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Women purchase gold jewelery on the occasion of Dhanteras, at a market in Nagpur, Maharashtra. BJP candidate Pankaja Munde gets emotional as she celebrates her victory with party workers in the Assembly elections in Parli on Sunday.  BJP workers wear mask of Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis while celebrating the party's victory in Assembly polls in Nagpur, Maharsahtra. BJP supporters celebrate the party's victory in Assembly polls in Nagpur, Maharsahtra.  BJP supporters celebrating the party's victory in Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections, in New Delhi.  BJP general secretaries J P Nadda and Ram Lalji with party supporters burst crackers while celebrating the party's victory in Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections, in New Delhi Shivsena candidate Pratap Sarnike flashes victory sign while celebrating his win in the Assembly elections along with his supporters in Thane, Mumbai   BJP party workers celebrate their win in the Assembly elections in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's poster, in Mumbai MPCC President Manikrao Thakre addressing the media on Assembly elections results in Mumbai A deserted view at the Nationalist Congress Party's office after the party's poor show in Maharashtra elections, in Mumbai MAHARASHTRA ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS 2014 Election officials at work at a counting centre for the Assembly elections in Nagpur, Maharashtra Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan waves to supporters at a victory procession after his win from Karad South assembly seat, in Karad Haryana, Maharashtra assembly elections 2014. NCP chief Sharad Pawar shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote for the Assembly elections at Tardeo in south Mumbai. Women display their inked fingers as they carry water on their heads after casting votes for the Assembly election in Thane district of Maharashtra. Congress leader MP Ashok Chavan with his wife Amita Chavan show their inked finger after casting their vote for the Assembly elections in Nanded, Maharashtra. Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray accompanied by wife Rashmi and son Aditya display their inked fingers after casting votes for the Assembly elections in Mumbai. Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan shows his inked finger after casting his vote in the Assembly elections in Karad. Former MP Milind Deora with Congress candidate Sushiben Shah show their inked finger after casting their vote in the Assembly elections in Mumbai. Union Minister for Transport Nitin Gadkari with his wife show their inked finger after casting their vote for the Assembly Elections at a polling station in Nagpur. Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde along with his daughter and wife Ujwala Shinde showing the indelible ink on their fingers after casting their votes for Assembly polls in Solapur, Maharashtra. NCP leader Praful Patel along with wife showing their ink marked finger after casting votes at a polling booth during Assembly elections at Gondia. Villagers gather near an Indian Air Force Sukhoi SU-30MKI fighter plane that crashed at village Theoor, near Pune. Villagers gather near an Indian Air Force Sukhoi SU-30MKI fighter plane that crashed at village Theoor, near Pune. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP candidates at an election campaign rally in Malvan, Maharashtra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Thane, Maharashtra. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses an election campaign rally in Ramtek, Maharashtra. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi waves at the crowd with party candidates at an election campaign rally in Ramtek, Maharashtra. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray with other party members at an election rally in Thane. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with party candidates during an election rally at Loha in Nanded. Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party candidate Vijay Vaddetiwar during an election campaign rally in Bramhapuri in Chandrapur district <b>Saffron surge</b> Crowds during a BJP rally in Mumbai <b>Rallying cries</b> Shiv Sena jamboree at Junnar NCP show in Kolhapur A Shiv Sena worker solicits Gujarati vote Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally at Bramhapuri in Chandrapur district, Maharashtra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is garlanded by BJP leaders at an election campaign rally at Dhamangaon in Amravati. Crowd at Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray's election campaign rally in Junnar, Maharashtra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi  pays tributes to Shivaji at an election campaign rally for BJP candidates in Mumbai. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi with an elderly woman during an election rally in Mahad, Maharashtra. A goods train derails near Chiplun that disrupted services on the Konkan Railway. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in favor of candidates at Kasturchand park in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves along with RPI chief Ramdas Athavale and Maharashtra BJP chief Devendra Phadnavis at an election campaign rally at Kasturchand Park in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Shiv sena chief Udhav Thackeray at an election campaign rally in Aurangabad. People lift chairs to shield themselves from rains during Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari's rally in Karad, Maharashtra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi address an election rally in Gondia, Maharashtra Congress leader Ashok Chavan addresses an elections campaign rally in Nanded,Maharashtra Prime Minister Narendra Modi is grreted with a garland by BJP candidates at an election rally in Gondia, Maharashtra Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with the party candidates during a campaign rally for the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections in Sangli NCP chief Sharad Pawar with party candidates Shashikant Shinde and Balasaheb Patil during an elections campaign rally at Malharpeth in Patan, Maharashtra Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election campaign rally for the assembly elections, in Mumbai. Police personnel worship their weapons on the occasion of Dusshera in Thane <b>Mumbai, September 2014</b> Choked drains in Dharavi Prithviraj Chavan File: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan resigns.
