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Old April 1st, 2012, 08:29 AM   #141
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I guess no one is in Nagpur currently..

Ram Navami shobhayatras are city's unique heritage

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Barkha Mathur, TNN | Apr 1, 2012, 02.32AM IST

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NAGPUR: Nothing defines the cultural fabric of the city better than the shobha yatras on Ram Navami day. With hundreds involved in preparation and lakhs viewing it, these yatras make Navami celebrations a much awaited event for Nagpurians.

Ram Navami marks the culmination of Chaitra navratri, the nine days when Ram and Durga are worshipped. It is also the day when Ram was born. Though the shobha yatra is not the part of any religious ritual, yet it is organised by prominent Ram temples in the city.

The oldest and the biggest procession is organised by the Poddareshwar Ram Mandir located at Central Avenue. The yatra is in its 46{+t}{+h} year. Umesh Sharma, the octogenarian who was amongst the group of organisers who planned the first procession over four decades ago, says that the size and stature of this event has increased as fourth generation Nagpurians are now associating with it.

"We started for the purpose of instilling some sanskars in the kids. The floats depicting sequences from our scriptures, performances of folk dances and the processions led by an event which we call mangal kalash, leave a deep imprint on the hearts and minds of our children who then learn to pay their obeisance to these traditions," he adds.

Such is the significance of this event, predominantly organised in the central and south western parts of the city, that people from other religions participate with equal fervour. "The procession crosses the Hansapuri area and people there also set up welcome gates to receive the yatra," says Sharma.

Catching up with the trend are emerging shobha yatras in other areas like Wadi, Ujwal Nagar and north Nagpur too. The one that indisputably stands out among these is Shri Ramjanam Utsav Shobha Yatra organised by the Pashchim Nagpur Nagarik Sangh, which starts from Ram Mandir in Ram Nagar.

Kishor Kolwadkar, convenor of the event says that the size of this procession, in its 36{+t}{+h} year, has grown with the population of west Nagpur. "It was in 2005 that the scale of this shobha yatra became so large. Previously a palaki of Ramji used to be taken out. It would move from Ram Mandir to LAD square and back. But now we cover a route that includes Shankar Nagar, Bajaj Nagar, Laxmi Nagar and returns through Abhyankar Nagar and LAD square."

The procession in this area is known by the large number of welcome arches. The 7 ½ km route is dotted with about 60 such gates. Kolwadkar says it shows the enthusiasm of the people. "The concentration of all these arches is in the area between Laxmi Bhuvan Chowk and Coffee House. That's because the traders here have been associated with the event for decades and that's their way of participating in it," he adds.

And though shobha yatras have high visibility, Ram janam utsav is also marked by a high decibel celebration. The day sees kirtans being held in almost every temple of the city. Mrunmayee Kulkarni, a lecturer at Kirtan Mahavidyalay, says that celebrating Ram Navami with kirtans has been an age old tradition in Maharashtra. "Starting at 10 in the morning till 12 noon, which is the time when Ram was born, kirtankaars sing excerpts from Ramayan along with narrating episodes that led to birth of Ram."

The period between Gudi Padwa up to Hanuman Jayanti has kirtans being held in city temples. "The motive behind these is to connect with younger generation and give them an idea about their spiritual heritage. Over the years, the number of youth attending these sessions has been increasing," says Kulkarni.
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Old May 21st, 2012, 11:02 AM   #143
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Maharashtra's second capital, Nagpur, has a new distinction. It is the place where current vice-chancellors of many universities in the state come from. A glance at the 18-odd universities in Maharashtra shows that 10 incumbent VCs were born and brought up in Nagpur. Pune University's newly appointed vice-chancellor Wasudeo Gade is originally from there. And so are Mumbai University's Rajan Welukar, YB Chavan Open University's K Krishnakumar, North Maharashtra University's Sudhir Meshram as well as six others. According to a former VC, Nagpur has always been a centre of academic excellence. But equally important is the fact that scholars from Mumbai and Pune are reluctant to take up top jobs in universities owing to rampant politics and corruption. These scholars, instead, prefer assignments in IT cities in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka or abroad.
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Set up IT, management institutes in Nagpur: Muttemwar

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NAGPUR: City MP and AICC general secretary Vilas Muttemwar had staked Nagpur's claim for the new national institutes of information technology (IT) and management that the Union government proposes to set up in near future. He raised the issue in Lok Sabha on Monday.

