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At least 12 feared dead in Gujarat temple stampede

Ahmedabad, Oct 14 : At least 12 people were feared dead and several others injured in a stampede at the Pavagadh temple in Gujarat's Panchmahal District on Sunday morning.

Around two lakh devotees had gathered at the temple to offer prayers on the occasion of Navratras.

"The stampede occurred between devotees who were coming down the hill and those who were climbing their way up", Resident District Collector of Panchmahals R K Rathod said.

He added that the stampede took place at an area called Patia Pul, which is a narrow uphill that leads to the temple.

The injured have been admitted to hospitals in Halol and nearby towns, a police official said.


Child rights commission expresses grief over death of Ahmedabad schoolboy

New Delhi, Oct 26 : Expressing grief over the death of a Ahmedabad schoolboy during a punishment given for being late, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) today wrote a letter to the Gujarat Chief Secretary asking as to what actions have been taken following the incident.

In the letter addressed to state Chief Secretary Dr. Manjula Subramaniyam, NCPCR Chairperson Shanta Sinha said: “In the light of the foregoing, the Commission is terribly upset and very sad to hear about the death of Milan Tanna, a class 12th student of Sree Narayana Guru School, who was punished for being late to school.”


Sohrabbudin fake encounter: Bail pleas of Vanzara, six others rejected

Ahmedabad, Nov 13 : An Ahmedabad court today rejected the bail petitions of IPS officer D G Vanzara, and six others, who are the prime suspects in the 2005 Sohrabbudin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Rejecting the bail pleas, the sessions court said that no bail could be granted to the main suspects in the case, as they are likely to influence the ongoing investigation or tamper with evidence.

Two IPS officers of Gujarat Police-- Vanzara and Rajkumar Pandyan-- and one of Rajasthan Police-- Dinesh Kumar— allegedly executed the encounter in November 2005.


Electoral process in Gujarat to begin tomorrow

Ahmedabad, Nov 14: The electoral process for the Assembly polls in Gujarat will begin tomorrow with the issue of notifications.

The notifications will be issued for 87 constituencies, which will go to the polls on December 11. In the first phase, polling will be held in Saurashtra and some tribal-dominated areas.

The remaining 95 seats will go to polls on December 16.

Elaborate arrangements have been made by the Election Commission to conduct polls fairly.

Earlier, Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy, Election Commissioners Navin Chawla and S Y Quraishi visited the state to review the poll preparedness.


Congress accuses Modi of misusing power to influence voters

Ahmedabad/Rajkot, Nov 15: Congress has accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of misusing his powers to influence voters ahead of the Assembly polls, scheduled to be held in December.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists can be seen roaming in the city with framed pictures of Modi and distributing it in shops and showrooms.

Congress leaders feel that Modi is getting his framed picture distributed in every shop and showroom in the state to influence the voters.


PM to address election rallies in Gujarat

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan SinghAhmedabad, Dec 7: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will address two rallies in Gujarat today ahead of the two-phased Assembly elections, scheduled to be held on December 11 and 16.

Dr. Singh will address first public meeting at Rajkot. Later, he will proceed to Surat where he will address another public meeting in the afternoon.

Dr. Singh is expected to focus on the issue of development during his rallies. He is also scheduled to arrive here for a second round of campaign on December 11.

Tight security arrangements have been made in view of his visit.


NRIS' join poll campaign in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Dec. 8: A large number of Gujarati Non-Resident Indians have landed in the state to lend support to the BJP in the Assembly elections slated for December 11 and 16.

Over 100 NRI supporters of Chief Minister Narendra Modi have arrived in the city till date and many more are to follow suit to lend their support to him.

A majority of them feel that Gujarat has developed under Modi's stewardship.

Although they cannot vote in the elections, NRIs from the USA and the UK are pumping in funds into Modi's campaign kitty.


Shakira has villagers jiving ahead of Gujarat polls

Ahmedabad, Dec. 8: Latino music, that too figuring Shakira, may be unheard of in the villages of Gujarat, but it is being put to use in the election campaign.

The Congress party is making use of the Gujarati versions of Shakira's songs to woo voters.

A 'political' version of one of Shakira's hit numbers, sung by a Dr. Utpal and Anita Fernadis, is being used to amuse crowds at public meetings. The song, titled 'Panjo', represents the party's electoral symbol of an open palm.


Campaigning for Gujarat Assembly 1st phase polls end today

Ahmedabad, Dec 9: Campaigning for the 87 Gujarat Assembly Constituencies that are going to polls on December 11 will end this evening.

The fate of 668 candidates will be decided in the first phase of polling.

Some of the key ministers of the Narendra Modi Government who are contesting election during this phase are Finance Minister Biju Bhai Vala (Rajkot II), Water Resources Minister Narottam Patel (Chaurasy) and Urban Development Minister I K Jadeja.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who started his poll campaigning focusing development issues ended up in exchanging fiery allegations by Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders.


Modi's Rath designer now takes him on in poll fray

Ahmedabad, Dec. 10: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra ModiA graduate of the Ahmedabad-based National Institute of Design (NID), who made an animation film on the 2002 post-Godhra riots, has decided to contest this year's Assembly polls in Gujarat as a candidate of the little-known New Socialist Movement.

Not only that, he has decided to challenge incumbent Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the latter's stronghold -- the Maninagar Assembly Constituency.


Tight security in place for first phase of Gujarat polls

Ahmedabad, Dec 10: Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the first phase of Assembly polls in Gujarat to be held on Tuesday.

Around 50, 000 central paramilitary forces have been deployed at all polling booths to ensure free and fair polling.

Apart from this, the Election Commission has also prohibited the use of mobile phones inside polling booths.

As many as 1.79 crores voters will decide the fate of 668 candidates, including 53 female candidates, who are in the fray.

During the first phase, the Chorasi, Assembly Constituency is the largest with 1, 593, 907 voters, while Manavadar is the smallest with 125, 902 voters.


Orkutters’ rally to support Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad

Narendra ModiAhmedabad, Dec. 11: Orkut, the social networking website, gained a new dimension when several of its members congregated here for the first time to showcase their political support for their favourite party and its leader.

About 200 members of Namo, an Orkut community, who knew each other only through their interaction on Orkut, met here on Sunday to hold a rally in support of their favourite Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi.

“NAMO” community has about 6,500 registered members from all walks of life who enjoy discussing Gujarat politics and popularising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.


Low voter-turnout in initial hours of Gujarat Assembly polls

Ahmedabad, Dec 11: A low voter turnout was witnessed in the initial hours of the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections that is being held today.

Polling is being held in 87 constituencies of the total 182 Assembly segments. Majority (58) of which are located in the Saurashtra and the Kutch regions, while 29 seats are in South Gujarat.

Reports suggest that the voting is picking up gradually.

Around 1,78,77,771 voters (93,14,640 males and 85,63,131 females) will decide the fate of 669 candidates, including 53 women in the fray.

The Election Commission has set up 19,924 polling stations for voting and as many number of electronic voting machines has been put to use.


Advani's selection as BJP's next Prime Ministerial candidate a gimmick, say experts

L K AdvaniAhmedabad, Dec. 11 (ANI): The announcement of L K Advani’s elevation as the Bharatiya Janata Party's next Prime Ministerial candidate has not gone down well within the state, as the electorate of Gujarat doesn’t seem to be impressed with this sudden development.

Common voters are saying that the elections are being fought on the local issues and the Advani factor will have no bearing on poll results.


‘A political’ Manmohan is a political novice, says Advani

BJP leader L K AdvaniAhmedabad, Dec. 14: Commenting on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s remarks over senior BJP leader L K Advani being appointed as the saffron party’s prime ministerial candidate, the latter today said that “the Prime Minister is not a political person because a politically aware person cannot make such a comment. "

Advani further said: "He (Dr Singh) is a simple man, and that is why he said something like this. "

Advani said he was surprised at the Prime Minister saying that the BJP's announcement was aimed at countering Modi in Gujarat.


Polling begins for the final phase of polls in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Dec 16: Voting for the second and the final phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections began today amidst tight security.

Polling is on in the remaining 95 constituencies of the total 182 seats, which are spread over eleven districts in the central and northern parts of the state.

A total of 18.7 million people are expected to decide the fate of 599 candidates who are in the fray.

Elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure that the voting is held in a free and fair manner.

Tight security arrangements have been made in Anand, Nadiad, Karamsad, Khambhat, Sujitra, Khadga and other assembly segments.

Over 50,000 security personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order in the state.


Gujarat waits with bated breath for first poll results

Ahmedabad, Dec.23: Gujarat will wait with bated breath for the first result from the counting of votes, which is expected to be out by 10 a.m. on Sunday. Counting of votes cast in the two-phased electionscommenced at 8 a.m.this morning in 37 counting stations amidst tight security, with the Congress and the BJP locked in a virtual straight fight.
All political parties are keeping their fingers crossed for an outcome that will alter the country's political landscape in the months to come.
 
Both the Congress and the BJP have expressed confidence about emerging victorious, even as exit polls conducted by several television channels have predicted incumbent Chief Minister Narendra Modi's return to power for a second consecutive term.
 


“Congress will gain majority in Gujarat as day progresses”

Ahmedabad, Dec 23: Congress party has expressed confidence that there would be a swing in favour of the party as the day progresses in Gujarat where counting of votes for the Assembly elections is underway.

Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Bharat Singh Solanki said “ultimately the swing will be in favour of Congress. ”

On the question of BJP rebels being absorbed in Congress and given tickets, Solanki said “it is the question of ideology and truth. ”

He said this was done for the State’s welfare and not for “individual war”.

Commenting on his chances of becoming next chief minister, Solanki said: “I am soldier of party. I am happy being it. ”


Modi the Man of the Match

Chief Minister Narendra ModiAhmedabad, Dec 23: In his first reaction after the early trend showed that the BJP is all set to return to power in Gujarat, Chief Minister Narendra Modi said “I was the CM, I will remain the CM. For me CM means Common Man. ”

Modi said this in a SMS. The BJP is leading in over 100 seats out of 182 constituencies. The main opposition Congress party is lagging at around 60 seats.

BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad said "the victory is the victory of the entire BJP of which Modi is the Man of the Match. We are proud of his performance. "


Modi set to become CM for third time, to be sworn on Dec 27

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra ModiAhmedabad, Dec 23: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is all set to return to power as the BJP is poised for a fourth straight victory in the Assembly elections winning 20 seats and leading in 99 constituencies.

Modi, clearly in a celebratory mood, has already sent out an SMS message asserting, “I was the CM, I will remain the CM. For me CM means Common Man.”


Narendra Modi to take oath as Gujarat CM tomorrow

Narendra ModiAhmedabad, Dec 24: Narendra Modi will take oath as Chief Minister of Gujarat for a third time on Tuesday.

Modi will be sworn in by Governor Naval Kishore Sharma at Sardar Patel Stadium in Gandhinagar at 12:50 p. m. The ceremony will coincide with the birthday of senior party leader A B Vajpayee.

Earlier, Modi was scheduled to take oath on December 27.

Meanwhile, the newly-elected BJP MLAs met in Gandhinagar today elected Modi as the leader of the Gujarat BJP legislature party unanimously.


Narendra Modi urges Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to assist violence-hit expats in Kenya

Ahmedabad, Jan 2: Expressing concern over attacks on Gujarati Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra ModiPrime Minister Manmohan Singhexpatriates in Kenya, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to ensure their safety in that country.

Modi has asked Dr. Singh to take up the issue with the Kenyan Government to ensure safety of Gujaratis in Kenya.


Kite festival, unites all communities in Gujarat

Kite FestivalAhmedabad, Jan. 2 : Uttarayan, the famous kite festival of Gujarat that turns the sky full of colourful kites in Ahmedabad, also serves as chord of communal harmony in Gujarat.

Though the State always leads the country in celebrating every traditional festival in an attractive way, the Gujaratis maintain that Uttarayan strengthens communal harmony the best.

In the Jamalpur Kite market in Ahmedabad, Muslim craftsmen have been catering to the needs of Uttarayan festival celebrated by Hindus.

Umar Bhai, a Muslim kite maker, having spent over 35 years in this trade, takes pride in being a part of the 'Uttarayan' festival.


Indian community in Kenya not facing ire, says Anand Sharma

New Delhi/Ahmedabad, Jan 2 : today said that the Indian community in Kenya is not being targeted in particular.
Union Minister of External Affairs Anand Sharma
"I admit there has been damage to property in Kenya, but I must add here that Indians are not being targeted specifically," Sharma said.

"Violence is taking place there and Indians living out there are also suffering. But the people living in Mombasa and other such places are being provided with aid," he added.


Narendra Modi to form his cabinet tomorrow

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra ModiAhmedabad, Jan 3: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will form his cabinet at a ceremony in Gandhinagar on Friday.

Governor Naval Kishore Sharma will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the members of the new ministry.

According to sources, 15 to 20 ministers will be inducted.

Portfolios will be allocated in a meeting to be followed by the swearing-in- ceremony.

Among the seniors, Vajubhai Vala, Ashok Bhatt, Anandiben Patel, Narottam Patel, and Mangubhai Patel are likely to be re-nominated.


BJP wants Manmohan to act swiftly on Kenya crisis

Kenya CrisisAhmedabad, Jan 3  : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday held a protest march in Ahmedabad demanding the UPA Government to take a swift action for ensuring safety of Indians living in Kenya.

“Our Chief Minister (Narendra Modi) is in constant touch with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, but till today we don't have any information about what the Central Government is doing for the victims,” said Purushottam Sinh Rupala, state BJP president.

Defective thermometers brands abound

Ahmedabad, Feb. 2: In a shocking revelation, the Consumer Education Research Society in Ahmedabad during in-house tests on popular clinical thermometers (mercury and digital) has found at least 16 popular brands to be inaccurate in calibration.

The findings are alarming, as at least 16 popular brand thermometers have failed to conform to the norms prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). It is worth remembering that a clinical thermometer is generally used by people at their homes to check body temperature.


Pharmaceutical companies harbouring huge expectations from Chidambaram's Budget

Ahmedabad, Feb. 15:Pharmaceutical companies harbouring huge expectations from Chidambaram's Budget Pharmaceutical companies are harbouring huge expectations from Finance Minister P. Chidambaram when he presents the Union Budget 2008-09 at the end of the month.

Starting virtually from scratch, the pharmaceutical industry in India has over the last 30 years evolved into a world leader in producing high quality drugs with the lowest cost of production, and now is ranked fourth globally in terms of volume and 13th in terms of value of production.


Soon, a museum in the memory of riot victims in Ahmedabad

GujratAhmedabad, Feb. 19: Gujarat’s Gulbarg Society, a building located in the heart of Ahmedbad’s Meghaninagar area is today infamously known for the brutal atrocities it suffered during the post-Godhra riots about six years ago.

At least 68 residents of Gulbarg Society had lost their lives in the day-long violence.

Perhaps disappointed with the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s recent win in the State Assembly elections, the survivors of the Gulbarg Society have offered it to be converted into a museum.

The building, at present, stands like the relic of a ghost structure.


Yesterday's taxi driver is today's artist in demand

GurjratAhmedabad, April 1: A taxi driver in Ahmedabad who lost his source of livelihood during the Gujarat riots, has today reinvented himself as an artist of some repute.

Surviving as an unknown tourist taxi driver, Munnavvar Hussein, 46, used to sketch monuments during his idle time.

He used stippling art, a technique of using small dots to simulate varying degrees of solidity or shading.

But after riots, he was left with no work and took to sketching seriously.


One student killed and ten injured as DPS bus overturns in Gujarat

GujaratAhmedabad, Apr 2: A 13-year old girl student was reportedly killed and over ten children were injured this morning after a Delhi Public School (DPS) bus overturned in Shilaj village about 10 km from here.

The bus, carrying about 20 children to the School in the Bopal area on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, turned turtle colliding with a truck it was trying to overtake.

The condition of three of the students is said to be serious.

Ahmedabad Superintendent of Police, SS Trivedi said all the injured have been admitted to the Shah Alloys Limited (SAL) Hospital and the Sola Civil Hospital.


Sadhav Engineering Consortium bags order worth Rs 167 Crore

Sadbhav Engineering Ltd has informed that consortium led by the Company has been awarded the project worth Rs 166.88 crore by the Government of Andhra Pradesh Irrigation and CAD Department in joint venture with Gokul Krishna Construction Pvt. Ltd. in the ratio of 52 : 48 respectively.

The scope of contract includes earth work excavation, forming embankment & construction of CD & CM works of main canal, distributory system up to water course level, CC lining to main canal and other allied works including investigation, designing of Gouravelly canal in Karimnagar District.


Jamaat-E-Ulema calls for unity

AhmedabadAhmedabad, Apr 26 : Members of the Jamaat-E-Ulema on Saturday issued a unity call.

They also demanded fair treatment to Muslims as the community finds itself at the receiving end every time a terror attack takes place.

“A Muslim can tolerate suffering inflicted on him but he cannot withstand any insult to his religion. The conference has decided that we should raise a voice against terrorism and anything wrong that is inflicted on the community,” Maulana Sayeed Mohamad Asad Madni, general secretary of Jamaat-E-Ulema, said.


Security stepped up after Jaipur serial blasts

New Delhi/Varanasi/Ahmedabad, May 14 : Security across the country has been beefed up after eight serial blasts rock Jaipur, claiming the lives of 70 people and injuring over 200 others.

In New Delhi, police jeeps and vans were seen patrolling during the early morning hours.

Madhukar Gupta, Central Home Secretary said that investigations are being carried out to crack the case and punish the culprits.

"We are going to find out what kind of explosives and what kind of devices these are? The teams are going to investigate all this. Our priority apart from vigilance and alert generally would be to get to the bottom of this and try to get hold of the people who are responsible for this," said Gupta.


High tide turns fertile fields into saline stretches in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, June 10 : High tide in many coastal villages of Gujarat has played havoc as the sea water has flooded farm lands turning almost 4,000 acres of fertile fields into saline stretches.

High tide has hit the coastal areas including Jaswanpura, Kotda, Ganeshgadh, Narmad, Kala talav, Kheta- Khatli, Bavaliyari in Bhavnagar District situated almost 12 - 15 kilometer from the sea.

Seawater broke boundaries of 3-meter high mud edges in low-lying areas stretched around many kilometres on the periphery of these coastal villages.

This sudden high tide has shattered the dreams of the farmers in these villages who were expecting a timely monsoon.


High tide turns fertile fields into saline stretches in Gujarat

gujratAhmedabad, June 10 : High tide in many coastal villages of Gujarat has played havoc as the sea water has flooded farm lands turning almost 4,000 acres of fertile fields into saline stretches.

