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Nagpurians rediscover the beauty of Ambazari Lake at an initiative by Maharashtra Times

Nagpur adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers were seen having a happy time, on Sunday morning, at the unique initiative Ambazari Parikrama? organised by Marathi daily Maharashtra Times. Present at the venue to welcome people was Shripad Aparajit (Resident Editor, Maharashtra Times) along with the staff of the daily and several volunteers.

Speaking to about the initiative to Nation Next, Aparajit said, It’s amazing that right in the heart of Nagpur we have such a huge and beautiful lake. Apart from being extremely beautiful, the lake is home to many different species of birds as well. Our intention was to highlight and sensitise people about the beauty of the area and take people close to nature.”

As part of the initiative, people had to walk the entire Ambazari lake area of around 12 kms, starting from Swami Viveknanda Smarak to Ambazari garden, to complete the parikrama. Around 500 fitness enthusiasts and adventure lovers of all ages gathered near the Smarak at 5 am and at sharp 5:30 am they began walking. On their way, people encountered the irresistible charm of the area, which consisted of the soothing lake, the beautiful trees and flowers, various species of birds and a whiff of fresh air. Apart from walking and exploring the nature, some people along with representatives of Maharashtra Times, also sowed seeds and collected waste plastic during their walk.

After the long walk, people gathered near the garden area, where they were spotted taking foot massages at a stall put up by the Marathi daily. Speaking about the response from people to the initiative, Aparajit said, Around 500 people were present the venue at 5 am in the morning. This is an indication that nature lovers are increasing in the city. That’s why it is all the more important that we realise the value of the beautiful spots we have within our city. Talking about a reaction to the initiative by marriage counsellor, Aparajit added, A marriage counsellor, who took part in our drive, jokingly told me that if a couple approaches him next time with a fight, we will simply tell them to do the parikrama. The moment they feel the beauty of Ambazari, everything will be fine between them!

As all the people had their breakfast together, they gushed over the beauty of Ambazari and vowed to visit the place more often, which brought them close to nature and took them away from the daily hustle of life for a couple of hours.


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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.

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