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Nagpur traders promote Indian products over Chinese products this Diwali

Boards in Nagpur shops urging customers to boycott Chinese products. (Photos by: Ayush Sethiya)

Post the Uri attacks, China backed Pakistan by blocking India’s bid to designate Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar a terrorist at the United Nations. Since then there has been an active protest to boycott Chinese goods in India. Recently, The economic wing of the Sangh Parivar ? Swadeshi Jagran Manch too had called a nationwide boycott of Chinese goods. According to nationwide reports, the calling for boycott has affected the business of Chinese products in the festive season. The effect can be seen in Nagpur as well.

Nagpur vendors (in areas like Sitabuldi, Mahal and Itwari) trading in decoration items, fireworks, lightings, lanterns, electronics items and garments claim that there has been a big decrease in the sales of chinese products this Diwali. If they’re to be believed, the demand for Chinese lights and fireworks has declined by 30% to 40%, and electronic and other items demand has declined by 20% to 30%.

Deepak Chourasia, owner of Sangam Stores, Sitabuldi, who sells decorative items, says, “The sale of Chinese goods has taken a blow this year as many customers are demanding Indian products.” Mohammad Taufiq, owner of Mahalaxmi Phataka Bhandar, Agrasen Square, adds, When it comes to fireworks, in the past, many customers would buy only Chinese fireworks as they are cheaper and creative than the Indian fireworks. But this year, due to the call for boycott, Nagpurians are preferring Indian crackers like ground chakkars, flower pots, parrot bombs, etc.

Interestingly, many of the shopkeepers are themselves promoting Indian products instead of Chinese products. A shop at Bhandara road which sells lanterns has a board with a line, ‘Keep calm and Make In India’. Another roadside shop for Diwali items hung a board by the Swadeshi Jagran Manch urging Indians to boycott Chinese goods.

Echoing this patriotic sentiment, Dinesh Kumar Rahar, Owner of Tirupati Electricals, Sitabuldi says, Chinese items are in the market from a long time. If Indians would have showed this awareness when China was setting up businesses all over India, this problem would have been never there. I think if this anger among people for China continues to exist, Chinese products will be wiped off the market in the coming years and people will start buying Indian items on a regular basis.

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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.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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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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