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VICCO bags Maharashtra Lokpriya Brand Award 2019

Sanjeev Pendharkar (Director, Vicco Laboratories) receiving the award from Ashish Kumar Chauhan (Chairman, BSE) and Rachana Bagwe.

Popular company and brand VICCO bagged the Maharashtra Lokpriya Brand Award 2019 in best customer service category at the Mahabrand ceremony held International Conventional Hall in Mumbai’s Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on May 18, 2019. The award was received by VICCO Laboratories Director Sanjeev Pendharkar, who was also recognized as the ?Bright Shining Star? during the ceremony.

The Mahabrand Initiative was launched in 2017 with an intention to create awareness about branding. The award ceremony, which started with 13 top brands, today, in its third season holds under its canopy, 42 top notch brands across Maharashtra as its participants. The ceremony was conceptualized by Amit Bagwe (Founder of Arthsanket) and was further developed by Rachna Lachke Bagwe, (Co-Founder of Arthsanket). It was supported by Tushar Bhagat of G5 Web Services as Technology partner and Mahesh Karande of Neevstone as Branding Partner.

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These awards seek out and celebrate the individuals, companies and organizations who have managed to bring the real positive difference to the society and marketplace through innovative, value-centric offerings and products. This year, the winners of the award were selected based on the distinctive online voting process by the public, throughout the period of one month, all across Maharashtra. The results of voting favoured VICCO over a myriad of other challengers across various categories like popularity, customer service and innovation.

Speaking after receiving the award, Pendharkar said, I am exceedingly delighted and humbled to be receiving this honour amidst all my peers of the business world. I’m thankful to all the people who voted for VICCO and deemed me worthy of this recognition. This award serves to intensify our vision of a healthier and wholesome society. This recognition has provided immense credibility to our efforts that we put in as VICCO and it further solidifies our commitment towards our customers. He added, This award clearly reflects the love of our customers for VICCO and I only wish that this fondness and warmth for our products and services continue to grow with each passing day.

Reflecting on the success of VICCO, Pendharkar said, My journey as an entrepreneur has been quite a rollercoaster ride. And I have had my fair share of challenges, which I survived. Every inch of my way, I have struggled to make it to the top of the success ladder, imbibing a lot of learnings along the way. One thing which I have learnt is, that in business, you can’t expect to innovate if you are not willing to embrace risks. You should be ready to forego your comfort zone if you want to emerge triumphant.

The award ceremony was a perfect exemplification of Diversity on Display? as renowned businessmen from different sectors shared their success stories. Those prominently present during the ceremony included: Ashish Kumar Chauhan (Chairman, BSE), Dhananjay Datar (Masala King), Balasaheb Kamble (MD, Lalbaug Cha Raja), Anant Bhalekar (MD,  Maharashtra Vyapari Peth), former MLA Bhagawanrao Salunkhe, Shankar Jadhav (Strategy head, BSE), Ajay Thakur (Chief, BSE SME), Anand Chari (BGM, BSE SME), Subhash Dalvi (Strategy Head, BSE) and Sneha Patil.

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Dance enthusiasts, friends pay tribute in loving memory of Tiki Peters in Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Dance enthusiasts, friends and students came together and paid a heartfelt tribute in the loving memory of renowned western dance teacher late Benedict Peters fondly called as Tiki Peters. Moreover, the get-together also gave a chance to enthusiasts who wished to express their love for dance. The get together was held at Money Plant Terrace in Laxmi Nagar on March 13.

Hosts – businessman Dhananjay Sakharkar and Deputy Executive Editor at ABP Majha Sarita Kaushik – along with other guests, reminisced some memorable anecdotes of Tiki that lifted spirits of all as they went down the memory lane. 

Fondly remembering Peters, Sarita Kaushik told Nation Next, “Tiki was a dear friend for whom Dhananjay and I arranged this small get-together. He was a gifted teacher who danced like no one else. His moves were fabulous; no body could teach better than him. He had a commendable sense of aesthetics when it came to dance. I’m glad his elder sister and brother are equally talented and will continue Tiki’s legacy of excellence.”

Dhananjay, who had known Peters for nearly four decades, said, “My association Tiki dates back to over 40 years. He taught  us many dance forms including Jive, Salsa, Disco, Ballroom, Waltz, Cha Cha Cha. More than anything else, Tiki was an exceptional human being – with amazing sense of humour! When Tiki passed away, Sarita and I arranged a small party where we served everything that he loved  – veg puff, macarons, cakes, soft drinks and of course music to dance! This was our small gesture for our dear friend who, I’m certain, was smiling from the heavens that evening!”

Tiki Peters, who was brought up in an Anglo-Indian culture – something that was predominant in city’s Mohan Nagar area, passed away in November last year. 

Also read: Inside the famous ₹1.3 crore worth gift bag given to Oscar nominees this year…

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




Radhika Dhawad | Srinagar

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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Nagpur News

BREAKING: Gadkari again receives death threat calls from same caller




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
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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