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A leopard climbs a tree at a village in Karad, Maharashtra. Rajendra Rai, arrested at the venue of BJP chief Rajnath Singh's rally at Kalyan for carrying a pistrol with him, in Kalyan, Maharashtra. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan shows his inked finger after casting his vote for Lok Sabha polls in Karad, Maharashtra.


Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh during a roadshow in support of Congress candidate in Latur, Maharashtra.


Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray at an election campaign rally in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Union Agriculture Minister NCP President Sharad Pawar addresses an election campaign rally for NCP candidate Vijay Sinh Mohite Patil at Akluj in Solapur.




<b>Hail of trouble</b> Orange crop lost to a hailstorm, Nilkanth Zode inspects his orchard <b>Bad times</b> Madhushree of Dorli Pramila Dhote’s son Vijay killed himself NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and Chief Minister of Maharasthra  Prithviraj Chavan garlanded by the Congress-NCP leaders during election campaign rally at Akola.  UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with NCP President Sharad Pawar (2nd L), NCP candidate Praful Patel and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan (R) during a Congress-NCP election rally at Lakhni in Bhandara, Maharashtra. Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam comes out of a court in Mumbai. The court sentenced to death three men who raped a photojournalist inside an abandoned textile mill in Mumbai last year. A fourth defendant was sentenced to life in prison, Nikam said. Shiv Sena candidate Rajan Vichare with party leaders Sanjay Raut , Eknath Shinde and Pratap Sarnike during a roadshow after filing the nomination papers in Thane.



BJP's prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi being garlanded by BJP-Shiv Sena leaders during their joint election rally in Amravati. BJP prime ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi with Amravati Loksabha Shiv Sena candidate Anand Adsul during the BJP-Shiv Sena joint Loksabha election campaign rally at Amravati, Maharashtra. BJP's Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi during the BJP- Shiv Sena joint election rally at Nanded ,Maharashtra.


Huge crowd at Narendra Modi's BJP -Shiv Sena joint election campaign at Akola.


Congress' candidate from Nanded and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan addresses a rally in Nanded.


Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses an election rally in Wardha, Maharashtra. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and MPCC President Manikrao Thakre are also seen. Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Congress candidate Ashok Chavan with supporters during his nomination filing procession in Nanded, Maharashtra. Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan at an election campaign rally in Satara, Maharashtra.


BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Wardha. BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Wardha, Maharashtra. Shiv Sena leader Rahul Narvekar (right) joins NCP, to contest from Maval, in Maharashtra. Residents being rescued by fire brigade officials from the 12th floor of a building in Thane where a fire broke out. A combo picture shows parts of a road after hailstorm and heavy rains in Baramati, Maharashtra. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi interacts with Tribal Youth at Shirpur, Maharashtra. A view of the newly constructed terminal building of Ozar airport, in Nashik. Devotees offering prayers at Kopineswar temple on the occasion of Shivratri in Thane. Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde paying obeisance at Lord Vithal-Rukmini Temple in Pandharpur in Maharashtra. Members of Shivgram sanghtana during a rally to protest against Maharashtra Government for demanding Maratha reservation in Mumbai. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray alongwith Yuva Sena leader Aditya Thackeray, BJP leader Gopinath Munde and RPI leader Ramdas Athawale during an election campaign rally at Dombivli near Thane.

The opposition in Maharashtra Legislature protest against corrupt ministers and for making Maharashtra toll free during the Budget session at Vidhan Bhavan. Rescue work is carried out after collapse of a building at Khed in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan at a bhoomi pujan ceremony for an agriculture college in Karad, Maharashtra. <b>Hanging on</b> Modi and Uddhav Thackeray Praful Patel, Sharad Pawar and daughter and MP Supriya Sule at a Mumbai function Karnataka Ranji team with the trophy after defeating Maharashtra by 7 wickets on the final day of the Ranji Trophy match at Hyderabad. At least eight people were burned to death and another 11 seriously injured when a bus collided with a diesel tanker and a car, and all three vehicles caught fire, near Mumbai. A float of Maharashtra rolls down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

7,338 students of the schools run by Sangli Shikshan Sanstha set the world record of forming the largest lezim dance in Sangli, Maharashtra. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi  during a visit to Sevagram Ashram in Wardha,Maharashtra. Namdeo Dhasal (1949-2014) Shiv Sena protests against the IBRC Infrastructure Developer's decision to start the toll collection at nine roads, in Kolhapur. A toll booth was burnt and five others vandalised when the anti-toll agitation took a violent turn in Kolhapur,Maharashtra.

A Shiroli toll booth was burnt and five others vandalised when anti-toll agitation took a violent turn in Kolhapur,Maharashtra.

