Thursday, November 26, 2009

Musical Evening Marks The 10th Anniversary Celebration Of Seal Charitable Trust

Seal Ashram celebrated its 10th anniversary celebrations amongst eminent musicians and guitarists. A host of personalities like Excise Minister Ganesh Naik and actor Pooja Bhatt were also present.

Seal Ashram celebrated its 10th anniversary celebrations in grand style and with immense enthusiasm. Seal Ashram in Panvel is a shelter for the destitute where the people lying on the streets, the poor and the needy are brought in by this trust to take care of. The ashram also shelters orphans, HIV AIDS patients and mentally retarded. In this endeavor of theirs, the trust has been able to provide food, clothing and education to the destitute till they can stand on their own feet. Completing 10 years of this mission of theirs, a grand celebration was held called the Seal Charity Festival which saw a huge crowd of people participating. For the audience, there was a bounty of musical artists who performed for them. From the guitarist, to the flutist and to the singer, all hearts were captured by their performance.

However, the one performance that won the hearts of the people and left them awestruck was the performance by the who created music with ordinary items like bisleri can. Amongst the dignitaries present were Excise Minister Ganesh Naik, actor Pooja Bhatt and founder of Seal Pastor Philips The guests were all praises of Seal and the performance.

Actor Pooja Bhatt saluted the work done by Seal. We also caught up with other dignitaries on the day. In the end, we caught up with the organizer of the event who thanked the lord on their completion of 10 years and informed that going ahead their first priority would be to start a hospital under their wing.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

State Excise Minister Ganesh Naik Orders Immediate Repair Work For Sanpada Bridge After Inspection

Looks like authorities have finally woken up to the dangers of weak bridges along rail routes post the Kopri incident. In the course, State Excise and Non-Conventional Resources Minister Ganesh Naik paid an inspection visit along with officials at the Sanpada Bridge that has been reeling under unsafe conditions for years. The Minister has ordered immediate repair work of the bridge.

Every year, Dutta Jayanti is organized on a grand scale on December 1st at the Dutt Temple at Sanpada. Lakhs of devotees from all over the city and nearby areas come at the temple for Dutt Jayanthi. And scores of these devotees use the Sanpada railway bridge to reach the temple. The Sanpada bridge that was built years ago jointly by CIDCO and Railways was never maintained post its construction. This is one of the reasons why the bridge reels under highly deplorable conditions. Continuous movement of trains on the rail routes underneath the bridge has led to it being in shaky conditions putting the lives of commuters using it at risk. For years the locals have been demanding that the bridge be repaired but all in vain. At last, State Excise and Non-Conventional Resources Minister Ganesh Naik visited the bridge for an inspection. He was accompanied by MP Dr. Sanjeev Naik, MLA Sandeep Naik, Commissioner Vijay Nahata, CIDCO Officer B K Hariya and others. During the visit Ganesh Naik was seen issuing instructions to carry out immediate reconstruction of the bridge. The locals of Sanpada had been appealing Ganesh Naik to pay attention to the condition of the bridge for a year now. Earlier Ganesh Naik had mooted the idea of a subway but now he opined that an escalator bridge would be a better option.

Since the plans of an escalator bridge would take time and Dutta Jayanthi is coming closer, Ganesh Naik ordered that authorities work of providing some support to the bridge for the festival. He also ordered that special care be taken on the festival day for the safety of devotees using the bridge. For this Ganesh Naik ordered a technical inspection of the bridge at the earliest.

Without mincing words, Ganesh Naik held CIDCO responsible for the present condition of the bridge. It is a known fact that there are many such bridges on rail routes on the city that CIDCO and Railways both refuse to repair passing the buck of responsibility on the other. Ganesh Naik said that if shortage of funds is the reason for this, then they would consider repairing them with JNNURM funds. Ganesh Naik said that there many flaws in CIDCO work, which would be corrected. Sanpada Bridge is one of the biggest issues that haunt locals. Hence it will be a wait and watch when this order of the Minister is executed by officials.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Belapur Mla Ganesh Naik And Airoli Mla Sandeep Naik Take Oath In The First Session Of The New Assembly

As the 288 members of the state assembly took oath, MLAs from Navi Mumbai – State Excise and Non Conventional Energy Minister Ganesh Naik and Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik taking the oath. Take a look.

In the midst of all political drama State Excise and Non Conventional Energy Minister Ganesh Naik and Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik took oath in the assembly. The father-son duo arrived together for the first session of the new assembly at Vidhan Bhavan. Ganesh Naik took the oath with the other top Ministers of the state. On the other hand MLA Sandeep Naik took oath post lunch.

This time NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar had given Ganesh Naik two plum portfolios. In contrast to the controversial Environment Dept., this time Sharad Pawar had given Ganesh Naik Excise and Non Conventional Energy that includes working on policies that can have far reaching impact on the energy resources of the state. With Ganesh Naik inducted as Minister in the state cabinet, his elder son Dr. Sanjeev Naik sitting in Delhi and younger son a MLA colleague, the expectations from this tenure of Ganesh Naik for the state and Navi Mumbai is sky high.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ganesh Naik Gets Excise

