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RJ Akki


93.5 RED FMs popular Nagpur radio jockey, RJ Akki in an interview with Nation Next talks about his inspiring journey as an RJ, his show MH 935? and why he loves being an RJ.

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When and how did you become an RJ?

This may surprise many but my first ever job was as a Photoshop operator in Thakur Unicolour Lab situated at Modi no.3, Sitabuldi, Nagpur. I then worked in Reliance as a corporate sales executive and then I worked with Vodafone at the prepaid escalation desk. It was during my tenure at Vodafone that I got to know that 93.5 RED FM is starting its operations in Nagpur. I gave the interview, got a call for the second round after one and half months and got to know after two months that I was selected for the post of a radio jockey! I left for Bhopal that evening itself for a one-month formal training. I officially joined RED FM on February 1, 2008. It was purely luck that I became an RJ. I can now say that radio was my true calling in life.

How did your show come into existence and whats it like?

In the initial ten months our channel was called as S FM? and back then I did shows like Lift karade, Morning no.1, Play with S FM, and Chakkalas junction. Evening shows hold more weight as most of the advertisements are played in the evening. I worked hard and started my own show called MH 935? more than seven years back. MH? stands for Maharashtra and 935 stands for our Radio station. My show included a segment called ?Janta ki Qawalli? which has thankfully, been well received over the years. There’s also a segment called Punchnama? in which we have one-line punches for headlines of the day. In June 2016, I started a segment called ‘Band’ in which I do prank calls. Evening is the time when people come back tired from offices, schools and colleges and the intention is to refresh the mood of the listeners and make them laugh.

An RJ’s job is a monotonous job and requires a lot of hard work but a lot of people think that it’s just fun and no work

It’s not a monotonous job. But yes there’s a lot of hard work involved contrary to what people think. I’m at my office from 12:30 pm till 9 pm and from 12:30 pm till 5 pm I have to prepare for my show. Other than this, there are times when I have to rush to take celeb interviews in case they are visiting the city. I hang out with my friends either in the morning before the office work or after it in the late evening or on Saturday when I have a half day at work.

An RJ is expected be happy all the time while on air. Does it take a toll on you at times

It’s not that difficult for me and I can easily handle it. It’s taught to us that no matter how many problems we have in our personal life, it shouldn’t affect the show. During the show we need to be happy and keep our listeners happy too. After the show, we can go back to our personal life and deal with our problems.

A career of a radio jockey has a shelf life. It cannot go on forever. What are your future plans Do you want to be an RJ always

I love the zone I’m in right now. Talking to people and making complete strangers as friends is fun. Talking is my passion and I have an undying love for the microphone. RJs can continue till they are 40 and I think I will till then. There are a lot of other career options in the radio industry too. Given my experience, I will be able to apply for a post of programming head, a sound engineer or other senior positions. But being an RJ and having my own show gives me a high like no other.

Whats RJ Akkis family life likeAkki is not your real name. Why and how did you get this name?

My family comprises of me and my mother. I’m the sole bread earner of the family. I have a sister who is married and I have a seven-year-old niece and a four-month-old nephew who are adorable. My real name is Rohit Khandwe? and I am a Maharashtrian. When I went for the training in Bhopal, there were popular RJs with aliases like Akki? and Rocky? whose real names were Akash and Rakesh. They were so famous that there pseudo names were given to RJs at other centers too as part of a strategy. I was rechristened Akki. After a few years this strategy was ruled out and RJs could keep their real names but my alias was retained as by then I became quite popular as ‘Akki’. I also have a nick name Lucky? but only my Mother calls me that, just as I’m called Rohit only by my best friends.

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

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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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BREAKING: Gadkari again receives death threat calls from same caller

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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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Arush Chitre wins Open Group, Shraddha Bajaj bags first spot in Girl Group

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Chess Association Nagpur

Arush Chitre in Open Group and Shraddha Bajaj in Girls Group annexed the title of the  Nagpur District Under-17 Open and Girls Chess Championship organised by Chess Association Nagpur on 19th March 2023 in association with GH Raisoni Sports and Cultural Foundation and Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation at Vivekanand Hall at Shraddha House in Nagpur.

Arush Chitre, seeded second, improved his position to achieve the title scoring 6.5 out of 7. Ayush Ramteke also scored 6.5 points but was placed second based on their tie-break score.

In the Girls Group, second seeded Shraddha Bajaj took the top spot with 4.5 points out of 5 Rounds. Fifth seeded Swanandi Sole followed her to take second place in the merit list with 4 points out of five. 

Arush Chitre and  Ayush Ramteke shall represent the Nagpur District in Open Group and Shraddha Baja and Swanandi sole shall represent Nagpur District in Girls Group in the Maharashtra State Under 17 FIDE Rating Chess Championship to be held at Buldhana from 14th April 2022 to 16th April 2023.

Prizes were distributed at the hands of Swapnil Ahirkar Joint Secretary NCP Business Cell Maharashtra, Social worker & Director Ahirkar Group of Nagpur. Bhushsan Shriwas, Secretary, Chess Association Nagpur and Chief Arbiter Deepak Chavan were present on the dais. Top five finishers in Open and Girls Group got the trophies while medals were given to top two in under 15,13,11,09,07 category.

Deepak Chavan, Chief Arbiter successfully conducted the event assisted by SNA Sagar Sakhare, SNA Prayas Ambade and Prathamesh Machave.

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