High tide has hit the coastal areas including Jaswanpura, Kotda, Ganeshgadh, Narmad, Kala talav, Kheta- Khatli, Bavaliyari in Bhavnagar District situated almost 12 - 15 kilometer from the sea.

Seawater broke boundaries of 3-meter high mud edges in low-lying areas stretched around many kilometres on the periphery of these coastal villages.

This sudden high tide has shattered the dreams of the farmers in these villages who were expecting a timely monsoon.


Reliance Money to pick 26% stake in Ahmedabad-based NMCE

ADAG group’s Reliance Money, the broking and financial services arm of Reliance Capital, has entered into an agreement with the Ahmedabad-based National Multi-Commodities Exchange (NMCE), to pick up 26% stake in the bourse, for an undisclosed amount.

NMCE, the third largest commodities bourse in the country in terms of turnover, is strong in three agro commodities pepper, rubber and raw jute. It also has presence in commodities like isabgul, sacking and rapeseed.

Earlier, the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the oldest stock exchange in India, had announced in February its intentions to buy a 26% stake in NMCE. The deal is yet to be closed.


CID raids Asaram Bapu’s ashram in Ahmedabad

Asaram BapuAhmedabad, July 25 : Four teams of CID Crime Branch on Friday raided the Ashram of Asharam Bapu in Ahmedabad.

The ashram in the Gujarat town has been in the headlines ever since the death of two children at its Gurukul.

Earlier on July 18, people of the city had observed a shutdown against the alleged shoddy probe into the death of the children.

The bodies of Dipesh Praful Vaghela, 10, and his cousin Abhishek Shantilal Vaghela, 11, were found in the riverbed near the Asharam Bapu’s Ashram on the outskirts of the city on July 6. The bodies were recovered two days after the boys were reported to be missing.


Parents seek their son lost during Godhra riots back from foster parents

Godhra riotsAhmedabad, July 25 : Parents of a nine-year-old boy in Gujarat are utterly disappointed after failing to get his custody from his foster parent.

The boy was missing since 2002 Gujarat riots and was traced by a voluntary organization here.

The family that adopted the child, Vivek Patni, has refused to part with him, as it nurtured him. The child too wants to continue to be with his foster parent.

A legal battle followed after a Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigated into the case and found clues suggesting the Shiekhs were Vivek’s biological parents.


Six blasts reported from India's western Ahmedabad city

AhmedabadNew Delhi  - At least six synchronized blasts were reported from India's western city of Ahmedabad city on Saturday wounding seven people, media reports said.

The explosives were planted on bicycles in crowded market places in Ahmedabad which is among the top commercial cities in India, the NDTV network reported.

The blasts occurred in the Maninagar, Sarangpur, Isanpur, Diamond Market, Bapu Nagar and Narol Circle areas, all in eastern Ahmedabad.

The city is located 50 kilometres south-west of Gandhinagar, state capital of Gujarat state.


19 injured in Ahmedabad serial blasts

AhmedabadAhmedabad, July 26 : At least 19 people were injured when serial blasts rocked different parts of Ahmedabad on Saturday evening.

While reports from Ahmedabad said that there were six explosions, the State Government confirmed three blasts.

According to television reports, the first blast took place at 6.45 p. m. at Mani Nagar Chowk. The other blasts took place at Bapu Nagar, Saranpur Bridge, Sardar Patel Bazaar, Ishaanpur and Raipur.

Mani Nagar is the constituency of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

According to preliminary investigative reports, the bombs were found in tiffins that were planted on bicycles.


Jaiswal condemns Ahmedabad blasts, says Government will retaliate firmly

Sriprakash JaiswalAhmedabad, July 26 : Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal on Saturdaycondemned the serial blasts in Ahmedabad, describing it as a planned mode of spreading panic across the country.

“All our Metros have lots of people, and it is not possible to have a police presence in every part of the city or cities,” Jaiswal said.

“Terrorists and those behind such heinous crimes are taking advantage of this, but the Government is determined to take firm measures to counter this menace in every way possible,” he added.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh too has condemned this cowardly act.


Toll reaches to 38 in Ahmedabad serial blasts

Toll reaches to 38 in Ahmedabad serial blastsAhmedabad, July 27 : The death toll in the Gujarat serial blasts, which occurred a day after multiple explosions in Bangalore, has reached to 38 this morning and is expected to rise further.

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has convened a high level meeting on Sunday morning to review the security situation throughout the country.

Saturday’s blasts injured at least 90 people who were admitted in several hospitals including Vadilal Sarabhai Hospital, Civil Hospital and LG Hospital.


Pakistan PM condemns Bangalore, Ahmedabad serial blasts

Islamabad, July 27 : Pakistan PM condemns Bangalore, Ahmedabad serial blastsPakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has strongly condemned the serial blasts in Ahmedabad and Bangalore on July 26 and 25, respectively.

He expressed his deep sympathies with the bereaved families and the victims of these acts of violence against innocent people, says a foreign office statement, reported the Daily Times.


Manmohan, Sonia to visit blasts-hit Ahmedabad today

Ahmedabad, July 28 : Manmohan, Sonia to visit blasts-hit Ahmedabad todayPrime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi will arrive here today to have an on-the-spot-assessment of the situation after the city was rocked by serial blasts on Saturday.

The duo, who will also be accompanied by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, will meet injured admitted in different hospitals.

The injured are undergoing treatment in Civil Hospital, LG Hospital and Vadilal Sarabhai Hospitals.


PM, Sonia visit bomb blast sites, survivors in Ahmedabad

Manmohan Singh & Sonia GandhiAhmedabad, July 28 : The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Monday visited some of the sites that were affected by Saturday’s serial bomb blasts in which over 40 people were killed.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and senior State Government officials received the three dignitaries from Delhi on Monday afternoon, two days after more than 16 bombs devastated parts of East Ahmedabad, causing grief, shock and panic among its residents and damaging property.


PM, Sonia visit bomb blast sites, survivors in Ahmedabad (Update)

Manmohan SinghAhmedabad, July 28: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday commended the people of Gujarat for the resilience shown by them in the wake of terror attacks on Saturday’s serial bomb blast.

The Prime Minister said this during his day-long visit to Ahmedabad.

"I commend the people of Gujarat for the resilience they have shown. These terrorist acts are aimed at destroying our social fabric, undermining communal harmony and demoralising our people," he said.

Singh also announced enhancement of ex-gratia payment from Rs one lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh each to next of kin of those killed in the terror attacks.


Two more live bombs found in Surat

Surat, July 29: Surat Police today recovered two more live bombs, two days after serial bomb blasts killed over 40 people in Ahmedabad.

According to police officials, one bomb was found near the Labheshwar Police Chowki in the city''s Varachha area, while the second bomb was found in Santoshi Nagar.

The bomb disposal squad are at the site looking for further clues.

On Monday, three live bombs were defused in Surat.

Meanwhile, Ahmedabad Police and officials of other investigative agencies are coming around to the view that the banned Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) could be behind this latest attack


Nine bombs found, defused in Indian state rocked by deadly blasts

New Delhi  - India's western state of Gujarat was on high alert Tuesday after police found nine bombs in Surat city, three days after synchronized blasts killed up to 50 people in the state's main city of Ahmedabad.

Police defused all nine bombs, which were found in residential areas, in markets and along roads in the Varachha area of Surat, which is among the world's biggest diamond-polishing centres and is located 200 kilometres south of Ahmedabad.

"Most of these were crude bombs and have been sent to the forensic lab for analysis," Inspector P Mangabe at the Surat police control room said by telephone.


Number of bombs found, defused in Indian city rises to 19

ahmedabad-suratNew Delhi  - A live bomb was found in the western Indian city of Surat Wednesday, bringing the number of unexploded bombs found there over two days to 19, police said.

The explosive was found in a busy market area a short distance from a site visited by Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat state, four days after 21 bombs exploded in Ahmedabad, the state's principal city, killing at least 50 people and injuring 200.

Modi, who visited five Surat sites where bombs were discovered Tuesday, said terrorists were waging a "proxy war" against India.


Terrorism hits schoolchildren in Ahmedabad

AhmedabadAhmedabad, July 30 : Schoolchildren in Ahmedabad have been badly affected by the recent violence caused through serials blasts. The psychological setback is so intense that many of them are scared and often talk about terrorists in classrooms in school.

As part of an initiative to take out fear from their minds, one school here conducted peace prayers by schoolchildren.

Preeti Jai Shah, supervisor of Jai Hind Doon school, told that the kids have been very much disturbed by the recent blasts. To take out that fear of their minds, the school authorities recently organised peace prayers.


High alert sounded in Ahmedabad malls

Ahmedabad, July 31: High alert has been sounded across the malls in Ahmedabad that was rocked by a series of blasts on July 26.

As calls grow to beef up its intelligence apparatus, malls are taking no chances and customers are being increasingly frisked.

"After the bomb blast, we are physically frisking each and every customer that who is walking in. Besides this, in the basements where we have two-wheeler and four-wheeler parking, we are checking every component of any vehicle that is coming in. Besides video recovery of each vehicle, we are manually noting down the number in case somebody leaves a vehicle behind we would be able to trace them," said Anshu Mathur, manager of a mall.


Crime Branch conducts combing operations in Ahmedabad

AhmedabadAhmedabad, July 31 : In the wake of July 26 serial blasts in Ahmedabad city, which claimed 53 lives and injured over 140 people, the Crime Branch has carried out combing operations in various areas here today.

It has also detained several people for questioning, police said.

Joint Commissioner of Police H P Singh said, "Massive combing operations were conducted by different teams in various parts of the city last night. Several people have been detained for questioning. However, reports from all the teams are yet to be consolidated."


Planting of bombs was impossible without locals’ support: Gujarat police

Ahmedabad/ Surat, July 31 : The Gujarat Government and police believe that the planting of bombs in the city was impossible without the support of the locals.

A government official said: "Though the conspiracy has a pan-national angle, it could not have been possible without the local support."

Surat Police Commissioner R M S Brar said: "The terrorist operations of such massive scale is not possible without local support. The planting of bombs, the selection of places, transportation of explosive materials was impossible without their support."

The Surat Crime Branch carried out massive combing operations this morning.


BSNL To Launch Wi-Max Services In Ahmedabad

The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Ahmedabad has made BSNL To Launch Wi-Max Services In Ahmedabadannouncement about the launching of Wi-Max service in the city by mid-August.

State-owned BSNL said that Wi-Max service will allow internet buffs to surf internet at high speed from anywhere in the city.

But, security features of this advanced technology will be examined in the coming times.


Heavy rainfall in Gujarat

Heavy rainfall in GujaratAhmedabad, Aug 13 : Heavy monsoon downpour flooded streets and disrupted life in Gujarat during the last 24 hours.

The Worst affected areas are south and central parts of the State where eight people were killed. Vadodara, Surat, Navsari, Valsad and Bharuch districts were totally out of gear.

About ten thousand people have been evacuated from the five districts of South Gujarat.

The district administration has started the relief works. (ANI)


Torrential rains cause havoc in Gujarat

Torrential rains cause havoc in GujaratAhmedabad, August 13 : Heavy downpour for the last 24 hours has thrown life out of gear in Gujarat. Incessant rains have brought entire region to a near standstill with water logging on many major crossroads.

The worst affected areas are south and central parts of the State where eight people have been killed.

Life in Vadodara, Surat, Navsari, Valsad and Bharuch districts has been thrown totally out of gear.


1900 year-Year-Old Buddha plaque discovered in Gujarat’s Vadnagar

Buddha PlaqueAhmedabad, Aug. 16 : Archaeologists of the Department of Archaeology in Gujarat have unearthed a plaque depicting carved scene from Buddha’s life dating back 1900 years.

According to the web portal DeshGujarat. com, the discovery was made at the Ghaskol Darwaja archaeological excavation site in Vadnagar, around 65 kilometers north of Ahmedabad.

Yudbir Singh Rawat, the director of the department, was quoted as saying that the grey color half cut slate stone plaque belongs to the Mahayana period of Buddhism, after first century.


Navneet Publication to launch new variants in paper stationery segment

Navneet Publication to launch new variants in paper stationery segmentAhmedabad-based Navneet Publication (India) Limited, a leading manufacturer of syllabus and non-syllabus based education materials is planning to launch more variants in paper stationery. The products will be of a premium range under corporate category. The company plans to launch the same under the 'EXCL' brand name. The company plans to cover the full range in paper stationery, apart from extended products in the non-paper stationery category. Recently the company also launched e-Book.


Nine SIMI activists to be produced in court today

Ahmedabad, Aug 17 : Nine Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists, who were arrested on Saturday in connection with the Ahmedabad serial blasts, will be presented in court today.

The alleged mastermind Mufti Abu Bashir, a SIMI activist from Uttar Pradesh, was produced before the special CBI Judge (Lucknow) Rekha Dixit, who allowed three-day transit-remand of Bashir to Gujarat police.

The Gujarat Police said Bashir and the others arrested were behind the serial blasts that killed 57 people in Ahmedabad three weeks ago.

Police officials claimed that the group headed by SIMI leader Safdar Nagori had executed similar blasts in Jaipur, Hyderabad and Bangalore.


AMC To Lease Sardar Patel Stadium For ICL

The Indian Cricket League (ICL) will be able to organize its league matches in AMC To Lease Sardar Patel Stadium For ICLAhmedabad as Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to charter out its Sardar Patel Stadium, in Narapura area to the League (ICL) for the next ten years.

Deputy Commissioner of AMC Captain Dilip Mahajan said, “AMC's Standing Committee today cleared the proposal to lease the stadium to ICL for ten years with Rs 12 lakh per year. ICL matches will be played here in two phases - during October and November and then in February and March.”


Bashir admits involvement in Ahmedabad blasts

Bashir admits involvement in Ahmedabad blastsAhmedabad, Aug 19 : The alleged mastermind of the serial blasts in Ahmedabad, Mufti Abu Bashir, has admitted that he was involved in the July 26 bombings that left
55 people dead.

Bashir, whose arrest was announced on August 16, is currently in 14-day police custody and being grilled by the city Crime Branch officials.

“So far in his interrogation, he has confessed to his involvement in the Ahmedabad blasts,” Crime Branch sources said.


Ahmedabad school giving a new hope to challenged lives

AhmedabadAhmedabad, Aug. 25 : An Ahmedabad school is setting a unique example before the society by educating many mentally challenged students having below-average intelligent quotient (IQ) along with students having normal IQ level.

School authorities at the Sri Ram Vidyalaya say that the objective of the experiment is to instill confidence among the mentally challenged students by offering them an opportunity to learn along with students with normal mental abilities.


Kin of Ahmedabad blasts pray for departed souls

Kin of Ahmedabad blasts pray for departed soulsAhmedabad, August 26 : Families of the victims killed in the serial blasts that rocked Ahmedabad on July 26 offered prayers for the victims on Tuesday.

At least 16 bombs exploded in Ahmedabad on July 26, a day after another set of blasts in Bangalore killed a woman. Three days later, several unexploded bombs were found in the Gujarat''s Surat town.

A mass prayer, including fire rituals for each victim, were organised by the families.


Kalam to take lessons for IIM-A students from today

Kalam to take lessons for IIM-A students from todayAhmedabad, Sept 13 : Former president A. P. J. Abdul Kalam will take classes at the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) from Saturday to November 
27 on energy security and water conservation among other key issues.


Two held for alleged links with Ahmedabad blasts

AhmedabadAhmedabad, Sept 16 : The city crime branch has arrested two more persons in connection with the Ahmedabad serial blasts that took 55 lives.

Police have also released photographs of four more suspects for their alleged involvement in the blast.

According to sources, the two persons arrested belong to Juhapura and Bapunagar areas of Ahmedabad.

At least 16 bombs exploded in Ahmedabad on July 26, a day after another set of blasts in Bangalore killed a woman. Three days later, several unexploded bombs were found in Gujarat''s Surat town.


Ahmedabad blasts accused brought to Delhi

Ahmedabad blasts accused brought to DelhiNew Delhi, Sept 18: Ahmedabad blasts mastermind Mufti Abu Bashir has been brought to Delhi for questioning in connection with the serial blasts in the national Capital.

The interrogation report of Bashir, a cleric from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, had revealed that he stayed in Delhi between July 24 and 27 at two different places.

His brother Abu Zar was working as a parking attendant in Old Delhi while two of his other contacts Danish and Aftab were staying in South Delhi.


Gujarat students can take along books during examinations

Ahmedabad, Sep. 18 : Gujarat Higher Secondary Education Board has decided to introduce ''open book examinations'' system for standard VIII to X students, enabling them to refer the books while taking exams.

The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB), which is half way into this academic session (2008 to 09), has decided to introduce the Open Book format of examination for the VIII, IX and X standard classes.


Nanavati Commission submits first part of report to Modi

Chief Minister Narendra ModiAhmedabad, Sep 18 : A two-member commission headed by Justice G T Nanavati today submitted the first part of its report on the 2002 Sabarmati train carnage at Godhra and subsequent riots to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The Commission, appointed by the Modi Government after the worst-ever riots in the state and comprising retired Justices Nanavati and Akshay Mehta, examined more than 1,000 witness during the period of six years.


Gujarat students can take along books during examinations

Ahmedabad, Sep. 18 : Gujarat Higher Secondary Education Board has decided to introduce ''open book examinations'' system for standard VIII to X students, enabling them to refer the books while taking exams.

The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB), which is half way into this academic session (2008 to 09), has decided to introduce the Open Book format of examination for the VIII, IX and X standard classes.


Nanavati Commission says Sabarmati Express fire was pre-planned

Over 2,400 people rescued from flood-hit areas in GujaratAhmedabad, Sept 25 : The first part of the Nanavati Commission report, tabled in the Legislative Assembly today, says that the burning of S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002, was a pre-planned conspiracy and not an accident.

The Godhra report, tabled in the House as it met for a three-day session, gave a clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.


Nation pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 139th birth anniversary

Pratibha PatilNew Delhi/Ahmedabad, Oct 2 : President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh led the nation in paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 139th birth anniversary at his memorial ''Raj Ghat'' here today.

Besides the President and the Prime Minister, a host of political and social leaders including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi offered tributes at the memorial.

An all religion prayer was organised on the occasion.

In Gujarat, followers of Mahatma Gandhi organised a prayer service in his remembrance at Sabarmati Ashram.


Accused in 1993 Surat blasts get 20-year imprisonment

Gujrat, SuratAhmedabad, Oct 4 : A Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court in Ahmedabad sentenced five accused of 1993 twin bombings of Surat including a former minister to 20-year imprisonment on Saturday.

