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Nagpur youngsters go an extra mile to create awareness to forgo crackers on Diwali

As the city gears up for Diwali celebrations, two Nagpur based NGOs ? Green Vigil Foundation and Constructivity Foundation ? have come up with various awareness campaigns that aim to educate people to celebrate a cracker-free Diwali to ensure minimum pollution.

Members of Green Vigil Foundation at Shankar Nagar, Nagpur (Photo by: Darshan Bagwe)

Kaustav Chatterjee, founder of Green Vigil Foundation, along with his team members at Shankar Nagar square, Nagpur  held placards that read, Patakho ka dhua meri saas rokta hai? (the fireworks pollution stops my breath).  The youngsters showed their sensitive side by bringing forward the plight of animals. They held a placard that read, Thousands of birds, dogs and animals die due to shock and fear during Diwali.   This Diwali, burst your ego, not crackers, appealed the young NGO members. Kaustav said, It’s a two day campaign (from 26 October to 29 October), where we?ll urge people, in few busy areas of the city, for spreading awareness of an eco-friendly Diwali. Diwali is the festival of celebrations, where everybody loves to burn crackers. We must try to make this Diwali an eco-friendly festival, where we don’t harm animals by the noise of the crackers and also control pollution. Just for the sake of our happiness, we should not do something, which creates a lot of health issues for people and animals around us. Some firecrackers have sound as high as 1.25 decibels, which can cause serious damage to people and animals. While we have people who don’t believe in this initiative, we also have many passers-by showing us thumbs up for the same! It doesn’t matter what people think about us but somewhere we know at least few people are getting aware to keep our city a green city!

Shubham Jejani, President at Constructivity Foundation, too initiated a similar campaign with his 150 odd team members on social media. They are urging people to observe a cracker-free Diwali with messages like Don’t be mean, go green.  When Nation Next asked him about his initiative, Shubham said, We are just trying to make the youngsters aware of the repercussions of polluting our environment. Everybodys educated; everybody knows that bursting crackers is going to lead to several environmental issues. Also, it harms animals. We can’t avoid vehicles, (which cause pollution) but we can certainly avoid burning crackers. Though we came across a guy on Facebook, who expressed his displeasure over our initiative by saying that people these days can’t even celebrate festivities peacefully, we still got a huge support from everybody. Shubham, who has been spearheading this initiative since four years now, says, Also, we should be sensitive towards animals. I own a dog so I know how petrified they get!

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

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