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From a three-year-old kid who loved cricket to being the Indian Test captain; Virat Kohli’s career in a nutshell!

Happy 28th Birthday Virat Kohli: As the cricketer celebrates his 28th birthday today, Nation Next gives you a glimpse of his fantastic career in 28 points!

As Virat Kohli celebrates his 28th birthday today, Nation Next gives you a glimpse of his fantastic career in 28 points!

? Born on November 5, 1988 in New Delhi, Virat Kohli, as a three-year-old was very passionate about cricket and would swing the bat and ask his father, Prem Kohli to bowl. His family recognised his passion for cricket and when he was nine-years-old, he was enrolled at the West Delhi Cricket Academy.

? Virat’s first big break came when played for the Delhi under-15 team in the Polly Umrigar trophy wherein he ended up being the leading run-scorer in the tournament. He then played for the Delhi under-17 team in the Vijay Merchant Trophy in late 2004. With him in the team, Delhi under-17 squad won the Vijay Merchant trophy in 2005 as Virat finished as the highest run-scorer once again.

? Virat made his first class debut for the Delhi team in November 2006. The now famous story about how a young Virat lost his father and still came to bat for his team the other day against Team Karnataka took place in December 2006. Virat scored 90 in that match.

? Virat Kohli was the captain of the Indian cricket team in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2008 held in Malaysia. Kohli led the team to the world cup win as he finished as the tournament’s third highest run-scorer. After the world cup, Virat was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore to play for the Indian Premier League (IPL).

? Virat made his one day international debut against Sri Lanka on August 18, 2008 at the age of 19!  Though he was dismissed at 12 in his first match, he made a comeback and made his first half century in the fourth match to lead Team India to a win. His first ODI century came again against Sri Lanka in 2009 when he made 107 runs at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

? Kohli made his test debut on June 20, 2011 Vs West Indies. His made his first century against Australia in Adelaide, Oval when he made 116 in the first innings of the fourth test match. It was the only century by an Indian in the four match test series.

? Virat replaced Yuvraj Singh (who suffered from an injury) in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy. In the match against West Indies, Kohli scored 79 and won his first man of the match award.

? In January 2010, he scored his second century against Bangladesh, in the process, becoming the only third Indian to score two-centuries before their 22nd birthday!

? In mid 2010, Virat was made the vice captain of the Indian cricket team for the tri-series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe. Though India lost the series, Virat made two fifties and in the process became the fastest Indian batsman to reach 1000 runs in ODIs.

? Virat is also the fastest Indian to reach 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 runs in ODIs in January 2013, November 2013 and November 2014 respectively. He became the fastest in world to reach 7,000 run in January 2016.

? In June 2010, Virat made his T20 debut against Zimbabwe. Virat is the fastest batsman in the world to reach 1000 runs in T20’s, a feat he achieved in October 2015.

? In the five match ODI series against South Africa in January 2011, Virat was the leading run-scorer, scoring 193 runs. During the series, he was rated as Number 2 batsman in the world according to ICC rankings for ODI.

? Post the series with South Africa, Virat was included in the 15-man squad for ICC World Cup 2011. Kohli made his fifth century in his first world cup match against Bangladesh becoming the first Indian to score a century on world cup debut. India won the 2011 world cup after 28 long years!

? In the 2011-2012, Commonwealth Bank triangular series against hosts Australia and Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka gave India a target of 321. India was struggling at 86/3 when Virat came to bat in. He made 133 not out in 86 balls to lead India to a comfortable win. Former cricketer Dean Jones called this knock ‘one of the greatest ODI knocks of all time!’

? In Asia Cup 2012, Kohli was named as the vice-captain for the squad. He was in brilliant form in the tournament and finished as the leading run-scorer with 357 runs at a staggering average of 119! It’s in this series that Virat he scored his best in ODIs – 183 runs off 148 balls – to help Team India chase the mammoth total of 330 runs. With this knock Kohli became the highest individual scorer against Pakistan in ODIs surpassing Brian Lara’s previous record of 156 runs.

? During Australia’s tour of India in 2013-2014 where the Australians played seven ODIs with India, Kohli was pretty successful with the bat. During this series, Virat became the fastest batsman in the world to score 17 hundreds in ODIs and became the top batsman as per the ICC rankings!

? When Indian Team toured South Africa in December 2013 for two ODIs and three tests, in his first ever test in South Africa, he scored 119 and 96 in 1st and second innings respectively becoming the first batsman from the subcontinent since 1998 to score a hundred in South Africa.

? During the ICC World Twenty20 in 2014, Kohli was named as the vice-captain. Virat made 77 off 58 balls against Sri Lanka taking the team to a total of 130/4. Even though Team India lost the match, Virat won the Man of the tournament award as he made 319 runs at an average of 106 setting up a record of most runs by an individual batsman in a single World Twenty20 tournament.

? In 2015, Virat Kohli gained the number one spot for T20 international batsmen as per the ICC rankings as he scored 66 off 41 balls against England.

? During the Sri Lankan tour of India in 2014-2015, Virat captained the Indian side for a complete ODI series for a second time. Kohli led India to a series win and it was the second whitewash under his captaincy. He was also awarded the player of the series of award as he scored 329 runs.

