Shyad Akhtar, Shanoy Saloman bag titles in maiden Auto Cross 2017

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ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
5 Nov 2017

Shyad Akhtar won the title of fastest male racer while Shanoy Saloman bagged the cap in the female section in the maiden Andaman Safaris Auto Cross 2017 organised by Youth Chamber of Commerce and Industry (YCCI), FMSCI on Sunday. Smt Roopal Patel, famous TV star was the chief guest on the occasion, while Mr Radhe Krishna Dutt, actor and Ambassador of Swachh Bharat Mission, A & N Islands, Mr Naresh Chander Lall, were the guests of honour. They gave away certificates and mementoes to the participants after the conclusion of the event.
Lauding the efforts of YCCI in organising Auto Cross 2017 here, Smt Roopal Patel  said that the event was a novel attempt to educate people on road safety. “Irresponsible driving on the main roads endangers the life of other users and persons holding the wheel should understand their responsibility. Life is precious and all motorists should obey traffic rules to prevent mishaps,” she said.
“After around 27 years, me, Roopal and Naresh Chander Lall, all students of National School of Drama, are sharing the stage together here because of YCCI,” said Mr RK Dutt. Rising cases of deaths in road accidents due to reckless driving has become a cause of concern for the entire country and strict adherence to traffic rules has become imperative to prevent loss of lives. Roads here are extremely narrow and motorists should refrain from driving at high speeds, urged Mr Dutt. Newly constituted Youth Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to the welfare of youth in these islands, said YCCI Patron, Mr Naresh Chander Lall in his address. “The Chamber is striving to establish a Movie Studio in these islands and we solicit cooperation of all islanders in this regard,” he added. 
Rupal Patel is a veteran of Gujarati theatre and is known for her portrayal of Kokila Modi in the long-running soap opera  Saath Nibhaana Saathiya on Star Plus TV channel.  She got her training from the National School of Drama, New Delhi. She owns a theatre group by the name Panorama Art Theatres which is involved in children's plays and also has a degree in Commerce as well. Radhakrishna Dutta, the prolific actor and NSD passout, with movies like Apaharan and Chakravyuh under his belt, has a prominent Ranchi connect. He spent a lot of time in Ranchi during his childhood years. Most part of his schooling was done from St. John’s School and St. Xavier’s School in Ranchi. Thereafter, he completed his graduation from St. Xavier’s College. Another project he worked on in 2013 was Blood Matching. He also featured in various mythology-based shows before his role in Devon Ke Dev Mahadev.