In 1993, a bomb exploded in Varachha area on the outskirts of Surat in which a young girl was killed and a grenade was lobbed at a train stationed on a platform leaving 38 injured.

Former State Minister for Fisheries, Mohammad Surti of Congress party along with eleven others, was found guilty in bombings.


Nano likely to roll-out of Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Oct 7 : The “Nano” which is being manufactured by Tata Motors, is likely to roll out of Gujarat, according to reports.

With the Gujarat Cabinet approving the allotment of 1,000 acres of land to the company, a formal announcement is expected to be made by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata.

The land for the “Nano” project is located within a 2200-acre campus owned by the Anand Agriculture University. The university has already transferred 1,000 acres back to the government.

The Gujarat Government has gone all out to woo Tata Motors ever since Singur project in West Bengal came unstuck.


Tata, Modi sign MoU for setting up ‘Nano’

Chief Minister Narendra ModiAhmedabad, Oct 7 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up ‘Nano’ car project in Gujarat.

The project plant will be set up in Sanand, 30 kms from the Ahmedabad, on the land of Anand Agriculture University (AAU).

Officials said that 1,000 acres of land would be given to the Tata Motors.


Modi worships weapons on ‘Dussehra’

Ahmedabad, Oct 9 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra ModiGujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today relives India’s ancient tradition of worshiping weapons on ''Dussehra'' day in Ahmedabad sending out a message to the nation to join hands against terrorism.

After performing a traditional ritual of offering prayers to weapons, Modi declared war against terrorism as Gujarat is one of states hit by the recent spate of terror attacks in the country.

Modi urged people to interpret the festival of Dussehra (Dasa-Hara- which means the slaying of the ten heads of Ravana) to kill the demons of the society.


Jaipur blast accused brought to Ahmedabad for questioning

Jaipur BlastAhmedabad, Oct 10 : The two Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) members accused in the Jaipur blasts have been brought to Ahmedabad for interrogation in connection with the July 26 serial bomb blasts that rocked the city.

On Friday, Joint Commissioner of Police, Ashish Bhatia, heading the probe team, said "We have brought two SIMI members from Jaipur for interrogation in the serial blasts case. The two accused were present at the terror training camp in Halol near Vadodara."


Tata''s ''Nano'' project good for Gujarat''s economy: Narendra Modi

Tata''s ''Nano'' project good for Gujarat''s economy: Narendra ModiAhmedabad, Oct 12 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said that Tata Group''s ''Nano'' car project is good for state''s economy in spite of global economic recession.

Speaking at the inauguration of a flyover at Chanakyapuri in Ghatlodiya of the city, Modi said, "Some people who are trying to create problems in the project''s path will not get success."

The Chief Minister added that people are happy that Nano project is in the state.


Why issue of terrorism not on NIC meet agenda: Modi, Raje

Why issue of terrorism not on NIC meet agenda: Modi, RajeAhmedabad, Oct 12 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasudhara Raje have taken strong exception to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government’s decision of not including terrorism in the agenda of the National Integration Council (NIC) meeting to be held on Monday.

The two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have shot letters to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in this regard.


Future Group rolls out its first retail outlet of ‘Ethnicity’ in Ahmedabad

Future Group, India's leading business house with strong presence in retail sector, has launched a new retail chain of stores to market ethnic brands and products of India.

The Kishore Biyani-promoted retail giant today announced that the company has rolled out its first store for ethnic brand called ‘Ethnicity’ in Ahmedabad. The stores will offer wide collections of ethnic and fusion wear, jewellery, handicrafts, home decor, beauty products and accessories and gifts. However, all products in these stores will be Indian.

Presently western brands have a wider platform than the ethnic brands across the country. So, the company comes with new concept of ‘Ethnicity’, aimed at providing a space for smaller Indian brands and ethnic products.


Film Makers to Teach at IIM-A

Earlier it was Former President APJ Abdul Kalam and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. Now Bollywood stars and filmmakers will come down to teach management students at Ahmedabad.

The premier B-School Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, will rope in Bollywood’s intelligent brains to elucidate the nitty-gritty of the film industry.

IIM-A will introduce an elective course on "Introduction to Contemporary Film Industry", which will be offered to students of the institute's flagship post-graduate diploma programme. The course will start in December.


Zydus Cadila gets nod for Risperidone Tablets

Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila has informed that the company has received an approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to market Risperidone Tablets.

Risperidone is indicated for the acute and maintenance treatment of schizophrenia and the company has got approval to market the drug in the strength of 0.25, 0.5,1,2,3 and 4mg.

Recently, Zydus Cadila has filed an Investigational New Drug application with Drugs Controller General of India for ZYT 1, which is used to prevent heart attack and stroke.

Till date, the group has 41 approvals and has so far filed 79 ANDAs since the commencement of filing process in FY 2003-04.


Sadbhav Engineering bags contract worth Rs 268 crore

Ahmedabad-based Sadbhav Engineering has informed that the company has secured a contract worth Rs 268.34 from Gujarat Industries Power Co. Ltd. (GIPCO).

Under the arrangement, the company would carry out the work of removal of Over Burdon (OB) for total 44.40 million CuM and lignite extraction of 4.68 million tons during a period of seven years.

The scope of work involves, hiring heavy earth moving equipments with operators, maintenance staff & facilities for excavation work at Mangrol Lignite Mines.

Sadbhav Engineering Limited undertakes infrastructure and engineering projects in India. It executes civil engineering construction projects primarily in the areas of roads, highways, irrigation, and mining operations.


Tigers defeated by Rockets

Tigers defeated by Rockets In four matches conducted so far, Ahmedabad Rockets have won a single match against formidable Royal Bengal Tigers. However, on Wednesday at the ICL 20s Championship at the Sardar Patel Stadium, it was an emphatic win by the Ahmedabad Rockets over Bengal Tigers. 

The bowlers of the rockets team displayed a fine performance when they restricted Tigers batting to 131. The batting for Rockets was opened by Murray Goodwin and Ryan Campbell, who scored fours and sixes as the Tigers’ attack weakened under the assault and the Rockets speed away to 137 without loss in 12 overs. 


Recession pushes down demand for corporate gifts and sweets in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Oct 25 : With the festival of lights ''Diwali'' just round the corner, companies caught up in the global financial crisis have cut down on corporate gifts.

Every year during this festive season, the demand for corporate gifts is on an all time high, especially in Gujarat.

But with the US meltdown trickling down to India as well, many companies have resorted to cost cutting and are refraining from purchasing expensive gifts or token gifts usually presented to employees on Diwali.

Shopkeepers and traders say that their business has gone down by more than 30 per cent.


IIM-A students to develop complaint management system for MPs

Now, MP's can efficiently handle the complaints lodged by common people. Students at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (IIM-A) would assist Parliament members for complaint handling through a project named "Connect with Leaders".

Students would present a web based interface called information and communication technology (ICT), to lodge complaints. The complaints would be lodged through voice response system (IVRS) and feedback can be received from the concerned departments.

The students would opt for the most convenient medium of communication to link MPs with their respective constituencies. Initially, the facility will be offered for three MP's. It would be extended to other members after its success during the initial phase.


Gujarat’s tobacco farmers fear a bleak future

Ahmedabad, Nov.9 : Gujarat, a hub of tobacco production, is today a major raw material provider to Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala in the country. 

About 70 per cent of the population in Anand, Kheda, Vadodara, Sabarkantha and Banaskantha districts of Gujarat is connected to this unorganized sector.

But a sense of uncertainty prevails among the tobacco growers of Gujarat, following the Indian health ministry’s directive on mandatory pictorial warnings on all tobacco products from December 1. 

Government''s directive has put a question mark on the livelihood of a majority of the crisis-ridden Gujarat tobacco industry. 


Ahmedabad blast prime accuse arrested in MP

Ahmedabad blast prime accuse arrested in MPThe Madhya Pradesh Special Task Force has arrested Quayamuddin Kapadia, prime accused in the Ahmedabad serial blasts on Monday.

He was nabbed by a joint opration between Madhya Pradesh Special Task Force and Ahmedabad crime branch in Bhopal.

Quayamudin was also a suspect in the Delhi blasts.

Quayamudin has confessed to his involvement in the Ahmedabad blasts, and has admitted that he is member of Indian Mujahideen said a top officer of Ahmedabad crime branch


Management placements unaffected, says Samir Barua

Ahmedabad, Nov 19 : The summer campus placements at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) remain unaffected for the present by the global economic meltdown, says director Samir Barua.

All 300 students in the Post-Graduate Programmes (PGP) in the management and the entire 21 PGP Agri-Business management 2008-10 batch have been placed for the next year''s on-job training projects, as per officials.

Barua said that the major recruiters of the previous years were present for the placements reaffirming their commitment to select talent from IIMA campus but actual position would be clear only after long-term recruitment commitments are out.


Higher support prices hit Gujarat cotton-ginning industry

AhmedabadAhmedabad, Nov 26 : The Cotton ginners in Gujarat are facing a hard time as the Government has raised the Minimum Support Price (MSP) by almost forty percent.

Gujarat is considered to be the hub of the cotton producers who say the rise in the prices may bring the industry to a standstill as the ginners find the purchasing prices of cotton higher than the selling price of processed cotton.


Adani Group Introduces Post Graduate Programme in Infrastructure Development

Adani Group Introduces Post Graduate Programme in Infrastructure DevelopmentThe Adnani Group has announced the launch of the Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management (AIIM) at Navrangpura in Ahmedabad. The institute takes off its academic activities with a one-year (fulltime) residential Post Graduate Programme in Infrastructure Development (PGPIM) for executives.


Indian pharmacy industry attracting global investment

Ahmedabad, Dec 12 : With the advantage of low production cost, trained manpower and increasing demand of low priced quality drugs, the Indian pharmaceutical sector has come up as a favourite destination for investment among the developing countries.

The Pharma Industry is estimated to be worth 4.5 billion dollars, growing at about 8 to 9 percent annually.

Part of this success story belongs to Gujarat, which has developed into a major hub of pharmaceutical industry with spectacular growth during the last two decades in the sphere of production of drugs and pharmaceuticals.

The state''''s two principal industrial cities Ahmedabad and Baroda have evolved as major drug and healthcare equipment manufacturing hubs.


Uttarayan brings people together in Gujarat

GujaratAhmedabad, Jan. 8 : Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti is one of the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated in Gujarat. A large number of people here mark it as a kite festival, in which people from all communities participate.

These kites are chiefly made by members of the Muslim community. Ahead of the festival, there is usually high demand for kites that are made available in the in attractive hues and sizes in the markets.

Many Gujaratis believe that Uttarayan festival is not just about an occasion when people fly kites but it is a time which also promotes and strengthens harmony among Hindus and Muslims in communally sensitive State.


Satyam scam prompts Advani to call for ethics in business

Satyam LogoAhmedabad (Gujarat), Jan. 10 : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and the party''s prime ministerial candidate in the forthcoming general elections this year, L. K. Advani, on Saturday said ethics and values are inseparable elements of every business.

Advani was speaking at the global summit of the Jain International Trade Organization (JITO).

Commenting on the financial fraud of IT major Satyam Computer Services, he said business without ethics is a sin.


Gujarat Global Investors Summit promises 12,000 billion rupees investment

Narendra ModiAhmedabad, Jan. 14 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said that the state has received promises of 12,000 billion rupees of investment during the two-day ''Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit-2009''.

"The state has received tremendous response from the investors and which in a way would generate vast employment avenues," Modi said while addressing a gathering on the second day of the summit.


Rahul Gandhi slams divisive politics, vouches for Gandhian principles

Rahul Gandhi slams divisive politics, vouches for Gandhian principlesAhmedabad, Jan 31: Congress General Secretary and MP Rahul Gandhi hit out at divisive politics and vowed to adopt Mahatma Gandhi''s philosophy of uniting people.

Addressing Youth Congress members here on Friday, Rahul said, "There are two kind of politics one which divides is played by creating fear psychosis among the people" while the second one which was practiced by Mahatma Gandhi "is meant to liberate people from fear and install a sense of self- confidence among them."


Gujarat Minister declared wanted by Special Investigating Team

Gujarat Minister declared wanted by Special Investigating TeamAhmedabad, Feb 3 : In Gujarat, the Supreme Court''s Special Investigating Team (SIT) has declared Minister of State (MOS) for Higher education Dr. Maya Kodanani and Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP) leader Jaidip Patel as absconding.

Kodanini has been accused in the Naroda Patia and Naroda Gam riot cases. Patel is also an accused in the Naroda Gam case.

Both the leaders have filed an anticipatory bail to evade their arrest.


Aamir Khan visits IIM Ahmedabad

Aamir Khan Ahmedabad, Feb. 8, : Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan visited Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad to deliver a lecture on ''Introduction to Contemporary Film Industry''- a newly introduced subject.

Khan also interacted with nearly 80 second-year students of the institute.

He spent over two hours interacting with the students. (ANI)


2002 Godhra riots: Police official sent in custody till Feb 13

Godhra riotsAhmedabad, Feb 9 : Valsad Deputy Superintendent of Police K G Erda, who was arrested in connection with his role in the 2002 Gujarat riots, was on Monday remanded in police custody till February 13.

Metropolitan Magistrate C. B Patel passed the order after a Special Investigating Team (SIT) submitted a report of its investigation.

Erda was an inspector at the Meghaninagar police station during the riots.


2002 Godhra riots: Erda''s police custody ends today

2002 Godhra riots: Erda''s police custody ends todayAhmedabad, Feb 13 : The police custody of Valsad Deputy Superintendent of Police K G Erda, who was arrested in connection with his role in the 2002 Gujarat riots, ends today.

On February 9, Erda was remanded in police custody till today.

Metropolitan Magistrate C. B Patel passed the order after a Special Investigating Team (SIT) submitted a report of its investigation.

Erda was an inspector at the Meghaninagar police station during the riots.


On Valentine’s Day, literatti professed love for Gujarati

Gujarat MapAhmedabad, Feb 14, : Scores of literary figures and other local residents in Ahmedabad on Saturday march a massive rally to mark their love and respect for their mother tongue Gujarati.

Many bigwigs from Gujarati literature took part in the rally hailed at the time of Valentine's Day.


Hepatitis D killed 12 and sickened 35 in Modassa

Hepatitis D killed 12 and sickened 35 in Modassa A three-member rescue team of B J Medical College, Ahmedabad, led by Nayan Qadri conducted a raid in premises of 10 private medical practitioners. A FIR has been registered against one doctor who was found using same syringes without sterilizing them. These raids were initiated to find possible cause behind increasing cases of deadly hepatitis D virus. 12 persons have died and 35 have fallen ill due to the deadly hepatitis D virus since a week in Modassa town. To create awareness about this disease, health administration has distributed 25,000 pamphlets.


Hepatitis B death toll in Gujarat rises to 34

Gujarat MapAhmedabad, Feb 19 : The Hepatitis B death toll in Modasa, Gujarat has risen to 34, with ten more deaths reported on Thursday.

A Sabarkantha District helath official said: "Ten people have lost their lives on Thursday, taking the number of deaths due to hepatitis infection to 34."

There have been several new cases reported, taking the total number of cases registered to over 100, off which 34 have died.

Some of the infected are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in different districts.


Gujarat HC judge declines to hear plea against bail for Godhra accused

Gujarat MapAhmedabad, Feb 19 : Gujarat High Court judge A. S. Dave on Thursday declined to hear the petition of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that challenged the anticipatory bail granted to State Minister Maya Kodnani and the former VHP leader Jaydeep Patel in connection with the Godhra case.

"Not before me. The case will now be transferred to the court of another judge and the date of hearing would be decided later, Dave said.

Justice Dave did not give any reason for his decision.


Rahul fishes for support in A'bad

Holds meetings with youth at 10 different places in city as well as in Gandhinagar 

 


Customs officials conduct raids

Following the seizure of cigarettes last Friday, an investigating team, under the supervision of Arvind Kumar, assistant commissioner, customs, Ahmedabad, on Monday afternoon raided flat number 104 of Animesh Apartment at CG road which houses the office of ACX International Courier Pvt Ltd, owned by one Sunil Patel. The team also raided house number-412, Sukh Sagar Complex, near Fortune Landmark belonging to Mumbai- based Alex David, owner of Amigo Logistic India Pvt Ltd.


Safety ki paathshala helps avert mishaps

City traffic cops' awareness drive is bearing fruits. Since the Ahmedabad traffic department started classes on road safety in December 2008, the number of cases of road accidents involving minors has come down drastically from 30 in December to nine in January. The department had organised 3,200 lectures on traffic rules in December, followed by 3,500 the next month. Students, teachers and parents of those kids who had violated traffic norms participated in the special classes.

The department believes that the awareness classes played an important role in the decrease of accident cases. Traffic department officials told DNA that the minors were booked for rash driving, triple ridding and driving without proper documents.


2 labourers die, 1 hurt in wall collapse

GujaratTwo people were killed and one sustained serious injuries when portions of a wall of an underground sewage collapsed in Danilimda on Tuesday evening. The deceased have been identified as Viru Singh Rukma, (22), and Uday Bhai, both belonging to Rajasthan.

Sources said the incident occurred close to Danilimda police station where construction of an underground sewage was going on. Labourers were digging pit when a portion of the sewage wall collapsed, killing two labourers. Another worker, Tola Ram, sustained critical injuries.


Textual love excites 97% of A'bad girls

This is a news the guys in Ahmedabad may rejoice over. A staggering 97 per cent girls in the city believe that a cellphone is the best way to keep in touch with men. The ratio in other big five cities is much less — 93 per cent for Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, and 91 and 87 per cent for Pune and Chandigarh respectively.

A survey, conducted by AXE Research Lab, has shown Amdavadi girls in a new light. It revealed that they are sexually more liberated nowadays, do not hesitate in making advances if they find the men attractive enough and are willing to ignore the social code meant for the conservative, traditional Amdavadi girls.


Missing cop surrenders to SIT

Municipal councillor Bipin Patel & ex-councillor Chunilal Prajapati arrested

Former second inspector of the Naroda police station, VS Gohil surrendered before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Wednesday. The move came after metropolitan magistrate GM Patel rejected an application submitted by him, saying he wanted to surrender before court.

In his application, he said Gohil had reported an excellent performance as a police official, that he had not gone absconding, but had been on sick leave, and that his mobile phone had been switched off since February 6. Gohil further submitted that he had filed the application fearing he would be declared an absconder.


