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Akshay Kumar visits Nagpur for Khasdar Krida Mahotsav, appeals parents to bring out the ‘Khiladi’ in their kids

Khasdar Krida Mahotsav got a perfect start on Sunday evening (May 6) as Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, who inspires many with his athletic spirit, came calling to Nagpur for the opening ceremony of the festival. Along with Akshay, Sports Minister and Olympic medal winner Rajyvardhan Singh Rathore and well-known Indian Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand also graced the ceremony. The 20-day multi-sport festival, which is the brainchild of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, was inaugurated at Divisional Sports Complex, Mankapur.

Speaking about Akshay, Rathore and Gopichands presence at the event, Gadkari said, The primary intention of Khasdar Krida Mahotsav is to encourage all the local sports players to participate and showcase their skills. We invited Akshay Kumar, Pullela Gopichand and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore because their presence and life stories can inspire city sportspersons to participate in huge numbers in the festival.” Thanking Akshay for his visit, Gadkari informed, “In spite of his hectic schedule, Akshay agreed to attend this ceremony on just one request because this festival is all about sports.”

A Khiladi? in true sense!

Akshay made a dashing entry through a LED wall as the song ?Boss played in the background and thousands of spectators at the jam-packed indoor stadium cheered just at the sight of him. Taking to the stage, Akshay addressed everybody as he said, I feel great when somebody talks about sports. I’m a sportsperson and a stunt man first, then an actor.

Known for his humility, Akshay then said, I don’t know acting but I know sports! Sports is one of the most amazing things. I would request all the parents to support their kids for their ambitions in sports. Motivating the people present, Akshay then said, My father always told me that a person should always know that there’s a champion in him. He then thanked Gadkari for the invitation to the festival and quipped that when Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore stands, he looks like a perfect sports minister!

Call it the love of the fans, Akshay obliged them when they shouted and requested him to sing a song. Akshay, who’s known for his films on patriotism and his efforts towards helping the families of army martyrs, not only sang the Suno Gaur Se Duniya Walo? but also made thousands of fans sing along. The result was an abundant creation of patriotic energy, which was enough to give everybody goose bumps!

Also read: Sachin Tendulkar to be in Nagpur for the concluding ceremony of Khasdar Krida Mahotsav

Sizzling performances

The opening ceremony of the festival also consisted of some amazing cultural and sporting performances. While Nagpur’s music band Jallosh entertained the spectators before Akshays visit, post his visit, spectators were left in an awe of local participants who performed Lezim, Dandpatta, Malkham, Rope Malkham, Yoga, etc. Witnessing these performances, an excited Akshay, who was sitting at the stage, jumped and joined the performers. Students and players representing all 20 games to be played at the festival, then held posters of their respective games and marched in the stadium. The opening ceremony was hosted by RJ Rajan from 94.3 My FM.

Need for a boost to sports

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who conducted the oath taking ceremony for the players present, stressed upon the importance of giving a boost to sports in India. To change India, we need to conduct sporting activities at every school and also introduce the concept of intra college sports events on a large scale. Thanking the people present, Rathore added, It’s great that today, we have Khiladi number 1 (Akshay), Leader number 1 (Gadkari) and Dronacharya of Modern India (Gopichand) with us at this festival in the number 1 city (Nagpur). The enthusiasm you people have shown is tremendous. Ekdum Solid, Jhakkas! Gopichand too spoke about the importance of sports as he said, We focus so much on literacy that we forget to keep our bodies fit. Along with reading and writing, students should be introduced to physical literacy as well.

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: CELESTIAL! Unique alignment of Moon and 5 planets

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