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Chidambaram’s arrest puts a question mark on India’s democracy: Urmila Matondkar

On the occasion of former prime minister late Rajiv Gandhi’s 75th birth anniversary actor turned politician Congress leader Urmila Matondkar arrived in Nagpur to be a part of the event Azadi se Azadi ki or (?????? ?? ?????? ?? ??) as the chief guest. The event, which included numerous dramas and musical performances, depicted the golden pages of Indian history and the contribution of Congress party towards nation building.

Speaking about the event, Urmila in an exclusive interview with Nation Next said, When Narendraji (Jichkar) briefed me about the concept of the event, I was thrilled because I thought it was unique and interesting. More so, it was depicted so beautifully.

Speaking further, Urmila told Nation Next, People ask quite a daring question that what has Congress done in the past 70 years Post independence our country didn’t even manufacture a needle. Today, things have changed and its because Congress developed our nation.

Speaking further with us, Urmila censured the recent arrest of former home and finance minister of India P Chidambaram by the CBI and the grilling of MNS leader Raj Thackeray by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), she said, Chidambarams arrest puts a question mark on India’s democracy.

Below: Watch the same interview of Urmila Matondkar that took place in Nagpur

The motto of the play was to convey the message that not everything that’s on social media can be trusted. It can be misleading. Popular slogans like ?Jai jawan jai kisan? were also raised during the play.

The event was conceptualised, convened and spearheaded by Bahujan Vichar Manch leader Narendra Jichkar. Jichkar told Nation Next, The event was organised so that people at large realise the struggle and efforts put in by all prime ministers of the Congress right from Jawaharlal Nehru to Manmohan Singh. India wasn’t built in a day; it was developed brick by brick by the Congress.

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He added, For all the people, especially the BJP, who say that the Congress didn’t do anything for the country since independence, need to witness the event. The Congress party built the nation post independence.

The event was held at Vasantrao Deshpande Hall in the presence of prominent Congress leaders including Muzaffar Hussain, Sunil Kedar, Anees Ahmed, Kundatai Vijaykar, Praful Gaudadhe Patil to name a few. The play was written and directed by Salim Sheikh.

Below are some pictures of the event:

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

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