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Bring your own jokes: Nagpurians try their hand at standup comedy for the first time!

The first ever open mic for standup comedy in Nagpur – Bring Your Own Jokes (BYOJ) – in association with Nation Next concluded on a high note at ‘Chaos Theory – The coworking space’ recently. The unique event which was curated by Nagpur based ‘Paperboat Entertainment’ saw 12 Nagpur comedy enthusiasts try their hand at standup comedy for the first time!

Full house!

The show which was free to all was a complete full house. While some people who came early were fortunate enough to find seats, some didn’t mind standing to witness the show! Sukhada Chaudhary (owner of Chaos Theory – The coworking space) along with Ankit Bhuptani (co-founder of Paperboat Entertainment along with Nagpur standup comedian Jitesh Vasani) were seen making sure that everybody fits in and has a good time. And this was again ensured by city performers Darryl Grant and Sneha who churned out western and Bollywood numbers for the people present at the start of the show. When they sung ‘Hero’ by Enrique, some in the audience sang along.

The event was hosted by Jitesh, who has earned quite a reputation in Nagpur as a standup comedian. Jitesh started off the show with his hilarious take on all things Nagpur. He joked about the way people talk in Nagpur, how Nagpurians compare Futala with the Marine Drive and also revealed why he can’t right a joke about Nagpur’s Ram Jhoola quickly!

To laugh or not to laugh

Twelve comedy enthusiasts (10 boys and 2 girls) from Nagpur tried their hand at standup comedy for the first time. These participants belonged to diverse backgrounds and different age-groups. The contestants were Rafiya Fatima, Viddesh Gharpure, Ashutosh Agarwal, Krishna Bhuptani, Rohan Chugh, Sahil Ramteke, Shiva Sharma, Shivam Kalda, Neha Bobde, Yash Chowdhary, Mohammad Zeeshan and Murtuza Vana.

The contestants were given four minutes to make people laugh. At the end of the three and half minutes, they were shown a flash light which meant that they had just 30 seconds left for their performance. While most of these participants were super nervous, many of them did leave an impact on the audience. Even the participants who couldn’t make the audience laugh even a bit were being encouraged by the audience.

During the first half of the show, chartered accountancy student Shiva Sharma left the audience in splits as he explained how during his childhood days peeing was a game! Yash Chowdhary raised his doubts over often used English slangs and gave it a altogether different perspective. City Entrepreneur Mohammad Zeeshan too enthralled the audience as he presented some of the hilarious pickup lines Nagpurians can use. One of these hilarious pickup line was: ‘Hey are you Poonam? Because I want to enter your chambers!’

In the second half, Sahil Ramteke gave an hilarious account of how people make jokes on him because he’s color blind. His joke wherein he told that ‘A friend once gave me a Rubik’s cube for my birthday’ created a laughter riot! As the show wrapped up, contestants were being complimented for their performances and the organisers were being congratulated and that was testimony to the fact that they had excelled in doing what they wanted to do: Promote the standup comedy culture in Nagpur!

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Photos by: Amar Ashok Jajoo

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Rina Sinha becomes Charter President of RMBRCN



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohanned Master Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel  were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

Also read: Jayaswal Neco group celebrate BL Shaw’s 90th Birthday, 50th Founder’s Day in a huge gala event in Nagpur

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller


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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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