time in 100 years: Blue whales spotted off Sindhudurg coast in Maharashtra

Marine biologists from the Cetacean Population Study team, saw a “big” and “round” shape in the sea, while on a boat in Sindhudurg on the Konkan coast. They were in the area in search of dolphins for an official research spearheaded by the Indian government and UNDP. However, to their shock, they found two whales just 600 metres off the coast. According to this Indian Express report, the research team […]

Maharashtra, India's richest state, needs over $200 billion to house its poorest

Maharashtra, India’s wealthiest and most urbanised state, needs more than $200 billion in fresh investment by 2022 if it is to solve a chronic shortage of affordable housing in its fast-growing cities, a report by consultants KPMG found. India’s urban population is set to roughly double by 2050, and that means finding jobs and inexpensive city homes has become a major headache for the country’s politicians. According to the 2011 […]

In drought-hit Solapur, Arun Deshpande has an oasis with 4 crore litres of water

The land is tawny as far as the eye can see. On the Pune-Solapur expressway, mirages are puddles of molten glass, sluggish and viscous. The sky is a bleached blue and the sunshine merciless. This land holds death, and life, too. Off the road to Bijapur is Kusur village. This is border country, Adil Shahi country. The graffiti say Jai Maharashtra, but almost half the population speaks Kannada, too. The […]