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Mary Kom knocks out Nagpur Marathon runners with her simplicity and charm

Sunday morning turned out to be special for Nagpurians as Olympic bronze medalist MC Mary Kom came calling to the city for the Maha Metro Nagpur Marathon 2017 organised by Adventures and You in association with Nation Next (as the online media partner), Nagpur Runners Academy, Saraswati Vidyalaya Alumni Association (SVAA) and Indian Medical Association (IMA), Nagpur. Five-time boxing champion and Rajya Sabha MP Mary, who was in the Nagpur for the second time, was accompanied by her husband Karung Onkholer Kom. Also present at the marathon were Brijesh Dixit (Managing Director, Maha Metro), Mitesh Rambhia (Race director), Dr Vaishali Khandait (President, IMA, Nagpur), Rajkumar Tirpude (President, Yugantar Education Society), Dr Anup Marar, Jyoti Amge (World’s smallest living woman) and Mayank Sharma.

The Maha Metro Nagpur Marathon 2017 kick started at 6 am from Tirpude College ground, Civil Lines, Nagpur. Around six thousand runners participated in the marathon, which was categorized into three race categories: 5 km fun run, 10 km endurance run and 21 km half marathon. Apart from Nagpur, there was also good participation from runners across India.

As soon as Mary Kom arrived she was greeted by Nagpurians with a loud cheer and many rushed to click selfies with her. The boxing champion not only obliged her fans with selfies but also gave many autographs. Appreciating the huge participation at the marathon from Nagpurians, Mary said, Running is not only important for athletes but for everybody. It keeps you fit. It’s great that so many of you are here. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a winner or not, it’s important to finish the race to get inspired and to inspire others. Talking about how important it is to inspire each other, Mary jokingly added, My husband was a footballer but he stopped playing. He got inspired by me and started playing again and is now completely fit.

Stressing upon the need of women learning boxing, Mary said, Learning boxing is not just about winning medals. It’s about being fit and being able to defend yourself. When you know boxing you will be confident and won’t need anybody to protect you. Look at me! I don’t take anybody along when I go out. I can easily challenge 10 people for a fight! Mary also thanked her husband for supporting her in her career.

The winners and runners-up of the different race categories were awarded after Marys speech by her and other guests.

Photos by: Thakur Raship Singh

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: CELESTIAL! Unique alignment of Moon and 5 planets

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