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Over 700 cyclists participate in 12 km rally on Republic Day under ‘Save Ajni Vann’ initiative| Nagpur

On the occasion of Republic Day, several Nagpur activists and volunteers participated in a bicycle rally, which begun from RBI Square and ended at Railway Mens School, near Ajni Railway Colony, in order to peacefully protest against the felling of more than 7,000 trees for NHAIs inter-modal station, under the banner of Save Ajni Vann. 

 

Over 700 cyclists had assembled at RBI square (Samvidhan chowk), at around 6:30 am for the cause. The rallyists sang the National anthem in unison at 7am, which reverberated all across the RBI Square, and chanted slogans to save trees, one of the organizers of the event, Kunal Mourya, told Nation Next. 
Several cyclists in Bhandara also rallied in parallel to Nagpur’s bicycle rally for the cause. 

 

The rally was flagged off by Ashish Ghosh, who had brought the issue as an alert citizen to the notice of Nagpur citizens and Sharad Paliwal, who had filed a PIL against the issue.

 

The rally was led by 74-year-old renowned cyclist Sharad Bhave, and 6-year-old Pratyush. RJ Raj had also attended the event as Master of Ceremony.

 

Each participant had a cycle, and received Save Ajni Vann t-shirts. They carried the message to save thousands of trees for thoughtless infrastructural projects.

 

The cyclists rallied following all safety norms with one intention; that is to save Nagpur city from massive environmental destruction, Save Ajni Vann, and over 30,000 trees being axed under the pretext of so called infrastructural development.

 

The one-kilometre-long rally of young and old wounded through the routes of Civil lines, Dharampeth, Shankar Nagar, Bajaj Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Rahate Colony, Ajni Bridge and finally ending at Railway Mens School at Ajni.

 

The cyclists covered the distance of over 12 kilometres and pedalled tirelessly to stand up for the trees, which have been there for many years giving humans oxygen for free.

 

At the end points cyclists were given refreshments and a certificate of participation for their efforts in Saving Ajni Vann. The event culminated with patriotic songs sung by ‘The Rising Star’ music band.

 

The Article 51A (g) of our Indian Constitution places a duty on the citizens of India to protect and improve the natural environment and have compassion for all living creatures.

 

 
This Republic Day, citizens of Nagpur could be proud that, as a fundamental duty they have made united efforts to save thousands of trees, stood by their commitment towards nature and the love for Nagpur city.

 

 

Absence of thousands of trees, which are the lungs of every city will hurt the future generations of humans. Protection of these should be a priority of all policymakers. In the near future citizens are looking for people who will have a green manifesto for the future generations.

 

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Citizens celebrate, perform ‘Kanyadaan’ as girls from Nagpur orphanage get married

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Nation Next Newsroom | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

A few citizens from Nagpur stepped up for five girls from Nagpur’s Shradhanand Anathalaya as they not only indulge in various Hindu rituals for the girls but also performed ‘Kanyadaan’ at the joint wedding ceremony for the girls and their respective grooms.

Before the wedding the ceremony, the orphanage, with help from donors organized pre-wedding rituals like haldi ceremony, mehendi ceremony, Satyanarayan Pooja and sangeet ceremony for the girls. At the wedding ceremony, those who performed the ‘Kanyadaan’ at the wedding ceremony included Kishor Dharashivkar, Rajkumar Gupta, Deepa Pachori, Manisha Atul Yamsanwar and Baljeet Bhullar.

The wedding function was organized Shradhanand Anathalaya family, which includes: Meera Khadakkar (Vice President), Nisha Buty (Secretary), BC Bhartia (Treasurer), Geetanjali Buty (Joint Secretary), staff members and inmates of the orphanage.

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Politicians, businessmen shower blessings on Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s son Sanket at his wedding reception

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Photographer : Anurag Raut | Nagpur

Renowned politicians, businessmen and other prominent Nagpurians showered their blessings on MLC Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s son Sanket Bawankule and his wife Anushka during the couple’s wedding reception made held at the Mahalaxmi temple premises in Nagpur’s Koradi on May 29.

Those who attended the reception included: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Maharashtra minister Balasaheb Thorat, former Union Minister Praful Patel, former Maharashtra CMs Devendra Fadnavis and Prithviraj Chavan, Rishi Darda (Joint Managing Director, Lokmat), Suresh Sharma (MD, Baidhyanath, Sunil Raisoni (Chairmain, Raisoni Group), along with several other prominent people.

The couple got married on May 28 in Pune. The wedding was attended by the likes of Gautam Adani, Baba Ramdev, Raj Thackeray and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

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Armaan Malik regales, Kapil Dev inspires Nagpurians at Khasdar Krida Mahotsav

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Legendary Indian cricketer Kapil Dev and popular singer Armaan Malik came calling to Nagpur on May 28 to attend the closing ceremony of the season 4 of Khasdar Krida Mahotsav held at Yashwant Stadium. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis were prominently present during the ceremony, which was attended by thousands of citizens.

During the ceremony, while Malik entertained the people present with his popular songs, Dev played cricket with Fadnavis and Gadkari on the stage. Gadkari, who is the man behind the sports festival, was seen enjoying the batting while Dev bowled to him. During his speech, Dev spoke as to why a sportsperson should play for the passion they have for the game and not play just for money.

The 13-day Khasdar Krida Mahotsav, which started on May 13, saw 45,000 sportspersons participating in 30 sports events. In all, around Rs 93 lakh was distributed as prize money during the 13-day sports festival.

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