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MMRDA blinks, cedes BKC plot for bullet train terminal

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has blinked first in the long stand-off over the land reserved for the International Financial Service Centre (IFSC) in Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) and ceded it to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. An underground terminal for the bullet train and IFSC will now be accommodated on the same plot.This development comes after the Railways informed the MMRDA earlier this week that the alternate site for the terminal, near Mithi River in BKC’s G Block, was not feasible. It insisted on the same plot which the state government had reserved for IFSC.UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner of MMRDA, told DNA, “We were informed by the Railways that the Mithi River site is not feasible, and now we have told our consultant to prepare a new design. There will be some complications but a new design will be prepared to accommodate both.”MMRDA and the state government were reluctant to give up the plot, citing that MMRDA needed vacant land for IFSC.MMRDA had also pointed out that the land rate at BKC is very high.It wanted to monetise land parcels there to garner funds for crucial infrastructure projects under Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). However, the bullet train project is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project, and on the Centre’s demand, the State changed its decision.Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train in Gujarat in September 2017. The high-speed corridor will be elevated, and bullet train will ply at 300 km to 350 km per hour. The 12 proposed stations between Mumbai and Ahmedabad are BKC, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati. The distance would be covered in two hours and 58 minutes.

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AMC’s annual carnival branches out to more venues across city

This year will be the tenth edition of Kankaria Carnival and to make it more memorable, the authority at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has planned to organise cultural events, outside of Kankaria Lakefront.Performances have been scheduled at Vastrapur amphitheater and Sabarmati Riverfront as a part of the Kankaria Carnival. Kankaria Carnival is a week long festival held at the Kankaria Lakefront in the start week of December, since 2007. The event was marked to celebrate former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. During seven days, many performances are being held like cultural and art performances. Daily lesser show is also being organized every year.”It’s been nine years, the celebration is happening at Kankaria, majority of the people located are eastern side of the riverbank visit the event, while to engage more people form western side, we are organizing the event at two more places other than Kankaria,” said an official of AMC.”This is a public event and for public, so that we want to reach out to maximum people we can, so that people take part at a large number and enjoy the event,” added the official.At Sabarmati Riverfront jugalbandhi of Pankaj Udhas and Manhar Udhas is going to have, which according to the authority is it happening for the first time that the Udhas bothers are performing together, ever. At Vastrapur Kabir Cafe is going to have performance.It is to be noted that DNA did a story on how Kankaria carnival is losing its sheen over the year and authority has shown least interest for this annual event.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Stakes high in Guj’s top 4 cities

To continue its winning streak in Gujarat and retain power in the recently concluded state Assembly elections for a fifth consecutive time, the BJP will have to clinch four major cities —Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat. Of the 37 seats across these cities, in the 2012 polls, BJP had won 34 seats. However, if the Congress is able to make inroads in these cities, it can upset BJP’s apple-cart.In Ahmedabad, traditionally, whichever party has taken the lead has gone on to form the government. In 1985, when Congress had last formed the government in Gujarat, it had won 10 of the 12 seats in Ahmedabad. At the time, Ashok Bhatt of BJP had won Khadia while Babubhai Vasanwala for Janata Party had won Ellis Bridge and the rest had been taken by Congress. Since then, Congress has never taken the city, nor state. In the 1990 polls, it bagged only two Muslim-dominated seats of Shaher Kotda and Jamalpur. Narhari Amin and Babubhai Vasanwala from Janta Dal won the Sabarmati and Ellisbridge seats respectively, while BJP bagged the rest. Ultimately, the Chimanbhai Patel-led Janata Dal won 70, while BJP won 67 seats and a JD-BJP coalition government was formed. However, since then, it has been BJP all the way, with Congress winning only the Muslim-dominated seats. It the outgoing Assembly, it only had two MLAs from the city.Now, poll watchers say that the Congress can add about two seats to its existing tally of two seats. The party though feels that it has a legitimate shot in six constituencies, mainly because of the Patidar agitation. Local factors like relative strength of candidates, demonetization and GST will also play a role. Party spokesman Kailash Gadhvi sees Congress victory in Danilimda, Jamalpur-Khadia, Shahpur, Thakkarbapanagar, Nicol and Vejalpur. “Demonetization and GST has hurt small businessmen and masses. Urban areas suffer from high cost of education and health services. There is high degree of joblessness affecting the youth. All these factors are now in our favour,” Gadhvi told DNA.Meanwhile in Surat, also a BJP bastion, the party currently holds all the seats. Economic slowdown aggravated by demonetization and GST has put a spanner in its loyal votebank of small traders and manufacturers. When GST was implemented, the city was at the forefront in its opposition in June and July this year. At the time, the party had to send a central team of tax officials to placate the businessmen. In the run up to the voting, Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sitharaman and Purushottam Rupala began an outreach to meet local leaders. Therefore, poll watchers feel the Congress might be able to spring a surprise in Varachha Road, Kamrej and Surat – North.Additionally, though BJP had won all the six city seats in Vadodara in 2012, the Congress is optimistic about winning there. In Rajkot, the BJP holds two of the three seats, but Congress just might flip the equation and gain a lead this year.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: Congress files anticipatory complaint with EC against PM Modi’s ‘roadshow’

The chief electoral officer in Gujarat BB Swain said that the Congress party’s Gujarat unit had filed an anticipatory complaint with the EC against Narendra Modi’s roadshow in Ranip area of Sabarmati constituency.Modi is a voter registered in Sabarmati constituency and on the day of second phase polls, Modi held a roadshow in a car and on feet after casting his vote. Thousands of people had turned up to welcome Modi and Congress complained that PM tried to influence the voters by the roadshow.Swain said, “We received the complaint from Congress at around 11:55am and that was anticipatory complaint seeking actions to stop the road show. They had a doubt that PM could hold a road show when thousands of people turned up near the polling station where he was to cast his vote. We have issued order to District Election Officer(collector) in Ahmedabad to run a probe and we will also check the facts with Model Code of Conduct committee that keeps vigil on the spot. We will also assess the video footages.”Also readGujarat elections 2017: ‘Modi, Modi’ chants and 500-metre walk – When PM Narendra Modi stood in queue to cast his vote The Gujarat BJP in-charge Bhupendra Yadav, however, slammed Congress over the issue and said, “Congress is making foul cry on the issue as they have conceded to loss. There is no indication that Congress can make comeback in Gujarat and they also now knew that. This is the reason why they are creating ruckus on this issue. BJP is going to form a government in Gujarat with more than 150 seats in Gujarat assembly.”On the other side, the complaints of Bluetooth network traced near the polling stations also were received from many places across the areas where polls are going on. Incidents were reported at different polling stations in Ahmedabad, Kheda, Panchmahals, Patan, Mehsana and Banaskantha districts.Also readGujarat elections 2017 LIVE updates: Various incidents of clashes reported; row over PM’s ‘roadshow’ The election commission has directed the district election officers to investigate the issue with the technical experts of Bharat Electronics Limited.”We have asked our officials to run the probe and the reports from Ghatlodia constituency and Godhara have come. In both the cases, mobile device having promiscuous names were found in the range of polling station creating misunderstanding. We are waiting for other reports and will report to election commission about the incident,” Swain said.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Video shows BJP workers gifting sarees, ‘buying’ votesThe incident of Ghatlodia constituency in Ahmedabad and Godhra seat in Panchmahals were investigated by the election officers and technical experts. In the incident of Ghatlodia, mobile device of Intex company having model name ECO105 was found while in the case of Godhra, the mobile device of Lava company having model name ARC-05 was found.The EC also received two complaints of clashes in state and those were in Hasanpura village near Visnagar town of Mehsana district and in Savli town of Vadodara district. The CEO informed that in both the cases, the situation was brought under control by the security staff and it didn’t affect the poll process.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Can BJP hold on to its bastion?

With reports indicating that the first phase of the Assembly elections was a close fight between the BJP and the Congress, the poll outcome could very well be decided in the second phase. Of the 93 seats that go to polls in the second phase on Thursday, as many as 21 are in Ahmedabad district, including 16 in the city. The way Ahmedabad votes would have a huge say on which party comes to power.Since the 1990s, when BJP emerged as the dominant player in the state, Ahmedabad city has been its stronghold. In the 2012 Assembly elections, the party won 14 out of 16 seats on offer. In 2007, it won 11 of 13 seats, whereas in the 2002 polls, which were held a few months after the post-Godhra riots, the party won nine of 13 Assembly segments.While the BJP is confident of retaining its seats in Ahmedabad city, there are signs that it is unlikely to be a smooth sailing as in the past few elections.Of the 16 seats, Ghatlodia, Naranpura, Ellisbridge, Maninagar, Sabarmati, Vatva and Naroda are seen as safe seats for the BJP. The party would also seem to have the upper hand in seats such as Vejalpur, Thakkarbapa Nagar, Asarwa (SC) and Amraiwadi, but interesting contests can be expected on the remaining five seats of Nikol, Bapunagar, Jamalpur-Khadia, Danilimda (SC) and Dariapur.The Congress had won Danilimda and the minority-dominated Dariapur seats in the 2012 polls, and is confident of retaining the two seats. The two sitting MLAs, Shailesh Parmar from Danilimda, and Gayasuddin Sheikh from Dariapur, are seen as having strong chances of getting re-elected. The party is also confident of winning the Jamalpur-Khadia seat, which again has a sizeable Muslim population.For the BJP, a key concern in the elections is the Patidar factor. The community has been the strongest supporter of the party in the past couple of decades, but a large number of Patidars are unhappy with the state government due to denial of reservation benefits, and many are likely to vote against the BJP in the elections.A number of Patidar dominated seats in Surat and Saurashtra, which went to polls in the first phase, saw a higher turnout, giving jitters to the BJP. A repeat of the same in Patidar dominated seats such as Ghatlodia, Sabarmati, Naranpur and Thakkarbapa Nagar, could be a cause of worry for the party. Naroda seat too has a significant Patidar population.If the high turnout in other Patidar belts was already not a concern, the tremendous response to quota stir leader Hardik Patel’s roadshow in the city on Monday, would be a cause of worry for the BJP. Hardik has publicly appealed to his community to throw out the BJP in the elections.HIGH PROFILE SEATSManinagar: Represented by PM Modi in 2002, 2007 and 2012, before his elevation as PM Naranpura: Seat was won by BJP president Amit Shah Ghatlodia: Won by former chief minister Anandiben Patel in 2012 with a margin of 1.10 lakh votes, the highest among all

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | BJP’s showstopper PM Modi ends campaign at Ambaji’s feet

Lakhs of people standing on both sides of the Sabarmati riverfront and on the bridges connecting two sides of Ahmedabad city cheered Prime Minister Narendra Modi by shouting slogans in his favour as he boarded a sea plane for Dharoi Dam reservoir and returned on Tuesday.He tweeted, “My campaign journey in Gujarat, which began with the blessings of Ashapura Mata, ended today with the blessings of Maa Amba. Experienced tremendous spiritual bliss and satisfaction of Karma Yog.”In fact, the PM was to hold a roadshow criss-crossing the length and breadth of the city on Tuesday but police did not grant the permission for the same. But, the surprise show by PM of taking flight through seaplane enthralled Amdavadis. This was perhaps the promise to Ahmedabad by PM of further development in future too.PM reached Dharoi dam reservoir in Mehsana district through this sea plane after boarding it from Sabarmati river and then reached famous Ambaji temple in Banaskantha istrict by road to seek the blessing of the goddess at the Shaktipeeth.”After three and a half years, I got the honour to travel across the length and breadth of Gujarat to seek the blessings of the people. I urge my sisters and brothers of Gujarat to vote in record numbers on the December 14,” the PM tweeted on his campaign. The PM addressed a total of 34 rallies during the Gujarat polls and 17 each for both the phases. He travelled across the state covering approximately 3,500 km distance and visited almost all the districts.Where Modsubi is still CM, and Indira recalledChhota Udepur/Pavi Jetpur: Time seems to have come to a standstill in some tribal areas of Gujarat. More than three years after Narendra Modi became the PM, for a section of people here he is still the CM. In the interior areas of Chhota Udepur district, dominated by STs such as the Rathwas, voters said that when it came to politics, they knew of only three factors — Modi, Modi’s party and the Congress. Few referred to the BJP by name, calling it Modi’s party. And when prodded about the Congress, the only name they could readily recall was that of Indira Gandhi. “Modi will again become the CM of Gujarat,” they said.—PTI inputsModi to votePrime Minister Narendra Modi will be among the top BJP leaders who will cast their votes in the second phase of Gujarat Assembly elections in Ahmedabad on December 14. The BJP said that Modi will cast his vote at Nishan Vidyalaya in Ranip on Thursday.Party veteran LK Advani, who did not campaign in the polls, will cast his vote in Shahpur. BJP president Amit Shah will vote at the Sub-zonal office in Naranpura, whereas Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will vote at Chimanbhai Patel Institute on SG Highway.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: On last day of campaign, PM Modi makes a splash with seaplane ride

Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended the campaign for the second phase of Gujarat assembly polls in style today as he took a seaplane ride from the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam in north Gujarat and returned after offering prayers at the famous Ambaji Temple.He boarded the single-engine seaplane from near the Sardar Bridge connecting the old city with Ahmedabad West and flew to Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani claimed this was the first time a seaplane landed on a water body in the country.A special floating platform was constructed on the river to facilitate the prime minister board the plane.The plane took off from the Sardar Bridge-end amid chants of “Modi-Modi” from BJP workers and city-dwellers, who flocked to the Sabarmati riverfront.After his plane landed on the water of Dharoi dam, the prime minister proceeded to the Ambaji Temple in Banaskantha district via road.Watch: Quest Kodiak aircraft, the seaplane taken by PM Modi from Sabarmati riverFrom Dharoi dam site, he reached the temple by road after covering a distance of around 50km. He was greeted by the people of Ambaji town during a roadshow that stretched from the outskirts of the temple town till near the shrine.A large number of locals lined up on both sides of the road leading to the famous shrine to have a glimpse of Modi, who reciprocated by waving at them.At the temple, Modi performed ‘puja’ of Goddess Amba Mata and took blessings from priests. He spent almost 15 minutes at the temple.From the temple, he arrived at the Dharoi dam site and boarded the seaplane for a return journey to the Sabarmati River.A large number of common people and BJP workers gathered on the Sabarmati riverfront to greet the prime minister upon his arrival.Yesterday, Modi told an election rally that for the first time in the history of the country a seaplane would land on the Sabarmati river.”I will go to Ambaji in the seaplane after landing in Dharoi dam and come back,” he said.He said the BJP had planned a roadshow today in Ahmedabad. “However, the administration didn’t give permission (for the event). As I had time, I decided to go to Ambaji in the seaplane,” Modi said.”We cannot have airports everywhere, so our government has planned to have these seaplanes,” he said.Rupani yesterday said this would for the first time in the country’s history that a seaplane would land on a water body and that would be the Sabarmati river.The campaigning for the second and final phase of voting which will take place on December 14, covering the remaining 93 assembly seats, ended this evening.The first phase of polling, covering 89 seats, took place on December 9. The results will be declared on December 18. Gujarat has a 182-member assembly.

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Gujarat polls: Rahul hopes for ‘zabardast result’; give a fitting reply to opposition’s lies, says Modi

In the last message before the curtains were drawn on the campaign for the Gujarat Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the voters to give a “fitting reply to the negativity and lies of the opposition.”In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Modi urged people to vote in record numbers in the second phase of Gujarat polls on December 14. “I call upon the people of Gujarat to not only give the BJP an overwhelming majority but also ensure that BJP wins in every polling booth across the state,” he said. Targetting the opposition, Modi said he never imagined that his opponents would spread “lies about Gujarat, Gujarat’s growth and about me personally and that it was natural for every Gujarati to feel hurt.” Also readGujarat Elections: Campaigning ends, both Modi-Rahul visit temples on the last day Claiming that the “victory of BJP is a guarantee for a bright future,” Modi said no Gujarati will let go off a “golden opportunity of development.”Also readGujarat Elections 2017: From Neech Aadmi to Pakistan-Ahmed Patel row; statements that dominated the campaign “With the Government of India and Government of Gujarat working together, the strength rises manifold. This 1+ 1 is not 2 but 11 and together we will take Gujarat to new heights. No Gujarati will let go off a golden opportunity of development of our youth and coming generations. Victory of BJP is a guarantee for a bright future,” he said on Twitter. “I am devoting my life for the betterment of crores of people of Gujarat and India. Have been fortunate to always get your blessings. I am sure you will continue to bless us in these elections too by voting for BJP,” he added. Also readGujarat assembly elections: PM Narendra Modi takes off in seaplane from Sabarmati riverEarlier in the day, Modi took a seaplane ride from the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam in north Gujarat and returned after offering prayers at the famous Ambaji Temple, ending the ampaign for the second phase of the polls with much fanfare. While the BJP is hopeful to retain power in the state that it has ruled for 22 uninterrupted years, the Congress looking to make a dent in the saffron party’s victory march. Congress president- elect Rahul Gandhi, who has led the party’s campaign in the state, today said there is a “tremendous undercurrent” against the BJP and the results will be “zabardast.””It is for the first time in an election that Modiji has not spoken about corruption…about farmers. There is (zabardast) tremendous undercurrent (against the BJP). Be it Patidars, OBCs, Dalits, farmers….all are angry. Public mood has undergone ‘zabardast’ change,” Rahul said at a press conference in Ahmedabad. “The Congress will win the election….the results will be ‘zabardast’,” Mr Gandhi said.The campaigning for the second and final phase of voting which will take place on December 14, covering the remaining 93 assembly seats, ended this evening. The first phase of polling, covering 89 seats, took place on December 9. The results for 182-member assembly will be declared on December 18.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Ahmedabad home to richest as well as poorest netas!

Ahmedabad has the unique distinction of being home to the richest as well as poorest candidates contesting in the second phase of elections in Gujarat.An analysis of the affidavits of candidates, who are contesting in the second phase of polls in Gujarat, revealed that three out of four top candidates with zero assets, as well as all the top three candidates with low assets, are from the district.Two of the top three candidates with the highest income come from Ahmedabad. Also only one of the top three candidates with high assets is from the same place.The candidate with the lowest asset is one Rakshaben Solanki, contesting from Sabarmati seat in Ahmedabad. Her assets is worth only Rs 700. Two candidates from Nikol and one from Bapunagar (in Ahmedabad) are among the four candidates with zero assets.The candidate with the highest assets in the second phase is also from Ahmedabad- Pankaj Patel who is contesting as a Congress candidate from Daskroi. He has total assets worth Rs231 crore. The one with the highest income is Arvind Patel of the BJP, contesting from Sabarmait seat in Ahmedabad. He has an annual income of Rs 2 crore and a combined income (self+ spouse+ dependent) of Rs 13 crore.The analysis has also revealed that the average asset per candidate for BJP was Rs7.80 crore while for Congress it was Rs9.80 crore. Major General Anil Verma, head of the National Election Watch, said the second phase analysis shows that Congress leads in terms of crorepatis (average asset per candidate) and criminal candidates.Of the 822 candidates whose affidavits were analysed, 199 (24%) are crorepatis. 77% of candidates of the BJP are crorepatis, while it is 76% for the Congress.In fact, the Aam Aadmi Party that claims to represent the cause of the common man has 71% (5 of its 7 candidates) crorepatis. Of the total candidates analysed, 8% (66) have assets more than Rs5 crore while 21% (171) have assets in the range of Rs50 lakh to Rs2 crore.Some have high assets, but no incomeThe analysis also found that 24 candidates have assets worth more than Rs1 crore, but have not declared their income tax details. “In the case of income from farming, the earnings are exempt from income tax. Of the top three candidates with highest assets who have not declared their income tax details, almost none have revealed that they earn by farming. It raises the question why these people haven’t revealed their income tax details,” said Major General Anil Verma, head of the National Election Watch.
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Gujarat elections 2017 | 249 candidates left for 21 seats in Ahmedabad

With close to 100 candidates withdrawing their nominations, 249 candidates are left in the fray from the 21 assembly seats in Ahmedabad on Thursday, the last day for withdrawals, officials said.At 22, Viramgam seat has the highest number of contesting candidates, after 12 nominations were withdrawn. BJP has fielded former Congress MLA Tejshree Patel from the seat. Vatva, Bapunagar and Dhandhuka seats, all three held by BJP, have 16 candidates each in the fray. Danilimda (SC), from where Congress’s Shailesh Parmar is seeking re-election, has just six candidates in the fray, the lowest among all seats. The two BJP strongholds of Maninagar and Ellisbridge have seven and eight contesting candidates respectively.Sanand and Nikol seats have 14 candidates left in the fray, while Ghatlodia and Dholka seats will see a contest between 13 candidates. Congress had won Sanand seat in 2012, while BJP had won the remaining three.Exactly one dozen candidates are contesting from Vejalpur, and 11 each from Amraiwadi, Dariapur and Sabarmati assembly segments. Barring Dariapur, BJP had won all the seats in the last elections, and has repeated the sitting MLAs.
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Missing minor found sodomised, 1 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A six-year-old boy who had gone missing on Saturday was found to have been sodomised by a 20-year-old man who lured him on the pretext of getting him a chocolate, Ranip Police said on Monday. The accused Vinod alias Pintu Thakor has been arrested under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act and other sections of the IPC.Police said the boy’s father had lodged a missing complaint on Saturday. Acting on it, cops started the search for the minor. He was found near Sabarmati railway station yard. The victim has been sent to Civil Hospital and the accused was to be produced before the court.Police said Thakor lured the six-year-old on the pretext of getting him a chocolate. He then took him to the Sabarmati railway station, where he beat the minor up and forced himself upon him. A case has been registered and further probe is onf cities.

Amit Shah roars with Naranpura support

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is difficult to call Naranpura a BJP bastion as the constituency came into existence only after 2008 delimitation. So far, the region has seen just the 2012 assembly election. The seat, which is dominated by the upper caste (both Patels and Jains have around 40,000 votes each) voters, is likely to back the ruling party. BJP national president Amit Shah won the seat in 2012 by a margin of 63,335 votes. He resigned as an MLA of the Gujarat assembly in August 2017 after he was elected to the Rajya Sabha. Shah shifted to Naranpura in 2012. Until then, he had been elected from Sarkhej constituency.Naranpura seat constitutes areas taken from the Sabarmati constituency. Naranpura constituency comprises Naranpura ward, Stadium and Nava-wadaj. A completely urban seat, the constituency is a combination of mostly upper-class and middle-class voters (Naranpura and Stadium areas) except for some part of Nava Wadaj which is home to a big slum- Ramapir No Tekro. Despite the presence of a large section of Patel’s, the area saw only minor skirmishes even during the Patidar reservation agitation. During the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) elections, all the 12 seats that fall under the constituency voted for BJP corporators, a proof that the ruling party enjoys people’s support. Gautam Shah, the mayor of Ahmedabad, whose name is touted as one of the probable candidates of the BJP for the seat, said Amit Shah has nurtured his constituency well. “Development work worth crores of rupees are being done in the constituency.While some are in the pipeline, others have been finished. Around 7,700 homes will be built under the smart city programme for the people of Ramapir no Tekro, one of the biggest slums in the city,” Shah said. New water tanks have been built, water and drainage work, worth Rs67 crores, have been made in the constituency, he added.”Of the 11 new urban health centres planned in Ahmedabad, one is in Naranpura. We have also planned a sports sankul for the constituency. The development work alone shows how much Amit Shah cares for his constituency,” said Shah. “BJP will not only win the seat but be victorious with a stupendous margin,” he added.Not everyone is impressed. Jitu Patel of Congress, who contested against Amit Shah in 2012, said the quality of development work can be known by just looking at the roads. “The roads are so poor. One rain and it washes away. Another problem is the high property tax in this area. The government makes a show of giving something and then snatches it through high taxation,” said Patel, who does not plan to contest in this election. The BJP also needs to worry about the influence of Hardik Patel on Patel voters here not to mention the impact of GST.WHAT THE COMMON MAN SAYSThe potholed roads are the biggest problems. I have been living here for over a decade. The condition of roads has only worsened. The MLA keeps making promises, but the results are never seen. The only time some work is done is when a politician is expected to visit the place. — Kalyani Jadawala, StudentThe biggest concern is the stray cattle in the area. It leads to other problems such as the area is very dirty. Politicians remember us only during elections. Moreover, GST and demonetisation have ensured that there is no “ease of doing business” for the small businessman. —Kalpesh Bhatia, Businessman The area that I live in has a big menace of mosquito breeding. An MLA needs to visit his voters and interact with them and ask them their problems. However, that doesn’t happen. Personally, I faced a lot of difficulties during demonetisation. —Geeta Mehta, senior citizenNaranpura is one of the best areas in the city. I’m happy with the development of the area. However, the condition of roads in some places is pathetic. As someone who manages home, I can say that price of vegetables has risen. The fuel price has also increased drastically.—Nupur Desai, HomemakerDrainage has been an issue here for sometime now particularly during heavy monsoon. The other problem is of traffic. Demonetisation and GST were impleme-nted shoddily. There has been no great improvement that the country has seen, instead there is economic slowdown.—Ankita Vashi, Banker

Anandiben Patel spends 76th b’day with the poor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former CM Anandiben Patel on her 76th birthday on Tuesday visited Sabarmati Ashram with BJP leader from Mumbai Shaina NC where her daughter Anar runs an NGO. An eye check-up camp was organised here for slum-dwellers and Patel distributed spectacles.She then visited slum in Vadaj where the NGO provides free education to kids and skill development training to poor women.Speaking to mediapersons in Gandhinagar, she said, “My message to BJP cadre is to work for society and poor while working for the party.”

