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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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