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Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel International airport to be abuzz with VVIPs today

Over 50 flights including 10 charter planes carrying VVIPs are scheduled to arrive at the Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel International (SVPI) airport here on Tuesday morning.Chief ministers of different states as well as cabinet ministers will arrive on Tuesday to attend the swearing-in ceremony where Vijay Rupani will take oath as Chief Minister and Nitin Patel as Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat respectively for the second consecutive term.Highly placed sources at the airport said, “We have got information for about 50 flights having CMs as well as Union ministers and have made arrangements accordingly. PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will also be arriving for the ceremony.”All ministers will be arriving in the morning, which is a peak time at airport and may clash with the regular flight schedule. However, airport officials claim that operations will run smoothly and there will not be any issues faced by passengers.A source said, “Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP National General Secretary Dr Anil Jain, Union Minister of road, transport and highways Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for consumer affairs Ramvilas Paswan, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and Anupriya Patel would participate.”

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Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation pushes to name Metro stns after Shivaji, Patel, Pratap

While the construction of a Metro corridor connecting Mumbai to Mira Road-Bhayandar has not yet started, corporators from Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) have already passed a resolution to name several Metro stations after social leaders like Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Mahavir Swami, and Maharana Pratap among others.The proposal was put forward by BJP and Shiv Sena corporators, and was tabled in the house last week in the form of a resolution which was subsequently passed. Naresh Gite, Municipal Commissioner, MBMC and Dimple Mehta, BJP corporator and Mayor, MBMC confirmed that the proposal was tabled in the house and passed.Mehta told DNA, “We will now forward the proposal to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) who is executing the project. The proposal was made after considering local sentiments and discussions with the residents of Mira Road and Bhayandar. There is nothing else to read into it.”A MMRDA official said, “We proposed names of nine Metro stations according to the locality but the MBMC corporators had a few demands. Hence we asked for their suggestions.”UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, told DNA, “When we get suggestions, we forward them to the state government (urban development department) which takes the final decision.”Earlier this year, Shiv Sena Minister Ravindra Waikar had demanded that the proposed Metro station at Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) be named Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Centre.The Mira Road-Bhayandar Metro corridor, also known as Metro-10, is an extension of two Metro corridors planned on Link Road and Western Express Highway, connecting Dahisar and Andheri.Rohidas Patil, BJP corporator, MBMC, said, “It is a purely local demand taking into consideration the sentiments of the local citizens.”WHAT’S IN A NAME?Route: Dahisar Check Naka to Mira Road-BhayandarLength: 9 kmEstimated cost: Rs 3,600 croreStation name by MMRDA: Jankar FactoryProposed by MBMC: Chatrapati Shivaji MaharajStation name by MMRDA: Sai Baba NagarProposed by MBMC: Sardar Vallabhbhai PatelStation name by MMRDA: Deepak HospitalProposed by MBMC: Nanasaheb DharmadhikariStation name by MMRDA: Palika Krida SankulProposed by MBMC: Maharana PratapStation name by MMRDA: Shubhash Chandra Bose GardenProposed by MBMC: Sadanad MaharajStation name by MMRDA: Bhayandar (West)Proposed by MBMC: Mahavir SwamiStation name by MMRDA: Amar PalaceProposed by MBMC: Mira VillageStation name by MMRDA: Pandurang WadiProposed by MBMC: Penkarpada

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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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Sardar Patel was insulted by Congress, feeling the same way now, says ‘whistleblower’ Shehzad Poonawalla

On Sunday, Shehzad Poonawalla continued his tirade against the Indian National Congress leadership over its internal polls. He said that he felt insulted just like Sardar Patel was back then and that the party had disowned him after he raised his voice against the party’s dynasty politics.He said: “If Sardar Patel was insulted by Congress leadership back then, then I feel the same way today. When I raised my voice to end dynasty politics and election for Pres post and not coronation of Rahul Gandhi, then they (Congress)said I was not member. I proved that they lied”He added that he had written to Rahul Gandhi’s office to ask him for his time, so he could give him proof that the elections were ‘rigged’.Also readEntire party wants Rahul to become Congress President: Party’s Karnataka chief on Shehzad Poonawalla’s allegationsHe added: “Today morning, I called Rahul Gandhi’s office to ask him for his time, so I could give him the proof that it was a rigged election before he files nomination tomorrow. So, he has some morality& stops process and takes right decision, but his office insulted me.”He added that that till three days ago he had been receiving communication from Maharashtra Congress office, and now they claimed he wasn’t a party member.Also readShehzad Poonawalla questions Rahul elevationHe lamented: “I had to become a whistle-blower.”Mocking the Congress over the upcoming election of its president, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today alleged the party had a history of rigging organisational polls. Also readPM Modi praises Maha Congress leader for exposing ‘rigged internal poll’, says it’s part of party’s cultureThe outcome of the election to the top post in the Congress was a foregone conclusion, Modi said while addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Surendranagar district.”If you do not have democracy in your home (party) how can you practise it in the country,” Modi asked.Modi told the crowd that had gathered for the Gujarat Assembly election rally here that an election was to be held in the Congress party for its president.”What is the result everybody knows,” he said, prompting the crowd to reply that the post would go to (Congress vice president) Rahul Gandhi.Gandhi is likely to be elected Congress president in the ongoing organisational polls.Modi went on to claim that this was a practice in the Congress party.”Sardar Patel got more votes than Jawharlal Nehru when the Congress party had (then) met to decide who would be the prime minster of the country. But that election was rigged and Nehru won,” he alleged.This is what happened with Morarji Desai, too, Modi said.”They have a history of rigging elections,” he charged.Referring to Congressman Shehzad Poonawalla by his first name, Modi said he had raised questions over the process of elections and had alleged it was being rigged.”They keep on muttering words like tolerance, tolerance, tolerance… But the party has brought out a diktat to silence this youth. The party has gagged him from all WhatsApp groups; he has been collectively boycotted by that party,” the prime minister claimed.”We have a Gujarati saying which means that a bucket can get filled only if there is water in the well. If you do not have democracy in your home (party) how can you practise it in the country,” Modi said.The prime minister is slated to address another election rally later in the day. Gujarat will vote in two phases to elect a 182-member Assembly on December 9 and 14.With inputs from PTI
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Nov gold imports highest in a yr

Ahmedabad reported the highest import of gold in a year in the month of November, official data shows.GSECL, which handles cargo at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, said that 14.40 tonne gold was imported at the Air Cargo Complex in November 2017, 22% lower than 18.65 tonne imported in November last year, but the highest in a single month after that. With the exception of November 2016, gold imports at the Air Cargo Complex in November 2017 were the highest for a single month since August 2016, when 15.78 tonne gold was imported, as per the GSECL data.Some of the other months in the past year in which high gold imports were reported include May (12.95 tonne), March (11.45 tonne) and February (10.15 tonne).For the first eight months of the current financial year, ie from April-November 2017, 47.80 tonne gold was imported at Ahmedabad, an increase of 31% over 36.37 tonne in the same period of last year.SILVER IMPORTS Imports of the other shiny metal silver, which stood at 25.56 and 26 tonne for September and October respectively, stood at 0.36 tonne in November.
For the first eight months of the ongoing financial year, silver imports at Ahmedabad airport were reported at 116 tonne as against a bit under 12 tonne in the same period.
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Gujarat elections 2017: Are women’s issues important enough?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Injustice to Sardar Patel, step-motherly treatment to Gujarat, tanking economy, GST and demonetisation- the discourse of political parties in Gujarat seem to be about everything else other than issues that affect women the most.Sociologists who have closely worked on gender issues and those in politics have a different take on why it is the case.Leena Badshah, former professor of sociology with Gujarat University said it was a universal trend. “It is not unique to India or Gujarat. How many issues that matter to women get discussed in elections in the UK or US? For a patriarchal society like ours, it will take a long time before issues like women’s safety or equality in pay or some such become an election debate,” said Badshah.Tannistha Samanta, professor of sociology at IIT Gandhinagar said sometimes it takes a horrific incident like the Nirbhaya case to bring women’s issues to centre stage. Though the fact that it touched the middle class consciousness was a more enduring narrative than the gender-based sexual violence question. Not everyone agrees. Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said Rahul Gandhi in his recent visit to Gujarat spoke about the issues of Anganwadi and Asha workers. “He talked about MNREGA which had helped many women get gainful employment. When we talk about inflation, it is because it impacts women the most,” said Doshi. He said it would be foolish for any party to ignore issues that impact women. “They account for 50 per cent of our voters. Who will dare ignore them?” he asks.

Jet flight in emergency landing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight with 111 passengers on-board made an emergency landing at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) on Tuesday evening after the pilot spotted fire in its cargo hold.The flight that departed from Udaipur had 111 passengers on board. However, around 6.31, the pilot signaled the Air Traffic Control (ATC) for an emergency landing. The ATC immediately gave the aircraft permission to land and finally the flight landed at 6.50 pm. Fire emergency services at the airport along with emergency team immediately rushed to the landing area and all passengers, including the crew, were disembarked by 7:05 pm.Confirming the same, Manoj Gangal, Director, SVPI said, “As soon as the pilot signaled the ATC for emergency landing of aircraft that departed from Udaipur, we had kept our team ready. Since our priority were passengers, as soon as the aircraft landed, it was parked at a remote parking so as to not interfere with other movement at the airport. All on board were evacuated and disembarkation was completed at 7:05 pm.”