In Dec, Harbour line to extend till Goregaon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In good news for commuters on the Harbour line, starting December, services will extend till Goregaon. The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has acquired the much-needed rail tracks and ballasts earlier this month to be placed on the pending stretches between Andheri and Goregaon stations.In the last one week, officials and workers of the MRVC were seen at different stretches between Andheri and Ram Mandir stations where tracks were missing even though the alignment was made ready.Senior officials said that the process of dropping off the materials was to happen earlier but was delayed because of the Elphinstone Road stampede. The metals were then transferred for safety-related works rather than installation of new rail lines.”There was a shortfall of tracks for some time but we managed to convince the Railway Board to sanction it for this route as tracks were needed only for a small stretch,” said an MRVC official.Moreover, the MRVC acquired sand and ballasts, for the Rs 103 crore project, from Sabarmati river earlier last week. The two rail lines, whose height is slightly above the slow lines running next to it, are ready for trains to ply on them.This line will now allow trains from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), which currently terminates at Andheri, to go till Goregaon.For this project, new platforms for Jogeshwari have been created and are almost half a kilometre away from the existing station.

Prakash Javdekar challenges Rahul Gandhi to show development in Amethi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP leader and Human Resource Development minister Prakash Javdekar on Sunday took a dig at the Congress saying that the party was unemployed and failed to see the employment being generated in Gujarat.Javdekar took part in the BJP’s door-to-door campaign in Chandlodia, part of the Sabarmati constituency in Ahmedabad.He said the Centre’s Mudra Yojana alone had helped disperse Rs9 crore worth of loans without any guarantee and have managed to create 7 crore worth of employment opportunities.”Of this, 26 lakh beneficiaries are in Gujarat alone which has seen 13.5 lakh new employment opportunities being created,” said Javdekar.He said Rahul Gandhi needs to get his facts correct and look at the data before making wild claims. He alleged that the Congress was getting perturbed because its agents in Delhi had their income through corruption disrupted.He said it was the UPA government itself which had given a certificate to the Gujarat government for employment generation.On the allegations that the BJP was trying to muzzle the media, Javdekar said Rahul Gandhi needs to remember that his own grandmother had ended up curbing the rights of not just the media but the common man during Emergency.He praised the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in bringing Narmada water to Kutch.Replying to Congress’ jibe on development in the state, Javdekar said that the Gandhi scion should get pictures of development in Rae Bareli and Ameith, where the Congress has been ruling for over 50 years. “The pictures will clearly show the development that Congress is able to bring,” said Javdekar.

City to mark Heritage Week with special cultural events, exhibition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation is all geared up to celebrate the World Heritage Week from November 19, the first after it was declared as the first World Heritage City of India by the UNESCO on July 8, while ensuring that it does not violates the model code of conduct.It has planned a series of lectures, music and dance events, play and panel discussions from November 19 to November 25.For most of the events, educational institutes and experts have been roped in. A heritage exhibition would be held at Sabarmati Riverfront on the concluding day. The list of events also include the Gujarati Film Festival and lectures on medieval architecture, Jain and Parsi Communities. Surprisingly, heritage week gave a miss to seminar or lecture on the Muslim community, which is a significant part of the city which was founded by Ahmed Shah.A mobile application on Heritage City Ahmedabad would be launched this week. Interestingly, the application is already available on the Playstore!

Godhra carnage was not an act of terror, state failed to maintain law and order: Gujarat HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court, in its judgement on the 2002 Godhra carnage, has upheld the conspiracy theory but said the crime of the 11 convicts whose death sentence was commuted to rigorous life imprisonment was neither terrorism nor an act of waging war against the state.The division bench of Justice Anant S Dave and G R Udhwani, in the order made available today, pulled up the state government for failing to maintain law and order, saying the state failed to apprehend the trouble considering the circumstances prevailing then.It also said that the Ministry of Railways did not take “measures to ensure safety of the passengers or to provide alternatives” considering that the Sabarmati Express, a coach of which was burnt killing 59 kar sevaks, was “overcrowded.” The courty yesterday commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts to rigorous life imprisonment, while upholding the life sentence of another 20 in the case.The court commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts to life imprisonment relying on observations made by the Law Commission of India which recommends that the death penalty be abolished for all crimes other than terrorism related offences and waging war.”The cases on hand have no genesis in the act of terrorism or waging war against the state,” the court said.”Death penalties eliminates a person to a point of no return. While considering the question of sentence to death, a duty is cast upon the court to deliberate on various facets of sentence and to immunise itself to avoid branding imposition of death sentence as `judge centric’ or `blood thirsty’,” said the judgement.The court said the fact that the coach of Sabarmati Express Train that was set on fire killing 59 kar sevaks was overcrowded, and that more than 100 persons could disembark safely on the other side.”Overcrowdedness in the coach contributed to the enhancement of number of casualties which, in our judgement, might have been far far low in absence of the coach being overcrowded with double the official capacity of the passengers and the luggage,” it said.The fact that 100 passengers could escape suggested that while “the accused had the intention to cause death and maximum damage, they did not intend to enhance the number of casualties,” the court said, adding that it would rather settle for rigorous imprisonment for life.While ordering compensation to the kin of the deceased victims to the tune of Rs 10 lakh, the court pulled up the state over the law and order situation.”Constitutional obligation to maintain law and order obligated the state to ensure safety of the persons who ventured to go to Ayodhya for Aahuti, etc. Furthermore, Signal Faliya, Godhra is highly sensitive communal riots prone zone to the knowledge of the state,” the court said.”In the above factual scenario, the government ought to have apprehended the trouble at least in sensitive areas like Signal Faliya wherefrom the train was scheduled to pass,” the court said while ordering compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the deceased.It said the Ministry of Railways was also “negligent in performing the duties for providing safety to the passengers travelling in the trains.”The court upheld the conspiracy theory, saying that emergence, pattern, nature, ignition, colour of flames and temperature in centigrade along with smoke and fire in coach S/6 of ill-fated train based on replies by experts “persuade us to reject theories canvassed by learned counsel for the defence about fire in the coach was due to unknown cause other than the conspiracy for which proper method of investigation in the cases of arson was not followed.”The court was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the special SIT court which had on March 1, 2011 convicted 31 people and acquitted 63 others in the case.The lower court had accepted the prosecution’s contention that there was a conspiracy behind the incident.The Justice Nanavati Commission, appointed by the Gujarat government to probe the carnage, had concluded that the fire in the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was not an accident, but the coach had been set ablaze.

Godhra train fire: India court commutes death sentences

The Godhra train fire led to some of India’s worst riots in which more than 1,000 people died.

Gujarat High Court to pronounce verdict in 2002 Godhra train carnage case on Monday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court will pronounce its judgment on the 2002 Godhra train carnage on Monday.In the horrific incident, 59 passengers were charred to death at the Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002.The trial of the sensitive case was conducted in-camera at the Sabarmati Jail by the special designated court.In 2011, the special court in its verdict had concluded that it is rarest of rare case had convicted 31 accused and acquitted 63 others including main accused Maulana Umarji. Out of 31 convicts, 11 were awarded death penalty and rest 20 were sentenced to life imprisonment.The special court’s verdict was challenged by the state government and the convicts before the Gujarat High Court on April 06 2011.The state had appealed for the confirmation of the special court order, whereas convicts had pleaded for quashing of the convictions.The matter was listed before the division bench of justice AS Dave and justice GR Udhwani.Submission on the appeal began on March 5 2014 and was argued for over a year. On May 5, 2015, after submission of the all parties concerned concluded, the division bench reserved the order. It is this order that will be pronounced on October 9.Notably, on that fateful day, ‘karsevaks’ were returning in Sabarmati Express to Ahmedabad.The train was late and according to the prosecution’s case, as per pre-planned conspiracy, the chain was pulled just outside the railway station and mob armed with lethal weapon and carrying petrol attacked the train.They pelted stone and locked the doors of the S6 coach from outside. They poured petrol inside the coach and set it on fire.59 passengers in the coach died after suffering severe burn injuries and suffocation. According to police investigation, Aman Guest house owner Abdul Razak Kurkur had procured 60 litre patrol from a fuel pump on February 26. He had hatched the conspiracy of attacking the Sabarmati Express train at his guest house along with Bilal Hussain Kalota.The other accused according to the police investigation was Maulan Umarji. The probe said that on the morning of February 27, he had appealed people from minority community using the mosque loud speaker to gather and rush to railway station. Interestingly, the trial court has acquitted him. After acquittal he died due to old age.However, Kurkur and Kalota with 29 others were convicted for hatching conspiracy and for murder.The special court’s additional sessions judge PR Patel while accepting prosecution theory of pre-planned, had passed verdict running in 850 pages in 2011.The first part of judgment of conviction was announced on February 22 and quantum of punishment on February 25.

Parsis to organise Garba at 97-year-old sanatorium

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, the 97-year-old Parsi sanatorium on Sabarmati Riverfront will host Garba this Navratri. Organised by Ushta-Te Foundation, an organisation that works for the welfare of Parsi community members, the Garba celebration will be held on September 30.Parsi community members from all age groups are likely to attend this initiative. Mehr Medora, founder, Ushta-Te Foundation, said, “This is for the first time that we Parsis are organising Garba. The idea is to bring Parsis across all age groups on one platform to celebrate Navratri festival.”She added, “The aim is to bring the older Parsis and younger Parsis on one platform to share joy and celebrate the biggest festival of Gujarat. This platform will also help them bond informally.”Pervin Rustom Watchmaker, one of the volunteer of Ushta-Te Foundation, said, “We are not taking any help from professionals. Volunteers of Ushta-Te have downloaded songs. Maybe, we do not know how to play Garba the right way but we will play in a manner that we have observed for past many years.”He added, “We never went out of the way to organise a Garba-Dandiya event. Hence, this will be special for us.”Rustom said they are expecting 200 people to gather for the Garba event. “But, I do not know how many will be able to play Garba,” he added.Ushta-Te runs various initiatives under its umbrella, like a senior citizens’ club, Zarthushti Awareness Group of Ahmedabad (ZAGA) that focuses on overall development of children, a ladies group and others.Ushta-Te means ‘happiness to you’ and he foundation also provides educational loans and medical help to its members.The Parsi Sanatorium compound at Sabarmati Riverfront faces threat if the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) implements its revised city development plan.

