Published On : Thu, Dec 25th, 2014

Birth of a newspaper and the ‘wise men’ who came to bless it

Cover at the Launch Party of Weekly Newspaper in Hindi Central Today in Nagpur inaugurated by CM Devendra Fadnavis

Nagpur.

Fable of Christ birth has it that when baby Jesus was born in a manger, the angels spread the message that son of God was born and wise men from far and wide came to bless him.

Today is Christmas – the season to count our blessings – and we cannot but help feel grateful for the wise women and men of Nagpur; and some from Mumbai too, who came to bless us when our new venture “Central Today” was launched on 21st December.

The ‘manger’ for this birth was the elegantly decorated banquet hall of hotel Tuli Imperial. The colors were the royal colors of deep crimson and dark blue.

The first to arrive on the scene were plenty of police men and women with sniffer dog ‘Sheru’ re assuring us that CM Devendra Fadnavis , at whose hands Central Today was to be launched, was definitely coming! Among the political VVIPs, the first to arrive on the scene was Banwarilalji Purohit, the dapper and dashing Ashish Deshmukh, recently elected BJP, MLA from Katol. Ex Guardian Minister of Nagpur, Nitin Raut, smartly turned out as always, followed soon.

A lot of the press fraternity ‘wise men’ were there to be with us on this momentous occasion. From Delhi arrived Rahul Dev, our special invitee. A surprise guest was Rohan Jagdale, CEO of Jia news.

Among Nagpurians who obliged us by their presence was a lady Banker whose co operative bank is making news by going multi state; Directors of elite educational institutes of the area; legal luminaries like retired Judges of the Bombay High Court and practicing advocates, barons of the Nagpur auto and other industries, the Divisional Commisioner himself and a host of other bureaucrats of the Government of Maharashtra ; friends of other fraternities.

Last but not the least, Royalty of Nagpur represented by Shrimant Raje Mudhoji Bhonsle himself.

Central Today’ is the all new Vidarbha’s Weekly Hindi newspaper, the circulation of the copies of which would be across Nagpur and Vidarbha. Now we have taken a step forward towards widening our reach, and hence intend to make Central Today the most popular weekly edition of entire Central India soon.

Going back to the fable, the wise men had followed a star to reach Bethlehem and find the stable where
they found Mary, Joseph and the baby, in the stable. They offered gifts of of gold, incense, and myrrh.(a gum). We were offered precious gifts of blessings, support and a exhortations of being true to our hard profession of being purveyors of truth – tirelessly and fearlessly.

Hey! But no one says one cannot party and celebrate the moment too when we pause and get respite from the above. That’s what the young and raring to go executives and associates of Central Today and Nagpur Today did with all the invited elite to who loved to mingle with us on this enchanted Sunday. Tuli Imperial laid out a grand buffet of high tea for the occasion and the ‘spirits’ ( tea, coffee and lemonade) flowed freely!

Hon' CM of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis

CM Devendra Fadnavis

 

Sr. Journalist & Head CNEB Channel

Rahul Dev Sr. Journalist & Head, CNEB Channel

 

Banwarilal Purohit

Shri Banwarilal Purohit

 

SN Vinod

SN Vinod

 

Ashish Deshmukh

Ashish Deshmukh

 

Kumar Neelabh

Kumar Neelabh

 

Nitin Raut

Nitin Raut

 

Rohan Jagdale

Rohan Jagdale

 

Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh

 

Dr Rajesh Swarnakar

Dr Rajesh Swarnakar

 

Pournima Patil

Pournima Patil

 

Santosh Deshpande

Santosh Deshpande

 

BC Bhartiya and Rajeshwar Mishra

BC Bhartiya and Rajeshwar Mishra

 

Raje Mudhoji Bhonsle

Raje Mudhoji Bhonsle

 

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Harish Adyalkar

 

Abhay Yawalkar

Abhay Yawalkar

 

Dr KS Yawalkar and Mrs Yawalkar

Dr KS Yawalkar and Mrs Yawalkar

 

Manisha Mandhade

Manisha Mandhade

 

Shivaji Mankar

Shivaji Mankar

 

Dr. Anuradha Gorde and Advocate Ranjit Sarde

Dr. Anuradha Gorde and Advocate Ranjit Sarde

 

Jaiprakash Gupta

Jaiprakash Gupta

 

Ketki Arbat

Ketki Arbat

 

Mrs and Mr Pendse

Mrs and Mr Pendse

 

Nidhi Kamdar and Shivani Dani

Nidhi Kamdar and Shivani Dani

 

Nikita Mhaisalkar

Nikita Mhaisalkar

 

Pradeep Maitra

Pradeep Maitra

 

Pradnya and Mandar Chitaley

Pradnya and Mandar Chitaley

 

Prem Jhamnani

Prem Jhamnani

 

Puja Gehani

Puja Gehani

 

Rajeev Khushwaha

Rajeev Khushwaha

 

Sharad Agrawal

Sharad Agrawal

 

Shweta Shelgaokar

Shweta Shelgaokar

 

Sunita Mudaliar

Sunita Mudaliar

 

Team Members, Central Today

Team Members, Central Today

 

The lighting of traditional lamp by Dignitaries

The lighting of traditional lamp by Dignitaries

 

The welcome of CM Devendra Fadnavis

The welcome of CM Devendra Fadnavis

 

Vandana Sharma

Vandana Sharma

 

Varun Sapkal

Varun Sapkal

 

Vikrant Shandilya

Vikrant Shandilya

 

Vinkram Pankule

Vinkram Pankule

 

Vishal Muttemwar

Vishal Muttemwar

 

Vishram Jamdar

Vishram Jamdar

 

Yash Raj

Yash Raj

 

Romesh Arya and Pushpendra Falgun

Romesh Arya and Pushpendra Falgun

 

Amit Rai

Amit Rai

 

Amitabh Nigam

Amitabh Nigam

 

Amitabh Nigam, Anubhav Sinha and Shomi Tidke

Amitabh Nigam, Anubhav Sinha and Shomi Tidke

 

Atul Kotechha and Sudarshan Chakradhar

Atul Kotechha and Sudarshan Chakradhar

 

Balaji Buty

Balaji Buty

 

Dayashankar Tiwari

Dayashankar Tiwari

 

Deven Parekh

Deven Parekh

 

Dignitaries launching the first edition of Central Today

Dignitaries launching the first edition of Central Today

 

Dipen Agrawal

Dipen Agrawal

PICS BY : Vinay Thorat and Amol Gajbhiye