School grils take part in the rally during the Granth Mahotsav in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Burnt coaches of the Mumbai-Dehradun Express caught fire in the wee hours, near Dahanu in Thane district. TV Grab: Nine persons were charred to death in their sleep when a fire broke out in three coaches of the Bandra-Dehradun Express in neighbouring Thane district in the wee hours, the second fire mishap on a train within a fortnight. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during a function at the Raigad fort organised by Sangli-based foundation Shiv Pratishthan. The mangled Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRCTC) bus which fell into a gorge at Tokawade, in Thane. President Pranab Mukherjee addresses during the inauguration of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue in Thane. President Pranab Mukherjee with Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan during the inauguration of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue in Thane. <b>Benign gaze</b> Devotees at the Sai samadhi MNS Chief Raj Thackeray and Amitabh Bachchan during the launch of Insurance policy for cine artists,  an initiative by Maharashtra Navanirman Chitrapat Sena,  in Mumbai. Vijay Mallya, Chairman of UB Group with models during the launch of Kingfisher Calendar 2014 at Kingfisher House near Alibaug, Maharashtra. Vijay Mallya, Chairman of UB Group during the launch of Kingfisher Calendar 2014 at Kingfisher House near Alibaug, Maharashtra. Anna Hazare is offered juice to break his fast in Ralegan Sidhi, Ahmednagar after the passage of Lokbal Bill by the Lok Sabha. Anna Hazare waves a Tricolours before his supporters in Ralegan Sidhi, Ahmednagar as they celebrate after the passage of Lokbal Bill by the Lok Sabha. Anna Hazare with Kiran Bedi receives roses in Ralegan Sidhi, Ahmednagar as they celebrate after the passage of Lokpal Bill by the Lok Sabha. Anna Hazare is greeted with a rose by a girl child in Ralegan Sidhi, Ahmednagar as they celebrate after the passage of Lokbal Bill by the Lok Sabha. Anna Hazare breaks his fast with juice in Ralegan Sidhi, Ahmednagar after the passage of Lokbal Bill by the Lok Sabha. Social activist Anna Hazare during his indefinite hunger strike for Jan Lokpal Bill at his village in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district. Anna Hazare celebrates with his supporters at his village in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district the passage of the Lokpal Bill by the Rajya Sabha. Social activist Anna Hazare during the fifth day of his indefinite hunger strike for Jan Lokpal Bill, at his village in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar. State Reserve Police Force personnel display their skills at a rehearsal ahead of the Vijay Diwas celebrations in Karad, Maharashtra. <B>Too much sugar</b> Farmers have their cane weighed at a sugar factory <b>Beaten hard</b> Chandrakant Patil, a sugarcane farmer, at his Karad farm Raju Shetti, MP from Hat­kanangle and leader of the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanga­than Former IPS officer and social activist Kiran Bedi having a word with Anna Hazare during the second day of his indefinite hunger strike for Jan Lokpal Bill, at his village in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district. Social activist Anna Hazare pays floral tribute to a wax statue of Nelson Mandela during the second day of his indefinite hunger strike for Jan Lokpal Bill, at his village in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra. Devotees participate in Shri Siddhanath Rath Yatra at Mhaswad village in Satara, Maharashtra. School children make a human chain reading AIDS and the awareness symbol of a red ribbon on the eve of 'World AIDS Day' at Malkapur in Karad, Maharashtra. Villagers watch bullock cart race organised on former Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's first death anniversary at Rethare village in Karad, Maharashtra. Woman float 'diyas' on the Krishna River on the occasion of Tripurari Poornima in Karad, Maharashtra. Senior BJP leader L K Advani with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and his wife Rashmi Thackeray during their visit to the Late Balasaheb Thackeray memorial on his first death anniversary at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. A fan gets image of Sachin carved in his hair at a barbar's shop in Karad, Maharashtra. Britain's Prince Charles interacts with people  during a visit to the remembrance Sunday service at the Afghan church (Church of St John the Evangelist) in Mumbai. School students wear Sachin Tendulkar’s masks at a programme ahead of his 200th cricket Test at Alathur in Palakkad. Produce at the Pimpalgaon wholesale onion market in Nasik <p><strong>The monasteries and temples of Ajanta and Ellora</strong></p>
<p>Separated by a goodly 100km, the Buddhist caves of Ajanta and the Jain, Hindu and Buddhist rock-cut architecture of Ellora are still spoken of inseparably. ASI describes the painting and sculptures of Ajanta as the finest surviving examples of Indian art (ascribed to two distinct periods, the earliest caves date back to 100 BCE). Ellora’s ‘uninterrupted sequence of monuments’ came up between CE 600 and CE 1000, rising impossibly from the basalt cliffs of the Western Ghats near Aurangabad. The Kailasanatha Temple is its unsurpassed centrepiece. <a href=http://maharashtratourism.gov.in target=_blank>maharashtratourism.gov.in</a></p> Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan unveils the badminton tournament by throwing a shuttlecock at Ramsheth Thakur International Sports Complex in Ulwe, in Maharashtra. Sunita Gora Wachani, Gadchiroli <b>Lonar Crater, Maharashtra</b> A meteor impact meant one of the world’s largest craters— a lake at it bottom, a flourishing ecosystem, wildlife and migratory birds. <b>Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra</b> In August-September each year, Kaas Pathar blooms with over 850 flower species, including the carnivorous Drosera indica. Anti nuclear activists and members of leftist trade unions shout slogans against the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant in Maharashtra during a protest in Mumbai. Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar, State Home Minister R R Patil, and other dignitaries garlanded by a huge nine quintal garland at a rally in Shegaon, Maharashtra. Pune’s Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute vandalised by protesters in 2004 Social activists Anna Hazare, Medha Patkar and founder of the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana, MP Rjau Shetti (R) during a protest at Azad Maidan in Mumbai to save the co-operative sugar factories in Maharashtra from falling into the hands of politicians. School children dress-up as Mahatma Gandhi take part in a rally on Gandhi Jayanti at Jaysingpur in Kolhapur. Police search for survivors in the debris of a  crashed helicopter carrying five people from Mumbai to Aurangabad.
Marathi writer and Padma awardee Laxman Mane's face was blackened by a group of people during a press conference at Beed in Maharashtra. Mane is accused of demanding bribe for sanctioning a loan. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan during a party meeting in Pune. Mumbai : Actress Sonali Kulkarni joins activists of Rashtra Seva Dal in their protest over rationalist Narendra Dabholkar's murder in Mumbai. <b>A thousand Kalavatis now</b> And one in Jambsamarth village in Maharashtra Veg thalis at Hotel Shreyas, at Deccan Gymkhana Mutton curry served with traditional vada and kokum juice at 96 K Maratha, on Fergusson College Road. Modaks at Hotel Shreyas The doorway of 96 K Maratha, which serves spicier Maratha meals from the eastern plateaus of Maharashtra Paan served at this restaurant 
Chicken sukkha masala at the restaurant Pithla with bhakri at 96 K Maratha. A selection of sweets (gulab jamun, amrakhand, ras malai and halwa) at Krishna Dining Hall, on Law College Road Shengdana laddoo at Manohar Fast Food, at Erandwane Misal pav at this eatery Bangda fish at Fish Curry Rice, at Narayan Peth Prawn koliwada and crab masala at this restaurant A chef fries surmai. The sales counter Kaju katli at Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwala, Deccan Gymkhana
Snack item bhakarwadi
