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Nagpur’s ‘Soya Milk Man’ Dr Shantilal Kothari passes away


President of the Academy of Nutrition Improvement and renowned dietician, activist and nutritionist, Nagpur’s Dr Shantilal Kothari, passed away at 78, on Tuesday.
He was famously known as the Soya Milk Man? of Nagpur. Kothari fought for 40 years to get Khesari dal (Lakholi) sold in the open market and to lift the ban on these pulses. He also introduced Soya milk to Nagpur and Vidarbha.
In his press conference, he used to serve pakoras made from Lakholi. His last rites were performed at Ambazhari Ghat, Nagpur.
Kothari had begun his campaign against the ban on Lakholi in 1985 and made it his lifes one single aim to get the ban lifted.
As a result of his agitation and protest, the Maharashtra government, in 2008, lifted the ban on the production, selling and consumption of Lakholi. This came at the end of an 80-day hunger strike.
His hunger strike started again in September 2015 and lasted for 57 days against the nationwide ban on Lakholi.
He was then informed by the Central Government’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India that the ban on Lakholi had been lifted.
Reportedly more than 15,000 farmers gathered at Nagpur’s Kuhi to celebrate the Centre’s move.
He had set up a Soya milk plant in Nagpur, which manufactures 300-litre-milk per day.
He inspired many farmers, activists and students through his fight and struggle to get the ban on Lakholi lifted.

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Cricketers, friends pay tribute to late sports journalist Ruchir Mishra on 44th birth anniversary

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Cricketers, colleagues, friends and family members of late sports journalist Ruchir Mishra, who died due to COVID on May 4, 2021, at the age of 43, celebrated his life and recalled the time spent with Ruchir on his 44th birth anniversary.

Ruchir’s wife Nitu Mishra, his kids (Nitya and Kabir), his brothers (Arpit, Ankit and Harshit) his brother-in-laws and his parents Geeta and Dinesh Mishra had organised a memorial event at Press Club on April 22, 2022.

During the memorial event, Ruchir’s colleagues from the The Times of India, Nagpur, remembered the time spent with him. Cricketers VVS Laxman, Mohammad Kaif, Wasim Jaffar, Shikhar Dhawan, Umesh Yadav and Chandrakant Pandit who were good friends with Ruchir, also sent video messages, which were played on a screen.

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Renowned Nagpur businessman AK Gandhi passes away

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

AK Gandhi (Photo by: Darshan Bagwe)

AK Gandhi (Photo by: Darshan Bagwe)

Renowned businessman from Nagpur Ashok Gandhi (popularly known as AK Gandhi), who was one of the biggest brands in white goods retails in Vidarbha, passed away due to heart attack on Friday night.


Gandhi, who was in his early seventies, was admitted at CIIMS Hospital in Bajaj Nagar where he breathed his last.


Gandhi, who was the President of Nagpur Shikshan Mandal, ran popular showrooms at Yeshwant Stadium including AK Gandhi TVS, AK Gandhi Electronics to name a few.

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When Lata Mangeshkar shared hearty laugh with rakhi brother Dilip Kumar, NKP Salve | Nagpur | 1996

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

L to R: Lata Mangeshkar, NKP Salve, Dilip Kumar

L to R: Lata Mangeshkar, NKP Salve, Dilip Kumar

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar passed away on Sunday morning, February 6 at 8:12 am after fighting COVID and pneumonia for almost a month.

The legendary singer, as per doctors, died due to multi-organ failure at the age of 93.

In the picture, taken in 1996 in Nagpur, legendary singer could be seen sharing a hearty laugh along with former Union Minister and ex-BCCI President from Nagpur late NKP Salve and her ‘rakhi brother’ late actor Dilip Kumar.

The singer, during her trip to Nagpur, had also interacted with journalists during her press conference at Hotel Tuli International.


Lata Mangeshkar with members of the media fraternity at Nagpur in 1996

Lata Mangeshkar with members of the media fraternity at Nagpur in 1996


Dilip Kumar, one of greatest actors of all time and a legend of mainstream Indian cinema, passed away in Mumbai at the age of 98 in July last year.

NKP Salve, the veteran Congress leader, passed away at a private hospital in Delhi due to age-related problems on April 1, 2012 at the age of 90.

He is survived by a son and eminent lawyer Harish Salve and daughter Arundhati Upadhyaya who’s a prominent educationist in Central India.

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