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Prasanna D Zore

Senior Journalist Prasanna D Zore covers national politics and Maharashtra politics, as well as business and personal finance. You can e-mail the author at prasannaz@rediff.co.in

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Meet a COVID-19 warrior with a difference

Meet a COVID-19 warrior with a difference

Rediff.com5 days ago

'Am I going to take my money with me when I die tomorrow?' asks Kadar Shaikh when asked about the money he spent to develop two COVID-19 isolation centres with 145 beds by spending more than Rs 1 crore.

'PM was so emotional'

'PM was so emotional'

Rediff.com7 days ago

'He couldn't hold himself from chanting 'Siyavar Ramchandra ki Jai'.'

'There is mafia raj in Punjab': Congress MP

'There is mafia raj in Punjab': Congress MP

Rediff.com3 Aug 2020

'The chief minister has said on the floor of the House that he knows everything (about the criminal-politician mafia).' 'If you know about this nexus, why aren't you acting against them?' 'Ask him why is he so helpless.'

'Entire Ayodhya is bathed in Ram's bhakti'

'Entire Ayodhya is bathed in Ram's bhakti'

Rediff.com1 Aug 2020

'No COVID-19 positive person will be allowed when the bhoomi pujan happens on August 5 in Prime Minister Modi's presence.'

Will you buy 1 lakh rakhis for India's soldiers?

Will you buy 1 lakh rakhis for India's soldiers?

Rediff.com31 Jul 2020

And, in turn, help 1,000 artisans earn Rs 5,000 at a time when they are struggling to cope with financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

'All Indians have a big heart': See how big

'All Indians have a big heart': See how big

Rediff.com30 Jul 2020

Meet a Mumbai couple whose hearts are so big that they emptied out their entire savings to help feed the poor and needy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delhi riots: 'Truth had to be told'

Delhi riots: 'Truth had to be told'

Rediff.com27 Jul 2020

'Especially at a time when truth is being twisted and a new narrative is being manufactured.'

'India can cut nearly 50% of its imports from China'

'India can cut nearly 50% of its imports from China'

Rediff.com24 Jul 2020

'India has the potential to reduce its trade deficit with China by $8.4 billion in FY21.'

'They want to throw Pilot out of the Congress'

'They want to throw Pilot out of the Congress'

Rediff.com18 Jul 2020

'Nobody understands Gehlot's politics.' 'The Congress high command should wake up.'

'Vasundhara and Gehlot are hand in glove'

'Vasundhara and Gehlot are hand in glove'

Rediff.com17 Jul 2020

'When the Congress attacked Modiji, Vasundharaji kept mum.' 'Why was she so tongue-tied?' 'Everybody knows why she kept quiet then.'

Explained: Dharavi's COVID-19 Success

Explained: Dharavi's COVID-19 Success

Rediff.com17 Jul 2020

Prasanna D Zore/Rediff.com reveals how the BMC has contained the spread of COVID-19 in Dharavi, India's largest slum, which WHO wants to know more about.

'Air travel will normalise within two years'

'Air travel will normalise within two years'

Rediff.com17 Jul 2020

'Airlines will need a war chest to deal with post-COVID economics.'

'Congress high command never reached out to Pilot'

'Congress high command never reached out to Pilot'

Rediff.com15 Jul 2020

'These are lies that Priyanka Gandhi rung up Sachin Pilot.'

'For every gang, the financier is the kingpin'

'For every gang, the financier is the kingpin'

Rediff.com14 Jul 2020

'In a gang, the person who controls the finances is the most important key person.' 'Cut the finances of a gang and it will vanish.'

'The people of UP are really angry with Yogi'

'The people of UP are really angry with Yogi'

Rediff.com14 Jul 2020

'When Yogi took over, in the first few months he went after the criminals.' 'Everybody thought he will do it, cutting across party, caste divisions.' 'Gradually, the situation started slipping out of his hand.'

Vikas Dubey encounter: 'No gaping holes whatsoever'

Vikas Dubey encounter: 'No gaping holes whatsoever'

Rediff.com13 Jul 2020

'Dubey was a desperate criminal.' 'I don't discount the possibility of him trying to disarm the cops and escape.'

'Vikas Dubey was indispensable to almost all political parties in UP'

'Vikas Dubey was indispensable to almost all political parties in UP'

Rediff.com13 Jul 2020

'Election expenses run into several crores. And that is where people like Dubey come in handy to finance elections, indulge in booth capturing and to do the dirty job of politicians.'

'Vikas Dubey thought nothing would happen to him'

'Vikas Dubey thought nothing would happen to him'

Rediff.com11 Jul 2020

'Caste-based power politics made him think that he can get away with murder.'

'I take COVID-19 patients to hospitals'

'I take COVID-19 patients to hospitals'

Rediff.com7 Jul 2020

'My biggest fear is if I get infected will I get admission in a good hospital and how much money will the hospital charge for my treatment.'

How tech alumni plan to raise 21,000 crore to fight COVID-19

How tech alumni plan to raise 21,000 crore to fight COVID-19

Rediff.com2 Jul 2020

Over 5 million alumni from the Indian Institutes of Technology, Mumbai University and Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, plan to raise Rs 21,000 crore to start the world's largest infection testing lab in Mumbai.

The Chinese will keep pushing India'

The Chinese will keep pushing India'

Rediff.com25 Jun 2020

'India will keep trying to avoid conflict.' 'This is the moment when we draw a line in the sand.'

