Gujarat

Judicial Commission Reserves Order To Summon Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi
Ahmedabad: The Nanavati Judicial Commission, investigating the Godhra train carnage and the communal riots of Gujarat, has reserved order till September 17 due to demand of Jansangharsha March for summoning Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others for interrogation.

On Monday, the Commission directed government counselor Arvind Pandya, to file objections, if there are any, by September 12 to its intention of questioning a few people on the authenticity of the two compact discs (CDs) to build the relevance of summoning Mr. Modi and others.


Indian Apex Court Clears Dismantling Of "Blue Lady"

Blue LadyNew Delhi: The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, allowed a divisive Norwegian cruise liner to be demolished despite more than a year of objections by conservationists who said that the ship has toxic waste.

Ecologists, comprising Greenpeace, stated that the 46,000-tonne Blue Lady has over 900 tonnes of toxic waste like asbestos, threatening the physical condition of poorly equipped workers at the Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat.


Cairn Receives Govt. Approval To Lay Pipeline Network

Cairn India Ltd.New Delhi: Cairn India has received government’s authorization for laying a pipeline from Rajasthan oil fields to the Gujarat coast to evacuate crude oil.
The planned routing of the pipeline will permit Cairn access to the surviving pipeline infrastructure and refinery system with a final coastal delivery point. Armed with the government sanction, the company is ready to pump crude oil from 2009.


Ancestral Village in Gujarat prepares to welcome Sunita Williams

Jhulasan (Gujarat), Sept. 19: American Indian astronaut Sunita Williams’s ancestral home in Jhulasan village in North Gujarat’s Mehsana District is looking forward to welcoming her later this week.

Williams is expected to arrive on Thursday, months after completing her successful expedition aboard the space shuttle “Discovery”.

This quaint village, with a population of just about 5,000, is excited about the fact that one of its progeny has brought them fame.

Williams will be accorded a grand reception by the village council.


Sunita William’s ancestral village welcomes her with fanfare

Jhulasan (Gujarat), Sept 21: Indian-origin American astronaut Sunita Williams on Friday visited her native village in Gujarat amidst much fanfare.

Williams, who arrived in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, is in India for the first time after her successful expedition aboard space shuttle Discovery.

People of Jhulasan village, William's father's ancestral village, welcomed her with true Gujarati customs putting up folk dances as large crowds gathered to get a glimpse of her.


Sunita Williams conferred with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Award

Ahmedabad (Gujarat): Indian-origin American astronaut Sunita Williams was conferred with the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vishwa Pratibha Award by World Gujarati Society on Friday.
Williams is the first non-resident to receive the award. She was presented with the award by Gujarat Governor Naval Kishore Sharma.

The award hat includes a prize money of Rs 250,000, was collected by Williams's father, Dipak Pandya, who subsequently pledged it for a charity.


Thousands fish found dead along Gujarat coast

Dumas (Gujarat), Sept 22 : Thousands of fish have been found dead along the coast in Gujarat State.

Initial investigation suggests an oil spill as the possible cause.

Those residing along the Dumas Beach, which is about 30 kilometers from Surat City, have expressed alarm over the incident.

Officials, who conducted a probe, said the dead fish were sticky, which suggested they had been covered by oil and chemicals.


Three-year-old prodigy captivates music lovers in Rajkot

Rajkot, Sept 23 : At a tender age of three years, Shivam Singh of Gujarat’s Rajkot District is a little wonder. The child prodigy sings melodiously and plays traditional Indian musical instruments with as much ease and aptness as he recites his nursery rhymes.

His expertise in music is evident in the effortless manner with which he renders both melodious hymns and classical music, and taps apt rhythms on tabla and plays harmonium.

The only son of Ashwin Singh, a music teacher at the city's SNK School and Madhuri Singh a housewife with immense interest in classical music, Shivam is creating waves in Rajkot with his talent.

"I am a grown up now. I sing, play the tabla and also the harmonium. Thank you very much," says Shivam.


Gujarat High Court gives relief to KDCMMF in Amul Brand Name use case

Amul Brand Case
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has issued an order that a registered trade name user has the right to disallow others from using its trade for different goods category.

Justice D N Patel announced the decision following a case of Kaira District Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (KDCMMF) in connection of trademark violation by two local merchants who used their brand name Amul Chasmaghar and Amul Cut Pieces stores.


Australia canters to a win in Vadodara ODI

Vadodara (Gujarat), Oct.11 : Sachin Tendulkar's record 400th ODI appearance at the IPCL Ground here on Thursday turned out to be an event that he would like to erase from his memory very soon, as Australia cantered to a nine-wicket win against India in the fifth of seven one-dayers between the two sides.

Adam Gilchrist, who pocketed six catches and played a leading role in effecting Saurav Ganguly's run out at the start of the Indian innings, got into some form with an unbeaten 79 from 77 deliveries. He was ably assisted by captain Ricky Ponting, who scored an unbeaten 39 to take the Aussies hope to their victory target of 149. For the record, India scored a paltry and disappointing 148.


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.


Election Commission to send three special observers to review poll preparedness in Gujarat

New Delhi, Oct 20 (ANI): The Election Commission (EC) will send three special observers to supervise the observance of the Model Code of Conduct by political parties, ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections.

G D Tripathi, Manisha Arun Patanakar and Arun Singhal, who are scheduled to visit between October 23 and 25, will tour Ahmedabad, Surat and Jamnagar, Election Commission sources said.

They will also supervise poll preparedness and conduct a revision of electoral rolls.

Another team of EC officials is also arriving in Gujarat next week to oversee poll readiness in Baroda, Surat and Ahmedabad.


CPM for using Tehelka footage as evidence in Gujarat riots case

New Delhi, Oct 26 : The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) today said the sting operation by Tehelka has confirmed that the 2002 post Godhra riots in Gujarat were State-sponsored, and added that the footage should be used as evidence in the case.

A day after weekly newsmagazine Tehelka aired a sting operation, claiming that the 2002 massacre of Muslims in Gujarat were carried out in full knowledge of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the CPM said the “shocking and graphic” details of the massacre of the minority community have been brought out by the perpetrators themselves in the footage.


Chief Election Commissioner to commence three-day Gujarat visit today

Chief Election Commissioner N. GopalaswamiAhmedabad, Oct 30 : Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N. Gopalaswami will begin a three-day visit to Gujarat from today in a bid to hold ''free and fair'' elections for the state assembly.

The CEC team will meet senior officials besides visiting Surat and Vadodara where they will review the election work.

Gopalaswami will also meet District Electoral Officers of Surat, Navsari, Dangs and Valsad to take stock of the arrangements.

On Wednesday, Gopalaswami will visit Vadodara and interact with the DEOs of Vadodara, Godhra, Dahod, Narmada and Bharuch.


Sonia Gandhi to kick off her party’s campaign in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Nov 3 : Congress President Sonia Gandhi will address a women’s rally in Gujarat’s Anand District today as a part of her party campaign for the forthcoming Assembly elections.

The theme of Congress party’s campaign is said to be "Modi ka Jhoot" (Modi's falsehood).

Before addressing the rally, Sonia will visit Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s native place Karamsad and will offer tributes to him.

This will be Sonia's first visit to Gujarat after the announcement of poll dates by the Election Commission.

In the run up to the two-phase polling, political activities have started gaining momentum, particularly after the Tehelka sting operations related to 2002 post Godhra riots.


Designer clay lamps, artificial flowers to add glitter to Diwali

Jamnagar (Gujarat), Nov 3 : Ahead of Diwali, the festival of lights, artisans here are having a busy time making designer earthen lamps and artificial flowers so that each one stands out distinctively from the other.

Although, conventional simple lamps are still in demand, customers prefer new designs these days.

"The demand for the designer earthern lamps is on the rise, since the past 2-3 years. Though we make the conventional clay lamps too, customers these days prefer the designer ones. We make around 50-60 designs on an average. We start two months in advance," said Jayantibhai Vadolia, an artisan.


BJP cheating country on Ram Sethu: Sonia Gandhi

Anand (Gujarat), Nov 3 : Kicking off her party’s campaign for the forthcoming Assembly polls in Gujarat, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi today said the Bharatiya Janata Party is cheating the country by giving air to the Ram Sethu controversy.

“They (BJP) are cheating the people on the issue of Ram Sethu. In fact, the plan was conceived during the NDA government. This project came up during their tenure at the centre. Why didn't they think of Ram then?,” Sonia Gandhi said while addressing an all-woman rally in Anand.

Appealing the state electorate to vote for her party, the Congress chief said that the BJP has dragged Lord Rama’s name to meet their political ends.


Devotees in Gujarat allow cows and bulls to run over them in 'Gai Ghori' ritual (Re-issue)

Dahod (Gujarat), Nov 12: In a bizarre ritual, tribals in Gujarat allowed cows and bulls to run over them on Sunday.

Cows are considered sacred and worshipped across the country, but this annual ritual in Dahod village, locally called 'Gai Ghori', is one of its own kind.

The ritual is celebrated two-days after Diwali, the festival of lights, which also marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year.

A day after Diwali, the village head presides over a prayer ritual. After offering prayers to the deity, the animals are coloured and decorated with peacock feathers.

Cows and bulls are then driven over the devotees who lay face down on the ground.


Electoral process in Gujarat to begin today

Ahmedabad, Nov 15: Gujarat Electoral PocessThe electoral process for the Assembly polls in Gujarat will begin today 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.


Congress clears 27 candidates for first phase of Gujarat polls

Ahmedabad, Nov.20 : The Gujarat unit of the Congress party has cleared the names of 27 candidates who will contest the first phase of two-phased elections in Gujarat on December 11.

 After much deliberation which continued till 4 a.m. this morning, the Congress leadership in the state arrived at a consensus.

The list of 27 candidates whose names have been cleared is as follows.

Mandvi           –                Chhabil Patel

Bhuj              -                  Shivji Ahir

Rapar            -                  Babu Meghji Shah

Dasada          -                  Manhar Makwana


Congress' poll campaign goes hi-tech in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Nov 21: Congress PartyThe Congress party in Gujarat has taken to video canvassing in a bid to reach out to voters of the state ahead of the next month’s elections.

The party has hired small vans with LCD screens to move across remote areas of the state to highlight the party’s achievements.

"The idea is to reach out to remote villages, where there is no cable connection or television and other means of campaigning cannot reach them. These video vans will go there and impart UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's message," said Rohit Patel, a party worker.


Congress announces candidates for second phase of Gujarat polls

New Delhi, Nov 26: Congress PartyThe All India Congress Committee (AICC) has announced a list of 50 candidates for the second phase of Gujarat polls.

Former Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narharibhai Amin, AICC Secretary Siddharth Patel and former Union Minister Bharatkumar Makwana are among the 50 candidates whose names figure in the list.

Senior Congress leader Nareshkumar Raval will contest from Mehsana, while Mukeshkumar Gadhvi, son of former Union Minister late B K Gadhvi, will stand from Danta.

The party is likely to announce a candidate against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Maninagar today.


Congress dissidents' vent ire in poll-bound Gujarat

Congress Party in GujaratAhmaedabad/Rajkot, Nov 28: Rebel Congress party leaders ransacked the party's office in Gujarat after being denied tickets to contest next month’s polls in the State.

They slammed the party's decision to deny deserving candidates, including women, tickets.


Sonia Gandhi to address public rallies in Gujarat

Congress Party President Sonia GandhiAhmedabad, Dec 1: Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi will address public rallies in Gujarat today as a part of her party campaign for phase one election for which voting is scheduled to be held on December 11.

Sonia will address a public meeting at Jampada village of Chikhali taluka of Navsari district. Later, she will address another meeting at Jasdan village of Saurashtra.

In the first phase, election will be held in Saurashtra and South Gujarat.

Earlier, UPA Chairperson had addressed a women’s rally in Gujarat’s Anand District in November.


Gujarat villagers reel under flooding from ONGC pipeline breach

Gamanpura (Gujarat), Dec 1: Residents of Gamanpura Village in Gujarat are reeling from floods caused by the gushing of underground water from ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) pipelines.

Buildings, homes and farmlands in and around the Mehsana district village have been inundated with silt and damaged crops.

Villagers have expressed their helplessness over the problems they are facing.

"The mud and sand that is coming from the underground is now all over our farmlands. All our farms have been destroyed. We do not know how we are going to survive and what we are going to grow,” said Jayant Patel, a farmer.

ONGC officials claimed that there was no emission of any harmful gases or chemicals due to the leakage.


Gujarat fishermen demand representation in legislature

Porbandar (Gujarat), Dec 7: While the entire Gujarat is agog with election activities for the upcoming Assembly polls next week, fishermen in Porbandar seem to be aloof from it.

The reason being that nobody from their community has been given nomination by any of the political parties to contest in the elections.

The fishing community of Porbandar complain that neither the State Government nor the Central Government pay heed to their plights and demanded representation in the state legislature to highlight their problems.


Manmohan attacks BJP at poll rally in Gujarat

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan SinghSurat (Gujarat), Dec 7: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh took the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) head on over its remarks that Congress was "anti-Hindu"

Dr. Singh, who is on a visit to Gujarat to campaign for Congress party, said: "Congress has a history of 120 years. The Congress party is a gift of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Vallabhai Patel. I think to accuse the Congress of any communal bias is an insult to the memory of our freedom struggle. "

He rejected the charge of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi that the Congress was anti-Hindu.


Under attack Modi at Hindutva best, takes on Congress on credibility, Ram issue

Sevaliya (Kheda District, Gujarat), Dec. 7: An under attack Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was at his Hindutva best at an election rally here today, when he charged the Congress-led UPA Government of wantonly dishonouring and bypassing the Supreme Court on issues of national sentiment and interest.


Manmohan should seek God's , not Sonia's mercy: Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra ModiAmreli (Gujarat), Dec. 8: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should seek God's mercy rather than that of Congress party president Sonia Gandhi.

Addressing a public meeting near Amreli District, Modi's remarks were a rejoinder to Manmohan Singh's statement of a fear psychosis prevailing in Gujarat under the governance of the BJP.


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.


SC to hear petitions against Modi's remark on Sohrabuddin killing

New Delhi, Dec. 10 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra ModiThe Supreme Court will today hear two separate petitions seeking action against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on his "inflammatory" remarks about the 2005 fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.

A Bench headed by Justice Tarun Chatterjee will hear the case.

The petitions were filed by senior counsel Dushyant Dave on the behalf of Rubbabuddin Sheikh, brother of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and by Prashant Bhushan, who appeared for Javed Akhtar.

Both sought an inquiry into Modi’s justification for the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.


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.


Gujarat CM Modi is now available on Orkut

Ahmedabad, Dec. 10: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra ModiFor the first time, the election campaign in Gujarat is witnessing the participation of over 100 IT professionals, most of whom have taken to the streets to support Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi, for those not in the know, is also making an impact on the web though social networking sites like Orkut, uploading Modi videos and forming online Modi fan clubs called NAMO that stands for Narendra Modi.


Polling for first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections begins

Ahmedabad, Dec 11: Polling for first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections beginsPolling for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections is being held today amid tight security.

Voting is being held in 87 constituencies in the 182-member Assembly in the first phase. Of these constituencies, 58 are located in the Saurashtra and the Kutch regions, and 29 in South Gujarat.

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.


All-eves polling booth for women of the Rajput community in Gujarat

All-eves polling booth for women of the Rajput community in GujaratDhafra (Jamnagar), Dec. 12: It’s election time in Gujarat and the Rajput women belonging to the Darbara community in Gujarat’s Jamjodhpur area find themselves privileged to have an all-women polling booth, exclusively set up for them.

Since 1950s, the women of Darbara community have voted only at the all-women polling booth. Since they don’t vote before the male polling officials, a special polling booth had been set up for them at Dhafra in Gujarat’s Jamnagar District.


Verbal slugfest in Gujarat ahead of second phase of polls

Vadodara (Gujarat), Dec 13: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra ModiThe Congress Party has accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of using the issue of terrorism to garner votes for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) .

External Affairs Minister and a senior Congress Party leader Pranab Mukherjee said Modi's claim that his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was better suited to fight terrorism is a myth.

"Terrorist activities are there. We should confront the terrorists. My point is that one need not claim that unless you vote for a particular party, terrorism would aggravate. This is totally unacceptable, " Mukherjee said.


Riot-scarred Naroda Patiya residents have no hope from Gujarat elections

Naroda Patiya (Gujarat), Dec. 14: While people across Gujarat are eagerly awaiting the results of the Gujarat elections, the residents of Muslim-dominated Naroda Patiya, are the least enthused.

They believe their fate is not going to change, irrespective of who wins or lose at the end of the ongoing two-phased Assembly elections.

Their woes which started during the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002, have shown no signs of ending, be it basic civic facilities or personal security.

Many families pass their day in fear, as rumour mills are agog with talk of communal forces unleashing another wave of terror to win the elections.


Occupancy rate an all time in Gujarat hotels, courtesy polls

GujaratAhmedabad, Dec 15: Hoteliers in Gujarat are raking in moolah as political leaders of various political parties are in the State for the election campaigning, and their stay here along with their supporters have led to an all time high occupancy rate in the hotels.

Almost every popular hotel in Ahmedabad proudly displays 'houseful' signboard.

Hiteshbhai, a member of Hotel Association in Ahmedabad said, "This time due to elections and wedding season the business has gone up to 5-7 percent. Hotels are packed to capacity. With politicians, media persons and our regular corporate visitors this time our hotels are packed. "


Keshubhai upset with BJP central leadership for show cause notice

Gandhinagar(Guj. ), Dec 23: Slapped with a show cause notice for indulging in "anti-party" activities, an upset Keshubhai Patel has criticised the central leadership saying it would have been better if he had been asked to explain his views in person.

"If I would have been called there and asked what I had to say about it, it would have been better..., " he told reporters in his first reaction to the party's action against him.

The former Chief Minister said he will "definitely reply" to the notice issued to him by the party once hereceives its copy.


Gujarat NRE acquires Australian-based Elouera mine, Stock up 3%

A K Jagatramka Gujarat NRE Coke
Gujarat NRE Coke Ltd has announced that that the company has completed the acquisition of the Australian-based Elouera mine (Elouera) from world's largest resources group BHP Billiton. BHP Billiton is a part of the Illawarra Coal Business located in New South Wales, Australia.

The company stated in a release that the acquisition was made through Gujarat NRE Resources NL (Gujarat), the Australian flagship firm of the Gujarat NRE Coke group.


Gujarat’s 22-year-old living a normal life with the heart on right side

Human HeartJamnagar (Gujarat), Dec.27: A 22-year-old man in Gujarat’s Jamanagar District has been living with an unusual human anatomy since his birth. His heart lies slightly on the right side of his chest instead of left side as it is in the normal case.

Residing in Mithapur, Dilip Sadiya never knew why the palpitation of the heart used to come from the right side of his body until he learnt at a hospital recently.


Modi's Gujarat victory has Karat gunning for the Congress

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Dec 27 : Less than a week after Narendra Modi's stupendous return to power in Gujarat, CPI (M) leader Prakash Karat held the Congress responsible for its disastrous performance in the State Assembly polls accusing the grand old party of failing to counter Modi's communal brand of politics.


Gujarat adopts “Gandhigiri” to reform traffic violators

Rajkot (Gujarat), Jan 5: Traffic cops in Gujarat took to novel policing by handing out roses to the violators in a bid to stir their conscience.

The move is inspired by a Bollywood movie, which many say has revived memories of the apostle of peace, Mahatma Gandhi.

"We decided that we will not fine them and rather gave them roses to teach them and guide them. Some of them were not wearing the helmets, or using seat belts," said Balwant Jadeja, head of Rajkot traffic police.

In the Bollywood movie ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’, an underworld don (Sanjay Dutt) after his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi’s spirit starts emulating his pacifist ideals.


Gujarat adopts “Gandhigiri” to reform traffic violators

Gujrat TrafficRajkot (Gujarat), Jan 5: Traffic cops in Gujarat took to novel policing by handing out roses to the violators in a bid to stir their conscience.

The move is inspired by a Bollywood movie, which many say has revived memories of the apostle of peace, Mahatma Gandhi.

"We decided that we will not fine them and rather gave them roses to teach them and guide them. Some of them were not wearing the helmets, or using seat belts," said Balwant Jadeja, head of Rajkot traffic police.


Narendra Modi criticises media, opponents for portraying him in bad light

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra ModiMumbai, Jan 6: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has criticised the media and his opponents for portraying him in bad light in the recently concluded Assembly elections.

Modi said after his victory in Gujarat, the media and his opponents were criticising the people of Gujarat for electing him and this was not good.

"After the election, people stopped targeting me, but started making the people of Gujarat the target of their attack," he said while addressing the concluding function of Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO) at NSC ground in Goregaon.


Gujarati girls develop ink from vegetables and fruits

Rajkot, Jan. 14: Two students of a school in Rajkot have developed an eco-friendly ink from vegetables and fruits which can replace the synthetic petrochemical-based ink used in sketch pens.

Following six-month long experiments to formulate the special ink, Pooja Dholakia and Ridhi Dasani of Rajkot’s S. G. Dholakia school in Gujarat, were successful at deriving ink from fruits and vegetables. Both the girls are standard nine students.

During experiments, the ink was extensively tested for retention of originality of the colour on paper as well as cloth. Its shelf life was also ascertained.


Gohil new CLP leader of Gujarat

Gandhinagar, Jan 17 : Former Minister and senior Congress leader from Saurashtra, Shaktisinh Gohil, has been appointed as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Assembly in Gujarat.

Senior party leader B K Hariprasad said on Wednesday night that they had a discussion on the name of the CLP leader with Congress MLAs and they suggested Gohil’s name which was approved by the high command also.

Defence Minister A K Antony and the party's Gujarat observer B K Hariprasad had a personal meeting with all Congress MLAs before Gohil’s name was finalised.

A brief session of the 12th Gujarat Legislative Assembly is scheduled on January 18. (ANI)


Ashok Bhatt elected Speaker of Gujarat Assembly

Gujrat MapGandhinagar, Jan 18 : Senior BJP legislator Ashok Bhatt was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Gujarat Assembly here today.

Former Health and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bhatt's candidature was supported by both the BJP and the Congress.

Thanking them all, Bhatt said, he will try his best to uphold the Parliamentary tradition and would be impartial while conducting the House proceedings.

Bhatt's name was proposed by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Amit Shah, which was supported by Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress party's leader of the opposition Shakti Singh Gohil and other members of the House.


Gujarat’s Khijadia bird sanctuary is haven for over 300 migratory bird species

Gujarat’s Khijadia bird sanctuaryJamnagar, Jan. 18 : Khijadia bird sanctuary in Gujarat is today home to over 300 varieties of migratory birds which prefer environs of both sea and fresh water.

Located 10 kilometres towards north east off Jamnagar, the Khijadia bird sanctuary has been nominated to be recognised as Ramsar site, the global index for prominent wetlands and mangroves favoured by birds.

