PM Modi's pinstriped suit fetches Rs. 4.31 crores at auction

PM Modi's pinstriped suit fetches Rs. 4.31 crores at auction

Surat, Feb 20 : The auction for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monogrammed pinstriped suit ended on Friday, with the winning bid fetching Rs. 4.31 crores.

Diamond merchant Hitesh Patel placed the winning bid, stating that he would like to keep the suit in his office.

"We will keep the suit in our office as a reminder of the noble cause we took part in," Patel said, after he was announced as the winner of the auction.

The pinstripe suit in question was gifted to the Prime Minister by NRI businessman Rameshkumar Bhikabhai Virani. Prime Minister Modi had worn the suit while attending the Republic Day Parade.

Proceeds from the auction will be used in the 'Namaami Gange' project which is a government initiative. (ANI)

Buyers flock to jewellery stores as gold prices decline

GoldSurat, Nov. 4 - A decline in gold prices led to a huge rush of customers across jewellery stores in Surat.

The sudden drop in prices after a year-long high has benefited not only the buyers, but the sellers are also expecting a high growth in sale.

"As the gold prices have reduced a lot so the buyers' budget has become limited and the people are also looking at it for investment purpose. Today the gold price is Rs. 26,350, at the rate of 22 carat for Rs. 2,41,000 per 100 grams whereas near Diwali it was 274 and a year or so earlier it was around Rs. 3, 30,000 now the price has reduced to Rs. 2, 63,000," said a jeweller Tushar Choksi.

KBC 8 travels to Surat for its grand premiere

KBC 8 travels to Surat for its grand premiereSurat - Megastar Amitabh Bachchan today returned to host`s chair for the eighth season of popular quiz show `Kaun Banega Crorepati`, which made its season premiere in a grand style in the diamond city of Gujarat for the first time.

Bachchan, 71, who is also the brand ambassador of Gujarat tourism, shook a leg on his hit numbers including `Main Hoon Don` and `Party Toh Banti Hai` before taking to the host`s chair.

VHP leader Togadia slams government for not hanging Afzal Guru

 VHP leader Togadia slams government for not hanging Afzal Guru Surat, Oct 10 : Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia has criticized the government for delaying the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack accused to grab minority Muslims votes.

Togadia said: "The government is maintaining silence on this issue just to grab Muslim votes."

He urged the people to start a movement against militancy and political leaders who provide protection to anti- national elements.

10-year-old Azmat wins 'L'il Champs'

10-year-old Azmat wins 'L'il Champs'Surat, Oct 2 - He is 10, can neither read nor write - but Azmat Hussain from Jaipur went on to win Zee TV's "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs" on the grand finale of the singing reality show here Saturday night.

At a grand ceremony, little Azmat received his moment of fame and the winner's trophy from Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

Hussain pipped 13-year-old Salman Ali from Mewar and Nitin Kumar, 14, from Mubarakpur, to win the title. He has won a family trip to Disneyland four four nights and five days.

Parents in Surat claim polio drops killed infant

A two-month-old baby girl was died of high fever and infection. But its parents have claimed that the child died after taking the polio drops. They have said that the baby died after 48 hours of taking the polio drops. The local civic authorities in Surat have provided the polio medicine.

However, authorities have denied the allegation saying the baby girl was died of high fever.

The girl named Khusbhu of Sriram society at Amroli had high fever and infection. She was then taken to private clinic and later has been forwarded to the civil hospital where she breathes her last. Her parents have given some tablets to control the fever but the condition was so bad to save her as per the hospital officials.

Surat residents suffering from water- borne diseases

Water-Borne-DiseasesSummer season and water-borne diseases go hand in hand. Surat residents welcomed summer, followed by water-borne diseases. It was reported that city has been suffering from gastroenteritis and several other water-borne diseases.

A fresh episode in this entire journey is the death of Nirav Rathod (5), a resident of Anand Nagar in Sagrampura, who complained of vomiting and diarrhea and was admitted at the New Civil Hospital on Sunday. The very same day Nirav died due to gastroenteritis.

A temple where devotees offer crabs to Lord Shiva

A temple where devotees offer crabs to Lord ShivaSurat, Jan. 11 : While devotees are generally known for offering flowers, incense sticks, fruits, and milk to deities at temples, the devotees at a Lord Shiva temple in Gujarat offer crabs.

On the occasion of Makar Sankranti season that usually falls in mid-January, hundreds of devotees make a beeline at this temple with their offerings of live crabs.

Offering crabs has been an age-old ritual here, as devotees believe with this their wishes will get fulfilled by offering crab at the Ramnath Shiv Ghela temple here.

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.

Building collapses in Surat

Building collapses in SuratSurat, Oct 4 : Five people of a family were pulled out alive from the debris of an old three-story house that collapsed here on Saturday night.

All the Bohra family members were in the building when the house collapsed but were extracted out of it with minor injuries.

"We were having our dinner at that time. My entire family was there. We had realised that the building was going to collapse. Fortunately, we were sitting by the side of our bed. That''s why we were saved as the falling roof beams did not hit," said H K Bohra, a rescued man.

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.

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.

‘Dandiya on skates’ latest rampage in Surat

‘Dandiya on skates’ latest rampage in SuratSurat, Sep. 22 : Adventurous youngsters in Surat have taken the festive Dandiaya fever a step further by displaying the traditional dance on roller skates.

‘Dandiya on skates’ seems to have swept across the city, with 250 students performing during a recent show.

“Around 250 students have participated in the dandiya and garba dance programme on skates. They have been practicing it for two years. Now they have learnt how to perform dandiya on skates properly,” said Meena Modi, a skating teacher, whose brainchild is ‘Dandiya on skates’.

Nakoda Textile Industries picks 18.5% stake in Surat Super Yarn Park

Nakoda Textile Industries picks 18.5% stake in Surat Super Yarn ParkNakoda Textile Industries Ltd., one of the leading players in the fully drawn yarn market, has informed that it has picked 18.5% stake in Surat Super Yarn Park.

Surat Super Yarn Park Ltd. (SSYPL) is a SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) floated by the Nakoda group, Shubhlaxmi Group and the Kothari Group under the 'Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks" brought out by the Ministry of Textiles.

Next total solar eclipse to occur after 123 years

Next total solar eclipse to occur after 123 yearsAgra/Surat/Gaya, July 23 : The longest duration solar eclipse, which was seen in various parts of India on Wednesday, will happen only after 123 years.

However, the next solar eclipse - an annual one - will occur next year.

Enthusiasts including foreigners converged to parts of India to witness the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century.

In Agra, the view was spectacular where the sun was seen being eclipsed in the backdrop of Taj Mahal.

Tourists said they had come all the way to watch the sight.

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.

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.

Small revival of Surat diamond industry brings smile back to workers

Small revival of Surat diamond industry brings smile back to workersSurat, Apr 27: After a lull, diamond market in Surat was abuzz with activity following slight spurt in demand for high quality diamond.

Reportedly, over a hundred thousands of workers had lost their jobs following the recent recessionary trends.

With the current revival in a portion of the industry, recruitment of highly skilled workers has commenced.

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.

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.

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