'Make In India' initiative a major platform to promote innovation: Harsh Vardhan

Harsh VardhanGandhinagar, Jan 7 : Union Science and Technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today asserted that the research and innovation environment in India is rapidly changing, with the government actively supporting scientists with various incentive schemes.

Speaking at an innovatively packaged 'Bharat Ko Maano' session at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gandhinagar, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is particularly keen on institutionalizing linkages between resident Indians and the diaspora to promote exchange of ideas.

Preparations in place to deal with Cyclone Nilofer: Gujarat CM

Anandiben PatelGandhinagar, Oct 27 : Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Monday assured that preparations are in place to deal with the impending Cyclone Nilofer.

Anandiben Patel is new Gujarat CM

Anandiben-PatelGandhinagar, May 21 : Senior Gujarat minister Anandiben Patel was Wednesday unanimously elected the leader of the BJP Legislature Party here, making her the chief minister designate to succeed Narendra Modi.

A teacher-turned-politician, Patel, 73, will be sworn in as the state's first woman chief minister Thursday.

Addressing BJP legislators, a teary eyed Patel promised to continue the "glorious traditions of her predecessor" Modi, who is set to take over as India's prime minister.(IANS)

Obama calls up to congratulate Modi on 'emphatic victory'

Narendra Modi and Barack ObamaGandhinagar, May 17 - US President Barack Obama Friday called up Indian prime minister-designate Narendra Modi and congratulated him on his "emphatic election victory", officials said.

Obama said that the largest democracy in the world has given a "decisive mandate" and that he wished that under Modi's leadership, India will contribute at the global stage.

Both leaders discussed the India-US Strategic Partnership and the prevailing global economic situation.

Modi appreciates voters for coming out to vote in large numbers

modiGandhinagar, May 12 : In a video message on the last day of voting, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi appreciated the voters stamina to come out and vote in scorching weather.

"Despite the scorching heat, people have come out and voted to give strength to the new government. Without the people's involvement, this festival of democracy could not have been possible," Modi said.

He also held out hope that the election commission will be able to conduct the last phase polls peacefully and not totally depend on the help of the state police.

Modi will become PM, can't be compared to Vajpayee: Advani

Modi will become PM, can't be compared to Vajpayee: AdvaniGandhinagar, April 5 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will become the next prime minister of India but cannot be compared to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, senior BJP leader L. K.  Advani said Saturday.

"Modi will become the PM of the country...  I would not compare him (Modi) to Vajpayee ji," the former deputy prime minister said Saturday.

"Atalji was a class by himself.  The main ideologue of the party was Deen Dayal Upadhyay and the person to implement it (ideology) in governance was Atalji," said Advani.

US ambassador meets Modi

US ambassador meets ModiGandhinagar, Feb 13 - US Ambassador Nancy Powell Thursday met Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi in the state capital here.

The meeting between the US envoy and Modi, widely regarded as a strong contender for the prime minister's post, marks a change in stance of the US which had denied the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader a visa in 2005 over the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Powell was presented a bouquet of roses by Modi, after which she and her aides held a meeting with him.

US envoy Nancy Powell meets Modi in Gandhinagar

Nancy Powell ModiGandhinagar, Feb 13  : US Ambassador to India, Nancy Powell met Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party's ( BJP ) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi here on Thursday.

Earlier on February 11, Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA) spokesperson that it is normal for foreign diplomats or ambassadors of different countries to make request to the External Affairs Ministry to facilitate their meetings with constitutionally elected and functionaries of states.

People's blessings won't go waste: Modi on his birthday

Narendra-ModiGandhinagar, Sep 17 : The Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday said blessings of common people will never go waste and will provide him strength and capability.

The Gujarat chief minister sought blessings from his mother on his 64th birthday.

"People have blessed me and I believe their blessings will never go waste. It will give me strength and capability," said Modi, who was Friday anointed the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.(IANS)

''Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show 2013'' will contribute to economic growth: Modi

/Narendra-ModiGandhinagar, Jan 8 : Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the ''Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show 2013'' would open doors to strengthen old business relations, which would contribute to the growth of the economy.

"All the trade shows, which have been organized were not only to lure the visitors but to ensure that it acted as a catalytic agent to promote business. It is over that business worth billions of rupees takes place," said Modi, who inaugurated the ''Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show 2013'' here.

Modi Govt will implement SC judgement on Lokayukta soon

Narendra-Modi63Gandhinagar, Jan 2 : The Narendra Modi-led government in Gujarat on Wednesday said that it would implement the Supreme Court''s judgement to uphold State Governor Kamla Beniwal''s decision to appoint Justice (retired) R A Mehta as Gujarat Lokayukta.

"We will soon implement the Supreme Court judgement on Lokayukta," said Gujarat Law Minister Bhupindersinh Chudasama.