? Virat was awarded the Cricketer of the year award by ICC (International Cricket Council) for being the highest run-scorer for India in ODIs for three consecutive years – 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2014, he became the second player in the world after former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly to score more than 1,000 runs in ODIs for four consecutive years.

? Virat took reigns of Indian test captaincy for the first time in December 2014 when India toured Australia for the Border-Gavaskar trophy. In the first innings of the first test, he scored a 115 becoming the fourth Indian to score a hundred on test cricket. He scored a 141 in the second innings becoming the fourth Indian player to score centuries in both the innings of a test match!

After Dhoni announced his retirement during this series (after being the captain for the second and third test), Kohli captained the team again in the fourth test. Kohli scored 147 in the first innings becoming the first batsman in test cricket history to score three hundreds as a captain! Kohli made 692 runs in the series, the most runs by any Indian batsman in a test series in Australia.

? In October 2016, he smashed his second double ton (he had made his first double ton against West Indies in 2010) against New Zealand as he made his career best 211 in test cricket.

? In 2011, Virat was the only player retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL and made the vice-captain. Kohli was the second leading run-scorer of the season making 557 runs with a strike rate of 121! Royal Challengers finished as runner-ups for the season.

? Kohli was appointed as the captain of Royal Challengers for the 2013 season. The team could not win the season but Kohli was successful with the bat as he scored 634 runs with a strike rate of 138 finishing as the third highest run-scorer for the season.

? In IPL 2016, Kohli scored 973 runs at an average of 81.08! With this,  he won the Orange cap and became the man with the most runs in an IPL season. Royal Challengers were runners-up for the tournament.

? In 2012, Virat was adjudged the ICC ODI player of the year. He was also adjudged as the BCCI’s international cricketer of the award for 2011-12 and 2014-15 season. In 2013, he was conferred upon with the Arjuna Award by the Government of India.

As of November 2016, Kohli has made 7,570 and 3,554 in ODIs and test cricket respectively. He has 13 centuries and 12 half centuries to his credit in test cricket and 26 centuries and 38 half centuries in ODIs. And given the fact that he turned just 28 today and there’s still a lot of years left in him for cricket, it seems that Virat Kohli will break a lot of records in the coming years, will make India shine many times (possibly help lift the next World Cup) and will leave behind a great legacy when he retires!

Happy Birthday Virat! Thank you for all the amazing moments you have given us. Wish you loads of love and abundant success!

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Rushikesh Lohit reigns as numero uno in Rapid Championship; Shaunak Badole tops Nagpur Blitz Championship




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Rushikesh Lohit won the Nagpur District Rapid Championship while Shaunak Badole won the Nagpur District Blitz Chess Championship.

Rushikesh Lohit won the Nagpur District Rapid Championship while Shaunak Badole won the Nagpur District Blitz Chess Championship held at Vivekanand Hall, Shraddha House, Kingsway, Near Kasturchand Park in Nagpur.

The championship was organised  by Chess Association Nagpur in association with Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation and G.H.Raisoni Sports and Cultural Foundation. Muktanand Pendsey finished second in the both Rapid and Blitz Championship. Rushikesh Lohit and Muktanand Pendsey will represent Nagpur in the Rapid Championship and Shaunak and Muktanand will represent Nagpur District in the Maharashtra State Blitz Championship.

Mangesh Kashikar, Secretary, Nagpur District Badminton Association and Vice President of Maharashtra Badminton Association was the Chief Guest who distributed the prizes. Bhushan Shriwas, Secretary, CAN and Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation, SS.Soman, Working President, CAN and Amrish Joshi, Chief Arbiter were present on the occasion.

The Top two finishers of Rapid and Blitz Championship were awarded Trophies whereas the players finishing from 3rd to 10th place were awarded Medals in both the championship. In addition to the main prizes, age group prizes were also distributed to top two finishers in each group.

The championship was conducted by Chief Arbiter Amrish Joshi assisted by SNA Swati Kumbhalkar, SNA Amit Tembhurne, Shyam Agrawal, Prayas Amabde and Prathamesh Machave.

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Wine connoisseurs come together at Wine and Food Festival 2022 in Nagpur




Avani Arya | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Wine connoisseurs came together at Wine and Food Festival 2022 in Nagpur, which took place on December 3 and 4. This was the ninth edition. It was hosted by Nagpur Wine Club, and was held at Bhagwati Lawn. The festival was open to all, where people enjoyed wine tasting and lip-smacking food by The Breakfast Story, Nagpur. Nation Next brings you some exclusive photos from the event.

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‘Maharashtra government responsive towards issues of traders,’ assures Eknath Shinde




Nation Next Newsroom | Nagpur
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said Maharashtra government was responsive towards issues of traders.

L to R: Eknath Shinde and Dipen Agrawal

At the outset Dr Dipen Agrawal, President of Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) welcomed Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde with a floral bouquet in prominent presence of Krupal Tumane MP, Ramtek and submitted memorandums highlighting harassment of traders by Local Body Tax department across the state under the garb of LBT Assessment. He also appraised about the issue of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) and he further brought to the notice of CM about the exorbitant hike in rent by Corporations & their coercive action on traders.