Sitaphal, mango and mango-kesar mastanis at Sujata Mastani, at Sadashiv Peth Shrewsbury biscuits at Kayani Bakery, East Street The busy bakery <b>Countryside tour</b> Participants on the day trek to Umberkhind, near Lonavla Participants on the day trek to Umberkhind, near Lonavla School girls tying 'Rakhis' on the wrists of the school boys as they celebrate Raksha Bandhan in Karad, Maharashtra. TV Grab: In a huge setback to the Indian Navy, a conventional submarine exploded after a fire on board and sank in the dockyard in Mumbai in which 18 personnel are believed to have been killed. Children at a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Karad, Maharashtra. Major Fire broke out in a submarine INS Sindhurakshak late on Tuesday night at Lion Gate in Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. People offer Namaz at Idgah Maidan on the occasion of Eid-ul-fitr in Akluj in Solapur, Maharashtra. Army soldiers paying tributes to Maratha Light Infantry army soldier Kundalik Mane during his cremation ceremony at Pimpalgaon in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Soldiers carry the mortal remains of Maratha Light Infantry army soldier Kundalik Mane during his cremation ceremony at Pimpalgaon in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Mane who was among five soldiers killed in the ambush along Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch Sector, was cremated with full military honors. Home Minister R R Patil paying tributes to Maratha Light Infantry army soldier Kundalik Mane during his cremation ceremony at Pimpalgaon in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Mane who was among five soldiers killed in the ambush along Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch Sector, was cremated with full military honors. Soldiers carrying the coffin of Naik Kundalik Mane during his funeral procession at his native village Pimpalgaon in Kolhapur district. Mane who was among five soldiers killed in the ambush along Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch Sector, was cremated with full military honours. Villagers wade through the submerged Tambwe bridge of Koyna river after heavy rains in Karad, Maharashtra. Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama inaugurates Buddhanam conference in Pune, Maharashtra. Postmen walk out of a Post Office in pants during a protest demanding 'postman kit' from the Centre in Sangli, Maharashtra. Restoration work in progress after eight coaches of Gondia – Ballarsha train derailed at Wadsa near Gondia in Maharashtra on Sunday night. Submerged Jyotiba temple along with the other houses in Satara after Wang Marathwadi dam water flooded the area. Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar with Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde at the inauguration of new building of Moulana Azad Polytechnic college in Solapur. A devotee from Delhi offers a garland with 51 gold coins, weighing 521 gms and worth Rs 16.28 lac, to Saibaba Temple in Shirdi. <p><b>Nagpur</b>, Maharashtra</p>
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  <li><b>Model:</b> PPP contract for distribution, operation and maintenance and uninterrupted water supply (24x7) for 25 years</li>
  <li><b>Firm and cost:</b> Veolia Water and Vishwaraj Environment; Rs 566 crore</li>
  <li><b>Earlier tariff:</b> Rs 150–200 per month/connection</li>
  <li><b>Proposed tariff:</b> Rs 7.90/KL</li>
  <li><b>Status:</b> Several problems arising in project implementation, from steep water tariff hikes, dissatisfaction with meters, increased water consumption in demo zone after project implementation etc</li>
</ul>
<p>The average middle-class consumption of water is 20-30 KL per month; City profiles by
Outlook/Manthan</p>
<p><b>Latur</b>, Maharashtra</p>
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  <li><b>Model:</b> Management contract for 10 years</li>
  <li><b>Firm & Cost:</b> SPML; Fixed management fee (IRR of 19.6 per cent)</li>
  <li><b>Earlier tariff:</b> Rs 100/month</li>
  <li><b>Proposed tariff:</b> Rs 150 (plus meter cost of Rs 2,400 + connection cost
    Rs 1,700)</li>
  <li><b>Status:</b> The first case where a private management contract has been rolled back following three years of protests by people and most political parties barring Congress. The
    project has now been given to a public sector entity.</li>
</ul>
<p>The average middle-class consumption of water is 20-30 KL per month; City profiles by <i>Outlook</i>/Manthan</p> Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar during the swearing in ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Dam-project affected villagers take part in a protest Mahamorcha in Satara, Maharashtra. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan during the Chief Ministers' Conference on Internal Security in New Delhi. The Konkan Railway ploughs through the paddy fields of rural Maharashtra President Pranab Mukherjee paying obeisance at Saibaba temple in Shirdi. President Pranab Mukherjee with Maharashtra Governor K Shankarnarayanan and Chief Minister of Maharshtra, Prithviraj Chavan releasing booklet during Valedictory Function of Golden Jubilee of Dayanand Education Society in Latur. Shirdi: President Pranab Mukherjee receiving a momento from Sri Saibaba Sansthan Trust after paying obeisance at Sai Baba temple in Shirdi. Police and rescue workers inspect the site of an explosion in German Bakery close to the Osho Ashram in Pune. A powerful IED explosion rocked the bakery killing at least eight people and injured 40 others. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at a visit to drought-hit Nidhona village in Phulambri tehsil of Aurangabad district. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan at the Jain community's Kunthugiri Prathishta Mahotsav at Alate in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra on Friday. Devotees take part in Jyotiba Yatra at Jyotiba Hill in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Farmer Prakash Kisan Karde of Shiradhon village, Jalna, chops a dry <i>mousambi</i> (sweet lime) tree on his 2.5 acre orchard. This district, the worst-hit, saw rains for just one day last monsoon Mandabai Kondiba Bansode’s husband Kundalik Kondiba Bansode committed suicide last month, unable to repay loans of over Rs 1.5 lakh People scramble for water at Jalna’s Police Colony. As 150 private water suppliers make a quick buck, 200 state-owned tankers have also been pressed into service Sonaji Shinde from Zalta and Gopichand Lakhe from Paithan wait for buyers at the Jalna APMC market. Lack of water has spoilt most of the produce Children peer into a dry well at Ambad <i>taluka</i>, which yields the state’s largest sweet lime crop. Farmers now run the risk of losing 90% of their produce The Ghanewadi reservoir, which supplies water to Jalna districit. Villagers have started digging wells in the dam bed Women and children climb down perilous steps to the bottom of a nearly-dry well to collect drinking water Indiabulls is building a pump house that will supply 88.60 cubic mm (or 240 million litres) of water daily from the Morshi reservoir (Upper Wardha dam) in drought-hit Amravati district to its power plant The Indiabulls 1,350-MW thermal power project at Nandgaonpeth, Amravati district, has created controversy over allegations that diversion of water from the reservoir will destroy 23,219 hectares of agricultural land Actress Kangna Ranaut during the shoot of her upcoming film 'Rajjo' at Raigad in Maharashtra. Women take part in a protest rally demanding Below Poverty Line (BPL) ration cards in Karad. Governor of Maharashtra K. Sankaranarayanan (2ndR) along with state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan pay homege to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 122nd birth anniversary at Shivaji Park, in Mumbai. Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his wife Subbulakshmi at Sai Baba temple in Shirdi. Ajit Pawar Ajit Pawar, Supriya Sule, Sharad Pawar MP Jaya Bachchan paying obesiance at Saibaba temple on her birthday in Shirdi, Maharastra. Police take accused, arrested in connection with building collapse incident, to produce them at the Thane court. BJP President Rajnath Singh interacts with farmers at a village in Aurangabad during his two day visit to drought affected areas of central Maharashtra. People collect water from a tanker at a drought-hit area of a village in Solapur,Maharashtra. SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan pay floral tributes to freedom fighter `Krantiveer' Nagnath-anna Naikavdi during 1st death anniversary ceremony at village Walva in Sangli , Maharashtra. Devotees throw turmeric powder as an offering to Khandoba, 'God of Jejuri', on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra on Monday, March 11, 2013. Security guard controls the crowd  on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra. on Monday, March 11, 2013. Devotees carry a palanquin during a procession on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra. Devotees carry a palanquin during a procession on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra. Devotee lashing himself after throwing turmeric powder as an offering to Khandoba, 'God of Jejuri',  on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra. Devotees throw turmeric powder as an offering to Khandoba, 'God of Jejuri',  on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra. People offering prays on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra. Devotees throw turmeric powder on a holy horse as an offering to Khandoba, 'God of Jejuri', on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra. Devotees throw turmeric powder on a holy horse as an offering to Khandoba, 'God of Jejuri',  on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra. Devotees carry a palanquin during a procession on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra. Devotees carry a palanquin during a procession on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra. Devotees throwing turmeric powder as an offering to Khandoba, 'God of Jejuri',  on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra. Devotees rush towards the holy lamp after throwing turmeric powder as an offering to Khandoba, 'God of Jejuri',  on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra. The 'koli' fishermen devotees dance in the procession on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra. Rescue work in progress after a bus fell into a river near Khed in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. A devotees falls down after throwing turmeric powder as an offering to Khandoba, 'God of Jejuri',  on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra. Devotees collecting 'Bhandara' turmeric powder which is offered to to Khandoba, 'God of Jejuri', on 'Somavati Amavasya' at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra.  