'If any Chinese comes with a baton or barbed wire, shoot the chap dead'

'If any Chinese comes with a baton or barbed wire, shoot the chap dead'

Rediff.com25 Jun 2020

'I don't see how any Indian government or any Indian military leadership can now ask the soldiers to patrol without weapons.'

Congress eyes dy CM's post in Maharashtra

Congress eyes dy CM's post in Maharashtra

Rediff.com16 Jun 2020

'Who else will solve these issues if not the chief minister?' 'Who else shall we take our complaints to?'

COVID-19 deaths: Why Supreme Court order is important

COVID-19 deaths: Why Supreme Court order is important

Rediff.com13 Jun 2020

'There is a special benefit in the matter being taken up by the Supreme Court rather than the high courts.' 'The orders of the high courts are limited, but the Supreme Court order is binding upon everybody.'

Post lockdown: SAVE! SAVE! SAVE!

Post lockdown: SAVE! SAVE! SAVE!

Rediff.com10 Jun 2020

'People can start making a safety net, and that safety net should be at least three months of your monthly salary.' 'If somebody is earning Rs 25,000 then s/he should have at least Rs 75,000 in her/his bank account, so that if anything like this (lockdowns) happens in the future, they are not struggling.'

Cyclone Nisarga: Mumbai, Thane, Gujarat safe

Cyclone Nisarga: Mumbai, Thane, Gujarat safe

Rediff.com3 Jun 2020

'Cyclone Nisarga will pass by Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan, Panvel and Navi Mumbai by a safe distance,' says Air Vice Marshal G P Sharma (retd), President, Meteorology and Climate Change, Skymet Weather Services,

'The fiscal stimulus is zero'

'The fiscal stimulus is zero'

Rediff.com3 Jun 2020

'If the government spends Rs 10 lakh crore this year then you would be looking at a GDP growth of minus 5 per cent.' 'If you do not do this, you will be looking at GDP growth between minus nine and minus 10 per cent.'

'Average wind speeds will be about 90 km per hour'

'Average wind speeds will be about 90 km per hour'

Rediff.com3 Jun 2020

'It could rain about 200 mm in short span of time.'

'Politics happening in governor's bungalow is very disappointing'

'Politics happening in governor's bungalow is very disappointing'

Rediff.com28 May 2020

'These frequent political visits to the governor's residence show the state and the office of the governor in bad light.'

'BJP can stoop to any level to grab power'

'BJP can stoop to any level to grab power'

Rediff.com27 May 2020

'Time and again, through their actions, often more covert than overt, the BJP has shown that it is a power-hungry party and its hunger isn't getting satiated sitting in the Opposition.'

COVID-19: How Mumbai cops maintain order amid chaos

COVID-19: How Mumbai cops maintain order amid chaos

Rediff.com25 May 2020

'Given the nature of our jobs, getting infected is a constant fear we all face.' 'The most we do is follow all the rules strictly and pray that we don't get infected.'

'Indian economy is in survival mode'

'Indian economy is in survival mode'

Rediff.com23 May 2020

'Once the lockdown is lifted, we will see some pickup in demand.' 'And my sense is that it will be a long walk this time given that we have lost three months of economic activity.'

Explained: Mumbai's Dharavi-COVID-19 Challenge

Explained: Mumbai's Dharavi-COVID-19 Challenge

Rediff.com19 May 2020

'Unless the living conditions change here, no amount of testing, screening, treatment would make a difference.'

See: Why these migrants won't come back to Mumbai

See: Why these migrants won't come back to Mumbai

Rediff.com16 May 2020

'If we don't get any bus from here, we will start walking home.' 'What else can we do?' 'We don't want to die of hunger here.'

Dear Modiji, an Indian's SoS from Turkey

Dear Modiji, an Indian's SoS from Turkey

Rediff.com13 May 2020

'Kindly have us airlifted at the earliest. We are in a very bad situation here.'

Vizag gas leak: 'Fear hangs over the city'

Vizag gas leak: 'Fear hangs over the city'

Rediff.com9 May 2020

'All the animals -- buffaloes and dogs -- in the proximity of the factory are dead.' 'The situation is so serious that almost one lakh people from nearby localities have moved to safer places fearing the after-effects of the gas leak.' 'There is lot of panic.'

How to protect yourself from Fake News & Cyber Crimes

How to protect yourself from Fake News & Cyber Crimes

Rediff.com6 May 2020

'More than 114 cases have been registered for spreading fake messages, rumours and fake news on WhatsApp.' 'People on various groups are reporting such crimes.' 'The most heartening development is people are now not tolerating such things.'

The COVID-19 challenges confronting a Mumbai hospital

The COVID-19 challenges confronting a Mumbai hospital

Rediff.com4 May 2020

'Given the first-time healthcare emergency of this nature and scale, we don't have enough experienced hands to deal with the situation.' 'The models, policies and protocols keep changing everyday depending upon the evolving situation.' 'We are all in trial-and-error mode where we do some right things as well as wrong things.' 'We cannot have an ideal environment to fight this pandemic.'

COVID-19: 'Better to die before my family than die in Mumbai'

COVID-19: 'Better to die before my family than die in Mumbai'

Rediff.com30 Apr 2020

'We don't want to lead this hellish life. Enough is enough.'

'Blanket withdrawal is not a good strategy'

'Blanket withdrawal is not a good strategy'

Rediff.com30 Apr 2020

'Investors should restrict themselves to a few category schemes with high quality portfolios apart from overnight and liquid funds.'

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