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Paiso Ka Ped - Season 2

Retired army man’s son wins Rs 3 lakhs in 94.3 My FM Paiso Ka Ped Season 2

Tejas Bhandarkar, son of a retired Indian army personnel Guruprasad Bhandarkar, emerged as the winner at the grand finale of 94.3 My FM Paiso Ka Ped – Season 2, organised in association with Nation Next as the online media partner, on March 26, 2017 at Empress Mall, Nagpur. By winning the competition, Tejas also won the grand prize of a whooping Rs three lakhs! Tejas won the competition by beating 29 other contestants who competed at the three-day finale of 94.3 My FM Paiso ka Ped – Season 2. Tejas reached the final round of the competition by holding the branch of an artificial tree for 74 hours undergoing eight elimination rounds and completing 15 challenging tasks. In the final round, Tejas defeated fellow contestant Dhanashree Singh to win the finale. Also, present during the finale was Tejass father – Guruprasad Bhandarkar who currently works as a Ticket Checker with Nagpur City Bus Services.

Nail biting competition!

TOP 5: Out of 30 contestants, five contestants namely Vasuvendra, Sagar Pande, Dhanashree Singh, Tejas Bhandarkar and Vijay Ghichare reached the top 5 round elimination round. During this round, these contestants competed in a task wherein they held a glass full of chilled water on their palms and held their respective branches of the artificial tree while they placed their one foot on a soft ball. The contestants were told to be in the same position for as long as they could! Vijay was eliminated when he lost his balance. After an hour, the round got tougher when Sakshi Verma (Product Head, My FM) told the remaining four contestants to balance an apple on their head in addition to their existing tasks! Vasuvendra, Dhanashree and Tejas made it to the top 3 when Sagar lost his balance and was hence eliminated.

Top 3: Vasuvendra, Dhanashree and Tejas were now told to let go of the soft ball beneath their foot and they were given a spoon and a lemon. These contestants now had to hold the glass of chilled water on their palms, balance the lemon on the spoon while holding the spoon in their mouth and also hold their respective branches! Dhanashree and Tejas headed to the finals as Vasuvendra couldn’t complete the task.

The grand moment

Team My FM made the final round tougher for the finalists – Dhanashree and Tejas – by giving them yet another difficult task. The finalists had to put their left foot in a huge tub filled with ice and balance a clay pitcher on their head. After 10-15 minutes they were told to balance the glass of chilled water again on their palms in addition to the already given task. After competing with Tejas for 38 minutes in the final round, Dhanashree, who competed brilliantly during all the tasks and rounds, lost her balance and dropped the pitcher thereby losing to Tejas.

MJ Nick then called upon Sunit Mehta (Regional Business Head, My FM) who signed the cheque of Rs three lakhs and handed it over to Tejas Bhandarkar – the winner of Paiso Ka Ped Season 2. My FM team consisting of Sakshi Verma, Amrita Roy (CGV Team, My FM), Kishan Prajapati (Programming Head, My FM, Nagpur), RJ Rajan, RJ Anuuj, RJ Niketa, RJ Mona, MJ Nick, RJ Neel, Danish Mallick and others, then congratulated Tejas Bhandarkar with a floral bouquet and sweets.

The champion speaks

After winning the competition, Tejas while speaking to Nation Next said, I still can’t believe that I’m the winner of the Paiso Ka Ped – Season 2. From registering for this competition to being the winner, the entire journey was an amazing experience. All credit goes to my parents and my family members for their constant support and for being my biggest strength. I hope with the three lakh rupees prize money, I will be able to help my father and stabilize our financial condition.” Speaking about the competition, Tejas further said, “Smart work, dedication and concentration were the things which helped me winning this radio reality show. I feel that my toughest competitors were Vijay Ghichare and Dhanashree Singh. They both were very dedicated and brave throughout the competition.

Proud father

Guruprasad Bhandarkar who along with his family was at his son Tejas’s side during the finale was elated to see his son win the competition. Expressing his happiness, he told Nation Next: I and my family prayed for Tejas’s victory day and night. I am super proud of my son and I respect his sincerity and dedication for doing things. As I was in the Indian Army, I always wanted my son to be a good fighter and today he has proved that he’s a fighter! I would like to thank everybody who supported him and the My FM team for giving him this grand opportunity.

Click to see the entire coverage of Paiso Ka Ped – Season 2.

Pictures by: Suyash Sethiya

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Dharavi redevelopment to have dedicated areas for manufacturing: Devendra Fadnavis




Nation Next Newsroom | Mumbai

Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Dharavi redevelopment will have dedicated areas for manufacturing…

Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said that Dharavi is a great manufacturing cluster, has been kept in mind while planning its redevelopment.

Devendra Fadnavis

The Mah Deputy CM says that Dharavi is a great manufacturing cluster, has been kept in mind while planning its redevelopment.

As Dharavi redevelopment has been announced, doubts were raised on whether this locally evolved entrepreneurial hub will retain its spirit.  In a chat on Sansad TV with Sanjeev Sanyal, Member, PM’s Economic Advisory Council and a writer, on an Economic Sutra episode telecast on Nov 6, the Deputy Chief Minister had made it very clear how he foresees the future of Dharavi and Mumbai.

Saying that his government worked on clearing all the bottlenecks, he adds, “We understood that unless we have a place to rehabilitate people, which is nearby Dharavi, this project will not take off. We found out that there is around 42 acres of land which belongs to the Railways. We approached the Central Government and told them that we’ll free up your land. We’ll buy your land and we’ll give you a share in the profit and we entered into a definitive agreement and now they have handed it over to us.”