A box seeking information in Murmadi The girls’ mum and grandparents The well where the bodies were found A burning car said to be burnt by MNS workers during a protest in the city against the Nationalist Congress Party in Mumbai. Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Ardeshar Larijani shakes hands with Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan at a meeting at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. <b>Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary:</b> A 100 km from Nagpur, Maharashtra, new tiger reserve for regular sightings of tigers, panthers, 160-plus species of birds and 30 species of reptiles. Photographs of four terror suspects wanted in Mumbai and Pune blast cases were released by Anti Terrorism squad of Maharashtra in Mumbai. “I have had loans for the past 20 years. I don’t know how much is interest or principal anymore.” <b>Bhanudas Zoting, Dorli village</b> “The crops failed soon after the loan relief offer...so after that we’ve only borrowed but not paid back.” <b>Gajanan Puri, Waifad</b> Sonia Gandhi hands over a no-dues certificate to a farmer in Loni village, Ahmednagar, 2008 The PM interacting with debt-ridden farmers of Koljhari village, Maharashtra Only muck left An almost-dry well in a village in Jalna district It’s drying out The elderly are the few ones left in a Beed village <b>Broken thread</b> A typical shed housing a powerloom unit in Malegaon Army soldiers perform Mallakhamb (gymnastics) on a vertical wooden pole during a rehearsal for Vijay Diwas celebrations in Mumbai. B.B. NIMBALKAR, 93, the “man who nearly beat Bradman” with his first-class 
knock for Maharashtra of 443 n.o in 1948 against Kathiawar. Still the 4th highest individual score. Never played for India. Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar is greeted by Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan as Governor K Shankarnarayanan looks on during his swearing-in as Deputy Chief Minister in Mumbai. School children make a human chain that reads AIDS on the occasion of 'World AIDS Day' at a school in Karad, Maharashtra. Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray during the condolence meeting of his father Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai.
Maharashtra CM Prithivraj Chavan pays homage at the Samadhi of former deputy Prime minister late YB Chavan on the occasion of his 28 death anniversary at Karad in Maharashtra. Marathi artists perform during the Vasant Mahotsav and the 63rd Birthday celebration of Deputy chairman of Maharashtra Legislative Council Vasant Davkhare in Thane. Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and others during the platinum jubilee year celebrations of the state legislature in Pune, Maharashtra. <b>Shake it all about!</b> Belly dancing class in session at the Life and Dance studio in Pune King of Spain Juan Carlos I poses with Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Chhagan Bhujbal and others during a reception at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. BJP President Nitin Gadkari at an RSS function in Nagpur. The BJP president found himself drawn deeper into charges of financial irregularities as further investigations into his company accounts reveal that not just drivers and accountants, even an astrologer is a director in a Purti investor company, which itself, in turn, seems to be a shell company. Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar with social worker Mohan Dharia during the late Yashwantrao Chavan's birth centenary year function in Pune, Maharashtra. File photo of NCP president Sharad Pawar. Former IPS Officer Y P Singh today targeted Pawar in alleged Lavasa scam. Singh said Arvind Kejriwal had concealed information while disclosing the facts and Sharad Pawar is the centre of the real scam.
Ex-IPS officer turned legal activist Y P Singh and his wife Abha Singh during a press conference in Mumba. Y P Singh today targeted Sharad Pawar in alleged Lavasa scam. Singh said Ajit Pawar gave land to Lavasa at throwaway prices. He said land was given to company in which Supriya Sule had stake. Ajit Pawar violated SC order by not auctioning land, Singh further added.
Actor Ajay Devgan with wife actress Kajol on way to Mahalaxmi temple to perform worship for the success of the film 'Son of Sardar' in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan arrives to appear before the Adarsh scam inquiry commission, in Mumbai. Republican Party of India President Ramdas Athawale with  Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray during the 55th anniversary of RPI in Mumbai. <b>Channel of corruption?</b> NCP’s Ajit Pawar NCP leader Ajit Pawar with MP Supriya Sule during Rashtrawadi Yuvati Melava in Satara on Maharashtra.  Ajit Pawar with NCP chief Sharad Pawar People gather to watch rescue operations after a bus fell into the Purna River in Maharashtra. Police said 17 people died when the bus they were traveling in plunged into the river. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar of NCP  (second from right) with his  party leaders  at a press conference to announce his resignation as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra in Mumbai. Miraj-Parli Vaijnath Passenger train derailed between Ghatnandur and Parli Vaijnath stations in Beed district of Maharashtra. Devotees carry idols of Lord Ganesh in a procession on the occasion of 'Ganesh Chathurti' festival in Karad, Maharashtra. Children participate in a religious procession on the occasion of 'Ganesh Chathurti' festival in Sangli, Maharashtra. BJP workers protesting against the price hike of LPG and diesel in Karad, Maharashtra. An activist of India Against Corruption  shouts slogans protesting the arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, outside Arthur jail where he is being held, in Mumbai. A policeman tries to stop activists of India Against Corruption protesting the arrest of  cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, outside Arthur jail where he is being held, in Mumbai. An activist of India Against Corruption, center, holding an empty plastic bottle, shouts slogans while protesting the arrest of political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, outside Arthur jail where he is being held, in Mumbai. School children create a human chain in the shape of literacy logo on the eve of 'International Literacy Day' in Karad, Maharashtra. Actress Rani Mukherjee paying obeisance at Saibaba temple in Shirdi. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan along with Congress party leaders paying tribute to Late Vilasrao Deshmukh in Mumbai. Crowd of mourners during the funeral ceremony of Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in Latur. A file photo of Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh with his wife and sons. Deshmukh, who was suffering from a serious liver ailment, died in a hospital in Chennai. Farmers from drought-hit regions display their cattle-fodder camp cards as they stand in queue at a Manndeshi Foundation cattle-fodder camp at Mhaswad in Satara. A woman performs 'arti' of social activist Anna Hazare as he prepares to leave for Delhi from his native place Ralegan in Maharashtra. Presidential candidate of the UPA Pranab Mukherjee is presented with a traditional headgear by Congress party members during his visit to Maharastra. Presidential candidate of the UPA Pranab Mukherjee wears a traditional headgear presented by Congress party members during his visit to Maharashtra. Presidential candidate PA Sangma holds his mask with Maharashtra BJP MPs and MLAs while posing for the media during his election campaign in Mumbai. Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan along with his daughter arrives for a questioning session by Adarsh Commission, in Mumbai. Women 'warkaris' take part in a race during Sant Tukaram Palkhi procession at Akluj in Solpaur district, Maharashtra. Smoke billows from the Mantralaya — headquarters of the Maharashtra state government in Mumbai. Hundreds of employees were evacuated from the seven-storey government building as more than two dozen fire engines battled a major fire that raged for more than three hours in the country's financial and entertainment capital. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan visits Mantralay after fire broke in the building in Mumbai. For the flag and the country. Some government staff brave the fire and the smoke to remove the Indian tricolour from the top of the Mantralaya — headquarters of the Maharashtra state government after it caught in fire in Mumbai. Hundreds of employees were evacuated from the seven-storey government building as more than two dozen fire engines battled a major fire that raged for more than three hours in the country's financial and entertainment capital.

