Two Indian states ordered the closure of public buildings, cinemas and bars in several major cities on Friday, with Mumbai and Bengaluru subject to differing restrictions, after the country reported its first death from the coronavirus.
At least seven workers were killed and several more were feared trapped after a blast at a chemical factory in western India on Saturday
The Marathas, who make up around 30% of Maharashtra state's 110 million people, want quotas or "reservations" to ensure they get jobs in the government.
Protests have been mounting across the key state since Monday, when a Maratha community activist jumped to his death from a bridge in protest.
The number of Maoist militants killed in an ambush by Indian security forces has risen to 37 after more bodies were pulled out of a river on Tuesday, authorities said.
A fire broke out at an Indian chemical factory and spread through an industrial zone killing three people and injuring 15, police and officials said on Friday.
A boat with at least 40 students on board capsized off the coast of the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Saturday, an official said. Following a massive search and rescue operation, 32 of them were saved from the Arabian Sea.
A court in Maharashtra state issued a shoot-to-kill order on Friday against the two-year-old female tiger after its latest victim, a woman, died earlier this month.
Indian police said Monday they had found 19 aborted female foetuses dumped in a sewer in the western state of Maharashtra, highlighting the country's problem of female foeticide.
Maharashtra schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade rewrote the record books, hammering an epic 1009 not out in an inter-school cricket tournament to register the highest individual score in an innings.