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Maharashtra is a state in the western and central peninsular region of India occupying a substantial portion of the Deccan Plateau. Maharashtra is the second-most populous state in India and the second-most populous country subdivision globally. It was formed on 1 May 1960 by splitting the bilingual Bombay State, which had existed since 1956, into majority Marathi-speaking Maharashtra and Gujarati-speaking Gujarat. Maharashtra is divided into 6 divisions and 36 districts, with the state capital being Mumbai, the most populous urban area in India, and Nagpur serving as the winter capital. Marathi is the most widely spoken language and is the state's only official language. Spread over 307,713 km2 (118,809 sq mi), Maharashtra is the third-largest state by area in India. It is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, the Indian states of Karnataka and Goa to the south, Telangana to the southeast and Chhattisgarh to the east, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh to the north, and the Indian union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu to the northwest. Godavari and Krishna are the two major rivers in the state. The forest cover in the state is 16.47% of the state's geographical area. Out of the total cultivable land in Maharashtra, about 60% is used for grain crops such as millets in the Deccan region and rice in coastal Konkan and other high rainfall areas. Maharashtra provides legal protection to its tiger population through six dedicated tiger reserves under the precincts of the National Tiger Conservation Authority. The state has three international airports, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (Mumbai), Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport (Nagpur), and Pune Airport (Lohegaon, Pune). The state is home to three railways headquarters viz. Central Railway (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus), Konkan Railway (CBD Belapur) and Western Railway (Churchgate). Nagpur hosts the winter session of the state legislature. The High Court of the state viz. Bombay High Court is located in Mumbai. The state contributes 48 seats and 19 seats to the lower house Lok Sabha and the upper house Rajya Sabha, respectively. Maharashtra has been subject to President's rule three times since its formation for a total of 156 days for different reasons. More than three-fourths of the population practise Hinduism, which is followed by Islam and Buddhism. The predominant ethnolinguistic group of Maharashtra is the Marathi people, who speak the Marathi language. More

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  • Maha: 13 injured after falling on railway track as part of foot over-bridge collapses in Chandrapur Nov 27, 2022 07:51 PM IST

    Maha: 13 injured after falling on railway track as part of foot over-bridge collapses in Chandrapur

    The incident occurred at Balharshah junction railway station, located approximately 150 km from here, around 5 pm, they said.

  • Maha: Excessive rainfall-affected farmers upset over getting paltry amounts as crop insurance Nov 27, 2022 12:12 PM IST

    Maha: Excessive rainfall-affected farmers upset over getting paltry amounts as crop insurance

    When contacted, state Agriculture Minister Abdul Sattar said some farmers had received very low amounts, but the government will try to widen the insurance coverage and also make the claims settlement system dynamic.

  • Congress slams Maharashtra Governor for not removing footwear while paying tributes to 26/11 martyrs Nov 26, 2022 03:18 PM IST

    Congress slams Maharashtra Governor for not removing footwear while paying tributes to 26/11 martyrs

    Koshyari and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde paid floral tributes at the martyrs’ memorial in the premises of the Police Commissioner Office in south Mumbai in the morning.

  • Vikram Gokhale, veteran actor, dies aged 77 in Pune Nov 26, 2022 02:48 PM IST

    Vikram Gokhale, veteran actor, dies aged 77 in Pune

    Vikram Gokhale, who is known for his appearance in several Bollywood movies and television series, breathed his last at Pune's Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital.

  • Maharashtra to make voter registration mandatory for students above 18 years seeking admission to colleges Nov 25, 2022 10:45 AM IST

    Maharashtra to make voter registration mandatory for students above 18 years seeking admission to colleges

    Speaking at a meeting of vice chancellors of non-agriculture universities at the Raj Bhavan here on Thursday, state Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil also said that the government will introduce four-year degree courses from June 2023 as mandated under the National Education Policy (NEP) and the universities will have to implement the decision.

  • Ex-Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik's bail plea: Court says order not ready; decision deferred till November 30 Nov 24, 2022 01:35 PM IST

    Ex-Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik's bail plea: Court says order not ready; decision deferred till November 30

    Special judge R N Rokade had on November 14 reserved his order Nawab Malik's bail plea and listed it for Thursday after hearing lengthy arguments put forth by both sides.

  • Maharashtra govt sets up 7-member panel for roadmap to publish MBBS books in Marathi Nov 24, 2022 12:28 PM IST

    Maharashtra govt sets up 7-member panel for roadmap to publish MBBS books in Marathi

    Notably, the Madhya Pradesh government recently launched books for the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) course in Hindi.

  • West coast 60 mtpa-mega refinery to be set up in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri Nov 22, 2022 08:27 PM IST

    West coast 60 mtpa-mega refinery to be set up in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri

    Maharashtra Industries Minister Uday Samant said that the government has so far acquired 2,900 acres of the total 6,200 acres required for the mega refinery-cum-petrochemicals complex project which was first announced in 2015.

  • Karnataka set to fight boundary row with Maharashtra in SC, says Basavaraj Bommai Nov 22, 2022 10:19 AM IST

    Karnataka set to fight boundary row with Maharashtra in SC, says Basavaraj Bommai

    The development comes after the Eknath Shinde government in Maharashtra appointed ministers Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai to coordinate with a legal team regarding the court case on the issue.

  • Maharashtra Congress demands recall of governor over remark on Shivaji Maharaj Nov 20, 2022 01:35 PM IST

    Maharashtra Congress demands recall of governor over remark on Shivaji Maharaj

    Patole also demanded an apology from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claiming that its leader Sudhanshu Trivedi had made insulting comments against Shivaji Maharaj.

