Theatre fest ends with two contrasting plays

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Nagpur: ‘Oxygen’ and ‘Piklya Panacha’, the plays contrast in nature, staged as part of the three-day Govind Hari Velankar Memorial Saptak Theatre Festival, won the hearts of the audience at Scientific Society Hall on Wednesday. Written by Ajinkya Lokhande and directed by Bhagyashree Chitnavis, ‘Oxygen’ is an eye-opening one-act play which makes the audience ponder over what should be the role of a society in protecting women from harassment and victimization. ‘Oxygen’ revolves around protagonists played by Rajesh Sherki and Bhagyashree trapped in a closed room and can’t find a…

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Saksham probable topper from city in CA final exam

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Nagpur: Saksham Jain, a resident of Wardhaman Nagar, has emerged the probable topper from the city with an all India rank of 27 in Chartered Accountancy (CA) final exam, results of which were announced on Friday. It is learnt, another city girl Pratisha Rochalani has scored AIR 47, but TOI and ICAI Nagpur chapter couldn’t confirm the ranking. Saksham, a 22-year-old lad belonging to a business family, started preparing for the tough exam just a year back. “Everyone gets hyper and that’s the reason people are unable to succeed in…

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Piles treated with diode laser tech

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Nagpur: Dr Nilesh Junankar and Dr Pradeep Sharma, surgeons from city and Pune respectively, demonstrated a new and revolutionary technique used to treat piles using a diode laser. According to the surgeons, the technique is totally painless, requires no incision and doesn’t leave any scar. It is basically a day care procedure. The technique was demonstrated at a workshop organized by the Association of Surgeons of India (ASN), Nagpur chapter, recently. It was followed by a continuing medical education (CME) programme. The workshop was attended by 50 surgeons from Kolkata,…

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‘Sahityavrati’ award conferred on Bage

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Nagpur: Asha Bage, known for her explicit writing in Marathi, was honoured with the first Prof Ram Shewalkar ‘Sahityavrati’ award at Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh, Sitabuldi, on Thursday. The award was given under the aegis of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Mahamandal. Senior journalist Vijay Kuvalekar, littérateur Prabha Ganorkar and president of Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Sahitya Mahamandal Shripad Balchandra Joshi were present. The ceremony started with Asha Bage’s ‘Atithi’, one of her best works. She said, “I felt satisfied after writing ‘Atithi’ because I thought I was able to communicate to my…

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NMC dues cross Rs 800cr, earns only Rs321.45cr in Q1

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Nagpur: The financial health of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is getting precarious. In the first quarter of this fiscal, the civic body generated revenue of Rs321.45 crore while its liabilities have crossed over Rs800 crore. As a preventive measure, sources said, the civic administration has advised standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja to prioritize projects. The cash crunch has caused unrest among contractors who stall ongoing works to get their bills settled. The NMC owes contractors Rs500 crore, while its liabilities towards employees, including provident fund and mandatory contribution towards educational…

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Oppn gets min to order probe into MIDC land acquisition

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Nagpur: State industries minister Subhash Desai was all in knots trying to wriggle out of the situation when Opposition members were joined by none other than former revenue minister and BJP leader Eknath Khadse seeking replies on land acquisition by Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation. The minister had to bow down and order a probe into the matter to pacify a belligerent Khadse. In a calling attention motion, Atul Savey and others raised the issue of how the MIDC had started process for land acquisition in Aurangabad district in villages Japir…

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Green signal for Shivaji statue protesters to raise red flag

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Nagpur: The state’s plan for a Shivaji statue off the Gateway in Mumbai may face a fresh hurdle. The National Green Tribunal’s Pune bench has permitted a few opposing the project to file an amended appeal. In 2016, Mumbai-based 67-year-old fisherman Damodar Tandel and 48-year-old businessman Pradip Patade had approached the green court citing that the project will destroy 110-kilometer coastal area near Mumbai and affect the livelihoods of many fishermen. The petitioners had also alleged that the process of acquiring environmental and Costal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances was done…

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Navi Mumbai land deal to be scrapped after legal opinion

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Nagpur: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced on Wednesday evening that the controversial Navi Mumbai CIDCO land deals would be cancelled after taking opinion of law and judiciary department. “The allotment of land to farmers will, however, not be cancelled as farmers have already earned money through sale of land. Only the builders will pay the price,” he said. He threatened to cancel all 200 controversial land deals that had taken place during Congress-NCP regime. The opposition leaders had charged a few days ago that chief minister’s office was involved in…

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Sawant assures care for haemophilia patients in Maharashtra

NAGPUR: Health minister Deepak Sawant on Tuesday assured all help to haemophilia patients in the state after the matter was raised through a calling attention motion in the state legislative assembly by Babanrao Shinde. The member said a five-year-old boy of Pandharpur village in Marathwada died on April 29 since he did not get timely treatment and the crucial blood component. Aniket Shirse needed immediate dose of Factor 7, which was not available at Pandharpur. His parents, with the help of Haemophilia Society of India’s (HSI) Aurangabad unit, admitted him…

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