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Centre awards Nagpur ₹1 crore cash prize under Cycle4India Challenge


Under India Cycles for Change Challenge, the Central government, on Wednesday, awarded Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Ltd (NSSCD) with ₹1 crore for encouraging Nagpurians to ride bicycles and developing infrastructure for cycling.
Union Minister and MP from Nagpur Nitin Gadkari, tweeted about this and congratulated citizens and administration for the same.
He wrote, Government of India has felicitated 11 cities under Cycle for Change campaign. Both, Nagpur and Pimpri-Chinchwad will be given ₹1 crore for developing infrastructure for cycling.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation, in a press note, mentioned that around 15,000 citizens were surveyed regarding the development of infrastructure and facilities for cycling. Also, a dedicated 18-km cycling lane was built.
Many events and activities were conducted by NMC and NSSCD jointly to promote the use of cycle among citizens. Cycle rallies, marathons were conducted to involve Nagpurians in Smart City Development projects, the press note added.
For Nagpur, Dr Parag Armal headed the Cycle for Change campaign. As per Dr Pranita Umredkar, who heads Smart Citys Environment department, 10 cycles were donated by Fun Planet to the campaign.
Many organisations financially helped the campaign through CSR funds. We are thankful to those, who helped us achieve our goals, said Umredkar.

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Politicians, businessmen shower blessings on Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s son Sanket at his wedding reception

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Photographer : Anurag Raut | Nagpur

Renowned politicians, businessmen and other prominent Nagpurians showered their blessings on MLC Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s son Sanket Bawankule and his wife Anushka during the couple’s wedding reception made held at the Mahalaxmi temple premises in Nagpur’s Koradi on May 29.

Those who attended the reception included: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Maharashtra minister Balasaheb Thorat, former Union Minister Praful Patel, former Maharashtra CMs Devendra Fadnavis and Prithviraj Chavan, Rishi Darda (Joint Managing Director, Lokmat), Suresh Sharma (MD, Baidhyanath, Sunil Raisoni (Chairmain, Raisoni Group), along with several other prominent people.

The couple got married on May 28 in Pune. The wedding was attended by the likes of Gautam Adani, Baba Ramdev, Raj Thackeray and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

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Armaan Malik regales, Kapil Dev inspires Nagpurians at Khasdar Krida Mahotsav

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Legendary Indian cricketer Kapil Dev and popular singer Armaan Malik came calling to Nagpur on May 28 to attend the closing ceremony of the season 4 of Khasdar Krida Mahotsav held at Yashwant Stadium. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis were prominently present during the ceremony, which was attended by thousands of citizens.

During the ceremony, while Malik entertained the people present with his popular songs, Dev played cricket with Fadnavis and Gadkari on the stage. Gadkari, who is the man behind the sports festival, was seen enjoying the batting while Dev bowled to him. During his speech, Dev spoke as to why a sportsperson should play for the passion they have for the game and not play just for money.

The 13-day Khasdar Krida Mahotsav, which started on May 13, saw 45,000 sportspersons participating in 30 sports events. In all, around Rs 93 lakh was distributed as prize money during the 13-day sports festival.

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Sunil Kedar kicks off 10-day Late Dr Shrikant Jichkar Memorial Cricket Tournament in Nagpur

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Sunil Kedar, Minister of Sports and Welfare, Maharashtra inaugurated the 10-day Late Shrikant Jichkar Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Bishop Cotton School ground in Nagpur on May 27. The tennis ball tournament called the ‘CPL,’ which is powered by Nation Next, is being organized in association with Swasthyam Multispecialty Hospital by Core Media & Events. Other partners include 93.5 Red FM, Shree Balaji Xerox and Signages and Vyankeshwara Infrastructure.

In the tournament, more than 60 teams will compete against each other to win the Late Amol Jichkar Challenger Trophy. The tournament will be organized by till June 5 and will take place every day from 5 pm to 10 pm. Apart from Kedar, prominently present during the inauguration of Late Shrikant Jichkar Memorial Cricket Tournament were Congress leader Narendra Jichkar, former Maharashtra minister Satish Chaturvedi, former MP Gev Avari, former MLA Ashok Dhawad, Sanjay Dubey (Secretary, MPCC), Shrimant Mane (Executive Editor, Lokmat), along with others.

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