India needs to open more, work on EODB: US CG

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While describing India-US relationship at its strongest yet, and trade ties between the two countries as having tremendous potential, US consul general in Mumbai Edgard D Kagan has said that India needs to open up further and work on Ease of Doing Business (EODB) to attract more American companies to invest in India.Kagan, on his first visit to Gujarat as consul general, made the comment while speaking with reporters.“I don’t want to downplay the challenges. All of you know where India stands in Ease of Doing Business. That is something the government is committed to addressing, but that is also something that needs to be addressed in order to make it easier for small and medium sized businesses to come here,” Kagan, who took over as Consul General only in August, said.“I would like to see continued focus by other American companies — more small and medium-sized American companies looking at Indian market. These companies haven’t looked as much to foreign markets. This clearly needs to change,” he said.The India-US trade in 2016 was $116 bn, but Kagan said that the economic relation is less about trade per se.He said that it is more about the broader influence that Indians have in US and Americans have in India.Stressing on the close relationship between the two largest democracies in the world, the diplomat said, “I feel the India-US relationship at this moment is without any doubt the strongest its ever been. We have a very solid foundation and the potential is huge, and in every area ranging from people-to-people, education, security and defence, and also research.”The CG, who is on a two-day visit to Gujarat, visited the Sabarmati Ashram this morning, an experience he described as “incredibly moving”. He also visited the American Corner and Sidi Saiyyad Mosque, while he is slated to meet representatives of American companies operating in Gujarat, and the state’s political leadership on Tuesday.He described Gujaratis as the “glue” of the India-US relationship.While stressing that economic ties between US and India are “incredibly strong and growing”, Kagan said that people-to-people ties have been the driving force of the relationship.“The political relationship has ebbed and flowed. There have been times its been better, when its been less good. The driving force has been the people to people ties, and also the economic ties,” he said.Kagan identified trade, investment, research collaboration, education and tourism as some of the areas which have immense potential for close cooperation between the two nations.The CG further said that US Secretary of State James Mattis’s visit to India, starting September 25, is a sign and reflection of growing strategic and defence ties between the two countries, “but the relation goes beyond defence”.He said that US sees India as an ally and a close partner the same way as it looks at Japan.WHAT KAGAN SAIDIndia needs to open up further and work on Ease of Doing Business (EODB)
Trade is more about the influence that Indians have in US and Americans in India

Met Kodnani in Assembly, hospital, Shah tells court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP President Amit Shah on Monday told a Special Court here that he had met former BJP minister Mayaben Kodnani in the state Assembly in Gandhinagar and later at the Sola Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad on the day of the 2002 Naroda Gam riots.Appearing as defence witness for former BJP MLA Kodnani, Shah also said police had escorted him and her to a safe place as agitated crowds had surrounded them at the hospital.The Special Court hearing the 2002 Naroda Gam riot case had summoned Shah as defence witness on an application moved by Kodnani, an accused in the case.Appearing before Principal Sessions Judge PD Desai, Shah said, on February 28, 2002, he had seen Kodnani in the state Assembly that had assembled in the morning to pay tributes to those killed in the Godhra train burning incident on February 27. The Assembly had also passed a resolution, condemning in the strongest possible terms, the incident of burning of S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express near Godhra station in which 59 karsevaks had died, Shah said.”The session was adjourned within 15 to 20 minutes. The session had started at 8.30 am but can’t say the exact time when it was adjourned,” he told the court.After the Session, Shah recalled, he went to Sola Civil Hospital after receiving calls that bodies of the karsevaks had been brought to the hospital. “As Sola Civil Hospital is in my constituency, I reached there between 9.30 am to 9.45 am… Maya Kodnani met us at Sola Civil Hospital,” he told the court.”Police were escorting Mayaben out of the hospital when I first saw her at the hospital between 11.15 to 11.30 am. They also escorted me out of the hospital along with Mayaben to some distance away in their vehicle, and dropped me at Gota Cross Road but she was still in the (police) jeep,” Shah added.”After that I went to my home and I don’t know where she went,” the BJP president said.Shah clarified that he wasn’t giving the statement because Mayaben was from his party or both were MLAs together or even ministerial colleagues earlier.Last month, the Supreme Court had asked the Special court to conclude the trial within four months. A bench headed by then Chief Justice J S Khehar asked the lower court to complete recording of evidence of defence witnesses in two months.Naroda Gam is one of the nine major 2002 communal riot cases which were investigated by the Supreme Court-appointed SIT.Kodnani already stands convicted and sentenced to 28 years in jail for her role in the Naroda Patiya riot in which 96 people were killed.

Naroda Gam riot case: Amit Shah defends Maya Kodnani; Here is what he said in court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP chief Amit Shah on Monday appeared before the court in the 2002 Naroda Gam riot case as a witness and defended former minister Maya Kodnani saying, she was present in assembly.On a petition filed by the former Gujarat Minister Maya Kodnani, who is one of the prime accused, special SIT judge PB Desai had summoned Shah to appear before the court on September 18.The court had in April allowed Kodnani’s plea to have the summons issued to Shah and some others as witnesses in her defence.Kodnani, in her application to prove her innocence, said that on the day of the incident she had visited Sola civil hospital after attending the state Legislative Assembly.She claimed in the application that Shah, who was an MLA at that time, was also present at the Sola civil hospital, where bodies of ‘karsevaks’ killed in the Sabarmati train burning incident were brought from Godhra.What Amit Shah said in court:► I had attended assembly session on February 28. Sessions started at 8.30 am. All MLAs were present ► Godhra carnage condolence resolution was passed in the assembly. Mayaben was present in the assembly► There was chaos at Sola Civil Hospital and post-mortem of Godhra carnage victim was carried out.► I met family members of victims and there were many workers present in premises.► Mayaben was at Sola Civil Hospital. Dr Jaydeep Patel was present.► Police had cordoned me and were escorting me outside the hospital. Mayaben too was escorted by police and was taken out of premises In police vehicle. ► At 11 to 11.15 we were escorted out of hospital premisesProsecution cross-examines► I don’t remember the exact time but on February 28, House was adjourned within 10 to 15 minutes.► I don’t know where did Mayaben headed for after leaving Civil Hospital.► I have never shared any information with SIT. ► I have not given a statement in Naroda Patiya case as I was not summoned for it. SIT had never bothered to know from whether I was with Mayaben or not.The massacre in Naroda Gam in Ahmedabad is one of the nine major 2002 communal riots cases which were investigated by the Special Investigation Team (SIT).Eleven persons belonging to the minority community were killed in Naroda Gam in the 2002 riots, during a bandh called to protest the Godhra train burning incident.A total of 82 persons are facing trial in the case.Kodnani, who was then a minister in the Narendra Modi-led state government, has already been convicted and sentenced to 28 years in jail in the case of riot at Naroda Patiya where 97 people were massacred. (With agency inputs)

Clean track record, no VVIP benefits: AAP’s diktat for those who want tickets for Gujarat elections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Clean track record and willingness to serve people without availing “VVIP benefits” are the main pre-conditions being prescribed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for aspirants seeking tickets for upcoming Assembly polls in Gujarat.The party also made it clear that it will not give tickets to those having criminal antecedents or facing “charges related to character”.The Arvind Kejriwal-led party has prepared a 13-page form to be filled by all the ticket aspirants, AAP Gujarat Election Committee president Kishor Desai said today.”Anybody wishing to get an AAP ticket for Gujarat polls needs to fill up the form and submit it to the party office here for scrutiny. The final list of candidates will be announced by the Central leadership.”In the form, aspirants need to declare their entire history, criminal records, if any, contribution to the society, political experience and various other details,” Desai told reporters.He said AAP will not give ticket to those having a criminal background or facing charges of corruption or “charges related to character”.”Further, all the probable candidates must sign an affidavit declaring that he will not take any VVIP benefits if elected as an MLA,” the AAP leader said.Desai said the party would formally kick off its poll campaign here on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, with a 22-km-long road show between Naroda and the Sabarmati Ashram.Elections are due later this year.

PM Modi visits ex-Gujarat CM Keshubhai Patel’s home to condole his son’s death

Updated: Sep 14, 2017, 07:11 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took out time from this busy schedule to meet former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel and express his condolences over the death of the latter’s son.Modi reached Patel’s residence here today before attending the ground breaking ceremony of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project near Sabarmati railway station in Ahmedabad with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. Keshubhai’s 60-year-old son Pravin Patel, who was settled in the US, died of cardiac arrest on September 9.”Met Shri Keshubhai Patel at his residence and offered my condolences on the unfortunate demise of his son, Pravin Patel,” Modi tweeted after meeting Keshubhai at his residence. The prime minister also tweeted a picture where is seen offering flowers at the photo of Pravin Patel.BJP president Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also visited Keshubhai Patel’s residence few days back to condole his son’s death.

Hope to enjoy beautiful scenery of India from bullet train on next visit to India: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday said that he hopes to enjoy the scenery from bullet train on his next visit to India after he laid the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train at a ground at Sabarmati in Ahmedabad.”I hope to enjoy the beautiful scenery of India through the windows of the bullet train when I come back here in a few years,” Abe said after laying the foundation stone of the project.On the occasion, Abe also said the Indo-Japan partnership is special, strategic and global. “A strong India is in Japan’s interest and a strong Japan is in India’s interest.””My good friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a far-sighted leader. He took a decision two years ago to bring high-speed train in India and to create a new India,” he said.”If we merge Japan’s Ja and India’s I then it became ‘Jai’. If we work together nothing is impossible,” Abe said.The Rs 1.10 lakh crore train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is expected to be completed by 2022. The train would cover the distance of over 500 km in around two hours.Japan has extended a soft loan for the ambitious project conceptualized by Modi.The project is a joint venture between Indian Railways and Japan’s Shinkansen Technology.

Swagat Shinzo San: Sabarmati roadshow to Gujarati thaali, how Narendra Modi welcomed Japanese Prime Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On a sunny Wednesday, as the Japanese Air Force One plane carrying India and Japan’s flags landed at Ahmedabad Airport, it ushered a new chapter in the bilateral ties of two Asian powers.Here are 10 major updates of the Day 1 of Shinzo Abe’s India visit:1: Breaking protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe at the Ahmedabad Airport around 3:30 pm on Wednesday.2: In his trademark bear hug, PM Modi extended a warm welcome to his guest from Tokyo.3: For the 8-km-long roadshow from Ahmedabad Airport to Sabarmati Ashram, PM Abe and his wife changed into Indian clothes.4: While PM Abe was seen in smart ink-blue Nehru jacket and white kurta-payjama, his wife opted for subtle red salwar kameez.5: Despite a busy working day, almost entire Ahmedabad lined up to catch a glimpse of the leaders.6: The roads were filled with people waving Indian and Japanese national flags. Many performers were also seen dancing to various Indian dance forms to showcase India’s cultural diversity on 28 small stages en route the roadshow.7: At the Sabarmati Ashram, PM Modi, PM Abe and his wife paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. The trio spent some time at the Sabarmati riverfornt before heading to the iconic Sidi Sayyed Mosque.8: The last of the Mughal-era mosques in the city, Sidi Sayyed is world famous for its intricate ‘jaali’ work.9: The day would end with a sumptuous dinner at Ahmedabad’s famous Agashiye terrace restaurant. The all-veg menu would also include PM Modi’s favourite ‘Handvo’ or vegetable cake.10: Day 2 will see the ‘bhoomi pujan’ of the much-anticipated bullet train project and signing of series of agreements between the two nations.

Abe aave chhe: Gujarat rolls out red carpet ahead of visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the city gears up to welcome Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, an introduction to the culture of India, in the form of different dance tableaus, will be on display on an 8 km long route.The roadshow which will begin from the Airport will culminate at Sabarmati Ashram. A total of 1,800 students from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation-run schools and private schools will perform on around 40 stages built for the show.Apart from the roadshow, school kids will also be seen performing Yoga as well as in bands. Other than the different dance forms of 28 states, musical instruments of different states like the Dhol, Nagada, Shehnai, Manjira, Shankhnaad, Ghantanaad will also be demonstrated.On both sides of the major roads of the city, India and Japan’s flags have also been placed prominently to welcome the guests. To inspect the preparations, Mayor Gautam Shah visited the route on Tuesday along with deputy mayor and ruling party’s Lala Thakore.”For the performances, 12 big stages and 18 small stages have been arranged. After prime minister’s pass, the performances will be continued for citizens till late night,” said Mayor Gautam Shah.”To welcome the guests more than 600 welcome messages in English and Japanese languages have been placed across the city. While, one lakh flags of India and Japan have been placed along the road sides,” added Shah. Several public service buses have been called off by the civic body. Six routes will not operate, including the airport shuttle.ON DISPLAYGujarat’s two dance forms— Kutchhi and Garba
Jharkhand’s Paika — a martial arts dance form
Mizoram’s Bamboo dance
West Bengal’s Puralia Chau
Nagaland’s Naga dance
Sikkim’s snow lion dance

PM Modi to hold road show with Japanese PM Abe in Ahmedabad on Wednesday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a first, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe would take part in a road show in Ahmedabad in Gujarat on September 13 when the latter begins his visit.The eight-km-long road show would start from the Ahmedabad airport and culminate at the Sabarmati Ashram, according to the BJP. Abe will arrive here on Wednesday on a two-day India visit during which he and Modi will hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit here. “This is for the first time in the country when our prime minister along with the prime minister of another country is doing a joint road show. The Japanese PM is landing here directly on September 13. This makes the occasion more important, as he is visiting a state on the very first day of his India visit,” Gujarat BJP unit president Jitubhai Vaghani told reporters today.He said both the leaders will be accorded a “grand welcome” along the route of the road show. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s standing committee chairman Pravin Patel said a large number of people, including singing troupes who will be performing at 28 different locations along the route, will greet Modi and Abe. “On the entire route of the the road show, which will also pass from Sabarmati Riverfront, we have erected 28 small stages where dancers from 28 different states, all dressed in their traditional attire, would showcase their performance when these leaders pass,” said Patel.After visiting the Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi lived between 1917 and 1930, both the leaders would take a break till evening, said Patel. “In the evening, both the PMs would visit the iconic Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in the eastern part of the city. The mosque is known across the world for the stone lattice work,” he said, adding that both the leaders would be shown a presentation about the city’s heritage on the occasion.Modi and Abe would then have dinner at ‘Agashiye’ restaurant located near the mosque, Patel added.On September 14, Abe and Modi will attend the ground breaking ceremony for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project, commonly referred to as the Bullet Train project. Later that day, both the premiers will hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.

