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Miss LAD contest gets bigger, bolder and more beautiful in 2018

Miss LAD personality contest has set a huge benchmark for Nagpur college events at the start of 2018. With its bigger, bolder and more beautiful avatar, the students of Lady Amritbai Daga College (LAD) put their best foot forward with élan to showcase their talent during the contest. Payal Chanchlani bagged the title of Miss LAD 2017-18. The contest, which usually takes place in December every year, was organised on January 18 this year, on Shankar Nagar campus, as a part of LAD College’s first ever intercollegiate fest ‘AURA.’ Payal, who got the loudest cheers from the jam-packed auditorium after she clinched the top spot, is a final year hotel management and catering technology student from Seminary Hills campus of the college.

While Mariya Melani (a final year arts student from Shankar Nagar campus) won the first runner-up title, Simran Chelwani (a final year interior designing student from Seminary Hills campus) bagged the third spot as the second runner up. The Principal of LAD College Dr Deepali Kotwal, along with Associate Professor and Coordinator PG Textile and Fashion Lady Amritbai Daga and Smt RP College of Home Science and H.Sc Technology (Seminary Hills) Dr Harsha Jharia and other faculties, adorned the winners with the crowns and sashes.

The defining moment for Miss LAD 2018 Payal Chanchlani was when she answered the same question that was also asked to former Miss World and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra at the Miss World pageant in 2000. Dr Manish Shukla, one of the judges, asked Payal, Why do we seek knowledge despite ignorance being a bliss Payal took the audience by surprise with her reply that was quite high on intellect. If we weren’t knowledgeable, we wouldn’t even understand the meaning of ignorance,” she answered.

Miss LAD contest – a platform given to final year LAD students to showcase their talents – is a quintessential example of a personality contest that focuses on brains over beauty in a true sense. When Nation Next – the media partner of Miss LAD 2018 – spoke to Dr Harsha Jharia ahead of the event, she said, Miss LAD has never been about looks. It’s a personality contest, where the students are judged on the basis of their intelligence, smartness and grit. Unlike the conventional beauty pageants, height and weight are never the criteria for Miss LADs. This is how all the other beauty pageants should also be judged. I’m glad that we, at LAD College, focus on the all-round development of the students and try to bring the best out of them.

The 22 contestants, for almost two months, went through a rigorous grooming session for the contest, where they were trained under the guidance of experts like Mrs Maharashtra 2016 first runner up Swati Banerjee, who took various sessions on communication skills and gave valuable tips to the contestants. While Dr Shishir Palsapure undertook a session on confidence building, Sonal Trivedi Malkhan trained the students for ramp walk, answering out of the box questions and how the contestants should introduce themselves confidently. Dr Meenakshi Kulkarni guided the students on SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunities and threat) analysis, grooming, etiquettes, manners and body language.

LAD College students Vishakha Chawla and Rashi Wadhwani managed the photography of the contest well, as they beautifully captured the special moments of the event in their lenses. While Aasiya Menon, Amattullah Daud, Shreejata Shridhar and Neha Nanwani anchored the entire show, Sanziree Ashirgade and Kaavya Jain were the music directors of the contest. The participants also performed Zumba on the most happening Bollywood songs.

The judges panel of the contest comprised eminent personalities from different fields like Editor-In-Chief of Nation Next Vikrant Shandilya, MD and MSc Psychologist and Psychotherapist Dr Shishir Palsapure, General Manager at BSNL in Nagpur Dr Manish Shukla, Entrepreneur Sneha Dhobley, Mrs India 2nd runner up and Interior Designer Ekta Bhaiya and Entrepreneur Deepali Mishra.

Vikrant Shandilya, who has been on the judges’ panel of Miss LAD for past three years, said, Miss LAD contest has always been the big thing? on the education map of Nagpur as it scientifically caters to overall development of the students. It’s so enchanting to see the contests quality graph moving upward consistently. Kudos to LADians for making the contest bigger, bolder and more beautiful! It’s always an enriching feeling to judge the Miss LAD contest.

