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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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Online petition against Tukaram Mundhes transfer demand gets 20,000 votes in just 2 days

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Nagpur
Even as congress leaders are demanding transfer of NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe, an online petition opposing the same has gotten more than 20,000 votes.
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Even as senior congress leaders in Nagpur are demanding transfer of NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe for his way of handling COVID-19 crisis in the city, an online petition ? People’s Confidence Motion ? opposing this demand has garnered more than 20,000 votes in just two days.

The petition, which is started by an anonymous person, is addressed to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. It mentions Mundhes extraordinary actions to fight the COVID-19 crisis in Nagpur. The petition claims that ?politicians with vested interests are planning to introduce a formal no-confidence motion against an honest and hard-working officer like Mundhe.

Also read: Nagpur: HC grants bail to Tablighi Jamaatis arrested by Gadchiroli police during lockdown

Nation Next had reported yesterday as to how Congress MLA Vikas Thakre and Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Nana Patole are demanding Mundhes transfer. Thakre had gone further to say that Mundhe should be punished.

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Nagpur: Sarathi Trust distributes ration kits to transgenders, HIV affected; urges people to help

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Sneha Shah | Nagpur
Sarathi Trust members distributing ration kits to transgenders

Coronavirus outbreak has left many in the country unemployed and transgenders and people affected by HIV are some of the worst hit people. It is with an intention to help these people that Nagpur NGO Sarathi Trust has so far distributed over 250 ration kits among these people and is trying to secure more donations for the same.

Speaking to Nation Next, Anand Chandrani, Founder, Sarathi Trust, said, Last month, I came across videos of transgender community supplying ration kits to those in need and I thought that they did not need help. But then I started getting calls from some people from transgender community requesting for help since they had exhausted their resources. Vidarbha Taxpayers Association (VTA) helped us out by donating 104 ration kits. Thereafter, we got in touch with National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), who helped us with 109 kits.

Few days back, I got a call from one of my colleagues, who got us in contact with the police department, which was willing to provide 50 kits to those in need. Since, we already had helped transgender community twice, we thought of helping HIV affected people in Nagpur. Next week, we are planning to distribute 100 more ration kits with the help of Humsafar Trust in Mumbai. We have also decided to distribute medical kits, which will include hand sanitizer, handwash, mask, multivitamin tablets, homeopathy tablets, etc., Chandrani added. Chandrani further urged people to come forward to help the LGBT community and HIV affected people in Nagpur.

Speaking about the donation to Sarathi Trust, VTAs Secretary and President of Nagpur Residential Hotels Association, Tejinder Singh Renu told Nation Next: We came to know from some friends in the media that help was reaching to many needy people in the city but the transgender community still needed help. We got in touch with Chandrani, who sent us a list of around 109 names and numbers of people, who required ration kits. We arranged the required ration kits and asked the NGO to collect it from the kirana stores. The kits were distributed in a very responsible manner. Sarathi trust even shared with us the list of people who received the kits.

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Six-seater private jet hired for Rs 9.06 lakh to fly pets from Delhi to Mumbai

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A six-seater private aircraft has been hired by an entreprenuer named Deepika Singh for Rs 9.06 lakh to fly six pets from Delhi to Mumbai in mid-June.
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A six-seater private aircraft has been hired for Rs 9.06 lakh to fly six pets from Delhi to Mumbai in mid-June. The jet has been booked for the pets who were left stranded in the capital because of the travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. The plan has been set in motion by 25-year-old entrepreneur and cyber security researcher Deepika Singh.

As per Singh, she got the idea about flying the pets when she was arranging a jet to fly her relatives from Delhi to Mumbai. Singh told The Print: Some people wanted to travel with their pets but when the others refused, I decided to arrange for another jet.

Singh then approached Accretion Aviation (aggregator for private jets, helicopters and yachts) for a six-seater plane. The jet ride for pets costs Rs 9.06 lakh, with each seat costing 1.60 lakh. As per reports, so far seats have the booked two Shih Tzus, one Golden Retriever and one Lady Pheasant bird. Two more pet passengers are required for the plane ride to be viable.

58-year-old Harvinder Kaur, hailing from Chembur in Mumbai, is one of the people who have booked seats on the jet to fly her dogs with the help of the jet. Her two 14-month-old Shih Tzus named Finishia and Michelle started living with her relatives in Delhi after she had to leave the country capital due to coronavirus outbreak. I do not care about the money. They are like my children. I miss them terribly, Kaur told The Daily.

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