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Bigwigs heap praises on Nitin Gadkari on his 60th birthday in a high profile birthday bash in Nagpur

BJP BRINGS ALL PARTIES ON STAGE: It was a sight to watch as political bigwigs across parties made their way to the stage to mark the celebration of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s 60th birthday on May 27, 2017 at Kasturchand Park in Nagpur.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with wife Amruta Fadnavis felicitated Nitin Gadkari his wife Kanchan.

While Patanjali Ayurved Managing Director Acharya Balkrishna gifted a gold chain to Gadkari, Minister of Energy, New and Renewable Energy for Maharashtra Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Devendra Fadnavis handed over a cheque of Rs 1.01 crore to Gadkari, which the latter plans to utilise it for the development of the society.

Fadnavis, while praising Gadkaris never-die-attitude, said, Gadkaris journey has been a tough one but he never accepted defeat. Technology and experimentation has always attracted him. His biggest strength lies in his attitude and his capacity to do things differently. Gadkari not just shows big dreams, but also has the capacity to fulfill them.

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While appreciating the leadership qualities of Gadkari, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Sushilkumar Shinde said, Nitin Gadkari has an extraordinary personality. Due to his friendly nature, he has several friends in other parties too. No matter what he never forgets his colleagues. His work as the Union Minister is satisfying. There are very few ministers who speak in cabinet meetings and Gadkari is one of them. His thoughts are genuine and he always thinks about the countrys development. He has a good leadership quality and the ability to lead the country.

Similarly, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh, said, Not just to Maharashtra, Nitin Gadkari has given a new direction of development to the entire nation. As CMs, we also face several problems regarding development. Gadkari is our go-to person. He has multiple formulas to solve every problem of ours; he is our guide.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, Working with Gadkari is like gathering a lot of rich experience. He never thinks wrong about anyone. He may have different opinion with the Opposition, but he doesn’t hold any grudges against them. He inspires others through his actions. He doesn’t carry an ego and has no negative attitude towards anyone. We took efforts to grow Madhya Pradesh under his guidance and currently, 22 cities of Madhya Pradesh are among the top 100 clean cities of the country. Gadkari is a combination of knowledge, worship and devotion.

Thanking all the dignitaries, Gadkari thanked the crowd of 40,000 people too for their wishes. He announced that he would dedicate his remaining life for improving the conditions of poor and tribal people for the countrys development. Recalling his journey from an ordinary party worker to the national president till now, he stated, The love and affection I have received from Indians irrespective of their caste, religion and party is the biggest achievement in my life. I would stick posters on walls till late night whenever Atalji (Vajpayee) would visit Nagpur. I’m very satisfied with life. I have got more than what I deserve.

Speaking about his previous plans of shifting to Delhi, he joked, I never wanted to shift to Delhi; I hated paneer and aloo paratha! (Laughs) But, destiny took me there. In 1975, I left my college and went to Mumbai to fight during ’emergency’ in India. I remember during the 1977 elections, I used to travel in a rickshaw and make announcements on the loudspeaker.

While crediting Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for changing his life, Gadkari said, Bhaurao Deoras and Balasaheb Deoras taught me how to devote myself for the welfare of the people. In my public life, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, George Fernandes and Nanaji Deshmukh have been my idols.

Other bigwigs who attended the do included Vijay Goel, Union minister of State for Sports, Hansraj Ahir, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Narayan Rane, Governor of Assam Banwarilal Purohit, Minister of Rural Development, Women and Child Welfare Pankaja Munde, Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, Former MP Vijay Darda, Nagpur Mayor Nandatai Jichkar, among many others.

Shri Shri Ravi Shankar conveyed his wishes, which were broadcasted on a projector. A message from the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar too was also read out for Gadkari. A special book titled Sansad mein Nitin Gadkari? by Prabhat Publications was released by all the dignitaries at the occasion.

The event was kick started by Nagpur’s singer Niranjan Bhobde with Ganesh Vandana. Later, popular singer Sudesh Bhonsale and Vaishali Samant regaled the audience with their popular tracks. All the dignitaries present over dais sang National Anthem song. The tricolor was displayed at the backdrop during the rendition of Vande Mataram.

(With inputs and pictures from Suyash Sethiya)

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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.

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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.

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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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