BJP brings back ‘potato factories’ to slam Rahul Gandhi, asks how can he talk about farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the Gujarat elections date nears, the BJP is sharpening its attack against the Congress. The ruling party launched a scathing attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and his recent pro-farmer stance.BJP’s Kisan Morcha chief Virendra Singh said that Gandhi was “ancestrally” anti-farmer.“While Bardoli peasant leader Sardar Patel was busy securing the integrity of India post-independence, Jawaharlal Nehru was busy writing love letters to Lady Mountbatten and signing documents of the Partition. While BJP leaders go to the fields after Parliamentary sessions, Rahul Gandhi retreats to his romantic escapades,” the MP said.He appealed to the peasants of the poll-bound state not to be misled by Gandhi “whose family had dishonoured Gujarat and such of its icons as Sardar Patel and Mahatma Gandhi.”“While Gandhi wanted to preserve the nation’s villages, pro-foreigner and pro-urban Nehru and Indira Gandhi were busy destroying that vision,” Singh added.The peasant leader from UP also said that a crack team of Kisan Morcha, to be called ‘Kisan Sena’, would be launching an all out campaign in Gujarat from November 20 to demolish the “lies being spread by Rahul Gandhi” and to take the pro-farmer schemes of the Narendra Modi government to the farmers.Invoking history, Singh said that while Nehru did not let Sardar Patel become the Prime Minister, his daughter Indira Gandhi did the same to Morarji Desai.“The Congress party has always dishonoured Gujarat and its icons. It was also from Gujarat that the first voices of protest against Indira’s Emergency came under the leadership of Jayprakash Narayan and Morarji. They were both incarcerated for 19 months,” Singh said.Citing that PM Modi came from a humble background and that he too was hounded by the Congress government at Centre when he was the state’s chief minister, Singh said political-social activist Amit Shah was put in jail for two years.“How can Rahul even talk of the farmers of India. His father had appealed the farmers to sow jaggery in fields meant for sugarcane farming while he talks about potato factories.”The senior BJP leader said that while the Modi government was the first ever in history to have allocated 42 per cent of the budget towards the farm sector and farmers’ welfare, the Congress governments had not allocated even half that amount.

Sex tape bomb hits Patidar leader Hardik Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a development that could change the course of the Patidar reservation agitation, and also impact the election battle, a sex video, allegedly showing stir leader Hardik Patel in a compromising position with a woman, surfaced on Monday. Hardik, who expressed apprehensions a few days ago that his opponents could release a sex tape to defame him, denied being the male in the video, and accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of being behind it.DNA can’t independently vouch for the authenticity of the 10-minute video which went viral within minutes of surfacing on Monday afternoon. The video, which was also uploaded on YouTube but was subsequently taken down, shows a male bearing close resemblance to Hardik sharing private moments with a female in a hotel room. The video is allegedly from the evening of May 16.Incidentally, Hardik was attending the core committee meeting of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) when the video surfaced.”I have said earlier too that such allegations are going to be made (ahead of polls). Our core committee was meeting to decide on Congress’s proposals offering reservation to Patidars. This is election time. Our agitation is going strong. Winds of changes are sweeping Gujarat, and such allegations will be made,” Hardik told reporters.He alleged that the video was made in Bangkok, and vowed to take necessary legal steps. Dismissing the tape as a political stunt, the Patidar quota stir leader warned that BJP members will make even worse attempts to defame him going ahead. However, the BJP distanced itself from the sex tape, saying it has nothing to do with it.BJP leader and Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that PAAS member Ashvin Sakalsariya had released the tape, and “BJP is not linked to it in any way”.Mandaviya described Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil’s comment that Hardik had Sardar’s DNA as Sardar Patel’s insult.Coming out in Hardik’s support, Gohil also said that the state government had put Hardik behind the bars, but he refused to toe the BJP’s line, and hence the party is trying to pin him down. He compared the tape to that of former BJP leader Sanjay Joshi’s fake sex CD which had surfaced a few years ago.With just a month to go for the elections, the sex tape can hurt Hardik, who has emerged as the face of the Patel community. While he has not yet publicly announced support for the Congress, he has done so tacitly by calling for BJP’s defeat.NO ROLE, SAYS BJPThe BJP has distanced itself from the sex tape, saying it has nothing to do with it.
BJP leader and Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said PAAS member Ashvin Sakalsariya had released the tape.
“BJP is not linked to it in any way,” the Union Minister said.

AAI to relax norms, float partial privatisation tender soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major step, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is again in the process to float a tender with added features and relaxed conditions for partial privatisation of Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports.The bidding process that began early this year, after AAI had rejected Singapore’s Changi airport’s proposal to operate and maintain both airports, was extended several times, on various grounds.The AAI had received nearly 12 registrations including from international players until now but this step has raised number of questions. The AAI had invited Request for Proposal (RFP) from bidders for operation and maintenance of ‘select areas’ of the Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports late last year. The select areas include passenger terminal building, airport operations control centre, fire control room, kerb side approach road and passenger boarding bridges, apron area, including provision of ground handling services through approved ground handling and surface car park, among others, as per the bid document.Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI said, “We have had several interactions with potential bidders with an aim to find out their perceptions. Based on those, we have decided to add more conditions and features to the existing tender. The same is under the consideration by the Ministry and a decision is likely by this month end. Once approved, we will float the tender.”However, sources said the bidders have several issues with the tender terms and conditions and are not willing to come to Ahmedabad and Jaipur to manage.Sources say that the norms and conditions in the existing tender are extremely stringent due to which bidders fear a lot of interference from the AAI.An airport operator said, “Bidders want to have some development on the land processes. At present, the conditions are quite stringent. Out of 33 parameters, operator has to get more than 4.5 out of five on international scoring and if the score is less, then the airport authority will invoke a penalty clause. Now, things like overall experience at airport would differ and is a very generic term which is not measurable.”Speaking about the delay, chairman of Airlines Operator Committee (AOC) Shalin Joshipura feels that the partial privatisation will not be financially viable for the bidders.He said, “The delay has affected major projects at city airport here. For example, we have been demanding for a lounge but due to Operation and Maintenance it is pending. The present director has made changes, but more needs to be done. Airports like Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad are doing well merely because they are entirely privatised. Either the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport should be entirely privatised or remain with AAI.”Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, SVPI, said, “Airport operation is a complete ecosystem and we have to coordinate to see how customs, immigration, airlines and other stakeholders perform together to give a good product to the customer. Hence, work of airport director becomes very challenging and important.”TIMELINE2015 – PM Narendra Modi suggests to rope in Changi airport2016 – Changi airport officials visit Ahmedabad, to study further2016 – AAI rejects Changi’s proposal2017 – AAI opens bids to private playersExtends deadline number of timesProposes to change the norms/conditions

IS case: Gunrunner being brought to Ahmedabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A team of the ATS, which had recently arrested a suspected gunrunner from Ujjain in MP for links with the two suspected IS operatives who were planning a terror attack on a Jewish synagogue in Khadia, will bring him to Ahmedabad for further probe.As per officials, gunrunner Uruj’s interrogation revealed that he did not have any involvement in planning the terror attack with the suspected IS operatives. Officials said they will take Uruj’s statement as a witness in the case.On October 25, the ATS had arrested Kashim Stimberwala, an echocardiogram technician at Sardar Patel hospital of Ankleshwar and Ubed Baig Mirza, a Surat-based lawyer.Earlier ATS had said that Ubed Baig Mirza had visited Delhi in December 2016 and contacted the gunrunner identified as Uruj in Ujjain for buying pistols. He had given Rs20,000 cash in advance to Uruj for a foreign-made pistol worth Rs3.5lakh. The cash was transferred to Uruj’s bank account in Ujjain by Mirza from Surat.Officials also revealed that the two suspected IS operatives had contacted several other gunrunners in the country for buying guns, regarding which a probe has been initiated and search is on.It must be noted that preliminary investigation of Mirza had revealed that he had gone to New Delhi to meet a person named Faisal of Aligarh for buying pistols. The entire telephonic conversation in which Mirza had inquired about the price of the pistols was recovered by the officials.TERROR PLANNINGGunrunner Uruj’s interrogation revealed that he did not have any involvement in planning the terror attack on a Jewish synagogue with suspected IS operatives

Manmohan Singh lied, he did meet Modi: Vijay Rupani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has described as a lie former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s statement that Narendra Modi had never met him to discuss the Sardar Sarovar dam project.”Manmohan Singh lied when he said that Narendrabhai Modi had never met him about the Narmada dam. Narendrabhai had met him more than once, and also written to him to clear the hurdles in way of the project,” Rupani told the media on Wednesday, a day after Singh’s comment.Rupani presented copies of letters dated May 17, 2011, and September 7, 2013, which the then Gujarat CM Modi had written to Manmohan Singh.”Narendrabhai also raised the issue with Manmohan Singh during the latter’s visit to Ahmedabad on March 26, 2011. Among other issues, the dam was also discussed again during a 45-minute meeting between them on February 6, 2013,” he said.Rupani stated during his tenure as a Rajya Sabha MP from 2006 to 2012, he was a part of the delegation that had met Singh twice to discuss Narmada dam and other important issues of the state.”The people of Gujarat have been shocked by Manmohan Singh’s statement, which exposes Congress’s anti-Gujarat mentality. The people will give a suitable reply to the party in the upcoming elections,” the BJP leader said. He stated that though the Narmada dam project was initiated in 1961, 94% of its work was completed only after Narendra Modi became CM in 2001. He pointed out that approval to install gates was granted just 17 days after Modi became the Prime Minister.At a press conference in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, Manmohan Singh had said, “(When he was Gujarat chief minister) Modiji never had a meeting with me about Narmada dam.”Singh had further said that when the World Bank cut funding for the project in 1992, he as the Finance Minister had stepped forward to provide funding from the Centre. Rupani, however, clarified that funds were never allotted, which is why the state had to come out with a bond issue to raise money.

