PUNE: As many as 3,184 villages and 7,650 hamlets are facing severe water shortage in the state, according to the latest report generated by the state government.

About 3,793 tankers are currently supplying drinking water to these villages and hamlets periodically. Most of these villages and hamlets are from eastern part of western Maharashtra and Marathwada.

No animal, not even the snake, attracts more bad press than the leopard. The worst victim of poaching in India, it is also the biggest killer of people among all large carnivores.

For the last 12 years, nearly 5,000 farmers of Satgaon Pathar in Ambegaon taluka, about 60 km from Pune, have been engaged in cultivating the root vegetable.

Maharashtra possibly has among the worst track records when it comes to learning a thing or two from a crisis.

Maharashtra is struggling to cope with one of the most severe drought crises in recent times, with many terming it worse than the historic drought of 1972.

Akole (Ahmednagar district)/Etapalli (Gadchiroli district): Until a few years ago, farm yields in the tribal areas of Akole tehsil in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district were very low and people foun

PUNE: Some 40 years ago, a child suffering from diarrhoea at Jamkhed village of Ahmednagar district would have had little chance of survival. Not anymore.

The Centre’s debt relief scheme for the farmers has given anything but relief to the poor farmers.

PUNE: Activist Anna Hazare catapulted into national stardom following his relentless pursuit of the Lokpal Bill, but the unassuming dhoti-clad social worker has been a star in his state, and village, for a long time now.

Fifty-year-old Maruti Auti recalls the days when villagers in Ahmednagar's Ralegan Siddhi, 80 km from Pune, lived in abject poverty over three decades ago.

Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir are emerging as the new hotspots of declining sex ratio in India, according to a recent study published in reputed journal The Lancet.

According to the study, about 95 per cent of districts in Maharashtra and Rajasthan have witnessed further decline in sex ratio, slipping towards the range of traditional hotspots.