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Shankar Mahadevan, Farhan Akhtar take Nagpur by storm at the Nagpur Mahotsav 2016

The four-day Nagpur Mahotsav 2016 organised by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) ended on a high note. The Mahotsav not only brought celebrities to perform and regale Nagpurians, it was also well attended by several high profile Nagpurians including Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Nagpur Mayor Pravin Datke, NMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, MLA Sudhakar Kohale, MLA Vikas Kumbhare, MLC Anil Sole along with others.

Artists and entertainment galore

On the first day of the the Mahotsav renowned theatre artist Ashok Handa performed in the play –  Aazadi 70-  Yaad Karo Kurbani? a musical based on the Indian independence struggle. Needless to say, it struck a patriotic chord with everybody present. On the second day, a comedy Marathi play –  Chala hawa yeu Dya? was staged wherein  singers Juli Joglekar and Jitendra Tupe performed a duet song Mala Ved Lalge? and Kushal Badrike and Bhau Kadam performed a skit titled ?Wagh. The second day saw Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as the chief guest of the Nagpur Mahotsav. Fadnavis announced that he intends to make entire Nagpur city Wi-Fi friendly. He also appreciated Nagpur Municipal Corporation for being known as the best municipal corporation. Well-known voice-over artist Meghna Erande too performed on the second day as she mimicked Madhuri Dixit, Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Bollywood actress Mughda Godse also made a special appearance on the second day.

Shankar Mahadevan magic!

The third day of Nagpur Mahotsav brought singing sensation Shankar Mahadevan to perform in the city. Such was the rush to see him perform live that the Nagpur police force had control the mob.  Mahadevan’s show titled  ?Katyaar to Kajrare‘ also included Nagpur singer Shrinidhi Ghatate who now regularly performs with the Shankar Mahadevan team across the world.

As Mahadevan sang hit songs one after the other, the evening turned special for his fans present. He also sung the song Pretty women? from the movie Kal Ho Naa Ho and dedicated it to all the ladies at the stadium.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari was also present along with his wife Kanchan Gadkari at Shankar’s concert. In a warm gesture Shankar expressed on the stage, that he was really happy to be a part of the Nagpur Mahotsav and grateful to Nitin Gadkari for inviting him to Nagpur!’

Shankar Mahadevan left the audience in splits when he sang and dedicated a few lines to Nagpurians. These line were: Mann karta hai do din aur rukh jau, Mann karta hai chicken Saoji khau!’

Farhan Akhtar live!

The last day of the mahotsav brought the energetic singer Farhan Akhtar and his band to perform live in Nagpur. It was probably the first time Farhan was performing in the city and he sure got a grand welcome as thousands of youngsters rushed to the stadium to perform him live! Ahead of his performance, students of Bhonsala Military School students performed on the tunes of Vande Mataram.’

Before Farhan’s performance participants and winners of wall art competition (organised by NMC to beautify public walls of Nagpur under the Swachh Bharat Mission and Smart city project) were given the cash prices and awarded for their work. Nagpur NGO Green Vigil Foundation was also awarded and felicitated for their hard work for the Nagpur Mahaotsav 2016. Special awards were also given to to Rotary Club of Ishanya, Tejinder Singh Renu and Shagufta Mehdi.

Once Farhan Akhtar took to the stage, the audience went into a musical frenzy. One by one, as Farhan along with his band churned out songs like Sindbad the sailor,’ Tum ho toh, ‘Hawan kund, ‘Senorita’ and others, the audience sung along with him. The energetic performer left everybody cheering for him as he did more than 50 push-ups on the stage before singing a song!

Farhan reciprocated the love from Nagpurians when he said that he loved performing in front of Nagpurians and how he wished he could spend more time in Nagpur! Well, how much we wish too Farhan!

Here’s a glimpse of Farhan Akhtar performing during the Nagpur Mahotsav 2016 at Yeshwant Stadium, Nagpur! To see more of his performances, follow Nation Next’s YouTube channel.