Loopholes in implementing GST: Manmohan Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday, apart from ripping apart demonetisation, also criticised the loopholes in implementation of GST.Talking about the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the former FM and RBI governor said GST implementation was causing problems.”I agree that a well-designed GST would be a genuine reform. It was an idea which the UPA government initiated. Apart from the problem of multiple rates, there are loopholes in the administrative arrangements for GST implementation. In particular, small businesses, traders and exporters have serious concerns which need to be addressed,” he said.The former PM further said demonetisation, poor implementation of GST and rise of tax terrorism under the guise of controlling corruption, have seriously damaged the investment climate facing small businesses.The former prime minister also hit out at the Modi government saying there are a number of nice-sounding slogans such as Start Up India, Stand Up India and Skill India, “but they are not backed by effective policies on the ground”.”In fact, policies should come first before the slogans. Slogans come first and efforts to define policies come much later. This is not helpful,” he said.About Modi’s statements that Congress and Congress-led central governments have always hated Gujaratis, Singh said nothing could be farther from truth.”The most famous Gujarati whom the Congress and the whole nation revers is Mahatma Gandhi. The next famous Gujarati is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who enjoys a special position in our freedom struggle,” he saidHe also criticised Modi for pitting Sardar Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru, saying, “Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel worked hand in hand to consolidated gains of freedom. Nothing is gained, as is often attempted by Modi ji, to pit the two great leaders apart.”Singh also expressed anguish at Modi’s often-made remarks that nothing was done in the 70 years before he became the Prime Minister.The former PM spoke about huge improvement in life expectancy, literacy rate, self sufficiency in food, and economic growth since Independence, and remarked, “I wish the PM would find more dignified ways of impressing crowds and seeking their votes without resorting to statements which denigrate our country.”Singh said his government was criticized for slowdown, and presented figures to show that growth under the NDA government has been much lower.”In the 10 years of UPA I and II, we produced 7.8 percent GDP growth on average. Modi ji has so far produced an average of only 7.3 percent in the first three years. To equal UPA’s 10-year average, economy will have to grow at 10.6 percent in the fifth year, which I do not think it will,” he said.Expressing concern at the dip in private investment, he also asked the Prime Minister to take a good look at ground reality and to identify and tackle the critical constraints that are depressing investor sentiment.”This requires a frank admission of problems, and getting out of the culture of constant self praise,” he said in another dig on his successor.In response to a question about the BJP’s allegations that the Congress government delayed approval for Sardar Sarovar Dam, Singh said, “(When he was Gujarat chief minister) Modi ji never had a meeting with me about Narmada dam.””In 1992, when the World Bank cut funding for the project, I as finance minister of India, had stepped forward to provide funding from the Centre,” he said.‘BULLET TRAIN IS AN EXERCISE IN VANITY’The proposed Bullet Train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is an exercise in vanity, said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said while addressing small businessmen in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
Instead, projects like the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) started during UPA government will benefit the Indian economy in multiple ways, increase productivity and reduce transportation costs, he said.
“The Bullet Train project is an exercise in vanity. The Rs 88,000-crore needs to be repaid to Japan. Gujaratis have a good business sense and you know if a project is too good to be true, it certainly is not,” said Singh.
He blamed the NDA government for its lop-sided priorities, adding not many will benefit from the project and alternatively, more investment should be pumped in creating infrastructure.

IS operatives planned to shoot down people at synagogue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A startling revelation has come from the interrogation of IS operatives arrested from Surat. ATS officials recovered a video footage from the OTG pen drive, which showed both doing target practice with a gun. They admitted that they were practising were doing firing practice before the attack on synagogue located in Khadia.On October 25, the ATS arrested two men from Surat — Kashim Stimberwala, an echo-cardiogram technician at Sardar Patel hospital of Ankleshwar and Ubed Baig Mirza, a Surat-based lawyer —who were planning a terror attack on a synagogue located in Khadia. During the arrest, officials seized mobile phones and 128GB OTG pen drive from the two.For the data recovery process, it was handed over to the FSL department. While checking the data recovered from the pen drive, officials got a video which had Ubed and Kashim with a gun, firing in the air. The video was taken two months back on the terrace of Ubed’s house.The duo was going to attack people coming out of the synagogue. As per ATS officials, they made plans to attack from outside. During the reconstruction of the visit of Kashim on September 12, it was revealed that he had done a recce of each entry and exit gate and had plans to attack people while they were leaving the place.Officials started investigating whose gun was used in the video, how the two got the gun and the source of the second firing sound which was heard in the video. Further investigation is on.YET TO BE FOUNDOfficials started investigating whose gun was used in the video, how the two got the gun and the source of the second firing sound which was heard in the video.

Air Emirates passengers to Dubai a harried lot, jet delayed by 14 hrs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 100 passengers, some of them foreigners, had a tough time on Wednesday when their Dubai-bound flight, 549 Air Emirates flight, was reportedly cancelled. The fllight was scheduled to take off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) at 4.30 am.A group of the passengers, several of them Australians, created a ruckus saying that were only informed about the delay until it was already four hours late. A passenger, who looked shocked abiout the incident, said, “We were not informed that the flight was cancelled til we created an uproar. We were only provided a hotel accommodation after 9.30 am. The next Air Emirates flight to Dubai is now at 6.30 pm.” Those from the city who were on their way to Dubai returned home.When contacted, airport director Manoj Gangal said the flight was ‘delayed’ due to technical reasons.“We thought that a bird hit might have led to the delay and it would take only a few hours,” The passenger said.TALE OF TEARSFlight was scheduled to take off from SVPI airport at 4.30 am. It was later scheduled for 6.30 pm.

Gujarat tribal women steal the march in voting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tribal districts of Gujarat can teach a lesson or two in gender equality to the rest of the state as far as voting is concerned. Analysis of the Assembly elections of 2012 reveal that the percentage wise voter turnout for women is equal to or in some cases more than that of men in these districts.Against this, more developed districts like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Rajkot have a 3 per cent to 6 per cent gap in percentage between men and women.For example, take the voting percentage share of men and women in Panchmahals. The percentage turnout was 71.73 per cent for men while for women it was 71.32 per cent. In the case of Dangs, the voter turnout for women was 69.83 per cent against 67.70 per cent for men.In comparison Ahmedabad district had a voter turnout of 70.27 per cent for men against 66.63 per cent for women.People who have lived and worked in tribal areas attribute several reasons for the trend and primary among them is the higher status of women in tribal societies.Ramesh Makwana, HOD of the department of sociology at the Sardar Patel University in Vallabh Vidyanagar said tribal women live in more egalitarian societies.”They may be poor but in tribal societies, women don’t bow down to men. They are important decision makers and this appears in the voting trend. So while in a patriarchal society a woman may be prevented or may seek her family’s permission to go out to vote, a tribal woman does not have to bother about such things,” said Makwana.He said another reason was that though they were poor tribals, they also happen to be extremely aware about their rights. “For them the vote is the only power they have to get what they want and they decide to exercise it. This combined with a society that does not force its women to be secondary decision makers mean you see more women coming out to vote,” said Makwana.Agrees Arjun Rathwa, an AAP candidate from Chhota Udepur, a tribal district. “In a tribal household, often the decision maker is the woman and not the man. They also have a more consultative approach to decision making. This means women discuss and consult with family members unlike other parts of Gujarat were woman’s opinon is not often sought,” said Rathwa.Kishor Chaudhary a tribal who works with them in Vyara said there is also another important factor at work – bribe. “Almost all tribal districts and villages have self help groups of women. The politicians often target these SHGs and promise them loans and other stuff. SHGs are mostly made of women and they thus encourage their women members to come out and vote,” said Chaudhary.

Country would have been different had Sardar Patel been PM: Nitish Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today lavished praise on Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, saying “the shape and the direction” taken by the country would have been different had he been the prime minister.”Patel’s contributions need no introduction. It was his efforts that led to the unification of several disjointed territories into a single nation. If the Indian nation owes its history to Gandhi it owes its geography to Patel”, Kumar said addressing a function organized by his JD(U)’s farmers’ cell on the occasion of 142nd birth anniversary of the ‘Iron Man’. “The shape and the direction taken by the country would have been different had he been the prime minister,” he said.Kumar also said that Nehru, whom Gandhiji chose as his “successor”, made his own contributions but the Mahatma’s thrust on decentralisation was forgotten. “It was Bapu’s dream to see progress of and justice to every section of the society”, he said. The Chief Minister said that his ambitious agriculture roadmap for 2017-2022, which is to be launched next month, is not confined to crops. It includes fisheries, animal husbandry and the cooperative sector and intends to benefit every section of the society. “We also plan to bring a new survey settlement for land disputes, which have been a major hurdle in agricultural progress in Bihar”, he added.

From today, national anthem, song to be played at Jaipur civic offices everyday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Staff of the Jaipur Municipal Corporation will now begin their day with the national anthem and finish it off by singing the national song (Vande Mataram). This has been prescribed by saffron party mayor Ashok Lahoti. The orders will be implemented from the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on Tuesday. “Nationalism inspires a sense of service among people and I feel it should be a practice at all government offices, there should be no hesitation in being nationalist,” said Lahoti. The orders have created a scope for more controversies at the municipal corporation. The order has also raised concerns for employees as it also comes with time adherence. The national anthem will commence playing sharp at 9:50 AM, after which the bio-metric attendance system will not accept entry for the day. Attending the 5:50 PM recital of Vande Mataram will also be compulsory before logging out. The schedule will be followed at the municipal corporation headquarters and all eight zone offices across the city. In order to have synchronized speakers, a central music system has been installed at all galleries and rooms on the JMC campus. “The officials have been told that in case they are in the corridors or a meeting, they have to keep the task aside and stand in respect,” said a senior JMC official. On Monday, the mayor also decided on the versions of the two songs to be played.