Speeding AMTS bus kills one, injures minor

The incident took place in front of Juna Wadaj police chowki

One killed and two, including a five-year-old boy, sustained serious injuries after a speeding AMTS bus rammed into them near Juna Wadaj police chowki on Wednesday morning.

The deceased has been identified as Sonu Suryavanshi, 18, a resident of Hanuman ni Chali, Juna Wadaj. Suryavanshi along with the two injured, Ankit Marwadi, a minor and Virendra Mishra, autorishshaw driver, were rushed to the VS hospital. While Suryavanshi succumbed to her injuries, Marwadi's condition is reported to be critical.

The incident took place at around 10 am when a 40/3 AMTS bus plying between Gayatri Mandir and Bhoot Bhawani Mandir hit an auto-rickshaw near Juna Wadaj police chowki.


IIM-A placements: Dull start

It seems the global meltdown will have an impact on placements at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) this year, too. There was a general air of disappointment at the institute on Wednesday - Day Zero of final placements for 2009 - as only 9 companies had turned up for recruitment.

Sources said this was 16 companies less than the number that had turned up for recruitment at IIMA on the first day of placements last year. Placement officials at the institute, however, declined to confirm or deny the figures.

Last year, 25 companies had arrived on Day Zero and 65% (i.e., 161 students) of the graduating batch had either received job offers or opted out by the end of the day.


Can exercise help me at this time?

Exercise makes the body more efficient and lends greater endurance

Are there negative markings for exceeding the word limit? A student from Ahmedabad

No marks are cut for exceeding the word limit. However, it is better to adhere to the specified word limit. This should be practised at the time of revision, which will also help in completing the paper in the allotted time.

Will a student lose marks if he or she opts for Hindi as the medium of answering more than two papers? A student from Surat

Certainly not. The board gives students the option of answering questions in Hindi or English. Marks are deducted only in the case of wrong answers.


‘IIM-A not the only one hit’

The dip in number of companies coming for recruitment on the first day of placements at IIMA has left the students disappointed. However, an IIMA student who is yet to be offered a job at the placement said, “It is not only IIMA but all other institutes that have been affected by the recession adversely.” 


Helpline for easing board exam pressure

Colleges, NGOs join hands to help students & parents overcome stress

With board exams drawing close, the stress level of the students is on the rise. Digging their head into the pile of books for last-minute revision, the building pressure is taking a toll on the young panicky minds. In a bid to offer nervous students with some amount of respite, colleges and NGOs have come up with a helping hand.


Gujaratis in Canada to mark Gujarat Day

Gujarati Business Association will celebrate this day for the first time

The Gujarati Business Association (GBA), with 675 members, has taken the initiative to celebrate Gujarat Day for the first time in Canada this year. Apart from being a major occasion for networking, it will also highlight to the non-resident Gujaratis (NRGs) settled in Canada to get an update on how Gujarat has progressed on various fronts.


BSNL eyes 50,000 WiMax users

Ahmedabad becomes the first WiMax city in the country

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has finally launched WiMax technology in Ahmedabad, which enables users a much faster downloading on internet. With launch of this advanced technology, the city has become the first WiMax city in the country. The telco targets around 50,000 WiMax connection in a year.


Gujarat Govt. to issue health ordinance to control Hepatitis B epidemic

Gujarat Govt. to issue health ordinance to control Hepatitis B epidemicAhmedabad, Feb. 27 : Gujarat Government will soon issue the Gujarat Public Health Ordinance following the recent epidemic of Hepatitis B in some parts of the state.

State Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas on Friday made the announcement in the State Assembly.

He said that the main objective of the ordinance was to secure the treatment of the patients by regulating health services provided by the private doctors and medical practitioners.


Used-syringe racket busted in Ahmedabad

Used-syringe racket busted in AhmedabadAhmedabad, Feb. 27 : The Municipal Corporation of Ahmedabad on Friday considered several raids across the city and recovered huge quantities of used syringes and other medical wastes, suspected to be the reason behind the recent Hepatitis B outbreak.

District health officials and police raided various go-downs of scrap dealers. Five go-downs were sealed from where a large quantity of used syringes, needles and bio-medical wastes were found.


Death recycled in ahmedabad

DNA unearths four ‘godowns of death’ in the vicinity of AMC offices

AMC officials swing into action and raid the virus warehouses after DNA’s alert

DNA unraveled a network of ‘godowns of death’ that were injecting Gujarat with deadly hospital waste. Your paper accomplished in just a few hours what the AMC could not in three years. Three of the four godowns were operating from locations that are about 100 feet from the Health Muster Station of Naroda road ward

DNA EXPOSE


Civil hospital’s waste is also traded for profit

DNA looks for the source of waste and ends up at Asia’s largest civil hospital

Even as experts try to trace the spread of hepatitis-B in Modasa, Ahmedabad may be sitting on a pile of discarded biomedical waste, waiting for disaster to happen.

An investigation by DNA has found that hazardous biomedical waste from Asia’s largest civil hospital, the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, is collected by rag-pickers and others to be sold to scrap dealers. The hospital, it seems, has not put in place a waste disposal system to handle the 1,000 kg or more of biomedical waste it generates everyday.


‘Attraction is SEZ status’

Nitin Parikh of Nitin Parikh & Company said that there is every possibility that RIL, a profit making entity, is merging with RPL (which is a loss-making company) to get SEZ status for RIL’s old refinery. “If the merger happens, one should not be surprised if RPL’s name changes to Reliance Industries a couple of months later,” Parikh said.

Parikh believes that the merger will also enable RPL to sell its products in the domestic market, thereby avoiding the risks involved in selling them overseas where market conditions are turbulent. 

DNA Correspondent/ DNA-Daily News & Analysis Source: 3D Syndication


Hoax ‘bomber’ nabbed

The caller may have been mentally disturbed, say police

The crime branch officials have nabbed a youth who allegedly called up a private news channel on Thursday claiming that bombs had been planted in six Bhuj-bound trains and they would explode anytime. The call had the police rushing to sanitise Kalupur railway station premises.

Officials from crime branch and railway police hurriedly conducted a search operation at every nook and corner of the railway station, but the call turned out to be a hoax.


ATS arrests two cops for drug trafficking

The ATS officials on Thursday nabbed a person found possessing charas (narcotic drug) worth Rs63,000. Acting on a tip off, the ATS officials raided a spot near Galaxy Cinema in Naroda. They caught hold of Ishrul alias Khoda, who was passing from the area and on checking they recovered a bag containing charas.

After interrogating Khoda the police learnt that a police constable, Gambhir Sinh Khot, posted at Naroda had given the charas to him. Police later interrogated Khot, who alleged that the charas was provided to him by police personnel, Vinod Khot, posted with Sabarkantha police.

The ATS have arrested all the three accused in the case under various sections of Narcotics Act, and have sent them to police remand till March 3.


3 Congress councillors held for vandalism

The Gomtipur police on Friday arrested three Congress municipal councillors, after they ransacked and burnt down the furniture of AMC muster office at Gomtipur Darwaja. Sources said that the councillors took to violent demonstration after the corporation failed to respond to the repeated complaints made by the residents of the area about non-availability of clean drinking water.

Police arrested Ikbal Sheikh, Dahya Parmar, Bhanu Makwana and their supporters involved in the destruction. "They entered the municipal office, started arguing and assaulted officers. Later, they even burnt the furniture of the office," a police source told DNA. A total of 15 chairs and four tables were burnt outside the office.


AMC raids illegal clinics, seals 27

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's (AMC) health department has came down heavily on doctors not adhering to norms of medical practice, including the system to dispose biomedical waste. The officials on Friday raided and sealed a total of 27 clinics in Rakhial, Rajpur, Amraiwadi, Bhaipura, Odhav, Vastral, Behrampura and Maninagar areas. It also sealed two warehouses for recycling medical wastes. Earlier on Thursday, the civic body had sealed 15 clinics, said an AMC official.


One drug, many cures: Co working on formula

When you visit a bank, you always see a sign reading 'Single window', meaning you can conduct your all banking operation just through that particular window. On the same lines, if things go as planned for Ahmedabad-based Amrita Therapeutics, a single drug can cure many disease. The company is working on multiple diseases targeting drug development, in which one drug will be able to cure diseases like cancer, AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis with fewer side-effects and less cost.


Dissolve Nanavati panel: JSM

Civil rights organisation the Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM) has demanded that the Justice Nanavati Commission be dissolved and that IPS officer Rahul Sharma be appointed as part of the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Briefing the media on Friday, JSM convenor Mukul Sinha said, “The Supreme Court and the Gujarat high court have upheld the opinion of the Central Pota Review Committee that there had been no conspiracy involved in the burning of coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express and that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) could not be invoked in the case. The Supreme Court also refused to grant a stay on this judgement of the Gujarat high court.”


10 forest dept officers promoted

11 others have been transferred in the 2nd round within a month

Ten foresters have been promoted and 11 officials transferred in the second round of movement in the forest department within a month.

The Asiatic lions in Gir have got a new superintendent, Dr Sandeep Kumar, who has been promoted from assistant conservator of forests (ACF), Rajpipla (East), to deputy conservator of forests (DCF), sanctuary superintendent, Sasan. Incumbent IA Chauhan has been transferred.

Six officials have been promoted from DCF to conservator of forests (CF), while three have been promoted from ACF to DCF.


Sadbhav Engineering wins order worth Rs 1571 crore

Sadbhav Engineering wins order worth Rs 1571 croreAhmedabad-based Sadbhav Engineering has informed that its joint venture has won an order worth Rs 1571 crore from Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation for modernization and computerization of integrated border check posts at 22 locations in Maharashtra.

The project will be build on Build Operate and Transfer Basis in the name of Joint Venture known as 'Sadbhav - SREI- SREI Sahaj Consortium' in the ratio of 51:39:10 respectively.

The project has concession period of 24 years six months inclusive of construction period of 18 months.


Kids scorched by cops’ safety drive

Traffic police stop 40 vans and autos ferrying kids to school; children made to sweat it out on the roads

Many schoolchildren in the city were literally made to sweat it out on the roads on Tuesday, when they found themselves caught between a zealous traffic police department and the private vans and auto-rickshaw owners who ferry them to school in overloaded vehicles.

The city’s traffic police launched a campaign on Tuesday against vans and auto-rickshaws that were found carrying more than the stipulated 14 and 6 schoolchildren, respectively. As many as 40 school vans and auto-rickshaws ferrying children to school were stopped at Commerce six-roads and Darpan six-roads at 7 am. The vehicles were not released till 5 pm.


Parents say they can’t pay more

Parents say they can’t pay moreDCP (traffic) MM Anarwala added that they hoped the drive would draw the attention of parents and school principals to the unsafe manner in which many schoolchildren were ferried to school. “Parents and principals ought to pay more attention to the children’s safety,” he said.

The traffic department has constituted a 30-member task force under one PI to enforce traffic rules in the city. The task force has been active in different parts of Ahmedabad to check violation of traffic rules.


A'bad police's way of dealing with a crime Sleep over it

City police have achieved little besides recording statements of suspects

The city was rocked recently by some cases of crime that happened almost back to back. If the sensational shootout at Paldi, rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl at Bapunagar, gruesome murder of city-based physician in the outskirts of the city, a daring dacoity in an angadia firm besides a host of thefts and break-ins that are almost a regular occurrence have shocked citizens, their days of trauma aren't yet over, thanks to our city police's inability to solve the cases and catch the culprits.


Money dispute may have led to murder in Mithakali

Narendra Parmar had a pistol with him when he was shot dead

A Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) contractor on Tuesday night was shot dead by unidentified criminals near his office in Mithakali area. The victim, Narendra Jitendrasinh Parmar, had served in the army for 15 years before retiring to become a contractor for the GEB.

Sources said Parmar left his office, Parth Earth Movers, located in Sil Complex, Mithakali, and came down to the road. He was about to get into his Scorpio four-wheeler when 4-5 criminals fired at him. Parmar, who was shot in the head, died on the spot.

Parmar, a resident of Chandrapuri society, Vastrapur, is survived by his wife and two daughters.


Environment activist attacked by her neighbours

Noted social worker and environment activist Alex Sandra Jhala was brutally assaulted by her neighbours late on Monday night. Jhala, who sustained injuries on her head, legs and right hand, was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

According to Jhala, who lives in Parth Apartment near Jodhpur road, she was attacked by Nainesh Patel, Shailesh Patel, Alpesh Patel, Deepak Patel and Daya Patel. She said her neighbours forcibly entered her house and attacked her with sharp weapons including pipes, knives and swords.

Jhala, a former journalist, is a social worker and founding member of Garibi Sijdi and is also president of an NGO, Animal Lover.


Debt, other setbacks force family to attempt suicide

Father, mother and son hospitalised after taking overdose of sleeping pills

In a shocking incident, three members of a family tried to commit suicide by taking overdose of sleeping pills on Tuesday afternoon at Safal Parivesh building in Satellite area.

Parvez Bharucha, 60, Beroz Bharucha, 57, and their son Roozan Bharucha, 27, allegedly tried to commit suicide by consuming overdose of sleeping pills at their house, said the Satellite police. The police have recovered three suicide notes, written in English, from their house.


Waghelas file plea for summon to Asaram

They want him cross-examined in the case of kids'mysterious death

The fathers of Dipesh and Abhishek Waghela, two students at the Asaram ashram run gurukul, who had died under mysterious circumstances in July last year, have filed an application before the justice DK Trivedi Commission formed to probe the deaths, to summon Asaram Bapu in connection with the case.


GPCB closes 11 death godowns

GPCB closes 11 death godowns
The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) has finally swung into action. On Wednesday, it sent closure notices to the 11 godowns in the city from where large quantities of biomedical waste were recovered by the AMC. It also slapped a show-cause notice on Rajasthan Hospitals for not disposing of its biomedical waste in the proper manner.


Biz rivalry behind GEB contractor’s killing?

Rivals were envious of his hold in GEB

Police suspect hand of professional killers in the assassination of Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) contractor Narendrasinh Parmar, who was shot dead at Mithakali on Tuesday. Police sources said business rivalry could be the reason behind the murder.

According to sources, police could interrogate two contractors - Lalji Masani and Premaji Oad - to gather more information. Four years back, Masani was the main contractor with the GEB but his monopoly ended as soon as Parmar started taking GEB contracts. Sources said Masani was not happy with Parmar's hold in the business as the deceased was clinching all major contracts.


Probe officer lands in court, forgets to carry case diary

The city sessions court on Wednesday deferred the hearing on the revision application filed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) till Thursday after investigating officer, assistant commissioner of police PL Mal, forgot to bring the case diary of the Naroda case to court. The application had been filed against an earlier order of the metropolitan court sending former second inspector of the Naroda police, VS Gohil, to judicial custody. “Mal forgot the case diary at the Gujarat high court during a hearing. Because of this, he could not bring it to court today and the sessions court deferred hearing in the case till Thursday,” a highly placed source said.


Bharuchas were aware of son's suicide plan

Roozan Bharucha, who allegedly attempted suicide on Tuesday afternoon at his residence in Satellite area by consuming over 40 anti-depression pills, has regained consciousness.

However, his parents, Parvez Bharucha and Beroz Bharucha, who had also tried to end their lives in a similar fashion, are still unconscious.

The Satellite police recovered three suicide notes from the spot written by Roozan, in which he mentioned about the mental torture he was going through because of his family members, said a source in the police.


Policeman fires at fleeing bootlegger, runs into trouble

A policeman chasing a criminal on a busy road with revolver in his hand! No, this is not a scene from an action thriller from Bollywood but what actually happened at Bapunagar on Wednesday.


How can we help our kids after the exam?

How can parents help the child after an examination? A parent from Ahmedabad Praise your child for doing his or her best on the test. Talk about what was asked in the test and how to manage the performance in the next one. Try to avoid your analytical thinking about the children on that day and encourage your child for the next subject paper.

What should parents do on the night before and the day of an examination? A parent from Anand

Be encouraging. Let your child know you think he or she will do well on the test. Avoid difficult family issues before the test to prevent unnecessary anxiety. Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep the night before the test. Have him or her wake up early, eat a nutritious breakfast and wear comfortable clothes.


Scam makes writers dodge disabled

Last year's dummy writers scam has hit students genuinely in need of writers; GSHSEByet to implement new rules

Despite last year's dummy writers scam, the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) hasn't taken a lesson. The annual board examination is set to start from March 17, but the board hasn't implemented new rules to hire writers till date. On the other hand, owing to the scam, genuine students, mainly visually and physically challenged, are finding it difficult to get writers. Admitting the fact, GSHSEB chairman Hasmukh Adhia told DNA that because of last year's incident students are not willing to be writers even in genuine cases such as for physically and visually challenged students.


IIM-A alumni pledges to extend support in placements

IIM-A alumni pledges to extend support in placementsPlacement drive at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has entered in eighth day with many students still waiting to get placed in the midst of global slowdown.

The companies which visited the campus this year include McKinsey, Frost & Sullivan, Boston Consulting Group and Booz and Co. The list also includes many leading banking and insurance firms like Standard Chartered Bank, ICICI Bank, UAE Exchange, SIDBI and SEBI.


Private Doctors In Gujarat On Strike

Private Doctors In Gujarat On StrikeIn the Saurashtra-Kutch region, around 2,800 private doctors struck work on Monday to protest what they called as harassment from civic officials in the drive to guarantee safe disposal of bio-medical waste.

The officials have been raiding the doctors’ clinics after the death of 62 patients in the state in February-March because of the suspected use of contaminated syringes.


Chiranjeevi orders masks for his election campaign

Chiranjeevi orders masks for his election campaignAhmedabad, Mar 13 : Telugu actor turned politician Chiranjeevi has geared up for upcoming elections as he has decided to begin his campaign with masks that depict the face of the regional superstar.

Chiranjeevi, Chief of Praja Rajyam party, has placed an order with Ahemdabad-based mask designers for making the masks, which his party workers will wear to propagate him.


Typhoid Outbreak: 21 New Cases In Bavla Taluka Of Ahmedabad District; Toll Rises To 127

Hepatitis Outbreak: 1 New Death Case In Gujarat’s Sabarkantha District; Death Toll Rises To 59In a shocking development, 21 more cases of typhoid have come to light on Monday in Bavla taluka of Ahmedabad district.

With this the total number of people infected with typhoid has risen to 127.

According to reports, the new typhoid cases, all of them are children, from the three villages of Bhayla, Keirala and Kalyangadh in Bavla, which were registered at the Sola Civil Hospital today.


NCP to field Bollywood actor Amisha Patel from Rajkot

NCP to field Bollywood actor Amisha Patel from RajkotAhmedabad, Mar 21 : The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Gujarat unit president, Jayant Patel, on Saturday said the party has decided to field Bollywood actress Amisha Patel from the Rajkot parliamentary constituency in the general elections.

