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MIHAN-SEZ Commissioner, trade leaders form Business Advisory Committee, conduct 1st meeting

From left: Dipen Agrawal, Suresh Rathi, Dr V Sraman, Shivkumar Rao, Julfesh Shah and Manohar Bhojwani during BAC’s meeting

The first meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) for MIHAN – Special Economic Zone (SEZ) was held in Nagpur on April 26. BAC was constituted recently with Dr V Sraman (Development Commissioner, MIHAN SEZ)) as Chairman, and Dr Dipen Agrawal (President, Chamber of Association of Maharashtra Industry & Trade), Julfesh Shah (Chairman, Nagpur Chapter of Chamber of Small Industry Associations), Manohar Bhojwani (CEO, Diet Foods International), Shivkumar Rao (President, Vidarbha Economic Development Council) and Suresh Rathi (President, Vidarbha Industries Association), as co-committee members.

During the meeting, Dr Dipen Agrawal suggested that BAC should work on three fronts simultaneously:

1) to reach out to present investors/units and on priority resolve the problems faced by them
2) different regions have different problems hence committee should endeavor to study and propose region specific practical policy modification for MIHAN-SEZ to government and
3) to review the marketing strategy to promote the project so as to attract new investments in MIHAN.

Julfesh Shah informed that the committee members are of the opinion that it is important to attract large companies to MIHAN rather than go after small-scale units. Manohar Bhojwani said that MIHAN is a place that offers world-class infrastructure, and yet manufacturing units shy away from setting up their plants there. Bhojwani opined that this is primarily because of the SEZ policy, which doesn’t make it attractive for units to opt for MIHAN – SEZ. He felt that the committee should make a representation to the central govt., listing out suggestions to make the SEZ a viable choice for industrial development.

Shivkumar Rao mentioned that the SEZ policy being unfriendly to investors is an issue that the central govt. recognizes, and is likely to announce an employment-oriented, industry-friendly policy by the end of Sept 2022, as announced by the finance minister in the budget. He felt that while we may give suggestions to the central govt., it is important for the committee to focus on settling the existing issues for which the most important thing is for the MADC (Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited) to be on board. He felt that without MADC on board, the BAC would function more like a pressure group. Rao further felt that MIHAN was still an attractive location for the services sector, particularly finance, IT, MRO, defense and education.

Suresh Rathi mentioned that while we may wait for the new policy to be announced, we have to simultaneously start working on resolving the difficulties of the existing investors, particularly those who have been allotted space within the SEZ, but have not been able to commence operations for some reason. He also highlighted the efforts that have been put in by VIA to address problems of various unit-holders in which MADC was also invited.

After hearing the views of members, Dr V Sraman highlighted the existing problems in MIHAN and complimented the industry associations and trade bodies on their pro-active approach. He advised members of the BAC to help him and the region to be an attractive destination for industrial investment. He assured to frame terms of reference of the BAC. The meeting concluded with a field visit to the SEZ area.

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Nagpur Youth Congress activists stage protest against Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as MP




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Members of Youth Congress Nagpur…

Members of Nagpur Youth Congress staged protest against former Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as Member of Parliament from Lok Sabha amid ‘Modi surname’ remark. The protest was held at Chhatrapati Square in the city on Saturday morning where members raised slogans hailing Gandhi. 

When we spoke to Secretary, Maharashtra Youth Congress, Abhishek Dhawad, who led the protest, said, “It is an orchestrated attack on the democracy. And, BJP’s attempt to cripple the voice of Opposition by expunging Rahul Gandhiji is a testimony to the fact that the accusations hold weight and thus the BJP government needs to come clean.”

When asked about Gandhi’s accusation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi siding with business tycoon Gautam Adani, Dhawad quipped, “Adani’s meteoric rise couldn’t have happened without the former being hand in glove with the Centre. It’s the biggest scam in the history of mankind!”

Senior Congress leader and former Corporator Praful Gudadhe Patil, Nagpur District Secretary Mangesh Kamone, etc., marked their presence during the protest.  

Gandhi, on Friday, was disqualified as Lok Sabha MP, a day after a Surat Court convicted him in a defamation case regarding Modi surname remark. The notification disqualifying the Wayanad MP was issued hours after Gandhi attended the morning session of Lok Sabha.

Gandhi, in 2019, had remarked, “Why all the thieves, be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi or Narendra Modi have Modi in their names.”

Also read: Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as MP bars him from contesting LS polls for 8 years?

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NIA raids Nagpur man’s residence at 4 am for suspected terror links with Zakir Naik




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
National Investigation Agency – NIA – conducted searches at three locations in Nagpur in its ongoing probe into a case having terror links.

Area in Satranjipura where raids were being conducted

National Investigation Agency – NIA – conducted searches at three locations in Nagpur in its ongoing probe into a case having suspected terror links with Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. The investigation that began at 4 am and concluded at 8 am during the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, was carried out at Satranjipura and Hansapuri areas of the city. 

Acting on a tip off, the officials raided the residences of the accused for allegedly establishing a contact in Pakistan through their mobile phones. 

The NIA interrogated two people – Akhtar Raza Vald Moh and Ahmad Raza Vald Moh – living near Badi Masjid in Satranjeepura for allegedly chatting with a Pakistani person through WhatsApp. 

The NIA team released Abdul after issuing him a notice and confiscating his phone. The NIA team confiscated Abdul’s mobile phone.. Reportedly, a few days back, both the accused had an argument at an Iftar party that was organised at Badi Masjid so the Lakdganj Police had called them for questioning. 

Zakir Naik is an Islamic preacher, founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) who faces multiple charges of money laundering and hate speech in India. Naik, who has been residing in Malaysia since 2017, is accused of instigating Muslim youth and terrorists in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts.

Also read: Dance enthusiasts, friends pay tribute in loving memory of Tiki Peters in Nagpur

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Dance enthusiasts, friends pay tribute in loving memory of Tiki Peters in Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Dance enthusiasts, friends and students came together and paid a heartfelt tribute in the loving memory of renowned western dance teacher late Benedict Peters fondly called as Tiki Peters. Moreover, the get-together also gave a chance to enthusiasts who wished to express their love for dance. The get together was held at Money Plant Terrace in Laxmi Nagar on March 13.

Hosts – businessman Dhananjay Sakharkar and Deputy Executive Editor at ABP Majha Sarita Kaushik – along with other guests, reminisced some memorable anecdotes of Tiki that lifted spirits of all as they went down the memory lane. 

Fondly remembering Peters, Sarita Kaushik told Nation Next, “Tiki was a dear friend for whom Dhananjay and I arranged this small get-together. He was a gifted teacher who danced like no one else. His moves were fabulous; no body could teach better than him. He had a commendable sense of aesthetics when it came to dance. I’m glad his elder sister and brother are equally talented and will continue Tiki’s legacy of excellence.”

Dhananjay, who had known Peters for nearly four decades, said, “My association with Tiki dates back to over 40 years. He taught  us many dance forms including Jive, Salsa, Disco, Ballroom, Waltz, Cha Cha Cha. More than anything else, Tiki was an exceptional human being – with amazing sense of humour! When Tiki passed away, Sarita and I arranged a small party where we served everything that he loved  – veg puff, macarons, cakes, soft drinks and of course music to dance! This was our small gesture for our dear friend who, I’m certain, was smiling from the heavens that evening!”

Tiki Peters, who was brought up in an Anglo-Indian culture – something that was predominant in city’s Mohan Nagar area, passed away in November last year. 

Also read: Inside the famous ₹1.3 crore worth gift bag given to Oscar nominees this year…

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