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Thursday, November 08, 2007


Maharashtra is the third largest state of India in area and second largest in population. The state is bounded by the Arabian Sea in the west, Gujarat in the north west, Madhya Pradesh in the north and the east, Andhra Pradesh in the south east and Karnataka Goa in the south.

The State of Maharashtra forms a huge irregular triangle with its base on the west coast of India, overlooking the Arabian Sea. The coastal strip, about 720 km long and not more than 80km wide, is the Konkan, dotted with paddy fields and coconut gardens.  


The Sahyadris or the Western Ghats running almost parallel to the sea coast flank the Konkan on its east.  To the east of the Sahyadrist stretches a vast plateau forming the apex of the triangle. About 65 per cent of the people depend on agriculture and allied activities.  Alphonso mangoes, Thomson seedless grapes, Cavendish bananas and soft seeded pomegranates are the state’s produce.  Cash crops include cotton, sugarcane, groundnut and tobacco.

The state accounts for 23% of the value of India’s industrial output.  Major industries are chemicals and allied products, textiles, electrical and non-electrical machinery, petroleum and allied products, pharmaceuticals, engineering goods, machine tools, plastic ware, steel and iron castings.  Santa Cruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ) is a free trade zone.  India’s first gold refinery is at Shirpur.  The development of offshore oilfields at Mumbai High and the nearby Bassein North Oil Fields, have contributed greatly to the industrial development of the state.

Mumbai houses the headquarters of almost all major banks, financial institutions, insurance companies and mutual funds. Mumbai has the largest stock exchange in the country, Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Mumbai contributes 10% of India’s factory employment, 33% of income tax, 60% of the customs duties, 20% of central excise, and 40% of India’s foreign trade. Mumbai is India’s biggest harbor. It receives 50% of the international passengers. It also houses the largest film industry in the country, also referred as ‘Bollywood’.

Some of the important tourist centers are the Cavas-Ajanta, Ellora, Elephanta, Kanheri and Karala; Hill stations, Mahabaleshwar, Matheran and Panchagani; Religious places: Pandharpur, Nashik, Shirdi, Aundhanagnath, Nanded and Ganapatipule.

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Although Bollywood is much maligned for churning out mindless blockbusters, at times, it also obliquely depicts the ground realities. (Nation In Distress , Telegraph, Abhijit Bhattacharyya , Nov 08, 2007)

Religious festivals are big business in India. And Diwali is the mother of all festivals if one goes by the money spent. When Diwali was ushered in on Wednesday with Dhanteras, it climaxed a period of frenzied shopping and big spending. (Go, Celebrate, Times of India, Editorial, The Times of India, Nov 08, 2007)

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh completed three successful years in office. (Sharing The Benefit Of The Boom , Frontline, LYLA BAVADAM, Nov 08, 2007)

For the safety of its employees, the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry has decided to set up 24x7 hotline wireless networks and create security patrol units to keep a check on movement of cabs. (Hotline Service To Be Launched For Bpo Staff, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

THIS is the second year of the four-year fiscal correction path adopted by the Maharashtra State Legislature with the enactment of the Maharashtra Fiscal Responsibility and Budgetary Management Act, 2005 (MFRBM Act). (Out Of The Woods, Frontline, Oommen A. Ninan , Nov 08, 2007)

There are big infrastructure expansion plans to transform Mumbai into a world-class city. (Mumbai Makeover, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

SINCE 2006, the Maharashtra government has been implementing its own relief package as well as the Prime Minister’s Special Rehabilitation Package to arrest farmers’ suicides and the agrarian crisis in the Vidarbha region. (Relief For Vidarbha, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Olive trees will soon adorn the arid landscape of Rajasthan. (Israel’S Olive Branch To Rajasthan, Statesman, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

Indian surgeons said on Wednesday they had successfully removed the extra limbs from a two-year-old girl born with four arms and four legs, in a gruelling operation that lasted more than a day. (Indian Girl’S Extra Limbs Removed , Dawn, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The Vilasrao Deshmukh government’s new industrial policy has made a host of multinational companies rush to invest in the State. (Revving Up Growth, Frontline, Amit Mitra, Nov 08, 2007)

The Tehelka sting operation underscores the urgency of simultaneously pursuing the prosecution of the culprits and fighting Hindutva politically in a spirited way. (Unfinished Agenda, Frontline, Praful Bidwai, Nov 08, 2007)

The Janadesh Yatra has given the movement for land rights fresh momentum and also captured the popular imagination. (March For Land, Frontline, Jayati Ghosh, Nov 08, 2007)

Given the capacity of the economy to raise funds, using forex reserves and adding to the money supply that the RBI wants to curtail appears strange. (Funding Infrastructure, Business Line, Editorial, Business Line, Nov 08, 2007)

India’s green energy proponents are looking for a major policy boost to the sector, one that will significantly increase the use of renewable sources for energy generation, including in the transportation sector. (Giving Green Power A Policy Boost, Business Line, N. Ramakrishnan , Nov 07, 2007)

Two Pakistanis who robbed a bank to allegedly finance the hijacking of the Indian Airlines flight IC-814 to Kandahar are going to walk free next month without facing a trial. (Kandahar Hijack Financiers Set To Walk Free, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Two monster movies are releasing this Friday, with ‘HIT’ in large purple neon signs written all over them. The quality won’t matter, the acting won’t matter, the reviews won’t matter; millions of Indians across the world will stampede . . . . . (Say Welcome To The Machine, Indian Express, SANDIPAN DEB, Nov 07, 2007)

With the growth of mobile entertainment segment, which currently accounts for $15,000 million, leading handset maker Nokia, on Tuesday, launched its Nokia N81 and N95 8GB priced at Rs 26,249 and Rs 35,059. (Nokia Unveils Its New N Series Set , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Last week UP Chief Minister Mayawati introduced in the state Assembly the long-awaited Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Bill, 2007, with a view to eliminating organised crime root and branch. Modelled on the law enacted in Maharashtra . . . . (Crime Syndicates, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 06, 2007)

The reaction of 10 High Courts to the Judges (Inquiry) Bill envisaging the National Judicial Council (NJC) is quite interesting. (Special Article, Statesman, DEBAKI NANDAN MANDAL, Nov 06, 2007)

Market strategist and consultant Rama Bijapurkar wears her analyst’s hat in her book We Are Like That Only-Understanding the Logic of Consumer India, but without skipping the wit and common sense. (‘Let’S Think About What Should Be The Centre Of Gravity Of ‘Global’... It Has Got To Be Us, India And China’, Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, Nov 06, 2007)


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