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From 8 stents in heart to classy photography skills – all you need to know about Uddhav Thackeray

Uddhav Thackeray along with wife Rashmi

Uddhav Thackeray will take oath as the 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra today evening at Shivaji Park in Mumbai.

Age: 59 years

Birth Date: July 27, 1960

Fathers name: Bal Thackeray

Mother’s name: Mina Thackeray

Siblings: Bindumadhav Thackeray, Jaidev Thackeray

Wife: Rashmi Thackeray

Children: Aaditya and Tejas

Residence: Matoshree, Mumbai

Profession: Editor-in-Chief of Saamana (Marathi newspaper)

Political role: Shiv Sena Chief

The 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra State, Uddhav Thackeray (59) is the current Chief of Shiv Sena. He is the son of Shiv Sena founder, late Balasaheb and Meena Thackeray.

Known to be soft-spoken, Thackeray is the Editor-In-Chief of Saamana, a prominent Marathi newspaper, which was founded by Balasaheb Thackeray.

?Born on 27 July 1960 in Mumbai, Uddhav Thackeray is a graduate from JJ School of Arts and an author. He is also a professional photographer whose work has appeared in various magazines and has been showcased at numerous exhibitions.

Thackeray is set to become the first member of the Thackeray family to occupy the Chief Ministerial post.

Thackeray is the first Shiv Sena member in 20 years to become CM of Maharashtra after Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane.

He has never contested an election previously and has never been a member of the state assembly.

Thackeray’s son Aaditya created history by becoming the first member of the Thackeray family to contest any election. Aaditya had contested the assembly elections from Worli in Mumbai  in 2019.

Aaditya Thackeray (Photo source: facebook)

Uddhav Thackeray was appointed as the working president of Shiv Sena in 2003. The move came as a surprise to many, as his cousin Raj Thackeray was expected to get the post.

Gradually, after fallout between the two, Raj left the Shiv Sena in 2006 to form his own party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

Political career

He was handed over the responsibility of managing the party during 2002 Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections, in which Shiv Sena performed well. It was the first time that anyone saw Thackeray’s leadership qualities and flair for politics.

He then started working with the party more closely, and was declared as the working president of the party in 2003. In 2004, Balasaheb Thackeray announced him as the next party chief.

Personal Life

Thackeray is married to Rashmi Thackeray and has two sons, Aaditya and Tejas. While Aditya is the president of the Yuva Sena and newly elected Member of Legislative Assembly, Tejas is said to be pursuing his studies in the US.

Thackeray in 2016 underwent angiography in a follow-up to the angioplasty, which he had had in 2012, when doctors had put in eight stents to remove the constrictions for multiple blockages in three main arteries in his heart.

Creative aspects

His photo book Maharashtra Desha (2010), that comprises aerial shots, is a glimpse into the cultural fabric, physical beauty and historical perspective of Maharashtra.

Pahava Vitthal (2011) capturing various aspects of rural Maharashtra and the Warkaris during Pandharpur Wari pilgrimage has also been received very well by national and international audiences.

He also exhibited a deeper commitment to larger issues when he raised funds for farmer drought relief and wild life conservation through his photography exhibitions.

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Nagpur News

Dance enthusiasts, friends pay tribute in loving memory of Tiki Peters in Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Dance enthusiasts, friends and students came together and paid a heartfelt tribute in the loving memory of renowned western dance teacher late Benedict Peters fondly called as Tiki Peters. Moreover, the get-together also gave a chance to enthusiasts who wished to express their love for dance. The get together was held at Money Plant Terrace in Laxmi Nagar on March 13.

Hosts – businessman Dhananjay Sakharkar and Deputy Executive Editor at ABP Majha Sarita Kaushik – along with other guests, reminisced some memorable anecdotes of Tiki that lifted spirits of all as they went down the memory lane. 

