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.

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)

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.

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)

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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