Photos by: Suyash Sethiya and Juhi Sethi

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Rushikesh Lohit reigns as numero uno in Rapid Championship; Shaunak Badole tops Nagpur Blitz Championship




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Rushikesh Lohit won the Nagpur District Rapid Championship while Shaunak Badole won the Nagpur District Blitz Chess Championship.

Rushikesh Lohit won the Nagpur District Rapid Championship while Shaunak Badole won the Nagpur District Blitz Chess Championship held at Vivekanand Hall, Shraddha House, Kingsway, Near Kasturchand Park in Nagpur.

The championship was organised  by Chess Association Nagpur in association with Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation and G.H.Raisoni Sports and Cultural Foundation. Muktanand Pendsey finished second in the both Rapid and Blitz Championship. Rushikesh Lohit and Muktanand Pendsey will represent Nagpur in the Rapid Championship and Shaunak and Muktanand will represent Nagpur District in the Maharashtra State Blitz Championship.

Mangesh Kashikar, Secretary, Nagpur District Badminton Association and Vice President of Maharashtra Badminton Association was the Chief Guest who distributed the prizes. Bhushan Shriwas, Secretary, CAN and Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation, SS.Soman, Working President, CAN and Amrish Joshi, Chief Arbiter were present on the occasion.

The Top two finishers of Rapid and Blitz Championship were awarded Trophies whereas the players finishing from 3rd to 10th place were awarded Medals in both the championship. In addition to the main prizes, age group prizes were also distributed to top two finishers in each group.

The championship was conducted by Chief Arbiter Amrish Joshi assisted by SNA Swati Kumbhalkar, SNA Amit Tembhurne, Shyam Agrawal, Prayas Amabde and Prathamesh Machave.

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Wine connoisseurs come together at Wine and Food Festival 2022 in Nagpur




Avani Arya | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Wine connoisseurs came together at Wine and Food Festival 2022 in Nagpur, which took place on December 3 and 4. This was the ninth edition. It was hosted by Nagpur Wine Club, and was held at Bhagwati Lawn. The festival was open to all, where people enjoyed wine tasting and lip-smacking food by The Breakfast Story, Nagpur. Nation Next brings you some exclusive photos from the event.

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‘Maharashtra government responsive towards issues of traders,’ assures Eknath Shinde




Nation Next Newsroom | Nagpur
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said Maharashtra government was responsive towards issues of traders.

L to R: Eknath Shinde and Dipen Agrawal

At the outset Dr Dipen Agrawal, President of Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) welcomed Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde with a floral bouquet in prominent presence of Krupal Tumane MP, Ramtek and submitted memorandums highlighting harassment of traders by Local Body Tax department across the state under the garb of LBT Assessment. He also appraised about the issue of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) and he further brought to the notice of CM about the exorbitant hike in rent by Corporations & their coercive action on traders.

Dr Agrawal on behalf of traders of Maharashtra expressed his gratitude towards Eknath Shinde about Local Body Tax being abolished (LBT with effect from August 2015. Though LBT was abolished in 2015 but the ghost of LBT is haunting traders now and then, department in routine are passing ex-party (best judgement) orders raising inflated and fictitious tax demands and using them to justify continuance of LBT Department. Records from LBT Appellate Authority will evidence the correctness of this statement. He also informed that LBT Department in various Corporation indulged in issuing back dated assessment orders for previous financial years. He appealed to CM that the issue requires his urgent attention, intervention and directions for closure of LBT Department in all Municipal Corporations with immediate effect to ensure ease of doing business in the state and save traders from unnecessary harassment.

Eknath Shinde acknowledged that he is aware of the issue. He assured to discuss the issue in cabinet and ensure that the issue is addressed on priority basis.

Dr Dipen Agrawal informed CM, that since last few years Municipal Corporations across the state stopped renewing lease/license of property leased/licensed by them. In 2019 the state government came up with Maharashtra Municipal Corporations (Renewal of Lease or Transfer of Immovable Property) Rules, 2019. These Rules were strongly opposed by trade associations. However, after its implementation the litigation between the lessee/tenants and Corporations went to court added Dr Agrawal. 

