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Cong slams govt for gas price hike, water woes

The Opposition Congress has come down heavily on the state government for increasing gas prices for industries and stopping water supply to farms in north Gujarat.State-owned Gujarat Gas hiked gas prices for industrial consumers by about 10% from December 23. For the ceramic units in Morbi, the price was revised from Rs24.87 per standard cubic metre (scm) to Rs27.37 per scm. For industries in other regions, price was hiked from Rs 26.59 per scm to Rs29.17 per scm.The ceramic industry of Morbi, which was getting gas at a cheaper rate than other industries, and continues to be charged less, has opposed the hike saying it would put additional burden of Rs80 lakh on them.State Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said that the price hike would hurt thousands of ceramic units.He also said that more than 10,000 jeera farmers of Banaskantha were staring at huge losses due to sudden stoppage of Narmada water supply under the pretext of canal repairing. Doshi questioned if the steps were taken in view of reverses suffered by BJP in Morbi as well as Banaskantha.HIKE HURDLESState-owned Gujarat Gas hiked gas prices for industrial consumers by about 10% from December 23. For the ceramic units in Morbi, the price was revised from Rs24.87 per standard cubic metre (scm) to Rs27.37 per scm.

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Congress votes jumped sharply in Saurashtra

If there was any region in Gujarat that voted in a totally different way in 2017 as compared to 2012 was Saurashtra-Kutch. While both the major parties added voters to their previous tally, it was 27.43% gain on the part of Congress to remove the deficit of 21 seats over rival BJP in 2012 to take a seven-seat lead in recent elections.The results also witnessed the resurgent party to narrow the vote lead of 4,30,749 votes in 2012 to 49,351 votes. The prime reason is the addition of 8,14,614 votes by Congress as compared to 3,14,165 votes by BJP in terms of previous elections.The net result was that Congress increased its tally from 16 to 30, while BJP dropped its tally from a massive 35 to 23. Saurashtra region has 48 seats, while Kutch has six seats in the 182-seat Legislative Assembly of Gujarat. Congress was able to regain 16 seats from BJP by conceding only four seats in the region. Seats that Congress wrested from BJP include predominantly rural seats of Dhrangadhra, Morbi, Tankara, Chotila, Wankaner, Jasdan, Kalavad, Jamjodhpur, Khambhaliya, Junagadh, Mangrol, Kodinar, Una, Dhari, Gadhada and Talaja. While the four seats have more urban aspect to it. These include Rajkot-East, Jamnagar-North, Palitana and Jetpur.Saurashtra-Kutch region is the least urbanised among all the regions and this has been one of key reason why BJP suffered a severe setback. With predominantly agrarian economy, the region suffered two erratic monsoons in past three years. What added to the natural calamity was administrative indifference in terms of timely intervention, whether it was ensuring drought and flood relief or remunerative prices for crops like cotton and groundnut. Last minute move to declare MSP for groundnut was too late and too less for the farmers.This region also witnessed the most high profile contest between Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Congress rival Indranil Rajguru from Rajkot-West Constituency. What was supposed to be a keen contest saw Rupani winning by a healthy margin of 53,755 votes.However, former ministers Dilip Sanghani and Bavku Undhad lost their respective battle. Former Finance Minister Saurabh Patel managed to win from Botad by a narrow margin. While Koli heavyweight Purushottam Solanki won, his younger brother Hira Solanki suffered a setback.In fact then Congress vice-president had kicked off his campaign from religious place of Dwarka and his soft Hindutva got reception from the masses. In Amreli, Morbi and Gir Somnath, Congress swept and the contest was absolutely one sided.Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come to Saurashtra on multiple occasions to woo the voters. In Bhavnagar district, from where state BJP President Jitu Waghani had contested, Modi had addressed two rallies and just after Diwali, he had inaugurated the Dahej – Ghogha RO-RO service. BJP won in most the seats in the district.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: PM Modi is a terrific actor, Rahul Gandhi hits back