BJP to mark Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti with ‘Run for Unity’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP will mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on Tuesday by holding Run for Unity events at different places in the city.Addressing reporters, BJP general secretary Anil Jain lashed out at the Congress saying the party had denied Sardar Patel his due. He said that the Narmada Dam, which is named after Sardar Patel, was completed only after the Narendra Modi government came to power at the Centre.”The work for Statue of Unity is going on at full speed, and will be completed at the earliest,” Jain said.Reports said last week that about 70% work on the 182-metre Statue, which will be the world’s tallest statue on completion, has already been finished. The Rs3,000-crore statue is being built as a Memorial to Sardar Patel.Jain also said that the BJP has organised Run for Unity events at several places in the state to mark the anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Jain himself will remain present at the Run in Ahmedabad.BJP spokesperson Jaynarayan Vyas said that Run for Unity would be held at 18 places in the state on Tuesday.Chief minister Vijay Rupani will attend the Run at Gandhinagar, while deputy chief minister Nitin Patel will do so in his constituency Mehsana.BJP leaders from the state such as former CM Anandiben Patel, party chief Jitu Vaghani, besides union ministers Parshottam Rupala, Mansukh Mandaviya, Haribhai Chaudhary and Jashwantsinh Bhabhor, will also witness the Run for Unity events at different places in the state.Meanwhile, the Ahmedabad district administration has also organised a Run for Unity event to mark Sardar Jayanti. Officials said that district collector Avantika Singh and municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar will flag off the Run at Sardar Smarak, Shahibaugh, at 8 am on Tuesday.

Senior IPS officer writes to PM, HM about corruption in the system

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ADG Police Rules Indu Kumar Bhushan, who is frequently in news for controversies, has once again fired a salvo; this time at his own brethren. Bypassing the state administrative machinery, Chief Minister, and Home Minister of the state, the senior IPS officer claims to have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, complaining about the disproportionate increase in assets of senior IPS officers in the state.Indu Bhushan has named over half a dozen officers, including the present DGP Ajit Singh and recently retired DGP Manoj Bhatt of having amassed huge property and assets. He also complained about retired officers using facilities like guards and vehicles, which they are not entitled to as per service rules. The other officers he has named are ADG Crime Pankaj Kumar Singh, Jaipur police Commissioner Sanjay Agarwal, and ADG Police Reorganisation Saurabh Shrivastav.The ADG made all these allegations while speaking to the press on Monday. “How can officers have Rs 100 crore-worth of property after 20 years of service, when they declared having no property when they joined service?” he said. “I have collected the comparative figures of many officers’ properties in the first year and at the end of service through RTI.””I am being targeted and harassed for raising this issue,” the ADG said.He added that he had taken leaves to personally compile pictures of the guards, vehicles, and other facilities deployed at homes of retired officers. He said he has been raising the issue within the department for quite some time. He has been questioning the lacunae in the system and has been harassed, he claimed. The ADG said he was threatened with arrest in an old case.When asked why he did not raise the issue with the CM or HM in the state, he couldn’t give a satisfactory answer.This is not the first time Indu Bhushan, a 1989 batch IPS officer, has raked up a controversy with his statement. Last year too he entered into an altercation with the governor of Andhra and Telangana ESL Narsimhan at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, during a mid-career training programme. In a major embarrassment to the Rajasthan government, he had to be forcibly sent back midway through the programme. There was much drama as he had threatened to slit his throat if he was sent back.A complaint was sent to DGP Rajasthan. Incidentally, Manoj Bhatt, was the DGP during this time.In all his years of service, Indu Bhushan has been given field posting just once. The other controversies involving him are related to keeping a minor as domestic help, beating his driver and making police jawans work as house help.THE NAMESIndu Bhushan has named more than half a dozen officers, including the present DGP Ajit Singh and recently retired DGP Manoj Bhatt of having amassed huge property and assets.
He has also complained about retired officers using facilities like guards and vehicles.

Next five years crucial for resolving challenges related to terrorism and communalism: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noting that India is not “unaffected” by global terrorism, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the country’s intelligence and security agencies have so far foiled all nefarious plans of terror group ISIS.The next five years would be crucial for resolving challenges related to terrorism and communalism, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, the northeast and the left-wing extremism- affected areas, he said while addressing IPS probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (NPA) here.The graduating cadets should take a vow to eradicate such problems, Singh said. “Today, the world is engulfed by the fear of terrorism and radicalisation. Outfits such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda are killing innocent people across the globe and there is a threat from nuclear arms. People are facing issues of cyber attacks. These organisations are continuously coming out with newer ideas,” the Union minister said.”ISIS has been successful in spreading its network in some parts of the world. ISIS-related networks are using newer ways (to spread their network). Our country is not unaffected by these developments. Our neighbouring country is harbouring and aiding terrorism which has become an additional challenge,” Singh said.”But our intelligence and security agencies have thwarted and succeeded against all attempts by such forces (to carry out terrorist attacks or other kinds of disruption),” he said. Singh said, “ISIS modules were busted in our country and those associated with it were arrested, foiling all their plans. Compared to other countries, a very small number has been impacted due to ISIS’s radical ideology, thanks to our strong social and rich cultural values. The credit goes to our countrymen.”He also flagged the menace of fake news and attempts to spread radical ideology through the Internet. The government has notched up certain gains against terrorism and the left-wing extremism in recent times, and there is a need to maintain this momentum, the Union minister said. The Centre recently allocated Rs 25,000 crore for modernisation of police force, Singh noted.He advised the IPS probationers to follow four principles — hard work, honesty, positive attitude and judicious decision-making — in their career. Singh also announced a grant of Rs 5 crore for the NPA Welfare Society on this occasion. As many as 136 probationers, including 14 from other countries, graduated from the academy today after undergoing training for 45 weeks.

Maharashtra: Mumbai schools turn down state directive to reopen early to celebrate Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government on Monday sent a circular to schools to cut short their Diwali vacations to celebrate Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary, on October 31. However, Mumbai schools, according to a Mid-Day report aren’t happy with this turn of events. According to the report, the teachers’ union has refused to follow the circular, dated October 25, saying that they will celebrate the day as and when schools reopen after November 1.Prashant Redij, president of the Principals’ Association of Mumbai called the move by the education department ‘thoughtless’. “This year, due to the number of unplanned holidays declared during heavy rainfall, students and teachers have anyway got a shorter vacation; and yet, the department has asked us to conduct a programme in the middle of the holidays,” he said, adding that a number of students and teachers are on vacation. Principals have already written to the education department saying that they will conduct the celebrations on November 1.

P Chidambaram’s statement on Kashmir reflection of Congress mentality to divide India: Smriti Irani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said she was ‘shocked and disgusted’ at former finance minister P Chidambaram’s remarks about ‘breaking union of India into pieces’.Chidambaram said, “My interactions in Jammu and Kashmir led me to the conclusion that when they ask for ‘Azadi’, most people want autonomy”. Trying to sort of find a middle-line to solve the Kashmir problem, P Chidambaram said that government must consider areas to give autonomy to J&K. He said, ” It will remain a part of India but will have larger powers as promised under Article 370″.”Although I must admit that I am not surprised by Chidambaram’s statement, as it reflects the Congress’ mentality,” Irani said while speaking to news agency ANI.She also lashed out at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, saying that he supported students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, who allegedly said that they they would break India into tiny pieces. “What is the message Cong is trying to give, that at their doorstep of political gain they are willing to sacrifice nationhood?” Irani asked.The minister also added that the talks of ‘azadi’ was on a land that gave us Sardar Patel. “Patel gave his life to make sure India was under one constitution,” Irani said.

Delhi BJP vice president resigns over being absent for event attended by Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The vice-president of BJP’s Delhi unit, Sardar Kulwant Singh Baath, has resigned over an issue involving his absence from a recent event attended by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.In his resignation letter on October 25, Baath said that he was stepping down as the Delhi BJP vice-president as he could not contribute to the party’s events and programmes in the past few days.The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, an affiliate of the RSS, celebrated Guru Gobind Singh’s 350th birth anniversary here on Wednesday. The event was participated by Bhagwat and several central ministers.Baath told PTI that he was tied to a ‘hukamnama (edict)’ of the Akal Takht in 2004, that asked Sikhs to boycott events organised by the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat.”Unless the issue is resolved, it will be a tricky situation for me,” he said.Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said no decision has been taken yet on Baath’s resignation. “His resignation letter has been received but a decision on it is yet to be taken,” he said.Baath joined the BJP some nine months ago and was appointed as a vice-president.Delhi BJP sources said that Baath was close to the Siromani Akali Dal (SAD) even after joining the BJP.Baath said that he resigned on “personal ground” and had nothing against the BJP or its leaders, adding that he had no plans to join the SAD.

Involvement with ISIS suspect: P Chidambaram defends Ahmed Patel, BJP seeks explanation from Rahul and Sonia Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The war of words between Congress and BJP regarding alleged ISIS lone wolf working in hospital where Ahmed Patel was a trustee has just gone intense. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday demanded clarification from Congress top leadership over the issue. Addressing a press conference, Naqvi said, ” Congress must come clean on the allegations against Ahmed Patel, else blot on the party will be bigger than that for corruption.” He further said, ” Instead of taking action, Congress is busy in accusing BJP of politicising the issue. This makes Ahmed Patel even more questionable”.Taking a jibe at Congress, Naqvi said that the party has history of favouring anti-national elements. Union Minister said, ” So far people used to say Congress is linked to corruption. Now people are saying Congress is linked to terrorism.” Naqvi said that the matter is linked to national security and Sonia and Rahul Gandhi must give explanation.
ALSO READ Vijay Rupani links ISIS case with Ahmed Patel, Cong leader says ‘let’s not divide peace-loving Gujaratis’To defend Ahmed Patel, who is considered very close to Sonia Gandhi, former Union Minister P Chidamabaram addressed a press conference. He said, ” I have gathered some facts from my friends. Ahmed Patel was a trustee of a hospital, I believe he resigned or retired in 2015. Now if somebody joins as a technician and then he is linked to ISIS, how is some trustee of 3 years ago responsible”. P Chidambaram also rejected demands of Ahmed Patel resigning and termed it ‘outrageous’. On Friday speaking to DNA, Patel said, Let’s not divide peace-loving Gujaratis while fighting terrorism. We request that matters of national security not be politicised keeping elections in mind. The allegations are completely baseless. My party and I appreciate the ATS’s effort to nab the two terrorists. I demand strict and speedy action against them.” Gujarat CM Rupani yesterday first raised the issue and demanded explanation from the senior leader. One of the two suspected ISIS ‘head-hunters’ based in Gujarat and arrested on October 25 for recruiting youth for terror attacks worked at a prominent hospital in Gujarat, while his accomplice was a law student. The duo was planning attacks on the Jewish community, the police said. After the being arrested by Gujarat Police’s Anti Terror Squad (ATS), Stimberwala Mohammed Kasim, who worked as an echo-cardiogram (ECG) technician at the Sardar Patel Hospital and Heart Institute, Ankleshwar, resigned from his job.Interestingly, Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel has an old association with the hospital. The hospital’s website says: “On the 17th of June 1979 the Sardar Patel trust met under the auspices of Bhailalbhai Patel, Ahmed Patel and other trustees to establish the Sardar Vallabhai Rotary General Hospital.” Kasim, along with Ubed Ahmed Mirza, was arrested for planning “lone wolf attacks”. He had planned to leave for hijrat to Jamaica and meet radical preacher Abdullah el-Faisal, who had been guiding them. The Gujarat ATS has stated in its report that the duo were planning attacks on the Jewish community.