Maharashtra Mantralaya engulfed in a major fire in Mumbai. A major fire broke out at the fourth floor of the Mantralaya building which houses the state secretariat in south Mumbai this afternoon, fire brigade sources said. Policemen gather as firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the headquarters of the Maharashtra state government. Hundreds of employees were evacuated from the seven-story government building as more than two dozen fire engines battled the major fire that raged for more than three hours in Mumbai. Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh (right) gestures during a press conference with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in Mumbai. An injured passenger is carried for treatment to a hospital in Maharashtra.  A bus carrying dozens of pilgrims home from a shrine plunged off a bridge and 32 passengers were killed. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan inspects the progress of the monorail project in Mumbai. President Pratibha Patil with husband Devisingh Shekhawat pays obeisance at Lord Vithal's Temple in Pandharpur,Maharashtra.  Sawantwadi fare: a thali at Chaitanya A meal at Amrita Guinness World Records' adjudicator Nikhil Shukla (R) hands a certificate to Shreeya Deshpande in Kolhapur. Shreeya set a new Guinness record in limbo skating with skating 158 feet 2 inches under 26 vehicles. Police inspect the damaged vehicle after an accident at Khalapur on Mumbai-Pune express highway near Navi Mumbai. Twenty-seven members of a marriage party, including 15 women and seven children, were crushed to death and 29 others injured. Family members of the victims of a bus accident wail at Yerawada in Pune. The accident took place when a stationary private mini-bus, carrying a marriage party, was by hit by a tempo on the Mumbai-Pune highway near Khalapur village. 27 members of a marriage party, including 15 women and seven children, were crushed to death and 29 others were injured in the mishap. <i>Om Shanti Om</I>, courtesy a travelling tent cinema in Pusegaon, Maharashtra Police trying to control a female elephant which ran berserk on the city roads at Kolhapur in Maharashtra. <b>Gone to seed</b> Grieving family of a cotton farmer who committed suicide in Vidarbha Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan exchanges documents with Andhra Pradesh CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy after signing an MoU for Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Pranhita-Chevelia Project in presence of Union Minister of Water Resources Pawan Kumar Bansal, in New Delhi. Maharashtra Governor K Shankarnarayan taking salute during a state level function on the occasion of 52nd foundation day of the state in Mumbai. Social activist Anna Hazare paying obeisance at Saibaba Temple in Shirdi. Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi with Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan and State Congress President Manikrao Thakre interacts with people during a visit to a drought-hit village in Satara. Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan interact with people during a visit to a drought-hit village in Satara. Cricketer Rahul Dravid with his family paying obeisance at Saibaba temple in Shirdi. Rajendra Shekhawat A villager sits besides her hut damaged after a 5-magnitude quake at Gohsatwadi village in Satara, Maharashtra. <b>Crumbling tower?</b> The Rajabai tower of Mumbai university, once a pinnacle of quality education An injured CRPF jawan being taken to a hospital in Nagpur after a Maoist attack killed 12 CRPF personnel and injured 28 others in a land mine blast in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. President Pratibha Patil's husband Devi Singh Shekhawat paying obeisance at Saibaba temple in Shirdi. <b>Victory lap</b> Uddhav celebrates the Sena win Students giving a last look to their notes at an examination centre during 12th standard exams of Maharashtra State Board in Karad, Maharashtra.  Shiv Sena workers celebrate the party's win in the corporation elections in Mumbai. NCP candidates celebrate with supporters after their victory in civic polls in Karad, Maharashtra. A healthy cotton plan The team inspects the damaged crops Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithivraj Chavan addresses an municipal council elections  rally at Gondavale in Satara district of Maharashtra. Muslim devotees participate in a procession amidst colorful smoke from flares in a procession to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammed in Mumbai. Actor and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha being presented a memento the Trustee of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi), during his visit to Saibaba Temple in Shirdi on Tuesday. BJP MP and actor Shatrughan Sinha paying obiesance at Saibaba temple in Shirdi. <b>Language of grievance</b> The agitation for Vidarbha Shobha Ohatker (right), Special IG of Police, CID, talking to dalit woman Rekha Chavan at a hospital in Karad, Maharashtra. Chavan was assaulted and reportedly paraded naked in Mulgaon village of Satara district on Monday Jan 9, 2012. An FIR was registered in the case, but the authorities denied that the woman was stripped or paraded naked. <b>To hell and back</b> Arun Ferreira recounting his ordeal in Mumbai <b>Free at last</b> Arun with his mother after his release A woman performs 'arti' of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare as leaves for Mumbai for his three-day fast and Jail Bharo agitation for Jan Lokpal Bill from Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar. <b>Ralegaon Siddhi</b> 
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Village adopted by Anna Hazare, run along his strict militaristic-Gandhian rules of no smoking or chewing tobacco, cable TV or ‘outside’ jobs. Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare prays before an idol of a local deity at a temple where he lives in his native village, Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra. An IAF person near the debris of a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft that crashed soon after taking off from Lohegaon airbase near Pune. Both the pilots managed to bail out safely. Children make a human chain in the shape of AIDS insignia on the eve of “World AIDS Day” at their school in Karad. Army Chief Gen V K Singh along with his wife Bharti Singh paying obeisance at Saibaba temple in Shirdi. Pro-Vidarbha activists at a protest in Nagpur Cricketer VVVS Laxman at Saibaba temple in Shirdi. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Congress MPs Gurudas Kamat, Priya Dutt and others participate in a party workers meeting ahead of the Municipal elections in Mumbai on Thursday evening. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan is felicitated by former Union Minister Murli Deora and MRCC chief Kripashankar Singh for completing one year in office in Mumbai on Friday evening. Burning tyres and stones are seen on a road during a protest by farmers and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana members demanding increase in the MSP of sugarcane in Sangli, Maharashtra. Senior BJP leader L K Advani playing a tribal musical instrument 'pungi' at a public meeting during his Jan Chetna Yatra at Talasari in Thane, Maharashtra. Senior BJP leader L K Advani at a public meeting during his Jan Chetna Yatra at Talegaon in Maharashtra. Senior BJP leader L K Advani and party national president Nitin Gadkari being garlanded at a public meeting during the former's Jan Chetna Yatra in Pune in Maharashtra . Senior BJP Leader L K Advani at a public meeting during his Jan Chetna Yatra at Shirwal in Maharashtra. Senior BJP leader L K Advani being presented an axe by party workers at a public meeting during his Jan Chetna Yatra at Kankawali in Maharashtra. School children make a human chain that reads 'Shubh Deepawali' ahead of Diwali festival at their school near Karad, Maharashtra. Girls hold certificates stating their new official names during a renaming ceremony  in Satara. Almost 300 Indian girls known officially as Unwanted have traded their birth names for a fresh start in life. Given names like Nakusa or Nakushi _ or unwanted _ they grew up understanding they were a burden in families that preferred boys in Maharashtra state. <b>Lost prestige</b> A disappointed Ajit Pawar Women take out the Handa morcha on outside Thane Municipal Corporation for water shortage in Thane. Senior BJP leader L K Advani with party president Nitin Gadkari (R) and Ananth Kumar at a public meeting during his Jan Chetna Yatra in Nagpur in Maharashtra on Monday. Senior BJP leader L K Advani with party leaders Gopinath Munde, Ananth Kumar and others at a public meeting during his Jan Chetna Yatra at Saoner in Maharashtra. BJP workers burning fire crackers to celebrate their party's victory in the parliamentary by-election in Hisar and Khadakwasla assembly in Maharashtra, in New Delhi. A view of the Kutiya where Anna Hazare will be sitting during his indefinite 'maun vrat'  in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar. Anna Hazare performs puja on the occasion of Dussehra in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar on Thursday night. Blackburn Rovers Football Club Team arrives at Pune Airport. The team will play against I-League club Pune FC at Shiv Chhatrapati Stadium, Balewadi on Friday October 7.
Tribals displaying a cheque of Rs.781 addressed to the Prime Minister asking him to survive with Rs.26 per day as prescribed by the government for people living in the rural areas, in Thane. Labourers protest outside the district collectorate demanding that the government permit them to dive into water bodies to collect sand in Thane. A girl gives finishing touches to an idol of Goddess Durga ahead of Durga Puja festival in Karad, Maharashtra. Peace activist from Pakistan talk with Anna Hazare in Ralegan Siddhi. Karamat Ali, Nasir Aslam Zahid (ex-justice supreme court of pakistan) and M Rahman (ex vice chacellor of Aligarh Muslim University) were present. Anna Hazare gestures as he addresses media after the core committee meeting of Civil society as  member Arvind Kejriwal (R) looks on in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmadnagar.

