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Rajiv Goes To Mbarara Rally With NRC Title Ambition

The city of Mbarara is bevvy with rally activities and personalities ahead of the Rukaari Lake Mburo Rally 2020 also known as Mbarara Rally, the National Rally Championship (NRC) season opener on Saturday and Sunday. 

The NRC opener has attracted 30 crews but Champion Yassin Nasser and runner up Arthur Blick Jr. ruled out. Information from Mbarara suggests that Ronald Ssebuguzi, navigated by Anthony Mugambwa, will open the route.

And this year, the NRC title chase has a new challenger in Rajiv Ruparelia who was impressive last year in beginners Clubman Rally Championship.

Now buoyed by the good results last year, Rajiv Ruparelia is optimistic that he can clinch the title this season and learn more about the sport he loves most.

“I still have a lot to learn. But I will try to maintain my pace and see if I stand a chance with this year’s title,” Rajiv is quoted by Kawowo Sport saying. “It has been a lot of learning from the time I joined the competition," he added.

“Just because I have been winning stages before it doesn’t make me the best yet. The truth is, I am not even forty percent as a driver,” Rajiv, who drives a Volkswagen (VW) Polo Proto, said.

It surely is going to be a long year for Rajiv but he has his ambition and work cut out and to achieve all this he assembled a  team that will spur the Rajiv Ruparelia Rally Team to great heights.

Like his maiden year in the cockpit, Rajiv will be riding with Enoch Olinga as his co-driver and has no plans of changing that unless the reason is unavoidable. “I am after building talent. I have no reason for changing a co-driver. We can only improve each other," he said his cockpit-mate.

“I am putting up some systems in place that will manage my progress. It’s the reason I have a manager, a chief mechanic, a professional trainer. All these will make me a good driver ready for big races. That’s what matters now,” he asserted.


Dolphin Suites Now Offering Free Swimming Lessons

Swimming has so many social and health benefits. It is even better if your initiation into the swimming frenzy is under the watch of a professional trainer and in a competent swimming pool.

Dolphin Suites located at Plot 36, Princess Anne Drive, Bugolobi in Kampala is currently offering free swimming lessons to its clients who might want to learn how to safely play in the waters.

The hotel recently announced that all a customer has to do to get the free-swimming training from professionals is to pay a small pool access fee of Shs20, 000 for adults or Shs15, 000 and a trainer will be at your service.

This is offer is only available every Wednesday and Friday at 2 pm to 4:30 pm.

Dolphin Suites is a subsidiary of the Ruparelia Group under the Speke Group of Hotels and has proved to be the ultimate luxury destination for people in Kampala or those that are visiting the Uganda capital.

The hotel provides ‘a friendly and courteous service’ and ‘a perfect ambience' that ensures value for money to its travelling guests.

Dolphin Suites has established itself as the epitome of relaxed grandeur, welcoming visitors to the city with stunningly appointed rooms and a host of facilities.

It is a unique boutique-style hotel offering 27 luxurious and comfortable guest rooms with individual balconies overlooking the hillside of Bugolobi and the city of Kampala.

An ideal choice for those who want a quiet stay, close to the business and corporate houses, while being located just 5 KM from the city centre and 35 KM north from the Entebbe International Airport.

A combination of services and dedication of the trained and motivated staff will make your stay comfortable leaving you feeling home-away-from-home. Members, residents and guests can also take time out to relax and de-stress with a little pampering.

Dipu Ruparelia Defeat Okee, Wavamuno To Win FMU Presidency

In a highly contested election at Kati Kati Restaurant in Lugogo, Dipu Ruparelia emerged victorious to become the next President of the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of Uganda (FMU) for the next four years.  

Kawowo Sports reports the Ruparelia, one of the founders of Uganda Motorsports Club (UMOSPOC) and a former rally driver under Crane Bank Rally Team, becomes the sixth FMU president since the formation of the federation in 2000. Ruparelia won with 36 votes.

“This is a dawn of the new era. We are going to build the sport to a level that can motivate many more to join it,” Dipu said in his acceptance speech.

He saw off competition from incumbent Dusman Okee, who got 14 votes; Geoffrey Nsamba, who got 11 votes; and former president Jack Wavamuno, who got 25 votes.

In other positions, Shemmy Senkatuka was elected Vice President beating Ken Kitariko and Kees Kagolo. Jeff Kabagamba was re-elected the deputy Vice President Motorsport edging Leon Ssenyange.

