Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh
Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh, on March 22, once again refuted former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh’s accusations against him. Singh, in the eight-page letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, had claimed that there were talks between Deshmukh and Sachin Waze in mid-February. However, Deshmukh, through a video, said he was undergoing COVID-19 treatment in Nagpur hospital between February 5 and February 15 and stepped out of house only after February 28. He also released a statement, which read:
“The opposition has tried to create confusion among the people of Maharashtra by playing politics even over my illness. Therefore, I must disclose some of the facts.
On February 5th, I had tested positive for COVID-19. From then until February 15, I was admitted to Alexis Hospital in Nagpur. After I was discharged from the hospital on February 15 and was leaving the hospital to go home for quarantine, at the same time, at the gate of Alexis Hospital, I was stopped by reporters who wanted to ask me few questions related to Hon. Lata Mangeshkar ji and Hon. Sachin Tendulkar’s ji tweet issue.
I told them, I had to go home as I needed to be under home quarantine, and I can’t talk to them because I have weakness as well. But they insisted me to sit on a chair and they wanted to ask few questions maintaining a distance of 10-12 feet.
Since they insisted, I sat on a chair near the gate of the hospital and had a short discussion with the reporters, strictly following the COVID-19 preventive measures. Later, I left from there and home quarantined.
Umesh Yadav teases teammate Shubham Gill with epic Tinder billboards in Nagpur
Indian cricketer Umesh Yadav had a ‘field day’ teasing his team member Shubham Gill after Tinder – a popular dating app – showed a photo of a girl with a placard on large billboards in Nagpur that read, “Shubman idhar toh dekh lo” (Shubman, have a look here).” Tinder was quick to capitalise on the joke and turn it into hoardings in Nagpur ahead of India first Test match vs Australia.
Taking to twitter, Yadav wrote, “Poora Nagpur bol raha hai, Shubman Gill ab toh dekh le.”
— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) February 3, 2023
During India’s T20 match in Ahmedabad, a picture of a female fan holding a placard that read ‘Tinder, Shubman se match kara do” (Tinder, match me with Shubman)’ had gone viral.
The Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) would host the opening Test of the four-game Border Gavaskar Trophy from February 9 to 13 at Jamtha in Nagpur.
PM Modi world’s most popular leader: Survey
A US-based firm Morning Consult released a list of world leaders trending on the basis of their approval ratings among 22 nations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the most popular leader in the world with an approval rating of over 75% thus leaving behind US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study
As per the recent survey of Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, the entire month of January (all 31 days) in Nagpur this year saw tremendously high levels of Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2).
The survey that released pictures of the same showed increased levels of SO2 and NO2 not just in Nagpur but in cities including Chandrapur, Gondia and Amravati. Environmental experts have said that the matter was worrying from the point of view of the health of the residents as the pollution index in Nagpur saw an increase in all the three months of winter.
Not just in January this year but 28 out of 30 days in November last year as well as 30 out of 31 days in December last year showed poor air quality. Environmental expert Professor Suresh Chopani said an action plan, to avoid respiratory issues, under National Clean Air Programme would be strictly implemented.