Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday blamed the state government for the damage caused to lives and property in the Konkan after Cyclone Phyan hit the coastal areas last week.

"It was the duty of the government to inform fishermen about the cyclone earlier," Subhash Desai, leader of the Sena in the assembly, said. He was speaking after a visit to the cyclone-affected areas.

India has good average annual precipitation, but its poor distribution in space and time has led to the scarcity of groundwater in many areas. Artificial recharge to groundwater requires a composite procedure along with detailed morphometric and hydrogeological studies of the area. In Maharashtra State, a

MUMBAI: Mumbai, Pune and Nashik together account for the maximum number of H1N1 deaths in Maharashtra. While the deaths have been sporadic in the rest of the State, patients from rural areas coming to urban centres for treatment indicated the disease had spread to the interiors, Maharashtra Health Secretary Sharvari Gokhale said at a press conference here on Wednesday.

Divisional Commissioner of Aurangabad Bhaskar Mundereceived this year

Four new H1N1 virus deaths were reported in Maharashtra

Farmers are opting for weather-based crop insurance due to frequent weather disturbances. Prashant Bachhav is one of them. He has six hectares (ha) in Nashik district in Maharashtra. Monsoon normally arrives in Nashik by June 10. Accordingly, Bachhav sowed jowar and bajra by mid-June. This year rainfall was sparse in June. Bachhav feared the yield would decrease by 30-40 per cent. He insures

Mumbai: While the monsoon has arrived, Nashik district has been left completely dry. With only a few drizzles last week, a shadow of a drought-like situation looms over the city. The district administration has already started gearing up for the water shortage.

MUMBAI: On the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa, Maharashtra

Nashik: Last October, Kailas Pingle, a grape farmer from Matori village near Nashik, started working on his five-acre plot, raising grapes. Pingle has been a grape farmer for many years, and took a loan and developed a new vineyard two years ago.
Fragile support: Kailas Pingle tries to erect the fallen vines

Nashik: A sudden hour-long hailstorm on Sunday destroyed grape crop worth Rs60 crore across 5,000 acres in the northeastern parts of the state's vine district of Nashik. The hail also damaged wheat and vegetables.