Long-standing political formations in Maharashtra crumbled today with BJP snapping its 25-year-old alliance with the Shiv Sena and NCP parting ways with the Congress and pulling out of the government, making it a minority administration. <b>Buzz me up</b> Uddhav Thackeray at a Sena meeting BJP’s Amit Shah last week in Mumbai <b>Down time</b> Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan with deputy, Ajit Pawar, of NCP Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan meets an elderly woman during his visit to Karad. Navy personnel inspect after a Chetak helicopter of Navy crashed while landing at heliport at Morpada village in Alibaug. BJP Party President Amit Shah with Puneri pagdi (a turban from the city of Pune) during Sangarsh Yatra Jan Sabha in Ahmednagar. NCP President Sharad Pawar with Maharashtra NCP President Sunil Tatkare during the Election Rally of forthcoming Maharashtra Assembly election at Gandhi Maidan in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Police personnel being shifted by an air ambulance to Nagpur hospital. Four police personnel were injured in a naxal attack at Yerked village in Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray during the demo of animal driven mobile modern energy machine at Aarey Colony Goregaon in Mumbai. A monkey at Saibaba temple in Shirdi. Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath along with Election Commissioners HS Brahma and Syed Ahmed Zaidi at a press conference for the announcement of the schedule for general elections to the legislative assemblies of Haryana and Maharashtra and by-elections of various parliamentary/assembly constituencies, in New Delhi. Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath at a press conference for the announcement of the schedule for general elections to the legislative assemblies of Haryana and Maharashtra and by-elections of various parliamentary/assembly constituencies, in New Delhi. Maharashtra Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao meets Bollywood actor and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha Mumbai. <b>New echoes</b> Monsoon prayers in progress at the Magen Aboth synagogue in Alibag Monsoon prayers in progress at the Magen Aboth synagogue in Alibag <b>‘Shaniwar teli’</b> Synagogue caretaker Benjamin Waskar at his home in Revdanda <b>Hamid Baba</b> He is the grandson of Abdul Baba, one of the closest disciples of Sai Baba. Every day, Hamid offers a chaddar and flowers to Sai Baba and Abdul Baba. <b>Priti Gupta</b> The Guptas, a family from Sitapur, came to Shirdi, when Priti (in bed) met with an accident. They believe Sai Baba saved her from something worse. A Sai To Hold Outside Shirdi temple Lal Krishna Advani, then prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, visited Shirdi to seek
Sai Baba’s blessings in April 2009 Rahul Gandhi, vice-president of the Congress, came to pray at the Shirdi shrine in April 2014, ahead of his election rallies in Maharashtra P. Chidambaram visited the Sai Baba shrine in Shirdi before he became Union home minister at the fag end of UPA-I—after 26/11 Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena chief, visited the temple with his wife on Aug 26, 2013, ahead of an election rally the party was holding in Shirdi Kokilaben Ambani visited Shirdi on Jan 20, 2012, before a patch-up between sons Mukesh and Anil over the affairs of the Reliance Group Telugu film star Nagarjuna visited the Sai Baba shrine in Shirdi with his family on March 31, 2014, on the occasion of Gudi Padwa Bollywood star Rani Mukherjee was in Shirdi on Aug 23, 2012, to seek Baba’s blessings. She is involved in a property dispute in the town. Cricketer Rahul Dravid visited the Sai Baba shrine in Shirdi on Aug 24, 2012, after announcing his retirement from cricket C Vidhyasagar Rao takes oath as Maharashtra Governor at a ceremony in Mumbai. Former Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and other ministers during a send off ceremony in Mumbai. Clockwise from left- Kalyan Singh, C Vidyasagar Rao, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala and Mridula Sinha who were on appointed new governors for Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa respectively. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan with Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar at the ground breaking ceremony of third phase of Mumbai's underground metro rail. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan with MLA Jaykumar Gore offering rituals at a canal after releaseing water from Urmodi Dam at drought-hit Maan in Satara in Maharashtra. Maharashtra's Minister of State for Home, Satej Patil presents the Ahilyabai Holkar Cup to best all-rounder woman cadet Depali Ankush Wagh during a passing out parade at Maharashtra Police Academy (MPA) in Nashik. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Shivraj Patil, MPCC president Manikrao Thakre and others at the unveiling of a statue of the late Vilasrao Deshmukh at Nivada in Latur, Maharashtra. Pankaj Parekh, Vice-president of Yeola Municipal Council and NCP activist is seen wearing shirt of gold, containing 4 Kg gold at a function in Nashik Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Maharashtra & Goa BJP MPs in New Delhi. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and MPCC president Manikrao Thakreay during a MPCC party in Nagpur. Former Minister Narayan Rane with his wife felicitate  legendary singer Asha Bhosle at event in Thane. TV Grab: The IPS officer Sunil Paraskar, accused of raping a city-based model based in Mumbai. Chandrakant Zanjare, who said he lost 13 family members to a landslide, wails near the site where his house stood in Malin village, in Maharashtra. Heavy rains hampered efforts Friday by hundreds of rescue workers digging through heavy mud and debris, as the death toll from a landslide that engulfed an entire village in western India crossed 50. Police detain a pro-Maharashtra protester in Yellur village, July 27 Karnataka Police demolishing the Borad saying Maharastra State outside the Yellur Village in Belgaum District of Karnataka Relative of a landslide victim at Malin village in Pune, Maharashtra. The site of the landslide in Pune distrit, Maharashtra which killed at least 17 people. The debris of a house after a landslide triggered by heavy rains at Malin village in Pune district, Maharashtra. Police lathicharging a pro Maharashtra activists at Yellur village of Belgaum district for pelting stone on police when a sign board claiming Yellur as a part of Maharashtra was removed. Police detaining a pro Maharashtra activists at Yellur village of Belgaum district for pelting stone on police when a sign board claiming Yellur as a part of Maharashtra was removed. Activists showing a banner during a protest  in Mumbai against the Shiv Sena MP who force-fed a fasting Muslim employee in the Maharashtra Sadan. A shocking incident of misuse of power has come to light in national capital New Delhi where 11 Shiv Sena Members of Parliament are reported to have forced a Muslim worker to break his Ramzan fast and eat a chapati, at the Maharashtra Sadan. The Khodashi Dam overflowing on the Krishna River after heavy rains in Karad, Maharashtra. Crew members of the stranded ship (MV) Priyanka wait to be airlifted by the Coast Guard near Revdanda in Raigad district, Maharashtra. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan interacting with villagers during Congress Party Workers' meeting at Karad in Satara district. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan addressing a press conference at Mantralaya in Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan with wife Satvasheela Chavan at the Vithal-Rukmini Temple on the occasion of 'Ashadi Ekadashi' in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. Congress activists protest against fuel price hike in Karad, Maharashtra. Indian policemen are pictured at the crime scene where anti-superstition and black magic campaigner Narendra Dabholkar was killed by gunmen in Pune <B>Circa 2009</b> Dabholkar with others in Pune, vowing to hand over reins to youth Narendra Dabholkar (1945-2013) Sanatan spokesperson Abhay Vartak (left) had in 2013 told the press they weren’t involved in Dabholkar’s killing.   <b>Great Maratha Rally</b> Backward march Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Manikrao Thakre along with other leaders traveling by local train without tickets in protest against the railway fare hike in Mumbai. Congress party activists stop a train in protest against hike in rail fares  in Solapur, Maharashtra. An injured  female Leopard being treated by doctors at forest office in Karad, Maharashtra. <b>Losing The Drive</b> Will the Punekar be able to ride free of fear on these roads? <b>Fear Factor</b> HRS head being led to court Ameen Haroon Shaikh who injured in Hindu Rashtra Sena attack in Pune. Residents and relatives of the Mumbra bypass accident victims block a road during a protest in Thane, Maharashtra. Spiritual leader Sri Ravishanker and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat (C) at the RSS’s annual third year training camp concluding function in Reshimbahgh at Nagpur. Hindu Rashtra Sena chief Dhananjay Desai and 21 of his cohorts in the random murder of Muslim IT professional Mohsin Sheikh in Pune. Lumpens were reacting to an FB post on Shivaji. <B>Bosom buddies</b> Gopinath Munde, Pramod Mahajan and Vilasrao Deshmukh in ’95 Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy CM and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar during a discussion on the budget for a TV show, at Vidhan bhavan in Mumbai . Policemen chase irate crowd who came to attend funeral of Gopinath Munde and burnt vehicles at Parali. Congress Minister Narayan Rane during the Maharashtra Assembly's monsoon session in Mumbai State NCP Working President Jitendra Awhad shakes hands with the Governor of Maharashtra K Sankaranarayanan (R) at Raj Bhavan in South Mumbai. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar are also seen. Police personnel inspect the debris of a vehicle blown up by Naxals which killed seven policemen in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. Prof G N Saibaba, who was arrested for allegedly having Maoist links, being produced before Aheri Court in Gadchiroli. Union Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge visits injured passengers of the Diva-Sawantwadi train mishap at Sion hospital in Mumbai. People gather around a passenger train that derailed near Roha station in Maharashtra. At least ten passengers were feared killed and around 50 injured when a passenger train derailed on Konkan Railway route in Raigad district, Maharashtra. The derailed passenger train at Nagothane in Raighad district, Maharashtra. <b>Who’s That?</b> Vikas Mahante strikes a pose to heighten the similarity to Modi People wait in a queue to cast votes for Lok Sabha polls in Mumbai. Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray addresses an election campaign rally at Raigad  constituency at Khed in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. 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