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Mohan Bhagwat, Banwarilal Purohit pay tributes to late Pramukh Swami Maharaj at RSS headquarters, Nagpur

A tribute ceremony was held at Smruti Bhavan, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters in Reshimbagh, Nagpur in remembrance of the late spiritual guru and president of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Pramukh Swami Maharaj who passed away on Aug 13, 2016 at Sarangpur, Gujarat due to heart problems. RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and Governor of Assam Banwarilal Purohit were also present at the ceremony which was well attended by many saints of the sanstha, RSS members and prominent personalities of Nagpur.

The guru who was revered by millions over the world was instrumental in creating more than 1000 temples worldwide which also includes the Swaminarayan Akshardham temples at Gandhinagar (Gujarat) and New Delhi. A video, shown at the ceremony, of people paying tributes and sharing their experiences with the late guru included Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Chairman of Reliance group Anil Ambani, Chief Minister of New Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani, Congress politicians Shaktisinh Gohil and Ahmed Patel, Industrialist and founder of Nirma Group Karsanbhai Patel among many others.

Mohan Bhagwat in his 30-minute long speech spoke about his meetings with the late guru over the years and described him as a guru who was a visionary, an inspiration, possessed a positive aura, had the same love for everybody and was somebody who was capable of bringing peace to a person instantly. Bhagwat said, Pramukh Swami Maharaj was like the sun who gave light to everybody. He not only did the good work himself with all humility but also inspired others to do the same. Taking him as an inspiration, when a temple was being built in London, many Hindu kids in London joined the cause and would donate their earnings for the construction of the temple.

Photos by: Darshan Bagwe and Amar Ashok Jajoo

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Online petition against Tukaram Mundhes transfer demand gets 20,000 votes in just 2 days

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Nagpur
Even as congress leaders are demanding transfer of NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe, an online petition opposing the same has gotten more than 20,000 votes.
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Even as senior congress leaders in Nagpur are demanding transfer of NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe for his way of handling COVID-19 crisis in the city, an online petition ? People’s Confidence Motion ? opposing this demand has garnered more than 20,000 votes in just two days.

The petition, which is started by an anonymous person, is addressed to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. It mentions Mundhes extraordinary actions to fight the COVID-19 crisis in Nagpur. The petition claims that ?politicians with vested interests are planning to introduce a formal no-confidence motion against an honest and hard-working officer like Mundhe.

Also read: Nagpur: HC grants bail to Tablighi Jamaatis arrested by Gadchiroli police during lockdown

Nation Next had reported yesterday as to how Congress MLA Vikas Thakre and Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Nana Patole are demanding Mundhes transfer. Thakre had gone further to say that Mundhe should be punished.

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Nagpur: Sarathi Trust distributes ration kits to transgenders, HIV affected; urges people to help

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Sneha Shah | Nagpur
Sarathi Trust members distributing ration kits to transgenders

Coronavirus outbreak has left many in the country unemployed and transgenders and people affected by HIV are some of the worst hit people. It is with an intention to help these people that Nagpur NGO Sarathi Trust has so far distributed over 250 ration kits among these people and is trying to secure more donations for the same.

Speaking to Nation Next, Anand Chandrani, Founder, Sarathi Trust, said, Last month, I came across videos of transgender community supplying ration kits to those in need and I thought that they did not need help. But then I started getting calls from some people from transgender community requesting for help since they had exhausted their resources. Vidarbha Taxpayers Association (VTA) helped us out by donating 104 ration kits. Thereafter, we got in touch with National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), who helped us with 109 kits.

Few days back, I got a call from one of my colleagues, who got us in contact with the police department, which was willing to provide 50 kits to those in need. Since, we already had helped transgender community twice, we thought of helping HIV affected people in Nagpur. Next week, we are planning to distribute 100 more ration kits with the help of Humsafar Trust in Mumbai. We have also decided to distribute medical kits, which will include hand sanitizer, handwash, mask, multivitamin tablets, homeopathy tablets, etc., Chandrani added. Chandrani further urged people to come forward to help the LGBT community and HIV affected people in Nagpur.

Speaking about the donation to Sarathi Trust, VTAs Secretary and President of Nagpur Residential Hotels Association, Tejinder Singh Renu told Nation Next: We came to know from some friends in the media that help was reaching to many needy people in the city but the transgender community still needed help. We got in touch with Chandrani, who sent us a list of around 109 names and numbers of people, who required ration kits. We arranged the required ration kits and asked the NGO to collect it from the kirana stores. The kits were distributed in a very responsible manner. Sarathi trust even shared with us the list of people who received the kits.

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Six-seater private jet hired for Rs 9.06 lakh to fly pets from Delhi to Mumbai

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A six-seater private aircraft has been hired by an entreprenuer named Deepika Singh for Rs 9.06 lakh to fly six pets from Delhi to Mumbai in mid-June.
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A six-seater private aircraft has been hired for Rs 9.06 lakh to fly six pets from Delhi to Mumbai in mid-June. The jet has been booked for the pets who were left stranded in the capital because of the travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. The plan has been set in motion by 25-year-old entrepreneur and cyber security researcher Deepika Singh.

As per Singh, she got the idea about flying the pets when she was arranging a jet to fly her relatives from Delhi to Mumbai. Singh told The Print: Some people wanted to travel with their pets but when the others refused, I decided to arrange for another jet.

Singh then approached Accretion Aviation (aggregator for private jets, helicopters and yachts) for a six-seater plane. The jet ride for pets costs Rs 9.06 lakh, with each seat costing 1.60 lakh. As per reports, so far seats have the booked two Shih Tzus, one Golden Retriever and one Lady Pheasant bird. Two more pet passengers are required for the plane ride to be viable.

58-year-old Harvinder Kaur, hailing from Chembur in Mumbai, is one of the people who have booked seats on the jet to fly her dogs with the help of the jet. Her two 14-month-old Shih Tzus named Finishia and Michelle started living with her relatives in Delhi after she had to leave the country capital due to coronavirus outbreak. I do not care about the money. They are like my children. I miss them terribly, Kaur told The Daily.

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