On a day when both of them were campaigning in Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi attacked PM Modi saying he was a ‘terrific actor’. He claimed that PM Modi only ‘cried a few days before elections’, and not for farmers or students.He was quoted saying by ANI: “He is a terrific actor. You will see he will shed tears a few days before election. He will cry for everything but not for farmers. He will also not cry when students have to shell out money for taking admission in college or people have to go to hospital.”He added: “Congress will win in December. We will waive loans of farmers within 10 days. If govt will function, it will be for farmers, small and medium businesses and you. We will ask what you want and will run the govt accordingly.”Earlier in the day, he had tweeted and said people were demanding answers. 22 salon ka hisaab, Gujarat mange jawaab (Gujarat demands answers for 22 years of BJP rule), he tweeted.Seeking to pin the government down on the issue of housing, Gandhi asked the prime minister whether it would take 45 more years to provide new houses to Gujaratis.Giving numbers to buttress his argument, he said, “First question to the prime minister on the state of affairs in Gujarat – In 2012, he promised to provide 50 lakh new houses, but provided 4.72 lakh in five years. Will the prime minister tell whether it will take another 45 years to fulfil the promise?The prime minister and the opposition leader are in Gujarat today to campaign for their parties ahead of the December 9 and 14 assembly poll.Gandhi will campaign in the state for two days and will start with a visit to the famous Somnath temple.He will also hold public meetings in at least three districts today and tomorrow, party leaders said.Continuing his high decibel campaign in poll-bound Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for calling GST ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ and said those who looted the country could only think of dacoits.Meanwhile, reacting to Gandhi’s criticism of GST, Modi said a recently emerged “economist” was propagating a “grand stupid thought” by suggesting that GST rate be capped at 18 per cent.Making a fresh bid for power in his home state, where the BJP has ruled for over two decades, Modi also listed various development works by the government on water conservation, agriculture and development of the Saurashtra region.Addressing a huge rally in Morbi town in the region, which goes to polls in the first phase on December 9, he accused the Congress of taking credit for minor schemes, like providing hand-pumps, while saying that the BJP rule brought in major works like the Narmada project.Making a strong appeal to the people to vote for the BJP in this Patidar community stronghold, Modi said his party should not be voted out for 100 years.”Today, some so called smart people, some new economists have emerged who are misleading people,” he declared in his speech in Gujarati.”Those who have looted people throughout their life, they can only remember dacoits,” Modi said in a reply to Gandhi’s ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ jibe, recalling the iconic villain from the Bollywood blockbuster “Sholay”.He said Gandhi was propagating a ‘grand stupid thought’ in the name of GST, telling people that they will slash all tax rates and make it 18 per cent.This means 18 per cent tax on salt and 18 per cent tax on luxury cars costing Rs 5 crore, he noted.”What kind of smartness is this… how has such an economist emerged here. You want to make goods used by the poor like clothes, footwear and food costlier and you want to make cigarettes and liquor cheaper,” he said, ripping into the “anti poor” Congress over its criticism of the tax reform.The prime minister went on to say that making cigarettes cheaper means bringing cancer in every home and asked which rich businessmen the opposition leader sought to benefit by making liquor cheaper.He also brought up Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother, the late Indira Gandhi.Recalling the Macchu dam flood tragedy of 1979 in Morbi,the prime minister said he had spent one month working in the town after the disaster as an RSS and Jan Sangh worker.”I remember Indira Gandhi had come here and Chitralekha (a local language magazine) had printed her photo with a handkerchief over her nose, trying to avoid the stench, while another photo on the same front page had RSS workers carrying dead bodies,” he said.”Those who have helped us in times of difficulties should be remembered,” he added.Modi then went on to list how his government had worked to bring waters from the Narmada to the parched regions of Saurashtra and Kutch.”The Congress’ development model was giving hand-pumps. For the BJP it is the SAUNI scheme (the Narmada water project for Saurashtra region), where we will fill dams of Saurashtra through huge pipelines.”The culture of this parched land, Modi said, was to give respect to those who have tried to do something to provide water.”The BJP has done many things and it should not be thrown out of power in the state for the next 100 years,” Modi said.Rahul Gandhi is also in Gujarat today and tomorrow and is expected to address multiple rallies.Modi had on Monday pushed the BJP’s campaign in his home state into a high gear by addressing four back-to-back rallies.Elections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14. The votes will be counted on December With inputs from PTI
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Congress hates Modi and Gujarat because they never had to sweat: PM in Palitana

