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Hislop College’s intercollegiate event – Athena Fest – gets a fantastic start!

With abundance of knowledge in literature, excellent command over singing and superb acting skills, Nagpur students gave a perfect start to Hislop College’s three-day intercollegiate event – Athena Fest 2016-17 which has been organised in association with Nation Next as the media partner. The fest which is organised by college’s body ‘The Athenaeum’ saw 120 participants from 30 Nagpur colleges and schools participating on the first day. The fest was formally inaugurated by Dipti Christian (Principal, Hislop College), Sanjay Arora (Advertising professional and chief guest), Lovely Menachery (Convenor), and Supantha Bhattacharyya (Co-convenor) by lighting the lamp.

Dipti Christian, while addressing the students appreciated The Athenaeum team for organising the 14th Athena Fest so efficiently. She then elaborated upon how Athena Fest will help in scouting and fine tuning raw talent, brushing literature skills and give confidence to students while public speaking. She also motivated students to not only show interest in dancing and singing but to also participate in all competitions just to test their knowledge and skills. By the end of her motivational speech, Christian appealed students to not just depend on books to gain knowledge as there is a big world outside to explore. She also stressed upon the importance of the habit of reading which helps in improving language and vocabulary.

Alumni of Hislop College, Sanjay Arora, who was also the Chief Guest on the first day of Athena Fest 2016-17 poured his heart out while addressing the students. He confessed that every time he gets a chance to visit Hislop college, he just can’t deny or miss the opportunity as it gives him peace and a chance to relive his college days again. He told students to not give up when there’s failure and to work even harder to overcome the failure and achieve the desired goals. He made an interesting point when he pointed out that parental guidance can never be of any harm but every individual should be able to take some independent decisions.

Word Power!

The first competition – Word Buster – tested the vocabulary of the participants. In this game, students were asked to form a group of two and were provided with worksheets to answer simple English phrases with a word or two in 15 minutes. Almost 20 groups from different colleges and schools participated in this game wherein only four groups made it to the semi finals. The final round was conducted between students of Hislop College and Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, wherein Sara Siddique and Vaishnav Venkatachalom represented Hislop college and Vishwaroop Khanorkar and Ketki Charde represented LIT college. Eventually, after a vigorous brainstorming, Ketki and Vishwaroop won the the final round bringing laurels to their college.

Singing away to glory

Next up was a fun singing (solo and duet) competition which saw participation from 12 solo participants and five duet groups. The theme for the competition was kept as – ‘Golden Bollywood Songs of 90s’. Participants were allotted five minutes each for singing and they were judged on their singing skills, stage presence and scales of highs and lows by Vrinda Joglekar, Rajesh Samarth and Annie Joseph. While all the performers were being enjoyed by the audience, Naivedya Joshi, a student from Tirpude College, gave them a reason to enjoy more when he delivered a power packed performance on the famous Bollywood hit number Khaikee pan banaras wala. The solo singing competition was won by Ketki Jagdal (Hislop College), Stuti Patil (Dada Ramchand Bakhru Sindhu Mahavidyalaya) and third position was shared by Prerna Soni and Nikhil Ramteke (Tirpude Institute Of Management Education). The duet singing competition was won by Ketki Jagdal and Debabrata Chakraborty from Hislop College and the second place was bagged by Sumit Pinto and Rajashree Agarkar from Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering (YCCE).

Guess the character

The last and final competition at the day one of Athena Fest was Lit. Masters. In this competition, participants had to act a personality they envied and even dress like them. After a 5-minute performance, the audience had to guess the character the participants had chosen to act after which they were questioned by the judges. Lit. Masters was judged by Supantha Bhattacharyya and Satish Thengdi on the basis of character chosen, performance and entertainment. Around 20 students participated in the last segment of the competition wherein they brought characters like Ebenezer Scrooge, Marcus Brutus and Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt, 2 states), Aurangzeb, etc., to the stage. Eventually the competition was won by Aashish Maske, Abhijeet Chore (both from Hislop college), Shweta Umre (Institute of Forensic Science)  and Gauri Sontakke (Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University).

Team effort

The day one of Athena Fest 2016-17 ended on a high note and everybody was all praises for the Athenaeum team consisting of Irshad Pathan (President), Abhijit Chore and Benhur Masih (Vice Presidents), Roshan Gede (Secretary), Harshal Deshpande and Tamanna Dave (Joint Secretaries), Yasmin Chimthanwala (Treasurer), Harshal Thakare (Sponsorship-In-Charge) and executive members  ? Ritika Sen, Kavisha Kakade, Aniket Jhadhav, Vincy Abraham, Aishwarya Lakhe and Abhishek Yadav.

Pictures by: Suyash Sethiya

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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 .

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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.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller


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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.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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