Move over Kerala! Gujarat is the new star in COVID-19 fight

Even as the rest of the country is seeing an accelerated increase in the number of new Coronavirus cases reported every day, the western Indian state of Gujarat has is reporting a surprising decline in the number of active cases every day. It has also shown a remarkable stability in the number of new COVID-19 […]

Maharashtra not to open religious places, saloons, malls, trains or flights

Maharashtra, one of the states worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, has decided not to pass on most of the relaxations allowed by the central government as far as the Coronavirus lockdown 5.0 is concerned. Key among the relaxations that WILL NOT not be allowed in Maharashtra are the opening of religious places of worship, […]

Delhi, TN, Haryana flatten the Coronavirus curve in India

Five states in India have so far ‘flattened’ the Coronavirus curve in India, while the situation in nine states continues to be cause for concern. In all, four states are seeing strong daily increases in COVID-19 numbers. These are Maharashtra and Gujarat — the most worrisome — as well as Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh (see […]

CORONAVIRUS: Gujarat overtakes Delhi for No.2 spot, leads in death rate

With an addition of 127 cases so far today, the western Indian state of Gujarat has dislodged the national capital Delhi as the state with the second highest number of Coronavirus 2019 cases in India. The state, which also crossed the 2,000 patient milestone today, also has the highest death rate — along with Madhya […]

Hindu Sadhus lynched: Palghar Police arrest 110 tribals

Palghar Police said it has arrested 110 people belonging to a local tribal community as part of the investigation into the lynching of two Hindu sanyasis (monks) on their way to Gujarat. Multiple videos of the incident have started circulating on social media. The police also warned rumor mongers to desist from attempting to give […]

New COVID-19 cases in India cross the 800/day mark

Even as discussions about the continuation of the national lockdown continues, India has seen a record number of new COVID-19 patients in the last 24 hours. According to various crowd-sourced data sources, a total of 809 new cases of Coronavirus infections were reported in the last 24 hours (official confirmation expected today afternoon). This is […]

LIVE TABLE – CORONAVIRUS CASES IN INDIA: Maharashtra in front; UP, TN grows

Maharashtra has emerged as the lead state in India as far as Coronavirus infections are concerned, going by an analysis of the details of state-wise COVID-19 cases in India (see table). While the numbers are changing every hour, as of April 3 Friday, Maharashtra continued to remain on the top with 423 cases and 21 […]

We did not cause even a second’s delay – Congress Party

Congress general secretary Ahmed Patel today denied charges that his party dragged its heels in the formation of a new government in Maharasthra, giving rival BJP enough time to break Congress’ ally Nationalist Congress Party and come back to power. “We haven’t caused even a second’s delay,” Patel said, addressing media today. “But it’s true […]

Athavale says Sharad Pawar refused invite to join NDA

Union minister and Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athavale said he was aware of moves to woo Sharad Pawar Nationalist Congress Party to join with the BJP, but the patriarch had refused the invitation. His comments came in the wake of Pawar’s nephew and NCP leader Ajit Pawar breaking away from the NCP and […]

Three-way talks start between Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP on Maharashtra govt formation

Uddhav Thackeray, the head of political party Shiv Sena, confirmed today that his party has begun official talks with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party on forming a government in Maharashtra. The statement indicates that the Congress Party and the NCP have reached some kind of consensus on what to expect and demand from […]

Keeping BJP out is our No.1 priority – Prithviraj Chavan on Shiv Sena option

With only a day remaining for the BJP to inform the Raj Bhawan of its final stand on forming the government in Maharashtra, the state-leadership of the Congress Party seems to have fully come around to the idea of lending support to a government involving rival Shiv Sena. Speaking to a TV channel from a […]

No Museum, Indian Navy decides to scrap INS Virat

The Government of India and Indian Navy have decided to tear down INS Virat, the world’s oldest serving aircraft carrier that carries much sentimental value for not just defence personnel, but defence and naval enthusiasts from across the country. INS Viraat was the flagship of the Indian Navy before INS Vikramaditya was commissioned in 2013. […]

MP, Maharashtra worst at managing H1N1 in India

Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have the dubious distinction of being the worst states for H1N1 patients in India. Not only do they have relatively high number of patients, but your chances of making it alive as an H1N1 patient are also the lowest in India in these states. Other states — Gujarat, Rajasthan and […]

BJP attempting to divide Dalits and Marathas – Congress

The Indian National Congress today alleged that the ruling dispensation at the centre, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, was trying to create enmity between Marathas and Dalits — two prominent communities in Maharashtra that comprise nearly half the population. Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily pointed to the ruling alliance as the source of reports […]

Maharashtra violence: BJP fears a repeat of Gujarat episode

BJP leaders have expressed worries that the Maharashtra Bandh called by Dalit organizations and some political parties in the state could be part of a political conspiracy by opposition parties to achieve a caste-based polarization in the state similar to what was seen in Gujarat. An election fought on caste-related factors and divisions is BJP’s […]