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Meet the finalists of Mrs Maharashtra 2016 from Nagpur

Swati Banerjee (left) and Sholly Sethi (right) are going to compete at the grand finale of Mrs Maharashtra 2016 to be held on October 23, 2016 in Pune.

Two women from Nagpur are going to represent the city at the finals of Mrs Maharashtra 2016 beauty pageant to be held in Pune on October 23, 2016. Nagpur women – Swati Banerjee and Sholly Sethi  who are all set to complete with finalists from other parts of Maharashtra are currently undergoing a four-day grooming session for the finale. In a conversation with Nation Next, Swati and Sholly spoke about their journey till the finale and their reasons for being a part of the pageant.

You have reached the finals of Mrs Maharashtra 2016. Did you expect to reach till the finale? What made you be a part of this beauty pageant?

Swati Banerjee: I have been training students of LAD College, Nagpur for its annual event – ‘Miss LAD personality contest’ since the last two years. I went for Mrs Maharashtra 2016 audition to know how exactly it feels to be on the other side! I always wanted to experience the feeling of walking on the ramp. Also, I’m more of an adventurous person who wants to experience everything in life. I feel extremely elated to be a part of this beauty pageant.

Sholly Sethi: At the risk of not sounding modest at all, I’ll say that I always knew that I had a pleasing personality and good analytical and verbal skills. It was my daughter Juhi who motivated me to be a part of this pageant. I had won a beauty pageant title in my school. Also, I was offered a movie by Subhash Ghai when I was 21, but I wasn’t allowed at home to be a part of it! Since then, I always wanted to be a model. When I got the opportunity of being a part of this pageant, I grabbed it immediately. I never got my due recognition, which my husband got, while working together in the family business. So, I became all the more ambitious.

Did you face any difficulties in being a part of Mrs Maharashtra 2016?

Swati Banerjee: I faced no difficulties as such. In fact, my family was too supportive. My mother has flown down from Australia to Nagpur to take care of my daughters for a week since I’ll be gone for the finale. My husband and my daughters are my support system and are extremely proud of me. I learn from them every single day.

Sholly Sethi: Had this pageant taken place three years back, it wouldn’t have been possible for me to participate! My husband wasn’t too convinced with the idea of me participating in a pageant like this earlier. But of late, there has been a sea change in him and hes my biggest strength today. My children have also always encouraged me to chase my dreams.

Winning this pageant will bring a lot of recognition to you. What change will you want to bring if you win this beauty pageant?

Swati Banerjee: Nagpur is on the verge of becoming a smart city. People’s perception too is changing for good. People who know me would be extremely happy if I win this pageant and it will add one more feather in my cap. If I win, I’ll make sure that women come out and face the world confidently so that they are open to new horizons in life.

Sholly Sethi: I never got an opportunity to prove myself. I would always think of what all I could have achieved so far, whenever I would read about famous personalities in the newspapers. If I win, de-addicting youngsters from vices and empowering women would be my priority. I feel that this is the right time for a woman to understand that she is no longer the weaker sex. She should consider herself equivalent to a man!

How has your journey for the pageant Mrs Maharashtra 2016 been so far?

Swati Banerjee: My journey has been incredible! From the auditions till now; it’s been absolute fun. I never expected to come this far and I’m enjoying every moment right now. Right from getting my outfits designed to the preparations for the finale, everything is a wonderful experience.

Sholly Sethi: My journey in this pageant has been full of roses. I feel that getting selected was a cake walk. The moment I came to know that I was selected for the finale, I started shopping for good jewellery, make up, etc.

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Dance enthusiasts, friends pay tribute in loving memory of Tiki Peters in Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | 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 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. 

Also read: Inside the famous ₹1.3 crore worth gift bag given to Oscar nominees this year…

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Never thought I’d get such warmth, love after leaving Congress, says Ghulam Nabi Azad




Radhika Dhawad | Srinagar

Never thought I’d get such warmth, love after leaving Congress, says Ghulam Nabi Azad…

DPAP Chief and ex-Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said he never imagined he would receive such love and warmth after quitting Congress.

Ghulam Nabi Azad addressing public meeting at Banihal

Chairman of Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said he never imagined he would receive such love and warmth after quitting the Congress party. Azad, on Saturday, remarked, “I had never thought that after leaving Congress, the people of Jammu and Kashmir would receive me with this kind of warmth and love.”

Azad said that after quitting the grand old party, more and more people were joining his new party; they have faith in him. He said, “It gives me more responsibilities and challenges to meet the expectations of people. People feel dejected and disappointed with the present governing system.” 

Azad said he aimed to build a better and progressive Jammu Kashmir where the future of youth is secure. He said if his party came to power, he would bring the massive developmental revolution across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Azad also asserted that his politics was based on inclusiveness, development and peace. Speaking at the public meeting in Eidgah at Srinagar, Azad, said that unlike other parties who try to divide people for political benefit, he aimed to develop Jammu and Kashmir inclusively where each person irrespective of religion, caste and creed felt politically and socially empowered.

Azad concluded, “Be it statehood, land or jobs, I will lead my people from the front to secure their rights. My people are my priority. I have come back to Jammu Kashmir only for my people otherwise, I had all the opportunities I could desire ever in my life.” 

Also read: Gadkari again receives death threat calls from same caller

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Nagpur News

BREAKING: Gadkari again receives death threat calls from same caller




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
The Public Relations Officer of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari again received two death threat calls  today morning (March 21).

Nitin Gadkari

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. 

Also read: NMC spends ₹20 crore on lighting trees for C20 in Nagpur

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