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Sex education is a must so that children are aware of sexual preferences: Dr Milind Mane

BJP MLA from north Nagpur Dr Milind Mane, during Vidarbha’s first LGBTQI talk show, speaks about the importance of recognising the rights of the LGBT community.

Dr Milind Mane, referring to the LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Queer and Intersex) community said that sex education must be introduced in schools so that children are aware of various sexual preferences.

Mane, who said the same during the first ever talk show on LGBTQI at Tuli Imperial in Nagpur recently, was the chief guest at the show. He said, There’s full support to the LGBTQI community. I would take up the issue of LGBTQI communitys rights with the state government in the assembly.

Mane also spoke about the discrimination of the LGBTQI community by saying, They have been facing a lot of discrimination. Even while visiting public toilets and procuring medical facilities, they?ve faced discrimination. He even assured to build public toilets for the community from his discretionary funds and demand separate wards in hospitals.

The talk show had several speakers such as Father Thomas Ninan NCCI (National Council of Churches in India), Utttam Baba (transgender activist), Advocate Philomina, Swati Dharmadhikari from Tirpude College, Rishi Agrawal from Hislop College, several Human Rights activists and LGBTQI supporters. Executive CEO of Sarathi Trust Nukunj Joshi and Manohar Roy hosted the talk show.

Read more: Ek Madhav Baug: A homosexual sons cathartic confession to his mother

The Supreme Court ruled in favour of NLSA (National Legal Services Authority) judgment that protects the basic rights of transgender persons and demands separate toilets and separate wards in hospitals. Talking about the same and section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, Uttam Baba said, Till when are going to beg? Now, we’re going to fight for our rights. If our constitution preaches equality for every citizen, then why aren’t we treated equalAre we not the citizens of the countryAnd if yes, why are we unable to exercise our rights

Nikunj Joshi told Nation Next, We are happy that the Supreme Court is hearing our second petition. We’re positive that the court will rule in our favour. Also, we’re organising an Orange City LGBTQI pride march on January 13th, which will be the largest pride march in Vidarbha.

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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.

Rahul Gandhi

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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