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Experts share insights on logistics, industry, MIHAN and IT at Nagpur Dialogue 2.0

The Nagpur Dialogue 2.0 was organised by Six Senses in association with Nation Next as the media partner at Chitnavis Centre.
Malhar Deshpande in conversation with panelists at The Nagpur Dialogue 2.0 held at Chitnavis Centre in Nagpur.

The Nagpur Dialogue 2.0 organised recently at Chitnavis Centre by Six Senses in association with Nation Next as the media partner, brought forward issues related to undergoing massive transformation in logistic, industry, aerospace-Defence and IT. The experts present during the discussion were Lt Gen. (Rtd) Ravindra Thodge (Chairman of VDHIC, MIHAN), Shailesh Awale (Centre Head and Director of HCL Technologies), Vivek Deshpande, (Director of Spacewood) and Karunakaran Sathianathan (Managing Director of DLI). The opening remarks were made by chartered accountant Shivkumar Rao (mentor of The Nagpur Dialogue and President of VED Council).

Malhar Deshpande, Founder, Six Senses, shared the idea behind The Nagpur Dialogue and elaborated on why he started this initiative. He also moderated the discussion. Speaking to Nation Next, Malhar said, The Nagpur Dialogue aims to kick-start a dialogue, discussion, debate among the citizens, youngsters and all the stake holders. The dialogue is perfect opportunity for enthusiastic and inquisitive youngsters, citizens to understand and discuss the emerging opportunities, potential and possibilities in various sectors. Malhar added, Nagpur is currently neither underdeveloped nor the fastest growing city in India. It is necessary to re-imagine the potential, opportunities and possibilities in the city and come up with doable, feasible action plans.

During the panel discussion Karunakaran Sathianathan said, Nagpur has all the potential of being a logistic hub. But it has not used its potential to the optimum. He elaborated it by giving examples of his own company, which has made the investment of Rs 200 crore and has given direct employment to 200 people & indirect employment to close to 1000 people. We are doing 25 times more today, but still we think we have not realised 95 per cent of its potential. He said, MIHAN was not handled very well. He emphasised the need to rectify, and once again re-focus on MIHAN. Sathianathan also urged the need to complete the eco system required for logistic hub.

Lt Gen (Rtd) Ravindra Thodge elaborated why MIHAN was not taking off and insisted on the change of attitude. Blaming the administration of MIHAN, he said, The administration must behave like a catalyst of development and not just commission agent of real estate. He elaborated it by giving examples of various delegation of foreign countries visiting MIHAN and the way they were dealt by the administration. He underscored the need to change the mindset.

Vivek Deshpande, Director of Spacewood clarified that despite of a humble beginning of Rs 65,000 in the 1994, he has multiplied his business to 500 crore, employing 1,500 people. He said, I don’t remember anything negative happen. A symphony between man, machine, material, logistic have to be maintained for the success of the business. Deshpande scraping all the blames about the work force of city said, All depends on the driver of the company. Make people align to your thoughts.

The programme was anchored by Niketa Sane, RJ with MyFM Radio channel. The vote of thanks was presented by moderated by Bhushan Sahasrabuddhe, Co-founder of Six Senses. Vilas Kale, former President of Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED), Director of Provincial Group, Shreya Nath, Director of Sampark and Anagha Joshi, President of Rotary Club of Nagpur West were prominently present. Nation Next was the Media Partner for the Nagpur Dialogue. The programme was attended by large number of people from various walks of life. The response was overwhelming and lots of people had to go back due to full attendance. The next Nagpur Dialogue would feature prominent leaders, prolific speakers from Travel & tourism, Hospitality and Arts & Culture sectors. The dates would be announced soon.

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India Peace Centre spreads message of peace on World Peace Day through Bicycle Rally




Akshara Rohankar | Nagpur

On 21st September, 2022, on UN International Day of Peace, India Peace Centre hosted its signature annual event, the IPC Bicycle Rally for Peace.

The rally was flagged off by Dr Tejinder Singh Rawal, Director of India Peace Centre, Vikrant Shandilya, founder of Nation Next Media, Harshal Zade, National Rifle Shooter, and Rakesh Tumane, Director (Finance) MOIL. Dr Asir Ebenezer, the Chairman of India Peace Centre sent his best wishes for the success of the rally.

Speaking on the occasion Dr Tejinder Singh Rawal said, “It is heartening to see the overwhelming response to the rally. During the pandemic a large number of people have taken to cycling and are contributing their efforts in saving the environment and precious fossil fuel. He added that India Peace Centre is committed to bringing peace in society and has been celebrating the International Day of Peace with much enthusiasm. Achieving true peace requires the building of societies where all members feel that they can flourish. It involves creating a world in which people are treated equally, regardless of their race. The United Nations theme for 2022 is “End racism. Build peace.”

Mr Vikrant Shandilya lauded the efforts of India Peace Centre in bringing hundreds of youths together and spreading the message of peace through them.

Mr. Rakesh Tumane appreciated the good work being done by India Peace centre. He said “I am a cyclist and ride 25 kms daily, and would like to advise the youth to take cycling as a daily routine.

Mr. Harish Zade spoke about the importance of sports in bringing about peace in society.

The Bicycle Rally for Peace is a brainchild of Dr Rawal, and has been held every year since 2013. After a break of two years, due to Covid, this year the Rally was conceived on a much bigger scale. Online Registrations were opened 10 days in advance to facilitate easy registrations. The people of Nagpur gave a tremendous response to the rally, and registrations were closed after crossing 1050 registrations!