On Tuesday, PM Modi launched another scathing attack on Congress as he campaigned in Palitana.After speaking in Morbi, he castigated the grand old party he said that the party blocked the Narmada project which would’ve helped Gujarat’s farmers.He said: “When I was Chief Minister I would plead to the Congress and Congress leaders in Gujarat to let us get the Narmada project moving and help our farmers but Congress was not interested.”He went on to add that the Congress hated development and Gujarat. He said: “They hate development, they hate Gujarat, they hate Modi & now they hate sweat also. That is because they have never had to sweat it out in life & work hard. They are mocking everyone who works hard. This is their mindset. Such hatred for the poor is shocking.”Earlier, he attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for calling GST ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ and said those who looted the country could only think of dacoits.In a stinging rebuttal to Gandhi’s repeated criticism of the Goods and Services Tax, a key economic reform of the NDA government, Modi said a recently emerged “economist” was propagating a “grand stupid thought” by suggesting that GST rate be capped at 18 per cent.Also readGujarat elections: Rahul demands, ’22 salon ka hisaab’, Modi rakes up Indira Gandhi’s Morbi visitMaking a fresh bid for power in his home state, where the BJP has ruled for over two decades, Modi also listed various development works by the government on water conservation, agriculture and development of the Saurashtra region.Addressing a huge rally in Morbi town in the region, which goes to polls in the first phase on December 9, he accused the Congress of taking credit for minor schemes, like providing hand-pumps, while saying that the BJP rule brought in major works like the Narmada project.Also readDon’t do discrimination based on state politics: PM ModiMaking a strong appeal to the people to vote for the BJP in this Patidar community stronghold, Modi said his party should not be voted out for 100 years.”Today, some so called smart people, some new economists have emerged who are misleading people,” he declared in his speech in Gujarati.”Those who have looted people throughout their life, they can only remember dacoits,” Modi said in a reply to Gandhi’s ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ jibe, recalling the iconic villain from the Bollywood blockbuster “Sholay”.He said Gandhi was propagating a ‘grand stupid thought’ in the name of GST, telling people that they will slash all tax rates and make it 18 per cent.This means 18 per cent tax on salt and 18 per cent tax on luxury cars costing Rs 5 crore, he noted.”What kind of smartness is this… how has such an economist emerged here. You want to make goods used by the poor like clothes, footwear and food costlier and you want to make cigarettes and liquor cheaper,” he said, ripping into the “anti poor” Congress over its criticism of the tax reform.The prime minister went on to say that making cigarettes cheaper means bringing cancer in every home and asked which rich businessmen the opposition leader sought to benefit by making liquor cheaper.He also brought up Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother, the late Indira Gandhi.Recalling the Macchu dam flood tragedy of 1979 in Morbi, the prime minister said he had spent one month working in the town after the disaster as an RSS and Jan Sangh worker.”I remember then prime minister Indira Gandhi had come here and Chitralekha (a local language magazine) had printed her photo with a handkerchief over her nose, trying to avoid the stench, while another photo on the same front page had RSS workers carrying dead bodies,” he said.”Those who have helped us in times of difficulties should be remembered,” he added.Modi then went on to list how his government had worked to bring waters from the Narmada to the parched regions of Saurashtra and Kutch.”The Congress’ development model was giving hand-pumps.For the BJP it is the SAUNI scheme (the Narmada water project for Saurashtra region), where we will fill dams of Saurashtra through huge pipelines.”The culture of this parched land, Modi said, was to give respect to those who have tried to do something to provide water.”The BJP has done many things and it should not be thrown out of power in the state for the next 100 years,” Modi said.Rahul Gandhi is also in Gujarat today and tomorrow and is expected to address multiple rallies.Modi had on Monday pushed the BJP’s campaign in his home state into a high gear by addressing four back-to-back rallies.Elections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14. The votes will be counted on DecemberWith inputs from PTI
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Chopper service at Ceramic Expo for foreign buyers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The much-awaited ceramic exhibition will be held from November 16 -19 at Mahatma Mandir Exhibition Centre on the sprawling helipad ground in Gandhinagar. What’s luring this year for the odd 2,000 foreign buyers, who are expected to arrive from across 30 countries, is the chopper service they will be able to avail to fly to the event.The people will also be able to visit the factories of ceramics producers in Morbi and half the expense will be borne by the local industry association. However, the move will shorten the time to finalise the deal, say some of the key industry players.”This is the first time that we have hired a chopper service. If a local player feels that by facilitating a factory visit to a buyer, the deal is likely to be expedited, he can choose a buyer,” said Nilesh Jetpariya, president of Morbi Ceramics Association.The event will be spread across 50,000 square metres, with more than 250 exhibitors, over 400 brands and ceramics in several sizes and designs under one roof.Local players from Morbi had visited 65 countries in the run up to the expo to invite the buyers. Special attention is being paid to potential markets of the USA, Europe and Australia, where the penetration from the players of Morbi is very less.India has the second largest tiles market in the world. While the global tiles production grew at an annualised rate of 6.3% for the period 2006-2013, tiles production in India grew almost double at 12.0% during the same period. Ceramic tiles that accounts for close to 60% of the total tiles demand in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.7% for the period 2014-2019.”Ceramics industry, in line with the key agenda of the Government of India of Make in India, Skill India, and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan amongst others. It is our constant endeavour to keep innovating and contribute to the country’s economic growth and create further employment across states. The industry contributes close to $ 4 billion in revenues and employ more than 10 lakhs skilled and unskilled personnel,”said Jetparia, who is also the President of the expo.THE ATTRACTIONS2,000 buyers from over 30 countries will visit the exhibitionNov. 16 -19 are the dates when the expo will be held250 exhibitors will participate in the event