  • Bharat Jodo Yatra to conclude its Maharashtra leg, enter MP Nov 20, 2022 08:55 AM IST

    Bharat Jodo Yatra to conclude its Maharashtra leg, enter MP

    The foot march, a mass contact initiative of the Congress, entered its 74th day on Sunday. It began at 6 am from Bhendval in Buldhana after a night halt at Sairam Agro centre.

  • BJP sharpens attack on Rahul Gandhi over Savarkar remarks Nov 18, 2022 09:44 PM IST

    BJP sharpens attack on Rahul Gandhi over Savarkar remarks

    Even Congress’ ally in Maharashtra, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena termed Gandhi’s remarks as "embarrassing" and "unwarranted".

  • Maharashtra: Defamation case filed against Rahul Gandhi for 'derogatory' remarks against Savarkar Nov 18, 2022 12:21 PM IST

    Maharashtra: Defamation case filed against Rahul Gandhi for 'derogatory' remarks against Savarkar

    "The case was filed based on the complaint lodged by Vandana Dongre, a functionary of the Shiv Sena faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. The complainant alleged that Gandhi hurt the sentiments of citizens through his derogatory statements against Savarkar," the official said.

  • Bharat Jodo Yatra proceeds to Shegaon in its last leg in Maharashtra; Rahul Gandhi to address rally Nov 18, 2022 09:05 AM IST

    Bharat Jodo Yatra proceeds to Shegaon in its last leg in Maharashtra; Rahul Gandhi to address rally

    The yatra began at 6 am from a Zilla Parishad school at Kupta in Balapur. It will reach Shegaon during its morning break, where the Congress leader will visit the famous Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj temple. Mahatma Gandhi's great-grandson Tushar Gandhi joined Rahul Gandhi in the morning session of the yatra.

  • Maharashtra: Bharat Jodo Yatra continues in Akola, Rahul Gandhi interacts with locals Nov 17, 2022 08:48 AM IST

    Maharashtra: Bharat Jodo Yatra continues in Akola, Rahul Gandhi interacts with locals

    Rahul Gandhi waved at the crowd gathered on the route and interacted with locals.

  • Maharashtra govt approves 6% hike in DA for MSRTC employees Nov 16, 2022 09:22 PM IST

    Maharashtra govt approves 6% hike in DA for MSRTC employees

    The hike will put a financial burden of Rs 15 crore per month on the state-owned public transport body.

  • This Maharashtra family has 72 members living under one roof Nov 16, 2022 08:06 PM IST

    This Maharashtra family has 72 members living under one roof

    A joint family in Maharashtra has made the news for having 72 members living under the same roof.

  • Bharat Jodo Yatra resumes in Maharashtra, Congress to distribute 600 copies of Jawaharlal Nehru's book on his birth anniversary Nov 14, 2022 09:54 AM IST

    Bharat Jodo Yatra resumes in Maharashtra, Congress to distribute 600 copies of Jawaharlal Nehru's book on his birth anniversary

    Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said 600 copies of Jawaharlal Nehru's book 'Discovery of India' will be distributed to the yatra participants on Monday, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of India's first prime minister.

  • Anil Agarwal explains why Gujarat was chosen over Maharashtra for Vedanta-Foxconn plant Nov 13, 2022 02:28 PM IST

    Anil Agarwal explains why Gujarat was chosen over Maharashtra for Vedanta-Foxconn plant

    Vedanta and Foxconn were earlier reported to have zeroed in on Maharashtra for the strategic investment.

  • Maharashtra: Bibi Ka Maqbara to sport new look by year end, says ASI Nov 13, 2022 09:20 AM IST

    Maharashtra: Bibi Ka Maqbara to sport new look by year end, says ASI

    The monument, which resembles Agra's Taj Mahal, was built for Dilras Banu Begum, the first wife of Emperor Aurangzeb, near the Kham river.

  • Devendra Fadnavis holds talks with Avaada group for green hydrogen project Nov 11, 2022 09:13 PM IST

    Devendra Fadnavis holds talks with Avaada group for green hydrogen project

    The Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government was recently under fire after a semiconductor project by Vedanta-Foxconn and military aircraft project of Tata-Airbus were bagged by Gujarat.

  • MahaRERA revokes registration of 49 real estate projects in MMR for fabricating documents Nov 11, 2022 11:51 AM IST

    MahaRERA revokes registration of 49 real estate projects in MMR for fabricating documents

    The developers of these projects in Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation jurisdiction have been barred from selling apartments in them. The regulator wants all relevant milestone approvals of real estate projects to be put on a dedicated portal.

  • Maharashtra: Congress' Bharat Jodo Yatra enters 65th day, Aaditya Thackeray to take part in it Nov 11, 2022 09:33 AM IST

    Maharashtra: Congress' Bharat Jodo Yatra enters 65th day, Aaditya Thackeray to take part in it

    Aaditya Thackeray is scheduled to join the foot march around 4 pm along with Leader of Opposition in the state Legislative Council Ambadas Danve and Sena legislator Sachin Ahir, the Congress has said.

  • Maharashtra logs 130 new coronavirus cases, 2 deaths; active tally at 1,320 Nov 09, 2022 09:23 PM IST

    Maharashtra logs 130 new coronavirus cases, 2 deaths; active tally at 1,320

    The state-wide coronavirus death toll increased to 1,48,398 after two patients -- one each in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai -- succumbed to the respiratory illness in the last 24 hours, said a health department bulletin.

  • Siemens sets up production facility for bogies in Aurangabad Nov 09, 2022 04:29 PM IST

    Siemens sets up production facility for bogies in Aurangabad

    The factory will address the increasing demand for bogies not only in India but also globally, Siemens said.