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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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Dharavi redevelopment to have dedicated areas for manufacturing: Devendra Fadnavis




Nation Next Newsroom | Mumbai

Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Dharavi redevelopment will have dedicated areas for manufacturing…

Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said that Dharavi is a great manufacturing cluster, has been kept in mind while planning its redevelopment.

Devendra Fadnavis

The Mah Deputy CM says that Dharavi is a great manufacturing cluster, has been kept in mind while planning its redevelopment.

As Dharavi redevelopment has been announced, doubts were raised on whether this locally evolved entrepreneurial hub will retain its spirit.  In a chat on Sansad TV with Sanjeev Sanyal, Member, PM’s Economic Advisory Council and a writer, on an Economic Sutra episode telecast on Nov 6, the Deputy Chief Minister had made it very clear how he foresees the future of Dharavi and Mumbai.

Saying that his government worked on clearing all the bottlenecks, he adds, “We understood that unless we have a place to rehabilitate people, which is nearby Dharavi, this project will not take off. We found out that there is around 42 acres of land which belongs to the Railways. We approached the Central Government and told them that we’ll free up your land. We’ll buy your land and we’ll give you a share in the profit and we entered into a definitive agreement and now they have handed it over to us.”

“The Dharavi Redevelopment project will be the most unique project ever done. In fact, this redevelopment was visualized by none other than Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 but nothing happened – until 2014 when Modiji came and we started governing Maharashtra. The redevelopment will be no less beautiful than BKC. Dharavi is just not a slum but it’s also a great manufacturing cluster, so what we did was that while planning this scheme we have created areas for this entire manufacturing industry along with planning for the rehabilitation of the people. Right now, this entire manufacturing sector is informal, but after this and over time they will come into the formal sector.”

Watch the full interaction here:

Also, with Mumbai undergoing so many infrastructural changes, questions have been raised about retaining the quintessential character of “aamchi Mumbai,” which apart from being the financial capital of India is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant cities.

Speaking on the land issues, Fadnavis says, “The usable space in Mumbai is very little. It has length, but has limitations on the breadth so taking into consideration all these problems we wanted to design a very robust system for Mumbai for commuters and for vehicles. That’s why the all the new Coastal Road, which will decongest the western side of Mumbai. It will be a ring road type structure along the coast and this Western Expressway carries 60 percent of the Mumbai traffic right, so all that traffic will be mostly accommodated here.”

Commuting in Mumbai is a killer and every day Mumbaikars spend a lot of time on travel. Saying that he wants to reduce travel within Mumbai from anywhere to anywhere to an hour, Fadnavis explains, “Our Metro three is a very unique 40 kilometers of underground Network, which will be the lifeline of Mumbai. It is estimated to carry around 1.7 million passengers per day! All this work will be finished in two or three years and I want that from any place to any place in Mumbai one should reach within less than one hour – that is the planning. We are also trying to integrate the transportation system. Right now, our Suburban Railway is the lifeline of Mumbai. This Suburban Railway carries around 9 million passengers. The new Metro Network which we are creating will be carrying around 7 million or 8 million passengers, almost doubling the current number.”

Adding to this, the Deputy CM says that the 22 kilometers of Sea Bridge that will connect us to the hinterland, “so we have Mumbai, we have new Mumbai and that will be the third Mumbai that will be a land mass which will be bigger than Mumbai with new Mumbai airport. I think the future growth of Mumbai is on that side!”

Also read: Pritish Nandy’s ‘spirit of Dharavi’ tweet sparks off poverty porn debate

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Pritish Nandy’s ‘spirit of Dharavi’ tweet sparks off poverty porn debate




Nation Next Newsroom | Mumbai

Dharavi comments of former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy on Friday, kicked off a storm…

Dharavi comments of former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy on Friday, kicked off a storm.


Is squalor for cameras, money more important than dignified living for the residents…  

Former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy’s Dharavi comments kicked off a storm when he said on Twitter that Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slum, with an estimated population of 1 million, ‘is not actually a slum but a tribute to the great entrepreneurial spirit of the weakest and smallest person fighting for his or her livelihood in Mumbai. It is also a model in collective coexistence in one of the toughest cities in the world, where nothing else matters. Not caste. Not faith. Not where you come from. But trust and togetherness.’

While this may be true, what is equally true is the squalor and subhuman conditions that reign supreme in this slum. Netizens felt that Nandy, by romanticizing poverty in this manner, was only feeding poverty porn and tourism. Nandy clarified that he was seeking to keep the spirit of Dharavi alive by “researching the architectural grammar, the cultural history that builds integrated and interdependent societies like Dharavi that have survived and flourished over decades and make that the base for the new redevelopment plans. Not just look at the future but also build in the past.”

The Maharashtra Government had on November 29, opened the financial bids for Dharavi redevelopment project.  While 3 companies Adani Realty, DLF and Naman Group had submitted bids, the Adani Group clinched the project with a INR 5,069-crore bid. The timeline for the entire redevelopment of Asia’s largest slum, with an estimated population of 1 million, might take close to 17 years, the rehabilitation of slum dwellers should be complete in seven years. 

Also read: Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea on Dec 6; HC says plea should be heard on priority due to his ill health

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Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea on Dec 6; HC says plea should be heard on priority due to his ill health




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai
The Bombay High Court said ex-minister Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea should be heard on priority basis due to the senior leader’s health issues.

Anil Deshmukh

The Bombay High Court said, as per prima facie, 74-year-old former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea should be heard on priority basis due to the senior leader’s health issues. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for the CBI, said that when Deshmukh’s bail plea was moved on medical grounds, then a fresh medical report needed to be called for. 

Singh said, “There is a compilation that has been given now. There are medical papers attached. We need to go through it. Even though this is not a bail application on merit of the case, it is still being circulated under medical issues. He is getting medical treatment as required. Moreover, medical issues are not static. We need a check on what his condition is right now.”

Deshmukh’s advocate Vikram Chaudhari said the senior NCP leader was being treated but has been suffering from several ailments that require constant treatment and care. Chaudhary said, ”He needs to be released. He is a chronic patient.”

Justice MS Karnik said that the court would hear the bail plea on merits. He said, “I am satisfied that we can proceed with the hearing on merits and give it priority. This is my prima facie opinion that priority should be given. One of the medical ailments (that Deshmukh is suffering from) is degenerative.” Deshmukh’s bail plea would now be heard on December 6.

The bench asked Singh whether he was ready to argue on the merits of the case immediately, to which Singh said he would require a week while Chaudhari said that he was ready to argue. However, Justice Karnik said, “We need to give them a fair opportunity.”

Also read: 10 lakh spectators across 50 km; PM Modi makes history with road show for BJP in Ahmedabad

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