Don’t blindly believe anti-BJP propaganda on social media: Amit Shah to youth

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> BJP president Amit Shah today asked the youth of Gujarat not to fall prey to the anti-BJP propaganda being mounted by the Congress on social media.Shah’s statement came at a time when messages critical of the ‘Gujarat model of development’ under the BJP rule in the poll-bound state were being circulated on social media.During his interaction with youths at ‘Yuva Townhall’, Shah also came down heavily on the Congress and its vice president Rahul Gandhi, who had recently visited the city and questioned the BJP over its development claims.Replying to questions, Shah touched upon issues such as implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), unemployment and demonetisation, and claimed that the Narendra Modi government has brought in substantial change during its three-year rule.”I appeal to the youth not to blindly believe the anti- BJP propaganda being spread on WhatsApp and Facebook. Before making any judgement, you need to do analysis of what was Gujarat before the BJP came to power and what is the situation today,” said Shah.”This propaganda is largely spread by our opponent Congress,” the BJP president claimed.Responding to a question about the BJP government’s achievements in Gujarat, Shah shared several figures about growth in agriculture sector, increase in per capita income, rise in the size of state budget, increase in the number of universities and several other parameters to prove his point that significant development took place after 1995.The BJP first came to power in Gujarat in 1995.”I want you to apply your mind before believing what is being circulated in WhatsApp. Just compare what kind of development took place before the BJP came to power and afterwards. These figures will clearly tell you that it was the BJP which did development,” claimed Shah.He added that these figures related to the development in Gujarat will be uploaded on the BJP’s website so that youths can circulate it on social media to counter the propaganda.”Before 1995, when the Congress was in power, curfew and communal riots were rampant. Even the ‘Rath Yatra’ was attacked. Power cut of 10 to 15 hours was normal in rural parts of state during the Congress rule. But today, every part of the state is getting 24-hour uninterrupted power supply,” Shah said.”Rahulbaba (Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi) recently came here and raised question about development. I want to tell him that the venue of his event, the Sabarmati Riverfront, was nothing short of a pit of dirty water when the Congress was in power. Today, it is considered as the best riverfront in the world,” the BJP chief added.”Gujarat’s per capita income was just Rs 13,665 before 1995. Today, it is Rs 1.41 lakh. Is this not development Rahulbaba?” asked Shah, adding that the people of Gujarat should not get carried away by the false claims of the Congress and its leaders.Responding to a question related to the BJP’s approach towards creating more employment, Shah said the method of calculating employment in the country needed to be changed.”I believe that employment should not be linked only with jobs. You can’t give jobs to 125 crore citizens. Employment should also mean self employment, start-ups or starting a small business. Thus, the method of calculating the employment generation, which solely takes into account job creation, should undergo change,” the BJP chief said.Responding to a question on the GST and its benefits, Shah said the BJP government at the Centre was trying its best to make it more trader-friendly.”We know that some (traders) are facing difficulties due to GST. But, the government is aware about it and understand your problem. The GST Council can always change the rules. Our aim is to make GST trader-friendly,” he said.Responding to a question on demonetisation and its success, especially when the RBI has declared that almost 99 per cent notes have came back, Shah said the exercise was aimed at pushing the country’s economy forward by increasing the number of tax payers.”The RBI has declared that around 99 per cent notes have came back. But, did anyone asked the RBI how much were there in the past? Earlier, only 80 per cent currency notes were in the system, as 20 per cent notes used to remain with corrupt people, be it politicians or officers. Now, all these notes are back in the system,” said Shah.”Prior to demonetisation, only 3.6 crore people used to pay income tax. But now, it has risen to 6.3 crore. This shows that people are becoming honest. It is very easy to criticise something. But, demonetisation was an attempt to boost the country’s economy by increasing the number of tax payers,” he said.Over one lakh youths sitting in 312 different locations across Gujarat saw the event live while some of them even asked questions through video-conferencing.

Coconut ban for prisoners’ safety, claim jail authorities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sabarmati jail authorities have banned the sale and possession of coconuts inside the jail claiming that it is for the safety of high-profile prisoners.Responding to a high court direction, jail authorities defended its decision to ban dry coconuts inside the jail. In its affidavit, the jail stated that out of 3,000 convicts in the jail, 57 are accused in the 2008 serial blasts. Some of these accused are also affiliated to terror outfits. Records suggest that many of them had dug out tunnels in attempts to escape. Some criminal gang members are also in this jail, which makes it all the more important to take a stand on the safety and security of the prisoners.A dry coconut has a very hard surface and can be used to harm other prisoners. Its shell can be used to make sharp weapons. The jail has claimed that by banning coconuts, no prisoners’ fundamental right is being violated. The jail manual is followed strictly while imposing any ban or restriction. Citing these reasons, jail authorities have pleaded that the present petition cannot be maintained and must be rejected.Gautumkumar Ramanuj, a convict serving life term in Sabarmati Jail for the last 14 years, had challenged the jail authority’s decision taken two months ago with the contention that there are three layers of security checks before goods are handed over to the prisoner. Yet, in the name of security, coconuts have been banned.It is the petitioner’s apprehension that the decision is biased and jail authority can’t have double standards. The court has reserved its order after hearing both sides.

Japan can make a substantive difference to India’s nuclear industry: Foreign Secy Jaishankar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of the Japanese Prime Minister’s visit, India said on Friday that Japan can make a substantive difference to its nuclear industry, and identified cooperation in civil nuclear energy and defence as two domains that portend the future direction of the bilateral ties.Speaking at the ‘India-Japan Colloquium’, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar also noted that the growing convergence of views between Japan and India has the capacity to drive Asia’s economy and development and stimulate the global growth. “In this regard, the two countries have agreed to cooperate closely to promote connectivity, infrastructure and capacity-building in the regions that occupy the inter-linked waters of the Indo-Pacific,” the foreign secretary said.Cooperation in civil nuclear energy and in defence are two domains that portend the future direction of our ties and the difference that Japan can make to our nuclear industry can be quite substantive, he said.India and Japan signed a civil nuclear deal during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Japan visit in November 2016. The deal, which enabled Japan to export nuclear power plant technology to India, came into force in July this year. “Japan s openness to supply India with military technology reflects the high level of confidence that the two countries have developed in each other,” Jaishankar said.Asserting that the interaction between India and Japan now has a significance beyond the bilateral and the Asia- Africa growth corridor was just one example, he said drawing on all these factors, India and Japan stand ready to move their relationship forward with determination. “Prime Minister Abe’s forthcoming visit will present an occasion to demonstrate this concretely. But in an increasingly uncertain world, they are now purposefully heading towards a more collaborative future. Their success in doing so has significant implications for the world,” he said.Abe is expected to undertake a three-day visit from September 13. Accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he is expected to go to Ahmedabad, where both the leaders will take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project, commonly referred to as the bullet train project, on September 14. The groundbreaking ceremony (bhoomi-pujan) for the project, coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 98,000 crore, will be held at a site near the Sabarmati railway station in the city.

AMC to spend Rs 10 crore to beautify roads ahead of Abe’s visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The civic body is abuzz with activity ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Ahmedabad along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For the grand welcome, civic officials are busy beautifying major roads of the city. Following the heavy spell of rains, several roads in the city have been damaged which also includes the roads that the high-profile guests are expected to visit.On Thursday, the standing committee of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) gave the authority to municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar for the expenses to be incurred for the VVIP visit to the city. As per estimates, the total cost for the visit will be around Rs 15 crore.”The expense will be around Rs 15 crore out of which Rs 10 crore is going to be spent on road repairs and fixing on their route. The other work includes theme-based lighting, some cultural programmes and tasks related to documentation,” said Pravin Patel standing committee chairman, AMC. “The duo are going to visit Gandhi Ashram and Sabarmati Riverfront,” added Patel. “It will be a moment of pride for us as they are going to perform the groundbreaking ceremony for the first bullet train of the country here in Ahmedabad. There will also be business delegates from Japan for a two-day business summit to be held in the city,” remarked Patel.It is worth noting that all the work allotted for this visit by the civic body has been sanctioned without tenders or quotations and these are unconditional without paying any deposit.

Modi, Abe to hold roadshow in A’bad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will greet more than two lakh people through a roadshow on September 13 in Ahmedabad. Both leaders will be moving around the city in an open vehicle.The Gujarat government has been giving the final touches to the preparation for Abe’s two-day visit to the city on September 13-14. Confirming about the roadshow, a senior state official said, “The roadshow could either be from the Ahmedabad airport to a Vastrapur hotel or from the hotel to Sidi Saiyed mosque. The final route will be decided after checking the security perspectives. More than two lakh people are expected to witness this event and people from a cross section have been invited to the same.”Both leaders will visit Sabarmati Ashram soon after landing in Ahmedabad, and in the evening, will go to Sidi Saiyed ni Jali mosque, a historic monument. PM Modi will host a dinner party for the Japanese PM and his wife at Agashiye heritage hotel.Next day morning, the two leaders will lay the foundation stone for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Metro project and then head to Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. “Modi and Abe will inaugurate a car manufacturing plant of Maruti Suzuki here at Mahatma Mandir. Here, several MOUs will be signed between the Gujarat government and Japanese entities,” the official said.Abe will be bringing along a significant delegation of envoys, businessmen and politicians from his country, and the entire delegation will be hosted by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani over dinner on September 13 evening and over lunch next morning at Science city.Modi to visit Amreli on b’dayPM Modi has added Amreli to his one-day schedule in Gujarat on September 17, his birthday. Earlier, he was to visit Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada to dedicate the project to the nation and then attend a public rally at Dabhoi in Vadodara. In Amreli, Modi will inaugurate the APMC market and a dairy project, besides holding a public rally in the Patel and Koli community-dominated district.NO VADNAGAR EVENTModi and Abe were to go to the former’s native Vadnagar in Mehsana district of North Gujarat to attend a Buddhist conclave there. But the programme has been dropped as the event did not get the required nod.

Amdavadis say goodbye to Lord Ganesha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swine flu scare led to fewer people thronging to Sabarmati Riverfront on Anant Chaturdashi, the last day of the 10-day Ganesh festival. The number of idols immersed was less, too, this year just about 2,000 as compared to 2,800 last year.“The number of idols and the people accompanying them is far less than last year. This is possibly due to swine flu scare,” said a caretaker of an artificial pond placed at the riverfront.Even as the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation appealed and exhorted people for celebrating the festival in an eco-friendly manner by immersing idols in an artificial manner, the civic body also set up 30 cranes on eight river bridges to help people immerse their idols directly in the river.“We arranged for the cranes because the idols are as big as 10 to 12 feet and hence can’t be immersed in the artificial ponds,” said Pravin Patel, standing committee chairman.The use of artifical ponds during visarjanThere were those who disregarded the appeal for immersion in artificial ponds and directly immersed the idols into the river. “After following all rituals for 10 days, how can I follow something which my religion doesn’t allow? An idol should be immersed in a natural water body,” said Prahlad Jani, a resident of Vasna area.However, there were those who followed the rules and cared for the environment, too. “This is our 20th year of Ganesh Pooja at home and we follow rules and religion both. Since last four to five years we have been immersing in artificial ponds only,” family of Dev Soni of Bhimjipura area told DNA.

Blue Whale drives 30-yr-old man from Gujarat to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 30-year-old man from a village in Banaskantha district in Ahmedabad committed suicide on Saturday by jumping into the Sabarmati after he was allegedly pushed to the extreme step by the Blue Whale Challenge. This is Gujarat’s first case of Blue Whale-related suicide. However, police have denied that the death has anything to do with the game and that the man was suffering from blood cancer.Before ending his life, Ashok Maluna, a resident of Malan village in Palanpur taluka, posted a video on his Facebook account saying he was frustrated with his life and that he stole Rs 46,000 from his own house. Maluna then says where the cash is and it should be returned to his family.Before ending the video, Maluna says he is going to commit suicide as he has entered the final stage of the Blue Whale game. “I had downloaded the Blue Whale game and this is the last step, which is why I am committing suicide,” he is heard saying in the short video.He also says, “I am fed up with my life which is why I am making this video. Please convey this to my family members… I don’t know how to tell them how much I love them.”Maluna says he had even gone to Mumbai to commit suicide, but could not do so due to heavy rains there.According to Sabarmati Riverfront West police officers, Maluna had jumped into the Sabarmati river from Sardar bridge on Thursday. His body was recovered on Friday afternoon from the riverfront near Paldi.Police said their investigation revealed that Maluna was diagnosed with blood cancer some time back and was undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital for the past six months.Inspector A J Bhagora said he may have been depressed because of the disease. “During the investigation, we came to know that Maluna was tired of his health condition. We believe his claim about the Blue Whale challenge was all made-up. The police have found no evidence suggesting he was part of the online challenge when he killed himself,” Bhagora said.Police reached Maluna’s family with help of his Aadhaar card and mobile phone which were in the bag he had left behind on the bridge.