Spread over an area of 605 hectare, Khijadia bird sanctuary is a unique wetland area with sea-water on one side and fresh water on the other side. It recorded more than


A marine park in Gujarat on its way to become hot tourist spot

Natinal Marine ParkJamnagar (Gujarat), Jan 19 : A marine National park at Narara Bet in Gujarat is attracting a large number of tourists, as diverse aquatic species are available here.

Various species like live coral, live shell, algae plants, live oyster, prawns and crabs can easily be seen floating and unwinding in the shallow waters of the park.


Two-and-a-half-year-old cub rescued from a Gujarat well

Lion Cub PicturesRajkot, Jan 24: A two-and-a-half-year-old cub was rescued from a Madhavpura village 's well of Rajkot district of Gujarat.

The cub was taken out of the well with help of a rope. The entire operation was completed in one and a half hours.

The forest authorities feel that immediate measures are needed to cover the wells and prevent such mishaps in future.


Pipavav shipyard bags country’s largest ship building order

Pipavav shipyard bags country’s largest ship building orderPipavav (Gujarat), Feb 15: Pipavav, home to India's first largest ship building yard in the private sector in western Gujarat, has bagged country’s largest ship building order worth 1.06 billion dollars for construction of 26 Panamax Bulk carriers.

Pipavav Shipyard Limited, the major shipbuilding and offshore fabrication company, started construction of India's largest ships with the performance of steel-cutting ceremony for the first four of a series of 26 Panamax bulk carriers on order.


Polling stopped at few places, violence in some parts

Sialkot/ Gujrat/ Lahore/ Peshawar, Feb 18: A candidate has been wounded in an attack in the Dadu District of Sindh.

Reportedly, several people have been hurt in a firing incident at the Qadirpur polling station in Ghotki District.

The presiding officer of Sialkot polling station suspended polling temporarily after a man was killed in a firing incident.

Polling in Gujrat’s Karian polling station was also suspended temporarily after a man was wounded in a firing incident there.

In Punjab, the election commission suspended polling in Punjab constituency 154 after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Chaudhry Asif Ashraf was killed in a firing incident.


Sohrabuddin Sheikh case: SC to take up bail pleas of two Gujarat cops on March 24

New Delhi, Feb 25:Sohrabuddin Sheikh case The Supreme Court on Monday said that it will take up the matter of the bail requests of two Gujarat police officials, allegedly involved in the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh on March 24.

The apex court bench that was headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat issued notice to the Narendra Modi Government on the petition filed by Rajasthan cadre IPS officer Dinesh M N and N K Amin.

Dinesh had allegedly assisted the Gujarat police in carrying out the fake encounter and Amin was charged with disposing of the body of Sheikh’s wife Kauser Bi.


Gujarat withdraws Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill

Narendra ModiAhmedabad, Mar 10: The Narendra Modi Government on Monday withdrew the Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill of 2006 that was returned by the State Governor to the Legislative Assembly for reconsideration in August last year.

Gujarat Assembly Speaker Ashok Bhatt read out Governor Nawal Kishore Sharma's message that stated while returning the Bill said the governor had found it to be violation of the Article 25 (A) of the Constitution.

Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah sought the permission of the House to withdraw the Bill and the motion to withdraw it was passed unanimously by a voice vote.


Agate industry workers falling prey to silicosis

Agate industry workers falling prey to silicosisKhambat (Gujarat), Mar 17 : A large percentage of workers in the Agate industry workers in Khambat are suffering from silicosis and want the government to give them medical assistance.

The dust generated while grinding and polishing the mineral gets into the lungs of workers.

Silicosis is a respiratory disorder caused by prolonged inhalation of crystalline silica dust and causes inflammation and nodular lesions in the lungs. It can even result in death.

More and more workers have been falling sick and are not able to afford the treatment.


Diamond Power Infra secures EPC-Turnkey Order for RGGY

Diamond Power Infrastructure Limited (DPIL), a part of Essen Group of Industries has announced the receipt of EPC — Turnkey Order for Implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojna (RGGY) for Ahmedabad and Sabarkantha District of Gujarat.

The project will entail providing power to approximate 62000 consumers resulting in setting up of 322 Transformer centers and Erection and Commissioning of Distribution Lines aggregating 480 Kms.

This project is in addition to the already existing contracts for Vadodara, Anand, Bhavnagar District of Gujarat.

The project is expected to be completed within 22 months from the date of Award.


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.


IFC to lend $ 450 million for Tata Power’s 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project

Tata Power has received a major boost as International Finance Corporation (IFC) has agreed to lend $450 million (Rs 1,800 crore) with 20 year tenure for setting up the 4,000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP).

IFC, a member of the World Bank, has received the approval of its board to lend $450 million for the project.  
Mundra UMPP, a greenfield coal-fired plant located near Mundra port in Gujarat, is India’s first private sector power project with supercritical technology and is promoted by Gujarat Power, a special purpose vehicle company.

The first of the power plant’s 800-megawatt units is expected to be commissioned in mid-2011 and the other units will be launched at intervals of four months each.


RIL To Set Up Bio-Fuel Unit In Kutch

Reliance Industries (RIL) is all set to establish a bio-fuel plant for blending RILpetrol with 5% permissible ethanol in Kutch, Gujarat.

A senior RIL functionary has confirmed the development plan. But, he didn’t disclose any further details.

The executive said, “We have major plans to enter into the bio-fuel sector and are looking at various options, including the production of bio-fuel from jatropha.”

However, there is no conformation as to how RIL decided to make ethanol in the dry region.

One of the most popular ways of producing ethanol is from molasses extracted from sugarcane.
 


12 Indian fishermen abducted by Pakistan: Gujarat Fishermen Association

Rajkot, Apr 20 : At least a dozen Indian fishermen have been abducted by the Pakistan Marine Security Agency from the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat, claims Gujarat Fishermen Association.

All these 12 abducted fishermen hailed from the coastal areas of Saurashtra. They were abducted along with their two fishing boats while fishing in Indian waters.

The association has intimated the Indian Coast Guards (ICG) about the incident.

According to official sources, at present 480 Indian fishermen along with their 363 boats are in Pakistan’s custody. (ANI)


Tata Power Completes Formalities For Mundra Project

India’s biggest private power company, Tata Power (TPC) has made Tata Powerannouncement about the successful completion of the financial formalities of its 4,000-mw ultra mega power project (UMPP) at Mundra in Gujarat.

The project, which will cost around Rs 17,000 crore, will be set up under the company’s special purpose vehicle (SPV), Coastal Gujarat Power (CGPL).

The company said that the first of the five units of the project is likely to be commissioned in September 2011, while the entire project is expected to be commissioned by end-FY 12.


Tata Power subsidiary gets loan approval from ADB for Gujarat Power Plant

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan amounting to $450 million (Rs 1,808 crore) to Coastal Gujarat Power Limited (CGPL), a subsidiary of the Tata Power Company Limited for the setup of a 4,000-megawatt energy-efficient coal power plant in Indian state of Gujarat.

The ADB loan will be provided in two installments, with the first totaling $250 million and the balance syndicated by ADB to the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) through a risk participation agreement.

The project consists of 5 units, each of 800 MW, which will generate saleable power of 3,800 MW to be supplied to five states namely Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab.


Gokul Refoils IPO to open on May 8; fixes price band at Rs 175 - Rs 195 per share

Gokul Refoils and Solvent Limited

Gokul Refoils and Solvent Limited, a Gujarat based company, engaged in the business of solvent extraction, refining of Edible oils and Vanaspati manufacturing, plans to enter the capital market on May 8 with its initial public offering of 71,58,392 equity shares of Rs 10 each for cash, at a price to be decided through 100 per cent book building process.

The company has fixed a price band of Rs 175 - Rs 195 per share. The issue will close on May 13.


Thermax India reveals investment plan worth Rs 200 crore

Pune-based Thermax India, a leading player in the energy and environment sector, plans to invest over Rs 200 crore in the current financial year for expansion.

The company spent Rs 450 crore in the previous fiscal and it plans to use internal accruals for investment. The company has recently signed contract worth Rs 500 crore for technical transfer license agreement with US-based Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group.

The contract, which is for a period of 15 years, grants the company the right to engineer, manufacture and sell utility boilers of up to 800 MW in size to generate steam in thermal power plants, owned by independent power producers.


Sabarmati Gas eyeing to raise Rs 140 crore through sale of equity stake

Gas Company
Sabarmati Gas, a company promoted by Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Limited and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, is planning to raise Rs 140 crore by offering equity stake to strategic partners at a premium.

According to the sources, Investment banker SBI Caps has been given the task of searching for a strategic partner to take a 50% stake in Gujarat-based gas retailer Sabarmati Gas.


ONGC Petro inks MoU with Torrent Energy for supplying bulk power at Dahej SEZ

ONGC Petro inks MoU with Torrent Energy for supplying bulk power at Dahej SEZ

State-owned exploration giant Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) promoted ONGC Petro-additions Ltd (OPaL), has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ahmedabad-based Torrent Energy for supply of bulk power to OPaL.

Under the MoU, Torrent will supply 350-400 mw to ONGC’s upcoming petrochemical complex at Dahej SEZ in Gujarat. ONGC is co-developing the SEZ through a special purpose vehicle, OPaL (ONGC Petro-additions Ltd), and is working on setting up a petrochemicals complex there.


Ceat to set up Greenfield radial facility worth Rs 5-6 billion in Gujarat

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Indian tyre manufacturer Ceat Limited, has decided to set up its proposed Rs 500-600 crore greenfield radial facility in Gujarat.

According to sources close to the State Government, the company has recently filed an application for the allotment of approximately 100 acres at either Halol near Baroda or Bharuch for setting up the proposed 36-lakh radial tyre facility.

The company had previously short-listed Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat as the possible locations for the proposed greenfield venture.


Gujjars protest: Five killed in police firing

Gujjars protest: Five killed in police firingBharatpur, May 23 : Five persons were killed today in firing when Gujjars, demanding Scheduled Tribe status in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district, clashed with police.

Police opened fire after agitated protestors clashed with them and torched two police jeeps in Karwar area in Bayana block of the district neighbouring Jaipur, officials said. One policeman was killed in the violence.


Participants of Arzi Hukumat Movement to be honoured today

Junagadh, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Dr. Shakeel AhmadMay 26: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Dr. Shakeel Ahmad will honour the participants of the Arzi Hukumat Movement for their contribution towards India’s independence and the consolidation of its territorial integrity.

Each Arzi Senani will be given a cash award of Rs. one lakh each accompanied with a letter of appreciation and gratitude on behalf of the Government of India.


Petron Engineering bags two LoI worth Rs 99.76 crore; Stock up 4%

Petron Engineering bags two LoI worth Rs 99.76 crore; Stock up 4%

Petron Engineering Construction Limited (PECL), a subsidiary of KazStroyServices Plc has informed that it has secured two letters of intent (LoI) worth Rs 99.76 crore from two different firms.


Honda To Invest Rs 1,500 Cr In New Plant At Rajasthan

Landmark Honda has decided to invest about Rs 1500 crore in its new HondaHonda To Invest Rs 1,500 Cr In New Plantproduction facility in Rajasthan.

The company expects the production to commence by the next two years (2010).

Honda launched its premium segment car ‘Accord’ in Gujarat on May 27. The company anticipates doubling up its sale in Gujarat in the recent year.

The new production facility in Rajasthan will be the company’s second plant after the Noida plant.


Police arrest 5 in suspicious condition at Vadodara airport

Police arrest 5 in suspicious condition at Vadodara airportVadodara, May 28 : Police have arrested five people in suspicious condition at Vadodara airport in Gujarat on Wednesday.

The arrests were made when the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel found that few men were loitering suspiciously around the parking area of the airport with their bicycles.

On the behest of the CISF the local police immediately took them into custody

According to police officials the verification of their address is being carried out.


Jaihind Projects secures contract worth Rs 207 crore from GSPCL

Jaihind Projects

Ahmedabad-based Jaihind Projects, in consortium has bagged a contract of Rs 206.53 crore from Gujarat State Petroleum Ltd (GSPCL) for installation and construction services, goods supply within India and mandatory spares supply within India for Morbi Mundra Pipeline Project.

Jaihind Projects Ltd. provides engineering and construction services to oil and gas, steel, water supply and power industries in India.


Jaihind Projects Bags Order Worth Rs 2.06 Bn From GSP

Engineering and construction firm Jaihind Projects Ltd announced that it Jaihind Projects Ltd has bagged an order valued at Rs 2,065.3 million from Gujarat State Petroleum for installation and construction services.

In a declaration, the company said that the scope of the order involves installation and construction services, supply of goods within India and compulsory spares supply within the country for Morbi Mundra Pipeline Project.


Gujarat BJP activists protest Bukhari’s statement on Modi

Narendra ModiRajkot, June 3 : Muslim activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took out a protest march here today against a statement by Syed Ahmed Bukhari, of Jama Masjid in Delhi calling Gujarat Chief Minister, Narender Modi a terrorist.

Shouting anti-Bukhari slogans the BJP conducted a mock funeral procession of the cleric in Rajkot.

“We have performed a mock operation of Imam's brain, so that next time he refrains from making such statements,” said Ejaj Hussain Bukhari, one of the activists.


US drone attacks not violating sanctity of Pak borders, says Defence Minister

Gujrat (Pakistan), June 6 : US troops are not violating the sanctity of Pakistani borders while using pilotless drones to hit Al-Qaeda hideouts in the country’s tribal areas, Pakistan Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar has said.

Apparently justifying the unmanned drone attacks on Pakistani soil, the minister said that the US had claimed to have killed senior Al-Qaeda operatives in Damadola. A drone attack on the village on May 14 claimed 12 lives, who, according to locals, were children and women, while security forces in Afghanistan claimed top Al-Qaeda militants were killed in the fourth attack on the village, he added.

He further said that Al Qaeda operatives should not use Pakistani territory for their militancy.


Congress to launch next LS polls’ campaign from Gujarat

Dwarka (Gujarat), June 9: All-India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary and MP Rajiv Shukla has said that the Congress would launch next year's general election campaign from Gujarat.

At the end of a two-day introspection session of the party's Gujarat unit on Sunday, he said the Congress would begin its campaign from Dwarka.

"The Congress is launching its winning mission for general elections from Dwarka. We will expose the State Government for taking all the credit of the development work being done in the state with federal funds," said Shukla.

The meeting was held in Gujarat to work out strategy for the 2009 general elections.


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.


Diamonds may not sparkle in Surat

diamondSurat (Gujarat), June 17 : The current recession has had its impact on world markets and raw diamonds have crippled the once shimmering diamond cutting industry of Surat in Gujarat.

The situation is turning precarious with the existing diamond cutting units struggling to survive.

Thousands of workers engaged in the cutting and polishing of diamonds in Surat are compelled to explore other means to arrange for their daily bread.

Out of the total export of rupees 80, 000 crores (800 billion rupees) from India, the cut and polished diamonds from Surat account for rupees 45,000 crores (450 billion rupees).


Amul, now a billion dollar Co-Operative enterprise

Amul LogoAnand (Gujarat), June 23 : Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) popularly known for its products brand name Amul has become India's first billion dollar co-operative unit after touching the record annual turnover of Rs. 5,255.41 crores (52.554 billion rupees).

It has registered quantum growth of 22.9 per cent with an increase of nearly Rs. 1,000 crores (10 billion rupees) in absolute terms over the previous fiscal year.


Patel community campaigns against female foeticide

Bayad, Sabarkantha June 30 : Setting an example for the initiatives to prevent cases of female foeticide in the country, the members of Kutch Kadva Patidar (community of Patels) in a Gujarat district has volunteered to promote birth of girl children in their community in a novel way.

The Patel community has come forward to adopt girl children in their community in Sabarkantha region of Gujarat. The members have been in a way have dedicated themselves to promote the 'Save the Girl Child Movement' for last two years here.

The Patel community comprises over 8,000 families in the region.


Gujarat Government signs 3000 MW power deal with Adani, Essar

Gujarat government has tied up with Adani and Essar for purchasing 3000 MW power at a fixed rate for a period of 26 years.

Adani and Essar will sell power to state government at Rs 2.35 per unit to Rs 2.89 per unit.

Further under the agreement, which was signed a few months back, the companies will not be able to alter the rates under any circumstances in near future.

This perhaps for the first time that Gujarat government has tied up for power at very competitive rates with private companies for such a very long period.
Gujarat's present installed capacity is over 9,000 Mw against the unrestricted power demand of 11,500 Mw, resulting in a deficit of 2,500 Mw.


Somnath Temple all set to shine as a golden temple

Somnath TempleSomnath (Gujarat), July 8 : The historic temple of Somnath in Gujarat is all set to regain its old glory as a ''golden temple'' by 2010.

The famous temple’ Trust is carving and gold-plating the Sabha Mantap, the place where devotees gather and will also embed porous Bella stones on the outer structure that will be coated with fungus resistant paint.

The Somnath Temple that is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (prime shrines devoted to Lord Shiva) and located at Prabash Patan in Gujarat’s Junagadh district.


Adani's Mundra SEZ project gets SC clearance

The Supreme Court has withdrawn the stay on the Mundra SEZ project in Gujarat, thereby giving a green signal to the Adani Group to proceed with its construction work, despite the plea of the petitioners that the construction work will seize the livelihood of the fishermen apart from resulting into ecological imbalance.

The decision of the court followed the statement by the Adani Group that the petitioners were neither farmers nor fishermen and also had different means of livelihood.  

The multi-product SEZ would spread over a planned area of nearly 32,000 hectares.

A number of industrial houses, including two hospitals, have already signed up for the purpose.


Fishermen of Porbandar fear scanty rainfall

Porbandar (Gujarat), July 24 : Fishermen in Saurashtra region are a worried lot, as they fear loss of income due to scanty rainfall in the region during the monsoons.

The fishermen say that generally Saurashtra region starts receiving monsoon rain by 12 or 13 of July, but this year the rainfall is missing so far.

There is disquiet among the fishermen.

They say that rain and seawater together is good for fish production. If rain is inadequate, the fishing community would have to face a lot of problems. In the last couple of years, rainfall was good, but this time it''s not happening," said Sattar Ibrahim Barucha, a fisherman.


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.


Cats and dogs living together on Gandhian land in Gujarat

Cat & Dog togetherPorbandar (Gujarat), July 25 : The age-old enmity between cats and dogs is quite well-known. But in an unusual case in Gujarat''s Vaadi area, three dogs and two cats showcase a unique bond of friendship by living together with love.

The five live together as a family in the State''s Porbandar district.


Gujarat Alkalies inks JV pact with US-based Dow Chemicals

Vadodara-Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limitedbased Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited (GACL) has formed joint venture with US$ 59 billion US-based Dow Chemicals, world leader in providing innovative chemicals plastic and agricultural products services around the globe, for setting up a Rs 600 crore plant at Dahej.

The new joint venture company christened as “DOW-GACL Solvdenture Ltd” will be operating under 50:50 equity partnership. This is GACL's first venture with a multinational company.


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.


Several live bombs found in Surat, claim police

ahmedabad-suratSurat, July 29 : Several live bombs have been found in different places in Surat today, out of which three bombs were defused in the residential areas of Varacha, confirmed police.

The first two bombs were found in Labheshwar and Santoshinagar areas of Varacha. They were kept inside an abandoned bag. A third was found hanging on a tree behind the Matavadi Police outpost in the Varacha area this morning.

The police have sounded a ''high alert'' in the city in the wake of live bombs being found within a span of three hours.

The bomb contents have been sent to a forensic science lab for analysis, police said.


19th bomb found in Surat, Narendra Modi announces Rs 51 lakh for blast related information

Surat, July 30 :Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi As Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today visited Surat to take stock of the security situation here, another live bomb has been found in the city.

According to latest reports, the bomb has been spotted in the Baroda Prestige area in Varacha by local residents.

Modi announced a reward of Rs 51 lakh for information leading to terrorists involved in the serial blasts in Ahmedabad and planting of bombs in Surat.

He said, "We are fighting a war against terror and we will deal with it with utmost strictness."


Shree Renuka Sugars to raise $ 200 million; unveils expansion plans

The board of directors of Shree Renuka Sugars Limited, country's biggest sugar refiner, has approved raising up to $200 million via local or overseas equity issue.

The board has also approved issuing 2 million warrants to promoters convertible into equity shares.

Further, the company has stated that it will set up a new 700,000 tons per annum sugar refinery at a cost of Rs 350 crore in the Mundra SEZ in Gujarat, which is expected to be commissioned by March 2010.

The new refinery will increase the company’s sugar refining capacity to 6000 tpd, which includes the 2,000 tpd refinery at Haldia and the refining capacity at two of its integrated sugar mills in Karnataka.


Deep Industries Pockets Order Worth Rs 10.30 Crore

Gujarat based company Deep Industries Ltd has secured an order worth Rs 10.30 Deep Industries Pockets Order Worth Rs 10.30 Crorecrore from Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd for compression of natural gas at Kamalapuram for Five years. 

Deep Industries Limited provides air and gas compression services to oil and gas exploration companies in India.

Shares of the company gained Rs 10, or 8%, to end at Rs 144. The total volume of shares traded was 133196 at the BSE. (Friday)


Another bomb found in Surat, total reaches 25

Another bomb found in Surat, total reaches 25Surat, August 9 : Gujarat police have found another live bomb near Amroli Bridge in Katargam area of Surat. Saturday’s finding takes the total number of bombs found in the last fortnight in the city to 25.

“We have found a bomb from Katargam area. It is similar to the ones that were found earlier. We have defused it,” Deputy Commissioner of Police V. Chandrasekhar said.

“The bomb squad opened the packet and defused it,” he added.

Reportedly the bomb was found outside Hanuman Temple which devotees throng on Saturday’s.


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.


Eight arrested in connection with bomb blasts in India's Gujarat

Eight arrested in connection with bomb blasts in India's Gujarat New Delhi  - Indian police arrested eight members of a banned Islamic group in connection with bombings in the western city of Ahmedabad that killed 56 people and injured more than 150 in July, news reports said Saturday.

The activists of the Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were arrested in southern Kerala and Karnataka and western Gujarat and Maharashtra states, NDTV news channel reported quoting a police official in Ahmedabad.


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.


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.


Gujarat Apollo to issue bonus share in ratio of 1:2

Gujarat Apollo to issue bonus share in ratio of 1:2 Ahmedabad-based Gujarat Apollo Industries has considered issue of bonus equity shares in the proportion of one equity share for every two equity shares held. The board of directors in its August 23 meeting approved the issue of bonus equity shares in the proportion of one equity share for every two equity shares. Further, the company has recommended dividend at Rs 3 per equity share (previous year Rs 2). Gujarat Apollo Industries Limited engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of road construction and maintenance equipment primarily in India.


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.


Ministry of Mines holds conference on geosciences and geological surveys

Ministry of Mines holds conference on geosciences and geological surveysNew Delhi, August 26 : A conference on Geosciences and Geological surveys was organized by Ministry of Mines with the secretaries of the State Departments of Geology and Mining here today.

The conference aimed at eliciting the views of States on geoscientific activities including mineral explorations and other geosciences issues like disaster management, landslide studies, environmental studies – many of which are State specific.


