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Unable to run business post plastic ban, Nagpur trader ends life

Struggling to run his business properly post the sudden plastic ban by Maharahstra Government, Naresh Tolani, a depressed 51-year-old plastic trader from Nagpur, committed suicide on July 29, by jumping in the Gandhisagar Lake. Naresh left behind a suicide note, in which he mentioned that his business had gone for a toss post the plastic ban. The suicide note read: ‘Mai plastic bandi ki wajah se tang aa gaya hoon. Meri jaan ka zimmedar mai swayam hu.’

On July 29, Naresh left his house in the wee hours leaving behind a suicide note. As soon as the suicide note was found by Nareshs 16-year-old daughter Leena early in the morning, his wife Divya asked their 20-year-old son Sumit to go and look for Naresh. Sumit, on Divyas suggestion, along with his uncle Kamal Tolani (Nareshs elder brother) immediately started checking all the lakes in the city. As soon as Sumit reached Gandhisagar Lake, he found his father’s bike. Sumit was then informed by a morning walker that he had seen a man taking a plunge in the lake. Without wasting any time, Sumit, himself jumped in the lake to look for his father. After Kamal arrived with the police, lifeguards had to first pull Sumit out of the lake. Thereafter, Nareshs found was found by the police.

Speaking to Nation Next, Nareshs younger brother Mukesh Tolani said, My brother was the only bread earner of his family. His children are too young and are still studying. He should not have done this. He was in a lot of stress because of the sudden ban on plastic.  I requested him to start some another business or join me in my bakery business. But it was very difficult for him as he had been in the plastic business for the last 30 years. He didn’t have any knowledge about any other business. We tried really hard to cheer him up, but unfortunately we could not save him.

Slamming the Maharahstra Government’s sudden decision of banning plastic, Sanjay Agrawal (Hon Secretary, Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce) told Nation Next: It’s a really sad and unfortunate incident. We are a welfare state and it is the government’s duty to work for the welfare of people. Agreed, that its government’s job is to keep in mind the environmental hazards, but the way the government banned plastic all of a sudden, was wrong. In Asia, plastic is consumed 40 kgs per capita in a year. In western countries, 40 kgs of plastic is consumed by a single person. Plastic in western countries is collected and recycled properly. Our government failed in collecting and recycling plastic so they banned it without thinking about the effect it would have on industries and traders.

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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.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 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.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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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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