Chief minister Ashok Chavan announced the portfolios after hectic lobbying for the creamy and sensitive revenue department. Both Narayan Rane and Patangrao Kadam were eyeing it and the CM gave it to Rane on the high command’s order. Kadam has been given the lesser important forest ministry. Following are the portfolios given to the top Congress Ministers:
PORTFOLIO - Hsg & Urban Devpt, Cultural Affairs.
EARLIER HELD - Urban Devpt, Housing, Protocol
EARLIER HELD - Industries and Ports
PORTFOLIO - Agri, Water Conservation, School Edu
EARLIER HELD - Agriculture
PORTFOLIO – Transport
EARLIER HELD - School Education, Law
EARLIER HELD - Revenue, Rehabilitation
The portfolios held by top NCP Ministers
PORTFOLIO - Public Works Department
PORTFOLIO - Energy and Water Resources
EARLIER HELD - Water Resources
PORTFOLIO - Home Department
He was Dy CM with addl. charge of Home
PORTFOLIO - Rural Development
PORTFOLIO - Finance & Planning
EARLIER HELD - Excise, Environment
Intra-party fights within the Congress and NCP were responsible for the portfolios being finalised so late. Chavan made the announcement at around 11.30 pm on Sunday night.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Guru Nanak Jayanthi is the birth anniversary of the founder of the Sikh faith

The weeklong celebrations come to an end as the Sikhs of the city, celebrated the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh faith.

Guru Nanak Jayanthi is the birth anniversary of the founder of the Sikh faith who was born in the month of Kartik. Born in 1469 A.D. at Tolevandi, some 30 miles from Lahore, the religion of Sikhism was founded is the result of his great vision, dedication and devotion. For the Sikhs it is a time of celebration. Men, women, and children, participated in this karseva as service to the community, cook food and distribute it in the 'Guru ka Langar', with the traditional 'Karah Prasad'. The Sikhs also visit gurudwaras where special programs are arranged and religious songs are sung in praise of guru nanak. A similar gathering was held at the Gurudwara at CBD Belapur where Thane Guardian Minister and Belapur MLA Ganesh Naik was present. He was welcomed with the traditional shawl and sword of the Sikhs. On the auspicious day of the Sikhs, a bridge was also inaugurated by Ganesh Naik making another walkway for the devotees of the gurudwara. Speaking to the media, Ganesh Naik said that he was not with the Sikh community but was amongst one of them. He prayed for strength to bring happiness in people’s lives.

Guru Nanak Dev was a great seer, saint and mystic. A prolific poet and a unique singer of God's laudation, for the Sikhs he was the messenger of peace, love, truth and renaissance who spent most of his life in meditation and spiritual practices. Guru Nanak Dev believed in and preached the concept of one god, one without any physical form. That is why the Sikhs don't worship idols.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The magic of the secular leader of the masses continues – Ganesh Naik

For a leader who proved his magic for nearly four decades, assembly elections 2009 seemed to be the biggest battle for Ganesh Naik. His opponents tried everything possible to defeat Ganesh Naik in the assembly elections but the results have shown that the magic of the secular leader of the masses continues – Ganesh Naik has proven again that he is the undisputed badshah of Navi Mumbai politics.

In the assembly elections 2009, wherever one visited either Belapur or Airoli constituencies, you were sure to have complicated “who will undercut who” calculations flung at you. In the last three months of election campaigning the BJP-Shiv Sena continuously talked about the change mantra that was all set to conquer Navi Mumbai while the united strength of Congress rebels were over confident of toppling the dynastic rule of the Naik family. These cards could have worked in some other constituency, not in Navi Mumbai. Navi Mumbai is one place where the caste-religion arithmetic or the life force of Marathi heartland politics, change mantra or even dynastic rule never works. If anything works – it is only Ganesh Naik. Even after four decades, the magic of Ganesh Naik is such that no matter wherever Ganesh Naik goes in Navi Mumbai, the crowd gathered in thousands. In return of their love and admiration, Ganesh Naik is always sure to give his followers, supporters and well wishers a wholesome smile, a familiar nod, a wave of hand, an eye to eye connect or even a quick word coming their way. And each goes back gratified. It’s been four decades that Ganesh Naik has been enjoying this support of Navi Mumbai.

As one hears residents across the city and communities speak about Ganesh Naik, the results of Belapur and Airoli constituencies where Ganesh Naik and his son Sandeep Naik were contesting seems to be a foregone conclusion that we had reported way back on September 5th 2009. For those who were attacking Ganesh Naik and Sandeep Naik’s candidature for promoting “dynastic rule” – the voters have spelt their verdict. Voters in Navi Mumbai have proven that they are like stubborn children, fiercely attached to the first family of Navi Mumbai – the Naik family. This is primarily because Ganesh Naik has continuously engaged in promoting secularism & brotherhood in Navi Mumbai. The peace and communal harmony in Navi Mumbai when neighboring cities burnt during the Mumbai riots was evidence of this.

And it isn’t just the people’s love and support that has given Ganesh Naik a victory in these elections but his leadership is widely accepted across grass root Congress workers and even some Shiv Sena leaders in Navi Mumbai. The results are forcing even critics to admit that the work done by the Naik family in presenting the secular, vibrant and flamboyant image of Navi Mumbai at all levels is incomparable. That’s why no matter how much opponents try to malign Ganesh Naik’s image, but Navi Mumbai continues to have great respect & affection for the city real son Ganesh Naik. People of Navi Mumbai know that Ganesh Naik has invested in making a secular Navi Mumbai at the cost of political loss.

In democracy the stature you reach in politics is written by the people. And the people of Navi Mumbai have given their verdict by voting the Naik family to power both at Delhi and in Maharashtra – the people’s verdict once again proves that Ganesh Naik continues to be the undisputed badshah of Navi Mumbai politics.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Truly people’s victory

Success of belief in vision and reality of progress & development ignoring the divisive issues of caste creed, religion & region.
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