ICAI to hold workshop on International Financial Reporting Standards

Institute of Chartered Accountants of IndiaBaroda (Gujarat), Aug 29: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) will organise a two-day workshop on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) here today.

The workshop is intended to give an overview of application of IFRS in Indian scenario.

It will focus more on concepts that are relatively new under Indian GAAP and on topics which by and large potentially impact the net worth and profit or loss under more common situations.


Gujarat Govt to study sixth pay commission hike

With the aim to increase the salary of the employees by 20%, the Gujarat government has taken up the decision to set up a babus’ committee on suggestion of the Centre's sixth pay commission award.

Jay Narayan Vyas, spokesperson of the Govt. informed soon after the Cabinet meeting was over, “The secretaries' committee will submit its report to the Cabinet sub-committee, formed early this year on what the sixth pay commission may mean to Gujarat.”


Sixth Pay Commission Hike To Be Studied By Gujarat Govt

With the aim to increase the salary of the employees by 20%, the Gujarat government has taken up the decision to set up a babus’ committee on suggestion of the Centre's sixth pay commission award.

Jay Narayan Vyas, spokesperson of the Govt. informed soon after the Cabinet meeting was over, “The secretaries' committee will submit its report to the Cabinet sub-committee, formed early this year on what the sixth pay commission may mean to Gujarat.”


Indian Air Force jet crashes, pilot ejects safely

New Delhi - An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-29 fighter jet crashed
in the western state of Gujarat on Monday but the pilot managed to
eject safely, officials said.

"The aircraft had taken off from the Jamnagar airbase for a
training sortie but the pilot lost control and it crashed," IAF
spokesman Mahesh Upasani told reporters in New Delhi.

"The pilot, managed to eject safely," he added. The Jamnagar base is located 280 kilometres west of state capital Gandhinagar.

There were no reports of any casualties or damage to property on
the ground at the crash site, about 50 kilometres away from the
airbase. The pilot was moved to an Air Force hospital for treatment.


TCS bags order worth Rs 18 crore

TCS bags order worth Rs 18 crore Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has secured an order worth Rs 18 crore from the police department of Gujarat to automate and electronically link up each of the 483 police stations in the State.

Under the five-year project, TCS will develop, deploy and support enterprise-wide software in all of these police stations.

According to sources, this implementation is the first of its kind in India.


Nine killed, 20 injured in road mishap in Gujarat

Nine killed, 20 injured in road mishap in GujaratSabarkantha (Gujarat), Sept 10 : At least nine pilgrims were killed and 20 others injured in a road accident in Gujarat''s Sabarkantha district today.

According to sources, the incident occurred when a speeding truck rammed into a stationary tractor carrying pilgrims, who were returning after visiting Ambaji temple.

The injured were admitted to a nearby hospital. (ANI)


Rajkot’s little Princess teaches Dandiya

Rajkot, Sep. 12 : A six-year-old girl in Rajkot is attracting public attention for teaching traditional Dandia dance form to various people some of them even of her parents’ age.

Bulbul has been widely appreciated for her talent here.

With the 10-day Navratri festivities around, Bulbul is busy training people in Dandia Raas and Garba dances, as a huge number of Gujratis perform them in open space in big gatherings during these days.

At first sight, Bulbul looks just another child standing barely three feet high. But the moment she steps on to the stage or in the dance court, she turns into a perfect dance tutor.


Gujarat Govt Bans Private Practice By Government Doctors

The Gujarat government has passed a resolution, putting a blanket ban on private practice by government doctors, and announcing mandatory Non Practising Allowance (NPA) for all doctors, irrespective of length of service.


1 killed and 8 injured in communal clashes in Vadodra

1 killed and 8 injured in communal clashes in VadodraVadodara, Sept 15 : At least one person was killed and eight others injured in Vadodara when one group started pelting stones on the other on Monday.

Prohibitory orders banning assembly of more than five people were clamped by police in the city after the communal tussle between two groups.

The festive aura of the immersion of lord Ganesh at the end of the ten-day festival turned sour when people of reportedly belonging to Muslim community allegedly tried to create hindrance in the immersion procession by pelting stones.


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.


Welspun India to de-merge its marketing and investment division

Welspun India Ltd, one of the leading Home textiles majors and part of the Welspun group, has informed that it will spin off its marketing and investment divisions into two new firms to streamline operations and boost international business.

According to the company, the demerger will unlock the value of the current business of the company for the shareholders.

The distribution and marketing company will hold all the international businesses as well as retail chain Welspun Retail, and will be re-christened as Welspun Global Brands (WGBL).

Whereas, the other firm will be called as Welspun Investments Ltd and hold investments made in group companies of the Welspun Group, including the listed Welspun-Gujarat Stahl.


Twenty villages submerged after heavy rains in Gujarat

Twenty villages submerged after heavy rains in GujaratLakhtar (Gujarat), Sept 18: Twenty villages were submerged after heavy rains created havoc in Gujarat's Surendranagar District.

At least 2800 people were moved to safer places after the region continued to receive heavy rainfall for the second consecutive day.

Surendranagar-Ahmedabad highway too was closed.

People of the villages, who are camping in the municipal schools, complained that they are receiving no help from the government.


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.


Flash floods continue to stall life in various parts of India

AhmedabadOrissaSurendranagar (Gujarat) /Sambhalpur (Orissa), Sept 18 : With no appreciable improvement in weather, flash floods caused due to incessant heavy rains continue to stall life in various parts of India.

People in Surendranagar District in Gujarat are grappling with the flood situation as many areas are under knee-deep water.

The region has received heavy rainfall in last 24 hours and many places have turned into virtual islands making movement difficult in the region.


Flood situation remains grim in Gujarat

GujaratDhingana (Gujarat), Sept 19: Villagers in Gujarat continued to face hardship as floodwaters have submerged more than 20 villages for the last three days.

The region has received heavy rainfall in last 24 hours and many places have turned into virtual islands making movement difficult.

Atleast ten villages including Dhingana, Loliyadeep, Thebra and Bagodara are worst affected as the rainwater has flooded the villages and life has become standstill.


Authorities gear up to rescue flood-affected in Gujarat

Surendranagar (Gujarat), Sept 20 : Authorities in Surendranagar in Gujarat are gearing up to evacuate marooned villagers after floodwaters submerged over 20 villages in the last three days.

Many places in the area have turned into virtual islands making movement difficult.

The local administration along with fire brigade team has chipped in for rescuing hundreds of stranded villagers who are deprived of daily requirements.

"We are providing food materials to the affected families. Once the water starts receding, we will set up camps to check the spread of diseases. We are sending chemicals for the disposal of dead cattle," said Anandi Ben Patel, state Revenue Minister.


Heavy rains shower miseries in flood-hit Gujarat

Twenty villages submerged after heavy rains in GujaratSurendranagar (Gujarat), Sept 20 : Villagers in Gujarat''s Surendarnagar are facing hardship as floodwaters have submerged more than 20 villages.

Though more than 4000 people have been evacuated to safer places, and many more displaced villagers await succor.

The entire region has been converted into a virtual island and the standing water has damaged crops and entire fields.

Army has also been called to carry out rescue operations. Fire brigade officials have also been pressed into action.


Over 2,400 people rescued from flood-hit areas in Gujarat

Over 2,400 people rescued from flood-hit areas in GujaratSurendranagar (Gujarat), Sept 21: The Army has rescued over 2,400 people as flood situation remained grim in Surendranagar District of Gujarat on Saturday.

While no casualty has been reported so far, floodwaters have submerged over 20 villages for the last three days.

The Army is providing food packets to marooned people and has set up health camps in the vicinity.


All women Panchayat in Gujarat village

GujaratBhayukharia (Jamnagar), Sep. 23 : While many political leaders in the Indian Parliament have been hesitant to empower women, Bhaukhakharia, an obscure village in Jamnagar District of Gujarat, boasts of an elected all women Panchayat (village council).

By addressing the issues that concern villagers in day-to-day life, the members of the Panchayat have ensured that they will never be viewed as ornamental members.

Residents of the village had elected all the seven members of the village council unanimously.


GVFL picks 26.8% stake in Pegasus Semiconductors for Rs 3.5 crore

Gujarat Venture Finance Ltd.Gujarat Venture Finance Ltd. (GVFL) has acquired 26.8% stake in Pegasus Semiconductors Pvt. Ltd. for Rs 3.5 crore.

Ahmedabad-based Pegasus offers energy efficient and low cost lighting solutions using LEDs and solar technologies. Among various products of the company, the majority of business comes from 220V LED Street Light System, LED based Solar Home Lighting System and Street Lighting System.


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.


Unitech bags spectrum in Gujarat and UP Service Areas

Unitech bags spectrum in Gujarat and UP Service Areas Unitech, India's second-biggest real estate developer, has informed that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued the letters to its telecom subsidiaries for the allotment of 4.4 MHz of spectrum in the 1800 MHz GSM band in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh (West) Service Areas.

With this allotment, Unitech has been allotted intial spectrum in 12 service areas out of the 22 circles.

Earlier this month, the company received spectrum in Maharashtra, Mumbai, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh (East) service areas.


Dabur plans to build `new-u` stores in Gujarat by 2011

Dabur India, country’s fourth largest FMCG firm has revealed its plans to launch Dabur plans to build `new-u` stores in Gujarat by 2011`new-u` stores in Gujarat by fiscal 2011.

According to the sources, the specialty beauty, health and wellness retail business will build stores in at least four major cities Such as Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara

Dabur India posted a 29.74 percent rise in net profits to Rs 701.40 million for the quarter ended in June 2008 from a profit of Rs 540.60 million for the same period previous fiscal.


Gujarat Pipavav files DRHP with SEBI for 500 crore IPO

Gujarat Pipavav files DRHP with SEBI for 500 crore IPO Gujarat Pipavav Port Limited, the developer and operator of Pipavav port, the country’s first private sector port, has finally filed its Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP) with market regulator (SEBI) for an Initial Public Offering aggregating to Rs 500 crore for cash at a price to be decided through a 100% book-building process.


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.


''Nano'', hope for Gujarat, regret for West Bengal

''Nano'', hope for Gujarat, regret for West BengalAhmedabad/Singur, Oct 8: While Gujarat is rejoicing over Tata Motors decision to shift its ultra low-cost Nano car plant to Sanand near Ahmedabad, residents in Singur are regretting that the makers had to pull out of West Bengal because of violent protests.

Residents in Ahmedabad said that this decision would mean more industrialization for the state.


Surat performs traditional prayers to protect the `girl child''

Gujrat, SuratSurat (Gujarat),Oct. 8 : Residents of Surat city in Gujarat are using this year''s Navratri festival celebrations to highlight the need for ending the practice of female foeticide in the state.

As part of the Gujarat Government''s programme "Save Girl Child", people dedicated the prayers to the cause of girl child and pledged to abolish female foeticide in the state.


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.


Riot Widows Get Their Rights Due To RTI Act

Riot Widows Get Their Rights Due To RTI Act The common man has surely benefited a lot from the Right to Information (RTI) Act, since this act has helped the people to avail information under the control of authorities. But besides this, RTI has also helped 25 women, who during the Gujarat riots in 2002, had lost their husbands. 


Four dead in Arabian Sea boat capsize near Jamnagar

GujaratJamnagar (Gujarat), Oct 14 : A boat ferrying 22 persons from Navabandar near Jamnagar in Gujarat has capsized in the Arabian Sea on Tuesday afternoon.

According to reports, at least four bodies have been recovered. However, the death toll is likely to increase.

The Fire-brigade and police have launched rescue operations.

The ill fated boat was on its way to Piroton Island from Navabandar, when the mishap took place.

The passengers were going for prayers at a Dargah in Piroton Island. (ANI)


Gujarat Changed Industrial Policy For Nano: Congress

Nano car project is facing new challenges day by day. Now, the state congress demanded details of the deal signed between Gujarat government and Tata motors. 

The party has demanded the detail through Right to Information (RTI) Act. The party alleged that the state has changed the entire industrial policy for the sake of small car project of TATA group. 

The Congress spokesperson, Arjun Modhvadia has also demanded proper compensation for affected farmers of Sanand.
 
Gujarat Congress president, Sidhdharth Patel said that the party wanted to disclose the incentives being offered to the landholders. He also alleged the change in industrial policy of the state for the benefits of TATA. 


Lalu Yadav offers land in Bihar for Tata’s ‘Nano’

Lalu Prashad YadavSomnath (Gujarat), Oct 16 : Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has offered land to Tata Motors for its Nano project in Bihar.

He made the announcement after inaugurating a five kilometer-long Veraval-Somnath broad gauge line and the Veraval-Jabalpur Express Train.

During his short 15-minute speech at the railway station, Yadav said, "Sanand farmers are being harassed. If at all the project has to be in Gujarat it could have been at Dwarka. If you are really looking for land for the project, come to Bihar.”


Guj farmers all geared up to fight against Tata Motors

In a tiff to prove ownership of land in Gujarat, where the automobile giant Tata Motors is planning to construct its Nano project, a group of farmers from the gathering villages have pulled their socks up to fight a legal case against the automobile giant. Apparently, the farmers were not at all happy with the concessions being given to Tata Motors.  

Adding more, on Wednesday, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was also filed in the Gujarat high court. 


1.15 Lakh posts vacant in Naxal Affected States

1.15 lakh vacant posts in state police forces are lying vacant across the country. This has posed a serious question over providing effective security to citizens in these states.

According to a report of Union Home Ministry, terror and naxal-hit states including Gujarat, Karnataka, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Bihar have vacant posts ranging from 4,400 to 13,000. These posts include Constables, Sub-Inspectors and Deputy Superintendents of Police.

On an average, 24.15 per cent posts of Deputy SPs, 20.76 per cent posts of sub-inspectors and 10.87 per cent posts of constables are yet to be filled across the country.


Gujarat auto industry gets a boost with arrival of Nano

TATA NanoRajkot, Oct 24 : Tata motors'' decision to make low cost Nano car in Gujarat has kindled hopes of a lucrative business among the auto-parts making small-scale industrial units in Rajkot.

Rajkot has established itself as a hub for the auto parts ancillary units and, supplies auto parts to automobile manufacturers including Tata, Mitsubishi and Mahindra and Mahindra.


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.


Gujarat’s eco-friendly Oreva motorbike to reach other States very soon

Ajanta LimitedRajkot (Gujarat), Oct. 27 : Oreva, an eco-friendly motorbike, which has been indigenously designed and manufactured by a Morbi-based Ajanta Limited Co. of Gujarat, is all set to hit the roads in its neighbouring States here.

The company apart from Gujarat has targetted its e-bikes for the States of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

According to the manufacturers, their trendy looking and battery powered Oreva is the cheapest two-wheeler available in the e-bike segment. The motorbike is battery powered.


Hindus in Gujarat village renovate a Sufi saint’s Dargah

GurjratAloda (Gujarat), Nov. 5 : Hindus in a Gujarat village have renovated a shrine dedicated to Sufi saint Sayyed Badru Rehmat-ulla Alai, popularly known as Fakir Baba here.

Around 5,000 villagers including Hindus and Muslims from neighbouring villages converged here on Monday for the inauguration ceremony of the renovated Dargah dedicated to the Sufi saint in Aloda, a small hamlet in Gujarat’s Mehsana district.

The function was organized on Lab Pancham, fifth day of Gujarati New Year that fell on Oct. 29 this year.


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. 


Crowd cheer as Indian cricket team arrives in Rajkot

BCCIRajkot (Gujarat), Nov 12 :Residents in Rajkot city were delighted to see their favorite Indian cricket players as the team arrived in the city on Wednesday for the first match of one-day series against England.

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, batsmen Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag, pacer Zaheer Khan and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh arrived in the

city ahead of the first match of seven-match series to be played on Friday.

Locals in the city gathered outside the hotel where the players are staying to have a glimpse of their favourite players.


Congress alleged big sops to TATA in Gujarat

Congress alleged big sops to TATA in GujaratThe state unit of congress party in Gujarat demanded white paper on concessions offered to Tata's Nano project by the ruling Narendra Modi government. An anonymous note circulated in vernacular media alleged that TATA is offered big sops for establishing Nano project in the state for publicity of state chief minister Narendra Modi.


India, England cricket teams confident of doing well in one-day series

England Cricket Board Logo Rajkot (Gujarat), Nov 13: India and England cricket teams expressed confidence on Thursday, of performing well, a day before the first match of the seven-match one-day series between them.

India will look to adapt quickly after completing a 2-0 test series victory over Australia four days ago.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said in Rajkot, where the fist match would be played that players should learn to switch over from the test series mode to one-day series mode.


Bombardier opens railways equipment utility in Gujarat

Bombardier opens railways equipment utility in GujaratLeading railways equipment manufacturer, Bombardier Transportation, has decided to increase its presence in India. It would develop India as a metro car production hub for the Southeast Asian region, in the next 4-5 years. 

The company launched a new railway vehicle-making facility at Savli, Vadodara in Gujarat. It would produce stainless steel car bodies and bogies and carry out final assembly at Savli plant. It would start operation very soon, after orders of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).


3 Gujarat VHP leaders grilled for defamatory SMS

Three top VHP leaders of Gujarat were grilled by Gandhnagar police for sending defamatory mobile messages in the name of Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his government.

They are State general secretary Kaushik Mehta, Rajesh Shastri and Jagdish Dwivedi. They were grilled for over three hours.

Ashwin Patel is already in police custody. He was arrested on October 27. Police investigations revealed that the messages were sent from his mobile number.

"It was an attempt by the Modi government to harass the VHP leaders and humiliate Hindus," said Mehta after appearing before the police.

But the police denied such allegations saying that there was no question of anyone being harassed.


Modi says “inclusive growth” the need of the hour

Modi says “inclusive growth” the need of the hour Backing Gujarat’s image as a preferred destination for domestic and foreign investors, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said in his speech at the India Economic Forum in the National Capital on Sunday that his state had succeeded in developing a good model for “inclusive growth.”


Modi halts temple demolitions

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra ModiGujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has ordered to stop demolition of temples in the state with immediate effect. The move came after VHP President Ashok Singhal met him on Friday

The State Govt. has demolished nearly 200 temples along the city roads as part of its anti-encroachment drive, annoying saffron groups - VHP, Bajrang Dal and others - Hindu groups.

Even the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had compared it to the plundering of temples by Mahmod of Ghazni in medieval India.


Devotees causing deforestation in Gujarat

GurjratJunagarh (Gujarat), Nov. 24 : Every year hundreds of thousands of devotees walk around the Girnar Parvat. They walk around for 37-kilometre on-foot to perform the Parikrama or circumambulation of the hill.

During their pilgrimage, the devotees spend at least three days in forests that fall in pilgrims’ route. But their stay in the forests, pose an environment threat.

Over the years, this large-scale consumption by thousands of devotees has led to rapid deforestation in this area.


Gujarat To Have 400 More Medical Seats In The Near Future

Gujarat To Have 400 More Medical Seats In The Near FutureHere’s good news for the medical students in the country. The Union health Ministry, under Anbumani Ramadoss has given the go-ahead for splitting campuses to start medical colleges with existing hospitals. As a result of this, medical students across the country can expect more seats for them in the coming times.

In Gujarat alone, nearly 400 more seats will be generated for this purpose. Out of these 400, Ahmedabad alone will be able to pitch more than 100 medical seats.


SIT arrests 3 in connection with Gujarat riot

SIT arrests 3 in connection with Gujarat riotThe Special Investigation team (SIT) in Gujarat has arrested three persons in connection with three different cases of the post-Godhra riots.

Subhashchandra Darji was arrested in connection with the Naroda Patiya case where 89 people where killed by a mob during the 2002 riots.

Darji was part of the mob that had attacked the minority community.

Bharat Shitla Prasad was arrested in connection with the Gulburg society case where 38 people were killed, including ex-MP Ehsan Jaffrey, during the 2002 riots.


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.


Chhabildas Mehta dead

Former Gujarat chief minister Chhabildas Mehta passed away on Saturday at SAL hospital in Ahmedabad. He was 84.

Mehta was the Chief Minister of Gujarat for 13 months from February 17, 1994 to March 14, 1995 after Chimanbhai Patel's death.

Born on November 4, 1925, Mehta left high school in 1942 to participate in the freedom movement and was actively involved in labour and farmer movements during his career.

He was elected member of the Bombay Legislative Council and later became an MLA in Gujarat which he remained till 1980.

Governor Naval Kishore Sharma, Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Speaker Ashok Bhatt expressed condolences at Mehta's demise.


Gujarat fishermen warned Government of probable misuse of captured Indian boats by Pakistan

Porbandar, Dec 2: Fishermen in Gujarat have said that they had repeatedly written and warned the Indian Government of a probable misuse of captured Indian boats by terrorist elements in Pakistan.

With the investigations revealing the use of sea route by militants to infiltrate into India and carry out the terror attack in Mumbai, the fishermen said they had written several times to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi warning them of the possibility of misuse of seized Indian boats.


Sanand Farmers Move to Court Against Govt Over Nano Land

Sanand Farmers Move to Court Against Govt Over Nano LandTata Motors is in for yet another debacle. The Gujarat High Court has directed the state government to produce documents of acquisition of land in Sanand, alloted to Tatas for the Nano car project. The farmers in Sanand, the site of the Nano project in Gujarat, have filed a case against the Gujarat government and Tata motors, seeking greater compensation for their land.


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.


Gold industry in Rajkot passing through a lean phase

Gujarat MapRajkot, Dec 13 (ANI): The gold industry in Rajkot is passing through a lean phase as most of the orders placed by Mumbai''s traders were cancelled or put on hold after Mumbai militant strikes.

Nearly 50,000 workers are employed in various gold-manufacturing units across the city.

A jewellery trader from Rajkot, Krishnakant Patadia, said that prior to Mumbai terror strike, the market was functioning well and artisans were working from morning till evening, but now they are working only for four to five hours.


LNG Unit Capacity Raised By Gujarat Petro

LNG Unit Capacity Raised By Gujarat PetroFollowing a year after a slump in prices of metals used in construction, State-owned Gujarat State Petroleum Corp. (GSPC) has raised the capacity of its planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal by 30% to 6.5 million tonnes (mt).

The GSPC is aiming to get the plant ready by 2013 at a cost of Rs3,000-3,500 crore. This has become possible as there had been sharp falls in prices of metals such as steel and nickel.


DGH approved GSPC's find in KG basin

DGH approved GSPC's find in KG basinThe Director General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) has declared certification for a gas discovery by the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) in the Krishna-Godavari basin. The decision would help to make Gujarat, the gas hub of the country. Experts believe that the commercial value of approved Krishna-Godavari basin offshore block KG-OSN-2001/3 would be around $6 billion as per the prevailing market prices.


UP On Top Against Gujarat

UP On Top Against Gujarat A well made 67 from Tanmay Srivastava facilitated Uttar Pradesh to reach 289 for eight in their second innings and virtually shut Gujarat out of the game on the penultimate day of the quarterfinal match.

At the end of the third day’s play, UP were 477 runs ahead with two second innings wickets in hand at Motibagh ground here.

