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Journalists Union condemn attempt to malign Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit

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Banwarilal Purohit (Photo by: Abhishek Thakare)

The Nagpur Union of Working Journalists (NUWJ), Maharashtra Union of Working Journalists and Press Club Nagpur strongly deprecates the deplorable attempt by some vested interests to malign the spotlessly clean image of Shri Banwarilal Purohit, Hon?ble Governor of Tamil Nadu, by hurling baseless, malicious, mischievous and slanderous allegations.

We in Nagpur media, know Shri Purohit, popularly known as ?Babuji, for last several decades as man of principles and impeccable integrity. As diligent public representative, as Managing Editor of The Hitavada (the oldest and largest circulated English daily of Central India since last one century), as able administrator of educational institutions and an affable public personality, Shri Purohit is known for spartan personal life and above-board public life. He is a fatherly figure for most media persons in Central India and he has always stood against corruption, injustice and has openly supported media persons in their fight against any attempt to muzzle their voice of dissent.

We were taken aback by reprehensible attempt to portray him in poor light by completely twisting the narrative and we strongly condemn such an attempt in no uncertain terms. The manner, in which sections of media tried to project the episode at Raj Bhavan, was utterly poor in taste and smacks of sinister design to indulge in a smear campaign against a high constitutional functionary with clean image throughout his public life.

It will not be out of place to state that the newspaper which he led – The Hitavada – employs a large number of women journalists – perhaps largest number of women journalists anywhere in Central India and under his towering personality, all the institutions run by him are considered as law-abiding, rule enforcing and safest possible places for employment.

Against this background, with a sense of pain and anguish, we once again unequivocally condemn the sinister attempt by some sections with an oblique motive to malign the fair image of Shri Purohit.

Here’s the letter below:

Banwarilal Purohit

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Nitin Gadkari graces screening of ‘Me Vasantrao’ at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari graced the special screening of Marathi movie ‘Me Vasantrao’ – a movie based on the life of Hindustani classical singer and violinist Vasantrao Deshpande.

The screening was held at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur on Sunday evening in the presence family members, friends and the cast of the movie.

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Mayor Dayashankari Tiwari kicks off polio drive in Nagpur

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Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, on Sunday, launched Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) door-to-door polio campaign drive. He, along with Deputy Mayor Manisha Dhawade visited Rognidan Centre in Mahal, Nagpur and inaugurated the campaign by giving polio drops to a toddler.
As per NMC officials, ten Zonal Medical Officers and Ten Health inspectors would visit every house in their respective zones, in order to vaccinate children between the ages of zero-five to immune them against polio.
NMC had recognised Sunday as the official day for polio vaccination. Under Polio Ravivar, they plan to vaccinate more than three lakh kids in Nagpur. They also urged Nagpurkars to vaccinate their children at pulse Polio Booths near their homes from 8 am- 5 pm, on Sunday.
NMC Standing Committee Chief, Corporator Vijay Zalke spoke to Nation Next regarding this campaign and said, This year’s polio drive is going to be bigger than last year. We are planning to vaccinate around 3- 3.15 lakh kids. NMC is bearing the cost of infrastructure and execution. The state government provided us with the doses.
He further stated that there were special teams to vaccinate the homeless during night. ?When it comes to the health of Nagpurkars, money is not a factor we should think about, said Zalke when asked about NMC’s current financial crunch.
As per Zalke, vaccination facility would also be available in slums,, factory areas and other outskirts of Nagpur.

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Congress legislator caught watching porn in Karnataka Assembly

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Congress leader Prakash Rathod, on Friday, was caught on camera while allegedly scrolling through few adult content clips in the State Assembly. This turned out to be a huge embarrassment for both, Congress and Rathod as regional channels aired the video, in which he was ?caught in the act.
The MLC member was present in the house during the proceedings of the legislative council. While the house was in session, Rathod was watching adult content on his smartphone.
However, he threw these charges under the bus and said, I was looking for materials for a question I wanted to ask the government in question hour.
?When I was looking for question material, I deleted too many messages as my phone storage was full. What the media has shown or seen, I don’t know. I would never do such things or see such things, he added.
This was not the first time in Karnataka that such an incident had happened. Back in 2012, three Bharatiya Janata Party ministers were caught on camera allegedly watching adult content in the State Assembly. Following the scandal, they resigned from the state government due to public embarrassment.

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