Team members Shanti Bhushan, Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan, Manish Sisodia and others during a programme in Anna Hazare's village Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmadnagar. Civil society members Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi and Santosh Hegde during a meeting in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmadnagar. Civil society members Medha Patkar, Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal address the media after their core committee meeting in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmadnagar. Team members Shanti Bhushan, Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia during a programme in Anna Hazare's village Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmadnagar. Anna Hazare performs 'aarti' of Lord Ganesh during the ongoing Ganesh Utsav in Ralegan Siddhi, Ahmadnagar. Devotees immersing an idol of Lord Ganesh during the Ganesh Utsav in Karad, Maharashtra. Children perform 'Aarti' of Lord Ganesh made along with idols of Indian cricket players and World Cup trophy during Ganesh festival, at a pandal in Karad, Maharashtra. Anna Hazare prays at a Ganpati Pandal at Ralegan Siddhi.   The Ganesh idol of the Maharashtra Mandal Mayur Vihar along with two portraits of the lord with the Anna cap''. The background in black is filled with I am Anna slogans in English, Hindi and Marathi. A sand idol of Lord Ganesh created by an artist on the theme of saving trees in Navi Mumbai. Anna Hazare waves a tricolour during a gram sabha meeting at his village Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar. Anna Hazare paying respect to a photo of his mother before addressing a gram sabha meeting at his village Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar. People carry ganesh idols for immersion on the second day of Ganesh Utsav in Mumbai. People carry idols of elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesha on a boat for immersion in the Arabian sea, on the second day of the ten-day long  Ganesha Chaturthi festival in Mumbai. Anna Hazare upon his arrival at the airport in Pune on Wednesday night. Hazare was discharged from Medanta Medicity hospital of Gurgaon earlier. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan along with his wife Satvasheela performs worship of Lord Ganesha on the occasion of Ganesh Utsav in Mumbai. Police officers offer roses to Muslims during Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations in Karad, Maharashtra. Chicken hang from a parked transport vehicle in a water logged street following heavy rains in Mumbai. Rescue work is on after an incident of landslide near Vellard View Apartment following heavy rains in south Mumbai. An Indian railway official measures water level on a flooded railway track after heavy rains in Mumbai. Train services were disrupted due to water logging in the tracks in several low-lying areas in the city. Commuters hang on train cars as a local train resumes service after a long break following heavy rains in Mumbai. Train services were disrupted due to water logging in the tracks in several low-lying areas in the city. Anna Hazare's supporters celebrate in the rain in Mumbai. A man lifts a child in jubilation as Anna's supporters celebrate in the rain in Mumbai. A man bites a piece of sweet and dances in jubilation as Anna's supporters spray foam and celebrate in Mumbai. Anna's supporters celebrate in the rain in Mumbai.  Women dance as they celebrate at Anna Hazare's village Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar after the Gandhian broke his fast. An artist gives final touches to the theme of World Cup idol of Lord Ganesha ahead of Ganesh Chathurti-festival in Karad, Maharashtra. NCP MP Supriya Sule dances as she participates in a padyatra from Naigaon to Pune against female infanticide at Naigaon in Satara, Maharashtra. Muslim supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare wave flags as they march in support of him in Mumbai. Anna Hazare supporters take part in a huge rally in Mumbai. Shiv Sena activist during a protest in support of Anna Hazare's movement against corruption in Shirdi. Bahujan Samaj Party activists try to stall the first show of Prakash Jha's newly released film Aarakshan in Thane. Bahujan Samaj party activists show tickets after they attempt to stall the first show of Prakash Jha's film Aarakshan, demanding a change in its title in Thane. File photo: Former Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Governor PC Alexander passed away at Madras Medical Mission hospital  in Chennai. <b>Clean plan</b> With handpumps that work and provide potable water, women no longer have to collect water from ponds <b>Change master</b> Sarpanch Popatrao Pawar has transformed Hivre Bazaar village <b>Concrete change</b> Baba Ramji Pawar on a well-kept village street <b>Acres green</b> A bird’s eye view of the oasis that is Hivre Bazaar The Coast Guard augmenting the oil spill from the ill-fated vessel MV RAK that sunk off coast Mumbai on August 4. People walk on Juhu beach filled with oil spill from MV Rak, a cargo vessel which sunk off the Mumbai harbour on Thursday. Shiv Sena workers wearing masks of Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan, Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe, Narayan Rane, during a protest against 35 crores donation by Saibaba Sansthan for Shirdi aiport project in Shirdi. Prof Rajiv Kumar of IIT Kharagpur Madhuri Dixit with Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray during the launch of virtual classroom connecting 80 municipal schools in Mumbai. More than 18 thousand municipal students will benefit from this project. Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan along with Aditya Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray at the launch of a book 'Ayurvedic Garbha Sanskar' written by Balaji Tambe, in Mumbai. The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh addressing the press after meeting the bomb blast victims, at J J Hospital, in Mumbai. Strongly condemning the barbaric bomb blasts, Singh said the perpetrators must be pursued relentlessly to bring them to justice quickly and promised the government will do everything in its power to prevent such attacks in future. UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi looks on. The Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram addressing the press after visiting the bomb blast sites, in Mumbai. Admitting that there was no credible intelligence input on the Mumbai attack, Chidambaram did not rule out any angle, including the possibility of an attempt to derail Indo-Pak talks, behind the blasts. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan (left) is also seen. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi meets an injured of July 13 Mumbai serial blasts at Saifee Hospital in Mumbai. Police officers inspect the debris, covered under blue sheets, at the Opera House, one of the three sites of explosions, in Mumbai. Senior BJP leader LK Advani meets an injured of the July 13 serial blasts at JJ Hospital in Mumbai. Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma, left, with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, center, and other members of his delegation in New Delhi. A TV grab showing the killers of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey on a motorbike after the shootout. Minister for Rural Development Vilasrao Deshmukh during a ceremony near Sangli. Cave 15, Ellora Cave 26, Ajanta <b>Not A Very Happy Hour for them</b> Youngsters under 25 can no longer consume anything stronger than beer in Mumbai’s drinking establishments Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan (R) with Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Express Group Shekhar Gupta (C) and Editor of The Hindu N Ram (L) addressing the media after a meeting in Mumbai. A delegation of senior editors met the Chief Minister to demand a CBI probe into senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey's killing. People gather to watch merchant ship MV Wisdom which has been grounded since June 11 at the Chowpatty Beach on the Arabian Sea coast in Mumbai. The cargo vessel went adrift after breaking loose while being towed from Colombo to Alang in Gujarat to be broken as scrap. Efforts to salvage the unmanned vessel which does not have any fuel on board has met with technical delays. <b>Set In Lead</b> A student on campus at IIT-Powai <b>Say Cheese</b> Govt Dental College & Hospital, Mumbai Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan addresses a press conference after his cabinet deliberated on a law for the protection of journalists in Mumbai. <b>Staying Put</b> Farmers at Reliance’s MahaMumbai SEZ in Raigad district Shiv Sena activists argue with cops during a protest against the Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar for his remarks against Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. Cricketer Suresh Raina (c) and Poorna Patel paying obeisance at the Saibaba Temple in Shirdi. Police chasing the agitating farmers who were protesting against land acquisition in three villages of Sangli, Maharashtra. Union Heavy Industry Minister Praful Patel along with his family paying obeisance at Saibaba Temple in Shirdi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram paying  obeisance at Saibaba temple in Shirdi. Shiv Sena activists burning the effigies of terrorist David Coleman Headley, Tahawwur Hussain Rana and Lashkar-e-Taiba in Thane. Trial Exhibits - Chabad House Trial Exhibits - Street Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithvraj Chavan (R) during Janata Darbar at Gandhi Bhawan in South Mumbai. Pakistani Hindu pilgrims paying obeisance at Saibaba temple in Shirdi, Maharashtra. <b>Wrong target</b> After the death in police firing of a protester against the Jaitapur plant, villagers take it out on hospital staff The funeral procession of Tabrez Pehekar who died in the police firing during a protest against proposed Jaitapur Nuclear Plant, at his village Nate in Ratnagiri. Wailing relatives of Tabrez Pehekar who died in the police firing during a protest against the proposed Jaitapur Nuclear Plant, during his funeral at Nate in Ratnagiri. Police at the site of the proposed Jaitapur Nuclear Plant in Ratnagiri following violent protests against the project. A burnt vehicle along side a road at Nate in Ratnagiri following violent protest against the proposed Jaitapur Nuclear Plant. Police charge protesters after a clash over the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. Police men deployed at the District Hospital of Ratnagiri following the violent protest against the proposed Jaitapur Nuclear Plant which claimed one life. A view of the rampaged Nate police station after a clash between police and protesters over the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. A policeman looks on. An injured policeman after a clash between police and protesters over the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. A view of the market place after it closed following a protest against the Jaitapur nuclear power plant in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. 
<b>Old burden</b> Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan’s government inherits debts previous governments mindlessly piled up Social activist Anna Hazare arrives at Lohegaon Airport to leave for his village Ralegan Siddhi in Pune. Suresh Raina, a member of World Cup winning Indian team, pays obeisance at Saibaba temple in Shirdi. Traditionally dressed dancers pose for photographs during a procession to mark Gudi Padwa, or Maharashtrian New Year, in Mumbai. 
Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga during a practice session in Mumbai ahead of the CWC final match against India. Security at the Wankhade Stadium during net practice session of Sri Lankan team in Mumbai. NSG and CISF Commandos for maintenance of tight security at Marine Drive in Mumbai ahead of the CWC 2011 final match between India and Sri Lanka. NSG and CISF Commandos for maintenance of tight security at Marine Drive in Mumbai ahead of the CWC 2011 final match between India and Sri Lanka.  Cricket fans fans celebrate Team India's victory over Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup semifinal match, in Mumbai. Firemen at work after a major fire broke out at an under-construction mall in Thane, Mumbai. Activists hold banners as they participate in a protest against the proposed Jaitapur nuclear plant, in Mumbai. The protest was organized by environmentalists and Leftist trade unions against the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant in Maharashtra's Konkan region.
FILE - In this June 30, 2005 file photo, police escort British charity worker Duncan Grant, as he comes out of the airport in Mumbai. Police rearrested Grant, 67, and Allan Waters convicted of sexually abusing boys in their Mumbai shelter after their 2008 acquittal was overturned. The Supreme Court ordered both to serve the rest of their six-year prison terms. FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2004 file photo, police escort British charity worker Allan Waters, to a local court in Mumbai. Police on rearrested Waters and Duncan Grant, 67, convicted of sexually abusing boys in their Mumbai shelter after their 2008 acquittal was overturned. The Supreme Court ordered both to serve the rest of their six-year prison terms. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan (R) plays Holi with Mumbai Congress President Krupa Shankar Singh at his residence in Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Mumbai Congress President Krupa Shankar Singh greet each other during Holi celebrations in Mumbai. Protests against the N-plant in Jaitapur Sports Minister Ajay Maken presenting Maharashtrian of the Year Award 2010 (in sports category) to athlete Kavita Raut during the Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year Award 2010 function in Mumbai. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan looks on. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan presenting Maharashtrian of the Year Award 2010 to Home Minister R R Patil during an award function in Mumbai. Stud-farm owner Hasan Ali Khan being taken by Enforcement Directorate (ED) for interrogation, who is an accused of stashing black money abroad, in Mumbai. Outgoing Maharashtra DGP, D Sivanandan (R) welcomes successor Ajit Parasnis in Mumbai Government prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, center, shows victory sign as he leaves the trial court in Mumbai. The court confirmed the conviction and death sentence for Pakistan's Ajmal Kasab, 22, the only surviving gunman from the 2008 attacks on Mumbai, which killed 166 people. People celebrate with sweets after the Bombay High Court upheld the death sentence to 26/11 terror attack convict Ajmal Amir Kasab, in Mumbai. A security person stands guard at Bombay High Court during a hearing for the verdict on Ajmal Kasab's death sentence in Mumbai. The court upheld the death sentence to Kasab for his involvement in Nov 26, 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed. Young fans looking at a hoarding featuring Indian cricketers World Cup 2011 trophy in Karad, Maharashtra. Lyricist Swanand Kirkire, singer Shaan and music composer Leslie Lewis during the launch of cricket anthem 'Go India Go' in Mumbai.