Moving the matter under rule 377, Muttemwar said the task force that went into the issue had recommended that such institutes be set up in state capitals only. Pushing Nagpur's claim, the MP pointed out that the city had once been the capital of the Central Province and Berar as well as the old MP but consequent to Vidarbha region's merger with Maharashtra the city had attained status of second capital. "People of Nagpur have a rightful claim to the institute," said the MP.

"In the absence of such a facility for specialized education, students passing out in large numbers from colleges in the region have to look for admissions in IT, management institutions in other cities and states. Nagpur's population is nearing 3 million and that of Vidarbha is now nearly 3 crore. There is a need to decentralize quality education from major metros and state capitals to two-tier cities," Muttemwar said supporting the city's case.
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 10:42 AM   #145
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World Cricket Academy's Institute of Sports is located in NAGPUR??!!
When did this happen guys? I had no clue.. We have been hearing cricketers coming to Nagpur for practice, but didn't know something like this exists. Can anybody point its location on google maps?

http://www.worldcricketacademy.com/index.htm

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The World Cricket Academy (WCA) creates and structures international development programmes "for cricketers by cricketers" catering to both professionals and amateurs in a variety of age groups and abilities.

WCA programmes run in a variety of countries around the world, however we now have our own state of the art practice facility just outside Nagpur city, the facility has been purpose built for cricket practice.

It has a twenty four hour restaurant, residences for over fifty cricketers, a variety of sports facilities for entertainment (a pool table, table tennis tables, chess and carrom boards) and also includes a swimming pool for aqua therapy.

In addition we have scientifically built practice wickets of varying bounce and turn, so that players can hone their skills and prepare holistically for the challenges ahead.

There are wickets prepared with two different soils (black and red), as well as a variety of different surfaces like granite and concrete.

What We Do:
Provide development programmes for individuals, groups and teams
Address skill development, fitness, relaxation techniques (yoga)
Offer the latest technical developments via motion capture & analysis
Structure coaching, matches, tournaments and interaction with the local players
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The WCA also firmly believe in constantly giving back to the community and have invested its own money in taking fifteen Afghani youths to India to learn cricket, as part of a Joy Through Cricket campaign. In addition it has donated hundreds of cricket kits to needy children all over India, and continue to provide free coaching to hundreds of youngsters at its head quarters outside Nagpur. This campaign of giving back to sport will be an integral part of the WCA as we spread the gospel of the game, and sports around the world, and look forward to the continued support of various individuals to make this a huge success.
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 12:13 PM   #146
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more information on Institute of Sports:

It is not located in Nagpur but very much outside Nagpur city on Amravati Road... some 90 km west of Nagpur.. 55km east of Amravati.

It opened in Sept 2011.
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Nagpur Municipal Corporation to repair footpath on 46 Integrated Road Development Project roads

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The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to repair footpaths on 46 Integrated Road Development Project (IRDP) roads. Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has made provisions of Rs 4.12 crore for executing the works.

The NMC in a press release said that the repairing of footpaths is necessary to ensure for walking along side the roads. "Encroachments were removed from the footpaths during the anti-encroachment drive. The footpaths are in bad condition in many places on the IRDP roads. Various works have to be executed on the footpaths. Therefore, the proposal has been prepared to undertake the works," the press release stated.

"Commissioner Jaiswal has given approval to the proposal and send to the standing committee. The footpaths will become hassle-free and look good after completion of the works," said the release.
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The murder of 3 rivers

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Anjaya Anparthi, TNN | Jun 27, 2012, 01.06AM IST

OMG! I have stayed on the banks of a stinking nullah for 10 full years of my life.. Turns out it is a river!! Pohara river! I am feeling shocked and deeply frustrated.. How beautiful it would have been had the river been well maintained.. sad

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NAGPUR: It's a well-known fact that the Nag and Pili rivers passing through the city have turned into big nullahs over the years and are heading towards slow death. But in what may be termed as just brutal murder, the city lost its third river - the Pohara - some years ago and it now seems to exist only in the NMC records. Leave aside citizens, even officials and political leaders seem to be stumped about the Pohara.

The Nag river is one of the 20 notified rivers of the state. The Pili and Pohara are tributaries of the Nag river. The names of Nag and Pili river is still existing and known to many of the citizens. But the name of Pohara river is not only known to the citizens but also public representatives.

The NMC had prepared three big plans - rejuvenation of Nag river and 11 lakes, and city sanitation plan which are submitted to the state and central government. The NMC had mentioned the name of Pohara as one of the three rivers in the city. Asked about the location of Pohara river, officials say that it is the big nullah passing through Somalwada and crossing the Wardha road near Sonegaon police station.