ISIS head-hunter worked at top Gujarat hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the two suspected ISIS ‘head-hunters’ based in Gujarat and arrested on October 25 for recruiting youth for terror attacks worked at a prominent hospital in Gujarat, while his accomplice was a law student.The duo was planning attacks on the Jewish community, the police said.After the being arrested by Gujarat Police’s Anti Terror Squad (ATS), Stimberwala Mohammed Kasim, who worked as an echo-cardiogram (ECG) technician at the Sardar Patel Hospital and Heart Institute, Ankleshwar, resigned from his job.Interestingly, Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel has an old association with the hospital. The hospital’s website says: “On the 17th of June 1979 the Sardar Patel trust met under the auspices of Bhailalbhai Patel, Ahmed Patel and other trustees to establish the Sardar Vallabhai Rotary General Hospital.”When DNA sought his reaction, Patel said, “Let’s not divide peace-loving Gujaratis while fighting terrorism. We request that matters of national security not be politicised keeping elections in mind. The allegations are completely baseless. My party and I appreciate the ATS’s effort to nab the two terrorists. I demand strict and speedy action against them.”Kasim, along with Ubed Ahmed Mirza, was arrested for planning “lone wolf attacks”. He had planned to leave for hijrat to Jamaica and meet radical preacher Abdullah el-Faisal, who had been guiding them.The Gujarat ATS has stated in its report that the duo were planning attacks on the Jewish community.”Reconnaissance of Magean Abraham Synagogue in Ahmedabad was conducted by Kasim Stimberwala recently after discussion with Ubed Mirza,” the report stated.Police surveillance has revealed that Kasim was planning to move to Jamaica as a ECG technician and had obtained a work visa. “Both the accused persons are making intensive efforts to radicalise and actively recruit youth from various spectrums of society,” the Gujarat ATS report says.Based on “technical surveillance,” the police has quoted several telephonic conversations to establish how they were radicalising youth and recruiting them to carry out attacks in the name of ISIS.The two were involved in the activities of the Islamic State since 2013-14 and were in contact with Shafi Armar, alias Zahid al-Hindi, the police has stated in its report.Armar is wanted in various cases of bomb blasts carried out by Indian Mujahideen and is suspected to have joined ISIS after being on the run and was based in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region initially. He has been responsible for radicalisation of several Indian Muslim youth and luring them to ISIS.Sources in the ATS said the two youth are part of a group of 15 young men loyal to ISIS. “Of this, at least nine are from Ahmedabad and Surat. Six have already been radicalised and can carry out lone wolf attacks anywhere in Gujarat,” said a source in the ATS.?Investigations have also revealed that the two Surat residents arrested on Wednesday for links with ISIS were also allegedly involved in recruiting for terror activities.The duo first came under lens of Intelligence agencies when in August 2014 a group of four boys from Hyderabad was apprehended in Kolkata as they were on their way to Bangladesh — from where they were headed to Iraq to join ISIS.The youth revealed the identities of two of their handlers as Kasim and Ubed Mirza alias Obaid and also provided their phone numbers.While Kasim was traced working at the Sardar Patel hospital in Gujarat, Ubed, a law student, ran a restaurant in Surat.The hospital, however, denied any wrongdoing on its part. It said that Kasim had resigned from his job as eco technician on October 4, and he was relieved on October 24.

Smriti Irani pitches for regional language broadcasters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Smriti Irani on Thursday pitched for regional language broadcasters stating they should be given as much importance as those working in the national capital.The information and broadcasting minister said this while delivering the Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture 2017 on ‘Model of broadcasting landscape for Democracies’ this afternoon.Pushing for a “democratic” audience measurement system, Irani said first thing that has to be done is that regional broadcasters whether news or entertainment should be given equal emphasis that what is given in the national capital or those reporting in the English language, if the broadcasting landscape has to be made powerful.She added that it is India’s public service broadcaster Prasar Bharati, that puts public interest above the profit and business interest, provides services in rural areas where private broadcasters do not venture due to lack of profits.In her speech in Hindi and English, she asked what would Patel known for his contribution for the integration of India after Independence think of his memorial lecture being only delivered in English when Indian Constitution recognises the multi-cultural aspects of the nation.She said Prasar Bharati serves the national interest from the perspective of news by staying away from kind of of news which would probably get more eyeballs but need not not be in the larger interest of the country.”The biggest service we can give as a broadcaster is to give the news but not with the added element of drama,” she said, adding that news today had become a “spectator sport” as technology had blurred the lines between content and broadcast.The minister said that Mann ki Baat programme of the Prime Minister was an example of how a technology platform blended PM’s message with citizen understanding and awareness of the issues highlighted by him.Talking about social media, Irani said while some say it is “distracting” but she feels it gives new pathways to tell the stories in new ways with internet, mobile and content coming together.

New changes at airport welcomed by airlines, hints towards single operator AAI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Airlines have responded positively to the recent non-privatisation model airport, in lieu of the changes made in the last six months to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI). However, though they are happy with a single operator — Airports Authority of India — they want assurance of a futuristic at approach, considering the pace at which traffic is increasing. The partial privatisation made both passengers and airlines hopeful; but, the bidding has been delayed for more than a year now.To attract more prospective bidders, the national airports operator, AAI, also made some major changes to the terms and conditions for privatising and modernising SVPI. The AAI had invited a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the bidders for the operation and maintenance of select areas of the Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports, late last year. The select areas include passenger terminal building, passenger boarding bridges, and apron area among others, as per the bid document.The proposal mentions that the O&M will remain with private players and the infrastructure will be handled by the AAI. Speaking on it, Shalin Joshipura, Chairman, Airlines Operators Committee, Ahmedabad, said, “Ahmedabad has witnessed tremendous growth and to match that, operational area growth took place, but nothing happened on the terminal front. I am equally interested in seeing how we focus on terminal development. We are seeing positive changes at the terminal under the current leadership, but we need to be more futuristic. If we get an assurance of a futuristic approach and synchronisation of infrastructure with the pace at which traffic is growing, we wil be satisfied with the AAI.”While the bidding process is due to get over by October end, there has been no clarity on the extension. Sources say that AAI doesn’t intend to extend it further.INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL TO GET TWO NEW AEROBRIDGES:Speaking about recent changes at the airport, Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, said, “We have undertaken a lot of changes that includes more entry points for the terminal, numbering airline counters, queue managers, self check-in counters, etc. The latest was the installation of a Flight Information Display System, which will be visible from far. We have installed two video walls, one in the arrival bay and one in the departure. These will give flight-related information in three languages. We are also rebuilding the washrooms. At the international terminal, two new aerobridges are being added.

PM Modi interacts with IAS trainees, asks them to research governance issues in depth

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held an interaction with IAS officer trainees here and asked them to research governance issues in depth, so that they could understand those well.He held the interaction with over 360 officer trainees of the 92nd Foundation Course at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), a day ahead of his address to them.During the four-hour interaction in four groups, a variety of subjects such as administration, governance, technology and policy-making came up, according to a PMO statement.”Officers shared their own experiences, which were very constructive,” Modi tweeted.The prime minister urged the officer trainees to express their ideas and thoughts to him frankly and without fear, the PMO statement said.He also stressed on the need for them to develop a national vision, the PMO said.The discussions were marked by a large degree of experience-sharing.The prime minister also interacted with faculty members of the academy, who gave him an overview of the work being done there, to train India’s civil servants, the statement said.He also visited the state-of-the-art Gandhi Smriti Library at LBSNAA and attended a short cultural programme by the officer trainees.Earlier, on arrival at the academy, Modi offered floral tributes on the statues of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