Resuming at the overnight score of 76 for the loss of one wicket, young lad Suresh Raina fell victim to Parmar. Tanmay Srivastava (67runs, 149balls, 4 boundaries) played a patient knock but a doosra from Parmar saw the end of his courageous innings.


CPM MP Hails `Investor-Friendly' Modi

CPM MP Hails `Investor-Friendly' ModiYoung CPM MP, A P Abdullakutty praised the Gujarat Chief Minister's industry friendliness, although the Marxists hate Narendra Modi.  

Abdullakutty, who represents the Marxist stronghold of Kannur in Kerala, spoke so while speaking at an interaction organized by the Indian Media Forum in Dubai.


Elecon Engineering wins order worth Rs 22 crore; stock up 5%

Elecon Engineering wins order worth Rs 22 crore; stock up 5%Elecon Engineering Company Ltd, India's largest Material Handling Equipments, Industrial Gears and Transmission Products manufacturer has been awarded prestigious orders worth Rs 22 crore from Adani Power Ltd of Adani Group.

The scope of the order includes design, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of material handling systems at Mundra.

It may be noted that, In Decemeber 2008, Elecon Engineering bagged a similar order Rs 120 crore from Mundra port and Special Economic Zone of Adani Group.


Untimely rain hits onion prices

GujaratRajkot (Gujrat), Jan. 3 : Unexpected rains have affected Rajkot''s onion crop severely causing a sharp rise in the prices of the product.

Just a month ago, onions were priced at seven rupees per kg. Now it is soared to 22 rupees per kilogram.

Untimely rains have also affected the production of the crop in other parts of Gujrat and Nashik and Maharashtra.

Rajesh Parekh, an onion trader blamed on the excess shortage of onions in various cities for the recent price rise.

Earlier the onion crop demand in the state used to be 5000 kg a day, but it has dropped to 1500 kg.


Modi demands a military air base in Gujarat

Narendra ModiNarabet (Gujarat), Jan. 3 :Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said that his state, which shares its border with Pakistan, needs a strategic airbase for security reasons.

After meeting Border Security personnel at the Narabet check post along the India-Pakistan border and reviewing security arrangements, Modi said he would urge the UPA Government at the Center to focus on developing more strategic airbases in the state.


Gujarat announces solar power policy'09

Gujarat announces solar power policy'09Gujarat government has announced a new solar power policy for state to promote solar power generation as an alternative source of energy. The government would extend financial help to set up solar power units in the state and offer solar power generators (SPGs) at subsidized prices.


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.


Binani Cement To Raise Production By 2011-12

Binani Cement To Raise Production By 2011-12Binani Cement Ltd has decided to make an investment of more than Rs 900 crore for establishing greenfield plants both in India as well as abroad to raise its overall production capacity to 15 million tonnes by the next three years (2011-12).

The company plans to invest around Rs 800 crore on the construction of a new plant in Gujarat, which would have an installed production capacity of about 2.5 million tonnes.

Moreover, the company is also eyeing a unit in Mauritius with a proposed capacity of two million tonnes.


Gujarat NRE To Invest Rs 300 Cr In Gujarat Over 4 Years

Gujarat NRE To Invest Rs 300 Cr In Gujarat Over 4 YearsAt the Vibrant Global Investers Summit 2009, Ahmedabad, Gujarat NRE Coke Ltd, country’s largest independent coke producer, announced that it is all set to invest around Rs 300 crores in Gujarat over the next 4 to 5 years.

The metallurgical coke producer said that it will invest Rs 12 billion in a 200 megawatt (MW) wind power project and Rs 10 billion in a 200 MW thermal power plant.

Gujarat NRE would also invest Rs 5 billion on adding additional capacity at its coke and coal preparatory plants and Rs 3 billion on a 60 MW heat-based power plant.


Gujarat riot cases

Gujarat riot casesA Supreme Court judge on Monday quoted ‘Lakshman rekha’ between the judiciary and executive to snub a plea seeking nullification of appointment of P C Pande as DGP of Gujarat for his supposed role in the 2002 riots.

“All of us know what was done to minorities in Gujarat. The perpetrators of riots are still in power. But we cannot do anything as there has to be a ‘Lakshman rekha’ between the functioning of the executive and judiciary,” said Justice Markandy Katju hearing a plea against the appointment of P C Pande as DGP of the state.


Day one draws Rs 7 lakh crore investment plans

Day one draws Rs 7 lakh crore investment plansThe four day long Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit-2009 has started in Ahmedabad to discuss various business and investment issues. Top corporate icons may announce some investment plans in all economic sectors including oil and gas, power, infrastructure, ports ship-building and information technology at the submit.


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.


17 Pakistani nationals detained in Gujarat

17 Pakistani nationals detained in GujaratGujarat, Jan 16 : The Coast Guard has apprehended 17 Pakistani nationals from Keri Creek area in Kutch district last night.

The penetrators were disguised as fishermen.

According to the Coast Guard sources, the offenders were nabbed as they entered Indian waters.

Following the recent disastrous Mumbai attacks, there is intense pressure on the security forces to maintain a strict vigil on borders adjoining Pakistan and Bangladesh. (ANI)


Police baton charge protesting diamond workers in Surat

Another bomb found in Surat, total reaches 25Surat, Jan 19 : Police resorted to force to disperse a mob of irate protesters in Surat in Gujarat.

A group of diamond workers had queued outside the office of ''Surat Diamond Association'' today to get the application forms for special package announced by the Diamond Association, which offered them a waiver in the school fees of their children.

The long wait and subsequent shortage of forms angered the workers and soon erupted into a protest by them outside the office building.


Be ready to watch your favourite sport in the Wembley of India

Another bomb found in Surat, total reaches 25London, Jan. 19 : Gujarat in India is all set to have a world-class stadium -- the "StadiArena", thanks to a joint initiative by the State Government, the London-based StadiArena and its Indian partner Transstadia.

The multi-million pound project will be the first major sport-related development in India.

Depending on the overall size of the stadium, the seating capacity of StadiArena can be "flexed" to cater for an audience of between 2,000 to 20,000.


SIT chief says Godhra report will be submitted within deadline

Gujarat MapGandhinagar (Gujarat), Jan. 21 : Special Investigation Team SIT) Chairman R. Raghavan on Wednesday said that report on the nine post-Godhra riot cases would be submitted to the Supreme Court before the February 15 deadline.

The SIT was constituted by the Supreme Court in March 2008, for reinvestigation of the Godhra train burning case and some post-Godhra riot cases of 2002.

The role of several prominent BJP and VHP leaders named by witnesses including the state Minister for Women and Child Development Maya Kodnani of the BJP and former VHP leader Jaydeep Patel is being re-investigated.


Godhra cases report to be submitted by 15th Feb

GujaratGandhinagar, Jan 21 : The Special Investigation Team (SIT), re-investigating into nine post- Godhra riot cases is expected to submit its report to Supreme Court by February 15.

The Supreme Court formed the five-member SIT to re-investigate the Godhra train burning case and some post-Godhra riot cases.

Several prominent leaders like, Maya Kodnani of BJP and Jaydeep Patel of Vishwa Hindu Parishad are at the center of investigation, following many witnesses naming them in their statements in the Naroda Gam riot case.


Refex Energy setting up 50 MW Solar PV Power Plant in Gujarat

Refex Energy setting up 50 MW Solar PV Power Plant in GujaratRefex Energy, the part of BSE-listed Refex refrigerants, has informed that the firm is setting up a 50 MW solar PV power plant in Gujarat.

Recently, the energy firm for the purpose has signed a MOU with energy and petrochemicals department in the State.

Refex Energy stated in an official communiqué that it intends to begin the first phase of the 50 MW in 2009 and complete the investment in stages.


Major fire damages Gujarat plastic factory

Major fire damages Gujarat plastic factoryVadodara (Gujarat), Jan 23 : A synthetic plastic factory in Vadodara, Gujarat was destroyed on Thursday.

The fire, which started at around 1 p. m. at climate synthetic Private Limited soon spread, and some workers were injured.

Around 15- 20 fire engines and 100 fire fighters were used to douse the flames out completely.

Goods and raw material worth million of rupees was estimated to have been destroyed in the fire.

Investigations are on to determine the cause of the fire. (ANI)


CEAT tyres to set up radial plant at Halol, Gujarat

CEAT tyres to set up radial plant at Halol, GujaratRPG Enterprises owned CEAT tyres laid the foundation stone of a radial tyre plant worth Rs 700 crore at Halol, near Baroda in Gujarat. The company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding in this regard at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit (VGGIS) in Ahmedabad on January 13.

The chairman of RPG Enterprises Group, Harsha Goenka said that the first phase of plant would be operational by May 2010. The state of Gujarat is also celebrating its foundation day on the same day.


Supermarkets in Gujarat village

Supermarkets in Gujarat villageIllol (Gujarat), Jan 27 : The villagers in Gujarat who are normally engaged into agricultural activities or work as labourers, have turned entrepreneurs with their maiden supermarkets like Hearty Mart.

Illol, a small village in Himmat Nagar district of Gujarat, has set an example on improving rural economy in the state.

The initiative was taken by Nadeem Jafri, a Ahmedabad entrepreneur who started setting up franchises of ''Hearty Mart'' with an aim to satisfy the desires and demands of the rural population as provided in the urban areas.


Gujarat’s popular brass industry struggles to survive in Jamnagar

GujaratJamnagar, Jan. 29 : The popular brass industry of Gujarat's Jamnagar city is presently facing a major challenge to sustain itself following a sharp erosion in the demand for its products in the world market.

A sudden drop in the prices of scrap metal and aggressive marketing from their Chinese counterparts has pushed many of the units manufacturing brass-based parts in Jamnagar region to the brink.

The brassware industry is an important part of the handicrafts and cottage Industry of the country and is known world over for its unmatched range of brass antiques and brass decoratives.


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)


Gujarat NRE Coke to raise Rs 1000 crore; Discloses detail of pledges shares

Gujarat NRE Coke LtdMetallurgical coke maker Gujarat NRE Coke Ltd said on Monday that it will raise up to Rs 1,000 crore through institutional placement. An official quoted that the company would raise funds up to Rs 1,000 crore through the issue of non-convertible debentures (NCD) with warrants on qualified institutional placement basis.

However, the terms and conditions of the said NCD issuance would be decided by the board of directors and would be subject to the shareholders' approval.


Amphibious landing exercise off Gujarat coast

EXERCISE TROPEX-2009Madhavpur (Gujarat), Feb 9 : The Indian Army, Navy and the Air Force today jointly conducted the largest ever amphibious exercise codenamed "EXERCISE TROPEX-2009" at Madhavpur beach in Gujarat.

The amphibious landing, the most complex of all military manoeuvres involving coordination and synergy from conceptualization to planning and final execution, was ably demonstrated on the shores of Madhavpur.

The element of Coast Guard was also a part of this short, swift and intense conflict.


18 Pakistanis arrested in Gujarat coast

18 Pakistanis arrested in Gujarat coastRajkot, Feb. 11 : The coastguard has detained 18 Pakistani nationals near the Arabian Sea of Union Territory of Diu on Monday night.

The coastguard sources have revealed that all apprehended nationals were traveling in two boats heading towards Mumbai.

Coastguard surveillance ship is bringing all the detainees and their boats for further interrogation to Porbandar.

This is for the first time since the recent terror attacks on Mumbai that so many Pakistani nationals were arrested from the sea of Union Territory. (ANI)


Four ships damage a bridge in Surat, no casualties reported

Gujarat MapSurat, Feb 11 : A bridge connecting various industries in Surat was damaged after being hit accidentally by four ships on Wednesday.

The Magdalla-Hazira bridge on the Tapti river in the state bore the brunt of the collision after four ships of the AGB shipyard hit it.

No casualties were reported in the incident that took place at around 3:00 a. m.

The authorities have stopped the flow of traffic while the investigation is on.


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.


Coastguard arrest 18 Pakistani fishermen in Gujarat

Coastguard arrest 18 Pakistani fishermen in GujaratPorbandar, (Gujarat), Feb 14 : Coastguard officials arrested 18 Pakistani fishermen around 286 nautical miles off the port city of Porbander in Gujarat on Friday.

They also seized a boat named ''Gul-O-Sarwar''.

Marine police are investigating the matter.

India and Pakistan frequently arrest each other''s fishermen for encroachment.

Security of Indian coasts has been beefed up after last year''s terror attacks in Mumbai. (ANI)


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.


Gujarat Under ‘Hepatitis D’ Virus Turmoil

Gujarat Under ‘Hepatitis D’ Virus TurmoilIn the last five days in Modassa taluka of Sabarkantha region, the lethal hepatitis D virus has taken lives of 12 people and left 26 hospitalized.

According to officials, out of 26 admitted to various hospitals in the region, five been rushed to the civil hospital in Ahmedabad.

Dr. H F Patel, chief district health officer, on Friday, said, “A central team from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases and Director General of Health Services (NICD & DGHS) will arrive soon to take stock of the situation.”


47 police officers transferred in Gujarat

GujaratGandhinagar, Feb 18 : In a major reshuffle, the Gujarat Government has transferred 47 police officers, including the Police Commissioner of Surat and Rajkot, ahead of the general election to be held in April or May.

Gita Johri has appointed the Police Commissioner of Rajkot.

She was part of the Special Investigation Team probingthe post-Godhra riots and played a crucial role in arrest of former Senior police officer D. G Vanzara.

During the last assembly elections in 2007, the Election Commission had transferred several senior police officers. (ANI)


Sabarkantha district in north Gujarat comes in grip of Hepatitits B

Hepatitits BHepatitits B virus is deadly and communicable like HIV virus but it is 100 times more infectious than HIV and spreads much faster. It spreads through blood and unsafe sex.

Recently several cases of Hepatitits B have been reported in Sabarkantha district in north Gujarat, 2 hours away from Ahmedabad. According to reports, 70 cases of Hepatitits B have been reported all over Sabarkantha district. Some of these patients have slipped into coma whereas 19 others have died. FIR has been filed against seven doctors for using infected syringes.


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.


Gujarat speaker revokes suspension of 16 Congress MLAs

Gujarat MapGandhinagar, Feb 20 : Gujarat Assembly Speaker Ashok Bhatt on Friday revoked the suspension of 16 Congress MLAs, three days after they had created disturbance during the budget session.

The MLAs had shouted slogans and displayed placards in the House on February 17 when the Governor began his speech.

Following that, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Amit Shah, moved a motion to suspend the 16 MLAs.

After the MLA's suspension, the Congress boycotted Assembly proceedings and held a sit-in demonstration outside the Speaker's office.


29 die of hepatitis in India's Gujarat state

GujaratNew Delhi - Twenty-nine people have died of hepatitis in Sabarkantha district of India's Gujarat state in the past fortnight, officials said Friday.

Sabarkatha district collector M Thennarasan said the disease was a mutant form of the hepatitis B virus. He said more than 40 people had been hospitalized with suspected infection.

The hepatitis B virus is usually transmitted through body fluids and, therefore, rarely occurs in very large numbers. It can be transferred through blood transfusion, infected needles or unprotected sex.


SBI and Tata Motors enter in deal for Nano booking

SBI and Tata Motors enter in deal for Nano bookingTata Motors has appointed the country's largest lender, the State Bank of India (SBI) as an exclusive booking agent for Nano. The ambitious small car due to launch by Tata group soon, is expected to record decent sales.

The Chief Manager of SBI, Jayanta Kumar Sinha, said on Friday, "SBI has been selected as the sole booking agent for Nano."

However, Mr. Sinha refused to disclose details of deal between SBI and Tata and said that official announcement is likely to come in few days.


Residents of Modassa blame Gujarat Govt. for spread of Hepatitis B

Gujarat MapModassa (Gujarat), Feb 22 : Residents of Hepatitis-B affected Modassa in Gujarat have accused the State Government of apathy leading to the spread of Hepatitis B.

They demanded that a team of expert doctors must visit every home and conduct analytical check-ups of every individual.

"Doctors must visit every home and check whether somebody is suffering from Hepatitis or any other disease," said Tarlika Vankar, whose only brother succumbed to this deadly viral fever.


Rahul Gandhi starts youth Congress membership campaign

Rahul GandhiRajkot, Feb 22 : Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today visited the border district of Kutch in Gujarat to further accelerate the youth Congress membership campaign.

Gandhi will pay homage to Kasturba Gandhi on her death anniversary today at Gandhiji''s ancestral home in Rajkot.

He will then meet local youth Congress leaders at Kishanpara chowk in Rajkot and interact with women from the Young Women''s Convention at Hemu Gadhvi Hall.

Gandhi will also visit Bhujodi to see Kutchi handicrafts and meet artisans.


Six Lakh Doses of Anti-Hepatitis-B Vaccines Flown to Sabarkantha

Six Lakh Doses of Anti-Hepatitis-B Vaccines Flown to SabarkanthaThe deadly Hepatitis-B outbreak in northern Gujarat seems to be tightening its grip with one more death reported this morning in Sabarkantha's Modasa taluka. District officials said this takes the toll from the viral disease up to 25 in less than a fortnight with six deaths reported in the last 24 hours and seven new cases of hepatitis identified, all from Modasa.


Rahul Gandhi to visit Gujarat’s Ambaji temple today

Rahul Gandhi to visit Gujarat’s Ambaji temple todayBanaskantha (Gujarat), Feb 23: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will visit famous Ambaji Temple in Gujarat's Banaskantha District today.

Rahul, who is on two-day visit, will later fly to Mehsana, Patan, Himmatnagar, Gandhinagar and then come to Ahmedabad.

In Ahmedabad, he will visit enrolment booth at Soham Hotel on Naroda Highway and then visit Shahpur and Indulal Yagnik statue near Nehru Bridge and take account of the enrolment drive.


Everyone in Modasa to be vaccinated

Everyone in Modasa to be vaccinated Modi government is gearing up to fight Hepatitis-B outbreak which has claimed 37 lives according to official number. However the State Congress spokesman and the former leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Arjun Modhvadia, claimed that the epidemic has taken life of not less than 60 people in Modasa alone.

Government has planned to vaccinate all people in Modasa in 62 booths by 2000 health department employees. Government has also ordered all the hotels and restaurants in Modasa town in Sabarkantha district in north Gujarat to be closed. Various team of experts visited the affected area.


50,000 vaccinated in Modasa

Hepatitis-B toll touches 56 n 7 more die on monday

Hepatitis-B killed three more people in Modasa on Monday, a day on which the Gujarat government vaccinated 50,000 residents of the taluka in 10 hours, in what could be one of India's largest medical mop-ups. The toll from the outbreak has now touched 56, although officials assert that the figure is 45. Two of Monday's casualties are women, identified Kapila Patel (30) and Harshida Rathod (21). 

The mass-vaccination drive is being carried out in the Modasa taluka and surrounding villages of the Sabarkantha district by 225 teams of health officials and NGO volunteers. 


Vaccination drive gains momentum in hepatitis-hit Gujarat

Vaccination drive gains momentum in hepatitis-hit GujaratModasa (Gujarat), Feb 24: More and more people are turning up for a vaccination drive launched in Modasa town of Gujarat after an outbreak of Hepatitis-B.

The dreaded disease has claimed close to 43 lives within a fortnight in Sabarkantha district.

Doctors said people of all age groups were being vaccinated against the disease.


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.


Godhra riots: Gujarat HC issues notice to Maya Kodnani

Ahmedabad, Feb 24 : The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday issued notice to state minister Maya Kodnani on an application filed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) seeking cancellation of her anticipatory bail.

The Court has also issued notice to Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Jaideep Patel and asked the two to explain the reason for not admitting a petition and fixing the hearing for March 2.

The petition has come up before Justice D. H. Waghela as earlier Justice A. S. Dave had refused to take up the case.

Kodnani is accused in Naroda Patiya and Naorda Gam case, while Patel is accused in the Naroda Gam case.


Kutchis remember their St Christopher on Shivratri

Shiv-Parvati marriage performed to celebrate ShivratriHe might be better known as a saint or Kabir of Kutch who with his simple messages in in Kutchi, Gujarati and Hindi imparts spirituality to the downtrodden.

But Mekan Dada's real work had been to save those who lost their way in the Rann of Kutch with the help of his dog, Motia, and his donkey, Lalia.

He is often now remembered as St Christopher of Kutch. His 375-year-old shrine at Dharang village on the edge of the Rann hosts an annual fair every year on Shivratri.


No end to modasa pain

Fraudsters promised vaccines that never came; toll mounts as experts look for main source of virus 

The hepatitis-B epidemic in Modasa has not only taken lives of many but also given rise to frauds.

Promising hepatitis-B virus vaccination at reasonable prices, some fraudsters have taken Rs17,000 from residents of Varthu village near Modasa. 

Tempted by the pricing at Rs12 a vaccination, (otherwise Rs50), about 1,500 residents in Varthu village, gave away money and never found self proclaimed doctors visiting the village again. 

Residents of Varthu village are scared as four people have died by now. Villagers say, this is for the first time that they have seen people dying due to a disease at such a large scale.


Love for tattoo brings hep-B pain to this youth

Doctors say Ramesh Jhala acquired virus from needle used by tattoo artist

Eighteen-year-old Ramesh Jhala, a resident of Choila in Bayad taluka of Sabarkantha, did not know that getting a five-rupee tattoo on his hand would land him in a hospital. Jhala has been detected positive with hepatitis –B virus in Modasa. 

Four months back, Jhala had visited Pavagadh to seek blessing from Goddess Mahakali. During his visit, he was tempted to get a tattoo done by a cheap tattoo carver. Doctors now believe that Jhala might have acquired the virus from the needle the tattoo artist used to engrave a tattoo on his hand.


She expects her hubby at god bharai

In a room full of patients, Kamlaben Vankar sits beside her husband's bed at Modasa general hospital. She is writing post-cards to invite family members for her god bharai on Sunday.

But she does not know if her husband would be able to attend the function, welcoming their first child. Because Prithivi Malaji Vankar (35), a resident of Palampur near Modasa, has been hospitalised for a month. He was admitted in a private clinic, but was shifted to general hospital here last week.  

“There is a custom in our family where a pregnant woman and the unborn child are given blessings and gifts by relatives,'' said Kamla. 


50,000 vaccinated in Modasa

vaccinated Hepatitis-B killed three more people in Modasa on Monday, a day on which the Gujarat government vaccinated 50,000 residents of the taluka in 10 hours, in what could be one of India’s largest medical mop-ups. The toll from the outbreak has now touched 56, although officials assert that the figure is 45. Two of Monday’s casualties are women, identified Kapila Patel (30) and Harshida Rathod (21).

The mass-vaccination drive is being carried out in the Modasa taluka and surrounding villages of the Sabarkantha district by 225 teams of health officials and NGO volunteers.


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.


Guj's share in castor crop to go up 4%

Significant increase in acreage and good rainfall led to higher production

Gujarat is set to increase it share in castor production in the country. With a significant increase in area under cultivation, state's share is expected to be around 75% during 2008-09 against 71.5% in the previous year.