High Court reserves order in Naroda Patiya case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday reserved its order in one of the massacre cases of the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots, after all the parties concluded their submission, almost after a year-long hearing.The sixth division bench of justices Harsha Dewani and AS Supehia was hearing a batch of petitions filed by the state government and victims challenging the acquittals, and by convicts who challenged the special court order that convicted them.In August 2012, the special designated court’s sessions judge Jyotsna Yagnik — after concluding the trial and examining evidences and 327 witnesses — had convicted 32 accused who were found guilty of massacre and acquitted 29 other accused for want of evidence. On February 27, 2002, a total of 59 passengers were burnt alive in S6 coach of Sabarmati Express at the Godhra railway station. The next day, in the aftermath of the carnage, large-scale riots broke out in the city.At Naroda Patiya, a thick mob went on the rampage, and during the day-long violence, a total of 97 people were massacred. Police registered criminal complaints and arrested 46 people after initial investigation.Later, on the Supreme Court’s directive, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted. The SIT arrested 24 more people.However, by the time charges were framed, six accused had died and two remained absconding till the verdict was pronounced by a special court.Among those convicted in the massacre case were former BJP MLA Dr Mayaben Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader BabubhaiPatel, alias Babubajrangi. Kodnani is currently out on bail on health ground.BLOODY PASTFeb 27, 2002: 59 kar sevaks burnt alive in Sabarmati Express at Godhra
Feb 28: Riots break out in Ahmedabad. Mob massacres 97 in Naroda

Riverfront road blocked, heavy traffic on other routes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police blocked the entire riverfront road on Tuesday as a safety measure after water released from Dharoi dam caused the Sabarmati River to overflow.All roads connecting to the Riverfront were blocked to the public and no vehicle was allowed entry on the route.Police personnel were also deployed at the six bridges to prevent people from flocking to these places to watch the rising water levels.Diversion of vehicles led to heavy traffic congestion across the city. Ashram Road, Dafnala Crossroads, Paldi Crossroads, NID Road, Vadja Circle, RTO Circle, Subhash Bridge were all choc-a-block with traffic.In-charge JCP, traffic, Sudhir Desai said, “It was obvious that the traffic congestion would occur as all connecting roads to the Riverfront were blocked. But, no major jams were witnessed .Traffic movement had slowed down due to rains.”

Govt warns of increase in river levels due to heavy rains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of the meteorological department’s forecast of heavy rains, the government today warned of an increase in water levels of several rivers in the next three days. “Due to this, river Chambal and its tributaries, Mahi, Sabarmati, Banas (West Flowing River) are likely to receive significant water flows in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat,” a government statement said. It said there is likelihood of heavy rain in Kutch area of Gujarat and in Morvi, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar districts of Saurashtra and Kutch. “Since most of the dams in these areas such as Machchhu-I and II, Und etc. are very near their full levels, very strict vigil may please be maintained for the safety of the structure as well as downstream areas in association with the rainfall likely to occur during the next three days,” it said. The government said River Banas and its tributaries are likely to rise rapidly in the districts of Udaipur and Sirohi in Rajasthan and in Banaskanta district of Gujarat. It said Dantiwada dam on river Banas in Banaskanta district has storage of only 17 per cent as on July 21, which will significantly rise due to rains in the next three days. “River Sabarmati and its tributaries in districts of Udaipur, Sirohi, Pali and Dungarpur in Rajasthan, Sabarkantha, Mehsana, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Kheda districts of Gujarat are likely to observe rapid rise in water levels,” it said. It said river Mahi and its tributaries in districts of Jhabua, Dhar, Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh, Udaipur, Dungarpur and Banswara districts in Rajasthan and Panchmahal, Mahisagar and Kheda districts of Gujarat are likely to observe rapid rise in water levels. The government also issued an advisory for dams in various states. It said Som Kamla Amba Dam in Dungarpur district and Kadana Dam in Mahisagar district of Gujarat have a chance of getting very close to their full levels. “Sufficient care may please be taken while releasing water ensuring the safety of downstream reaches taking into consideration the rainfall and other hydrological characteristics,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NID to design signages for Metro rail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top-notch design institute, National Institute of Design (NID), has bagged Metro rail’s project to design signages on the entire stretch of the railway line, including stations which will connect Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.The project, led by professor Tridha Gajjar, coordinator, graphic design, will have two experts and a consultant working on the designs.Confirming the development, NID director Pradyumna Vyas said, “It is a very proud moment for us to work for betterment of the city by contributing our designs to projects like metro rail, airport beautification etc.”Professor Gajjar said they had been asked to create an identity for Metro rail and design signages. “We have been given a deadline of six months in which we have to give them designs of six prototypes for stations and roads. We have started work and are studying the metro route. The visual identity of Metro rail should be such that one can relate to it at once,” she said.An expert, requesting anonymity said, “NID should take some cue from Delhi metro rail which has used tough material for signages ensuring they are vandalism and defilement-proof. The signages are made of aluminium extrusion with vinyl.”Interestingly, an NID team led by professor Pravinsinh Solanki is also working on giving a facelift to Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu. NID has designed signages and designed monkey-proof dustbins for Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, besides enabling better facilities.METRO factfileThe total length of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-I is about 39.259 km out of which approximately six km is underground, while the rest is elevated section. The project will connect four corners of the city. There will be two corridors and 32 stations.North-south corridor with a length of 18.522 km will connect Motera Stadium to APMC and Vasna and will pass through Sabarmati, AEC, Sabarmati railway station, Ranip, Vadaj, Vijaynagar, Usmanpura, Old high court, Gandhigram, Paldi, Shreyas, Rajivnagar and Jivraj stations. It will be completely elevated with 15 stations.The length of the east-west corridor is about 20.737 km with 17 stations along the route. This corridor will connect Vastral Gaam to Thaltej Gaam and will passing through Nirant Crossroads, Vastral, Rabari Colony, Amraiwadi, Apparel Park, Kankaria east, Kalupur railway station, Gheekanta, Shahpur, old high court, Sardar Patel Stadium, Commerce six roads, Gujarat University, Gurukul Road, Doordarshan Kendra, Thaltej stations. About six km will have an underground section and four stations will fall within this section. The remaining stations will be on elevated section. Old high court station will be an interchange station for both corridors.

Voting for presidential election starts in Gandhinagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel was among the first to cast vote as voting for the presidential election started at the state secretariat here today. As the Assembly complex is undergoing renovation, the voting is taking place at Swarnim Sankul-2 complex inside the secretariat. Anandiben Patel, who is the MLA grom Ghatlodia in Ahmedabad, cast her vote. NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind was here on Saturday to seek support of BJP MLAs and MPs. UPA candidate Meira Kumar visited Gujarat last month to launch her campaign from the iconic Sabarmati Ashram. Congress chief whip Balwantsinh Rajput said MLAs and MPs can also cast vote in Delhi. Meanwhile, rebel BJP MLA Nalin Kotadia said he will vote against the NDA candidate to protest “atrocities” against members of the Patel community during the 2015 quota agitation. Kotadia was suspended from the party recently. The ruling BJP has 122 MLAs in Gujarat, while the Congress has 57, the NCP two and the JD(U) one in the 182-member Assembly. In the Lok Sabha, all 26 MPs from the state belong to the BJP. BJP president Amit Shah, the MLA from Naranpura constituency in Ahmedabad, will cast his vote in Delhi, party sources said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AMC to roll out heritage city jamboree

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) officials on Friday held a meeting with stakeholders of the heritage city, along with conservationists, historians, architects, management experts and academicians where it made a formal announcement about the city receiving the World Heritage City tag as well as rolled out the plan for the upcoming gala. It also sought branding suggestions as well as ideas to map out future initiatives.Municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar said, “After getting the tag, we have more responsibilities. We are planning to invite representatives from other cities and we will organise a national-level seminar on heritage management and conservation. A series of several other programmes have also been planned.”He said a heritage walk, screening of Gujarati film classics were on the cards. School and college students would take part in the heritage walk with different walks in all six zones of the city with tableaux and short films on heritage, he added.Mayor Gautam Shah said tourist flow to the city was expected to increase following the recognition. “Currently, 3 per cent of total tourist flow of the country comes to Ahmedabad. We are expecting the number to increase to 16 per cent. The recognition will boost small businesses too,” Shah added.Professor Subhash Brahmbhatt has suggested greeting cards based on the heritage theme. He has proposed that this Diwali the AMC sends out Diwali cards with visuals of heritage monuments. He also suggested asking the postal department to issue a stamp and postcards mentioning ‘World Heritage City Ahmedabad’. He further suggested replicas of heritage monuments to boost local business similar to the ones in other cities.Historian Makrand Mehta said most cities have their own journals and Ahmedabad should have one too. He said not just locals, but internationally acclaimed names should also be invited.Himmat Gaikwad, who belongs to the erstwhile royal family of Baroda, suggested an addition to the coffee table book to include the 225 ‘rajwadas’ of the British Period.Heritage festWorld Heritage City Festival will be held between August 1 and August 14. Chief minister Vijay Rupani will inaugurate the festival which has a two-week-long cultural extravaganza lined up. The concluding ceremony will be held at Sabarmati Riverfront.

Lynching allegations are a conspiracy by meat lobby, says VHP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Within days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strong criticism on increasing lynching incidents by Gau Rakshaks (Cow Vigilantes) at Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) sought to downplay its aggressive posturing on Gau Raksha on Tuesday.”There is no place for violence in the pious work of Gau Sewa. But when the names of VHP and Bajrang Dal is taken without any evidence it makes clear the conspiracy behind it,” Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) International joint secretary, Surendra Jain said.Lambasting Gau Rakshaks at Sabarmati on June 30, a day after massive showing of spontaneous protest ‘Not in My Name’ across 10 cities in India, Modi had said “killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti (cow worship) is unacceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve.”Trying to wriggle out of the widespread condemnation of Hindu right wing organisation, Jain accused the meat lobby for conspiring and maligning the holy vow of cow-protection.Giving ‘Not in My Name’ attendees the term of Award Wapsi Brigade Part-II, Jain said, “There is a belief that strong meat lobby is behind these protests and Jihadis and Leftists have come together to conspire against Gau Rakshaks who are victims and not tyrants as some people are trying to establish,” he said.”In last 10 years more than 50 policemen and Gau Rakshaks (cow protectors) were killed by the cow killers. These killers or jihadis have brutally murdered the innocent committed for the cause of cow protection,” he added.He asked the BJP to relook at its promise to bring a strong law for cow protection that will put an end to this situation.

