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Nagpur’s business community conducts ‘Sarkar Jagao’ protest march to demand lifting of lockdown restrictions
Nagpur businessmen during the ‘Sarkar Jagao’ protest march at Samvidhan Square in Nagpur
Sarkar Jagao Vanijya Bachao Sangharsh Samiti (SJVBSS), a group led by various business organisations of Nagpur, conducted the ‘Sarkar Jagao’ protest march on July 26 to demand lifting of lockdown restrictions. The intention behind the match was to ‘awaken the government and administration’ (Sarkar Jagao) to ‘preserve the entrepreneurship’ (Vanijya Bachao).
Businessmen conducted the march from Samvidhan Square to offices of Nagpur Collector Vimala R and Nagpur Municipal Corporation Commissioner Radhakrishnan B. Before the protest, Dipen Agrawal, the convenor of SJVBSS, garlanded the statue of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar near Samvidhan square. in presence of prominent businessmen of the city.
After the peaceful protest at Samvidhan Square, protestors peacefully moved on foot to the office of NMC Commissioner. A small delegation consisting of Dipen Agrawal, Co-convener Dilip Kamdar, Secretary Tejinder Singh Renu, Micky Arora and Sachin Puniyani then submitted a memorandum of demand to the NMC Commissioner. MLA Krishna Khopde and MLC Pravin Datke were also present during the meeting with Radhakrishnan B.
Thereafter, the delegation went to Nagpur District Collector Vimala R’s office and submitted the memorandum with a demand to restore relaxations in Nagpur Rural as per applicable level under state government’s order dated June 4. Vishnu Pacheriwala and Tarun Nirban too joined the delegation.
Dipen Agrawal said: “The delegation upraised both the authorities with the existential crises faced by entrepreneurs in engaged in bars, restaurants, food joints, hotels, mangal karyalays, tent house, caterers, coaching classes, malls, resorts, etc.
Nagpur businessmen during the ‘Sarkar Jagao’ protest march at Samvidhan Square in Nagpur
It was also conveyed to the NMC Commissioner without mincing words that the suppressed anguish of traders has busted today, which is the reason that businessman in large numbers have come on the streets and participated in protest rally.”
The delegation requested the authorities to convey the resentment of traders to government with a word of caution that if relaxation is not given then situation could go out of hand. Both Vimala R and Radhakrishnan B informed the delegation that the proposal by businessmen will be sent to the government.
Agrawal added: “Businessmen don’t have ‘kuber ka khazana!’ They need to earn to maintain their establishment, family and staff. They need to earn to pay bank loans, taxes and duties. If businessmen are not permitted to work during normal times, how can they be expected to prepare themselves to sustain the anticipated 3rd wave of virus”
Dilip Kamdar said, ‘We are being backstabbed’ is the general feeling brewing among the business community of the district. It is unjust on part of government/administration to frame policies in violation of well-established principle of ?equality before law? and ?equal protection before law? enriched in Constitution of India.
Tejinder Singh Renu said: “Home delivery food companies like Swiggy/Zomato are permitted to earn windfall profits by charging hefty service charge to consumers while bars, restaurants and food joints are prohibited form offering dining-in facility during their peak business hours. Similarly, e-commerce is permitted to operate on a regular basis, while shops are required to shut by 4 pm.The present direction is seen by business community as a deliberate attempt on part of administration to promote e-commerce and to kill the small and marginal entrepreneurs.”
Dipen Agrawal submitting a memorandum of demands to NMC Commissioner Radhakrishnan B
Agrawal and Renu have appealed affected businessmen to participate in large numbers in the car and bike protest rally on July 27. The car and bike rally is scheduled to start at 1.00 pm from Hislop College and will at Variety square. The rally will pass through Law College Square, Coffee House Square, Shankar Nagar Square, Jhansi Rani Square, Panchsheel Square, Mehadia Square, Great Nag Road, Mokshdham Square, Baidyanath Square, Jagnade Square, Gangabai Ghat Square, Telephone Exchange Square, Agrasen Square, Mayo Hospital Square, Ram Jhula, Railway Station Flyover, Manas Square, Morris College T Point before concluding at Variety square.
The Sarkar Jagao Protest March was led from front by coordinator of protest march Amrish Puniyani, office bearers of SVJBSS, Members of Association of Coaching Institutes (ACI), Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT), Consumer Products Distributers Association (CPDA), Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Vidarbha (NVCC), Nagpur Chamber of Commerce Limited (NCCL), Nagpur Custom House Agents Association (NCHAA), Nagpur Eatery Owners’ Association (NEOA), Nagpur Hotel Owners Association (NHOA), Nagpur Mangal Karyalay Lawn Association (NMKLA), Nagpur Photographers & Drone Association (NPDA), Nagpur Residential Hotels Association (NRHA), Nagpur Shipping Lines Agents Association (NSLAA), Nagpur Tent House Association (NTHA), Nagpur Zillah Restaurant Permit-Room Association (NZRPA), Steel & Hardware Chamber of Vidarbha (SHCV), TAAI ? Nagpur, Travels Association of Nagpur (TAN), Vidarbha Amusement & Water Parks Association (VAWA), Vidarbha Backstage Association (VBA), Vidarbha Computer & Media Dealer’s Welfare Association (VCMDWA), Vidarbha Generator Owners Association (VGOA), Vidarbha LED Association (VLA), Vidarbha Light Owners Association (VLOA), Vidarbha Pen & Stationers Association (VPSA) and Vidarbha Wine Merchants Association (VWMA) participated in large numbers.