The event constituted of four rounds. The first round was introduction round, where the contestants introduced themselves. In the second round, the top 15 contestants took out a question slip each, from a bowl, read out the question to the audience and then spontaneously answered the same. On the basis of the witty answers given by the contestants to these out of the box questions in the second round, the contestants were shortlisted for the top 10 positions. Then, in the third round, the contestants, besides participating in the ‘umbrella dance? and ?evening gown’ ramp walk, answered the questions posed to them by the judges.

Top five contestants were then selected, out of which, the top three were finally announced at the end. However, apart from the top three contestants, the other titleholders were:

Ms Beautiful Hair – Sakshi Jaiswal

Ms Talented – Pooja Gole

Ms Photogenic – Harshita Chiniwalar

Ms Beautiful Skin – Nausheen Fatima

Ms Beautiful Smile – Vedika Sarda

Ms Perfect Ten– Shirin Sheikh

Here’s the list of 22 contestants who competed at the Miss LAD contest 2018:

  •      Nausheen Fatima
  •      Mehernaz Mavalwala
  •      Payal Bahal
  •      Vedika Sarda
  •      Tannya Arora
  •      Sakshi Jaiswal
  •      Charvy Savadia
  •      Archita Jhawar
  •      Pooja Tiwari
  •      Anushree Patil
  •      Simran Chelwani
  •      Khushyali Singh
  •      Shwetanjali Singh
  •      Bhakti Rawtal
  •      Mariya Melani
  •      Simran Chawla
  •      Payal Chanchlani
  •      Harshitha Chiniwalar
  •      Pranali Parathe
  •      Shirin Sheikh
  •      Pooja Gole
  •      Gunjan Tilwani

With Nation Next as the media partner and 94.3 My FM as the radio partner, the sponsors of Miss LAD personality contest were Prakash opticals, RevAyur cosmetics, Avon Cosmetics & Jewellery, Color Bar and Lakme salon for Makeup and hairstyle. The crowns for the winner and the titleholders were sponsored by now and wow.

The painstaking efforts put in by Program Director cum choreographer of the show Dr Harsha Jharia, ensured the mega success of the contest.

Read more: Meet 22 brainy beauties battling it out for Miss LAD personality contest tomorrow

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Nagpur doctor speaks on ‘Development of Homeopathic Method in Modern Medicine’ at Russia




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
Homeopath doctor Dr Kavita Chandak recently was invited as a keynote speaker to the 33rd Scientific and practical conference at Russia.

Dr Kavita Chandak

Homeopath doctor Dr Kavita Chandak, who has two Golden Book Of World Records for treating kidney disorders and success in a case of mucormycosis in her name, recently was invited as a keynote speaker to the 33rd Scientific and practical conference ‘Development of the Homeopathic Method in Modern Medicine’ held at  RUDN University at Moscow in Russia.

Dr Chandak delivered two keynote sessions on the topics:
She further discussed the modern trends in homeopathy. Dr Chandak is an  international trainer and speaker who specialises in autism, psychiatric and behavioural disorders, kidney diseases and cancer.  She authored eight books and 294 health articles and recently delivered a series of international seminars in various cities of Gujarat with a Greek homeopath Dr Constantine Tsitinides where they both presented the cases of unusual pathology treated with homeopathy.
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Anil Deshmukh seeks court permission to visit hometown Nagpur, Delhi




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai
Former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh approached a Special Court seeking permission to visit his hometown Nagpur and Delhi.

Anil Deshmukh

Former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh approached a Special Court on Thursday seeking permission to visit his hometown Nagpur and Delhi. The Bombay High Court, while granting Deshmukh bail, had put a condition that the latter should not leave Mumbai without the trial court’s permission.