As per castor crop survey-2008-09, conducted by Solvent Extractors Association (SEA), Banaskantha district is the largest producer of the commodity and total output in the district this year is estimated to be around 2.05 lakh tonnes.


Scrap syringes seized

In their frantic investigations into the hepatitis-B outbreak, Sabarkantha officials have seized a cache of used syringes, needles and IV sets from a Modasa scrap shop that could provide clues about the spread of the virus.

The medical supplies were found, on Wednesday, during a raid on Shabnam Scrap Centre, in Bhangar Gali. “How the items reached a scrap shop is still a mystery. But the culprit will be found and punished,” said the assistant commissioner of food and drug department, KG Nogia. 

No hepatitis-B death was reported in Modasa on Wednesday. 


Burglars strike Paldi house, loot goods worth Rs9 lakh

The theft occurred when Pakwan hotel owner and family had gone to Rajasthan

Criminals burgled the house of a hotelier in Paldi and took away cash and jewellery worth over Rs9 lakh. The burglary took place in the house of Roop Singh Purohit, a resident of Taxshila society, Narayan Nagar under Ellisbridge police station.

DCP Zone I Brijesh Kumar Jha said, "This is the second such incident in Paldi in last few years in which the burglars have looted such big amount. The Ellisbridge police have lodged a case for house breaking and theft in this connection" In many earlier incidents in Paldi, sources said, burglars have looted property worth less than Rs2 lakh.


Family seeks justice on Darbar's death

They say body samples of Jaitun be sent to a certified lab, also approach CP

Seeking answers to the cause behind Jaitun Darbar's death, the members of the Darbar family have demanded that blood, body and viscera samples of the deceased be checked at a certified laboratory.

Jaitun Darbar, mother of noted music director Ismail Darbar, had died on February 12 while undergoing treatment at Girish Group of Hospitals.

Darbar was admitted for more than three weeks and even sustained burns due to doctors' negligence during her treatment. Family members had blamed the hospital for Darbar's death and even lodged a complaint at Athwa police station


NHAI to spend Rs16,000 cr for highways in Gujarat

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is going to undertake highway development projects worth Rs16,219 crore in Gujarat, which are scheduled to be completed by 2015, its general manager VK Sharma said on Thursday.

The authority has already awarded work for east-west corridor in the state, which is having total length of 570.6km and an estimated cost of Rs2,291.68 crore. Similarly, work for the stretch from 108.7 km to 263 km on NH-8 (Vadodara to Surat), having a total length of 143 km has been awarded with an estimated cost of Rs975 crore. The stretch from 263 km to 381 km on NH8 (Surat-Dahisar) has also been awarded on revenue sharing basis of with an estimated cost of Rs1,694 crore.


Notice to state on freedom of religion bill

A division bench of Gujarat high court comprising justice M S Shah and Justice Akil Kureshi has issued notice to the state government while admitting a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act of 2003 and Rules of 2008.

The state government had enacted the act, which made prior permission of district magistrate mandatory before performing any ceremony of conversion or participating in such ceremony and requiring any person converted to give intimation to the district magistrate. The act came into force in 2008.


New domestic terminal building inaugurated at Surat

New domestic terminal building inaugurated at SuratSurat, Feb 27 : The new domestic terminal building was inaugurated at Surat today.

The new domestic terminal building has an area of 8474 square metre and is a glass and steel structure having modern passenger friendly facilities such as central heating system, central air conditioning, public address system, Flight Information Display System (FIDS), CCTV for surveillance, check in counters, and car parking.


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.


Gandhians oppose auction of Gandhi’s personal belongings

Gandhians oppose auction of Gandhi’s personal belongingsPorbandar, Feb 27 : Terming all belongings of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, a national heritage, residents of Porbandar on Friday opposed the auction of Mahatma Gandhi's personal belongings, which is due next month in New York.

The proposed sale has dismayed the Gandhians in Porbandar, as they believe it goes against the philosophy of a man who shunned material possessions and led an ascetic life.

The pair of the famed metal-rimmed spectacles, a pocket watch and sandals of Gandhi are scheduled to be auctioned.


Pattnaik hails governance, inds in Guj

Outgoing CGM terms experience in the state as most valuable

HC Pattnaik, who retired as a chief general manager (CGM), Gujarat, State Bank of India (SBI), believes that governance in Gujarat is far better than other states and business community in the state also enjoys an edge over their counterparts in rest of India.

On his last working day as CGM, Pattnaik shared his views about Gujarat saying that I have worked with SBI in various states in the country but I will never forget Gujarat and my experience in the state was quite valuable. Most interesting fact is that unlike other states, not even a single minister of the state has sought loan from the bank during my tenure of more than 2 years." On Saturday, he retired from the job. 


SBI deposit base in Gujarat set to jump by 45% in FY09

By January, the bank has already achieved growth rate of 42%

Slump in stock markets and real estate has worked in favour of State Bank of India (SBI), as the largest commercial bank is all set to post 45% growth in deposit base in Gujarat during the current financial year. This is against 24% growth posted by the bank in the previous fiscal and the bank has never seen such a whopping growth in the past. "Few years back, the growth in deposits in Gujarat was around 15%, while in the previous year, it increased to around 24%. But in the current fiscal, we expect it to grow by more than 45%," said chief general manager, SBI, HC Pattnaik.


Hepatitis B death toll in Gujarat rises to 60

Hepatitis B death toll in Gujarat rises to 60Sabarkantha (Gujarat), Mar 2 : The Hepatitis B death toll in Gujarat has risen to 60, with four more deaths reported on Monday.

A Sabarkantha District health official said: “Four people have lost their lives on Monday, taking the number of deaths due to hepatitis infection to 60.”

There have been several new cases reported, taking the total number of cases registered to over 184, off which 60 have died.

Most of the diseased have been reported from Sabarkantha District.


SPML Tech rolls out ATP services in Gujarat

SPML Tech rolls out ATP services in GujaratSPML Technologies, a group company of Subhash Projects & Marketing Ltd (SPML), on Monday announced the completion of first phase of its automated anytime payment (ATP) kiosks in the state. Through this facility, the electricity consumers will now be able to pay their electricity bills anytime with multiple payment options such as cash, cheque, demand draft and credit or debit card. The company is providing this service under build-own-operate-maintain (BOOM) model.


61 Kids In Hospital After Consuming Milk

61 Kids In Hospital After Consuming MilkOver 60 children in Batakwada Tad primary school in Santrampur taluka of Panchmahals region suffered from food poisoning after drinking milk provided to them under Gujarat government’s “Van Bandhu Kalyan Yojana” on Tuesday.

Van Bandhu Kalyan Yojana is a recently-launched tribal welfare programme.

The students started vomiting within minutes of consuming specially packed flavoured milk.

When some school teachers checked the pouches, they found insects in the milk pouches of ‘Doodh Sanjivani’.


Gemini to launch WiMax services in rural Gujarat

Gemini to launch WiMax services in rural GujaratCompany bags Rs67crore BSNL contract

The state-owned telecom company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will now also start WiMax service in rural area of Gujarat. The Chennai-based IT firm, Gemini Communication has won an order from BSNL to provide the service in rural area of the state.

Gemini Communication, which is listed on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), announced on Tuesday that it has bagged an order worth Rs67 crore from BSNL for its rural mobile WiMax project.


Exam stress drives boy to suicide

Exam stress drives boy to suicideEven before the Gujarat state board examinations begin from March 17 this year, the stress of examination has claimed the life of a student. Ajay Mahendra Patel, 17, a student of class XII of Vishwa Bharti Vidhyalaya, committed suicide by hanging himself at his house on Monday.

Sources said that Patel, a resident of Saibaba Society, committed suicide when there was no one in the house. He was to appear in Class XII (science) examination and was in a state of depression over whether he would  get good marks in the examination or not.


Hepatitis Outbreak: 1 New Case In Sabarkantha District Of Gujarat

Hepatitis Outbreak: 1 New Case In Sabarkantha District Of GujaratIn a shocking development, one more case of hepatitis has come to light in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat.

However, health authorities in the state are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that no other person dies due to this fatal viral disease.

With this the total number of people infected with hepatitis has gone up to 185 in the state, of which 56 have died.

The town of Modasa in North Gujarat district is considered to be the epicentre of this disease.


ONGC to raise Rs 9,000 cr for Dahej JV

ONGC to raise Rs 9,000 cr for Dahej JVOil & Natural Gas Commission will raise Rs 9,000 crore for its petrochemicals project in joint venture with Gujarat State Petroleum Corp, a company executive said.

"It will be through syndicated loans," director (finance) D K Sarraf said, adding, "We will complete the transaction in March or early April." ONGC Petro Additions Ltd, a joint venture of ONGC and Gujarat State Petroleum Corp, is building a petrochemical plant at Dahej in Gujarat.


Will IAS officers' body be rendered homeless?

If the roads & buildings department's circuit house expansion dream takes a 'realty' turn, the Gujarat IAS officers' association stands to be rendered homeless, with its office at the Officers' Bungalow 3 in Shahibaug, allotted to it four years back, being targeted for the extension of adjacent circuit house.

Interestingly, the association does not even have a mess of its own and most of its members' major events are usually held in the IPS officers mess in Shahibaug. What remains to be seen now is whether the association will be given another place for shifting its office from the present house immediately, or not.


Income tax collection grows 15% in Guj

Income tax collection grows 15% in GujState surpasses national growth rate of 11.89%

Despite slowdown in the Indian economy, revenue collections by income tax in Gujarat have registered a growth of 15% in the first 11 months of the financial year 2008-09 over the corresponding period last year. While nationally, income tax revenue has registered a growth of 11.89% in the same period.


Polycab Wires ties knot with Nexans to setup an Euro 60 million project

Polycab Wires ties knot with Nexans to setup an Euro 60 million projectIndia's largest cable company, Polycab Wires and Cables, has entered into an alliance with France's Nexans to set up Euro 60-million (Rs 400-crore) project near Baroda in Gujarat.

The joint venture, with its headquarters in Vadodara in the state of Gujarat, will cover the manufacturing and marketing of special cables for the shipbuilding, material handling, railways and windpower industries.


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.


62 kids hospitalized after consuming milk in school

62 kids hospitalized after consuming milk in schoolPanchmahal Dairy has been distributing 200 gm milk pouches among primary schools students at various tribal areas under the Gujarat government's Dudh Sanjivani Yojana. Around 62 children in Batakwada Tad primary school in Santrampur taluka of Panchmahals district fell ill after consuming the milk.


Doctors Call Off Stir In Gujarat

Doctors Call Off Stir In GujaratAfter an assurance from the government to look into the matter, junior doctors working in the government and municipal hospitals , who were on their indefinite strike, called off their agitation on Thursday.


Hepatitis Outbreak: 8 New Cases Reported In Gujarat’s Sabarkantha Region

Hepatitis Outbreak: 8 New Cases Reported In Gujarat’s Sabarkantha RegionAccording to fresh reports, eight more cases of hepatitis have come to light in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat.

The fresh cases were registered from Modasa and other talukas of the region.

But, the state health officials are leaving no stone unturned to make sure that no other person dies because of this lethal viral disease.


Nano to roll out of Gujarat plant by the end of 2010

Nano to roll out of Gujarat plant by the end of 2010The world's cheapest car, Nano is expected to hit roads from Sanand plant in Gujarat by end 2010, according to top officials of the company. Large scale construction activities for buildings and pre-engineering structures are going on at full swing at Sanad, near Ahmedabad.


Hepatitis Outbreak: 1 New Death Case In Gujarat’s Sabarkantha District; Death Toll Rises To 59

Hepatitis Outbreak: 1 New Death Case In Gujarat’s Sabarkantha District; Death Toll Rises To 59In a shocking development, one more death case of hepatitis has come to light in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat.

But, health officials in the state are leaving no stone unturned to make sure that there no other person dies because of this viral disease.

Dr. H S Patel, chief district health officer (CDHO), told, “One death has been reported from the Idar taluka of the Sabarkantha. While two new cases of hepatitis have been reported from Idar and Vujaynagar talukas.”


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.


Chickungunya Fear Grips Narmada District Of Gujarat

Chickungunya Fear Grips Narmada District Of GujaratIn a shocking development, the health authorities had detected nearly 150 cases of chickungunya in Narmada district of Gujarat.
The epicenter of this deadly disease is considered to be the Kothara village of Nandod taluka. A large number of people in the village are struggling from boils, intermittent fever and pain in the limbs.


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.


‘RTI on Wheels' Completes One Year On March 17

‘RTI on Wheels' Completes One Year On March 17A mobile multi-media van ‘RTI on Wheels’, which was launched to make people aware about the Right to Information (RTI) Act in remote areas, has completed a year in the state on March 17.

The Gujarat State Information Commission, Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration (SPIPA) and Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel (MAGP) jointly launched ‘RTI on Wheels’ in 2008.

In a period of 12-months, RTI on wheels reached about 80,000 people in 450 villages and 13 cities.


‘RTI on Wheels’ completes one year of successful functioning

RTI`RTI on Wheels', a state-of-the-art mobile van has completed one year of its successful functioning. It was launched last year by the Gujarat State Information Commission, Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration (SPIPA) and Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel (MAGP).

`RTI on Wheels' was specifically designed to spread awareness about the Right to Information (RTI) in far-flung areas. The van has various facilities like audio visual aids and internet for organizing video shows and discussions. It also helped people to draft applications, appeals and complaints.

RTI on wheels' has spread among 80,000 people in 450 villages and 13 cities in last one year.


Gujarat Multiplexes Not To Showcase Nandita’s ‘Firaaq’

Gujarat Multiplexes Not To Showcase Nandita’s ‘Firaaq’Actor-director Nandita Das' directorial debut ‘Firaaq’, which is scheduled for release in India on March 20, will not be screened in Gujarat's multiplexes.

Gujarat-based multiplex owners association said that their dispute with the distributor over profit sharing was the main reason for not showcasing the movie in the state.

Manubhai Patel, President, All Gujarat Multiplex Association, said, “It’s not clear yet. We have not finalised profit sharing with the distributor. We have to figure out the percentage.”


Tata's Nano, one man's gain, another's loss

Tata's Nano, one man's gain, another's lossSanand (Gujarat)/Singur, Mar 21: As Tata Motors is all set to launch Nano, the world''s cheapest car, on Monday, residents in Sanand, where Tata''s new Nano plant is being set up, are upbeat at the prospects.

Residents were excited, looking forward to the jobs it would create.

"The direct benefit of the project is the employment that it will create, but there are several indirect benefits. It will create opportunities for the transport business, hotel industry and all other small businesses will get a fillip," said Ravubha Vaghela, a businessman.


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.


Economic slowdown brings bounty to ship-breaking yard in Gujarat

Twenty villages submerged after heavy rains in GujaratSachana (Gujarat), Mar 26 : A global economic slowdown has hit industries ranging from automakers to investment banks, but in Sachana village of Gujarat, business is at record levels and workers are struggling to meet the demands.

In Sachana, home to the world''s largest ship breaking facility on the coast of Gujarat, as a slowdown in global trade and lower freight rates mean ships are being scrapped faster.


Gujarat Minister resigns as HC cancels her bail in 2002 riot case

18 Pakistanis arrested in Gujarat coastAhmedabad/New Delhi, Mar 27 : Gujarat Women Development and Child Welfare Minister Mayaben Kodnani was forced to resign from the State ministry on Friday as the High Court cancelled the anticipatory bail granted to her.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi has accepted the resignation.

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.


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.


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.


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.


Milk Marketing Federation in Gujarat records Rs. 67.10 billion turnover

Milk Marketing Federation in Gujarat records Rs. 67.10 billion turnoverAnand (Gujarat), Apr 4 : Inspite of economic recession, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), popularly known as Amul, in Anand, has recorded a turnover of Rs. 67.10 billion for the fiscal 2008-2009.

The Cooperative has been recording impressive growth for the last four years.


YC Dissenters Burn Rahul Gandhi’s Effigy In Surat

YC Dissenters Burn Rahul Gandhi’s Effigy In Surat Here is a wake-up call for the Congress party in Gujarat.

A group of Youth Congress members burnt an effigy of AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi in City Light area of Surat on Sunday morning.

These members charged Rahul for selecting wrong people to oversee the recently held Youth Congress elections in Surat.

It is learnt that the activists, led by Rajesh Jain, who was a candidate for the elections from the Majura gate constituency and lost the polls after garnering just five votes shouted slogans against Rahul Gandhi.


''Nano'' popular among Rajkot college students

  ''Nano'' popular among Rajkot college students  Rajkot, Apr 7 : College students in large numbers flocked to the Tata showroom in Rajkot to have a glimpse of the world''s cheapest car ''Nano''

Manjari, a prospective customer, said the car would be a craze among college students.

"Today, I have booked a Nano. We have come for its test drive. I think it will be craze among college students. It''s comfortable to sit and drive," said Manjari.

Meeta said it was a dream car.


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.


Election sweets in Vadodara

 Election sweets in VadodaraVadodara (Gujarat), Apr 11 : With an eye on the upcoming general elections, a sweet shop in Vadodara has started producing sweets in the shape and colours of various political party symbols.

This unique concept has been successful in attracting hordes of customers in the city.

"It''s the time of Lok Sabha elections. So being a sweetshop owner, even I thought of preparing sweets especially for the season to attract the customers and party workers," said Ramesh Aggarwal, owner of the sweet shop.


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.


Mild earthquake hits Gujarat''s Kachchh district

Mild earthquake hits Gujarat''s Kachchh districtKachchh (Gujarat), Apr 13 : An earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale shook Gujarat''s Kachchh district early on Monday morning.

There were no reports of any loss to life and property.

Scores of people were killed and millions injured and rendered homeless after the January 26, 2001 earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale in Gujarat.

Its epicentre was located 80 kilometres north-east of the city of Bhuj in Kachchh district. (ANI)


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.


RIL withdraws Jamnagar refinery’s EoU status; to sell fuel in domestic markets

Reliance Industries LtdFollowing the recent withdrawal of the export-oriented unit (EoU) status of Jamnagar refinery, a move facilitating the sale of its products in the domestic market, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) is expected to get on with it selling fuel in the country, next week onwards.

RIL's decision to go in for a change in status of the refinery is reported to have come in the wake of a nosedive in the prices of international crude and petroleum product. The drop in prices has reduced the company's its export realization, thereby indicating lower margins.


Congress not interested in development: Gujarat CM

Congress not interested in development: Gujarat CMBanaskantha (Gujarat), Apr 20: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the Congress was not interested in development of the country.

“The Congress is not interested in development issues. They just want to remain in power for which they indulge in vote bank politics,” Modi said while addressing an election rally here.

Modi further said that he has a magic medicine to solve all problems of the people of the State.


India’s first woman photojournalist, Homi Vyarawalla, to get first Nano in Vadodara!

Homi VyarawallaThe very first owner of Tata Nano in Vadodara will be the 96-year old, first woman photojournalist of India - Homi Vyarawalla.

In rather interesting series of incidents, Vyarawalla, who had recently written a Rs 95,000 cheque for Tata's brand new wonder car, was told by officials from Tata Motors that she would be the first 'out-of-turn' Vadodara owner of the Nano, in July!


Fearing shoe-attack, Modi addresses rally surrounded by a net

Fearing shoe-attack, Modi addresses rally surrounded by a netNaroda Patiya (Gujarat), Apr 21: After a series of shoe attacks on politicians in the past few days, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi created a stir when he addressed an election rally here surrounded by a protective net.

The authorities are taking extra care to protect Modi, so a protective net was put on the stage to safeguard the Gujarat Chief Minister.

The shoe hurling bug has bit the people after an Iraqi journalist hurled shoe at the former US President George W. Bush.


Welspun Gujarat to demerge its Plate-cum-Coil mill into separate entity

Welspun Gujarat to demerge its Plate-cum-Coil mill into separate entitySteel-pipe producer, Welspun Gujarat Stahl Rohren Ltd has announced the demerger of its Plate-cum-Coil mill into a 100% subsidiary.

A senior company executive commenting on latest situation said, "The move will allow better financial control, better fiscal efficiency by rationalization of various applicable taxes, duties and create an independent identity of high-end steel business."

Following the demerger, a separate team with independent board and management would be structured, he added.


Rajnath Singh accuses Sonia, Manmohan of making personal attacks on Advani

Rajnath Singh accuses Sonia, Manmohan of making personal attacks on AdvaniSurat (Gujarat), Apr 23: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh on Thursday accused the Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh of making personal attacks on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani.

“The main thing that our leaders have said that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government was weak. Manmohan Singh should not take the comments on weakness of the UPA Government as a personal attack on him,” he told reporters here.


Narendra Modi invites Sonia Gandhi to Gujarat

Narendra Modi invites Sonia Gandhi to GujaratAhmedabad, Apr 23: Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi on Thursday invited Congress President Sonia Gandhi to Gujarat.

“Sonia Gandhi is coming to Gujarat for campaigning. Though the campaign is almost over here, we would welcome not only Sonia but also her son Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi. All of them should come to Gujarat. They are most welcome. I am inviting you all to my state to campaign,” Modi said at an election rally here.

Modi also asked Sonia Gandhi to witness the hospitality of Gujarat.


Jewellery exports may revive in FY10

Jewellery exports may revive in FY10Country's jewellery export witnessed modest growth of 0.45% to $21.11 billion in FY09 despite low demand from traditional markets of US and European countries. The sector performed well in first half of the fiscal. However, exports dipped by 18.9% during the second half under the impact of global slowdown and higher gold prices.


Sonia Gandhi slams Modi for dilly-dallying over low interest loan to farmers

Sonia Gandhi slams Modi for dilly-dallying over low interest loan to farmersRajkot, Apr 24: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday slammed the Gujarat Government for dilly-dallying over advancing low interest loan to farmers.

Sonia Gandhi termed the BJP-ruled State Government’s attitude as pro-capitalist at the cost of the poor and rural folks.


Sonia Gandhi needs to do her homework before entering Gujarat: Modi

Sonia Gandhi needs to do her homework before entering Gujarat: ModiVapi (Gujarat), Apr. 25: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attacked Congress party President Sonia on issues of economy and joblessness in the country.

"I asked Sonia to do her homework before she comes to Gujarat". Modi''s reaction comes a day after Sonia Gandhi visited Modi''s strongholds," Modi said.

Modi said that Gujarat is the fortunate state that has the chance to choose the PM because BJP''s Prime Ministerial candidate
(L. K. Advani) is contesting from Gujarat.


Now, Jaitley supports Modi as PM

Now, Jaitley supports Modi as PMVadodara, Apr 25: After Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Shourie, party general secretary Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that he would like to see Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to occupy the top post after Lal Krishna Advani.

"I will be very happy if Shourie''s wishes would come true," he said when asked to comment on Arun Shourie''s comment hinting Modi as next prime ministerial candidate.

Jaitley further said that Gujarat would have the opportunity to elect PM in next general elections also.


Shoe hurled at Indian premier during speech

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan SinghNew Delhi - A protestor threw a shoe at Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during an election rally on Sunday, but it landed several feet short of where he was speaking. Singh was addressing the gathering in the western Gujarat state's main Ahmedabad city and was momentarily distracted from his speech as a security personnel ran towards the spot where the shoe was lying.