Leila Mayanja will be the only female in the Management Committee after beating Reynolds Kibira to the General Secretary post. Ernest Zziwa was re-elected the Assistant General Secretary.

Kisitu Mayanja will be the next deputy vice president motorcycling after edging George Semakula and Joseph Mwangala. The post for Vice President Vintage was left open after the candidate Hussein Kato failed to meet requirements.

SOURCE: News Today Uganda

Bollywood Singer Nimisha Deb To Perform In Kampala

Music fans in Kampala will be treated to sound Nimisha Deb when the teenage Bollywood singer performs at Kingdom Kampala on 8th February 2020 at the show being organized by Masti and Lohana Youth Wing.

Nimisha will perform alongside DJ Henri, Rahul Devida, Sanchit Chaudary, Vipul Vyas and many more artists. Tickets to the show are selling at Shs50, 000 and Shs500, 000 for a table.

Nimisha Deb is a popular singer of X factor India. She loves music and describes it as a drug to her. “Music is my own experience, my own thoughts, my wisdom. If I don’t live it, it won’t come out of my horn,” she wrote on her Facebook bio page.

On her Reverbnation page, she said: “I am not only a singer but a performer too. Music connects my heart. Like my blood, I was born with music inside me. Without music, I cannot survive.”

This will be the first time that the teenager will be performing in Uganda. Music reviewers’ rate Nimisha, who is still in school highly and describe her stage performance as flawless.

Rajiv Celebrates Birthday Skiing In Rocky Colorado Mountains

Young businessman and heir to the Ruparelia Group business empire celebrated his 30th birthday in the Rocky Mountains on Colorado, the United States of America on 2nd January.

Rajiv was in the company of some of his family members like his father Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, wife Naiya, sister Sheena and hubby Jay Sankaria, sister Meera and husband Kotecha, one-year-old niece Arie and other friends.

The Ruparelia family, running a business empire of close to $2bn jetted out of the country late December to holiday during the festive season. They stationed at Aspen, in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, which is a ski resort town and a destination for outdoor recreation.

From the pictures shared on their social media pages, it was a great recreational trip for the Ruparelia family. While Rajiv and his wife took to skiing, Dr. Ruparelia took time off to enjoy the company of granddaughter Arie.

KISU Shares Christmas Gifts With Hope For Katanga Kids Project

Hope for Katanga Kids Project, a local non-government organization that strives to provide basic necessities, education, and family empowerment to underprivileged kids in and around Katanga slum, was hosted by Kampala International School Uganda (KISU) and received Christmas gifts.

“Today we were lucky enough to host the children from Hope4Katanga Kids Project, an NGO providing the basic necessities for street children in Kampala. Hope4Katanga Kids Project is our KISU CAS project,” KISU said on social media.

“Our year 5/6 children enjoyed playing and learning with the children today, as well as giving them filled shoeboxes as a way of sharing Christmas spirit with children less fortunate than themselves. It was a wonderful day and we were very proud of all of our children,” the school added.

Hope for Katanga Kids Project aims to assist, empower and educate the underprivileged youth in Katanga Slum. Located in one of Kampala’s most prominent slums, Hope for Katanga Kids Project sets out to give kids an alternative to the risks of growing up in a slum.

Hope for Katanga Kids Project is a multi-faceted organization that addresses many problems that face the youth in Katanga slum including education, diseases, sports, skills development, and crime prevention.

“Our goals are to empower the youth to overcome these obstacles and instill hope for a better tomorrow,” the organization says on their social media pages.

Ruparelia Foundation Set To Award Scholarship To Felista Di Superstar

Another junior rapper is set to benefit from Ruparelia Foundation’s generosity after seven-year-old female rapper Felista Di Superstar aka The Boss Kid was spotted by the foundation’s director Rajiv Ruparelia.

Once the formal modalities like paperwork are complete, Felista Di Superstar will join another young rapper Fresh Kid at Kampala Parents School, a school owned by Ruparelia Group.

“They promised us and asked to go back in January to sort it out. It will be a victory for her,” Felista’s father Nyanzi Michael Kasibante told NBS’s Uncut program.

“I keep telling her that while her talent is important, she should back it up with education. We thank Ruparelia Foundation and management of Kampala Parents School for giving us this opportunity,” he added.

