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Television actor from Nagpur Ratan Pratap wins ‘Host Of The Year’ award

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Tv host turned actor Ratan Pratap was awarded with Host & Entertainer Of The Year₹22? by India Fine Arts Council, at an award ceremony held in Mumbai.

Ratan received this recognition on the basis of his performance as the host for dance reality shows, Khoj? being the recent one. Ratan made his debut as a host a few years ago on a live broadcasting chat show, following which he went on to host shows on television.

Ratan Pratap says that he is elated to receive this award and that he wasn’t expecting it. I feel truly honoured that a Government body like India Fine Arts Council has bestowed upon me such an honour. It is rare to recognise and felicitate hosts in our industry but I am really grateful to IFAC for this. I am really thrilled. I put in a lot of hard work and I never speak about it publicly because I don’t believe in blowing my own trumpet. When a prestigious award such as this comes my way I feel like all the late nights and no sleep was worth it, he said.

The stylish lad has been making the news for right and wrong reasons. Whether it is turning down a web-series on a leading OTT platform or his recent wrist surgery, netizens are always abuzz with his updates.

To this he clarified, Everyone has their reasons to do or not do a project. I respect every piece of work being offered to me but sometimes things are just not meant to be. And wrt my wrist injury I have already given out a statement. There was never any surgery. I incurred an injury while performing at an award show and I have recovered now. I am looking forward to getting back to work in full force.

Ratan is said to be in talks with Abhinandan Sridhar, one of the leading OTT writers in India. The duo is speculated to be in the process of creating an original series set around a movie star whose career fails to take off.

About the same he said, I have literally had one meeting with Abhinandan. As of now we have nothing on paper. Not even a script. He is a fantastic writer and it reflects in his shows like Little Things and so many others. But it is really primitive to speak about it right now. We can’t make announcements on the basis of one discussion. It takes a lot to create an original series and to get it green-lit. I am just happy that he sees potential in me and my talent. That’s all that I can say.

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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.

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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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