Fondly remembering Peters, Sarita Kaushik told Nation Next, “Tiki was a dear friend for whom Dhananjay and I arranged this small get-together. He was a gifted teacher who danced like no one else. His moves were fabulous; no body could teach better than him. He had a commendable sense of aesthetics when it came to dance. I’m glad his elder sister and brother are equally talented and will continue Tiki’s legacy of excellence.”

Dhananjay, who had known Peters for nearly four decades, said, “My association Tiki dates back to over 40 years. He taught  us many dance forms including Jive, Salsa, Disco, Ballroom, Waltz, Cha Cha Cha. More than anything else, Tiki was an exceptional human being – with amazing sense of humour! When Tiki passed away, Sarita and I arranged a small party where we served everything that he loved  – veg puff, macarons, cakes, soft drinks and of course music to dance! This was our small gesture for our dear friend who, I’m certain, was smiling from the heavens that evening!”

Tiki Peters, who was brought up in an Anglo-Indian culture – something that was predominant in city’s Mohan Nagar area, passed away in November last year. 

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Never thought I’d get such warmth, love after leaving Congress, says Ghulam Nabi Azad




Radhika Dhawad | Srinagar

Never thought I’d get such warmth, love after leaving Congress, says Ghulam Nabi Azad…

DPAP Chief and ex-Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said he never imagined he would receive such love and warmth after quitting Congress.

Ghulam Nabi Azad addressing public meeting at Banihal

Chairman of Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said he never imagined he would receive such love and warmth after quitting the Congress party. Azad, on Saturday, remarked, “I had never thought that after leaving Congress, the people of Jammu and Kashmir would receive me with this kind of warmth and love.”

Azad said that after quitting the grand old party, more and more people were joining his new party; they have faith in him. He said, “It gives me more responsibilities and challenges to meet the expectations of people. People feel dejected and disappointed with the present governing system.” 

Azad said he aimed to build a better and progressive Jammu Kashmir where the future of youth is secure. He said if his party came to power, he would bring the massive developmental revolution across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Azad also asserted that his politics was based on inclusiveness, development and peace. Speaking at the public meeting in Eidgah at Srinagar, Azad, said that unlike other parties who try to divide people for political benefit, he aimed to develop Jammu and Kashmir inclusively where each person irrespective of religion, caste and creed felt politically and socially empowered.

Azad concluded, “Be it statehood, land or jobs, I will lead my people from the front to secure their rights. My people are my priority. I have come back to Jammu Kashmir only for my people otherwise, I had all the opportunities I could desire ever in my life.” 

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Nagpur News

BREAKING: Gadkari again receives death threat calls from same caller




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
The Public Relations Officer of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari again received two death threat calls  today morning (March 21).

Nitin Gadkari

In a rather shocking incident amid the high security C20 conference in Nagpur, the Public Relations Office of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari again received two death threat calls  today morning (March 21). According to the information received, once again there have been threatening calls received in the name of a criminal named Jayesh Pujari alias Jayesh Kantha.

Employees of the senior BJP leader’s office alerted Nagpur Police and security has been beefed up outside the office in Khamla and the leader’s residence on Wardha Road. However, cops are yet to ascertain whether the call was actually made by the same person who had issued death threats to Gadkari in January. 

On January 14 this year, an unidentified extortionist, claiming to speak on behalf of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, threatened to kill Gadkari in an explosion if he didn’t pay him ₹100 crore.

The caller threatened Gadkari though a phone call on the landline number of his Public Relations Office (PRO) at Khamla in Nagpur (around one kilometre away from his residence) at 11:25 am, 11:32 am, and 12:30 pm.

The employees of the office alerted the police after the threat call, where in the caller also threatened to blow up Gadkari’s office. Nagpur Police immediately beefed up the security outside Gadkari’s office and residence. 

It was later revealed that a notorious gangster named Jayesh Pujari had threatened to kill Gadkari by allegedly making the three threat calls illegally using a cellphone while he was lodged in Belgaum Jail at Karnataka. 

In 2016, Pujari had even escaped after breaking the jail. The gangster, in the past too, had threatened several senior officers and other people in a similar manner. 

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