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Chipko Movement: Protesting Nagpur youngsters hug trees to be axed by NHAI for Ajni station

Nagpur citizens protesting against NHAI's

Nagpur citizens protesting against felling of Ajni trees for NHAI’s inter-modal station

The Chipko movement originated in Uttar Pradeshs Mandal village in 1973, which was triggered by government’s decision to allot forest land to a sports goods company that had prompted the Union government to amend the Indian Forest Act (1927) and introduce the Forest Conservation Act (1980). 

The movement had caught world-wide attention and is still followed by many NGOs and activists till date, to protect the environment. 

In one such similar case in Nagpur, around 150 Nagpur activists, under the banner of Save Ajni Vann, had gathered at Ajni on Sunday to protest against National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) project of inter-modal station, which would lead to felling of more than 4000 trees of the Ajni Forest.

The protest was followed by Chipko movement, where the activists hugged the trees that were marked to be cut for the project. 

The citizens, during the movement, promised their allegiance towards protection of trees, nature and environment, Kunal Mourya, one of the organizers of the event, told Nation Next. 

Surprisingly while NHAI had been saying only 1950 trees would be cut, the freshly painted numbers went well above 4000. The survey by NMC is still on, as many more trees are being identified and marked to be cut, he said.

Before the Chipko movement took place, the organisers had led the activists for a walk on the narrow lanes of the colony . Later, they all gathered below a 100-year-old tree which nested three spotted owls, a pair of grey hornbills, around four to five Yellow footed green pigeon (state bird of Maharashtra) and over a dozen parakeets all chirping and perching.

The organisers briefed the citizens that the movement was against the proposed cutting of large number of trees and that since the project was multi phased and spread over 490 acres, the main motive behind such a project was acquiring the forest land for commercial purposes.

Organisers explained how alternative areas were not explored and the selection of Ajni for IMS project was a window towards further infrastructure projects like malls, commercial complexes and offices which would destroy the lungs of Nagpur.

We were all aghast to see that huge trees were marked to be cut including the one, which had many bird species residing on it. Day by day, more and more people are visiting the Ajni forest to walk and take in the fresh air. The movement to Save Ajni Vann? is gaining momentum faster than expected.

Now, the authorities will have to listen to the common man, otherwise the uprising of our protests would take mammoth proportions, he added.

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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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RCNV provides sponsorship to 5 children




Nation Next Newsroom | Nagpur


Under the aegis of Diabetes patronage program at AIIMS, Rotary Club of Nagpur Vision – RCNV – members sponsored five children for this financial year by handing over a cheque of ₹1,25,000 to the Director of AIIMS Maj. Gen (Dr ) Vibha Dutta, SM.

This project takes care of all the needs like insulin, glucometer,special diet and other consumables required by the children suffering from the dreaded and debilitating disease type 1 diabetes.

President Shivani interacted with the authorities and incharge of the project Dr Meenakshi and her team. Joint secretary Dr Akshay Daga interacted with the beneficiary children and their parents exhorting the importance of discipline during the treatment.

President elect Ajay, secretary Ritika and Rtn. Arouni Verma were amongst those who were present at AIIMS, nagpur. Dr Sangeeta and Dr Akash conducted the proceedings. The gratitude felt by the parents and their blessings to our team exemplified the importance of this endeavour in shaping the lives of children suffering from type 1 diabetes.

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DPS MIHAN awarded with Excellence Award | Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
DPS MIHAN was awarded with the Literary Leadership Excellence Award for the enthusiastic participation in Nagpur.


Delhi Public School MIHAN was awarded with the Literary Leadership Excellence Award for the enthusiastic participation of its students in the National Young Authors Fair – the World’s largest Book Writing Competition held by BriBooks and powered by Education World.

More than 90 budding writers of the school availed the benefits of the excellent opportunity provided by the AI-assisted BriBooks platform which helped them to hone their storytelling skills .The plethora of creative designs helped the students to work on the illustrations needed for designing their novel. The pleasure of publishing one’s own novel and reaching out to the global readers was a thrilling experience for the budding authors.

The students also got an exposure to sell the books online and earn Author Royalty as a remuneration. The books published by several DPS MIHAN students have achieved milestones and won rewards in the categories of Best Author – Jury Awards for Content and Creativity, Best Selling Author Awards in the State and Global Feature Awards for International recognition.

The jury and guest list comprised of HE Noor Gilon,Ambassador of Israel, Saul Singer – Author of Best Seller ‘ Start -up Nation’ ,Dele Olojede- Pulitzer prize winner and Navyn Salem- Founder & CEO Edesia.

President and Pro-Vice Chairperson Ms.Tulika Kedia and Director Ms.Savita Jaiswal have congratulated the Principal Ms.Nidhi Yadav, staff and students for their sincere efforts to achieve this recognition.

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