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Th Maharashtra government has ordered expeditious development of the historic Raigad Fort.

On the occasion of the 424th birth anniversary of Rajmata Jijabai Shahaji Bhosale on Wednesday -- the mother of warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj -- the Maharashtra government has ordered expeditious development of the historic Raigad Fort, located 166 km from Mumbai in Raigad district.

One of the most imposing hill-top forts in the country, the Raigad Fort was declared as the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1674, where he was crowned on June 6 that year.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Wednesday took a review of the ongoing Raigad Fort and premises development planning authority's works.

He said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government will soon complete the refurbishing of the fort, develop the 21 villages in its vicinity and help provide employment opportunities to the locals through tourism.

"Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj established 'Swarajya' with inspiration from Rajmata Jijabai and the history they created together is inspiring for all," Pawar noted.

He assured the officials that funds would not be a constraint for the development projects and would be routed through the Raigad District Planning Committee to ensure no hiccups for the functioning of the (Raigad Fort development) authority.

Rajmata Jijabai Shahaji Bhosale On the occasion of the 424th birth anniversary of Rajmata Jijabai Shahaji Bhosale, the Maharashtra government will renovate and develop the Raigad Fort.Photo by Wikimedia Commons

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India has seen a decline in indigenous cattle over the last several decades.

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The DAHD, under the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, has embarked on a project that upholds the potential to give a significant boost to national dairy production with the aim of conserving the indigenous cattle. "Milk from the indigenous cattle contains higher nutritional value to fight diseases," said an official.

For multiple reasons, India has seen a decline in indigenous cattle over the last several decades. Now the Department of Animal Husbandry is promoting uses of IVF for cattle to preserve the indigenous, rare bovines. The DAHD has been carrying out similar efforts for Banni, Tharpakar and Ongole breeds too. Earlier in October, India's first Banni buffalo IVF calf was born in Gujarat's Somnath district while Suratgarh in Rajasthan recorded the birth of the first female calf of Tharpakar breed, conceived through IVF technology. (IANS/ MBI)


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In less than a week, the nation will observe the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, which paralysed the nation's commercial capital for three days in 2008.

In less than a week, the nation will observe the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, which paralysed the nation's commercial capital for three days in 2008.

These pictures recall the horror of the attacks that claimed more than 160 lives.

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They take us through the multiple locations of the attacks -- Taj Mahal Palace & Hotel, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Trident Nariman Point, Leopold Cafe, Nariman House (better known as the Jewish Chabad House) and Cama Hospital. Explosions also rocked the Mazagon docks and took place in a taxi at Vile Parle.

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The delayed withdrawal of monsoon, coupled with the flood situation in various parts of the country, soaring fuel prices and the festive season demand have all set the prices of vegetables, especially essentials such as onion and tomato, to shoot up within a week or so. The Centre has claimed it is keeping tab on the prices and even announced that it has maintained a buffer stock to moderate prices and ensure minimal storage loss.

The prices were relatively stable till about last month and the rates were comparable to that of the same time last year. However, floods in several parts of south India in September and early October led to supply shortages. For instance, according to state wise 'Wholesale Prices Monthly Analysis for Onion' for the month of October 2021 shows that in Delhi, the rate of onions in this month is Rs 2,970.62 per quintal, compared to Rs 1,711.18 per quintal in September 2021, which is a whopping 73.6 per cent increase. However, the rate in October 2020 was Rs 3,161.94 per quintal, which is minus 6.05 per cent compared to current month price.

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