Dr Agrawal on behalf of traders of Maharashtra expressed his gratitude towards Eknath Shinde about Local Body Tax being abolished (LBT with effect from August 2015. Though LBT was abolished in 2015 but the ghost of LBT is haunting traders now and then, department in routine are passing ex-party (best judgement) orders raising inflated and fictitious tax demands and using them to justify continuance of LBT Department. Records from LBT Appellate Authority will evidence the correctness of this statement. He also informed that LBT Department in various Corporation indulged in issuing back dated assessment orders for previous financial years. He appealed to CM that the issue requires his urgent attention, intervention and directions for closure of LBT Department in all Municipal Corporations with immediate effect to ensure ease of doing business in the state and save traders from unnecessary harassment.

Eknath Shinde acknowledged that he is aware of the issue. He assured to discuss the issue in cabinet and ensure that the issue is addressed on priority basis.

Dr Dipen Agrawal informed CM, that since last few years Municipal Corporations across the state stopped renewing lease/license of property leased/licensed by them. In 2019 the state government came up with Maharashtra Municipal Corporations (Renewal of Lease or Transfer of Immovable Property) Rules, 2019. These Rules were strongly opposed by trade associations. However, after its implementation the litigation between the lessee/tenants and Corporations went to court added Dr Agrawal. 

After great persuasion by the then LOP, you as minister for UDD agreed to the demand to put the notification dated 13/09/2019 in abeyance and review the exorbitant annual rent at 8% property value and fix the annual rent acceptable to all stakeholders. 

After the issue was raised on the floor of the house, the State government stayed the operation of notification dated 13/09/2019 and constituted a committee of government officers to review and fix fresh rent. When we approached few members of the committee to submit our suggestions’ we learnt that the committee is of opinion that the notification in question does not apply to the Licensee holder. 

Hence, in the background of above facts and circumstances Agrawal requested CM, to intervene and have the pending notification issued and fix the rent at 0.5% of Ready Reckoner value for residential & 1% for commercial lease holder Galedharaks . He further requested to notify similar rules and frame a single policy for the Licensee Galedharaks across the state and in cases where shop/otta is licensed by Corporation the annual rent be fixed at the rate of 2% of value as per ready reckoner and as the lease/license fee will be calculated on ready reckoner the clause of periodic increase dose not survive also the lease / license should be transferable and transfer fee to be charged equal to one month rent/fee for transfer within blood relation and equal to three months’ rent/fee for transfer outside blood relation and the agreed new lease rent/license fee to be made applicable prospectively and not retrospectively.

Eknath Shinde said that the issue is under active consideration and assured to look into the matter and discuss with Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.

Dr. Dipen Agrawal further informed Eknath Shinde that the first notification declared 5 Km area touching outer limits of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) as Nagpur Metro Region issued in 1995 which was thereafter increased time to time to present limit of 25 Km from boundary of NMC. In 2010 Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) was entrusted with responsibility of Special Planning Authority for Nagpur Metro Region the limits. In 2012 NIT passed resolution for preparing development plan for Metro Region and published Draft Development Plan (2012-2032) calling objection and suggestions, in the year 2015. In 2017 Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) was established. In 2018 Final Development Plan (2012-2032) for Nagpur Metro Region was sanctioned and notified. NMRDA action is based on following three main reasons:- 

1) Side margins are not as per 2012-2032 DCR; Dr. Agrawal highlighted that majority of units i.e., 59% were established before the 2012-NIT resolution and 85% were established before the first publication of 2015-Draft Development Plan (2012-2032), and pointed out that it is unjust on part of NMRDA to expect these units to maintain the margins prescribed in DCR (2012-32).

2) Building plan/ Non-agriculture use is not sanctioned by competent authority; Dr. Agrawal pointed out that under MRTP Act the power to change use of land is can be delegated to Thasildar and powers to authorise development to Gram Panchayat concerned. Invoking these powers Thasildar was approving and sanctioning NA Permissions and Gram Panchayat was sanctioning Building Plans. The units in good faith have taken these permissions from them and further submitted to other Government agencies.

3) Land earmarked for purpose other than industrial/commercial; MRTP Act provides for survey and preparing ‘existing-land-use’ map by Planning Authority after its declaration of intention of preparing a Development Plan. It is surprising to note that the area of many units established prior to declaration of intention of preparing Development Plan is not classified under industrial/commercial zone.

Dr. Dipen Agrawal humbly requested CM to grant an Amnesty Scheme for regularization wherein interest & penalty would be waived and also direct the authorities to notify that the MSME units established prior to 06/01/2018 (the date on which the DCR 2012-2032 for Nagpur Metropolitan Region was notified) should be saved from the provisions of the said DCR.

Eknath Shinde said that the government is sized with issue and assured to resolve the matter in the best interest of all stakeholders.

Dr. Dipen Agrawal, President-CAMIT on behalf of business community of the state expressed his gratitude towards Eknath Shinde, Chief Minister, Krupal Tumane, Member of Parliament, Ramtek for being sensitive towards the issues of trade & industry of the state.

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