From stitching clothes to being spiritual ‘Baby Doll’, Radhe Maa laps it up

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In recent times, a large number of spiritual leaders have been convicted. People are losing faith in such religious gurus. Radhe Maa, again a controversial spiritual leader who is infamous for her flashy dressing style, pomp and show, speaks with Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO ZEE Regional Channels on varied topics. In a candid interview, she disclosed why she is having lakhs of followers and what spiritualism means to her. An excerpt:JC: When you were 17-18 years old and took to stitching for a living, had you ever thought that you would have lakhs of followers?RM: I was 17 when I got married. I am daughter of Sardar Ajeet Singh SDC. I have two brothers – Sardar Sukhbir Singh and Sardar Nirmal Singh. If God wants then even dumb can sing and blind can get eyes then why won’t I think of having followers. I have no complaint against media. It can show whatever it wants. I wonder who am I and what is my objective? Till date no one can say that Radhe Maa has duped anyone. Nikki, who had levelled allegation against me, is no way related to me. The way people come to darbar of Mata, she also came.How you leaned towards religion?When in pain, people gets tilted towards religion. I loved my mother very much. When I lost her, I diverted myself to scriptures and religious activities. I got married at a tender age. My husband also went to foreign leaving me alone. I would listen to Gurbani and I gradually immersed myself in it.Have you christened yourself as Radhe Maa or followers have given this name?My father used to think that I have gone mad after my husband left me. I am not crazy. People consider devotees as mad. My father took me to Ramadeen Das Baba at the age of 21. Immediately after looking at me, Baba said I am Chandi. I have got energy which has to be channelised. He said to me Jai Jai Maa, Jai Jai Maa. Everyone in the world tried to finish me off. But I fought and I came here. I will give this credit to my Guru and Mata Rani.When did you come to Mumbai?I came to Mumbai 14 years back. Someone gave me idol of Mata Rani and since then I started loving Mata. I would close the door and dance and people became followers. The devotee whose wishes got fulfilled would gift me a dress. If I go before God in a pretty dress, will He get angry with me? I belong to a small place and I have come closer to God by wearing pretty outfits.You are Grihastha as well as Sanyasin?I had quit Grihasthi 27 years back. My life is an open book.In case of Ram Rahim, you had said that you won’t take guarantee of any Baba and you are pure?I keep on making my devotees understand that keep yourself clean, pure.Do you think Baba was really like that or he fell victim to media trial?Why should I bother? He did whatever he wanted to do. I am giving the world a message that love your parents, take care of them. No one is more important than them.When you were in Punjab then had you ever met him?I don’t meet Babas. Many saints come to my ashram. I respect them a lot.Do you also have a Gufa like Ram Rahim?My Gufa is not tarnished.Why people call you religious Guru?I am a spiritual being not a religious Guru. I believe in humanity.What is your spiritual teaching?Temple is also good, Mosque is also good and Gurudwara is also good. Just change your thinking.People mix religion with politics. How do you look at it in view of votebank?I will never enter politics. Whosoever gets into it, s/he can’t remain saint, can’t be sanyasi… he is gone.How do you rate Narendra Modi as Prime Minister? What do you feel?Initially he did a great job but nowadays people are getting negative… my heart says that in coming time he will change his thoughts and he should.You are a lady, did you ever get threatened from the male dominated society?If religious people need security then life is damned. Why security is required for religious people?In India, it is said that every beautiful woman has a threat from somebody somewhere.If I am destined to die than death can happen even inside the security cover.When girls are in tender age, there is likelihood of sexual harassment… have you ever experienced this?Many times.How did you handle that?By remembering God.Government is running campaign of Beti Bacaho, beti padhao… don’t you want to get associated with social work?I am associated with it… You find it on google.You speak about good things, you are a good human being then why so many court cases against you?All battles of the world come before me.What was there in Talli, you sat in his lap?There was no mistake of his nor of mine.You are very popular among police… they start dancing while looking at you at the airport?Where ever I go people make my Gufa there, set up chauki of Radhe Maa.What kind of miracle you show that you have lakhs of followers?This only my devotees can tell. I don’t know.Do you think you have got divine power?I think I have got positive energy. I never want to think negative. I don’t get angry even if anyone hits me 100 times with shoes.People say that if you touch Prasad with your mouth then life of that person improves, how this perception came into being?When I have the Prasad, people take it out from my mouth and say that I have given them. Where is my mistake?And they also say that whenever you become happy you climb on the lap, like you climb on the lap of Talli Baba and his life changed.This is an allegation against me. I have stopped this. I don’t want any controversy in life I am trying I should not sit in any body’s lap. I am not scared of dying but afraid of getting hurt.

If Nehru had given Sardar Patel a free hand, we wouldn’t have Kashmir problem: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh said the NDA government has given a free hand to the Army to act against terrorists and give a befitting reply to any firing from across the border in Kashmir.”I would like to say that nobody needs to be worried about Kashmir. No power in the world can stop us from resolving the issue,” he said.Addressing a gathering here in Surat district as part of the BJP’s ‘Gujarat Gaurav Yatra’, Singh attacked Pakistan saying it sends terrorists into India and wants to break the country.”Pakistan is our neighbouring state. Its name is ‘Pak’-istan, but it regularly indulges in ‘napaak’ (impious) activities, tries to break India and sends terrorists into India,” he said.”Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried his best (for peaceful resolution of bilateral issues) considering that Pakistan is our neighbouring state. He even went to Pakistan breaking all protocol, but Pakistan is not refraining from its activities. This can’t continue for long,” he said.The home minister said he has asked the Army to reply with bullets to Pakistani firings on the Kashmir border instead of showing the “white flag” (of peace).”We have given a free hand to the Army. I have said you are free to act against terrorists,” Singh said, adding this has resulted in a “record” number of militants being killed in Jammu and Kashmir in 2016-17.”We do not need to tell you the numbers. Someines it is one (militant) in a day or two or four or six. The jawans of our Army keep greeting them with ‘Jai Sri Ram.’ It has never happened before that militants have been killed in such a large number,” the Minister said.Singh recalled how a few months after the Modi government came to power in May 2014, he had given standing orders to the BSF DG to stop the practice of showing “white flags” to Pakistan in response to their firings at the Indo-Pak border.Singh said he came to know about the practice after he talked to the BSF chief following news that five Indian citizens had been killed in firing by Pakistani personnel.He (The BSF DG) “told me it is an old practice to show white flag in response to Pakistani firing… this is to tell them that we want peace. I asked the DG as to what was Pakistan response to our flags being shown 16 times.”He said Pakistan did not show any white flag. On telephone I told him not to show white flag for the 17th time.And it is my standing order that while first bullet shall not be fired by India, if we receive even a single bullet, we will retaliate,” he said.Singh said had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the country’s first deputy prime minister who launched a satyagrah (in support of farmers) during the British rule from Bardoli in 1928, been allowed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to act freely, India would not have been facing the Kashmir issue.”Sardar Patel got Junagad and Hyderabad to become part of the country. Had Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru not stopped him from also deciding the fate of Kashmir, then, I think, the Kashmir issue would not have been before us today,” he said.The BJP has launched the `gaurav yatra’ to galvanise support ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat. A number of BJP leaders and Union ministers have taken part in the campaign and addressed rallies.

Diwali knocking, govt loosens purse strings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the state assembly polls around the corner, the Gujarat government has started to distribute bonanzas among different classes of voters including citizens and government employees.The government on Thursday made several announcements that included toll-free roads, increase in the salary packages of government employees and the general development control regulations have been made easier for town planning in the state as well.The deputy chief minister of Gujarat, Nitin Patel, made these announcements just a few hours before the press conference by chief election commissioner AK Joti held in New Delhi. At this press conference, Joti announced the dates for the polls in Himachal Pradesh. These dates indicate that the polls in Gujarat may be held in the second week of December. Previously they were expected to be held in November.While making the announcements in Gujarat, the Dy CM Nitin Patel said, “The state government has taken these decisions after due consideration of representations received from various groups of people. These announcements cover a cross-section of people from the society and are aimed at bringing the living standards of people on a higher level, along with making many facilities for them.”Considering the festivities around the corner, Patel added, “These announcements are like sharing happiness among the people of Gujarat at the time of Diwali and Gujarati New Year, both of which fall next week.”In the announcements that were made, the Gujarat government has now made the SP Ring Road that runs around Ahmedabad city toll-free. Besides this, the government has increased the dearness allowances of its employees and pensioners, distributed Diwali bonus among class IV employees, and has decided to give permanent employee status to all the sanitation staff in different civic bodies.Bumper Diwali for govt employees, state declares DA hike and bonusThe Gujarat government has tried to gain favour of its employees, which is a great base of voters in the state, through a bonanza package announced on Thursday.The state government has announced an increase of one per cent in the dearness allowance (DA) of its class IV employees against their basic and Diwali bonus. The Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel made this announcement.As per the announcement, over 8.20 lakh employees and pensioners will benefit due to this development. Following the announcement, the Gujarat government will incur the additional financial burden of Rs. 273 crore per annum. The increase in DA will come into effect from July 1, 2017 and the arrears will be paid in cash to the employees in their next salary.Uniform GDCR rolled out, expected to boost construction sectorFour months after the state Cabinet approved uniform General Development Control Regulations (GDCR) for the construction sector, the state government said that the regulations have been implemented from Thursday. “Due to the implementation of common GDCR, all municipal corporations and municipalities will be able to approve construction projects of uniform height depending on the width of the road from now on,” said Dy CM Nitin Patel. He added that the urban development authorities and municipalities have been divided into different categories.Like Ahmedabad and Vadodara, which get the benefit of the transit corridor, final plots within 200 metre on both sides of 45 metre wide roads in Surat will also be eligible for getting FSI of 4. Similarly, final plots within 200 metre of 36 metre wide roads in Surat and Vadodara will get FSI of 3.6.SP Ring Road becomes toll-free for cars, three-wheelers from todayThe state government has exempted passenger cars and three-wheelers from paying toll on the Sardar Patel (SP) Ring Road in Ahmedabad. Dy CM Nitin Patel announced that from Friday cars and rickshaws will not be required to pay toll on the Ring Road.“The toll exemption will benefit thousands of people living in East and West Ahmedabad. It will not only save time for them but also money that they were paying as toll so far,” Patel announced.He also said that Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) will pay approximately Rs 8 crore a year to the toll tax company to compensate for its revenue loss due to the exemption.The 76-km Sardar Patel Ring Road was built by AUDA at a cost of over Rs 350 crore and was opened in 2004. It encircles the whole city. Officials said that an estimated 11,000 passenger cars and rickshaws use the road daily. It also connects to the Ahmedabad-Vadodara National Expressway.A number of residential hubs have come up along the Ring Road over the years.Dousing Patels’ fury: Govt withdraws criminal cases against communityThe Patel community is seething with wrath against the ruling BJP on several issues while the state government on Thursday announced to withdraw the criminal cases against the youth of the community across Gujarat filed after the Ahmedabad rally by PAAS leader Hardik Patel.The dy CM Nitin Patel and minister of state for home Pradipsinh Jadeja made the announcement of the withdrawal of 136 cases of different nature. Earlier the government had withdrawn 109 cases and another 136 cases have been withdrawn, totalling to 245 cases. The government is also contemplating the withdrawal of the sedition case against Patel and his colleagues.The government also made an announcement for the sanitation staff, belong ing to the Dalit community, that work in government and civic bodies.The government has relaxed restrictions on civic bodies, to give permanent employment to sanitation staff. The dependents of an employee will get ex-gratia jobs in case of the death or permanent disability of an employee during his service.