Morbi’s ceramic tile sector affected by GST

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 28% has severely hit nearly 650 manufacturers of ceramic tiles in Morbi. Prior to GST, ceramic products had 5% Value Added Tax (VAT) and excise duty of 12.5%. Players claim that high GST has made their products lose competitive edge over imports from China, which have risen over 25% since July, when GST was rolled out. On the other hand, export shipments from Morbi have halved in the same period.”Since July this year, the Chinese imports in the country have risen by about 25-30% and our exports have halved,” said KG Kundariya, president of Morbi Ceramics Association.He blamed high logistics cost within India for blunting the competitive edge of domestic players. “Shipment cost from China to southern India is lower than transport cost from Morbi to remote places of the country. This makes local products relatively costlier,” he said.It is to be noted that betting high on adaptation of technology, ceramic players have created a competitive edge in production, both in the domestic and export marketd, giving their Chinese competitors a run for money. But the introduction of GST that too at such a high rate has come as a jolt for them, just when they were strengthening their position.

Surendranagar, Morbi tense, 2 killed in clashes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s been close to five years since the Popat Bharvad murder took place, but the bloodshed continues. The ‘revenge’ saga claimed two more lives on Thursday, taking the total number of murders to four, when members of Bharvad and Darbar (Rajput) communities clashed in Chuli and Soladi, two villages between Dhrangadhra in Surendranagar and Morbi. According to Rajkot Range IGP, DN Patel, Darbar community members were going to Dhrangdhra in more than 200 cars to attend the condolence meet of Indrasinh Zala, a former president of Dhrangadhra municipality, who was hacked to death by around 15 men on Friday night.At Chuli village, some 3km from Halwad, 20-25 Bharvad community members had gathered at a temple to discuss an upcoming festival. Seeing the gathering, Darbar community members stopped at the temple. Soon, there was an argument and a clash erupted. One Ranabhai Bharvad, 50, a resident of Halvad, was killed in firing. As the news spread, clashes erupted in nearby Soladi village, where a Bharvad community member has reportedly died.His identity could not be confirmed till the time of going to press. Besides the loss of life, some 12 persons have been hospitalised with injuries and around 10 cars and 25 two-wheelers were set on fire. Police said Thursday’s clashes erupted after a video of Zala’s condolence meet went viral. Internet services have been suspended in Morbi and Surendranagar till 6 pm on Friday.A total of 15 companies have been deployed to keep vigil in Surendranagar and Morbi. Three DIGs — DN Patel, Brijeshkumar Jha, and Ajaikumar Chaudhary — have been sent to the districts. Around 35 ST buses with more than 700 passengers are halted at various police stations. The buses will proceed only with police escort, said sources. Zala was travelling with his family when he was pulled out of a car and murdered. His brother Ajitsinh then filed a police complaint, saying Bharvad’s associates were pursuing a vendetta against Zala.Dhrangdhra has been on the edge ever since Zala’s murder, with mobs taking to streets outside Gandhi hospital, where his postmortem was conducted. Several parked vehicles near the hospital were torched or vandalised. Bharvad, a history-sheeter, was allegedly clubbed to death in Dhrangdhra town in September 2012. Zala, his brother Dilipsinh and two others were arrested on the charges of his murder. Zala, an undertrial prisoner, was out on interim bail. His murder came just three days before his bail was to end.

