Former President of Cuba and revolutionary icon Fidel Castro passed away on November 26, 2016 at the age of 90. Here are 11 facts you need to know about Fidel Castro – The man who ruled Cuba for more than 50 years!
? Fidel Castro led Cuba for five decades. He was the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba from February 1959 till December 1976 and the 17th President of Cuba from December 1976 till February 2008. This made him the world’s third longest-serving head of state, after Britains Queen Elizabeth and the King of Thailand, who died earlier this year (2016).
? On September 29, 1960, Fidel Castro made a Guinness record for the longest speech ever delivered at the United Nations. The speech was 4 hours and 29 minutes long!
? Fidel Castro claimed that he survived 634 attempts or plots to assassinate him planned by the CIA. These attempts include killing him through poison pills, a toxic cigar, exploding molluscs, and even a chemically tainted diving suit. On his 80th birthday in 2006, he said, “I’m really happy to reach 80. I never expected it, not at least having a neighbour, the greatest power in the world, trying to kill me everyday!
? He outlasted nine US presidents, which include (Dwight Eisenhower, John F Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, George H W Bush, Bill Clinton). He vacated the president’s office officially in 2008 (George Bush was in office till 2009).
? Fidel Castro had a liking for the cuban cigars. He gave up smoking in 1985. After many years, he said this about smoking: “The best thing you can do with this box of cigars is give them to your enemy.”
? Fidel Castro married twice; he however has nine children from five women. His affair with Natalia Clews gave birth to Alina Fernandez who escaped from Cuba disguised as a tourist in 1993 and sought asylum in the US. She has been critical about her father’s policies ever since.
It was Fidel’s brother Raul Castro who had befriended Argentine Marxist Revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara. Fidel liked him and both became good friends over time.
? Fidel Castro often described former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi as his sister and famously gave her a big bear hug when he visited India in March 1983.
? In 2012, Time Magazine named Fidel Castro as one of the 100 most influential personalities of all time.
? Once a formidable public speaker, in the last years of his life Fidel Castro rarely made public appearances. Castro, however, was occasionally seen in public, in videos and in pictures usually meeting important people. He was seen in public twice in 2012 and twice in 2013. He was also seen in public on January 8, 2014.
? Fidel Castro developed close ties with the Soviet Union resulting in the cold war. The United States got offensive because of this and allegedly tried to remove Castro by attempts to assassinate, economic blockade and through the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. Castro replied by forming an alliance with Soviets Union. He allowed the Soviets to place nuclear weapons in Cuba leading to Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Soviets removed the weapons on a condition: Cuba should not be attacked by the US!
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 .
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.
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.