Lynching cases higher under Congress regime Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Saturday disapproved that the cases of lynching in the country rose in the three years of the Narendra Modi Government, stating that the atrocities took place comparatively higher in the previous Congress regime. ?In 2011, 2012 and 2013, lynching cases were much more than three years of our government, but no one raised questions then. Even when Akhlaq was lynched, the Samajwadi Party (SP) was in the government. The law and order comes under the state subject, hence the responsibility fell on the SP, but they instead took out dharnas against Prime Minister Modi,? Shah said. Shah?s comment came hours after President Pranab Mukherjee condemned the recent string of brutal lynching incidents emerging from across the nation. He urged the country to pause and reflect and asked the people to be proactive enough to save India’s basic system of belief. “With the change of history we can see colonialism now as dominance, exploitation by one power to another power. When we see on the TV and read the newspapers that an individual has been lynched, and when the mob frenzy becomes so high and uncontrollable then we have to pause and reflect,” the President said at the re-launch of the National Herald website. “I am not talking of vigilantism, I am talking of are we vigilant enough proactively to save the basic tenets of our country?” he questioned. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had strongly voiced out against the lynching incidents, saying that there are growing atrocities against innocent people in the guise of cow protection. “Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable. This is not something that Mahatma Gandhi would have approved. There is no place for violence in the society,” Prime Minister Modi said at Sabarmati Ashram centenary celebrations in Ahmedabad. The Prime Minister asserted that violence is not a solution of any problem and no one has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this nation. A Jharkhand man was attacked by a mob on the suspicion carrying beef in his car on Thursday. He was stopped by a group of people near Bajartand village before being brutally killed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

I am not a scapegoat in the presidential election: Meira Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meira Kumar, the opposition’s presidential nominee, today asserted that she was not a “scapegoat” in the upcoming election to the country’s top constitutional post as she was fighting for an ideology. “Anybody fighting for an ideology and appealing to the voice of conscience cannot be a scapegoat. I am a fighter and I will fight and I am sure that many will join me in this fight,” she said in response to a question whether she was being made a scapegoat in the presidential election. Union minister and Republican Party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athawale had yesterday took a jibe at the Congress saying it was using Kumar as a “scapegoat” by fielding her as the opposition candidate in the July 17 presidential election. Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker and the daughter of iconic Dalit leader Jagjivan Ram, was speaking to reporters after meeting the Congress MPs and MLAs at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office here. Seventeen opposition parties have fielded Kumar as their joint candidate in the presidential election against NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind. To a question on her not having the support of enough lawmakers, Kumar said she was fighting the poll on values and principles which were “sacred” to the people of the country. “Wherever I go, people tell me that I do not have the numbers. If I do not have the numbers, why don’t you round up the figures and declare the results? Why have the elections?,” she wondered. Pointing out that she launched her campaign from the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, Kumar said, “I am carrying forward those values and principles which are sacred to most of my countrymen and women. “Someone has to take them up. I am taking up your fight also….you want me to withdraw? Do you want me to get defeated? I am simply fighting.” Kumar also met former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda and sought his party’s support to her candidature. Asked about the presidential poll turning into a “Dalit contest”, she said it was “shameful” that a supreme election to the post of president was being painted in this manner. “We have to come out of this mentality….even in 2017, people with high qualifications are talking about castes. When both the sides had fielded candidates from higher castes in the past, no one discussed about it. We were not even aware of their castes. We were only aware of their accomplishments, experience and capabilities and only those things were discussed. “When the contest is between me and Kovind, our caste is being discussed and there is no other talk. Where are we today? Where are we heading?,” she wondered. Noting that in today’s era, everyone craved for quality, Kumar said, “Our thinking needs to become good as well.” Asked if she would meet Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the run-up to the election, Kumar said she had written a letter to him and would decide on meeting him when she visited the eastern state. Going against the decision of its alliance partners, the RJD and the Congress, Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) has decided to back the candidature of former Bihar governor Kovind. Kumar, the opposition’s presidential nominee, also hails from Bihar. When pointed out that like her, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also been speaking about development based on Mahatma Gandhi’s ideologies, Kumar said Gandhiji’s ideology was that of “secularism”. “We do not just have to be tolerant towards the other religions, but be respectful towards them. That was Gandhiji’s ideology and we have always carried that forward,” she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Current atmosphere disturbing, govt must stop killings: Meira

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid a spurt in attacks by cow vigilantes, opposition’s presidential candidate Meira Kumar today said the atmosphere in the country has become “very disturbing” and asked the government to take firm steps to stop such “killings”. “The atmosphere in the country today is very disturbing. When I open newspapers in the morning, I am scared of having to read the news of killings of 16-year-olds on roads… in their homes,” she told reporters here. Kumar’s remarks come against the backdrop of violent incidents targeting minorities and subsequent wave of protests. “Firm steps should be taken by the government and it should immediately stop the killings as it has got an unprecedented mandate in Parliament,” she responded to a query on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks he made in Ahmedabad yesterday that killing of people in the name of cow protection was not acceptable. She said the country was at a critical juncture today as “narrow-mindedness and religious intolerance” has become prevalent. About her contest against NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind for the top constitutional post, the Congress veteran said, “I have written to the MPs and MLAs of all parties to understand the seriousness of the situation and use the opportunity they have in creating history. This is the time when they need to listen to their conscience for the sake of the country and its future.” When asked about her stand on reservation, Kumar said she was completely against it. She said the reservation system has been prevalent since the last 5,000 years. “Specific work is allotted to people of particular caste. Why can a person belonging to only a particular caste perform puja in a temple, another does leather trade and so on. First this reservation should stop. Then we will come to another reservation (issue of minority quota),” she said. Replying to a query, the former Lok Sabha Speaker asked whether there was a need to hold the elections if the BJP was sure that its candidate would win. “This is not just a fight, but a very strong articulation for our ideology,” she said. Asked if this has become a “Dalit vs Dalit” contest, she said in the past such elections where candidates belonged to upper castes, the talks veered around their experience and intellect. “Don’t Ram Nath Kovind and I have any other qualities? We should rather talk about development. I’m unhappy that our thoughts have not developed,” she said. Earlier, when she arrived at the city airport from Gujarat, she told reporters that she was fighting with great confidence. “I am fighting with great confidence,” she said. Kumar, the daughter of Congress stalwart Jagjivan Ram kick-started her election campaign in Gujarat earlier in the day. She launched the campaign from Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, where she said her fight is to take forward the ideology of the Father of the Nation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Meira Kumar kicks off Prez election campaign, says her fight is to take forward Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition candidate Meira Kumar on Friday launched her presidential election campaign from Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati ashram here and said her fight is for take forward the ideology of the Father of the Nation.Incidentally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also visited the ashram on Thursday to mark its centenary. It was established by Mahatma Gandhi in 1917 and from here he led the Indian Independence movement.Kumar spent around 40 minutes in the ashram today along with state Congress leaders Bharatsinh Solanki and Shankarsinh Vaghela.She will contest against NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind in the July 17 presidential election.”The battle which I am fighting at present is for the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi. We have to take forward the ideology of Gandhi,” Kumar said launching her campaign.”I have come to gain some power from this place. I spent some time at the ‘Hriday Kunj’, Gandhiji’s home in the ashram.I have gained lot of energy today to take forward this battle,” the 72-year-old Congress veteran said, adding that coming to the ashram gave her peace.”I wish prosperity for the people of Gujarat and especially those who are marginalised,” she said.Kumar also tried her hands on the ‘charkha’ (spinning wheel) in the ashram.She was chosen as the opposition’s nominee for the presidential election after NDA declared Kovind, a Dalit leader from Uttar Pradesh, as their candidate. Kumar is the daughter of late Dalit leader Jagjivan Ram.Upon her arrival at the airport here last night, Kumar had said, the election is a “battle of ideologies” and not a “Dalit versus Dalit” fight.”Attempts are being made by some to project the election as a Dalit versus Dalit fight. It was from Gujarat that the ideology of Gandhiji spread across the country and the world.That is why I have come here to make the people realise that we fight for our ideologies,” she had said.Kumar is scheduled to meet state Congress leaders later today.She had earlier appealed to MPs and MLAs, who constitute the electoral college, to vote in the presidential election as per their conscience, even as the numbers seem to be stacked against her.

PM releases commemorative coins, stamp on Shrimad Rajchandraji

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released coins and a stamp on Mahatma Gandhi’s spiritual guide, Shrimad Rajchandraji, at the Sabarmati Ashram here. He released a commemorative first-day cover and a stamp of Rs 5 and coins of Rs 150 and Rs 10 denominations to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Jain poet-thinker, which has coincided with the Sabarmati Ashram’s centenary celebrations. Shrimad Rajchandraji is known to be the spiritual mentor of Mahatma Gandhi. The prime minister called for spreading their message of truth, non-violence and equality around the world. He said the Gandhian philosophy would guide the human beings through the hazards of living. Rajchandraji was as an extraordinary man who believed in simple living, Modi said, adding that his life was worth a post-graduate and doctoral research. We were paying heavily for neglecting the great contribution of the illustrious sons of the soil, he said. “Had we established Mahatma Gandhi as the messiah of peace in the world, the secretary-generals of the United Nations would perhaps have paid tributes to him first and then assumed office to preach non-violence to the world,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cow vigilantism: Words mean nothing when actions outdo them, says Rahul Gandhi on PM Modi’s remarks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday evening criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech over cow vigilantes, saying that the statement was ‘too little too late’.Taking to Twitter, Gandhi wrote, “Too little too late. Words mean nothing when actions outdo them.”Earlier in the day, Prime Minister in a tough message against mob lynching and killing in the name of the cow said such actions were not not acceptable and warned that no one has the right to take law into his hands.Addressing a public meeting to mark the centenary of the Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati ashram here, Modi said indulging in violence in the name of “gau bhakti” goes fully against the ideals of the Father of the Nation. Voicing his concern on the spate of incidents of lynching and violence over cows’ protection, the prime minister said nothing would will be achieved from such acts. “Today, I want to express my sadness and my pain, when I am here at the Sabarmati ashram,” he said. “This is a country which has the tradition of giving food to ants, street dogs, fish, the country where Mahatma Gandhi taught us lessons of non-violence. What has happened to us?” Modi asked.”If a patient dies due to an unsuccessful operation, relatives burn down hospitals and beat up doctors. Accident is an accident. When people die or are injured in the accidents, a group of people come together and burn vehicles,” he said, pointing out the prevalent trend among the people of taking law into their hands, and the mob violence. “Nobody would have practised cow protection and cow worship more than Mahatma Gandhi and (his follower) Vinoba Bhave. They showed us the way how to protect cow. The country will have to adopt their way,” the prime minister said.

PM visits Sabarmati Ashram, says it enlightened human race

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today termed the Sabarmati Ashram here as Mahatma Gandhi’s “tapobhoomi”, or the land where he did spiritual practice, and said the place has enlightened the entire humanity. Modi was here to take part in the centenary celebrations of the Sabarmati Ashram, which was home to Gandhiji from 1917 to 1930. After a short visit to the Ashram, Modi left a message in the visitors’ diary at ‘Hriday Kunj’, a place inside the premises where the Father of the Nation used to live. In his message in Gujarati, the PM said the Ashram is not just a building or an institution, but a place which has witnessed the building of a nation. Modi wrote in the diary that “100 years of Sabarmati Ashram is not a centenary of a building, institution or an activity only. To bring the nation out of hundreds of years of slavery, Bapu made this place his ‘tapobhoomi’ and gave us ‘swaraj’ (independence)”. “This Ashram is a live witness to the process of nation-building. This place enlightened the consciousness of entire world’s humanity, not just of India. I bow down to this ‘tapobhoomi’. I bow down to respected Bapu,” he further wrote. During his visit, Modi interacted with Ashram trustees about ongoing activities, planted a tree, offered flowers at Gandhiji’s statue and also tried his hands on a ‘charkha’ (spinning wheel).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

On Twitter, even critics hail PM Modi’s message to cow vigilantes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Critics and supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi united on Twitter on Thursday after the PM condemned the violence and lynching in the name of ‘Gau Bhakti’.PM Modi had faced a lot of criticism his silence following a spate of lynching incidents across the country, but finally spoke up against the killings at an event at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that killing people in name of Gau Bhakti was not acceptable.Speaking at the centenary celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram, Modi said, “Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve of.””We are the land of non violence. We are the land of Mahatma Gandhi. Why do we forget this?,” said PM Modi.”Let’s all work together. Let’s create the India of Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams. Let’s create an India our freedom fighters would be proud of,” the prime minister said.”No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands,” he said.

Killing people in name of ‘Gau Bhakti’ not acceptable PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Reacting sharply to the growing atrocities in the guise of cow protection, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said killing people in the name of ?Gau Bhakti? is not acceptable. ?Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve of. As a society, there is no place for violence,? Prime Minister Modi said at Sabarmati Ashram centenary celebrations here. Asserting that violence is not a solution of any problem, the Prime Minister further said no one has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this nation. ?Today I want to say a few words and express sadness on some of the things going on. We are a land of non violence. We are the land of Mahatma Gandhi. Why do we forget that? No one spoke about protecting cows more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave,? he added. He further urged the people to come together to create a country that would make the freedom fighters proud of. ?Let’s all work together. Let’s create the India of Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams. Let’s create an India our freedom fighters would be proud of,? he said. Prime Minister Modi, who was speaking at the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatama Gandhi?s guru Shrimad Rajchandraj, also released a special postal stamp and commemorative coin in his honour. During the last few months, incidents of mob lynching, violence, murder in the name of cow protection have been increased causing a tense situation across the country. Recently a man was thrashed and his house was set ablaze in Jharkhand after a dead cow was found outside his house.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dravyavati river front begins to show signs of rejuvenating future

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The rejuvenation work of Dravyavati River going on at Bambala Pulia has now started taking shape. This area is now giving a glimpse of what the Dravyavati River front would look like at Bambala Pulia. The things which were till today seen only on the blue print are getting concrete shape and it is becoming clear as to how this part of Dravyavati River will look like once the project is completed.The catchment area of the river is currently being done at this site with the work of ‘lining’ being done. The work is going on full speed on both the sides of the pulia. Every day a few inches of the catchment area is being paved and sources revealed that in a few days time both the sides of this area will be joined.Similarly, near the river front, a Sewage Treatment Plant and its chambers are also being planned to be made. While the decision is already been taken, the structure can now be seen taking shape. Iron rods have been placed to give a structure to the STP which will be coming up at Bambala. Sources informed that these iron rods are being put with a different kind of coating on them. Along the proposed bank of the river, greenery will also be developed, as the project moves ahead and also there will be a walkway which will be developed in the coming months.This place would become an attraction for people to visit once the project is complete.Not a part of this project, but something which would be of help, the Bambala Pulia is also being widened by the JDA. Sources informed that the pulia would be widened and it will help in smooth movement of vehicles that are using this patch of Tonk Road.THE REJUVENATION PROJECTAs part of the Dravyavati Rejuvenation Project going on in Jaipur, the patch at Bambala is being developed similar to Sabarmati River Front. Once completed the water will be flowing in on this catchment area and there will be greenery on its banks. There will be a walkway for the people and it will be one of the sites where people will like to frequent.WILL BE KEY SPOT ON CITY’S MAPThis development is taking place near Bambala Pulia on Tonk Road. Those travelling towards Sitapura Industrial area cannot miss the development that is going on at this place. The area is currently known for Bajri Mandi and educational institutions, will soon be a key spot on the map of Jaipur once it is fully developed.