Complimentary T-Shirts, with the message of ‘Live Peace, Love Peace’, and ‘Peace Ambassadors’ were distributed a day earlier, on September 20, in a day long exercise which was efficiently handled by the Volunteers of India Peace Centre.

On the morning of 21st September, cyclists assembled at India Peace Centre at 6:00 AM despite light rains in the city. After some very inspiring words by the guests of honour, the rally was flagged off at 6:30 AM. The route of the rally covered important landmarks in Nagpur, including Japanese Garden, Seminary Hills, Futala Lake, Ravi Nagar, Law College, Sitabuldi, RBI Square and Akashwani Square. The total distance covered by the rally was 14 kms. There was a shorter 12 km route, which skipped Seminary Hills, for amateur cyclists.

The huge participation by the cyclists created a big splash in the city, and the citizens of Nagpur cheered the rally participants all along the route. The participants proudly spread the message of Peace all along the rally route.

The rally stopped for a few minutes near Futala Lake for group photos. The rally took another important stop at the Gandhi statue at Sitabuldi square. Dr Rawal, along with the Core Committee members of India Peace Centre, and the cyclists, offered floral tributes to the Father of the Nation.

The rally made its way through the major intersections of Nagpur, and ended back at India Peace Centre. All the participants were treated with delicious and nutritious refreshments on completing the rally. The refreshments were graciously sponsored by Ms Jigyasa Rawal, who celebrates her birthday on 21st September, refreshments were also sponsored by the Matharu family. Digital e-certificates of participation were given to all participants to recognize their efforts in spreading the message of Peace.

After the rally, cultural programs were organized by the enthusiastic volunteers of India Peace Centre. An interesting skit with the message of Peace and tolerance was performed by RJ Tejal and Rj Preeti. Some very high energy group dances on the theme of patriotism, and a very touching street play on the freedom movement was performed by the NGO, MATRIX warriors.  Rudransh Dance Group presented a Flash Mob dance. A live band by Khushal Bhoyar and his group regaled the cyclists. Jayesh Mude, a 15-year-old flautist, played melodious tunes on his flute. Pranay Dasarwar, a beatboxer, engaged the young crowd with his talent. All these performances held the cyclists spellbound for many hours after the rally. The sound arrangements for the entire event were managed by Thungchanbemo Kikon.

It was probably for the first time in many years, that India Peace Centre saw so many footfalls, and hundreds of people became aware of the wonderful work being done by India Peace Centre towards Inter-Faith harmony, World Peace, Nuclear Disarmament, Ecology, Environment, Demilitarization, Social Justice and Human rights.

All the Core Committee members of India Peace Centre, including Rohit Tokhi, Ashish Ashok Deshpande, Amarjit Singh, Lata Tokhi, Yugal Rayalu, Sonal Hikare, Adv. Laxmi Malewar, Mohammed Rafique, Dr. Charu Baheti, Nimish Sutaria, Saurabh Khobragade, Sneha Rathi and others worked hard to make the event a big success!

This year we also had two young and dynamic interns from Germany, Helge Laatzen and Thula, who not only cycled the full route of the Rally, but were also instrumental in organizing, planning and volunteering for the Bicycle Rally.

The Bicycle Rally for Peace initiative by India Peace Centre was ably supported by Dinesh Dhawane, Kapil Sawaikar, Tejal Dasarwar, Sarvesh Kashilekar, Dr. Suhas Deotale, Kavita Jogi Ghugal, Dr. Nirankush Khubalkar, Bhramanand Petkar, Kshatrap Khewale, Gagan Singh Raina, Varun of Goddess Films, Javed Khan, Savit Walde, Prerana Kotangale, Kavya Raisingh, Soham and many more enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. IP Logistics and Batco Express sponsored some of the T-Shirts. Mr Moreshwar, Sanju, Gautam and the entire staff of India Peace Centre too worked day and night to make the event a big success!

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Kolkata set to welcome Goddess Durga in ‘Vatican City’ themed pandal




Akshara Rohankar | Kolkata

Durga Puja is around the corner and Kolkata is all set to welcome Goddess Durga in a unique way. Every year innovative ideas are employed for creating the Durga Puja pandals. This year too, an exceptionally magnificent theme of the Vatican City is being done by the Sreebhumi Sporting Club, which is known for its innovative ideas each year.

The Durga Puja pandal is themed around St. Peters’ Basilica in Vatican City. It took 100 artisans 30 days to make the pandal. With a width of 54 feet, and a height of 65 feet, the main pandal portrays the Renaissance styled church.    

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the puja on Thursday. However, it is to open for public only from Monday, September 26, after Mahalaya.


Also read: As several trains get cancelled, refund becomes a hassle at Nagpur railway station

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As several trains get cancelled, refund becomes a hassle at Nagpur railway station




Akshara Rohankar | Nagpur

Nagpur railway station was flanked by passengers queuing up for refund of their booked tickets as several trains got cancelled, recently.

Nagpur railway station was flanked by passengers queuing up for refund of their booked tickets as the Central Railway and South East Central Railway have cancelled several trains, recently. Closure of several ticket counters at the east and west side of the station has added to the woes of the passengers.

The paucity of functioning tickets counters at the Nagpur railway station has put travellers in a fix as festivals like Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali and Christmas are around the corner. Even as government encourages people to book tickets online in order to avoid rush, a huge section of people, especially senior citizens, still rely on window ticket bookings.  

Also read: Proud moment for India as Vande Bharat beats Japan’s bullet train by 3 seconds


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