"I called up Amishaji yesterday and sought her consent. She agreed immediately," Patel said.

The NCP leader said the actress has her roots in Gujarat, which would help to secure victory for the party.


Gujarat HC rejects Maya Kodnani''s bail plea

Gujarat HC rejects Maya Kodnani''s bail pleaAhmedabad, Mar 27 : The Gujarat High Court has rejected the anticipatory bail of Gujarat Women Development and Child Welfare Minister Maya Kodnani.

Kodnani, who is accused for having led a mob in the post-Godhra riots in 2002, had seeked a stay in the judgement for a period of six weeks.

The Gujarat high court on Monday had reserved its order on the application filed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) challenging the anticipatory bail granted to Kodnani, and VHP leader Jaideep Patel.


Gujarat Minister Mayaben Kodnani surrenders

Gujarat Minister Mayaben Kodnani surrendersAhmedabad/New Delhi, Mar 27 : Gujarat Women Development and Child Welfare Minister Mayaben Kodnani, who was forced to resign from the State Ministry as the High Court cancelled the anticipatory bail granted to her, on Friday surrendered.

Kodnani surrendered at the Supreme Court constituted Special Investigation Team''s office (SIT).

Kodnani, a three-time MLA from the Naroda constituency, is an accused in the Naroda Gam and Naroda Patiya massacre cases in which around 95 people were killed in the communal violence of 2002.


Management programme at IIM-A to get expensive from 2010-11

Institute Director Samir BauraAhmedabad, Mar 29 : India''s premier management institute, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) plans a hike in fees for its Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) by Rs 50,000 from 2010-11.

Talking to reporters after a meeting of IIM-A Board of Governors headed by Vijaypath Singhania in Ahmedabad on Sunday, institute Director Samir Baura said, "Last year we had decided that the fee for PGPM for 2008-09 would be Rs 5.5 lakh and for 2009-10 it would be Rs 6 lakh. The board today decided that the fee for year 2009-10 for the incoming batch will remain the same."


IIM Ahmedabad raises PGPM fees by Rs.1 lakh for 2010 batch

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) For its two-year postgraduate programme (PGP) in management, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has raised its fees by Rs. 1 lakh, which means a rise of Rs. 50,000 in each of the two years.

The new fee structure will affect the students securing admission in the academic year 2010. They will have to pay Rs. 12.5 lakh for the PGPM - which means a break-up of Rs. 6 lakh instead of the earlier Rs. 5.5 lakh for the first year; and Rs. 6.5 lakh in place of Rs. 6 lakh for the subsequent year.


'Khadi' becoming less popular in Gujarat

'Khadi' becoming less popular in GujaratAhmedabad, March 30 : Handspun cotton popularly known as 'Khadi' is becoming less popular among political parities in Gujarat.

Khadi had emblematic status during India's freedom struggle. Gujarat is one of the hubs of Khadi outlets in the country.

With the coming of the elections, the shopkeepers believe that that election would make up for their declining trade which has been already affected by the economic slowdown.

The shop owners are claim that as compared to previous years this time the business has gone down by 10 to 15 percent.


Mayaben Kodnani''s police custody ends today

Mayaben Kodnani''s police custody ends todayAhmedabad, Apr 1 : The police custody of former Gujarat Minister of State for Women''s Welfare, Mayaben Kodnani, and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader, Jaideep Patel, ends today.

On March 29, Kodnani and Patel were remanded in police custody till today by a local court in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots case.

Kodnani and Patel''s anticipatory bail was cancelled by Gujarat High Court, after which they had surrendered before the Special Investigation Team (SIT), appointed by the Supreme Court to probe some of the riot cases afresh.


Ahmedabad court extends police remand of Mayaben Kodnani, Jaideep Patel till April 4

Ahmedabad court extends police remand of Mayaben Kodnani, Jaideep Patel till April 4Ahmedabad, Apr 1 : A local court here on Wednesday extended the police custody of former Gujarat Minister of State for Women''s Welfare, Mayaben Kodnani, and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader, Jaideep Patel, till April 4.

Metropolitan Magistrate G M Patel extended their police custody after the Special Investigation Team (SIT), appointed by the Supreme Court to probe some of the riot cases afresh, asked for further remand.


NCP declares eight candidates in Gujarat

NCP declares eight candidates in GujaratAhmedabad, Apr 4 : The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Saturday announced the names of eight candidates in Gujarat for general elections.

The party's decision indicated that its tie-up with the Congress in the State has broken.

NCP Gujarat president Jayant Patel blamed the Congress for the break-up.


Maya Kodnani sent to judicial custody

Maya Kodnani sent to judicial custodyAhmedabad, Apr 9 : Rejecting an application of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for extending the police remand of former Gujarat Minister Maya Kodnani, a local court sent her to judicial custody on Thursday.

Kodnani, an accused in 2002 riot case, was produced before the court by the SIT after the expiry of her four-day police remand.

Special Public Prosecutor VP Atre on behalf of the SIT, submitted before the Metropolitan Magistrate G M Patel that Kodnani was not cooperating with the investigation and not answering questions properly.


Bookings for Tata Nano begin

Bookings for Tata Nano beginAhmedabad, Apr 9 : The bookings for Nano, the world's cheapest car, began here on Thursday.

The booking amount ranges between Rs. 2,850 and Rs. 4,110.

While the base model of the car `Tata Nano Std' is priced at Rs. 95, 000, the other variants `Tata Nano CX' and `Tata Nano LX' are available at Rs. 1,20,000 and Rs. 1,40,000 respectively. Customers can either pay the entire booking amount themselves or seek financing of the booking amount.

A large number of people visited the Tata Motors showroom to enquire about the bookings of the car.


Elections likely to hit Gujarat travel business

Elections likely to hit Gujarat travel businessAhmedabad, Apr 11 : The travel business in Gujarat is likely to decline this year due to general elections.

Travel agents in Gujarat fear that they may see a decline of 25-30 percent in business. Many voters in the state have postponed their vacation trips in order to cast their votes.

Considering the upcoming elections, tourists from Gujarat are afraid of travelling to troubled regions like Jammu and Kashmir.


BJP launches ‘referendum’ on illegal money in Gujarat

BJP launches ‘referendum’ on illegal money in GujaratAhmedabad, Apr 11 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday launched `referendum' to seek people's view about getting back the black money stashed by Indians in illegal accounts abroad.

The results of the two-day referendum, which is being carried out on the instructions of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, would be made public later.

Voters were seen exercising their franchise in the cardboard-made `ballot boxes' here.


Bollywood actors add glamour quotient to poll campaign

Bollywood actors add glamour quotient to poll campaignAhmedabad/Jammu, Apr 12 : Bollywood actor Om Puri joined the campaign trail of Mallika Sarabhai in Gandhinagar, who is pitted against L K Advani, prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Om Puri recalled dancer Sarabhai family''s contribution to the society.


Qureshi to review Gujarat poll preparedness today

Qureshi to review Gujarat poll preparedness todayAhmedabad, Apr 15 : Election Commissioner Dr. S. Y. Qureshi will arrive here today to review poll preparedness in Gujarat for the coming Lok Sabha polls.

During his visit, Qureshi will hold meeting with Chief Electoral Officer Anita Karwal, Director General of Police S. S. Khandwawala, the Chief Secretary and the Home Secretary.

Qureshi along with Deputy Election Commissioner J. P. Prakash is also scheduled to meet the representatives of several political parties.


Suzlon Energy’s shares plunge 19% reportedly due to blade supply problems

Suzlon Energy LtdWith the Wall Street Journal reporting that some problems had occurred in Suzlon Energy Ltd's supply of blades to REpower Systems AG for a project in China, the shares of the company - India's foremost wind-turbine generators' manufacturer - plunged 19 percent to Rs 55.95 on the National Stock Exchange on Thursday.

While Suzlon's blades have reportedly been rejected, the company - which owns 74 percent of Germany's REpower and is looking at increasing its stake beyond 90 per cent - denied any problem, saying that prototypes were being tested and the actual delivery would begin in a couple of months.


Arun Shourie says Modi should become PM after Advani

Arun Shourie says Modi should become PM after AdvaniAhmedabad, April 24: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Shourie on Friday said that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi should become the Prime Minister after party’s prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani.

“In my personal opinion, the next Prime Minister should also be elected from Gujarat after Advani becomes the Prime Minister after ongoing general elections,” Shourie told a press conference here.

Arun Shourie further said that Gujarat has made rapid development under Modi’s leadership, which made him the best candidate for PM’s post.


Chargesheet filed against ex-Gujarat minister Kodnani

Chargesheet filed against ex-Gujarat minister KodnaniAhmedabad, May 1: A charge sheet was filed against former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani on Friday.

Kodnani has been slapped with a murder charge in connection with the Naroda Gam riot case.

Kodnani, who is now behind bars, is one of the prime accused in the Naroda Gam riots in which 11 persons were killed during the communal clashes in 2002.


Nurse Molestation Case: AMC Withdraws Doctors' Suspension Period

Nurse Molestation Case: AMC Withdraws Doctors' Suspension Period The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has gone soft on the suspension orders of the 28 resident doctors of ‘V S Hospital’ molested nursing students of the hospital during Holi celebrations on March 11.

In a declaration, Dy MC Dilip Mahajan stated that the suspension of all the doctors was withdrawn with immediate effect.

Mr. Mahajan also said that however, the doctors will not get any stipend for the 42 day suspension period.

Earlier, the suspension period of the 28 accused doctors was three months.


Cadila Pharmaceuticals aims to achieve revenue worth Rs 100 crore from ‘Policap’

Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ahmedabad based Cadila Pharmaceuticals is eyeing to achieve revenue worth Rs 100 crore in the first year, from the sale of its patented combination drug, Policap.

The company believes that Policap has the potential of becoming a blockbuster drug and revenue earnings from it should be more than Rs 100 crore per annum. The firm has scheduled to launch the drug, by the middle of next month.

It should be noted that the company has already applied to Drug Controller General of India, to seek permission regarding the launch of drug in the country, and company officials are hopeful that it may get the nod, by mid-June.


Gujarat NRE’s Australian unit secures loan worth $50 million

GujaratGujarat NRE Coke, the largest independent producer of Met Coke in India, has informed that its Australian unit, Gujarat NRE Minerals Ltd (GNM) has secured a $50 million long-term loan from a consortium-led by Axis bank.

The loan was sanctioned by consortium of banks in Singapore, London, Hong Kong and Antwerp, to support and sustain mine developments that are in progress at the NRE No. 1 Colliery and NRE Wongawilli Colliery (in Australia).

It should be noted that company's Australian unit (GNM) is currently developing at its NRE No 1 Colliery three new roadways (for conveyor, rubber-tyred vehicles and track vehicles) into the Wongawilli Seam.


Gujarat HC Begins ‘Suo Moto Proceeding’ Against Hookah Bars

Gujarat HC Begins ‘Suo Moto Proceeding’ Against Hookah Bars  Raising fears over flourishing business of hookah bars in Ahmedabad, the Gujarat High Court on Friday started suo moto trials and issued notices to the state government, AMC (Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner) and city police commissioner respondents in this regard.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice K S Radhakrishnan and Justice C K Buch started the suo moto proceedings on the back of some vernacular media reports.


Torrent Pharma Q4 earnings rise 13.40%

Torrent Pharma Q4 earnings rise 13.40%Torrent Pharmaceuticals, a leading Ahmedabad-based pharma company has announced that it has recorded a steady growth of 13.40% in its standalone net profit for the quarter ended March 2009.

During the quarter under review, the profit of the company stood at Rs 349 million as against Rs 308 million in the same quarter previous fiscal. Net sales of the company, during quarter went up by 30.80% to Rs 2,895 million, while total income for the quarter surged 24.44% to Rs 2,876 million, when compared with the prior year period.


Police commissioner issues strict guidelines regarding hookah bars in Ahmedabad

Police commissioner issues strict guidelines regarding hookah bars in AhmedabadPolice commissioner SK Saikia has issued notification containing strict guidelines regarding hookah bars. All the hookah bars ownerswill have to adhere to these guidelines.  

The new set of regulations includes installation of CCTVs and other rules regarding sitting arrangements. Recordings made by the cameras would be submitted to the area police station periodically.


Media projected me as PM candidate: Modi

Media projected me as PM candidate: ModiAhmedabad, May 18: Reacting to Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav's comment that the projection of Narendra Modi as a prime ministerial candidate was a mistake, the Gujarat Chief Minister on Monday said it was a media projection only and he had never projected himself as a candidate for the top post.

"My stand has always been clear that I am from Gujarat and will keep working for the state," Modi told reporters here.

Modi also hoped that the new government at the Centre would help his state accelerate the pace of development.


Maya Kodnani granted bail in 2002 riots case

Maya Kodnani granted bail in 2002 riots caseAhmedabad, May 19: A local court on Tuesday granted bail to former Gujarat Minister Maya Kodnani.

Kodnani is one of the prime accused in the Naroda Gam riots in which 11 persons were killed during the communal clashes in 2002.

Kodnani is also a prime accused in the Naroda Patia massacre in which over 90 people were killed.

According to sources, the Ahmedabad city sessions court has granted bail to Kodnani in the Naroda Gam case while in the Naroda Patia case, the bail hearing would continue.


Two arrested in Ahmedabad for extortion

GujaratThe Ahmedabad Crime Branch has arrested two people for allegedly trying to extort Rs 50 lakh from RIL for withdrawing an affidavit filed against the likely merger of Reliance Industries Limited and Reliance Petroleum Limited.

The accused, Jayesh Shah and Dilip Motwani, condemned the merger and termed it as illegal. They filed a petition in the High Court opposing the merger and had also written to the SEBI and the registrar of companies in this regard.

Crime Branch inspector Tarun Barot said, "The duo had asked RIL official to pay Rs50 lakh for withdrawing affidavits filed by them in the Mumbai High Court opposing the merger between RIL and RPL."


Gujarat hospital launches unique grain for health scheme for poor

GujaratAhmedabad, May 24 : Villagers in Anand and Kheda in Gujarat can now avail medical benefits of up to Rs. 5000 at Rs. 90 or ten kilograms of food grains.

The Shri Krishna Hospital is promoting this unique initiative called the Krupa Arogya Suraksha (KAS) social security scheme.

The insurance cover will increase on higher subscription.


Gujarat riot victims yet to receive suitable compensation

Gujarat riot victims yet to receive suitable compensationAhmedabad, June 3 : The unfortunate victims of the communal riots that took place in Gujarat in February, 2002 lament over the fact that they have not yet received any compensation from the government.

More than 2,000 people were killed in riots, which broke out after a suspected Muslim mob had torched a train, burning to death 59 Hindu pilgrims and activists.

Hundreds of families were also rendered homeless with a majority among them losing their sole means of daily bread.


Doctor Slapped Fine Of Rs 2.5 For Medical Negligence

Doctor Slapped Fine Of Rs 2.5 For Medical NegligenceThe National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has ordered Dr. Arvind Shah, who runs a polyclinic in the Saraspur region, to pay Rs 2.5 lakh as compensation to the mother of a patient, who died on September 6, 1997 due to medical negligence.

According to reports, Dr. Shah treated 20-year-old Prakash Kushwaha in his polyclinic in 1997.

However, Prakash died after taking medicine prescribed by the doctor.

The report also said that Dr. Shah had failed to record provisional diagnosis of Prakash’s problem before recommending treatment.


Zydus Submits IND Application For Anti-Diabetic Drug

Zydus CadilaIn a significant move, Ahmedabad-based drug firm, Zydus Cadila, have submitted an investigational new drug (IND) application to Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for its anti-diabetic drug.

In a disclosure to the BSE, the healthcare service firm said that the application has been filed for its ZYD1 drug, used in the treatment of diabetes, Cadila Healthcare, the flagship company of Zydus Cadila group.

The drug has been designed and developed at the company's research centre.

According to the company, the said drug has shown the valuable results in pre-clinical animal models on glucose reduction and weight loss.


Bhutia Almost In For East Bengal

Bhaichung BhutiaThe big news doing the rounds is that the Indian soccer skipper, Bhaichung Bhutia is all set to play for East Bengal in the forthcoming I-League season.

Sources asserted that the ace forward player just needs to complete all the required formalities with East Bengal.

Speaking on this, Subhas Bhowmick, coach, East Bengal said: "Bhutia is an Indian icon and still remains the best Indian striker. A player of his calibre is always welcome at East Bengal."


Gujarat Govt Appoints 7 Public Prosecutors For 2002 Riots

gujaratIn a significant move, the Gujarat government has named the Special Public Prosecutors (SPP) in seven of the nine cases being investigated by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the Supreme Court.

The government also made it clear that the public prosecutors for the two remaining cases, the Gulberg Society massacre in Ahmedabad and the incident at Ode near Anand, would be appointed in the coming days.

Apart from this, the government has also announced the names of the eight advocates who will be acting as Assistant Public Prosecutors to the seven SPPs.


Govt. should adopt "zero-tolerance" towards terrorism: Modi

Govt. should adopt "zero-tolerance" towards terrorism: ModiAhmedabad, June 11 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the government should adopt ''zero tolerance" towards terrorism.

After paying tribute to Major Rishikesh Ramani, who was killed in a fierce gunabattle at Khurhama, near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir''s Kupwara District, he said, "There should be "zero tolerance towards terrorism"."


12 people killed in Gujarat road mishap

12 people killed in Gujarat road mishapAhmedabad, June 13 : At least twelve people were killed and six others injured when a cement-laden truck overturned on the Badra-Hingorala Highway, 30 km from Amreli this morning.

According to sources, the incident occurred when the truck carrying labourers was going towards Kutch.

The injured have been admitted to a district hospital. (ANI)


Cama Motors to expand its retail outlets to 50, by this fiscal

Cama MotorsCarz Spa, a division of M/s Fortune Multiple Services Pvt. Ltd, plans to expand its retail network by taking the total number of outlets to 50 by end of the financial year 2009-10.

Carz Spa, a Surat based company, is a car professional detailing Centre, dedicated to Automobile Beautification and Preservation.

The company has short-listed some cities names including, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Ludhiana, Ghaziabad, Cochin and Calicut, for expansion.


Another Suspected Case Of Swine Flu In Gujarat

Swine Flu The second suspected case of swine flu in Gujarat came to light on Thursday.

A 30-year-old woman, who had returned from the US some two days back, has been quarantined at the VS hospital after she had fallen ill with swine flu symptoms.