PM to kick start Assembly poll campaign from Rajkot today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the BJP’s campaign for the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections from Rajkot on Thursday. The PM will address a mega road show in Rajkot, a significant city in Saurashtra, a BJP stronghold.On his fifth visit this year to his home state, Modi will arrive in Ahmedabad in the morning for the two-day tour. The PM’s first event in city will be at Sabarmati Ashram, where he will release stamps and coins commemorating Shrimad Rajchandra, Mahatma Gandhi’s spiritual guru. He will leave for Rajkot towards evening. Meanwhile, Rajkot city is all decked out to welcome the PM. Before attending the road show, Modi will inaugurate the filling of Aji dam, the source of drinking water for the city, with Narmada water. Around one lakh people are expected to attend the road show.Earlier, chief minister Vijay Rupani appealed to all Rajkot residents to decorate their balconies with lamps and make the PM’s visit no less special than Diwali. On Friday, the PM will visit Modasa town in Aravalli district, north Gujarat, where he will inaugurate two water projects worth Rs 552 crore. He will address a rally here as well, attempting to woo voters in Aravalli and Sabarkantha, two Congress strongholds. He will then head to Gandhinagar, where he will attend Textiles India, an event held by the Union Textiles Ministry, at Mahatma Mandir. The PM will return to Ahmedabad in the evening to address the youth at an event in ‘TransStadia’ in Maninagar area. The PM will return to Delhi at night.

Prez poll a fight to strengthen Indian republic: Yechury

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The presidential poll is not a ‘Dalit versus Dalit’ contest but a fight to safeguard and strengthen the Indian republic, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said today. Yechury claimed the fight for the opposition was to safeguard the republic against a candidate who was backed by parties set to “destroy” the republic’s foundations and “our fundamental values”. In his Facebook post, Yechury claimed the government and particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi were keeping mum at a time when there was a growth of lynching mobs which were targeting Dalits and minorities especially. “This is not a Dalit versus Dalit issue as is being made out by some. It is our fight to safeguard and strengthen the Indian republic,” Yechury said in the post. “Having spawned the politics of hate, and now from the silence of top leaders of the ruling party, especially the PM, the aiding and abetting of violating fundamental right of equality to all its citizens, this attack on India’s Constitution is more than evident (sic),” he alleged. He made the comments after he joined Meira Kumar along with leaders of 16 other opposition parties as she filed nomination for the presidential polls earlier in the day. Kumar filed her nomination in the presence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, saying it marked the beginning of her “fight for ideology”. Kumar, 72, who is fielded against NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind, will launch her campaign from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat on June 30.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Meira Kumar files nomination, says ‘fight of ideology’ begins

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar today filed her nomination in the presence of top Congress and other opposition leaders and said it marked the beginning of her “fight of ideology”. Kumar, 72, who filed her papers with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh by her side, will launch her campaign from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat on June 30. Accompanying the former Lok Sabha speaker as she filed her nomination in Parliament House were a host of opposition leaders, including NCP’s Sharad Pawar and CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury. “For us, it is a battle of ideologies, principles and truth and we will fight it,” Gandhi said after the nomination filing. The Congress was represented by all its chief ministers – Amarinder Singh, Siddharamaiah, Virbhadra Singh, V Narayanasamy, Mukul Sangma – and its top leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ambika Soni. Former chief ministers Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Ashok Gehlot, Digvijaya Singh attended the event as well. Also present were CPI’s D Raja, DMK’s Kanimozhi, SP’s Naresh Agrawal, BSP’s Satish Chandra Misra, NCP’s Tariq Anwar, JMM’s Sanjeev Kumar and TMC’s Derek O’Brien and leaders of other opposition parties. Sonia Gandhi and other top Congress and opposition leaders were amongst those who proposed and seconded Kumar’s nomination. “I have filed my nomination papers as the opposition candidate for the presidential election. Along with Sonia Gandhi, leaders of 16 opposition parties were also present as were members of the electoral college. “From today, our fight of ideology has started. This ideology is based on democratic values, inclusiveness in society, freedom of the press and individuals, end of poverty, transparency and destruction of caste structure,” Kumar said after filing her papers. She also said she doesn’t merely believe in talking about about this ideology, but in implementing it. Kumar said she had already appealed to all members of the electoral college that this was a very important time when the country stood at a crossroads. “There is one path which takes us towards narrow- mindedness and no concern for the poor and downtrodden, while the other path leads to upliftment of Dalits, poor, oppressed, downtrodden, women and labour and people of all religions. “I have urged everyone to hear the voice of their inner conscience and take the country forward,” the former speaker said. She said she would reach Sabarmati, from where she draws strength and inspiration, tomorrow evening itself and would start her campaign the next day. From there, she would go to Mumbai and Bangalore and be in Bihar on July 6. She ends her campaign on July 15. The nomination papers will be scrutinised tomorrow. Kumar, who will contest against NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind in the July 17 presidential elections, had said yesterday that it was a battle of ideologies and not a ‘Dalit versus Dalit’ fight as was being made out by some.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

By learning English, we’ve developed an English mindset: Venkaiah Naidu bats for ‘Rashtra Bhasha’ Hindi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> It is important to learn the ‘Rashtra Bhasha’ (national language) Hindi as most people in the country speak this language, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu said today. He also stressed on the promotion of ‘Matrubhasha’ (mother tongue) and lamented that too much importance was attached to English in the country. The minister was speaking at an event in Sabarmati Ashram here where he presented 100 volumes of collected works of Mahatma Gandhi in English to the Ashram.”Hindi as Rashtra Bhasha (national language) is very important, we cannot do without it…Most people in our country speak Hindi, so learning Hindi is also important… but we should be fluent in our mother language like Gujarati, Marathi, Bhojpuri…,” Naidu said.”We should bring them (these volumes) in all Indian languages. I do not call them regional languages because they are mother languages and national languages. Because English came subsequently. Hindi became Rashtra Bhasha subsequently,” Naidu said.”But the original languages are Bangla, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil ….’bhasha and bhavna’ (language and feeling) go together. Apni bhavna ko vyakt karne ke liye, bhasha bahut jaroori hai. Isliye apni matrubhasha mein log padhe, ye bahut jaroori hai. (Language is important to express our feelings. So, it is important that people study in their mother language).”I want that in our education policy we should consider (promoting our mother language). It is our misfortune that we give too much importance to English medium. Dheere dheere angrezi seekhte seekhte angrezi mind bhi aa gaya hamare mein. Ye acchha nahi hai, deshhitt meing nahi hai. (By learning English language, we have also developed an English mindset),” he said.The Information and Broadcasting minister said while he was not against English as a language, it was “being given undue importance because of its association with increasing job prospects.””Both educated and uneducated people teach their kids to speak ‘mummy and papa’ for mother and father, instead of maa (for mother) in mother tongue.”Maa is beautiful. Maa comes from the depth of the heart.But because of English being associated with the possibility of increasing job prospects, we tend to use it more,” he said.

Gandhi’s teachings immortal, relevant at any time, says Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said Gandhian teachings are relevant at any point of time and need to be followed especially in the view of growing westernisation of our culture and conflicts in public life. He was speaking after dedicating 100 volumes of the ‘Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi’, published in English by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, to the Sabarmati Ashram at a function here in the presence of several eminent Gandhian scholars. “Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings and preachings are immortal and relevant to any problem, conflict, challenge, not only for India but humanity as a whole,” Naidu told the gathering. “Teachings and preachings of Mahatma Gandhi should be followed, especially in the context of growing westernisation of our culture and conflicts in public life,” he said. The minister further said efforts would be taken to bring out the volumes of this work in other Indian languages in the coming days so that it reaches out to more number of people. “I feel happy and proud that the ministry (of information and broadcasting) has published collected works of Mahatma Gandhi in the centenary year celebration of Sabarmati Ashram. I personally feel Gandhiji’s preachings are eternal in nature. “The volumes will inspire the generations to come…in the coming time, we will try to publish the volumes in other Indian languages like Telugu, Tamil, and others. We will try to translate them in local languages so that more people are able to take benefit,” he said. The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi consist of his works as he spoke and wrote, beginning with the year 1884 till his assassination in 1948. The volumes were first published between 1956 and 1994. They were subsequently converted into electronic version in 2015 as part of an MoU signed between the publications division and Gujarat Vidyapeeth, a deemed university set up by Mahatma Gandhi, in September 2011. They are hosted on Gandhi Heritage Portal, which is maintained by Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust with the support of Union Ministry of Culture. The publications division then began printing the 100 volumes of the collected works in English.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Changes in identification of Naroda gaam riots accused: Witnesses, not lawyers, to name them

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Marking a change in the practice of identification of accused in the Naroda gaam riots case, principal city sessions judge PB Desai ordered that now on, the witness would have to identify the accused from the ones present in court and not simply say that he knew the person, as has been the practice till now. The order was implemented on Monday itself, with the defence witness calling out to 23 accused and identifying them in the manner prescribed. The witness, Javal Patel, submitted that he knew former MLA Maya Kodnani but she was absent from the court room. He added that all the 23 accused as well as Kodnani were not part of the rioting mob that had reached Naroda gaam on February 28, 2002. Additionally, he said that he had not seen any of them in the area on that day. Patel told the court that he is the owner of Prabhat newspaper and publicity and has a shop near Naroda police station. He works from 2 am to 12 noon every day. He goes to Kalupur at 2 am to get newspapers and returns to Naroda at 5am. From there, he distributes the copies to hawkers. He shuts shop at noon. On the said day too, he carried out all tasks as per routine. He told the court that the situation was normal till 10 am. Around 10.15 am, a mob approached from Dehgam side. It scattered when a police jeep appeared on the scene. He then closed the shop at noon and left. In August 2008, he had been summoned to give a statement at old Sachivalaya in Gandhinagar in this case. During cross-examination he said that he was aware of the bandh call given by VHP. He said the mob had around 100-125 members. They were shouting, but did not have any weapons. He said he was aware that the accused he identified had been arrested in the case. He said he had not given any application between 2002 and 2008 despite the police station being so close to his shop. In another development, then mamlatdar of Godhra and current additional district magistrate of Panchmahals had been called to the court on Monday with records of the bodies recovered from Sabarmati express as well as the persons to whom the bodies had been handed over to. He submitted that he needed time to compile the records. The court granted him time. It has now kept the matter for further hearing on June 28.

Gandhi Darshan special train to be launched tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special tourist train will be launched tomorrow to commemorate the centenary of Sabarmati Ashram. Gandhi Darshan special train will cover all important places associated with India’s freedom struggle movement and Mahatma Gandhi. It will cover destinations like Wardha, Motihari, Bettiah, Gaya, Varanasi, Allahabad and Surat. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu will flag off the train through video conferencing from Bandra tomorrow on the centenary of Sabarmati Ashram. The train will be flagged off in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The 864-seater tourist train, operated by IRCTC, a PSU of the railways, will be on a special tour for 10 days from June 17 to 26. The Gandhi Darshan Special tour package costs Rs 8,720 per person which is inclusive of train travel in 2nd Class Sleeper coach besides accommodation, pure vegetarian meals, tourist buses for visiting sightseeing spots.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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