Soon, single brand for ceramic exports from Morbi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a move unprecedented in India’s industrial history, ceramic exporters from Morbi will soon come up with a common brand that will follow standardised quality parameters. This will not only eliminate competition among local players to grab overseas orders, which forces them to compromise on margins, but also enable them to improve quality and fetch better margins.In 2016-17, Morbi, the largest ceramic manufacturing hub of India, had about 650 ceramic producers, who recorded a turnover of about Rs28,500 crore and exports worth Rs6,200 crore. Experts say when there are multiple brands, players, especially the smaller ones, are unable to fetch premium as well as volumes in overseas markets. Quality control, too, becomes a problem, which eventually hurts individual brands, putting at stake the reputation Morbi has been trying to build at the global level.“Quality issues affect repeat orders. We cannot afford to compromise on the reputation. We plan to have an agency dedicated to lay down quality standards and ensure these are met. A complaint regarding quality of product will be dealt through a single window,” said KG Kundariya, president of Morbi Ceramics Association – Vitrified Tiles Division.The association also plans to rate exporters and common pooling of export orders. Things are expected to be finalised in about two months. In the longer run, this will reduce marketing expenses as well, Kundariya added.However, experts have a word of caution. Sanjay Chakraborty, chief communication adviser at Ahmedabad-based EssKsee Consultancy, suggested the move should not elbow out small manufacturers and the systems and processes should be transparent to provide a level-playing field to all exporters not withstanding their size. Shailesh Patwari, president of the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the established brands may be reluctant to surrender their customer base, but the common branding should be a win-win proposition.Kundariya responded that the idea behind a common brand is to improve the quality and services of small manufacturers. Established brands will have the option of co-branding their brand with the larger brand.Why single brandExperts say when there are multiple brands, players, especially the smaller ones, are unable to fetch premium as well as volumes in overseas markets. Quality control, too, becomes a problem, which eventually hurts individual brands, putting at stake the reputation Morbi has been trying to build at the global level.Morbi and ceramics70% of India’s and 5% of world’s total ceramic production is in MorbiIt has more than 600 ceramic factories Its ceramic industry recorded a turnover of Rs28,500 cr in 2016-17

Heavy rains trigger flood-like situation in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Torrential rains pounded parts of Gujarat today, leading to a deluge-like situation at several places, even as the state’s disaster management authority has been put on alert to tackle any emergency situation. Tankara gauged a massive 280 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. Teams of the disaster management department with the help of National Disaster Response Force personnel rescued around 14 people stranded in floodwaters in the district. “Tankara taluka received heavy rainfall in a short span of time. The rainwater breached several check dams, leading to heavy water-logging,” Morbi Collector IK Patel said. “Three persons were stranded on a highway after their car was washed away in the rainwater. 11 others were stuck in a slum area in Tankara due to flooding. We rescued all of them with the help of National Disaster Response Force personnel,” Patel said. Suigam taluka in Banaskantha in north Gujarat, Kodinar taluka in Gir Somnath and Kalyanpur in Devbhoomi Dwarka guaged 110 mm of precipitation overnight, which led to traffic snarls. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the state’s disaster management authority has been put on alert to tackle any emergency situation. “Saurashtra region has received early rains … several areas have received heavy rainfall. The disaster management department is ready to tackle any emergency situation. The administration will ensure that the people do not face any trouble due to rain,” Rupani told reporters here. The low-lying areas in Ahmedabad are waterlogged. The city recorded 31 mm of rainfall. NDRF teams in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara have also been put on alert. Several areas in Gir Somnath, Jamnagar, Morbi, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Banaskantha, Patan, Surat and Navsari districts received heavy rainfall, IMD officials said. Sharp showers drenched Bhavnagar, Surendranagar, Veraval, Vadodara and Gandhinagar in the daytime. The IMD has warned of “heavy to very heavy” rains in Gujarat in the next three days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Harassed for being unable to bear son, woman sets self,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fed up with the “torture” by her husband and in-laws for being unable to bear a male child, a woman, along with her two daughters, including a 13-day-old girl, today allegedly set herself ablaze at her residence in Morbi town, police said. According to an FIR lodged by the Morbi town police, the 26-year-old woman, Sheetal Parmar, allegedly committed suicide along with her two daughters as she was fed up with the torture from her husband and in-laws for “failing to give birth to a baby boy”. “When we reached her house, we found charred bodies of Sheetal and daughters Payal (13 days old) and Jinkal (3). Prima facie, she poured kerosene over herself and the daughters and set her and them ablaze this morning,” Sub- Inspector H B Bhadaniya said. Based on a complaint lodged by Sheetal’s brother Amarsinh Ganjaria, the Morbi police filed a case of abetment of suicide under section 306 of Indian Penal Code against Sheetal’s husband Dayaram and in-laws Narsinh and Sharda, he said. The accused trio was not present at the house when the police reached there, he said. “As per Ganjaria, Dayaram and his parents started tormenting Sheetal soon after she gave birth to her second daughter. They used to taunt her for failing to give birth to a boy,” Bhadaniya added. “The complainant alleged that Sheetal took the extreme step as the torture from her husband and in-laws” was unbearable,” he said, adding the hunt is on to nab the accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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