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Nagpur’s industrial fraternity felicitates Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule

Nagpur’s industrial fraternity, on April 7, felicitated Guardian Minister and Minister for Energy, New and Renewable Energy Chandrashekhar Bawankule at VIA Bhavan, Nagpur. The members of different industrial associations of the city were present during the felicitation function organized keeping in mind the policies framed by the government, which benefited industries in Vidarbha region immensely, which are conducive to growth and development of industries and also supported the cause of industries against ban on plastics. 

Bawankule was felicitated by Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), Vidarbha Plastic Industries Association (VPIA), Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC), MIDC Industries Association (MIA), Butibori Manufacturers Association (BMA), Laghu Udyog Bharati (LUB), Vidarbha Disposable and Traders Association (VDTA), Packaged Drinking Water Association (PDWA), Nagpur Hotel Owners Association (NHOA), DICCI (Vidharbha Chapter), Kalmeshwar Industries  MIDC  Association,  Nagpur Wholesale Hosiery and Readymade Garment Merchants Association, Wholesale Cloth Merchants Association,   Lady Entrepreneurs’ Wing (LEW) and Mahila Gruh Udyog.

Speaking to the people present, the Guardian Minister said, When our government came in power, along with CM, my first priority was to develop industries in our region. The immediate solution to boost industrial development was to reduce to cost of power in MIHAN from Rs 12 to Rs 4.5. The decision led to development in MIHAN. The reduced cost of power brought a lot of new investments and defunct industries started operating again thereby generating employment.

Bawankule further added, We knew that reduced power cost is the only thing in this region which could promote industrialization. Working in the same direction, we planned long term renewable energy source though solar and wind with the name – Chief Minister Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana. We have planned to generate 5000 MW of Solar power till 2022 and by 2019 – 2000 MW will be installed. We are confident that the cross subsidy on power tariff will reduce drastically, which is right now Rs 3. This will reduce the power cost in the state. May be after two or three years because of renewable energy policy in the state, we will be surplus with respect to power.

Speaking about the state of farmers in Vidarbha, the minister said, Farmers of Vidarbha are in dilemma and very concerned as we have given relief to the industries in power sector. I appeal all the industrialists to please come forward and help by means of their CSR funds in schemes like Jalyukt Shivar promoted by the CM.  Later, Girdhari Mantri, (Chairman, VIA CSR Forum) gave a presentation on work done by VIA under Jalyut Shivar Scheme.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, who helms the annual Koradi Festival, speaking about the festival said, Government has been helpful in developing Koradi Temple as a tourist destination of Maharashtra and has sanctioned Rs 210 crore for the development of this pilgrimage centre. This will attract tourist from all over and the region economy will get a boost.  A short video clipping about the development of Koradi Temple was also shown.

Ramesh Mantri, Director, The National Federation of Urban Cooperative Banks and Credit Societies Ltd (NAFCUB) also addressed the people present and informed about the difficulties being faced presently and will be faced by industries due to hike in power tariff because of the end of the subsidy in 2019. He suggested the minister to make a long term provision in the budget for minimum 7 years so that the industries can sustain. He also requested to take into confidence the industries while framing any notifications, which effects the industrial sector and ultimately affects the employment like it did recently after a government notification to ban plastics. The notification not only affected the plastic industries but almost 80% of industries of Maharashtra. He urged that the notification should be immediately withheld and proper input by forming a committee of the stakeholders should be considered and a coercive method should be applied to save the environment.

Prashant Mohta (Ex-Vice President, VIA) through a presentation said that energy subsidy given to industries for three years will be coming to an end very soon and that industries should get power subsidy for another 5 years or long term.  He urged that if power subsidy is given, it will bring investment in Vidarbha and Marathwada.   

Pravin Tapadia (Past President, VIA) also informed about difficulties being faced by industries due to state government’s ban on plastics. He further said that sectors such as automobiles and aviation are dependent on plastics and sudden ban on plastics by government badly affected plastic industries. Tapadia informed that in China, there is a ban on paper and plastic is widely used. He stressed upon the need of creating civic sense amongst masses about plastic waste management and said that the 2006 notification regarding ban on less than 50 micron plastic carry bags should be seriously adopted.  

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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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