The guard then kicked and later carried away the white sneaker which had landed about 20 feet away from the podium.


Sonia doesn’t have knowledge of govt. functioning: Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi Amreli (Gujarat), Apr 26 : Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi on Sunday lashed out at Congress President Sonia Gandhi for her demand that the State Government should give an account of the Central funds used in the state, saying the UPA chairperson does not have primary knowledge of how the government functions.


NDA can only give politics of division, says Manmohan Singh

NDA can only give politics of division, says Manmohan SinghSurat, Apr 27: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the 2002 post-Godhra communal riots in Gujarat, saying that only the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) could give the politics of division.


I am ready to go to jail, if my involvement is proved: Modi

I am ready to go to jail, if my involvement is proved: ModiAnand (Gujarat), Apr 28: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said he was ready to go to jail if his involvement in the
2002 Godhra riots was proved.

“I will abide by the Supreme Court directives and fully cooperate in any probe. I am willing to go to jail if my involvement is proved by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the post-Godhra riots,” he said at an election rally here.


Modi Govt. more concerned about business community: Rahul Gandhi

Modi Govt. more concerned about business community: Rahul GandhiSurat, Apr 28: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the Narendra Modi Government in Gujarat is more concerned about protecting the interests of the business community than in helping the farmers and poor people.


''Nano'' in Gujarat due to faulty policies of Bengal's Left Front: Advani

''Nano'' in Gujarat due to faulty policies of Bengal''s Left Front: AdvaniHowrah, Apr 29: The Bharatiya Janata Party''s (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate, Lal Krishna Advani, on Wednesday said that Tata Motor''s ''Nano'' left West Bengal and went to Gujarat due to the faulty policies of the ruling Left Front.

Addressing an election rally at Uluberia in West Bengal''s Howrah District, Advani said merely making an industrial policy is not enough; the farmers should be taken into confidence as has been done in Gujarat.


Advani casts his vote in Gandhinagar

 Advani casts his vote in GandhinagarGandhinagar (Gujarat), Apr 30 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani cast his vote in Gandhinagar on Thursday.

"The NDA will emerge as the largest coalition in the country. The people will vote for the NDA only," Advani said after casting his vote.

Advani will be seeking a fifth term from Gandhinagar after his victory from this constituency in 1991, 1998, 1999 and 2004.


Beauty parlours in Rajkot give concessions to women voters

Beauty parlours in Rajkot give concessions to women votersRajkot, Apr 30: Beauty parlours in Rajkot are giving special concessions to women who cast their vote.

Voting for the third phase of general elections began here on Thursday from 7:00 a. m.

Although the Election Commission have been propagating in many ways to increase the voter''s turnout during the polling sessions, but a beauty parlour is propagating it through beauty.

Monalisa parlour is giving beauty concessions and free treatments to the women folk and young girls of Rajkot who are casting their votes.


India's high court orders speedy retrial of Gujarat riot cases

GujaratNew Delhi - India's Supreme Court on Friday ordered the establishment of fast-track courts to hear the retrials of 14 cases related to deadly communal riots in 2002 in the western state of Gujarat. The riots broke out after 59 Hindu activists were burned alive while travelling in a train, allegedly by a Muslim mob. In retaliatory violence that raged for weeks, more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed.

The state's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party government was criticized by human rights groups for making little effort to control the riots.


Security Beefed Up At Gujarat Ports to Check Swine Flu

GujaratThe Gujarat State government has asked its health officials to thoroughly screen all the foreign cargo ships before they enter the Kandla and Mundra port premises of the state.

Both Kandla and Mundra are considered as the busiest sea ports receiving cargo ships from the foreign countries. Both of these ports are located in the Kutch district of the state.

The government had made it clear that apart from all the foreign visitors, those Indians who have travelled abroad in the last two weeks would be put under the scanner before being allowed entry inside the port area. However, no case of swine flu has been reported in the state so far.


Security Beefed Up At Gujarat Ports to Check Swine Flu

GujaratThe Gujarat State government has asked its health officials to thoroughly screen all the foreign cargo ships before they enter the Kandla and Mundra port premises of the state.

Both Kandla and Mundra are considered as the busiest sea ports receiving cargo ships from the foreign countries. Both of these ports are located in the Kutch district of the state.

The government had made it clear that apart from all the foreign visitors, those Indians who have travelled abroad in the last two weeks would be put under the scanner before being allowed entry inside the port area. However, no case of swine flu has been reported in the state so far.


IDFC Project to pick stake in two infrastructure projects with an investment worth $110 million

IDFC Project to pick stake in two infrastructure projects with an investment worth $110 million IDFC Project Equity Co Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of IDFC and a leading infrastructure equity investment manager in India, is poised to invest about $110 million in the next few weeks to pick up stakes in two major infrastructure projects in the country.


Sources close to the development said that the company is all set to pick up a stake is the Gujarat-based city gas distribution firm, Sabarmati Gas Ltd (SGL), which is jointly promoted by BPCL and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation.


Deep Industries wins order worth Rs 22.99 crore from ONGC

Deep Industries wins order worth Rs 22.99 crore from ONGCAhmedabad-based Deep Industries has secured an order worth Rs 22.99 crore from Oil and Natural Gas Corp for natural gas compressors.

The company stated in a communiqué that ONGC has awarded them two contracts worth Rs 22.99 crore. The Ankleshwar order is worth Rs 3.28 crore while, the Mehsana contract is valued at Rs 19.71 crore.


NIIT Ltd Receives Rs 844 Mln Gujarat Schools Contract

NIIT Ltd Receives Rs 844 Mln Gujarat Schools ContractNIIT Ltd has announced that it entered into an agreement with the Department of Education, Gujarat.

The IT training firm said that the deal has been signed in order to provide computer aided learning in 1,870 high as well as higher secondary government schools for classes 9-12 in Gujarat.

The five year contract, which is valued at Rs 843.81 million, would impact approximately 900,000 pupils across the state.


NIIT wins order worth Rs 84.38 crore from Government of Gujarat

NIIT NIIT, Asia's No. 1 IT trainer and leading Global Talent Development Corporation, has secured a five-year contract from Department of Education, Government of Gujarat.

Under the deal, the company will introduce Computer Aided Learning in 1870 high and higher secondary government schools for classes 9?12 in Gujarat.

The contract, which is valued at Rs. 84.38 crore, would impact around 9,00,000 school students across Gujarat.

It should be noted that the Gujarat, is yet another state into NIIT's portfolio after its recent foray into Rajasthan with 1672 schools.


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.


HC dismisses PIL against land allocation for Nano project

Tata Nano plant in SingurGujarat High Court, in a major relief to the state government and Tata Motors, dismissed a PIL challenging allocation of 1100 acres of land to Tata group for shifting Nano plant from Singur in West Bengal to Sanand in Gujarat.

A division bench of the Gujarat high court headed by Chief Justice, KS Radhakrishnan said that the court found no violation of norms from government's side and questioned the standing of the petitioner, the Rashtriya Kisan Dal.


Educomp bags order from Gujarat Government

Educomp bags order from Gujarat GovernmentEducomp Solutions, a leading New Delhi based IT infrastructure provider to schools, has announced that it has received an order worth Rs 83 crore from Gujarat Government.

The company stated in a communiqué to Bombay Stock Exchange that it has bagged the said order for introducing computer-aided learning (CAL) in government run secondary and senior secondary schools in the state.

Under this contract the key deliverables include supply, installation and maintenance of computer hardware, software and connected accessories offering computer aided education.


First unit of Gujarat''s Mundra power plant ready for operation

First unit of Gujarat''s Mundra power plant ready for operationMundra (Gujarat), May 14 : The first unit of Mundra power plant in Gujarat is set to start by May 20.

The Adani Power, an ancillary of the Adani Group, is ready to generate 330 MW out of 4620 MW capacity in Mundra power plant.

The country''s largest and world''s third largest thermal power plant, the Adani power plant will be completed by the end of 2012.


Gujarat HC asks state govt. to pay Rs.262 crore compensation to riot victims

Gujarat HC asks state govt. to pay Rs.262 crore compensation to riot victimsAhmedabad, May 14 : The Gujarat High Court on Thursday asked the Government of Gujarat to pay a compensation of Rs. 262 crore to victims of the riots that followed the burning of the Sabarmati Express in 2002.

The High Court order said that sum was allocated for the riot victims by the Central Government in 2007, and therefore, it was only right that the state government should distribute it to the victims.


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.


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.


Gir national park in Gujarat has artificial water pits for animals

Gir national park in Gujarat has artificial water pits for animalsGir National Park, May 18: With mercury rising each passing day and natural water sources drying up, forest rangers of Gir National Park in Gujarat are digging trenches in which water is filled periodically by tractor-driven tankers for the animals to quench their thirst.

Game Wardens of the Gir sanctuary have dug around 215 cavernous wide pits in the deep jungle in which water for the animals is filled periodically by tractor-tankers as almost all the water sources have dried up.


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.


GMDC Net surges 11%; declares dividend of Rs 2 per share

Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation LtdGujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd (GMDC) has reported 11 per cent surge in its net profit at Rs 70.60 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2009.

The company had posted a net profit of Rs 63.68 crore in the March quarter of FY'08.

Further, the total income of the company has also increased to Rs 338 crore during the quarter as against Rs 328.50 crore in the corresponding period the previous fiscal.


Gujarat NRE to acquire Australia-based REY Resources

Gujarat NRE to acquire Australia-based REY ResourcesGujarat NRE Coke, one of the largest independent producers of met coke in India, has notified that its Australia-listed subsidiary Gujarat NRE Minerals has made an offer to acquire REY Resources.

Presently, Gujarat NRE holds 16.6% stake in REY Resources, which make it a single largest shareholder.

With this purchase, the company will acquire interest in Rey's thermal coal exploration projects.


Gujarat’s FMCG firm Amul registers 27.7 % growth

Gujarat’s FMCG firm Amul registers 27.7 % growthAmul, the prestigious brand of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Limited (GCMMF), posted a double-digit growth rate of 27.7 per cent against 22.9 per cent last year for the third year in a row.
The corporation has created a milestone, posting a record turnover of Rs 6711.31 crore in 2008-09 on account of its sharp focus on the local dairy market of the country.


‘Cholera’ Outbreak In Bharuch

CholeraCholera, which has influenced people of Bharuch and its surrounding regions, has become a matter of worry among health authorities.

According to district authorities, 5 persons were tested positive for gastroenteritis and one for cholera on Saturday evening.

While confirming that there was an outbreak of the water-borne disease, Mr. Prakash Parikh, the municipal commissioner of Bharuch city, stated that around 65 people have fallen ill and are going through examinations for cholera and other water-borne ailments.


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"."


Compucom Software bags order worth Rs 10.68 crore

Compucom Software bags order worth Rs 10.68 croreGujarat-headquartered Compucom Software Ltd has received an order worth Rs 10.68 crore from Rajasthan Council of Elementary Education, under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan of government.

Under the arrangement, the company would provide Computer Aided learning Programme (CALP) on the basis of BOOT Model in 836 Govt. Schools of Rajasthan.

With the latest order, the total no. of Schools in Compucom Portfolio has increased to 3696 Schools for providing Education / ICT / IT Services.


Coming Soon: 3 More Medical Colleges In Gujarat

Medical CollegeHere is good news for those who aim to become doctors.

In a landmark decision, the Medical Council of India (MCI) on Wednesday gave its approval to set up three new medical colleges in Gujarat.

Moreover, it also granted permission to raise 180 seats in the existing colleges. This means that there will be 630 additional seats this year in Gujarat.

All the three new medical colleges would have 150 seats each. The colleges are Municipal Medical College in Ahmedabad, Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical college in Bhuj and Medical college run by K J Mehta TB hospital trust in Bhavnagar.


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)


Docs Remove 2 Pound Hair Lump From Girl’s Stomach

Docs Remove 2 Pound Lump Of Hair From Girl’s Stomach Doctors in Vadodara operated upon a 13-year-old girl on Thursday to remove a big lump of hair in her stomach measuring 50 cm.

After complaining of abdomen pain, Chandan Bariya of Sankariya village of Limkheda Taluka was admitted to the clinic of paediatric Samir Brahmbhatt.

After conducting tests, the doctors came to know that the girl was suffering from a rare psychological disorder known as Rapunzel syndrome, in which, a child pulls one’s hair out and then eat it. The condition normally occurs in teenage girls.


Water crisis in Gujarat in Rann of Kutch villages

Water crisis in Gujarat in Rann of Kutch villagesBanaskantha (Gujarat), June 13 : About 35 villages situated in the desert region of the Rann of Kutch are suffering due to dearth of an effective water supply system.

They are facing acute water crisis, as the water in the area is saline which leaves tube wells as a feasible option. Hence, it diminishes the possibility of any alternate water sources.


Villagers facing acute water shortage in Gujarat district

Banaskantha (Gujarat), June 14 :Villagers in Limbuni and adjoining villages in Gujarat''s Banaskantha district are in the grip of an acute water crisis.

Almost 35 villages situated in the desert region of the Rann of Kutch are suffering due to the absence of proper water supply.

There are no tubewells and the water is saline in content, thus diminishing any possibility of alternate water sources. Other water sources are located at least 10 to 15 kilometres away.

There are water pipelines but the supply is poor and at times almost negligible during the summer. The authorities say that it is a common phenomenon in summers and they send water tankers to the villages regularly.


VHP workers detained for forcing shutdown in Surat

VHP workers detained for forcing shutdown in SuratSurat, June 15 : Police have detained some workers of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in the wake of today''s shutdown call given by the organisation, protesting the gangrape of 17- year-old girl here.

"Some VHP workers have been detained as precautionary measure," Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP) Shamsher Singh said.

However, the VHP activists alleged that police have arrested 50 of its members last night, including city unit secretary Utkarsh Patel and RSS leader Suresh Master.


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.


Centre returns Gujarat''s anti terror bill

gujaratNew Delhi June 19: The central government for the second time returned the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Act (GUJCOCA), a stringent anti terrorism bill framed by the Narendra Modi''s Gujarat Government.

Addressing the press conference after the cabinet meeting, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said the Cabinet has sought three amendments to GUJCOCA.

He also said that under this law a confession made a police officer is admissible in court and this should not be made admissible.

A clause in the act prevents the court from granting the bail if the public prosecutor opposes it, Home minister added.


Gujarat villagers face groundwater pollution

Gujarat villagers face groundwater pollutionBoria-Kharad (Gujarat), June 20 : High chemical content in groundwater has become a serious health hazard for the villagers of Boria-Kharad in Gujarat.

For the past fifteen years, the villagers of Boria-Kharad have been complaining of receiving red coloured water, indicating the presence of chemicals in the water.


Patient With ‘HIV+’ Label Paraded In Hospital

Patient With ‘HIV+’ Label Paraded In HospitalIn a shocking development, authorities at the Guru Govind Singh Government Hospital, Jamnagar, have stuck a sticker labeled ‘HIV+’ on the forehead of a 27-year-old pregnant woman.

Not only this, the hospital staff made the young woman paraded different wards of the hospital in front of her six-month-old daughter and mother-in-law on Saturday.


Two Die, 3 Taken Ill After Food Poisoning In Gujarat

Food PoisoningIn a shocking development, two members of a family died and three others were admitted to a referral hospital in Deodar in Banaskantha district on Monday.

Police said the deceased were identified as Vina Thakur (8) and Niku Thakur (6).

The sick, Manju (22), Rukhi (16) and Kali (15) were admitted to the Community Health Centre (CHC) where they were stated to be out of danger.

All these five are siblings belonging to a rural laborer family.

Though the food samples have been sent for investigation, the police authorities believe a case of food poisoning to be the cause of the deaths.


Suspected Case Of Swine Flu Reported In Rajkot

Swine FluA middle-aged businessman with suspected swine flu symptoms has been admitted to a private hospital in Rajkot on Monday.

According to reports, the man has arrived here from Malaysia.

While refusing to reveal the patient’s name, Dr. Nilendu Pandya, the medical superintendent of Dhakan Hospital, said, “We are still in the process of conducting tests, results of which are awaited. We can't divulge the name and occupation of the patient to respect his privacy.”

The man was shifted to the hospital with high fever and symptoms of pneumonia, apart from severe cold and coughing.


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.


Amin resigns as GCA president

Amin resigns as GCA presidentGujarat Cricket Association (GCA) president Narhari Amin has resigned today as his 16-year reign came to an end during which he flourished the state unit to an association with worth Rs 40 crore.

Amin, former Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, said that he has never played dirty politics during last 16 years as president of GCA, and he has not been opposed by anyone since 1993 but now as elections would have been enforced for the control of GCA so he decided to resign.

He further added that when he had joined GCA it was having debts of more than Rs 8 crore, but now it has total balance of Rs 40 crore.


Carelessness Thwarts Hope For Visions To Blind People

Carelessness Thwarts Hope For Visions To Blind PeopleDonating eyes is considered as one of the noblest of all causes.

However, it seems some people are still not aware of this fact.

Due to lack of proper team work and carelessness, donation of as many as 20 eyes became useless when the parcels did not reach G G Hospital in Jamnagar on time.

It is learnt that the parcels containing donated eyes were found lying unattended near the billing counter of the G G hospital on Tuesday night. The donor was found to be the Jain Oswal Mahajan Samaj in Gandhidham in Kutch.


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.


Recession-hit Gujarat auto part makers hope for budget concessions

 Recession-hit Gujarat auto part makers hope for budget concessionsRajkot (Gujarat), July 4 : Auto part makers in Rajkot are hoping for concessions in excise duties and taxes in the coming budget.

The city, which has with over 5,000 small and medium scale industries, is a hub for making auto parts.

However, global recession has delivered a big blow to the auto parts industry as companies have either cancelled or reduced their bulk orders.

In such a situation, automakers are looking to the forthcoming budget for some relief packages.


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.


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.


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.


Welspun Gujarat posts handsome Q1 results

Welspun Gujarat posts handsome Q1 results  Welspun-Gujarat Stahl Rohren, the flagship of Welspun Group, has posted 94.27% rise in its net at Rs 138.21 crore for the first quarter of financial year 2010 as compared to corresponding period last year.

The company had posted a net profit of Rs 71.14 crore in the same quarter ended June 2008.

Further, the company's total income increased by 72% at Rs 1883 crore in the first quarter as compared to Rs 1097 crore, corresponding quarter last year.

The company's stock closed on Friday at Rs 197 on BSE, down 3.3 per cent compared to its previous close.


Gujarat Police arrests Akshardham attack suspect

Gujarat Police arrests Akshardham attack suspectHyderabad, July 19: A team of Organisation for Counter Terrorist Operations (OCTOPUS) of Gujarat Police arrested a terror suspect allegedly involved in the attack on Gandhinagar’s Akshardham Temple in 2002, here today.

The OCTOPUS took Shoukatullah Ghouri into the custody immediately after his arrival from Saudi Arabia, at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

Ahmedabad court has issued a non bailable warrant against Ghouri. He was accompanied by his wife and four children from Jeddah, where he said to be working as a religious cleric in a mosque.


Siemens wins two new contracts worth Rs 109 crore

Siemens wins two new contracts worth Rs 109 croreSiemens Limited, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, has notified that it has received two new contract worth Rs 109 crore from Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) to construct and upgrade their 400 kV Bachau and 400kV Maithon substations.


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.


Despite ESMA, Gujarat doctors decline to call off their strike

Despite ESMA, Gujarat doctors decline to call off their strike Even though the Gujarat government invoked provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against the resident doctors of government hospital across the state, they are not ready to call off their agitation.

The state government on Sunday invoked ESMA against the doctors, who have been boycotting duty from the last five days, demanding a rise in their monthly stipend.

Earlier this year, the state government had promised the medicos that their stipend would be hiked within two months.


Adani Power IPO gets final subscription of 21.51 times

Adani Power IPO gets final subscription of 21.51 timesThe initial public offer of Adani Power, which closed on Friday, has finally received subscription at 21.51 times the actual offer.

According to NSE website, the issue received bids for more than 535 crore shares as against the issue size of 30,16,52,031 shares.

Adani Power IPO was open on July 28, and the price band of IPO has been fixed between Rs 90-100.


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.


Gujarat government ready to pay Rs 10 Lakh to Sohrabuddin's family

Gujarat government ready to pay Rs 10 Lakh to Sohrabuddin's familyThe family of Sohrabuddin will get financial relief, as the Gujarat government has agreed in the Supreme Court to pay Rs10 lakh as interim ex gratia to the kin of Sohrabuddin, who was shot dead in a fake encounter in November 2005. Justice Tarun Chatterjee and Justice Aftab Alam have directed the Narendra Modi-led BJP government to deposit the amount in the court for disbursement.


Gujarat Government sets up three members panel to probe Ishrat Jahan encounter

Gujarat Government sets up three members panel to probe Ishrat Jahan encounterGandhinagar, Aug 13 : The Gujarat Government on Thursday set up a three members committee to probe the killing of Ishrat Jahan in an alleged fake encounter.

The Modi Government took the decision following instructions given by the Gujarat High Court.


PSL Ltd bags Rs 500-cr order from GAIL for pipeline project

PSL Ltd bags Rs 500-cr order from GAIL for pipeline projectPSL Ltd, India based leading pipe manufacturer, has won an order around Rs 500 crore from GAIL India.

The order has been placed by GAIL, leading state-run gas utility, for supply of high quality API 5L X-80 grade large diameter steel linepipe for the Dahej-Vijaipur Pipeline Upgradation Project (DVPL-II).

The sources informed that the latest order is the sixth successive order secured by PSL from GAIL in the last two years, taking the cumulative billing to over Rs 3,200 crore.   


Swine Flu: Gujarat govt signs MoU with 5 pvt hospitals

GujaratThe government of Gujarat has approved five of the total nine private hospitals across the state that had come forward to apply for permission for treatment of swine flu cases.

These private hospitals will treat patients at the government rates.

Confirming the development, Gujarat Health Minister Jay Narayan Vyas said: "We have certified five hospitals after testing their infrastructure and competence for providing treatment. This is in preparation of a stand-by arrangement in case we fall short of isolation beds in future."


Mumbai attack boat ''Kuber'' ready to sail back

Porbander, Aug 22 : MV Kuber, the fishing trawler that the Indian Government says militants of the Mumbai attacks used to reach the metropolis, has been repaired and is all set to sail back to Porbander in Gujarat.

Hira Masani, owner of the boat said that the boat was in a dilapidated condition and several parts including its engine were to be repaired. After repair, the boat is all set to sail.


Punj Lloyd wins order worth Rs 168 crore

Punj Lloyd wins order worth Rs 168 crorePunj Lloyd, the diversified engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) conglomerate, has bagged an order worth Rs 167.51 crore from state-run GAIL (India) for a pipeline project.

The scope of work includes the laying, testing and commissioning of 145.43 kilometres of pipeline for the Dahej-Vijaipur pipeline upgrading project.