After great persuasion by the then LOP, you as minister for UDD agreed to the demand to put the notification dated 13/09/2019 in abeyance and review the exorbitant annual rent at 8% property value and fix the annual rent acceptable to all stakeholders. 

After the issue was raised on the floor of the house, the State government stayed the operation of notification dated 13/09/2019 and constituted a committee of government officers to review and fix fresh rent. When we approached few members of the committee to submit our suggestions’ we learnt that the committee is of opinion that the notification in question does not apply to the Licensee holder. 

Hence, in the background of above facts and circumstances Agrawal requested CM, to intervene and have the pending notification issued and fix the rent at 0.5% of Ready Reckoner value for residential & 1% for commercial lease holder Galedharaks . He further requested to notify similar rules and frame a single policy for the Licensee Galedharaks across the state and in cases where shop/otta is licensed by Corporation the annual rent be fixed at the rate of 2% of value as per ready reckoner and as the lease/license fee will be calculated on ready reckoner the clause of periodic increase dose not survive also the lease / license should be transferable and transfer fee to be charged equal to one month rent/fee for transfer within blood relation and equal to three months’ rent/fee for transfer outside blood relation and the agreed new lease rent/license fee to be made applicable prospectively and not retrospectively.

Eknath Shinde said that the issue is under active consideration and assured to look into the matter and discuss with Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.

Dr. Dipen Agrawal further informed Eknath Shinde that the first notification declared 5 Km area touching outer limits of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) as Nagpur Metro Region issued in 1995 which was thereafter increased time to time to present limit of 25 Km from boundary of NMC. In 2010 Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) was entrusted with responsibility of Special Planning Authority for Nagpur Metro Region the limits. In 2012 NIT passed resolution for preparing development plan for Metro Region and published Draft Development Plan (2012-2032) calling objection and suggestions, in the year 2015. In 2017 Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) was established. In 2018 Final Development Plan (2012-2032) for Nagpur Metro Region was sanctioned and notified. NMRDA action is based on following three main reasons:- 

1) Side margins are not as per 2012-2032 DCR; Dr. Agrawal highlighted that majority of units i.e., 59% were established before the 2012-NIT resolution and 85% were established before the first publication of 2015-Draft Development Plan (2012-2032), and pointed out that it is unjust on part of NMRDA to expect these units to maintain the margins prescribed in DCR (2012-32).

2) Building plan/ Non-agriculture use is not sanctioned by competent authority; Dr. Agrawal pointed out that under MRTP Act the power to change use of land is can be delegated to Thasildar and powers to authorise development to Gram Panchayat concerned. Invoking these powers Thasildar was approving and sanctioning NA Permissions and Gram Panchayat was sanctioning Building Plans. The units in good faith have taken these permissions from them and further submitted to other Government agencies.

3) Land earmarked for purpose other than industrial/commercial; MRTP Act provides for survey and preparing ‘existing-land-use’ map by Planning Authority after its declaration of intention of preparing a Development Plan. It is surprising to note that the area of many units established prior to declaration of intention of preparing Development Plan is not classified under industrial/commercial zone.

Dr. Dipen Agrawal humbly requested CM to grant an Amnesty Scheme for regularization wherein interest & penalty would be waived and also direct the authorities to notify that the MSME units established prior to 06/01/2018 (the date on which the DCR 2012-2032 for Nagpur Metropolitan Region was notified) should be saved from the provisions of the said DCR.

Eknath Shinde said that the government is sized with issue and assured to resolve the matter in the best interest of all stakeholders.

Dr. Dipen Agrawal, President-CAMIT on behalf of business community of the state expressed his gratitude towards Eknath Shinde, Chief Minister, Krupal Tumane, Member of Parliament, Ramtek for being sensitive towards the issues of trade & industry of the state.

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