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Bajrang Dal activists prevent NMC officials from demolishing Hanuman Temple

Bajrang Dal activists blocked traffic near Shewalkar Garden, Mate Square today, as Nagpur Municipal Corporation tried to demolish a small Hanuman Temple following a High Court order to demolish structures on footpaths. The activists also shouted Jai Shree Ram, anti-NMC and anti-government slogans as they demanded answers from Suvarna Dakhane (Assistant Municipal Commissioner, Laxmi Nagar Zone) and ACP Keshav Shengale (Sonegaon Police Station). The activists then gathered together and sung the Hanuman Chalisa.

Speaking exclusively to Nation Next, Raju Shukla, Gau Raksha Pramukh, Nagpur Bajrang Dal, who led the morcha of activists, said, “I got to know in the evening that NMC had demolished two temples in the area and was trying to demolish a Hanuman temple. When I reached the spot, there were many people around but nobody was brave enough to stop the demolition. The fact that a Hanuman Temple was being demolished and that to on a Tuesday, agitated me. I immediately informed my Bajrang Dal colleagues and they reached the spot. We then stopped the demolition of the Hanuman Temple.” Expressing his resentment against the ruling party, Shukla added, “It is unfortunate that temples in Nagpur are being demolished by NMC since the last two years in spite of BJP being in power at the centre, state and the city. We don’t want a government like this, which makes us feel that we live in Pakistan. If anybody tries to demolish any temple in the city again, we will stage a massive protest.” Shukla also claimed that when two years back when he spoke to an NMC official, he was assured that no temple will be demolished in Nagpur. And if it comes to demolishing structures on footpaths, the Meetha Neem Dargah situated 100 meters away from NMC will be demolished first.

When Nation Next spoke to ACP Keshav Shengale of Sonegaon Police Station, he said, “Our bike marshal informed us about Bajrang Dal activists blocking the traffic to protest against the demolition of the temple. We reached the spot and then tried to restore the law and order in the area. Post the incident, a meeting was held between Bajrang Dal activists, NMC officials, BJP party workers and Congress Part workers at the police station. The Bajrang Dal activists were of the opinion that the Lord Hanuman Idol should not have been demolished without informing them. Suvarna Dakhane from NMC then informed that the notice of the demolition was already given two years back and she just acted on the High Court’s order.”

Photos by: Thakur Raship Singh

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Virat Kohli complains of losing his unboxed phone in Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli took to twitter to inform netizens that he had lost his brand new unboxed phone in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Kohli, who is in the city for first test match against Australia on Thursday,  said, “Nothing beats the sad feeling of losing your new phone without even unboxing it  Has anyone seen it?”

Food delivery app Zomato was quick to respond by asking the ace cricketer to ‘feel free to order an ice cream from his wife and actor Anushka Sharma’s phone.’ 

The tweet read, “feel free to order ice cream from bhabhi’s phone if that will help.” However, many users anticipated Kohli’s tweet to be an advertisement for a brand.

Also read: Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai




Radhika Dhawad | Bombuflat
Bombay High Court rejected stay plea filed by CBI paving way for the release of ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Ex-Home Ministe Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday. Deshmukh had sought permission to visit his constituency, which is also his hometown, Nagpur. 

The application was filed by Deshmukh through his lawyer, Inderpal Singh, stating that he is a native of Nagpur with deep family roots in the city apart from being an elected representative of his constituency. 

“The applicant craves a benevolent indulgence of this court to permit him to travel outside Greater Mumbai, including District Nagpur, for a limited duration of about four weeks so as to maintain continuity in his social and family ties and also visit his original and permanent home/constituency,” the plea stated.

The plea further added that “the applicant needs to have due legal consultation with his lawyers in New Delhi for further course of strategy in the present and connected cases.”

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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Interesting facts you didn’t know about Union Budget | Must Read




Radhika Dhawad | Bombuflat


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her fifth straight Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Here are some lesser known facts about Union Budget…

The British government presented India’s first ever Union Budget on April 7, 1860.

The first budget of independent India was presented by country’s first Finance Minister RK Shanmukham Chetty on November 26, 1947.

Even though traditionally, the finance ministers present the budget, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are the only Prime Ministers to have presented the Union Budget instead of Finance Ministers.

Until 1955, the Union Budget was presented in English. However, the Congress government then decided to print the Budget papers in both Hindi and English.

In 2019, Sitharaman became the second woman to table the budget after Indira Gandhi who presented the budget for the year 1970-71.

Earlier, the government tabled the rail budget separately for 92 years but since 2017, the rail budget was merged with the Union Budget.

Until 1999, the government tabled the Union Budget at 5 pm on the last working day of February as per British era practice but 

former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha changed the timing to 11 am. Years after, late Finance Minister Arun Jaitely changed the budget presentation to February 1. 

There’s a customary event called the ‘halwa ceremony’ that is held every year ahead of the Union Budget. It is considered as a gesture of appreciation for all people who have worked on the Union Budget. 

To ensure the secrecy of the budget document, a lock-in process is followed – in which all the officials involved 

in preparing the Budget come out of Parliament’s North Block only after the Finance Minister has presented the budget.

In 2021, Sitharaman became the first to table paperless Union Budget.

Former Prime Minister Moraraji Desai holds the record of presenting 10 budgets as finance minister, which is the maximum so far.

Also read: Not a populist but a fiscal consolidation budget: CAMIT Chief Dr Dipen Agrawal

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