She consulted a local physician who referred her to the VS hospital.


Tight security for Jagannath yatra in Gujarat

Tight security for Jagannath yatra in GujaratAhmedabad, June 23 : Gujarat police has said that they were taking all precautions ahead of the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra, which commence on Wednesday.

Security forces staged a flag march in the city on Monday.

Police have planned foolproof security on the entire 14-kilometer route of the procession and particularly in the sensitive areas of the city.


Black Magic Practiced In Asaram Ashram: Gujarat CID

Black Magic Practiced In Asaram Ashram: Gujarat CIDAs per the affidavit submitted by the officials of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) before the Gujarat High Court, black magic may have been practiced inside the Asaram ashram in Ahmedabad.

In the court, CID said that lie detector test conducted on the three sadhaks of the Asaram ashram, reveal that black magic is being performed inside the ashram and that the three are aware about the same.


2 inspectors, DySP suspended following Gujarat hooch tragedy

2 inspectors, DySP suspended following Gujarat hooch tragedyAhmedabad, July 8 : In connection with the recent hooch tragedy that claimed 25 lives in Gujarat, two police inspectors were suspended today, while a DySP-rank officer was shifted.

"Two police inspectors of Kagdapith police station have been suspended and the process of suspension of a DySP is on," Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah told the state Assembly.

According to police sources, suspended police inspectors were R G Patel and A A Pathan, while G L Khunti was the DySP officer being transferred.


Ahmedabad hooch death toll rises to 65

Ahmedabad hooch death toll rises to 65Ahmedabad, July 9 : With the death of 17 more people, the death toll following the consumption of spurious liquor in Ahmedabad rose to 65 on Thursday.

According to police, 17 more people died during treatment at various hospitals. Several are still undergoing treatment.

The new cases were reported from Odhav and Amaraiwadi during the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, police has detained one suspected bootlegger Harishankar Kahar alias Hariom, who allegedly supplied spurious liquor in the Majoor Gam and Odhav areas where most of the deaths have occurred.


Ahmedabad hooch death toll rises to 73

Ahmedabad hooch death toll rises to 73Ahmedabad, July 9 : With the death of 25 more people, the death toll following the consumption of spurious liquor in Ahmedabad rose to 73 on Thursday.

According to police, 25 more people died during treatment at various hospitals. Over hundred people are still undergoing treatment.

The new cases were reported from Odhav, Amaraiwadi and Rakhial.

Residents and shop-keepers from the affected areas took to the streets, shouting anti-government slogans and demanded stern action against the bootleggers.


Ahmedabad hooch death toll rises to 103

Ahmedabad hooch death toll rises to 103Ahmedabad, July 10 : The Gujarat hooch tragedy death toll has risen to 103.

According to police, the number of fatalities could go up as about 200 people are still undergoing treatment. The new cases were reported from Odhav, Amaraiwadi, Rakhial and Raipur.

On Thursday night, Gujarat Police rounded up over 800 bootleggers and sealed scores of illicit liquor dens across the state.


Educational institutions remain shut in Gujarat to condemn hooch tragedy

Educational institutions remain shut in Gujarat to condemn hooch tragedyAhmedabad, July 10 : Schools and colleges remained closed in Ahmedabad in Gujarat on Friday as a mark of protest over the death of around 105 people due to consumption of spurious liquor.

Cases of people dying after consuming spurious liquor were reported on Monday and by Thursday (around105 deaths were reported.

Consumption and sale of liquor is officially banned in Gujarat.


Gujarat hooch tragedy death toll rises to 122

Gujarat hooch tragedy death toll rises to 122Ahmedabad July 11 : The toll in Ahmedabad hooch tragedy has rises to 122after nine more deaths were reported.

The police said that now 122 people have died and 227 were admitted to various city hospitals. The city is witnessing deaths from spurious liquor since last five days.

The Crime Branch, of the Gujarat Police is investigating the case. The investigation has revealed that the spurious liquor was supplied from Mahemdabad town in Kheda district.


Gujarat government rejects Mallya’s suggestion to rethink prohibition policy

Gujarat government rejects Mallya’s suggestion to rethink prohibition policyAhmedabad, July 11 : Rejecting liquor baron Viajy Mallya’s suggestion to rethink the state’s prohibition policy, the Gujarat government said, that he should look at his liquor business and keep out of state’s affairs.


Hooch toll rises to 122

Hooch toll rises to 122Sad and surprising but true. The toll in Ahmedabad hooch tragedy has claimed over 122 lives, while about 300 affected are still undergoing treatment at various hospitals.

The city is witnessing deaths from specious liquor since last five days.

A spokesman of the government-run Civil Hospital said postmortem of 108 people, who died after consuming the toxic brew distributed by bootleggers, had been performed so far.

Over 62 affected are still undergoing treatment at Civil Hospital, where 18 in-patients have died so far.


New cases of swine flu in Ahmedabad

Swine FluRecently, there have been two more cases of swine flu in Ahmedabad. With that, the number of swine flu cases in the city has reached four.

The two girls, suspected of swine flu, were among the ten girls - all aged between 15 and 16 years - who were part of a group of 40 Indian students, sent to the US in August
2008, through an exchange programme facilitated by the All Friend's Society (AFS). These students belonged to Maharashtra (9), Gujarat (18), Karnataka (1), Tamil Nadu
(7) and Delhi (5).


Gujarat govt. to bring stringent law to punish spurious liquor dealers

Gujarat govt. to bring stringent law to punish spurious liquor dealersAhmedabad, July 15 : The Gujarat government on Wednesday declared that it would soon bring a new law having a provision to punish dealers of spurious liquor with seven years in imprisonment to capital punishment.

The State government has come into action following wide uproar over the death of 152 people in Ahmedabad due to drinking illegally brewed liquor.


Key accused in Gujarat hooch tragedy arrested

Key accused in Gujarat hooch tragedy arrestedAhmedabad, July 17 : The Crime Branch of the Gujarat Police arrested Vinod Dargi, the key accused in the Gujarat hooch tragedy, here on Friday.

Police also arrested two other associates of Dargi, Ajay Thakkar and Sunil along with him.

In a massive crackdown after the hooch tragedy the Gujarat Police booked more than 6,000 people for violating prohibition.

Narendra Modi Government came under criticism after the death of nearly 140 people in Ahmedabad hooch tragedy earlier in this month.


Gujarat HC allows SIT to interrogate Modi in post-Godhra riots case

Gujarat HC allows SIT to interrogate Modi in post-Godhra riots caseAhmedabad, July 24 : A Gujarat High Court on Friday dismissed the petition seeking a stay on investigating state Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his role in the 2002 Godhra riots.

The court said the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the riots is free to interrogate Modi. The court directive came in response to a petition filed by Zakia Jaffrey, whose husband Ehsan Jaffrey, ex-Congress MP was killed during the Gulburg society riots along with 39 others.


Water-logging throws life out of gear in Gujarat’s Mangrol city

Water-logging throws life out of gear in Gujarat’s Mangrol cityAhmedabad, July 28 : People in Gujarat's Mangrol city are forced to use boats after stepping out of their homes, as the floodwater has marooned the city leading to massive water logging.

Heavy rainfall throughout this week has inundated many low-lying areas in this port city, submerging many houses and other buildings.

"For the last three days we are draining water into the sea but the amount of water is not getting less and this is causing a heavy damage," said Madha Bhai, a local.


Soaring price of gold turns Goldsmiths idle

Soaring price of gold turns Goldsmiths idleAhmedabad, Aug. 3 : With the price of gold going through the roof, the number of customers of yellow metal has fallen drastically and left a majority of goldsmiths in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat sit literally idle.

Most of the goldsmiths fear a jobless situation. Already, thousands of gold workers have lost their jobs due to poor business in Gujarat.


Kotak Group picks 51% stake in Ahmedabad Commodity Exchange

Kotak Group picks 51% stake in Ahmedabad Commodity Exchange Financial services major Kotak Group has finally bought a 51 per cent stake in the Ahmedabad Commodity Exchange (ACE).

The group has purchased a 51 per cent stake in ACE after getting an approval from the regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC).

The Ahmedabad Commodity Exchange, which deals in castor seeds futures, has an average daily trading volume of about 5,000 tonnes.


IIM Ahmadabad: Online CAT 2009 to be held between Nov 28 and Dec 7

AhmedabadAccording to a Thursday notification by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad (IIM-A), on its website, the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2009, which goes online this year onwards, would be held between November 28 and December 7.

While the earlier paper-based CAT was held on only one particular date, the candidates appearing this time round can take the test on any day falling between the two mentioned dates, that too, from the comfort of their homes!


Ahmedabad shopkeepers woo customers with heavy discounts

Ahmedabad, Aug 16: Readymade garment shopkeepers are attracting customers by giving them heavy discounts to beat the recession here.
Customers were seen making a beeline for the shops.
"There is recession and we must do shopping, especially when there are such good offers and good choice," said Kinjal Jani, a customer.
Vigya Shah, another customer, said, "There is a good variety now so we are making use of it. The prices may increase further in the future so I am purchasing now."

Communal clashes in shahpur injured eight persons

Communal clashes in shahpur injured eight personsEight persons got injured and several houses were set on fire in Nagoriwad locality of Shahpur on Sunday when a communal clash erupted between two communities over damage to an idol in a temple.

The violence had started on Saturday and continued on Sunday as rioters tried to attack nearby mosque due to which there was a heavy stone pelting between the two sides. The clashes left a dozen seriously injured and several burnt houses.


Gujarat Govt. in line of fire for sales of RSS ideologue''s book

Gujarat Govt. in line of fire for sales of RSS ideologue''s bookAhmedabad, Aug 28 : After Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi banned Jaswant Singh''s book on Jinnah, the sale of ''The Tragic Story of Partition'' written by RSS ideologue H V Seshadri, that has uncomplimentary references to Nehru and Patel, has come under the line of fire.

Sahitya Sadhana Trust, part of the RSS Headquarter, has sold thousands of copies in Gujarat in the last 27 years.

Sadhna publication defends the book terming it as history, as opposed to Jaswant Singh''s book, which they claim has more of prejudiced elements.


Ahmedabad Civil Hospital to be recognized as the India’s first lab for multi-drug resistant TB tests

Ahmedabad Civil Hospital to be recognized as the India’s first lab for multi-drug resistant TB testsIn India, a person loses his life due to TB every one and a half minute. The State TB Training and Research Centre at the Civil Hospital have been recognized as India’s first Intermediate Reference Laboratory for testing multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis. The centre started providing services on Thursday.


Ahmedabad victims died of drinking chemical not hooch: Police

 Ahmedabad victims died of drinking chemical not hooch: PoliceAhmedabad (Gujarat), Aug 29: Ahmedabad Police on Saturday clarified that two people who died on Friday, died due to consumption of drinks having chemical content.

Police has dismissed assumption that they were victims of country-made liquor known as ''hooch'', and said that the Forensic Science Laboratory report confirmed that they took a substance having chemicals.


Swine flu: 1 more dies in Ahmedabad, death toll rises to 10 in Guj

gujaratSwine flu turned more deadly on Friday as a woman died of deadly virus in state capital, Ahmedabad, taking the death toll in Gujarat to 10.

It is learnt that a 34-year-old woman named Rasilaben Paldia, admitted to Sterling Hospital in Ahmedabad on August 29 died on Friday morning.

Confirming the development, a top health official said: "Today morning, Rasilaben Paldia, who had tested positive for H1N1 virus, died due to cardio respiratory arrest at the Sterling Hospital."

The official also added that the victim had complained of cough, sore throat, high temperature and increased breathlessness.


Gujarat Govt. to challenge Tamang Report on Ishrat encounter case

Gujarat Govt. to challenge Tamang Report on Ishrat encounter caseAhmedabad, Sep. 8 : Refuting to subscribe to the observations made in the Tamang Report about the alleged ‘fake’ encounter of four persons in 2004, the Gujarat Government has decided to challenge the report.

In a news conference, Jaya Narayan Vyas, Spokesperson and Minister of Health in Gujarat, said: “ Normally, in the process of tenet justice an opportunity will be given to the accused to present their stand. But in this case, a judicial magistrate has not given any chance to the accused.”


Ishrat’s family demands stringent punishment for guilty Gujarat police

Ishrat’s family demands stringent punishment for guilty Gujarat policeAhmedabad, Sep. 8 : A day after the Ahmedabad Metropolitan court ruled that Ishrat Jahan was killed in a fake encounter, the family has demanded stringent punishment for the culprit cops.

On Monday (September 7), the court ruled that the 2004 killing of college student Ishrat Jahan and three of her friends was a ''fake encounter''.

The State Government''s claims were challenged in court by Ishrat Jahan''s mother Shameema Kausar.


Gujarat High Court stays Tamang’s report on Ishrat’s encounter

Ahmedabad, Sep 10 : The Gujarat High Court on Thursday stayed a report given by the Metropolitan Judicial Magistrate S. P. Tamang, which had described the encounter of alleged terror operative Ishrat Jahan and three others as “fake.”

Ishrat, was killed on June 15, 2004, along with her partners Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, Amjad Ali alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani by the Gujarat Police.

Ishrat who was studying in under graduate course in Mumbai was allegedly involved in a plot to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Tamang’s report, which was made open to media on Monday, described the 2004 killing of college student Ishrat Jahan and three of her friends a ''''fake encounter''''.


Gujarat fishermen equip their boats with GPS

 Gujarat fishermen equip their boats with GPSAhmedabad, Sep. 11 : Fishermen in Gujarat’s Veraval region have now equipped their trawlers with Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

Now, it would be easy to locate these trawlers on high seas and also warn the fishermen in case they wander into the territorial waters of other countries.

After being installed on all the 12,000 fishing boats in the state, the GPS will help security forces to know the whereabouts of a boat and issue warnings.


Sadbhav Engineering wins order worth Rs 225 crore

Sadbhav Engineering wins order worth Rs 225 croreAhmedabad-based Sadbhav Engineering has secured an order worth Rs 225.43 crore from Mahanadi Coalfields, a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd (CIL) for mining related works.

The scope of the work includes transportation of materials in various strata including drilling, excavation, dumping, spreading, dozing, and other allied works in specified areas.

The shares of the company closed today at Rs 763, up 1 percent compared to its previous close.


Narendra Modi takes over as Gujarat Cricket Association president

Narendra Modi takes over as Gujarat Cricket Association presidentAhmedabad, Sept 15 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has taken over as the president of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA).

Modi, who was elected unopossed, takes over from Narhari Amin.

The GCA, affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), governs the game of cricket in Gujarat.

It is involved in the conduct of the game from the grass root level to the International level. (ANI)


Veraval riots: Nanavati Commission not to issue notice against Modi

Veraval riots: Nanavati Commission not to issue notice against ModiAhmedabad, Sep. 19 : In a major reprieve for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the Justice Girish Thakorlal Nanavati Commission on Saturday confirmed that it would not be issuing any notice to him in connection with the communal riots in Veraval.

However, the commission has asked the State Government to give it transcripts of the conversations that took place prior to the riots, during the riots and in its aftermath.


Navratra festivities overcome swine flu scare in Gujarat

Navratra festivities overcome swine flu scare in GujaratAhmedabad, Sep. 22 : The onset of Navratras has overtaken the swine flu fear factor in Gujarat. Hordes of youngsters are turning up at Garba dance venues in Gujarat.

In Ahmedabad, thousands of youngsters are converging at different venues that allow people to dance in large groups wearing colourful traditional dresses and jewellery meant for the occasion.

Garba participants love dancing in small or large groups to the vibrant tunes of Gujarati songs, usually, in open grounds.


Garba fever rocks Ahmedabad on eighth day of Navartri

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Ahmedabad, Sep. 27 : People in Ahmedabad enjoyed the traditional vibrant folk dance of Garba with full fervour on the eighth day of Navartri.

Clad in traditional colourful dresses with a lot of mirror and handwork, boys and girls danced to the fullest enjoying every moment of the festival on Saturday.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and many celebrities made their presence felt at one of the community Garba events.

Men and women of all age groups and musical groups had been practising for the nine-day festival for weeks together.


Swine Flu: IIM-A student dies

IIM-ASwine flu turned more deadly on Tuesday as a student of the Indian Institute of Management- Ahmedabad (IIM-A) died of deadly virus.

Informing the media persons, health officials said that Nikhil Kamat, a first year post graduate student, of IIM-A died on Tuesday morning.

Kamat was suffering from flu-like symptoms for the past couple of days.

The victim was first admitted to a private hospital and was later shifted to another private hospital of the city.

For swine flu confirmatory test, the authorities of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has sent Kamat’s swab to the BJ Medical College.


Sadbhav Engineering wins order worth Rs 477 crore

Sadbhav EngineeringAhmedabad-based Sadbhav Engineering Ltd has notified that the company has bagged two Road Projects worth Rs 477 crore from Jharkhand, Road Projects Implementation Company Ltd.

Under the first order, the company will do improvement works of Ranchi Ring Road (Section III Ch. Km 0.600 to Ch. Km 13.350 and Section IV Ch. Km 0.000 to Km 6.335) (19.085 Kms) in Jharkhand. The contract is valued at Rs 252 crore.


President Patil to visit Sabarmati Ashram today

President Patil to visit Sabarmati Ashram todayAhmedabad, Oct 1 : President Pratibha Patil, who is on a five-day visit to Gujarat, will visit Sabarmati Ashram today.

Later, she will attend a function at the Sardar Patel Memorial in Shahibaug to inaugurate a new hall.

During her visit, she will also visit Porbandar on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi before going to Sasan Gir, the only home of Asiatic lions in India.


President Patil recalls Mahatma Gandhi''s vision of all round development

Pratibha PatilAhmedabad, Oct 1 : President Pratibha Patil has said Mahatma Gandhi''s idea of all round development was a key to stable and a secure society.

Addressing a gathering here on Wednesday, President Patil said, "Gandhiji gave the message that our task would not be complete unless we wipe the tears of each and every poor in this country so only when each and every section of the society is able to benefit from the country''s development only then we would be able to set up a stable and a secure society."


H1N1: Mentally challenged woman dies in Ahmedabad, death toll rises to 36 in Gujarat

GujaratGujarat has recorded its 36th human swine flu-related death.

It is learnt that the victim, a 24-year-old mentally challenged woman named Nisha Deepakbhai, admitted to VS Hospital died of the deadly virus in Ahmedabad on Friday.

Nisha was a resident of Paldi.

Confirming the development, a state health official said: “Nisha, who tested positive for the H1N1 virus, died at the Vadilal Sarabhai hospital on Friday.”