Prominently present at the march were Rajesh Lakhotia, Adv Sanjay K Agrawal, Vinay Dharmadhikari, Lalit Gandhi, Dinesh Naidu, Prashant Ugemughe, Inderjeet Singh Baweja, Bhawani Shankar Dave, Vijay Talmale, Rajeev Jaiswal, Sanjay Kale, Ashish Deshmukh, Uday Dhomne, Sunil Bhatia, Vishnu Pacheriwala, Tarun Nirban, Arjundas Ahuja, Goldy Bindra, Sanju Jhans, Abhinav Thakur, Deepak Deosinghani, Pratap Dewani, Deepak Khurana, Sachin Inkane, Sunil Raut, Darshan Pande, Angad Arora, Mandeep Singh Padam, Amit HarinderBembi, Prakash Trivedi, Vinod Trivedi, Hemant Trivedi, Tarun Motwani, Vijay Jaiswal, Rana Singh Bhamra, Gogi Bhasin, Sharad Agrawal, Brijesh Khemka, Rajesh Agrawal, Prof. Rajnikant Bondre, Prof. Suraj Iyer, Prof. Panini Telang, Prof. Virag Mitkary and others.
NIA raids Nagpur man’s residence at 4 am for suspected terror links with Zakir Naik
National Investigation Agency – NIA – conducted searches at three locations in Nagpur in its ongoing probe into a case having suspected terror links with Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. The investigation that began at 4 am and concluded at 8 am during the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, was carried out at Satranjipura and Hansapuri areas of the city.
Acting on a tip off, the officials raided the residences of the accused for allegedly establishing a contact in Pakistan through their mobile phones.
The NIA interrogated two people – Akhtar Raza Vald Moh and Ahmad Raza Vald Moh – living near Badi Masjid in Satranjeepura for allegedly chatting with a Pakistani person through WhatsApp.
The NIA team released Abdul after issuing him a notice and confiscating his phone. The NIA team confiscated Abdul’s mobile phone.. Reportedly, a few days back, both the accused had an argument at an Iftar party that was organised at Badi Masjid so the Lakdganj Police had called them for questioning.
Zakir Naik is an Islamic preacher, founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) who faces multiple charges of money laundering and hate speech in India. Naik, who has been residing in Malaysia since 2017, is accused of instigating Muslim youth and terrorists in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts.
Also read: Dance enthusiasts, friends pay tribute in loving memory of Tiki Peters in Nagpur
Dance enthusiasts, friends pay tribute in loving memory of Tiki Peters in Nagpur
Dance enthusiasts, friends and students came together and paid a heartfelt tribute in the loving memory of renowned western dance teacher late Benedict Peters fondly called as Tiki Peters. Moreover, the get-together also gave a chance to enthusiasts who wished to express their love for dance. The get together was held at Money Plant Terrace in Laxmi Nagar on March 13.
Hosts – businessman Dhananjay Sakharkar and Deputy Executive Editor at ABP Majha Sarita Kaushik – along with other guests, reminisced some memorable anecdotes of Tiki that lifted spirits of all as they went down the memory lane.
Fondly remembering Peters, Sarita Kaushik told Nation Next, “Tiki was a dear friend for whom Dhananjay and I arranged this small get-together. He was a gifted teacher who danced like no one else. His moves were fabulous; no body could teach better than him. He had a commendable sense of aesthetics when it came to dance. I’m glad his elder sister and brother are equally talented and will continue Tiki’s legacy of excellence.”
Dhananjay, who had known Peters for nearly four decades, said, “My association with Tiki dates back to over 40 years. He taught us many dance forms including Jive, Salsa, Disco, Ballroom, Waltz, Cha Cha Cha. More than anything else, Tiki was an exceptional human being – with amazing sense of humour! When Tiki passed away, Sarita and I arranged a small party where we served everything that he loved – veg puff, macarons, cakes, soft drinks and of course music to dance! This was our small gesture for our dear friend who, I’m certain, was smiling from the heavens that evening!”
Tiki Peters, who was brought up in an Anglo-Indian culture – something that was predominant in city’s Mohan Nagar area, passed away in November last year.
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BREAKING: Gadkari again receives death threat calls from same caller
In a rather shocking incident amid the high security C20 conference in Nagpur, the Public Relations Office of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari again received two death threat calls today morning (March 21). According to the information received, once again there have been threatening calls received in the name of a criminal named Jayesh Pujari alias Jayesh Kantha.
Employees of the senior BJP leader’s office alerted Nagpur Police and security has been beefed up outside the office in Khamla and the leader’s residence on Wardha Road. However, cops are yet to ascertain whether the call was actually made by the same person who had issued death threats to Gadkari in January.
On January 14 this year, an unidentified extortionist, claiming to speak on behalf of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, threatened to kill Gadkari in an explosion if he didn’t pay him ₹100 crore.
The caller threatened Gadkari though a phone call on the landline number of his Public Relations Office (PRO) at Khamla in Nagpur (around one kilometre away from his residence) at 11:25 am, 11:32 am, and 12:30 pm.
The employees of the office alerted the police after the threat call, where in the caller also threatened to blow up Gadkari’s office. Nagpur Police immediately beefed up the security outside Gadkari’s office and residence.
It was later revealed that a notorious gangster named Jayesh Pujari had threatened to kill Gadkari by allegedly making the three threat calls illegally using a cellphone while he was lodged in Belgaum Jail at Karnataka.
In 2016, Pujari had even escaped after breaking the jail. The gangster, in the past too, had threatened several senior officers and other people in a similar manner.
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