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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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  • In Pics | Western Railway’s longest skywalk connecting Bandra Terminus to Khar road in Mumbai Jul 05, 2022 01:06 PM IST

    In Pics | Western Railway’s longest skywalk connecting Bandra Terminus to Khar road in Mumbai

    A 314 metre long and 4.4 metre wide skywalk connecting Bandra Terminus to Khar station was opened to public on July 1

  • WATCH: Western Railway’s longest skywalk connecting Bandra Terminus to Khar road in Mumbai Jul 05, 2022 12:15 PM IST

    WATCH: Western Railway’s longest skywalk connecting Bandra Terminus to Khar road in Mumbai

    A 314-metre-long and 4.4-metre-wide skywalk connecting Bandra Terminus to Khar station was opened for public on July 1

  • Mumbai court issues bailable warrant against Sena's Sanjay Raut in defamation case filed by BJP leader's wife Jul 04, 2022 09:25 PM IST

    Mumbai court issues bailable warrant against Sena's Sanjay Raut in defamation case filed by BJP leader's wife

    Sanjay Raut, a member of the Shiv Sena, was given a bailable warrant by a court in this city on Monday as a result of his failure to show up for a defamation case brought by former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya's wife Medha Somaiya.

  • Moneycontrol Selects: Top stories this evening Jul 04, 2022 06:36 PM IST

    Moneycontrol Selects: Top stories this evening

    Our specially curated package of the most interesting articles to help you stay at the top of your game.

  • I was suppressed for long time: Eknath Shinde after winning trust vote in Maharashtra Assembly Jul 04, 2022 06:19 PM IST

    I was suppressed for long time: Eknath Shinde after winning trust vote in Maharashtra Assembly

    Mumbai, Jul 4 Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday said he had been suppressed for a long time and the rebellion led by him was..

  • Maharashtra govt to reduce VAT on fuel: Eknath Shinde Jul 04, 2022 05:15 PM IST

    Maharashtra govt to reduce VAT on fuel: Eknath Shinde

    The newly sworn in Maharashtra Government is all set to reduce the VAT on fuel, CM Eknath Shinde informed the House after winning the floor test.

  • Eknath Shinde or Harsh Goenka? Twitter users react to their resemblance Jul 04, 2022 03:01 PM IST

    Eknath Shinde or Harsh Goenka? Twitter users react to their resemblance

    Amid the political drama in Maharashtra Industrialist Harsh Goenka humoured his followers by highlighting his resemblance to the state's new chief minister.

  • Moneycontrol Selects: Top stories this afternoon Jul 04, 2022 01:53 PM IST

    Moneycontrol Selects: Top stories this afternoon

    Our specially curated package of the most interesting articles of the day will help you stay at the top of your game.

  • Maharashtra crisis: SC to hear plea of Uddhav Thackeray faction against speaker's decision on party whip Jul 04, 2022 11:29 AM IST

    Maharashtra crisis: SC to hear plea of Uddhav Thackeray faction against speaker's decision on party whip

    A vacation bench headed by Justice Indira Banerjee said the fresh plea would be heard by the same bench after the summer break on July 11 along with other pending pleas.

  • Eknath Shinde govt in Maharashtra may collapse in next six months, be ready for mid-term polls: Sharad Pawar Jul 04, 2022 07:49 AM IST

    Eknath Shinde govt in Maharashtra may collapse in next six months, be ready for mid-term polls: Sharad Pawar

    "The newly-formed government in Maharashtra may fall in the next six months, hence all should be ready for mid-term polls," an NCP leader, who attended the meeting, quoted Pawar as saying.

  • Maharashtra: Speaker removes Ajay Chaudhary as Shiv Sena legislature party leader, reinstates Eknath Shinde Jul 04, 2022 07:12 AM IST

    Maharashtra: Speaker removes Ajay Chaudhary as Shiv Sena legislature party leader, reinstates Eknath Shinde

    Rahul Narvekar also recognised the appointment of Bharat Gogawale from the Shinde camp as the chief whip of the Sena, removing Sunil Prabhu, who belongs to the Thackeray faction.

  • Cops arrest 'mastermind' of chemist's killing in Amravati, points out links to social media posts backing Nupur Sharma Jul 02, 2022 11:02 PM IST

    Cops arrest 'mastermind' of chemist's killing in Amravati, points out links to social media posts backing Nupur Sharma

    The crime branch of Amravati city police arrested Irfan Khan (32), a local resident, from Nagpur in the evening. He had allegedly hatched the conspiracy to murder Umesh Prahladrao Kolhe (54), who ran a medical shop in Amravati, and roped in others, said city police commissioner Dr Aarti Singh.

