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Solapur

(sō`ləpo͝or, sōləpo͝or`), city (1991 pop. 620,846), Maharashtra state, W central India, on the Deccan plateau. Once a fortress town, Solapur is now a district administrative center, a great textile-manufacturing city, and a market for oilseeds and tobacco. It passed to the Mughals in 1668, to Hyderabad in 1723, to the MarathasMarathas
or Mahrattas
, Marathi-speaking people of W central India, known for their ability as warriors and their devotion to Hinduism. From their homeland in Maharashtra their chieftains rose to power in the 17th cent.
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 in 1795, and to the British in 1818. A 14th-century Muslim fort is in the city.
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New Delhi [India], Jan 08 ( ANI ): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the four-laned section of Solapur-Tuljapur-Osmanabad of National Highway-211 (New NH-52) to the nation on Wednesday during his visit to Solapur.
The four-laning of Solapur--Osmanabad highway will help improve the connectivity of Solapur, with the important Marathwada region of Maharashtra.