The senior NCP leader, who’s out on bail in an alleged money laundering case, was arrested by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in November, 2021 and later by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in April 2022.

Deshmukh, who filed two separate pleas before the trial court through his advocate Inderpal Singh, said he was a native of Nagpur and has deep family roots there, apart from being the elected representative of an Assembly constituency in Nagpur district. In his plea, Deshmukh stated that he also needed to visit New Delhi to meet his lawyers. 

Special judge RN Rokade sought a response from the ED and CBI and adjourned the matter to February 6.

Also read: Not a populist but a fiscal consolidation budget: CAMIT Chief Dr Dipen Agrawal

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Not a populist but a fiscal consolidation budget: CAMIT Chief Dr Dipen Agrawal




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Dr Dipen Agrawal

Dr Dipen Agrawal, President – Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra (CAMIT) reacting to the budget 2023 said that “Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman has presented a vision document for India at 100”. In her speech she envisaged various new concepts and proposal to take forward India on its growth journey. She has attempted to provide something for everyone. Outlining the vision of central governments for technology-driven and knowledge-based economy with strong public finances and a robust financial sector, she said that this will be achieved by Jan Bhagidari and Sabka Saath Sabka Prayas.

Dr Agrawal said, the continuation of PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) for one more year; formation of large producer enterprises to support about 81 lakh women self-help groups; recognizing traditional artisans and craftspeople as Vishwakarma and conceptualizing new package scheme to improve the quality, scale and reach of their products; exploring untapped potential in tourism on mission mode will enable youth in fulfilling their aspirations and provide necessary imputes for growth and job creation.

It is to be seen how government works on the seven priorities ‘Saptarishi’ 1) Inclusive Development 2) Reaching the Last Mile 3) Infrastructure and Investment 4) Unleashing the Potential 5) Green Growth 6) Youth Power 7) Financial Sector identified as guiding factor, added Dr Dipen Agrawal.

The announcement regarding establishment of Digital Public Infrastructure for agriculture to provide farmer-centric solutions on host of farming related activities, massive decentralised storage capacity and government facilitated multipurpose cooperative societies, primary fishery societies and dairy cooperative societies in uncovered panchayats and villages will give boost to rural economy. Similarly establishing new nursing colleges in co-location to medical colleges established since 2014 will improve per-capita nursing staff in the country. While government is considering to introduce teachers’ training through various programs, the government should at the same time ensure that government education institutions are not under staffed. 

Dr Dipen Agrawal welcomed the announcement of PAN being made common identifier for business entities; Unified Filing Process is proposed to be set-up to avoid duplication of compliance; National Financial Information Registry to be set-up as the central repository of financial and ancillary information; the Vivad se Vishwash scheme introduced to settle MSME contractual obligations said that these steps will have long lasting positive effect to improve business sentiments.

The announcement to ensure timely payment is made to MSME, government has linked the deduction under Income Tax Act for payments to actual payment to MSMEs. However, the deduction will be allowed on accrual basis only if it is within time mandated under MSMED Act, i.e. 45 days. In its endeavor to give relief to MSME government has inadvertently created compliance hurdle for other side i.e. large scale industries, this step will have large scale tax implication for them, added Dr Agrawal.

Now days there is nothing much expected from FM on indirect tax but people eagerly wait for announcement on direct tax front. FM has disappointed common man by announcing meager increase (Rs 50000) in basic exemption limit. However, FM has given substantial relief to middle-class individuals by increasing rebate limit from 5.00 lakhs to 7.00 lakhs. Similarly high net-worth individuals will be benefited by reduction in highest surcharge limit from 37% to 25%.

Overall, I see this budget as intelligent budget that focuses on key areas of infrastructure, employment while keeping fiscal deficit on track and on scale of 10, I give 7 points for 2023 Budget.

Also read: 12-yr-old Nagpur boy dies after trying to imitate a deadly YouTube video

Also watch: Lesser know facts about India’s Union Budget

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