The 610-kilometre pipeline from Dahej to Vijaipur has been designed to transport 23 million cubic metres per day of natural gas.


Bharuch authorities gears up after swine flu death

Bharuch authorities gears up after swine flu deathThe government authorities are leaving no stone upturn to prevent spread of swine flu in Bharuch. The first swine flu death in Bharuch has intensified the efforts of the local authorities. There have been three H1N1 positive cases at Bharuch till now.


7 fresh H1N1 flu cases in Gujarat

GujaratSeven fresh swine flu cases were reported from Gujarat, raising the total number of affected persons in the state and Union Territory of Daman to 105.

Confirming the development, Gujarat Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas said: "Today, six people in Ahmedabad and one in Surat tested positive for H1N1 virus."

Mr. Vyas added that over 643 persons had been tested for the swine flu. Of these, 537 samples tested negative, while report is awaited in one case.

Gujarat has so far reported seven swine flu deaths.


Modi inaugurates Forensic Science University in Gandhinagar

Narendra ModiThe Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratory has added another feather to its cap by commencing the formal inauguration of the Gujarat Forensic Science University (GFSU) at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) on Tuesday.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the university, in the presence of Gujarat High Court Chief Justice Radhakrishnan.

Modi claimed that the university is the first-of-its-kind in the world.

On this occasion, M. S. Dahiya's book: Crime Scene Management - A Scientific Approach was also released.

The university has been set up at Gandhinagar.


Guj to buy 50 ventilators for H1N1 patients, toll crosses 100

GujaratIn a major move, the government of Gujarat has decided to buy 50 ventilator machines to be installed at government hospitals in small towns for the critically ill H1N1 patients.

Moreover, the state government has also decided to build Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in government hospitals in small towns which do not have adequate critical care facilities.

At present, most of the large government hospitals in Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara and Ahmedabad have ICU facilities.

Meanwhile, the total number of affected persons in the state crossed to 100-mark on Tuesday.


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.


Deep Industries secures contract worth Rs 7.75 crore from ONGC

Deep Industries secures contract worth Rs 7.75 crore from ONGCGujarat-based Deep Industries Ltd has notified that the company has secured a Letter of Award from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Ahmedabad Asset for hiring the services of compression of natural gas at Ramol GGS.

The order work includes hiring the services of compression of natural gas at Ramol GGS for Ahmedabad Asset. The contract is valued at Rs 7.75 crore.


One more pregnant woman dies of Swine flu in Gujarat’s Vadodara city

rajasthanSwine turned more deadly on Wednesday as another pregnant woman died of deadly virus in Vadodara, taking the death toll in Gujarat to 9.

It is learnt that a 23-year-old pregnant woman named Bhavya Dave, admitted to SSG hospital in Vadodara on August 29 died on Wednesday night.

Confirming the development, Ravi Saxena, Principal Secretary (health) said: "Twenty-three years old Bhavya Dave, who was seven months pregnant, died at SSG hospital in Vadodara last night. She had tested positive for swine flu."


Gujarat HC revokes ban on Jaswant Singh’s book

Gujarat HC revokes ban on Jaswant Singh’s bookGandhinagar, Sep 4 : The Gujarat High Court on Friday revoked the ban on expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh’s controversial book "Jinnah :India –Partition, Independence."

The Narendra Modi Government had banned the book on August 19 saying the book might create communal disturbances in the state and was also derogatory of India’s first Home Minister of India Sardar Vallabhai Patel.

“The Government’s decision is violating the fundamental rights and freedom of expression,” the High Court said.


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.


Gujarat bypolls: BJP wins five, Congress bags two

Gujarat bypolls: BJP wins five, Congress bags twoGandhinagar, Sep 14 : Coming out of its poor show in the recent Lok Sabha and local body elections in Gujarat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won five assembly seats out of seven constituencies.

The by election to the seven assembly seats was held on September 10

and the counting was held on Monday.

The BJP won Dehgam, Sami, Jasdan, Chotila and Danta, while congress won Dhoraji and Kodinar.


Gujarat cricket will be professionalised, says Modi

Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Sep. 15 : Ending the Congress party''s domination of the Gujarat cricket will be professionalised, says Modi (GCA) by taking over the presidency of the outfit, state Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that it would be his endeavour to professionalise the activities of the GCA.

Speaking to reporters after being elected unanimously to the post, Modi said that there was so much taking place outside and beyond the world of cricket, that he would use every opportunity and technical know-how to make cricket in Gujarat more market savvy and a better sporting entity.


3 more dies of H1N1 in Gujarat, toll reaches 23

3 more dies of H1N1 in Gujarat, toll reaches 23 Gujarat has recorded its 23rd human swine flu-related death.

The deadly virus turned more deadly on Saturday as three more persons died of deadly H1N1 virus in Gujarat.

Informing the media persons, the health officials said that two people died in Surat while one in Vadodara.

Speaking with the reporters in the state capital, Ravi Saxena, Principal Secretary (Health), said that a 49-year-old named Anjuben Laxmanbhai and 27-year-old Miraben Dubey, also a swine flu positive, died in New Civil Hospital in Surat.


GSPC gets regulatory approval for gas project

GSPCGujarat State Petroleum Corporation can go ahead with its 2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) KG-8 Deendayal-West plan as the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) has given its nod for the gas project.

The field to be developed by the corporation by investing $1.6 billion is located in the Krishna-Godavari Basin off the coast of Andhra Pradesh.


“Save Girl Child” Tattoos on this Navratri!

Gujarat Many girls in Gujarat have got their backs and arms tattooed with the ‘Save girl child’ message during the ongoing Navratri festival.

They are trying to communicate the message about the importance of girl child throughout the nation.

The first step in this regard was taken by the girls from the textile and diamond city, Surat, with the tattoos on their backs reads “Beti bacho, betose badhkar betiia”. The message means save girl child, girls better than boys.


My govt is committed to promote & develop cricket: Modi

Narendra modiWith an aim to organize a plan to encourage cricket and enlarge required infrastructure for the sports in the state, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi visited the premises of Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) on Monday.

Modi has recently been appointed as the president of GCA.

The CM visited the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad and held discussions with former players, umpires and others vis-à-vis the condition of the sport in Gujarat.


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.


2 more dies of H1N1 in Surat, toll reaches 28 in Gujarat

gujaratGujarat has recorded its 28th human swine flu-related death.

The deadly virus turned more deadly on Tuesday as two more persons died of deadly H1N1 virus in Gujarat's Surat city.

Informing the reporters, the health officials said that Budhiya Patel, 21, admitted to Mahavir Cardiac Hospital died on Tuesday.

Patel expired within an hour after he was admitted to the hospital. He was tested positive for H1N1. Patel was a resident of Jalalpore in Navsari.

The second victim, Rohit Vasawa, a resident of Sarthana Jakatnaka died at SMIMER Hospital on Tuesday.


Indian Air strength is one third of China: IAF Chief

Indian Air strength is one third of China: IAF ChiefGandhinagar, Sep 23 : Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal P. V. Naik, revealed on Wednesday that country’s air force power is just one third of the capacity of China.

Air Chief Marshal Naik also said that India is far short of aircrafts required to meet the security challenges it faces, but added that the government is doing a lot to augment air force capability.

The air chief’s statement gains significance in the backdrop of the media report about the Chinese incursions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).


An all women musical groups enthrals people during Navratris in Rajkot

An all women musical groups enthrals people during Navratris in RajkotRajkot, Sep. 23 : An all-women musical group is enthralling the local residents in Rajkot city during the ongoing nine-day Navratri festival with various renditions of folk and Bollywood songs.

The ''Hollywood Bollywood Orchestra'' is a 15 member-group who belong to different parts of the country. The musical group performs during the Navratri in various parts of the country.


Britannia’s eggless-pure vegetarian cakes to hit the markets soon

Britannia’s eggless-pure vegetarian cakes to hit the markets soonWith an objective to widen its basket of offerings, bakery major Britannia had launched eggless-pure vegetarian cakes in Gujarat.

Commenting on their entry into the pure vegetarian cakes category, Anuradha Narasimhan (Category Director, Health & Wellness, Britannia Industries Ltd) said: “Over one third of our country is pure vegetarian and the percentage is highest in Gujarat, so we decided to launch our egg less fruit cake variant here.”


Welspun Gujarat raises $150 million

Welspun Gujarat raises $150 million

Welspun-Gujarat Stahl Rohren, the flagship of Welspun Group, has raised $150 million (nearly Rs 720.2 crore) by way of foreign currency convertible bonds (FCCBs) issue.

The company will utilize the money to invest for capital expenditure, investments in growth opportunities and other usage in accordance with applicable statutory and/or regulatory requirements.

The company has priced FCCBs at $130 million with an option to raise an additional amount to the tune of $20 million if the issue is fully subscribed.     


Indian coast guard captures Pakistan boat near Sir Creek, seven arrested

Indian Coast GuardGandhinagar (Gujarat), Sep 26 : Indian Coast Guard reportedly captured a suspicious Pakistani Boat which intruded the Indian waters

on the Gujarat coast on Saturday evening.

The boat was captured close to Sir Creek near Gujarat coast. The Coast Guard arrested seven Pakistan nationals riding the boat, a Zee News

report stated.

It is important to mention that the route where the boat was captured today is the same route through which perpetrators of Mumbai terror

attacks had entered India, last November.


Home Ministry files revised affidavit in Ishrat Jahan case

Narendra-ModiAhmedabad, Sep 30 : The Home Ministry has filed a revised affidavit in the Ahmedabad court against the Narendra Modi led-Government''s argument over the fake encounter of 19-year- old Gujarat college girl Ishrat Jahan and three others.

The three-page affidavit was prepared by the Home Ministry and settled by the Attorney General GE Vahanvati.

The Gujarat Government claims that its police officials acted on inputs provided by the Union Home Ministry, which dubbed the four as Lashkar operatives and alleged that the Centre had given credibility to the reports that Ishrat Jahan was on a mission to target Gujarat Chief Minister.


5.5 cr more LPG connections in five years: Deora

LPG-connectionsSurat, Sep 30  A total of 5.5 crore additional households will be provided cooking gas connections over the next five years covering almost two-thirds of the country, Union Petroleum Minister Murli Deora said here Wednesday.

He said this would increase the coverage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections to 16.5 crore households in India from 11 crore at present.


Sardar Patel had warned Nehru against China, says Modi

Narendra Modi Ahmedabad, Oct 1: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had warned first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru against China in November 1950.

Modi said this while inaugurated a community hall at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial in Ahmedabad city, where President Pratibha Patil was also present.


Now, Modi rakes up Sardar row

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Jawaharlal NehruGujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi has whipped up another controversy. This time India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru was his target.

The BJP leader said if Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had been made prime minister of independent India (instead of Jawaharlal Nehru), the country would not witness terrorism, as it is facing today in states like Jammu and Kashmir.


Rajkot residents stage rally to propagate Mahatma Gandhi''s teachings

Rajkot residents stage rally to propagate Mahatma Gandhi''s teachingsRajkot, Oct 2 : Hundreds of residents participated in a ''Gandhi Vichar Yatra'' here today on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi''s 140th birth anniversary.

Students from over ten schools of the Mahatma Gandhi Charitable Trust, and colleges, participated in the rally. They urged people to follow the teachings of Gandhi, especially of peace and non-violence.


President Patil attends prayer meet at Kirti Mandir on Gandhi Jayanti

President Patil attends prayer meet at Kirti Mandir on Gandhi JayantiPorbandar (Gujarat), Oct 2 : President Pratibha Patil on Friday attended a prayer meeting at Kirti Mandir on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi''s 140th birth anniversary.

President Patil, who is on a five-day visit to Gujarat, attended the prayer meeting along with Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

"It was a great moment and experience to visit the place where Gandhiji was born and sacrificed his life to make India independent from British rule," she wrote in the visitor''s book.


Guj students attempt world record with 4.2 km painting on Gandhi Jayanti

Guj students attempt world record with 4.2 km painting on Gandhi JayantiVadodara, Oct. 2 : Around 7,500 students in Vadodara city of Gujarat, made a 4.2 kilometres long painting to enter the Guinness Book of World Records on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 140th birth anniversary on Friday.

The painting highlights and draws public attention on traffic rules and road mannerism as its theme.

Municipal school students along with other school students, fine arts students and around 500 specially-abled students participated in the event organised to mark the


President Patil leads Gandhi Jayanti prayer meeting at Porbandar

President Patil leads Gandhi Jayanti prayer meeting at Porbandar Gandhinagar, Oct 2 : President Pratibha Patil Friday led a prayer meeting to mark the 140th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in his hometown Porbandar in Gujarat. A four-volume English translation of the Mahatma's biography was released at a function in the Sabarmati Ashram at Ahmedabad.

The president, who is on a five-day visit to Gujarat, arrived Friday morning by a special aircraft at Porbandar and led the prayer meeting at Kirti Mandir in the port town.


Shootout on train in Gujarat, one dead

Shootout on train in Gujarat, one deadVadodara (Gujarat), Oct 4  A shootout on a packed running train in Gujarat following a tiff between a passenger and a rail staffer over bill payment left a youth dead and another injured, police said Sunday.

The incident occurred at around 11.30 p. m. Saturday in the general compartment of the Gorakhpur-Mumbai Awadh Express near Vadodara, said Vadodara Government Railway Police Inspector D. J. Choudhary.


‘People are being exported to Gujarat for encounters’

‘People are being exported to Gujarat for encounters’Civil rights groups have criticised the government’s double standards saying that it first kills minorities citing a war against terrorism but during elections it comes out with many plans for them.

Rights group Awami Bharat called a press conference on Saturday to expose the nexus between the police and politicians in encounter killings.

“Earlier, encounters used to take place in Maharashtra. Now the government has started exporting people from Maharashtra to Gujarat to kill them,” activist-lawyer Mukul Sinha said at the conference.


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.


Project KADAM to train Gujarat doctors

Gujarat governmentWith the main purpose to spread awareness among its people, Gujarat government has decided to train its doctors in diabetes management.

The Gujarat chapter of the Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI) will educate postgraduate students of medicine in diabetes management.

Moreover, RSSDI has also come up with a project named as Kadam, aimed to spread awareness among the populace of Ahmedabad and the rural areas adjacent to the city.

In the beginning, the programme will be launched as a pilot project in Ahmedabad.


Modi becomes a poet in blogosphere

Narendra ModiGujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who started blogging in the run up to the general elections this year has now started writing poems for his net fans.

Modi’s first poem on cyber space ‘how and when did you become a poet’ (posted today on his official blog – www. narendramodi. com) interestingly is devoted to describe how a poem and a poet are born and the emotions involved.

According to sources (close to him), the poem was written in response to a query he received from one of his net-fans who wanted to know how he became a poet.


Dry port in Gujarat''s Sanand offers latest ICD services to importers, exporters

Dry port in Gujarat''s Sanand offers latest ICD services to importers, exportersSanand (Gujarat), Oct. 14 : A private firm has launched a dry port with the latest facilities here that includes state of the art inland container depot (ICD) services to both importers and exporters.

Hasti Petro Chemical and Shipping Limited (HPCSL) has launched its second inland container depot (ICD) named the Thar Dry Port at Sanand, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.


Rallis India plans to invest Rs 150-crore in Dahej plant

Rallis India plans to invest Rs 150-crore in Dahej plantRallis India plans to invest Rs 150-crore in Dahej plantTata Group firm, Rallis India envisages to make an investment of Rs 150-crore in its Dahej (Gujarat) facility with the aim to spread out its production capacity.

As per official sources, the conglomerate has decided to pump this amount in the first stage of its expansion by the second three month period of the coming fiscal.


The place to be

Gujarat, India, ThaneFifteen years ago, Thane city limits ended at the periphery of Ghodbunder Road at Kapurbavdi Junction. At that time, it was difficult to imagine that the land occupied by a clutch of paddy fields and chemical companies around the highway to Gujarat would become the most sought after address not only in Thane, but also all the eastern suburbs.


No toxic materials on board Platinum II: Gujarat Govt

No toxic materials on board Platinum II: Gujarat GovtGandhinagar, Oct 15 : The Gujarat Government on Friday gave a clean chit to the US ship Platinum-II, saying there were no toxic materials on board.

With this statement it’s almost certain that Platinum –II, a Luxury Liner, would be dismantled at the Alang shipyard in Gujarat.

The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), which examined the ship, said there was no hazardous or toxic material on-board the ship.


Rajkot schoolchildren make exquisite earthen lamps on Diwali

Rajkot schoolchildren make exquisite earthen lamps on DiwaliRajkot (Gujarat), Oct 16 : Ahead of Diwali, the festival of lights, a number of schoolchildren in Rajkot have been engaged in making earthen lamps.

These students are undergoing a vocational course at Kadvibai Virani Kanya School in Rajkot, which has been engaged in the production of lamps for the past three years.

The lamps are essentially sold in the domestic market during Diwali, while generally it is exported to foreign countries including USA, UK and Germany, where there is a great demand for the artifacts.


Spectacular firework show dazzles people in Rajkot on Diwali eve

Spectacular firework show dazzles people in Rajkot on Diwali eveRajkot, Oct. 16 : Thousands of people thronged the Madhavrao Scindia cricket stadium here on Thursday to witness a firework show being organized by city''s civic authorities.

Gasps of wonder and cheering were heard as the people were treated to the choicest of fireworks, ahead of Diwali.

The authorities spent around rupees 200, 000 to entertain the people with these spectacular fireworks, which lit up the night sky.


Surat ready to use GPS, powered by Google and Rockefeller Foundation

Surat ready to use GPS, powered by Google and Rockefeller Foundation Surat is set to become the first city in India to have a Global Positioning System (GPS) for getting accurate information about physical assets especially underground assets.

Talks are undergoing with Rockefeller Foundation and Google Inc. to materialize the GPS mapping of the city on few months.

The city advisory committee discussed feasibility and scope of the GPS mapping of Surat city at the recently held meeting of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Bangkok.


Central team to examine ‘toxic’ ship

toxicA team from the Centre will examine an American ship allegedly containing hazardous substances, anchored near Alang, some 250 km southwest of Ahmedabad, since October 4 for demolition.

This despite the Gujarat government giving a go-ahead for the ship to be dismantled at Alang, the world’s leading ship breaking centre.

Platinum II, a passenger ship, contains hazardous substances such as asbestos and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), environmental group Indian Platform on Ship Breaking (IPSB) has alleged.


Toxic ship Platinum II inspected

Alang (Gujarat), Oct 20 : A three-member investigation team has started inspection of the US ship Platinum II for toxic materials.

The three-member team comprising an official from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the Steel Ministry and the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) will submit its report by the end of the week.

The team will inspect the ship and determine whether the cargo on board is toxic for environment.

The Platinum II is allegedly loaded with highly dangerous toxic waste but was granted permission to dock earlier this month.

The government''s move has had environmentalists protesting.


HCC bags EPC contract worth Rs 167 crore

Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), India’s leading engineering and infrastructure development company, has picked an EPC contract worth Rs 167 crore from Gujarat Water Infrastructure Limited (A Government of Gujarat Undertaking) for Pumped Water Supply Scheme.

Under the deal, HCC will construct two reservoirs - one at Kesaria along with pumping station and second at Veeraval and a 62.28 km pipeline connecting these two reservoirs. The project is scheduled to be completed in 18 months.       


Cadila Healthcare gets USFDA nod for its Topiramate Capsules

Cadila Healthcare, the parent company of the Zydus Cadila group, has finally secured approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Topiramate capsules.

Topiramate drug is indicated as an initial monotherapy in patients 10 years old or older with partial onset or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures.

In addition, the drug is also indicated as an adjunctive therapy for adults and pediatric patients aged 2 - 16 with partial onset seizures, or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and in patients 2 years of age or older with seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.


4 held for killing tourist car driver, fleeing with vehicle

Four people, who allegedly murdered a tourist car driver and fled with the vehicle last month were arrested recently.

The police said the accused had called up a tour agent in MIDC on the pretext of hiring a car to Pawagadh in Gujarat. On the way, they strangled the driver at a desolate spot, the police added. They fled with the vehicle and sold it in Uttar Pradesh.

On September 16, the owner of the tourist agency lodged a police complaint. The police tracked down the accused based on their telephone records.

Two of their accomplices are still at large, the police said.


Length of ODI series will provide opportunity to bounce back: Dhoni

Mahendra Singh DhoniVadodara, Oct 24: In contrast to Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s view on the length of the seven-game ODI series between India and Australia, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday said that the “long series” would provide an opportunity for teams to bounce back.

Ponting had earlier questioned the logic behind playing a long series citing that the team that had already wrapped up the rubber will find it difficult to maintain focus.


India challenge Australia for ODI top spot

India challenge Australia for ODI top spotVadodara, Oct 24 : There is an air of excitement as the seven-match India-Australia series gets underway here Sunday. The teams have a lot to play for as both will be fighting it out to be the number one One-Day side.

The series has also acquired significance because of the ongoing debate over the future of One-Day cricket in the light of the surge of Twenty20. But the poor turnout for the just-concluded Champions League might have saved the 50-overs cricket. And if the series goes to the wire then the format will get a fresh lease of life.


Australia beat India by four runs in first ODI

Australia beat India by four runs in first ODIVadodara, Oct 25 : Harbhajan Singh (49) and Praveen Kumar (40 not out) produced a sensational 84-run partnership, but failed to see India through against Australia in the opening One- day international cricket match here Sunday.

Chasing 293, India finished at 288 for eight.

India looked down and out at 201 for seven, before Harbhajan smashed 49 off 31 balls and Praveen Kumar hit 40 off 32 balls to put India on the brink of victory.

Gautam Gambhir was the top scorer with 68 runs.


Batsmen need to perform:, says Dhoni

Batsmen need to perform:, says DhoniVadodra, Oct 25 : India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed his batsmen for their four-run loss to Australia in the opening One-Day International cricket match, but said they will bounce back in the seven-match series.

Chasing 293, India were struggling at 201 for seven, before an inspiring batting effort from Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar brought them within inches of victory. The two added 84 runs for the eighth wicket.


Welspun Gujarat Q2 net profit zooms 114%

Welspun Gujarat Q2 net profit zooms 114%Saw pipe maker Welspun-Gujarat Stahl Rohren has registered a net profit of Rs 140 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, 2009, up 114% against Rs 65 crore in the corresponding quarter previous fiscal.

Further, company’s total income grew up by 21% to Rs 1816 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 as against Rs 1497 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2008

However, its sales rose to Rs 2173 crore in the latest quarter ended September 30, against Rs 1493 crore in the same quarter previous fiscal.


Gujarat CM Narendra Modi Has Swine Flu

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi Has Swine FluGujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has tested positive for the deadly H1N1 flu today.

After returning from Russia two days back, the 59-year-old Modi had been suffering from cough, cold and fever, officials said.

Dr. Atul Patel, one of the four physicians in the group looking after Modi, said that blood samples of the minister taken for investigation yesterday, confirmed the presence of the H1N1 virus.

Reports about Modi being infected with H1N1 virus had started coming up on Thursday evening. But, the government had denied confirming it.


