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City businessmen meet NMC Commissioner Radhakrishnan B, request co-operation to overcome COVID-19 crisis

From right to left: Radhakrishnan B, Dipen Agrawal, Sanjay K Agrawal and Dinesh Sarda

From right to left: Radhakrishnan B, Dipen Agrawal, Sanjay K Agrawal and Dinesh Sarda

A delegation of Chamber of Association of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) led by the bodys President Dipen Agrawal met the newly-appointed Nagpur Municipal Corporation Commissioner Radhakrishnan B and welcomed him on behalf of business community of Nagpur.

Dipen Agrawal, welcoming the relaxation announced on September 1 in working hours till 9 pm and exemption from odd-even opening of certain shops said that operations of about 50% shops in market places still remain under restriction. He further said that odd-even opening of shops for non-essential goods was introduced during later part of lockdown period to have calibrated opening of economic activities in the country. 

After announcing Mission Begin Again, Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI and State government has time and again reiterated that there should not be any restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of goods and requested to permit normal working (while following the COVID-19 protocols) in markets and market places by completely withdrawing the condition of odd-even opening of shops.

Dinesh Sarda, Past President of the Wholesale Cloth and Yarn Merchants Association informing Radhakrishnan B about the highhandedness of LBT department said that the department in total disregard to earlier directions of the then municipal commissioners are issuing best judgment orders without giving antim sandhi? notice (last chance notice). Appellate authority is not accepting appeals challenging these orders against payment of Rs 5,000 towards penalty, if charged, as decided earlier. Sarda also informed that department contrary to time limit prescribed under LBT Rules 2010 and specific directions of state government are making backdated orders. Sarda requested Radhakrishnan B to intervene and direct the authorities below to give last chance to dealer/assessee before making best judgment order and further to accept/receive appeals challenging these orders against payment of Rs 5,000 as decided earlier. 

Dhiraj Maloo drew Radhakrishnan Bs attention on the pending dispute between NMC and its tenants. He informed that almost all tenants of NMC have filed cases in the court of law against unilateral increase of rent by corporation, which in some cases is more than 1000 times. He also informed that the tenants being responsible citizens of the city and acknowledging that corporation should get the rightful dues, initiated discussions with the corporation through their federation. 

The deliberations were on the verge of conclusion, however due to COVID-19 lockdown, the talks could not reach to a conclusive end. Maloo added that this issue is haunting almost all corporations in the state and requested to take lead and make Nagpur Municipal Corporation the first corporation to amicably resolve the issue, to unlock at least three years pending rent.

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Sanjay K Agrawal, Vice President (Nagpur) CAMIT, informing Radhakrishnan B about the recent trade license order issued by corporation said that the order is ultra-vires to the provisions of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949 (MMC Act). The said order tends to control every business, commercial and professional activities undertaken within the territorial jurisdiction of Nagpur Municipal Corporation, whereas the provision authorises corporation to regulate certain specified goods and operations as listed in Chapter XVIII of Annexure-D of the Act. He further said that the order was issued circumventing the provisions incorporated in the MMC Act in relation to make, add, alter or rescind the rules, regulations and bye-laws to this effect and requested commissioner to recall the order dated July 27.

Dipen Agrawal, concluding the submissions said that to raise additional funds for corporation to meet the contingencies arising due to present pandemic, NMC should form a committee having representation of administrative officers, elected public representatives, trade and commerce professionals to explore ways and means to enhance corporation revenue without burdening the citizens. 

Dipen Agrawal proposed that the committee identify potential corporation assets and monetise the same on Public Private Partnership (PPP) module, to generate regular income for the corporation; find early resolution to the impasse between corporation and tenants on unilateral rent increase, to unlock three years pending rent and to address the issues of developers who are waiting for approval of building plans and other applications to raise substantial amount for corporation.

NMC Commissioner Radhakrishnan B patiently heard the submissions and appreciated the concern shown to enhance corporation’s revenue without burdening the citizens. He informed the delegation that his first priority is to save human life and contain spread of COVID-19 in city, however, he is in favour to further opening markets and if specific inputs are provided in this regard, he is open to consider the same. He also assured to have detailed discussion shortly to address the issues raised.

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



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 Mohammed 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 and Amitabh Sinha 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 .

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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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