According to the city's topography sheets prepared during the British period, the Pohara river existed in South-West part of the city. The location of the origin of the river was traced near Hingna village. A study of the topography sheets and visit to the location reveals that the river might have used to start behind Hingna MIDC residential area near the SRPF Camp's main gate. The origin might have been the confluence of two natural springs coming from the hillocks located in that area and also hillock on which SRPF camp is located at present. Then, the river might passed parallel to the Defence Railway line which does not exist now and the tract of land reserved for proposed London Street project from Takli Sim. Till here there is no existence of the river at present.

Between Defence Railway line and Yashoda Nagar, a nullah starts from underground sewage line constructed some time ago. The nullah turns and passes under a bridge constructed on the line. The bridge is the first evidence to prove the existence of the river and its width. When the rail line was constructed during the British period, there was no residential area in the locality. Therefore, there is no question of a big nullah existing at that time. The bridge might have been constructed for the river.

After passing under the bridge, the nullah shrinks to a small drain and passes along the road towards Hiranwar Layout and Ramabai Ambedkar slums. Then, the nullah passing through Hiranwar Layout crosses Jaitala road. Alongside the compound wall of the airport, the nullah again crosses Defence Railway line. Here too, a well-constructed bridge exists till date. The nullah passing through Surve Nagar, Trimurti Nagar, Jaiprakash Nagar again crosses the Defence Railway line at Khamla market. Here, there is a very big bridge as the nullah takes a complete U-turn and heads towards the Sahakar Nagar ghat. Here, there is the newly constructed Sahakar Nagar bridge. The nullah then enters Somalwada and comes on the Wardha road beside Sonegaon police station.

NMC officials' claimed that the nullah at Somalwada is the Pohara river. Traced back, it is the same river coming from Takli Sim.

After crossing the Wardha road, the nullah goes on widening when it passes through Manish Nagar, Besa and heads towards Parsodi, Temsala, Adka, and Titur villages. The river merges with Nag river at Jarad village, according to the topography sheets. The same sketch of the river may be seen in the topography sheet of natural water flows of the city available with the NMC and prepared by the then irrigation department, now known as water resources department.

According to a senior NMC official, the city was blessed with many natural water flows due to hillocks situated on the West and South-West parts of the city towards the Amravati road and Hingna village. The Nag river's origin was also in the hillocks after Dabha. Thanks to the unplanned development of Dabha and Wadi, now the small drains join to form Nag river, carrying sewage from these areas. It enters Ambazari lake behind Hingna MIDC. The river exists from the overflow point of Ambazari lake and passes into of the city, travelling 17km within the city. It carries sewage, garbage and has been encroached upon at many places. The Pili river exists from overflow point of Gorewada lake and is worse than the Nag river.

NMC officials say that the rejuvenation of the rivers and lakes is not possible due to the civic body's cash crunch. "NMC submitted a detailed project report for rejuvenation of rivers and lakes under Central government's National Rivers and Lakes Conservation Plan. Funds for two lakes were sanctioned and those for the remaining water bodies are pending. Final touches have been given to the rejuvenation of Nag river plan and will be submitted in coming days," an official said.

Veteran social activist Umesh Choubey said that the rejuvenation of the three rivers and 11 lakes is very important for the city and conservation of environment in the coming days. "High Court had taken cognisance of Gosikhurd dam pollution and has been pressing authorities to correct the problem. It is only the judiciary that can bring NMC, NIT, state pollution control board, water resources department and state government together for the cause," he said.
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Hi Guys,

We all know this is going to be continued forever until and unless strong agitation happens from people of vidarbha. We like-minded people at least discussing these issues over net from long time.
I have one suggestion. Lets come together and rais our voice during this Winter session at Nagpur so that at least media will come to know that what type of step-motherly behavior happening with Vidarbha. Our major concern should be to raise concern over less industries in vidarbha region inspite of having good facilities over here. We ask CM about construction status of TCS/Infosys at MIHAN, about delay in MIHAN, etc. We only rais voice against the development issues.

Your thoughts, please suggest!!!
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Gr8 news !!!!.., PVR real wala na?
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PVR Empress City Mall , Nagpur







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Gr8 news !!!!.., PVR real wala na?
what is this PVR ..???

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Priya Village Roadshow (PVR) Cinemas is one of the largest cinema chains in India. And they have started in Nagpur also.
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Priya Village Roadshow (PVR) Cinemas is one of the largest cinema chains in India. And they have started in Nagpur also.

thanx.
i was only aware of INOX, Cinemax, Bigcinemas, Citypride
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