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By Dnyanesh Jathar
On March 14, Ashwini Bhide, managing director of Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation, paid a visit to Matoshree—Uddhav Thackeray's house—to explain to him the virtues of the proposed Metro-3 project and how it will be a boon to commuters who throng south Mumbai to earn their daily bread.The Shiv Sena chief does not hold any post in the government, so it was rather odd that a senior IAS...
Blazing a trail   
Every day, thousands of boats crisscross the meandering Ganga in Varanasi, most of them ferrying pilgrims from one ghat to another. One rickety boat stands apart in the swarm, thanks to its owner—Usha Devi, 35, the only boatwoman among 10,000-odd boatmen in the temple town. “Fate pushed me into this [profession],” she says. “I have many mouths to feed, apart from my ailing...
Middle kingdom   
Carmaker Toyota recently had a promotional event at Lasalgaon, a sleepy town with a population of around 20,000 in Nashik, Maharashtra. “The company was pleasantly surprised to receive cash payments for 70 sports utility vehicles in eight hours,” said Girdhar Patil, an activist. “Most of the buyers were traders in the local agriculture produce market committee.”Lasalgaon...
Tightrope walk   
A month after the PDP and the BJP sealed their alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, the two parties are trying to perfect the delicate balancing act to keep their constituencies intact. Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed took a U-turn on issues—praising Pakistan and promising to work on the revocation of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act—that won him praise in Kashmir.A cabinet minister...
Srinagar-Jammu highway partially reopens   31 March, 2015
Jammu: The strategic Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was opened for one-way traffic on Tuesday as improved weather and receding water level in major rivers lessened the danger of damage by floods in the state."Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been opened for one-way traffic on Tuesday," said a senior police officer."However, only light vehicles will be allowed to move on the...
Minister carries revolver at kids' event   30 March, 2015
Assam govt to bring in special Act to rein in private school   31 March, 2015
Floods ravage Kashmir Valley   30 March, 2015
Former Delhi legislator shot dead   30 March, 2015
Keralites stranded in Yemen seek help   29 March, 2015
6 bodies recovered from landslides, toll rises to 16   31 March, 2015
Rights activists demand probe into arrest of tribals   30 March, 2015
Goa govt tones down its dress code diktat   28 March, 2015
Beef essential food for Goa's minorities: CM   27 March, 2015
NIA files charge sheet in Burdwan blast case   30 March, 2015
Goa: Not a single case since public drinking ban   27 March, 2015
Jhelum crosses danger mark, govt declares flood   30 March, 2015
13 peacocks found dead in Nashik   27 March, 2015
One year prison term for defacing property   27 March, 2015
Pigeon gives security scare in Gujarat   28 March, 2015
Four injured in bomb blast at Wokha   26 March, 2015
'Bhushan, Yadav tried to sabotage AAP'   27 March, 2015
HC rejects Asaram's temporary bail plea   27 March, 2015
Hooda govt favoured Vadra in land deals: CAG   25 March, 2015
BJP, Sena likely to tie-up for civic polls   25 March, 2015
Police arrest two in nun gangrape case   26 March, 2015
Cut VIPs' water supply in case of shortage: Kejriwal   25 March, 2015
Woman separatist leader booked for hoisting Pak flag   25 March, 2015
Scam accused MP Guv's son found dead   25 March, 2015
Separatist Andrabi booked in Jammu   25 March, 2015
Doctor on call   21 March, 2015
Wages of honesty   21 March, 2015
Rs.3,100 crore for free laptops, fan   25 March, 2015
'CM must apologise to Christians if church attackers not held'   24 March, 2015
Battle royal at Aruvikara, parties get ready   25 March, 2015
State of shame   21 March, 2015
Agra upset as Noida chosen for tourism varsity   24 March, 2015
Basit meets separatist leaders for third day   24 March, 2015
No decision on Good Governance Day yet: Parsekar   25 March, 2015
HC raps govt over lack of toilets, water coolers in courts   23 March, 2015
AAP leader held under 66A hails court ruling   24 March, 2015
Right to rite   23 March, 2015
Governor declines Dhumal's prosecution   24 March, 2015
More than 76 lakh illiterates in Gujarat   24 March, 2015
Cong MLA praises Guj CM in ads, party mulls action   23 March, 2015
10 civilians killed, 89 injured in firing by Pak along IB   23 March, 2015
Kerala assembly adjourned sine die   23 March, 2015
Cong's Rane to challenge Sena in Bandra East   23 March, 2015
Ensure cheap, enough beef for Easter: Catholics   23 March, 2015
Peace on border with Pakistan will be ensured: Mufti   23 March, 2015
Why no arrest over nun's gang rape, asks NCW   21 March, 2015
Centre insensitive towards people: Congress   21 March, 2015
Nearly 300 held in anti-cheating operations in Bihar   21 March, 2015
Karnataka orders CBI probe   23 March, 2015
Govt should rethink land bill: Karunanidhi   20 March, 2015
Six arrested for vandalising church in MP   23 March, 2015
D.K. Ravi's death: HC stays tabling of CID report   23 March, 2015
Not conducive time to withdraw AFSPA: Rajnath   23 March, 2015
Mumbai's municipal schools to teach the Gita   19 March, 2015
Gang-raped nun discharged from hospital   20 March, 2015
Swine flu virus to die as temperatures rise: minister   21 March, 2015
Bihar exam mess continues, police fire in air   21 March, 2015
Two terrorists 'neutralised' in Jammu: Parrikar   21 March, 2015
15 die as coaches of Varanasi-bound train derail   20 March, 2015
31 killed as train derails, more casualties feared   20 March, 2015
Suspected militants attack army camp, one injured   21 March, 2015
Three injured in attack on army camp in Jammu   21 March, 2015
Govt not to take land without farmers' consent   18 March, 2015
HC dismisses plea to scrap AAP's registration   19 March, 2015
Sena wants clarity on LBT abolition, more funds for Mumbai   19 March, 2015
Nun discharged, leaves for undisclosed location   20 March, 2015
Militants attack Jammu police station, kill policeman   20 March, 2015
515 students caught during matric exams   19 March, 2015
Militants attack Jammu police station, kill two policemen   20 March, 2015
Left turned their women MLAs into 'suicide squad': Chandy   18 March, 2015
Left woman MLA threw things at Chandy: Congress   19 March, 2015
Cheating-free exams not possible in Bihar: minister   19 March, 2015
Congress flags off its 'Buddha to Gandhi' march participants   19 March, 2015
With iPads, passport verification goes hi-tech in Hyderabad   18 March, 2015
Altercation, death threats at school before nun was raped   18 March, 2015
Delhi govt orders probe against private school   18 March, 2015
Gogoi asks PSU banks to discharge social duties   18 March, 2015
Court summons Kejriwal in defamation case   17 March, 2015
Freeze + freebies = free fall   14 March, 2015
Govt to hand over nun gangrape case to CBI   18 March, 2015
Assembly passes resolution for separate high court   18 March, 2015
IAS officer's death rocks state, Assembly   18 March, 2015
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