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Dark Room Poets celebrates 1st anniversary with music and poetry in Nagpur

Husain Rasheed (middle) performing with others during Dark Room Poets’ 1st anniversary in Nagpur

Nagpur’s poetry community – Dark Room Poets – celebrated its 1st anniversary with music and poetry at ?Best of DRP? in Nagpur. The idea behind this event was to feature the best musicians and poets, who have performed with Dark Room Poets throughout the year.

Those present during the event included: Kuldeep Shiwankar, Rushabh Jain, Shreya Jain, Husain Rasheed, Humaira Ali, a newly formed group of rappers called NARC among others. And it was not just Nagpurians who were present during the event, Rakesh Tiwari flew all the way from Mumbai to be at the event.

During the event, Rasheed along with Varun Dhabe and Ram Wankar left people in tears with their performance of Sonetry (Songs Poetry). The Best of DRP was a complete blend of music, poetry, storytelling and rapping.

Dark Room Poets is a literature based start-up aiming towards building first academic poetry school in India. The team of DRP is now trying to build a community in the city. They have conducted nearly 17 events throughout the year. Husain Rasheed, founder of DRP, also performs an art form called Dastangoi (Urdu Storytelling).

DRP wishes to celebrate the unheard and overshadowed poets emphasising on unrecognised pieces of excellence. This first literature based start-up in Nagpur also has a YouTube channel by the name Dark Room Poets, wherein they feature poems of the poets, who didn’t get the deserved recognition. Along with it, they also provide a platform for the budding poets to showcase their talent.

The Best of DRP witnessed a lot to colours and flavours of literature. Beautiful bookmarks we’re given to each attendee in the end as a souvenir.

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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.

Also read: CELESTIAL! Unique alignment of Moon and 5 planets

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