"The Supreme Court has accepted Gujarat government''s contention that governor has to act as per the advice of the council of ministers," he added.

Modi's fast: BJP top brass to attend; Modi condemns communalism

Modi's fast: BJP top brass to attend; Modi condemns communalismGandhinagar, Sep 17 - Chief Minister Narendra Modi's three-day 'sadbhavana' fast beginning in Ahmedabad Saturday was poised to be a grand affair with the BJP state government making all arrangements, including five-tier security, for the event that will see the BJP top brass attending. AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has extended her support by sending two of her ministers.

Anna supporters baton-charged in Surat

Anna supporters baton-charged in SuratGandhinagar, Aug 24  : Activists taking out a rally here in support of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption crusade were baton-charged by the police late Tuesday night.

While the police claimed that the rally was illegal and was being taken out without any permission, activists claimed that it was deliberate resort to action by the cops without any provocation and on a peaceful lot of agitators.

The activists were reportedly taking out a rally when they were confronted by the policemen of the Umra police station. It led to an altercation and the police resorted to lathi charge.

Road shows, Big B pulling in tourists for Gujarat

Road shows, Big B pulling in tourists for GujaratGandhinagar, Dec 14 - Thanks to nationwide road shows and a campaign featuring brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, Gujarat is witnessing an overwhelming tourist inflow this year - despite many infrastructural potholes.

While Gujaratis are known to be great travellers, the state tourism industry has never really flourished. But this year officials point to a sudden spurt. The May-September period this year is estimated to have seen 1.3 million more tourists compared to the same period last year, they say.

62 formally charged in Ahmedabad serial blasts case

62 formally charged in Ahmedabad serial blasts caseGandhinagar, Jan 11 :Hearing in the Ahmedabad serial blasts case is expected to begin Jan 19 with charge sheets being framed against 62 accused in the bombings that killed 57 people and left over 150 injured on July 26, 2008,

The charge sheet was filed in the special court of Bela Trivedi, which will be conducting the proceedings inside the Sabarmati Central Jail at Ahmedabad, for security considerations.

Gang that plundered royal palace for 8 months busted

Gang that plundered royal palace for 8 months busted Gandhinagar, Jan 11 : For eight months a five-member gang of thieves systematically pilfered semi-precious stones, large quantities of silverware and precious heirloom from one of the locked palaces of the Jamnagar royal family in Gujarat before it was nabbed, police said Monday.

According to Rajkot Deputy Inspector General of Police (Saurashtra range) Manoj Shashidhar, initially two men were picked up from a village Saturday night near Limbdi in Surendranagar district by sleuths of the Rapid Response Cell (RRC) and the local police.

'Paa' is tax free in Gujarat after Bachchan visit

PaaGandhinagar, Jan 8 : The Gujarat government has granted tax exemption to the Amitabh Bachchan starrer "Paa", that deals with a rare medical disorder, progeria or accelerated ageing.

A notification granting the tax exemption was issued by the Gujarat government Friday. The tax exemption in the entire state would come into effect from Saturday.

The plea for the tax exemption was made by Bachchan himself during his visit to the state capital Wednesday, when he met Chief Minister Narendra Modi and arranged a special showing of the film for Modi.

Amitabh Bachchan turns Modi admirer

Amitabh-Bachchan-Narendra-ModiGandhinagar, Jan 7 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has a new fan - Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan.

Bachchan, who has fans mooning over him the world over, has gone overboard in his praise for Modi and Gujarat after their meeting here Wednesday.

In his blog the filmstar states: "He (Modi) lives simply and with mere basic needs and most unlike the head of a state. He speaks with affection on development and progress. He is welcoming to fresh ideas and ideals. His oft repeated phrase of him being a CM, a common man, is not misunderstood.

IAS officer faces Gujarat land scam case, sent to jail

Gandhinagar-Gujarat-MapGandhinagar, Jan 7 : An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, arrested Wednesday for the post-earthquake Kutch land scam, was remanded in four days' police custody in Gujarat's Bhuj town, police said. Three others also were arrested Thursday, police added.

The former Kutch district collector and present Bhavnagar Municipal Commissioner, Pradeep Sharma was presented in court of Chief Judicial Magistrate B. J. Jadhav with a plea for seven days' police custody. But the court granted a police remand of four days.

Dismantling of ship off Gujarat coast inevitable

Dismantling of ship off Gujarat coast inevitableGandhinagar, Jan 7 - Platinum II, a ship allegedly carrying toxic material near Bhavnagar in Saurashtra region of Gujarat has virtually run aground. Now, dismantling it is a foregone conclusion.

According to sources in the Gujarat Maritime Board it is now left with no option but to permit the breaking of the ship.

"The bottom of the ship is almost touching land," a source said. The ship anchored off Alang is a virtual wreck reduced to this state because of a tug of war between the government and activists.

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