Muslim devotees participate in a procession amidst colorful firecrackers on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, in Mumbai. 
Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan along with choreographers Farah Khan and Vaibhavi Merchant during the announcement of  a TV talent show in Mumbai. 
Muslim devotees participate in a procession on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in Mumbai. Muslim devotees participate in a procession amidst colorful firecrackers on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in Mumbai.
Girls selecting cards at a shop ahead of the Valentine Day in Karad, Maharashtra. Union Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar addressing a party rally at Kagal in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Tigress Basanti's two months cubs playing at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai. 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab's lawyer Amin Solkar coming out of the Bombay High Court in Mumbai. File photo of Ajmal Kasab from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal video footage during 26/11. The Bombay High Court said it would deliver its verdict on Feb 21, 2011 on confirmation of death sentence awarded to Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab for his role in the 26/11 terror attacks and also on his appeal against his conviction. President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil lighting a lamp during a function at Nagpur High Court on Sunday. Also seen in the picture is Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

 

With M.S. Dhoni at the inauguration of the Dilip Vengsarkar Cricket Academy at 
Pimpri, near Pune, October 2008 A girl displays a message for peace and harmony on Gandhi's martyrdom day during the International Marathon in Nagpur CBI personnel carry out searches at the Adarsh Housing Society complex in Mumbai. Foreign athletes compete in the International Marathon in Nagpur. The collector's office wears a deserted look during Government employees' 'Bandh' in protest against the killing of Malegaon Additional District Collector Yashwant Sonawane, in Mumbai. Government employees take part in a silent march protesting brutal killing of Malegaon Additional Collector Yashwant Sonavane, in Thane near Mumbai. Additional DC Yashwant Sonawane who was burnt alive allegedly by member of the oil mafia when his team conducted a raid at a roadside eatery near Manmad in Maharashtra on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Maharashtra tableau on display during Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi Folk dancers perform alongside a tableau from Maharashtra at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi Veteran actors Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman at Saibaba temple in Shirdi. Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray waves at the party workers gathered outside his residence to wish him on his 85th birthday in Mumbai. A view of the oil slick 2 km off the coast after a leak in ONGC's Mumbai Uran Trunk pipeline in Mumbai. Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi takes part in a protest meeting demanding release of Malegaon blast accused Muslims in the wake of Swami Aseemanand's statement, at Azad Maidan in Mumbai. An oil spill was reported on Friday off the Mumbai coast following a rapture in a pipeline carrying crude oil from ONGC'S offshore oilfields. Samajwadi Party activists hold placards during a protest rally against RSS at Azad Maidan in Mumbai. A view of the 31-storey Adarsh Housing Society building complex located at Colaba in Mumbai. The environment ministry has said the building should be demolished within three months. Winners of the Mumbai Marathon 2011 (women's category), from left, Merima Mohammed (Silver), Koren Yal (Gold) and Elfemesh Alemu (Bronze), all from Ethiopia, wave as they pose with their prize cheques during victory ceremony of the event in Mumbai. Runners participate in the Mumbai Marathon 2011 at Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mumbai. Athletes run during the Marathon in Mumbai. A participant, wearing fancy sunglasses, during the Mumbai Marathon 2011, in Mumbai. A man dressed in Mahatma Gandhi participates in the Mumbai Marathon 2011, in Mumbai. Liquor Barron Vijay Mallya's son Sidharth Mallya participates in the Mumbai Marathon 2011, in Mumbai. Maharashtra PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal (R), DGP D Shivanandan (L), and actor Vivek Oberoi during the Mumbai Marathon 2011 in Mumbai. Disabled persons participate in the Mumbai Marathon 2011, in Mumbai. Senior BJP leader L K Advani and Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray (L) pay tribute to a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji during the NDA's Mahasangram rally at Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai. JD(U) President Sharad Yadav is also seen. Models perform during Fashion Broadway show of director Karan Johar and designer Manish Malhotra in Mumbai on Saturday evening. A policeman shoots at a leopard to save a man from its clutches in Karad, Maharashtra.  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh unveils a plaque during inauguration of the Power Reactor Fuel Reprocessing Plant-2 in Tarapur, Maharashtra. Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayan, (2nd R), Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon (L) and other leaders applaud. School children dressed as rabbits participating in campaign - Save Trees, Save Rabbits and Save Tigers- in Karad, Maharashtra.  A boy plays with pigeons as police stand guard outside the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai. India increased security in major cities across the country on Tuesday after receiving information that a Pakistan-based militant group was planning an attack over New Year's weekend. KRISHNA WATER DISPUTE TRIBUNAL Union Home Minister P Chidambaram during his visit to Naxal-affected Murumgaon in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. Police officers check the bag of a man outside the Taj hotel in Mumbai. Police searched India's financial capital on Friday for four men who authorities believe entered Mumbai to carry out a terrorist attack, a top police official said. Mumbai police commandos march at a street after a high alert has been sounded in Mumbai. <b>The way to dusty...</b> Beed town’s main thoroughfare seems stuck in the ’80s <b>Everyone’s gone</b> Locked doors, a constant reminder at Imampur village, Beed district <b>To the slave mills</b> Labour contractor/moneylender Navnath Salunkhe <b>Stretched Idyll</b> Beach houses in Ratnagiri French President Nicolas Sarkozy, delivers a speech beside his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy during a ceremony in tribute to the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks, in Mumbai. Seeking greater global cooperation to fight terror, French President Nicolas Sarkozy today asked Pakistan to be resolute in combating the menace. A member of the bomb disposal squad checks an unclaimed bag after an e-mail threatened to blow up the Koram Mall in Thane near Mumbai. A policeman keeps vigil at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus after a high alert was sounded in Mumbai after the bomb blast in Varanasi. French President Nicholas Sarkozy honours Karambir Kang of Taj Hotel and Devendra Bharma (R) of Trident-Oberoi during a function to pay homage to the victims of 26/11 terror attacks, in Mumbai.   French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy attends with French President Nicolas sarkozy, a ceremony in tribute to the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks, in Mumbai. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, greets relatives of victims during a ceremony in tribute to the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks, in Mumbai. Sarkozy, one of a stream of world leaders coming here seeking lucrative deals for their struggling economies, proposed a total partnership with India in its growing needs for civilian nuclear power. Members of Muslim community hold placards during a protest demanding the reconstruction of Babri Masjid on the 18th anniversary of demolition of the mosque, in Mumbai. A Muslim woman signs a banner demanding the execution of convicted terrorist Ajmal Kasab, at Chhatrapati Shivaji train station in Mumbai. India marked the second anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack with somber ceremonies and a renewed promise to seek justice for the 166 people slain in an assault that has set back peace efforts with arch rival Pakistan. Kasab, the only gunman to survive the assault, has been sentenced to death, but none of the seven alleged masterminds arrested in Pakistan has been put on trial. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Petroleum Minister Murle Deora (extreme L), Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Mumbai Congress president Kripashankar Singh (R) paying tributes to the victims of 26/11 terror attack at CST Railway Station in Mumbai. A man pays homage in front of portraits of police officers killed in the Mumbai terror attack outside the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, one of the sites of the attack, on the second anniversary of the attack in Mumbai. India rebuked Pakistan for not punishing the alleged masterminds of the 2008 terror attack on the financial capital of Mumbai that killed 166 people. Policemen march in a parade to commemorate the second anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack in Mumbai. Home Minister P. Chidambaram pays tribute to victims of the Mumbai terror attack on the second anniversary of the attack in Mumbai. Policemen participate in a parade to commemorate the second anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack in Mumbai. Policemen march past the Trident hotel during a parade to commemorate the second anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack in Mumbai. India rebuked Pakistan for not punishing the alleged masterminds of the 2008 terror attack on the financial capital of Mumbai that killed 166 people. Slain police officer Hemant Karkare's wife Kavita Karkare paying tributes to the martyrs of 26/11 terror attack at their memorial at Police Gymkhana on the second anniversary of the incident, in Mumbai. Policemen march in a parade to commemorate the second anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack in Mumbai. School children hold a banner bearing a message 'The Great Wall of India' to pay homage to the victims of 26/11 terror attack on its 2nd anniversary, outside the Trident Hotel in Mumbai. Maharashtra police force personnel take part in a parade on the 2nd anniversary of 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai. Maharashtra police force personnel move in specially designed vehicles as they take part in a parade on the 2nd anniversary of 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai. Maharashtra police force personnel take part in a parade on the 2nd anniversary of 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai. Rabbi Nachman Holtzberg and Frieda Holtberg who lost son Rabbi Gabriel and daughter-in-law Rivka in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, pay homage to departed souls during a visit to the Nariman House on the second anniversary of the gruesome tragedy, in Mumbai. K. Unnikrishnan, father of National Security Guard commando Major Sandeep Krishnan, who was killed during the Mumbai terror attacks stands with his bicycle during a march for solidarity in the memory of victims, outside the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai. India marked the second anniversary of the Mumbai attack with somber ceremonies and a renewed promise to seek justice for the 166 people slain in an assault that has set back peace efforts with arch rival Pakistan. Passengers at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus(CST) railway station on the eve of the 2nd anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, in Mumbai. A foreign tourist taking pictures at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus(CST) railway station on the eve of the 2nd anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, in Mumbai.