The official added that Nisha was struggling with pneumonia.

The patient was administered Tamiflu on admission to the hospital.


Sathiyan wins Indian Oil TT Championship

G SathiyanThe top seeded G Sathiyan has won the junior boy's singles title of Indian Oil National Ranking Table Tennis Championship 2009 after ousting Harmeet Desai in the final match at Gandhidham in Ahmedabad on Monday.

The Tamil Nadu boy, Sathiyan defeated his opponent in straight sets by 11-5, 13-11, 11-9, 13-11 to clinch the title. Later in the day, Sathiyan also won the youth boy's title.

Sathiyan outplayed Soumyajit Ghosh in the final match by 11-4, 11-2, 10-12, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5 to lift the youth boy's singles title. Soumyadeep Roy defeated Anirban Nandy 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 8-11, 12
-10, 1-11, 11-8 to win the men's title.


Elecon forays into hospitality sector

Elecon forays into hospitality sectorAhmedabad, Oct 26 The Rs. 1,500-crore engineering major Elecon group Monday made its foray into the hospitality sector with the launch of its resort, Madhubhan Resorts and Spa, in Charotar of Gujarat's Anand district.

The 81-room property, located between Ahmedabad and Anand, possesses all facilities that go with a five-star deluxe resort, the company said.


Mumbai firm runs Ahmedabad BRTS

Mumbai firm runs Ahmedabad BRTSAhmedabad’s BRTS, launched in October and billed as India’s first full such project, is run using systems designed by a Mumbai firm.

“This is considered India’s first full-fledged BRTS project because Delhi and Pune do not have systems like a dedicated control room, IT backups and dedicated buses,” a senior official said.

Mumbai-based Kaizen, which developed the common ticketing system for BEST buses and the city’s suburban trains, designed the software that manages automatic fare collection, vehicle tracking, and passenger information in Ahmedabad.


Gujarat on high alert following terror threat

Gujarat on high alert following terror threatAhmedabad, Nov 4 : Gujarat Police have stepped up security across the state after intelligence agencies issued a warning about a possible 26/11-like Mumbai terror attack.

According to media reports, defence intelligence agencies have alerted the home ministry about a major terrorist threat to coastal states such as Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka.

When asked about the reports, Gujarat state''s top cop said that since the state shares a border with Pakistan, they are always on vigil.


Ahmedabad zoo offers a chance to adopt wild animals and birds

Ahmedabad zoo offers a chance to adopt wild animals and birdsAhmedabad, Nov 6 : The Kamala Nehru Zoological Park in Ahmedabad has offered a chance to its residents to adopt wild animals and birds through a scheme.

The scheme “friends of the zoo”, was launched last year, and invites the locals to adopt an animal against some money, which is utilized by the zoo authorities to feed the animal.


IIM(A) summer placements at record speed

IIMIn what can be termed as a clear pointer to the revival in the economy, all first year students of the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad were placed with summer internships — in just four days.

This, when on an average, summer placements go on for about a week here.

Investment banks hired 77 students on the first day itself — in 2008, the figure was 35

Top-notch firms like  Bain, Morgan Stanley, McKinsey and Company, Goldman Sachs and Microsoft are among those who offered the internships. Royal Bank of Scotland came exclusively for international roles across Hong Kong and London.


How a Schwab awardee from IIM helped kids read with TV

Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad)’sIt was in 1996 that Brij Kothari, professor at the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad)’s Centre for Educational Innovation, hit upon Same Language Subtitling (SLS). The concept is simplicity itself — if you subtitle TV programmes in the same language, viewers cannot help but read along.


Cyclone alert issued across Maharashtra, Gujarat coastline

Cyclone alert issued across Maharashtra, Gujarat coastlineMumbai/ Ahmedabad, Nov 11 : A cyclone alert has been sounded across north Maharashtra and south Gujarat, besides coastal areas by the Meteorological (Met) Department in the wake of a deep depression over the southeast and the Arabian Sea.

The bulletin said the deep depression (system) is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm.

The Met office has advised fishermen not to venture out to sea in Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat.


Joshi gives slum dwellers hope

Slum Development projectIt was around 15 years ago that Rajendra Joshi, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship winner for this year, woke up to the power of social entrepreneurship.

Joshi’s NGO had been working on an Integrated Slum Development project in Ahmedabad since 1989, and that year, it tied up with the city municipal corporation to provide basic infrastructure — water, drainage, sewerage — to seven slums.

The slum-dwellers would pay Rs 2,000, a one-time fee, and in exchange the municipality would give a guarantee that it would not evict them.

In no time, 5,000 families had come on board.


Ahmedabad steps up hotel security, fearing terror strike

Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Nov. 14 : Security of hotels in Ahmedabad has been beefed up in the wake of reports that US terror suspect David Coleman Headley stayed at top-end hotels in various cities with the aim of conducting a recce for terrorist attacks.

The Gujarat government has directed hotels to take thumb impressions of all guests and keep a copy of their identity cards.

Security personnel have also been deployed to check vehicle movement in the city.


Sri Lanka ready to face Indian challenge, says Sangakkara

Sri Lanka ready to face Indian challenge, says SangakkaraAhmedabad, Nov 15 : Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara has said that previous record doesn''t matter and his team is ready to face the Indian challenge.
Addressing reporters here on Saturday, Sangakkara said that previous record didn''t matter for his side.
"What happened before really doesn''t matter to us, it is a new test match and new side so you will have to play well and be prepared yourself physically and mentally for the challenge. If you can do all your preparations, execute the game plan well then you probably get on the top," he added.


India opt to bat against Sri Lanka

India opt to bat against Sri LankaAhmedabad, Nov 16 - India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat against Sri Lanka in the first cricket Test at the Sardar Patel Stadium at the Motera stadium here Monday.

Teams:

India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V. V. S. Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain-wicketkeeper), Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma


India 105/4 against Sri Lanka at lunch

Ahmedabad, Nov 16 - India were struggling at 105 for four at lunch against Sri Lanka on the first day of the first cricket Test match at the Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera here Monday.

Rahul Dravid was batting on 45 and Yuvraj Singh on 35 at the break. Fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara picked up three for 28. (IANS)


India 221/5 against Sri Lanka at tea

Ahmedabad, Nov 16 - India were 221 for five at tea on the first day of first Test match against Sri Lanka here Monday.

Rahul Dravid was batting two runs short of a century while skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was batting on 29.

The only wicket to fall after lunch was that of Yuvraj SIngh, who was dismissed by Muttiah Muralitharan (1-48). (IANS)


Sangakkara calls for more Test cricket

Sangakkara calls for more Test cricketAhmedabad, Nov 16 : Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara has supported master blaster Sachin Tendulkar''s call for more Test cricket, saying that the lopsided schedule needed to be changed.

Sri Lanka has just one Test series scheduled for next year, against the West Indies at home in November.

“It''s really a shame that we are being deprived of Test cricket. The young guys in our side are desperate to perform at the highest level, and that means Test cricket. They are just not getting enough of it,” said Sangakkara.


India all out for 426 in first innings

India all out for 426 in first inningsAhmedabad, Nov 17 - India were all out for 426 in the first innings against Sri Lanka on the second day of the first cricket Test at the Sardar Patel Stadium here Tuesday.

Rahul Dravid was the top scorer with 177 while skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni made 110. For Sri Lanka, fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara got four for 87 while off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan bagged three wickets for 97. (IANS)


Sri Lanka trail India by 389

Sri Lanka trail India by 389Ahmedabad, Nov 17 - Sri Lanka were 37 for no loss in the first innings against India at lunch on the second day of the first cricket Test at the Sardar Patel Stadium here Tuesday.

Tillekaratne Dilshan and Tharanga Pranavitana were batting on 18 each. Earlier, India were all out for 426.


Sri Lanka 155/1 against India at tea

Kumar SangakkaraAhmedabad, Nov 17 : Sri Lanka were comfortably placed at 155 for one in the first innings, in reply to India's 426, at tea on the second day of the first cricket Test here Tuesday.

Tillekaratne Dilshan was batting on 88 and skipper Kumar Sangakkara on 23. Tharanga Pranavitana made a quick 35.(IANS)


Dilshan leads Sri Lankan reply against India

Tillekaratne DilshanAhmedabad, Nov 17 : Tillekaratne Dilshan cracked an unbeaten half-century to put Sri Lanka in the comfort zone against India at tea on the second day of the first cricket Test here Tuesday.

At tea, Sri Lanka were cruising at 155 for one in the first innings, chasing India's 426, with Dilshan on 88 and skipper Kumar Sangakkara 23.

The Sri Lankan bowlers managed to restrict India to 426 in the first innings in the morning session, and the batsmen complemented with a superb show.


Dilshan century takes Sri Lanka to 275/3

Tillekaratne DilshanAhmedabad, Nov 17 : Tillekaratne Dilshan's tenth Test century powered Sri Lanka to 275 for three against India at the close of second day's play in the first cricket Test here Tuesday.

Dilshan made 112 and at the close of play, Thilan Samaraweera was batting on 45 and Mahela Jayawardene on 36. India were all out for 426 in the first innings.(IANS)


Abhijit Chadha takes pole position at LG Gujarat Open

Abhijit ChadhaAhmedabad, Nov 17 : Abhijit Chadha posted the only under-par round of the day to emerge as the sole leader after the first round of the LG Gujarat Open at the par-72 Kensville Golf Club here Tuesday.

Chadha carded a round of one-under 71 to open up a one-shot lead. Pune's Aditya Bhandarkar and Delhi lad Pawan Kumar were placed second, one back at level-par for the tournament after both players returned identical rounds of even-par 72.

Karan Vasudeva was placed fourth at two-over 74 while Chandigarh youngster Angad Cheema was one back at three-over 75.


Sri Lanka 375/5 against India at lunch

Sri Lanka 375/5 against India at lunchAhmedabad, Nov 18 - In reply to India's 426, Sri Lanka were 375 for five in the first innings at lunch on the third day of the first cricket Test at the Sardar Patel Stadium here Wednesday.

Mahela Jayawardene was batting on 86 while Angelo Matthews (17) fell at the stroke of the lunch break. Thilan Samaraweeera scored 70. (IANS)


Jayawardene, Samaraweera reduce the deficit for Sri Lanka

Jayawardene, Samaraweera reduce the deficit for Sri LankaAhmedabad, Nov 18 - A century-run stand between Mahela Jaywardene and Thilan Samaraweera took Sri Lanka to 375 to five in the first innings at lunch on the third day of the first cricket Test here Wednesday in reply to India's 426.

Resuming at the overnight score of 275 for five, Jaywardene (86 batting) and Samarweera (70) completely dominated the first session of the day with a 138-run stand for the fourth wicket. Sri Lanka reduced the deficit to just 51 runs at the Sardar Patel Stadium.


Jayawardene ton puts Sri Lanka ahead

Jayawardene ton puts Sri Lanka aheadAhmedabad, Nov 18 - In reply to India's 426, Sri Lanka were 483 for five in the first innings at tea on the third day of the first cricket Test at the Sardar Patel Stadium here Wednesday.

Mahela Jayawardene was batting on 142 and Prasanna Jyawardene on 43 at tea break. Sri Lanka now have a lead of 57 runs. (IANS)


Mahela century helps Sri Lanka take lead at tea

Mahela century helps Sri Lanka take lead at tea Ahmedabad, Nov 18 : Former captain Mahela Jayawardene scored a classy century as Sri Lanka opened up a 57-run first innings lead against India at tea on the third day of the first cricket Test here Wednesday.

At the break, Sri Lanka were cruising at 486 for five, in reply to India's 426, with Mahela batting on 142 and Prasanna Jayawardene 43 at Motera's Sardar Patel Stadium here.


Abhijit Chadha stays in front at Gujarat Open

Abhijit Chadha Ahmedabad, Nov 18 : Chandigarh's Abhijit Chadha maintained his ascendancy on the top of the leaderboard after the second round of the LG Gujarat Open at the par-72 Kensville Golf Club here Wednesday.

With a round of three-over 75, Chadha has a tournament total of two-over 146 and now enjoys a three-shot lead.


Sri Lanka pile up 708/5 against India by lunch

Sri Lanka pile up 708/5 against India by lunchAhmedabad, Nov 19 - Sri Lanka piled up 708 for five in the first innings, in reply to India's 426, by lunch on the fourth day of the first cricket Test at Motera's Sardar Patel Stadium here Thursday.

Mahela Jayawardene was batting on 267 and Prasanna Jayawarnede on 134 as Sri Lanka took lunch with a huge lead of 282 runs. (IANS)


Sri Lanka declare first innings at 760/7 against India

Ahmedabad, Nov 19 - Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 760 for seven, in reply to India's 426, shortly after lunch on the fourth day of the first cricket Test here Thursday.

Mahela Jayawardene made 275 while Tillekaratne Dilshan (117) and Prasanna Jayawardene (154 not out) struck a century each at Motera's Sardar Patel Stadium. (IANS)


Mahela Jayawardene joins select group with sixth double hundreds

Mahela Jayawardene joins select group with sixth double hundredsAhmedabad, Nov 19 : Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene has become only the seventh batsman in Test cricket to score six or more double hundreds. He made 204 not out against India in the first Test.

Jayawardene, who notched up a second double hundred against India, said that it was like any other century that he had scored in the past.


India trail Sri Lanka by 257 runs at tea

India trail Sri Lanka by 257 runs at teaAhmedabad, Nov 19 - India were 77 for no loss in the second innings at tea against Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the first cricket Test here Thursday.

Virender Sehwag was batting on 47 and Gautam Gambhir on 28 as India went into tea with a deficit of 257 runs at Motera's Sardar Patel Stadium here. Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 760 for seven in reply to India's 426.


Sehwag, Gambhir give India a strong start

Sehwag, Gambhir give India a strong startAhmedabad, Nov 19 : Openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir gave a good start as India made 77 for no loss in the second innings at tea after Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 760 for seven on the fourth day of the first cricket Test here Thursday.

Sehwag was batting on 47 and Gambhir on 28 as India went into the tea break still trailing Sri Lanka by 257 runs. Sehwag and Gambhir were in command and hit the fast bowlers with ease as 77 runs came up in just 16 overs at Motera's Sardar Patel Stadium.


India 190/2 in second innings against Sri Lanka

Gautam Gambhir Ahmedabad, Nov :  India were 190 for two in their second innings, trailing by 144 runs against Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the first cricket Test at Sardar Patel Stadium here.

Gautam Gambhir (74) and nightwatchman Amit Mishra (12) were at crease at stumps. Virender Sehwag (51) and Rahul Dravid (38) were the wickets to fall.

Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 760 for seven, that gave them a lead of 334 runs. Mahela Jayawerdene (275) and Prasanna Jayawerdene (154) were involved in a record 385-run stand for the sixth wicket.19.(IANS)


Chadha, Bhandarkar tied for lead at Gujarat Open amateur

Abhijit ChadhaAhmedabad, Nov 19 : Pune's Aditya Bhandarkar shot one of only two under-par rounds Thursday to set up a final-day clash with overnight leader Abhijit Chadha at the LG Gujarat Open at the par-72 Kensville Golf Club.

The 20-year-old carded a round of one-under 71 in the day to tie Chadha at four-over 220 for the tournament.

Late bogeys pulled Chadha back and the two players will now go head-to-head in the last round in search of their maiden win on Tour.

Pawan Kumar is now nine shots behind the leaders, alongside Ambala's Manav Das.


India trail Sri Lanka by 78 runs at lunch

India trail Sri Lanka by 78 runs at lunchAhmedabad, Nov 20 - India were 256 for three in the second innings at lunch on the fifth day of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka here Friday.

Gautam Gambhir was batting on 105 and Sachin Tendulkar on 22 as India reduced the deficit to 78 runs. Sri Lanka had declared their first innings at 760 for seven in reply to India's 426. (IANS)


India take lead over Sri Lanka at tea

India_Vs_Lanka.jpgAhmedabad, Nov 20 - India were 341 for four in their second innings against Sri Lanka at tea on the fifth day of the first cricket Test here Friday.

Sachin Tendulkar was batting on 55 and V. V. S. Laxman at 28 as India took tea with a slim lead of seven runs at Motera's Sardar Patel Stadium.

Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 760 for seven in reply to India's 426. (IANS)


HIV infected women sell nutritious food items in Gujarat

HIV infected women sell nutritious food items in GujaratAhmedabad, Nov 20 : Two Non-Governmental Organisations-- Aadhar and Saral--are helping HIV--infected women prepare and sell nutritious and tasty food items in Ahmedabad.

The purpose is to bring such women into mainstream society and remove the stigma attached to HIV, infected people.

The women had earlier opened a snack shop, which got a tremendous response from the locals. The only problem is that the infected women do not prepare the snacks, but were only involved in the packaging process.


India draw first Test with Sri Lanka

India draw first Test with Sri LankaAhmedabad, Nov 20 India drew the first cricket Test with Sri Lanka at Motera's Sardar Patel Stadium here Friday.

India were 412 for four in the second innings when both the teams decided to call it off. Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 760 for seven in reply to India's 426. (IANS)


Ahmedabad Test ends in a draw as Sachin crosses another milestone

Ahmedabad Test ends in a draw as Sachin crosses another milestoneAhmedabad, Nov 20 : The first Test between India and Sri Lanka ended in a draw on the final day at the Sardar Patel stadium on Friday.

Resuming the final day on 190 for two wickets, still 144 runs behind Sri Lanka''s first-innings total of 760 for seven wickets, opener Gautam Gambhir (114) and Sachin Tendulkar (100 not out) helped India up to 412-4 before both teams called it a day with no result possible.


Five labourers killed as road caves in at Ahmedabad

Five labourers killed as road caves in at AhmedabadAhmedabad, Nov 21 : At least five labourers died and one was injured after an underpass caved in at Ahmedabad.

The accident occurred at Ellisbridge area of the city last night when the labourers were engaged in digging.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who visited the spot, said: "This is a very tragic event. The construction of the underpass is being overseen by the Railways who will conduct a probe. I have ordered the AMC to carry out a separate probe."


Community radio set up by rural women in Gujarat

Community radio set up by rural women in GujaratAhmedabad, Dec. 2 : A radio station, set up by a group of women in Manipur village of Ahmedabad district to cater to the needs of the rural women, has gained huge popularity.

Aided by SEWA, a self help group, the Rudi-No-Radio is managed and run exclusively by women.

Establised five year ago, the now boasts of mass-based listeners as evident from the thousands of listeners'' mail.