“The Dharavi Redevelopment project will be the most unique project ever done. In fact, this redevelopment was visualized by none other than Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 but nothing happened – until 2014 when Modiji came and we started governing Maharashtra. The redevelopment will be no less beautiful than BKC. Dharavi is just not a slum but it’s also a great manufacturing cluster, so what we did was that while planning this scheme we have created areas for this entire manufacturing industry along with planning for the rehabilitation of the people. Right now, this entire manufacturing sector is informal, but after this and over time they will come into the formal sector.”

Watch the full interaction here:

Also, with Mumbai undergoing so many infrastructural changes, questions have been raised about retaining the quintessential character of “aamchi Mumbai,” which apart from being the financial capital of India is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant cities.

Speaking on the land issues, Fadnavis says, “The usable space in Mumbai is very little. It has length, but has limitations on the breadth so taking into consideration all these problems we wanted to design a very robust system for Mumbai for commuters and for vehicles. That’s why the all the new Coastal Road, which will decongest the western side of Mumbai. It will be a ring road type structure along the coast and this Western Expressway carries 60 percent of the Mumbai traffic right, so all that traffic will be mostly accommodated here.”

Commuting in Mumbai is a killer and every day Mumbaikars spend a lot of time on travel. Saying that he wants to reduce travel within Mumbai from anywhere to anywhere to an hour, Fadnavis explains, “Our Metro three is a very unique 40 kilometers of underground Network, which will be the lifeline of Mumbai. It is estimated to carry around 1.7 million passengers per day! All this work will be finished in two or three years and I want that from any place to any place in Mumbai one should reach within less than one hour – that is the planning. We are also trying to integrate the transportation system. Right now, our Suburban Railway is the lifeline of Mumbai. This Suburban Railway carries around 9 million passengers. The new Metro Network which we are creating will be carrying around 7 million or 8 million passengers, almost doubling the current number.”

Adding to this, the Deputy CM says that the 22 kilometers of Sea Bridge that will connect us to the hinterland, “so we have Mumbai, we have new Mumbai and that will be the third Mumbai that will be a land mass which will be bigger than Mumbai with new Mumbai airport. I think the future growth of Mumbai is on that side!”

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Pritish Nandy’s ‘spirit of Dharavi’ tweet sparks off poverty porn debate




Nation Next Newsroom | Mumbai

Dharavi comments of former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy on Friday, kicked off a storm…

Dharavi comments of former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy on Friday, kicked off a storm.


Is squalor for cameras, money more important than dignified living for the residents…  

Former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy’s Dharavi comments kicked off a storm when he said on Twitter that Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slum, with an estimated population of 1 million, ‘is not actually a slum but a tribute to the great entrepreneurial spirit of the weakest and smallest person fighting for his or her livelihood in Mumbai. It is also a model in collective coexistence in one of the toughest cities in the world, where nothing else matters. Not caste. Not faith. Not where you come from. But trust and togetherness.’

While this may be true, what is equally true is the squalor and subhuman conditions that reign supreme in this slum. Netizens felt that Nandy, by romanticizing poverty in this manner, was only feeding poverty porn and tourism. Nandy clarified that he was seeking to keep the spirit of Dharavi alive by “researching the architectural grammar, the cultural history that builds integrated and interdependent societies like Dharavi that have survived and flourished over decades and make that the base for the new redevelopment plans. Not just look at the future but also build in the past.”

The Maharashtra Government had on November 29, opened the financial bids for Dharavi redevelopment project.  While 3 companies Adani Realty, DLF and Naman Group had submitted bids, the Adani Group clinched the project with a INR 5,069-crore bid. The timeline for the entire redevelopment of Asia’s largest slum, with an estimated population of 1 million, might take close to 17 years, the rehabilitation of slum dwellers should be complete in seven years. 

Also read: Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea on Dec 6; HC says plea should be heard on priority due to his ill health

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Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea on Dec 6; HC says plea should be heard on priority due to his ill health




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai
The Bombay High Court said ex-minister Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea should be heard on priority basis due to the senior leader’s health issues.

Anil Deshmukh

The Bombay High Court said, as per prima facie, 74-year-old former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea should be heard on priority basis due to the senior leader’s health issues. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for the CBI, said that when Deshmukh’s bail plea was moved on medical grounds, then a fresh medical report needed to be called for. 

Singh said, “There is a compilation that has been given now. There are medical papers attached. We need to go through it. Even though this is not a bail application on merit of the case, it is still being circulated under medical issues. He is getting medical treatment as required. Moreover, medical issues are not static. We need a check on what his condition is right now.”

Deshmukh’s advocate Vikram Chaudhari said the senior NCP leader was being treated but has been suffering from several ailments that require constant treatment and care. Chaudhary said, ”He needs to be released. He is a chronic patient.”

Justice MS Karnik said that the court would hear the bail plea on merits. He said, “I am satisfied that we can proceed with the hearing on merits and give it priority. This is my prima facie opinion that priority should be given. One of the medical ailments (that Deshmukh is suffering from) is degenerative.” Deshmukh’s bail plea would now be heard on December 6.

The bench asked Singh whether he was ready to argue on the merits of the case immediately, to which Singh said he would require a week while Chaudhari said that he was ready to argue. However, Justice Karnik said, “We need to give them a fair opportunity.”

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