Soon, separate lane for pvt vehicles at airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amdavadis travelling to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) either to drop off or receive folks in private cars can expect relief in terms of the ongoing toll-booth menace.City airport officials have decided to segregate private and commercial vehicles entering the arrival and departure bay in an attempt to solve traffic woes. Now, there will be a separate lane for taxis, buses and another for cars and other private vehicles.Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, said, “We have decided to segregate the private and commercial vehicles. This will also help us understand who is actually creating trouble at the toll booth. The segregated road is being constructed. The same should be implemented within this month,” adding that hopefully, this would help ease traffic and bring respite to passengers.Interestingly, the airport authorities, last month, had roped in students of HL College of Commerce to study and the collected data of a number of vehicles and types of vehicles passing by.Recently, airport authorities had issued an advisory following complaints of irregularities to ease passengers’ experience and prevent them from being cheated. However, this hasn’t changed much as 67-year-old resident of Chandkheda, who is a frequent flyer, says he was recently victimized by toll officials. Requesting anonymity, he said that he was made to pay the toll amount even after he adhered to the 10-minute policy.”When I reached the exit booth, I saw a long queue as a taxi driver was having an argument with toll-official. I informed the toll manager about this. However, they did not pay heed. All cars had to wait till the argument was over ended up paying the toll fee.”

Amit Shah sounds poll bugle from Patel’s native place, slams Rahul Gandhi for questioning Gujarat model

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shah paid tributes to Patel at his ancestral home in Karamsad along with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel before launching the ‘Gujarat Gaurav Yatra’ (march for honour) to highlight the state’s achievements during the two decades of BJP rule.The then chief minister Narendra Modi had taken out a yatra with the same name before the 2002 Gujarat Assembly elections. The road show, being held in run up to assembly elections due in December this year, will cover central Gujarat in its first leg.Addressing the gathering, Shah accused the Congress of inflicting “injustice” on Gujarat, generation after generation, and said that in the upcoming Assembly election, the people of the state will make fun of those who “mock Gujarat’s development”.”The BJP today launches Gujarat Gaurav Yatra from the same land of Sardar Patel from where he raised the voice of the farmers and started the work to unify the country,” he said.Referring to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s recent campaign tour to Saurashtra, Shah said, “Rahul Gandhi comes here and seeks answer from us as to what has the BJP done in the state.”We are seeking an answer from you for injustices that the three generations of your rule inflicted on us,” the BJP president said.While the first generation of Congress “insulted” Sardar Patel by not giving him his due recognition and Bharat Ratna, former Congress Prime Minister “Indira Gandhi did injustice to Morarji Desai”, Shah alleged.”The third generation of (Congress leaders) Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have done injustice to Narendra Modi, and Gujarat seeks answer for that,” he said.Shah also enumerated various achievements of the BJP-led governments in the state. He compared the situation in Gujarat in 1995, when the BJP wrested power from the Congress, and what the state had achieved till 2017 on yardsticks such as power generation, farm production, education, police, road infrastructure, among others.”When Narendra Modi was the chief minister, he created a Gujarat development model which has today become a model for the entire country. This model is Gujarat’s pride,” he said.He said Modi ensured 24X7 electricity, water through Narmada dam and investments through Vibrant Gujarat Summit.The “Sonia-Manmohan Singh” government in UPA’s 10-year rule inflicted great injustice on Gujarat by holding up Narmada dam project, he alleged. But with Modi becoming the prime minister, he gave approval to increase height of the dam, the BJP president said.”The gates (of the Narmada dam) are closed and water has started reaching till Rajasthan,” he said.Shah said Gujarat got All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), bullet train among others after Narendra Modi became the prime minister.The second leg of the Gujarat Gaurav Yatra will be launched by Shah tomorrow from Porbandar, the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi.The yatra will go on till October 15. It will be held on two routes simultaneously.Prime Minister Modi and Shah will remain present for the concluding ceremony of the yatra, the place for which is yet to be decided. PTI KA PD NM GK

Nehru played politics on death of Sardar, says Vaghani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani alleged that the first Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru, played politics on the death of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.Vaghani, during a press conference on Wednesday at BJP headhquarter Shri Kamalam, charged Nehru and the Congress for injustice meted out to to Sardar Patel. Vaghani sought an answer from Rahul Gandhi.”Nehru played dirty politics on Sardar Patel’s death. He said that Patel should not be declared dead so that people could not gather.When his body was taken for cremation in Mumbai, Nehru did not allow any Congress leader to attend his funeral and also called a cabinet meeting an hour before the cremation.He even did not let the cabinet members pay homage to Sardar during that cabinet meeting,” he said “Rahul Gandhi during his visit has been trying to create devide in communities in Gujarat and cash in on votes from the Patel community by referring to Sardar Patel.First, he should answer why Patel had to face injustice throughout his life. Gandhi has no right to speak about Sardar Patel,” Vaghani added.Vaghani also said that Gandhi raised issues of atrocity on the Patel community, but he should know first that former CM of Gujarat Madhavsinh Solanki was responsible for violent anti-reservation agitation in Gujarat in past and many youth from upper castes had lost their lives.Vaghani also criticised Gujarat Congress leaders that they were responsible for creating misunderstanding among the youth of Gujarat. Vaghani also alleged that Rahul Gandhi’s rallies hardly gained any response from public in Gujarat as hardly 1,000 people turned up for his rallies.

PAAS insists reservation, state offers Commission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat government proposed the commission of non-reserved communities on Tuesday to Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel and his colleages during a truce talk held in Gandhinagar. The government, Hardik Patel and his colleagues from PAAS, the Sardar Patel Group (SPG), and leaders from religious and social institutions of Patel community sit down together to settle the issue. However, Hardik and his colleagues were not fully convinced with the proposition and but agreed to soften their stand against government on the Patidar reservation issue.Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, Cabinet minister Chiman Sapariya and minister of State for Education Nanu Vanani represented the government, while over 120 leaders representing religious and social institutions of the Patel community took part in the discussion that included agitation group members of PAAS and SPG leader Lalji Patel.The meeting lasted for three hours. “As per the resolution formula,” Nitin Patel said, “the state government will propose formation of commission for non-reserved communities and a probe commission to investigate police atrocity cases against members of the Patel community during the agitation period. Moreover, all the criminal cases against Patel will be withdrawn.”The leaders of Patel community will help the victims of agitation get the higher compensation and jobs.”Even as Nitin Patel was making this announcement, volunteers of PAAS including their leader Dinesh Bambhaniya, started hooting and sloganeering, “BJP Haay Haay,” and police had to escort them out of the hall. Hardik Patel termed this meeting as inconclusive. “The meeting concluded in peaceful atmosphere but it did not bear any result,” said Hardik Patel. “Our demand of reservation has been subsided by government. We are however hopeful that government has accepted our other long-pending demands. Though these seem like poll promises, we expect more from government.”The Gujarat government will propose formation of two commissions in a cabinet meeting to be held on Wednesday and the proposition will be cleared today too.WHAT HARDIK SAIDThe meeting concluded in peaceful atmosphere but it did not bear any result
Our demand of reservation has been subsided by government We are however hopeful that government has accepted our other long-pending demands

Mumbai rains: Nearly 20 flights diverted to Ahmedabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As flight after flight from rain-ravaged Mumbai were diverted to other airports, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) here was thrown into chaos since Tuesday night, with nearly 20 of the aircraft making unscheduled landing till Wednesday morning. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) began diverting Mumbai-bound flights from Tuesday late evening, after a Varanasi-Mumbai SpiceJet aircraft, SG 703, with 183 passengers on board, overshot a runway on landing at Mumbai airport and got stuck in mud.Confirming the same, Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, said, “Since Tuesday midnight, nearly 18-20 flights were diverted here. The flights went back by 7 am on Wednesday. Our staff worked very hard all night to handle the rush.”A passenger from Ahmedabad said, “Air Canada flight was diverted to Hyderabad.”Many airlines were giving a refund. A Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight from Surat had also made an emergency landing at SVPI early on Tuesday after its pilot noticed the tail fire warning light on and requested for diversion to Ahmedabad. The flight had 164 passengers on board.