Modi catches swine flu, quarantined

Narendra ModiGujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Friday tested positive for swine flu, two days after returning from Russia.

The team of doctors attending the BJP leader at his official residence in Gandhinagar said he was responding well to treatment and recovering fast.

“He’s under medication and will require rest for a few days,” Ravi Saxena, principal secretary, health, Gujarat, told HT.

Gujarat has reported 40 swine flu deaths so far.


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.


Second eliminations in Mega Challenge

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega ChallengeSa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge will be soon seeing its second elimination of the show. This time there was a competition between Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat but as per the rule one has to go out of the show. So now the question arises that which is the next state out of Mega Challenge?

Our close source informs, “The next state which is out of the Mega Challenge was Madhya Pradesh. Even though the state has strive to give justice to their Janma Bhumi but have failed to compete with Gujarat. Thus, the participants of M. P i. e. Amir Hafiz, Sumedha and Pratibha are finally out of the of the show.”


Narendra Modi likely to resume work Friday

Narendra Modi likely to resume work FridayGandhinagar, Nov 4 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who was diagnosed with swine flu last week, has recovered and is expected to resume office work Friday, officials said Wednesday.

Diagnosed with Influenza A (H1N1) virus late Thursday following his return from Russia, 60-year-old Modi has shown rapid recovery.

He was declared "completely healthy" by the team of doctors attending on him Tuesday, but has been advised rest until Thursday when his week-long period of "isolation" ends.


Modi recovers, top Gujarat health official gets swine flu

Narendra Modi Gandhinagar, Nov 5 : Gujarat's principal health secretary is down with swine flu and is among several top officials to be quarantined even as Chief Minister Narendra Modi has recovered from it and is getting ready to join office Friday.

Ravi Saxena, principal secretary, health, has tested positive for the H1N1 virus. He has been quarantined at his residence in Ahmedabad. Health commissioner Mukesh Puri has tested negative, but has been isolated as he was in close touch with Saxena.    


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.


NTPC intends to establish two 50 Mw solar projects in Gujarat

NTPC intends to establish two 50 Mw solar projects in GujaratNational Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) envisages to install two solar power facilities of 50 Mw each in Gujarat. At the beginning, the company will establish a solar power generation capacity of 100 Mw in the state, which may go up to 300 Mw at a later phase.

Functionaries of NTPC stated in a communiqué that the proposed plants will be located in Kutch and Banaskantha districts.

Gujarat government has already granted approval to National Thermal Power Corporation’s 50 Mw solar thermal power units.


Narendra Modi reshuffles Gujarat administration

Narendra Modi Gandhinagar, Nov 8 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi reshuffled the top brass of the state administration, transferring 80 bureaucrats and 19 police officers in one sweep late Saturday.

The transfers came within a day of chief minister resuming office Friday.    

Among those transferred were 36 officers of the rank of secretary and principal secretary and 44 district level officers and 19 police officers.    


20 Pakistani fishermen arrested by Coast Guard

20 Pakistani fishermen arrested by Coast GuardGandhinagar, Nov 9 : Three Pakistani fishing boats with 20 fishermen were seized by the Coast Guard off the Kutch-Saurashtra coast, officials said Monday.

The three Pakistani boats were intercepted by a Coast Guard patrol vessel and seized after they were found to be fishing in Indian waters off Jhakhau on the Kutch coast, officials in Porbandar, 440 km from the state capital.

Brought to shore along with their craft, the fishermen have been placed under arrest.


Gujarat maritime board to probe toxic US ship's ownership

Gujarat maritime board to probe toxic US ship's ownershipGandhinagar, Nov 10 : The Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) is to look into irregularities of ownership of Platinum II, a US ship believed to be carrying toxic material and awaiting clearance for berthing and dismemberment at the Alang ship breaking yard for over a month, an official said Tuesday.


Cyclone alert for North M'rashtra coast and south Gujarat

Cyclone The city may well see the heaviest rainfall it has experienced this year on Wednesday, thanks to a cyclone developing 700 km south of the city.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that Tuesday’s drizzle could give way to a downpour and squally winds of up to 75 km an hour, which could uproot trees, in the next 48 hours. “Wednesday afternoon is critical,” said R. V. Sharma, deputy director, IMD (western region).

The cyclone is expected to hit north Maharashtra and move towards Gujarat. Mumbai last saw a cyclone in 1982.


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.


MJP Activists Stop ‘Tum Mile’ Screening In Rajkot

MJP Activists Stop ‘Tum Mile’ Screening In RajkotActivists of the Maha Gujarat Janta Party, headed by former Gujarat Home Minister Godhan Zadafia, barged into a cinema hall, Cosmoplex, in Rajkot and stopped the screening of Mahesh Bhatt’s latest flick ‘Tum Mile’.

The MJP also called for a statewide forbiddance on the movie.

They were showing strong scuffle against Rahul Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt’s son, for his alleged relations with David Coleman Headley, who is in FBI custody after his detention for allegedly scheming terrorist attacks in the country at the order of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).


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.


RIL plans to boost Jamnagar unit capacity

RIL plans to boost Jamnagar unit capacityMukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has agreed to strengthen its Jamnagar petrochem facility by adding two-million tones per annum of olefins and matching downstream capacities.

With this new addition, Reliance will possess approximately 4-million tonnes of olefins and downstream capacities.

Sources close to company said that the recent economic slump has offered company the chances to optimise capital costs, schedules as well as implementation method for these projects.


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.


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.


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."


Was never involved in Babri, Vaghela says on Liberhan indictment

Shankersinh VaghelaGandhinagar, Nov 24 : Former union textiles minister Shankersinh Vaghela, whose name figures in the Liberhan Commission report on the Babri Masjid demolition, Tuesday said he was never involved in any way in the demolition of the
16th century mosque in Ayodhya.

"The first time I went to Ayodhya and Faizabad in my life was in 2008 in the company of a Congress leader friend," said Vaghela, who rebelled against the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1995 and subsequently switched over to the Congress.


Gujarat cancels licenses of fishing boats in Pakistani custody

Gujarat cancels licenses of fishing boats in Pakistani custodyGandhinagar, Nov 24 : The registration of all the 423 fishing boats registered in Gujarat and now in Pakistani custody has been cancelled for security reasons, according to official sources Tuesday.

According to the sources, these 423 fishing boats were registered with various ports in the state but had been seized by Pakistani marine security agencies from mid-sea and were at present in their possession.


India paramilitary forces heighten vigil along Sir Creek estuary in Gujarat

India paramilitary forces heighten vigil along Sir Creek estuary in GujaratKutch (Gujarat), Nov. 26 : Indian paramilitary forces have heightened vigil along the Sir Creek area, 100 kilometres estuary that lies between Gujarat and the Pakistani province of Sindh.


Ill-fated Kuber’s owner still shudders to recall 26/11 in Gujarat

 Ill-fated Kuber’s owner still shudders to recall 26/11 in GujaratPorbander (Gujarat), Nov. 26 : Hiralal Masani, owner of MV Kuber, the ill-fated trawler which was reportedly hijacked by the militants to open an indiscriminate fire in Mumbai city last year, still shudders to recall the horror of last year’s 26/11 attacks.

Kuber, which is lying on the Porbandar coast in Gujarat state, remains untouched and unattended ever since it was returned to its owner.


Twelve injured as Asaram Bapu''s followers allegedly go on rampage in Gujarat

Twelve injured as Asaram Bapu''s followers allegedly go on rampage in GujaratGandhinagar, Nov 26 : At least a dozen people were reportedly injured when followers of Asaram Bapu, the religious guru of the country, staged a protest and clashed with the police here on Thursday.

The trouble broke when police stopped the followers of the Asaram Bapu stopped while they were on their way to the District Collector''s Secretariat to submit a memorandum.

The memorandum was against a defamatory campaign launched by a local newspaper.


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.


Pak confiscated boats leave Veraval fishermen in state of lament

 Pak confiscated boats leave Veraval fishermen in state of lamentVeraval (Gujarat), Dec. 3 : Ever since their boats were confiscated by Pakistan authorities, fishermen of Veraval and other minor ports in Gujarat are in trouble.

The names and registration numbers of their boats, presently detained in Pakistan, stand cancelled by the state and federal governments and they are not allowed to build or own new boats and trawlers with the same reference.

The government mooted this policy in the wake of the Kuber boat incident of 2008.


Three Gujarat fishing craft seized by Pakistan

gujarat mapGandhinagar, Dec 3: Three fishing boats from Gujarat with 16 fishermen aboard were seized by Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) Thursday for allegedly entering their territorial waters, a fishermen's association here said.

Manish Lodhari, secretary of the National Fishing Forum (NFF), told IANS that they had received a message about the boats being seized and the arrest of the fishermen.

He said with the latest incident, a total of 429 Indian fishing boats had been seized by the PMSA in the last six years, while the number of Indian fishermen in Pakistani jails now stood at 610.


Gujarat permits 21-floor buildings

Gujarat permits 21-floor buildingsGandhinagar, Dec 4 : Buildings of up to 70 metres height or equivalent of 21 floors can now be constructed across Gujarat.

According to the regulatory norms released by the urban development department here, buildings of up to 70 metres can be constructed in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Surat, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar and Junagadh.

The regulations for residential townships-2009 envisage that all private developers must purchase a minimum 40 hectares of land to build a residential township in the cities. In smaller towns, the mandatory purchase is 20 hectares.


Modi & his men storm the desert

Narendra Modi On the day Nepal cabinet held a meet at the Everest base camp, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi took his ministers and officials to the white desert — the Rann of Kutch — for a four-day annual brainstorming session or Chintan Shibir, which started on Friday.

“Apart from the innovative changes in government departments, administrative reforms and special focus on e-governance, the theme would be eco-friendly approach to development,” said V. Thiruppugazh, commissioner of information, Gujarat.


Modi dons denims to keep pace with changing Gujarat

Modi dons denims to keep pace with changing GujaratRann of Kutch (Gujarat), Dec 7 - Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has given himself a quiet makeover, perhaps to keep up with the changing image of the state as one of the most industrially developed in the country.


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.


Caravan of camels demanding separate state of Desert Land reaches Jaipur

Caravan of camels demanding separate state of Desert Land reaches JaipurJaipur, Dec 9 : A mass camel rally toting the banner of Maru Pradesh (Desert Land) Development Front reached here on Tuesday.

Activists of the Maru Pradesh Development Front had started the camel rally from Bikaner to demand a separate state.

Citing regional imbalances as the cause for their demand, the activists initiated a long caravan of 500 camels, and said that a separate state would ensure better welfare and progress of their region.


Asaram Bapu's estranged supporter still has bullet in chest

Asaram BapuGandhinagar, Dec 9 : Raju Chandok, the estranged supporter of Asaram Bapu who has accused the spiritual guru of masterminding an attack on him, continued to be in hospital Wednesday with a bullet in his chest.

Chandok was shot by two unidentified people Saturday night while he was returning home. He took three bullets in his body and was rushed to a hospital where he is recovering well, said his brother Mahesh.

Rajesh Hyderabadi, the cardio-vascular thoracic surgeon who operated on him and removed two of the three bullets embedded in his body, told IANS that though he is still in the intensive care unit (ICU), he should recover within a week.


Asaram's petition to quash case against him dismissed

Asaram's petition to quash case against him dismissedGandhinagar, Dec 10 :The Gujarat High Court Thursday dismissed a petition by spiritual guru Asaram Bapu seeking quashing of a case of attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy against him, following the attack on an estranged ex-disciple.

Dismissing the petition, Justice Akil Abdul Hamid Kureshi termed it "premature" since the investigation was still going on.


Nuke power body gets going on 2 new plants

Government approves amendments in ASA between India and Saudi ArabiaNew Paper work for acquiring land at two sites in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat for American nuclear reactors has begun.

The development—an implementation of the Indo-US nuclear deal — has taken place even as villagers in Ratnagiri refused to accept compensation for their land for the proposed Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant [an Indo-French venture] there.


Ahmedabad serial blasts cases to be heard together

ahmedabad-mapGandhinagar, Dec 11 : A special court in Ahmedabad Friday accepted the state government's application to hear all the cases of the Ahmedabad serial blasts together. The hearing is likely to begin Dec 18.

Special judge Bela Trivedi accepted the special public prosecutor Sudhir Brahmbhatt's plea that the modus operandi in all the blasts had a striking similarity and even the accused in various cases were also the same, and that the cause of justice will not be served if all the cases are run separately since it will take a lot of time.

Accepting the plea, the court decided to run all the cases together.


Mangoes grow during off-season in Gujarat

Mangoes grow during off-season in GujaratBhuj (Gujarat), Dec 11: Now season is no bar for the aficionados of mangoes, the king of fruits, and all that one has to do is visit the Saurashtra and Kutch regions of Gujarat.

An amazing occurrence has been witnessed here with the mango trees flowering and bearing fruits in winter months, indeed an off-season for these.

Experts have attributed this to climate change that has resulted in favourable temperature and atmospheric conditions for the mango trees.


Take states into confidence on climate change stance: Modi

manmohansingh-narendramodiGandhinagar, Dec 11 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Friday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seek the states' views before announcing any unilateral commitment on a cut in carbon emissions at the Copenhagen climate summit.

In a letter to the prime minister, released to the media here, Modi said union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh's announcement of India accepting up to 25 per cent cut in carbon emission intensity by 2020 is bound to adversely affect the energy, agriculture, urban development and industrial sectors and hit the long-term development prospects of the states.


Dhoni warns players against overconfidence

Mahendra Singh DhoniRajkot, Dec 14 : Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the team cannot afford to be overconfident as they take on Sri Lanka in the first of the five One-day internationals here Tuesday.

India lost their last home ODI series against Australia 4-2 and would be looking to end the year on a high with a series victory.

They will take confidence from their Test series victory against Sri Lanka and 1-1 outcome in the Twenty20s.

Dhoni, however, want his players to remain focussed on the job.


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)


India beat Sri Lanka by 3 runs in Rajkot ODI

India beat Sri Lanka by 3 runs in Rajkot ODI Rajkot, Dec 15 : India defeated Sri Lanka by three runs in a high-scoring One-day international here Tuesday.

Chasing a massive 415, Sri Lanka finished at 411 for 8.

Tillekaratne Dilshan scored 160 off 124 balls while Kumar Sangakkara smashed a 43-ball 90.(IANS)


Superstitious Sehwag backed Sri Lanka to see India through

Virender SehwagRajkot, Dec 15 : When cricket fans across the country were praying for India to win, one man in the middle of the action was supporting Sri Lanka to chase down 414.

Virender Sehwag's blazing 146 was the backbone of India's highest ODI total, but the opener himself was favouring the Lankans in those tense final overs, to bring luck to his side.

"I have this superstitious. If the team is going through a bad phase, I support the other team, then India win," Sehwag said.

"Whenever I support India, we lose. So, I was not tense because I was supporting Sri Lanka," said man of the match Sehwag.


Rajkot ODI is second highest run-feast

Rajkot ODI is second highest run-feastRajkot, Dec 15 : The first One-day International between India and Sri Lanka here Tuesday is the second instance when both teams have recorded 400-plus in the same ODI.

The first instance was in the Johannesburg on March 12, 2006, when Australia made 434/4 and South Africa 438 for 9 in response at the Wanderers ground.

Other statistical highlights of the match:

# The Rajkot game has produced 825 runs for the loss of 15 wickets in 100 overs, which is the second highest in limited-overs Internationals - the highest being the 872 for


Shoddy fielding bothers Dhoni

Mahendra Singh DhoniRajkot, Dec 17 : India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is worried about his team's poor fielding ahead of the second One-Day International against Sri Lanka here Friday.

Indian fielders dropped as many as three easy catches in the first ODI in Rajkot and the shoddy fielding allowed Sri Lanka to make 411 in reply to India's 414. Even in the last two Twenty20s, Indians dropped a dozen catches and missed several run-out opportunities.


Iraqi woman 'researcher' causes scare in Ahmedabad

Map-GujaratGandhinagar, Dec 17 : An Iraqi woman who came to Ahmedabad for academic purposes has vanished without a trace, giving the security establishment in Gujarat sleepless nights.

The burqa-clad woman, who introduced herself as Haula Younis from Iraq had visited the Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute at the Ahmedabad civil hospital campus last month.

Claiming to be a teaching assistant in a science college of the Baghdad University, she had e-mailed her desire to pursue research in cervical cancer. She was asked to report with necessary papers to complete registration formalities.


Congress to oppose Gujarat compulsory voting bill

Congress-logoGandhinagar, Dec 17 : The Congress Thursday announced it would oppose the two bills of the Gujarat government that seek to make voting mandatory in local self government elections and propose capital punishment for makers of spurious liquor in prohibition-bound Gujarat.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Congress legislature party here, as the brief, three-day Gujarat assembly session began.

Though no major business was transacted Thursday with the house adjourning after paying homage to the legislators who passed away recently, the two bills are expected to be taken up over the next two days.


Gujarat to make voting a must in local elections

Gujarat to make voting a must in local electionsGandhinagar, Dec 19 : A bill to make voting compulsory in all local self government bodies in Gujarat was moved in the state assembly Saturday - the first such move in the country.

Piloting the bill, Urban Development Minister Nitin Patel termed it a pioneering move aimed at making democracy more representative and meaningful.    


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.


Man goes missing from Asaram's ashram

Asaram BapuGandhinagar, Dec 19 : A visitor from Kolkata has gone missing from spiritual guru Asaram Bapu's ashram in Ahmedabad, his family has told the police.

According to a complaint lodged with the Sabarmati police, Krishna Prasad Sahu, 53, disappeared last month after the other six family members retired for the night at the ashram at Motera.    

The family had since returned to Kolkata but came back to file a complaint after Sahu remained untraced.  (IANS)


Moonshine trade in Gujarat will invite death

Moonshine trade in Gujarat will invite deathGandhinagar, Dec 19 : After a marathon debate that stretched from afternoon into the night, the Gujarat assembly has again passed a bill proscribing the maximum of death penalty for those trading in spurious liquor.

The Bombay Prohibition (Gujarat Amendment) Act, 2009, was first passed in July after a liquor tragedy left 136 people dead. Governor S. C. Jamir had then returned the bill with his objections.


Gujarat makes voting compulsory in panchayat elections

Gujarat makes voting compulsory in panchayat electionsGandhinagar: Gujarat Government on Saturday moved the controversial “The Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2009” the State Assembly which will make voting compulsory in all local body elections of the state.

With this Gujarat became the first state to introduce such a law in the country.

Speaking on the Bill, State Urban Development Minister Nitin Patel termed the move as pioneering and aimed at making democracy more representative and meaningful.


Eight killed in Gujarat temple town stampede

Eight killed in Gujarat temple town stampedeDhoraji (Gujarat), Dec 21 : At least eight women were killed when a stampede occurred at the Gopalnath temple in Dhoraji in Gujarat last evening.

The Gopalnath temple, 70km from Rajkot at 7 p. m. when the temple was open its doors for aarti and darshan.

Thousands of people had gathered for the ceremony and the rush to get inside the temple lead to the mishap.

More than 30 women sustained injuries.

The injured were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. (ANI)


100 Indian fishermen in Pakistani jails to be freed soon

100 Indian fishermen in Pakistani jails to be freed soon Gandhinagar, Dec 22 : Hundred of the over 600 Indian fishermen held in Pakistani jails will be released soon, a fishermen's forum official said here Tuesday.

Manish Lodhari, secretary of the National Fishworkers Forum (NFF), said from Porbandar that Sami Memon, secretary general of the Pakistan Peoples Forum, had apprised him of their government's decision to release the fishermen.

The bulk of these fishermen are from coastal areas of Gujarat, picked up while they were engaged in fishing, taken to Karachi and their boats were seized.


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.


IIM-A changes recruitment process

Indian Institute of Management-AhmedabadGandhinagar, Dec 23 : The premier Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has decided to give recruiters more time to study, evaluate and interview students before handing them appointment letters.

The change in the appointment process was mooted by the institute to give students and their potential recruiters an option to choose the best talent so that both parties gain more in the long run.

"The move essentially aims at a better match-making process, ensuring a better fit between the students and the firms," said Saral Mukherjee, faculty chairman at IIM-A, Wednesday.


Congress to support Gujarat golden jubilee functions

Congress to support Gujarat golden jubilee functionsGandhinagar, Dec 24 : The Gujarat Congress has extended its support to the state government for the "Swarnim Gujarat" (golden jubilee) celebrations next year but criticised Chief Minister Narendra Modi for pushing through key legislation without proper discussions in the assembly.

The Modi government is planning to celebrate 50 years of formation of Gujarat on a grand scale in 2010 with a year-long series of events showcasing the developmental journey of the state.


Jamnagar Fort museum attracting many tourists

Jamnagar Fort museum attracting many touristsJamnagar, Dec 25 : A museum built in the middle of the Ranmal Lake in Lakhota Fort is attracting scores of visitors to Jamnagar.

The Lakhota Museum displays a collection of old English and Portuguese firearms, weapons, sculptures, and artefacts that date back to the early 9th century A. D.

"A lot of big cannons belonging to the British era are displayed here. Some of these date back 600 years. All these cannons reached this place from Portugal by sea," said R R Goswami, curator of the Lakhota Museum.


100 Indian fishermen released from Pakistani jails

100 Indian fishermen released from Pakistani jailsGandhinagar, Dec 25 : A hundred out of the more than 600 Indian fishermen languishing in Pakistani jails were released Friday, an official of a fishermen's organisation said.

The fishermen, 95 of whom are from Gujarat, were released from Karachi jail, according to a communication received from the Pakistan Peoples Forum, Manish Lodhari, the secretary of the Porbandar-based National Fishworkers Forum (NFF), told IANS.


Children's science congress to begin in Ahmedabad Sunday

Children's science congress to begin in Ahmedabad Sunday Gandhinagar, Dec 26 : Vice-President Hamid Ansari will inaugurate the 17th National Children's Science Congress (NCSC), one of the country's premier academic events, in Ahmedabad Sunday.

The opening function will be presided over by Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal with Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the chief guest.

Yash Pal, President of National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) network, will be present at the function as the guest of honour.


Pakistani intruders open fire in Kutch: BSF

Pakistani intruders open fire in Kutch: BSFGandhinagar, Dec 26 :For the first time in years, there was a heavy exchange of fire between the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistani intruders in the Sir Creek area of Kutch early on Saturday, officials said.

According to the BSF, there was heavy firing on a newly established post from a boat which had entered the Harami Nala - which takes its name from the treacherous nature of the waterway - from the Pakistani side around midnight, perhaps prompted by the fact that the post had become an unforeseen obstruction to a pre-planned infiltration attempt.


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.


Court orders probe into police assault on women

Court orders probe into police assault on womenGandhinagar, Dec 29 : A Godhra court Tuesday ordered an enquiry following complaints of police atrocities on women and children in a predominantly Muslim locality.

Teesta Setalvad, of the Citizens for Peace and Justice, who produced the victims of the police 'assault' before mediapersons in Ahmedabad Tuesday said the Godhra Judicial Magistrate first class M. Nalawa