Rajiv spotted Felista while performing at the Kampala Kids Run, an event that Kampala Parents School sponsored and after an impressive performance, she was invited to perform at a kids' Christmas party which was organized by Ruparelia Foundation at Kampala Parents School this month. 

Ham Kiggundu Gets M7’s Nakivubo Stadium Backing

The Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium reconstruction project being undertaken by Ham Enterprises is in safe hands, President Yoweri Museveni Monday told the sports fraternity in the country.

Businessman Hamis Kiggundu the proprietor of Ham Enterprises ably got the deal to reconstruct the sports facility and to develop the rig around it with other commercial infrastructure development and right away commenced on the job which is still ongoing.

The Roko team has been effectively redeveloping Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium into a modern sports facility on international standards

In what looks like a vote of confidence, President Museveni described Hamis Kiggundu as an enterprising young Ugandan businessman. The President then promised that every region in the country will get a stadium to promote sports.

“We are going to start building Akii Bua Stadium and another in Kabarole. In the long run, all the traditional 18 sub-regions of Uganda will get a stadium each. Nakivubo Stadium is also being rehabilitated by an enterprising young Ugandan businessman,” the President told the gathering.

When Hamis Kiggundu got the deal to redevelop Nakivubo in 2015 from the stadium board of trustees, the youthful businessman sub contracted some of the country’s construction like Roko to under the construction of the legendary stadium.

Ham Enterprises has ensured that the subcontractors do a fine job so that the stadium once construction is complete give Ugandans pride

Ever since Hamis Kiggundu has been getting the backing of the ministry of education and sports, the stadium board and now the president has come out to publically endorse the work which Ham Enterprises is conducting to restore Nakivubo’s pride.

The President also promised to personally follow up on the issue of delays to complete Teryet High Altitude Training Centre. “I do not buy the explanation that the rains are responsible for these delays and yet money is available. I think some unscrupulous people are intentionally delaying this project,” President Museveni remarked.

Rajiv Assures Fans, He Is Ready To Win 2020 National Rally Championship

The National Rally Championship (NRC) has ended 2019 in a contentious manner but some racers are already eying winning 2020 season.

Motorsport is an audacious, demanding and costly sport but for Rajiv Ruparelia, going by the results in his debut year, it looks like light work.

Not that he has not put in money, training and hard work, but because he tends to supersede his ambitions. Maybe he is lucky.

Speaking to NTV Uganda in an exclusive interview, the racer has set his eyes on winning bigger things especially the National Rally Championship on his first attempt, next year - 2020.

Rajiv Ruparelia might be a novice in the motor rally fraternity but he is surely one to look out for if the results in his first past appearances are to go by, NTV Uganda wrote about him.

Equipped with a strong VW Polo Proto, Rajiv Ruparelia Rally Team is flying high and in an interview with NTV Weekend Sport the son of Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia says he is up for the challenge.

“My next target is to go for the NRC championship. If I do get the NRC, my next step is to go straight to the IRC,” Rajiv told the TV crew, adding; “They have to be ready (competitors) for me because I am coming hard. I will let my performance speak,”

Asked where he gets his interest in sport, Rajiv said he has always been ‘a sportsman all my life,’ “I get that from my father, my mother played golf, badminton and other sports. But I get it all from my father who introduced me to all sorts of sport,” he said.

And having debuted in the motorsport sport in May this year, Rajiv describes the past months as ‘an exciting season overall.’ “I have thrown my results in their faces. They can take it straight if they want.” he bragged.


#KampalaCocktailWeek: La Cabana Restaurant Offering Fruity Cocktails

La Cabana Restaurant, located at Speke Apartments on Wampewo Avenue, has chosen a fruity theme during the ongoing 4th edition of Kampala Cocktail Week. This year's Kampala Cocktail Week kicked of 27th November and is expected to end on 7th December 2019.

And for ten days, revelers have tasted, enjoying and voting for their signature cocktails from over 30 participating bars.

And to have an edge over others, La Cabana has gone cocktails that have fruit ingredients.

Ugandan Mule

An original twist of The Mule penetrates all the regions of Uganda, made with Uganda Waragi Pineapple, Smirnoff Vodka and a hint of ginger.

Stolen Fruit

Secret Ugandan fruit pressed with refreshing rosemary and lime shaken with with Uganda Waragi Premium and Captain Morgan Spiced Gold Rum.

Naughty Passion

Fresh passion fruit & mint pressed with sugar shaken with Uganda Waragi Premium and Johnnie Walker Red Label


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