  • MLAs of Eknath Shinde faction return to Mumbai; election for Speaker on July 3 Jul 02, 2022 09:24 PM IST

    MLAs of Eknath Shinde faction return to Mumbai; election for Speaker on July 3

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar claimed that Narhari Zirwal, the deputy Speaker, can still perform officiating Speaker's duties even though a no-confidence motion is pending against him. The post of Speaker is vacant since last year.

  • Maharashtra: MVA fields Shiv Sena’s Rajan Salvi for assembly speaker post against BJP’s Rahul Narvekar Jul 02, 2022 01:09 PM IST

    Maharashtra: MVA fields Shiv Sena’s Rajan Salvi for assembly speaker post against BJP’s Rahul Narvekar

    While Narvekar represents Colaba Assembly constituency in Mumbai, Salvi is the MLA from Rajapur segment in Ratnagiri district

  • Maharashtra: Amravati chemist stabbed to death for alleged social media post supporting Nupur Sharma; five held Jul 02, 2022 12:38 PM IST

    Maharashtra: Amravati chemist stabbed to death for alleged social media post supporting Nupur Sharma; five held

    The chemist, Umesh Prahladrao Kolhe, was killed on June 21, and five persons have been arrested so far in this connection, an official said.

  • Discussions on assembly poll wins, strategy likely to feature in BJP's national executive meeting Jul 02, 2022 10:52 AM IST

    Discussions on assembly poll wins, strategy likely to feature in BJP's national executive meeting

    The BJP’s frontal attack on the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and other ”corrupt and dynastic” parties is likely to feature prominently during the proceedings.

  • New Maharashtra CM reprimands rebel MLAs over their dance at Goa hotel Jul 01, 2022 04:14 PM IST

    New Maharashtra CM reprimands rebel MLAs over their dance at Goa hotel

    The rebel Shiv Sena MLAs broke into a dance in the lobby of a luxury hotel in Goa, where they are currently staying, when they heard that Shinde was going to be the next chief minister of Maharashtra

  • Fadnavis becomes fourth former Maha CM to accept junior post in another dispensation Jun 30, 2022 10:02 PM IST

    Fadnavis becomes fourth former Maha CM to accept junior post in another dispensation

    A former chief minister accepting a junior post in a subsequent government is rare, but Maharashtra has witnessed such situation in the past.

  • Hanuman Chalisa effect led to fall of MVA govt in Maha: MP minister Jun 30, 2022 05:10 PM IST

    Hanuman Chalisa effect led to fall of MVA govt in Maha: MP minister

    He said it was for the first time in the country that a government had collapsed on the issue of ’Hindutva’. He said it was for the first time in the country that a government had collapsed on the issue of ’Hindutva’.

  • Eknath Shinde to be sworn in as Maharashtra CM at 7:30 pm today, says Devendra Fadnavis Jun 30, 2022 04:46 PM IST

    Eknath Shinde to be sworn in as Maharashtra CM at 7:30 pm today, says Devendra Fadnavis

    This comes a day after Uddhav Thackeray quit as chief minister after losing most of the lawmakers due to the Shiv Sena rebellion spearheaded by Shinde.

  • Maharashtra political crisis yet again exposes the weakness in government formation practices Jun 30, 2022 01:51 PM IST

    Maharashtra political crisis yet again exposes the weakness in government formation practices

    Political parties choose to highlight the rights of the voters and democratic morals in electoral politics and government formation when it suits them — or when they’ve been beaten at their own game

  • Maharashtra: BJP claims support of 170 MLAs Jun 30, 2022 01:24 PM IST

    Maharashtra: BJP claims support of 170 MLAs

    The BJP is set to return to power in the state with the support of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs led by Eknath Shinde after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray tendered his resignation on Wednesday night, leading to the collapse of the 31-month-long three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.

  • Goa: Shiv Sena rebels to hold meeting to decide way ahead after Uddhav Thackeray's resignation Jun 30, 2022 10:28 AM IST

    Goa: Shiv Sena rebels to hold meeting to decide way ahead after Uddhav Thackeray's resignation

    A chartered flight carrying the breakaway MLAs landed at the Dabolim airport in Goa on June 29 at night from Guwahati

  • Maharashtra: All eyes on Raj Bhavan for next govt formation Jun 30, 2022 09:33 AM IST

    Maharashtra: All eyes on Raj Bhavan for next govt formation

    The process for the change of regime in the state, which began with the rebellion of around 40 of 55 Shiv Sena MLAs under Eknath Shinde's leadership, got a boost after BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis met Koshyari on Tuesday night and asked him to order a floor test of the Thackeray government, claiming it had lost majority.

  • Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari accepts Uddhav Thackeray's resignation, asks him to stay as caretaker CM Jun 30, 2022 06:26 AM IST

    Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari accepts Uddhav Thackeray's resignation, asks him to stay as caretaker CM

    The Governor accepted the resignation and asked him to officiate as Chief Minister until alternate arrangement is made, Raj Bhavan sources said.

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