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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.    

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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)

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