Ahmedabad hosts a job fair for specially-abled people

Ahmedabad hosts a job fair for specially-abled peopleAhmedabad, Dec 9 : In a bid to provide employment opportunities to a marginalized section of society - the specially-abled - a job fair was organized here on Tuesday.

Organized by the Blind People''s Association and the Vocational Rehabilitation centre, the job fair was attended by scores of specially-abled people and recruiters.

The applicants were given personal counselling sessions after which began a long process of recruitment by corporate organizations.


18 Indian fishermen held by Pakistani agency

18 Indian fishermen held by Pakistani agencyAhemdabad, Dec 14 :Four fishing boats from Gujarat with 18 fishermen on board were arrested by Pakistan Marine Agency, a fishermens' association claimed Monday.

According to Manish Lodhari, secretary of the National Fishermens' Body based in Porbandar, the latest arrests take the number of Indian fishermen held in Pakistan to 628 in last six years.
(IANS)


Rural womenfolk display their creations at Ahmedabad fashion show

Rural womenfolk display their creations at Ahmedabad fashion showAhmedabad, Dec 19 : The rural women of Gujarat have taken on the global fashion markets with a garment collection, `Ananth' an initiative by the rural artisans in association with international designer Graham Hollick.

Am NGO named SEWA, has helped these women to associate with the renowned French designer Hollick.

Hollick trained them for an entire year on using colours, fabrics and textiles appropriately keeping in mind contemporary fashion.


Mumbai-Ahmedabad Duronto to be flagged off Thursday

Mumbai-Ahmedabad Duronto to be flagged off ThursdayGandhinagar, Dec 23 - The first non-stop Duronto train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai will be flagged off from the Maharashtra capital at 2 p. m. Thursday. It will begin the return journey the same night.

The 15-coach air-conditioned train, which will be flagged off by a veteran class-four employee, will have one First AC, two Second AC, four Third AC and five economy class Third AC coaches.

The third AC coach will have 64 berths, and the economy Third AC 78, said Ahmedabad divisional railway manager Ashok Garud.


Gujarat to host National Children Science Congress

Gujarat to host National Children Science CongressAhmedabad, Dec 23 : As many as 100 child scientists from various SAARC countries will attend the 17th National Children Science Congress (NCSC), a prestigious national academic event, to be held here Dec 27-31, a Gujarat minister said Wednesday.

Women and Child Welfare Minister Anandiben Patel told reporters the child congress would stimulate scientific temperament among the children.


Muharram passes off peacefully in Gujarat

MuharramAhmedabad, Dec 28 : Barring a small incident of stone pelting on a procession, immersion of "tazias" (replicas of the shrine of prophet Mohammad's martyred grandson Hussain) on the occasion of Muharram passed off peacefully in Ahmedabad and other parts of Gujarat Monday.

Police said some stones were thrown towards the fag end of the tazia procession in Retiavadi area under the Mirzapur police station here Monday evening. Police quickly swung into action and dispersed the miscreants by firing half a dozen teargas shells after which the procession continued undisturbed to immerse the tazias in the Sabarmati river.


Gujarat riots victims turn amateur documentary makers

Gujarat riots victims turn amateur documentary makersAhmedabad, Jan 1 : Surviving victims of the 2002 Gujarat Riots on Friday showcased their artistry in cinematography by becoming amateur documentary filmmakers.

A voluntary forum named Saath has helped these victims to fulfill their celluloid dreams by associating them with a local film production unit, Samvad Video.

Working under the banner of Samvad Video, most of these filmmakers are uneducated who even find it difficult to make both ends meet.


Kite sales soar in Gujarat ahead of Uttarayan

Kite sales soar in Gujarat ahead of UttarayanAhmedabad, Jan. 2 :Kite-makers in Gujarat are elated as their business has got a boost ahead of the festival of Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti.

The colourful kites are a result of much hard work on part of the kite-makers but some of them have got a raw deal.

"Popularity of kites among people has increased. But this has not brought any substantial change in our income. Our condition remains more or less the same," said Murtaza Rahman Patangwala, a kite-maker in Ahmedabad, on Saturday.


Case against management of hotel where Rana stayed

Ahmedabad, Jan 9 : A case was filed against the owner and other employees of a hotel here where terror suspect Tahawwur Hussain Rana and a woman posing as his wife had stayed for two days in November 2008, prior to the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

The First Information Report (FIR), reportedly lodged at the behest of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), against hotel owner Patanjali Keshvani, Prashant Malhotra - the manager when Rana stayed - and present manager Subhash Sharma is for violating rules under the Registration of Foreigners Act and beginning the hotel's operations even before it obtained a license.


Hues of 34 nations dot Ahmedabad skies in kite festival

Ahmedabad, Jan 11 - Varied colours symbolic of 34 countries, including Britain, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Singapore and Malaysia, dotted the clear blue skies in Ahmedabad as the 20th International Kite festival 'Uttarayan' was formally inaugurated by Chief Minister Narendra Modi Monday.

Cheered on by eager kite enthusiasts, kitists - some professionals and others who take it up as a passion - took to the skies with their unique creations.


Multiplexes in Gujarat not to screen Shahrukh''s film

Multiplexes in Gujarat not to screen Shahrukh''s filmAhmedabad, Feb 12 : Multiplexes in Gujarat have decided not to screen the Shahrukh Khan starrer ''My Name is Khan'' following protests by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists, who burnt the posters of the movie.

Gujarat Multiplex Owners Association President Ashok Purohit said, "Multiplexes have decided not to screen the film for the first couple of shows which have been cancelled. But if the situation improves they will be screening the film later."


'MNIK' morning shows cancelled in Ahmedabad

'MNIK' morning shows cancelled in AhmedabadAhmedabad, Feb 12 - The morning shows of Shah Rukh Khan's "My Name Is Khan" were cancelled in multiplexes here Friday due to protests by right-wing groups. But by noon, the theatres started screening the film while cities like Vadodara and Surat went ahead with the first day first show itself.

There was confusion about the film's release in the morning as activists of the Bajrang Dal and Mahagujarat Janata Party (MJP) mounted pressure on multiplex owners in Gujarat to desist from screening the much-awaited film.


Newly introduced placement system receives good response at IIM-A

Newly introduced placement system receives good response at IIM-AIntroduced from the current academic year, the new placement system for the final year post-graduate programme students of the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad

(IIM-A) has received an enthusiastic response as it began on Sunday.

The placement process will be conducted over continuous weekends in "cohorts" with each cohort hosting firms offering similar roles, opportunities, offers, profiles,

salaries, locations etc. Several cohorts comprise a cluster.


Dishman Pharmaceuticals and Codexies to enter a strategic alliance

Dishman PharmaceuticalsThe Ahmedabad based contract research and manufacturing services (CRAMS) company, Dishman Pharmaceuticals has entered into a strategic alliance with a California-based biotech company Codexis.

The Rs. 1000 crore company announced on Thursday that the 5 year alliance would let the Ahmedabad based company use Codexis' proprietary enzymatic bio-catalysis technology in order to manufacture building blocks and intermediates. Reduction of chiral compounds in the APIs and the provision of low-cost, cleaner and greener processes of manufacturing is what the company is looking forward to with this alliance.


Recession blues fade away as recruiters begin hiring

Firms that suspended recruitments last year have begun hiring this year in a reiteration that recession is over and that all is well, again.

At Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) Indian investment banks and global FMCG firms among others constituted the Cluster (week) Two of placements that started on Friday evening.

The placement season, which started last week, marked the return of names like Merill Lynch and Bank of America that suspended their recruitments last year, in the wake of the recession. A few new ones like Gaja Capital also made their presence.

Investment firms and strategic consultants - J P Morgan, HSBC, Bain, BCG, Mc Kinsey, AT Kearney – recruited several students.


IBM-NID Tie-Up To Bring More User-Friendly Cell Phones

IBM-NID Tie-Up To Bring More User-Friendly Cell PhonesTechnology multinational IBM has joined hands with the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and the Research Centre for Advanced Research and Technology of the Tokyo University to unveil a new plan to make cellular phones more approachable for older people, the uneducated and the semi-literate.

Today, the cell phone is the most innovatory communication medium, which influences life as well as living.


Cops at Ahmedabad geared up for Ayodhya verdict

Cops at Ahmedabad geared up for Ayodhya verdictWhile similar is the scenario at their counterparts in most of the other major parts of the country, the Gujarat Police is also very much set to face any of the communal outbursts due to the Ayodhya verdict on the coming Friday.

The authorities have said that the cops will be all geared from Tuesday itself as additional forces have also been arranged for already. Joint commissioner of police for sector 1, Satish Sharma recently said that police will be on its toes to ensure that there is no communal riot in the state.


Gujarat Gets Its First Green Hospital

Gujarat Gets Its First Green HospitalThe officials have unveiled Gujarat's first green building, a 150-bed multi-super speciality hospital, on Thursday.

The multi-super speciality hospital has been built and equipped at a total cost of 150 crore, and it would necessitate a similar sum for further growth.

Mr. Keyur Parikh, chairman of the hospital and interventional cardiologist, stated that the Care Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS) has forwarded growth plans to increase the bed capacity to 450 beds.

Mr. Parikh stated that the hospital was planned and developed in order to endorse the green building idea.


Ash, Madhur issues sorted out: Big B

Madhur Bhandarkar, Aishwarya RaiAhmedabad, July 8 : Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has for the first time spoken out about the controversy that arose after the shooting of Madhur Bhandarkar's "Heroine" was halted following the news of Aishwarya Rai's pregnancy. The actor says that the issues have been sorted out.

"It is the matter between Aishwarya and the producers of the film. I can't comment on it. They have sorted out the issues between them," Amitabh told reporters here Friday. He was here to promote his film "Bbuddah... Hoga Teraa Baap".


Modi starts three-day fast with call for peace, unity,communal harmony

Modi starts three-day fast with call for peace, unity,communal harmonyAhmedabad, Sep. 17 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday began his three-day "Sadbhavna" fast with a call for "peace, unity and communal harmony".

The veteran BJP leader's 72-hour fast coincided with his 62nd birthday at the Gujarat University Convention Centre here.

A host of leaders from the BJP, the Shiromani Akali Dal and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam were present on the occasion.

Security was extremely tight at the venue.


Gujarat will set example as a inclusive growth model: Modi

 Gujarat will set example as a inclusive growth model: ModiAhmedabad, Sep. 17 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday that his state would be known worldwide for its model of inclusive growth.

Modi, a pro-business Hindu leader who some think could be India''s next prime minister began a "harmony" fast earlier in the day to soften his image that was hurt by religious riots that claimed hundreds of mostly Muslim victims nearly a decade ago.

Modi exalted his state as a model for inclusive growth and communal harmony.


Will support Modi for Prime Minster’s job: Raj Thackeray

Will support Modi for Prime Minster’s job: Raj ThackerayAhmedabad, Sep 19 : Lauding Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his three-day fast for promoting communal harmony, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Monday said he would support Modi's bid for becoming Prime Minister.

Taking to reporters here, Thackeray said: "I will support Narendra Modi for becoming Prime Minister. This country needs a good governance and a good leader."


Vaghela ends fast, says Modi government betrayed trust

Vaghela ends fast, says Modi government betrayed trustAhmedabad, Sep 20 : Congress leaders led by former union minister Shankersinh Vaghela ended their 74-hour fast Tuesday, saying it had highlighted how the Narendra Modi government had betrayed the trust of the people of Gujarat.

Vaghela ended his fast on a pavement outside Sabarmati ashram here Tuesday by drinking lemon juice given by two Dalit girls.


Vaghela slams Gujarat CM Modi over soaps announcement

 Vaghela slams Gujarat CM Modi over soaps announcement Ahmedabad, Oct 8 : Slamming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the recent sops offered to state employees, veteran Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela has said the state government is fooling the employees over the hike in dearness allowances.

Modi had announced sops worth rupees 2,000 crores for state government employees on the occasion of completion of a decade in power


Holiday Inn Express forays in India with 173-rrom property in Ahmedabad

Holiday Inn Express forays in India with 173-rrom property in AhmedabadHoliday Inn Express announced the launch of its first property in India on Tuesday. The 173-room property in the central business district of Ahmedabad is the brand's only second in South East Asia.

It is a joint venture (JV) between Duet India Hotels (DIH) and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). DIH and IHG hold 76 per cent and 24 per cent equity stakes in the JV, respectively.

The JV said their first hotel in Ahmedabad had been developed to meet the soaring demand for mid-market hotel rooms by business travellers.


Modi takes oath as Gujarat CM

Modi takes oath as Gujarat CMAhmedabad, Dec 26 - Narendra Modi Wednesday took oath as Gujarat's chief minister for the fourth time after leading the BJP to a sweeping win in assembly elections.

Governor Kamla Beniwal administered the oath of office and secrecy to the Bharatiya Janata Party leader, who has ruled Gujarat since 2001, at the Sardar Patel Stadium here.

Among those present on the occasion were BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj, Chief Ministers J. Jayalalithaa of Tamil Nadu and Parkash Singh Badal of Punjab, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and MNS chief Raj Thackeray. (IANS)


Over 50% of malls in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Ahmedabad lying vacant: survey

Over 50% of malls in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Ahmedabad lying vacant: surveyMore than half of all malls in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Ahmedabad are lying vacant, mainly because of slowdown in the economy and consumer spending, a survey by industry body Assocham said.

With 55 per cent of malls lying vacant, Delhi-NCR topped the list of cities having much of their mall space vacant. Mumbai and Ahmedabad followed with 52 per cent and 51 per cent vacant mall spaces, respectively.


Congress leader Modhwadia pulls up Modi for raising Narmada river, gas pricing issues with PM

Congress leader Modhwadia pulls up Modi for raising Narmada river, gas pricing issues with PM Ahmedabad, Feb. 6 : Gujarat Congress President Arjun Modhwadia on
Wednesday lashed out at Chief Minister Narendra Modi for raising issues
such as Narmada river and gas pricing with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan
Singh, and said playing politics and doing nothing in this regard has
been the catch phrase of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Government in the state.

Modhwadia said chief ministers of every
state could meet the Prime Minister and hold discussions with him on


Delay in delivery of justice a major challenge: CJI

Altamas-Kabir1Ahmadabad, Feb 18 : Emphasizing on the urgent need to expedite the wheels of justice, Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir said a major problem being faced in delivery of criminal justice was delay and the entire process takes almost 15-16 years.

Delivering Justice P. D. Desai memorial lecture here on Sunday on `Administration of Criminal Justice', Justice Kabir said: "Today a major problem is delay where the entire process, from the time when an offence is registered to the stage of final conviction, takes almost 15 to 16 years."


Ahmedabad tops list as top buyer of imported lingerie on eBay

Ahmedabad tops list as top buyer of imported lingerie on eBayGlobal online giant, eBay has said that the western city of Ahmedabad has topped the list of Indian cities as the leading imported of lingerie through the site.


US delegation meets Modi

Narendra-ModiAhmedabad, March 28 : A delegation from the US House of Representatives and business leaders Thursday met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, and lauded development in the state under his watch.

The meeting assumes significance as the US has been denying Modi a visa for his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Only recently, an invitation to speak at the Wharton India Economic Forum in the US was withdrawn when students and faculty of the University of Pennsylvania protested Modi's inclusion in the event.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has maintained that Modi has never sought a visa, in the first place.


My words wrong, not sentiment: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul-GandhiAhmedabad, Oct 3 : A day after the cabinet withdrew a controversial ordinance to save convicted lawmakers from disqualification after Rahul Gandhi trashed it publicly, the Congress vice president Thursday said his choice of words was wrong, but not the sentiment.

"My mother (Congress president Sonia Gandhi) told me that the words that I used were strong. In hindsight, I feel maybe my words were wrong. But the sentiment I felt was not wrong," Gandhi told reporters here.

He is in Gujarat Oct 3 and 4 to meet party workers.


Patel should have been our first PM: Modi

narendra-modiAhmedabad, Oct 29 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel would have "changed the fate of the country" if he had been India's first prime minister.

"I wish Sardar Patel had become the first prime minister of India. This will remain our regret," the BJP's prime ministerial candidate said at the inauguration of a museum dedicated to Sardar Patel.

"If Sardar Patel would have been our first prime minister, then the face and fate (tasvir aur takdir) of the country would have been completely different," Modi said.


Patel was a Congressman and secular, PM says

Manmohan-SinghAhmedabad, Oct 29 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday recalled Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's association with the Congress and his love for secular values, soon after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said he wished the "Iron Man" had been India's first prime minister.

Speaking after Modi at the inauguration of a museum dedicated to the country's first home minister, Manmohan Singh credited Sardar Patel with making a great contribution in shaping India.

The prime minister said he felt "lucky to be associated with a party that has his legacy.


Salman Khan joins Modi in International Kite Festival

Salman Khan joins Modi in International Kite FestivalAhmedabad, Jan 14, : Promoting his upcoming film, Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Tuesday joined Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at the ongoing International Kite Festival .

Salman Khan, who was promoting his film 'Jai Ho' in Ahmedabad, said, "In this festival, the whole sky is filled up with kites.  I can also witness this colorful environment and people are also very happy."


Adani Powers posts lower Q3 loss at Rs.426 crore

Adani-PowerAhmedabad, Jan 27 : Adani Power Ltd (APL) Monday posted a 15.9 percent recovery on its standalone net losses, at Rs. 426 crore for the third quarter ended December. It had registered a net loss of Rs. 507 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

APL's losses have recovered to one of the lowest so far in the current fiscal on the back of an improved plant load factor (PLF) of 75 percent, it said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

For the nine month period of the current fiscal, Adani Power has posted a standalone net loss of Rs. 2,255 crore against Rs. 1,525 crore in the same period of last fiscal


Modi will contest from Gujarat: BJP leader

Narendra-ModiAhmedabad, March 13 : Narendra Modi will be contesting the Lok Sabha election from at least one seat in his own state, BJP leaders said Thursday.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, however, did not make it clear if the Gujarat chief minister will also fight from a constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

"I can definitely say that Modiji will fight the elections from one seat in Gujarat," state BJP general secretary Vijay Rupani told reporters.


Modi will definitely be PM, says Rajnath Singh

Rajnath-SinghAhmedabad, May 14 : Narendra Modi will "definitely be prime minister", BJP President Rajnath Singh said and added the role of senior party leaders will be decided after discussions with them.

Rajnath Singh, who arrived here to meet the Gujarat chief minister, Wednesday said he has been talking to Modi over phone but it was not possible to hold the entire discussion without sitting face-to-face.

He said he decided to fly down to share the "experience of campaigning".

Rajnath Singh met Modi just two days ahead of the counting of votes that were cast in the general elections.


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