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Nagpur: 94-year-old Hindu woman, taken care of by Muslim family for 40 years, reunites with loved ones

Nagpur: Panchubai (centre) with her family members, with whom she reunited after 40 years (Photo: TOI)

Nagpur: Panchubai (centre) with her family members, with whom she reunited after 40 years (Photo: TOI)

In what can be called as a story straight out of a film, a 94-year-old woman, who went missing 40 years ago, was recently reunited with her family in Nagpur. The Hindu woman Panchubai, who had gone missing from Maharashtra during 1979-80, was taken care of by a Muslim family as their own for 40 years! 

40 years ago, a truck driver had Panchubai in a clueless and pitiable condition on a road in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh. Israr Khan, the son of the truck driver, told PTI that the woman had been stung by honeybees and could not speak clearly. Israr was an infant when his father had brought the woman to their house. We called her Achchhan Mausi. She was mentally unstable and used to mutter in Marathi, which we could not understand. I sometimes asked her about her family, but she could not tell anything, Israr said.

Israr had even posted about her on Facebook but unfortunately received no response then. She would often talk about a place called Khanjma Nagar. Google search of the place yielded no results. Then on May 4 this year, as we were at home amid lockdown, I again enquired her about her hometown. This time she spoke about a place called Paraspur. We googled it and found that there is a place called Parsapur in Maharashtra, Israr said.

On May 7, Israr contacted a man identified as Abhishek, who runs a shop in Paraspur and informed him about the woman. Abhishek, who reportedly belongs to the Kirar? community, told him that there is a village called Khanjma Nagar near the town. I sent Abhishek the Mausis video, which he shared on a WhatsApp group of the Kirar community. I received a phone call from Abhishek around midnight saying that Mausi had been identified and her relatives were traced, Israr said.

Panchubais video was forwarded to her grandson Prithvi Bhaiyalal Shingane, who lives in Nagpur. Upon learning about Panchubai, the Shingane family was astounded. The family was eager to bring her home but had to wait until the lockdown restrictions were lifted. 

Finally, on June 17, Prithvi took his grandmother, whose full name is Panchfulabai Tejpalsingh Shingane, home. Prithvi said, We are natives of Khanjma Nagar in Achalpur tehsil in Amravati district of Maharashtra, but the family shifted to Nagpur about 5 decades ago. 

In 1979, my father brought my grandmother to Nagpur for treatment of her mental ailment from Khanjma Nagar. The doctors were optimistic about curing her. But one day, she left home in the evening telling neighbours that she was going to her fathers place and disappeared forever. My father searched for her for years but could not find her, Prithvi said.

Unfortunately Panchubais son passed away in 2017. It would have been so much better if I had found her three years ago. At the age of 94, my grandmother is still in good health thanks to the Khan family, who looked after her for such a long period. Prithvi added. 

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller


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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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