BJP plans 2 yatras to bolster campaign

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat BJP is going to surge in the massive political campaign through Gujarat Gaurav Yatra that will be flagged off by BJP national chief Amit Shah on October 1 from Karamsad. The campaign will conclude in presence of PM Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad on October 16.The Yatra is going to cover the entire state. One group of campaigners will begin from Karmasad, the hometown of Sardar Patel, on October 1. This part of the Yatra is expected to cover central, southern and northern parts of the state, while another slot of Yatra will commence from Porbandar, Mahatma Gandhi’s native on October 2, covering Saurashtra and Kutch region of Gujarat.The roadmap for Yatra was decided during party’s executive committee meeting held in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. The poll in-charge of BJP in Gujarat and union minister Arun Jaitley, who convened the meeting, said, “The Gujarat Gaurav Yatra will be held on two different routes and our leaders will approach the voters of all 182 constituencies covering the distance of 4,600 km across the state. The rally will be flagged of by Party president Amit Shah while the same will conclude in Ahmedabad in presence of PM Narendra Modi on October 16.”The BJP expects a turnout of 5 lakh people in Ahmedabad on the concluding ceremony of the rally. The union minister during the meeting also directed the party leaders to contribute their bit to make this Yatra successful one. Meanwhile, Jaitley also lambasted state cadre leaders for reacting upon anti-BJP social media campaign ‘Vikas Gando Thayo Che’.”Jaitley was annoyed with CM, Deputy CM, Gujarat BJP chief and other leaders for reacting on the anti-BJP social media campaign. He seriously asked all the leaders to ignore the campaign and to stay away from defending or reacting on such issues. He also directed all to put stress on the positive sides of central and state government as well,” a senior leader of the party said.RALLY SCHEDULEOne group of campaigners will begin from Karmasad, the hometown of Sardar Patel, on October 1.
Campaign will conclude in presence of PM Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad on October 16.

DNA Morning Must Reads: State funeral for Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh, Emmys 2017 winners, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India bids farewell to Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh; state funeral today, tricolour to fly at half mastThe hero of 1965 India-Pakistan war and one of the country’s legendary fighters, will be accorded a state funeral, and if weather permits, a flypast by military aircraft on Monday. Read more here I think big and work for big projects: PM Modi dedicates Sardar Sarovar Dam to nationPM Modi dedicates Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation on his birthday, says it is his tribute to the arid land of western India. Read more here #DNAExclusive: SBI offers 50% loan write-off to distressed farmersLender’s Rinn Samadhan Programme is for loans up to Rs 20 lakh; aims to mop up Rs 1,500 crore Read more hereEmmys 2017: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon’s ‘Big Little Lies’ takes the loot!Find out if your favourite TV show won the gold! Read here Premier League: Valencia ruins Rooney’s Old Trafford homecoming, late Man Utd goals add to Everton’s agony’It was probably our best performance of the season,’ says United manager Jose Mourinho. Read more here

B’day boy Modi meets his mum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited his mother Hiraba on Sunday, which was his 67th birthday.The PM went to see her before taking off for the function at Sardar Sarovar Dam.He took her blessings. Hiraba offered him sweets and after a short conversation, the PM left for the dam site. He had a car and a piloting vehicle only.Modi meets his mother every birthday.

PM visits Statue of Unity site, boosts tribal museum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Narendra Modi visited the Statue of Unity site on Sunday to review the construction. The statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is said to be the world’s tallest at 182m and is being built at Sadhu Bet, an island on the Narmada.Modi exuded confidence that the ‘Statue of Unity’ will become a major tourist attraction after its completion.“This statue will be double the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US. This will be a tourism site. The tribal population will benefit from it.”Modi also performed a ground breaking ceremony for the Tribal Museum to be build in Narmada district. He said, “Our history has tales of freedom fighters but there were thousands of tribals who sacrificed their lives in the fight against the Britishers. More than 100 tribal leaders were hung to death by the British. This museum will tell their story.”Modi said his government would open museums in different parts of the country to honour the contribution of tribals who fought for India’s freedom.“Some people think that India got independence because of some selected persons. Only they were showered with praises and received all the credit,” the PM said. “In reality, many tribals sacrificed a lot while fighting numerous battles for India’s independence between 1857 to 1947. Tribals from all corners of the country fought bravely.“I strongly believe that these tribals must get the respect. Future generations must know their contribution,” he said.“To honour such tribals, we want to build museums in all those states where tribals fought for independence between 1857 and 1947. Today, I got the chance to lay foundation stone for one such museum. I am confident that more such museums will be opened at other places in future,” he said.

Sardar Sarovar Dam: All you need to know about Narendra Modi’s ‘return gift’ to India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday dedicated to the nation the Sardar Sarovar Dam, almost 56 years after its foundation stone was laid.Modi, who turned 67 today, unveiled the plaque dedicating the dam to the nation, after performing a puja at the site in the Narmada district.The foundation of the dam, commonly referred to as the lifeline of Gujarat, was laid on April 5, 1961 by the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. In June this year, the dam was raised to the maximum height of 138.68 metre.The increase in height — from 121.92 metre to 138.68 metre — led to the dam’s storage capacity going up nearly four times, to 4.73 million acre feet, greatly benefiting the state, besides neighbouring Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.According to a release from the Prime Minister’s Office, “The project has helped transport Narmada waters to the water-deficient areas of Saurashtra, North Gujarat and Kutch through an elaborate canal and pipeline network. Now, irrigation water from the dam is expected to benefit about 10 lakh farmers, while drinking water to be supplied to thousands of villages and towns is expected to benefit up to four crore people.” Hydro electricity up to a billion units is also expected to be generated annually, the release noted.
ALSO READ Narmada Dam to come to life todayThe delay in the completion of the dam was due to numerous reasons. Medha Patkar-led Narmada Bachao Andolan took the government to the Supreme Court over environmental and rehabilitation issues, and obtained a stay in 1996. The court allowed resumption of work in October 2000.(With Agency Inputs)

PM Narendra Modi turns 67, here’s his packed schedule on his birthday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday today, the BJP will observe ‘Seva Diwas’ across the country with party leaders attending medical camps, blood donation events, and taking part in cleanliness drives.BJP chief Amit Shah will be in Ranchi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Kirti Nagar in Delhi, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal in Chennai, and Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar in Mumbai, as part of the party’s plan to celebrate their top leader’s birthday as a “day of service” (Seva Diwas) across the country, a party leader said.All ministers and other party leaders will attend the events nationwide, he said.
ALSO READ Narmada Dam to come to life todayModi will on Sunday dedicate to the nation the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat on the river Narmada, at an event coinciding with his 67th birthday. The event will take place at Kevadia in Narmada district.After the inauguration at the dam site at Kevadia, Modi will go to Sadhu Bet, an island in the Narmada river where a 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, billed as a ‘Statue of Unity’, and a memorial complex dedicated to the country’s first home minister are coming up.
ALSO READ PM Modi to dedicate Narmada Dam to nation on Sunday, 56 years after Nehru started the projectThereafter, Modi will attend the closing ceremony of ‘Narmada Mahotsav’, and address a gathering at Dabhoi.He will also lay the foundation stone for National Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum during the event.Modi will then visit Amreli in Saurashtra where he will attend a host of programmes and address a public gathering.

Assembly polls likely in Nov-end, Gujarat BJP charts out its plan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Assembly polls in Gujarat are likely to be held towards the end of November and prior to that, BJP’s Gujarat unit has charted out a busy schedule of three months for poll preparations. The mega meeting of Gujarat BJP was held on Wednesday evening at the party’s headquarters, Shree Kamalam, near Gandhinagar in the presence of Gujarat BJP Chief Jitu Vaghani and CM Vijay Rupani. Both the leaders prepared the schedule and gave directions to party leaders and office bearers in the state unit.A senior leader in Gujarat BJP said, “The leaders gave the indication that polls in the state are likely to be in November end and all the leaders and workers will have to pull up their socks accordingly. They have alerted all that the state government will also give programmes like inauguration and launching of different projects and other public rallies simultaneously, wherein the party organisation will have to remain present to make them successful.”The spokesperson of Gujarat BJP Bharat Pandya said, “The action plan for the next three months has been prepared by our party leaders and shared with the other leaders and office bearers of the party organisation. This plan included rallies by PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in the state, outreach to voters programme, conventions of different morchas and cells, workshops, and post-Diwali and New Year meetings.”He added, “Meanwhile, leaders and ministers from central government and national organisation will also visit different places in Gujarat and hold rallies. The plan also includes Narmada Yatra to be held by Gujarat government to mark the celebration of total construction of Sardar Sarovar Dam which will be concluded in the presence of PM Modi on September 17.”

DNA Evening Reads | Triple talaq; 1993 blast verdict; Arjuna Awards and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SC order grants equality to Muslim women, powerful measure for empowerment: PM ModiThe five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday passed a landmark verdict holding the practice of Triple Talaq as unconstitutional.After reading separate judgments, the five-judge bench ruled in 3:2 majority Triple Talaq is void and illegal. Click here to know more1993 Mumbai blasts: TADA court to pronounce quantum of sentence on September 7A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Court (TADA) will pronounce the quantum of sentence to all convicts, including Abu Salem on September 7, for their role in the 1993 bomb blasts that shook Mumbia. Click here to know moreMadras HC rejects Karti Chidambaram’s petition to quash FIR in corruption caseThe Madras High Court on Tuesday rejected Karti Chidrambaram’s petition seeking the quashing of the FIR registered against him in a corruption case. Click here to know moreAIADMK crisis: 19 MLAs in Dhinakaran camp withdraw support to EPS; DMK asks Governor to order floor testA day after the two factions of the ruling AIADMK merged, MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined party Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, and demanded a change of Chief Minister. Click here to know moreDevendra Jhajharia, Sardar Singh get Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award for Pujara, HarmanpreetParalympian star Devendra Jhajharia, who clinched gold in men’s F46 javelin throw at the Rio Olympics and former Indian hockey skipper Sardar Singh will be honoured with the prestigious Rajiv gandhi Khel Ratna award this year. Click here to know more

Scindia warns of agitation demanding rehabilitation of dam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia today said some 42,000 families in Madhya Pradesh, living in the catchment area of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, were facing the danger of being rendered homeless, and warned of an agitation if the state government did not rehabilitate them. Addressing a public rally here, he demanded that the BJP government in the state ensured a proper rehabilitation for the dam oustees and compensated them at the earliest. “We too want the development through the Sardar Sarovar Dam. But the 42,000 families should be rehabilitated in accordance with various Supreme Court orders. The Congress will launch an agitation if the state government does not pay heed to the rehabilitation of these people,” Scindia said. The Congress leader alleged that the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government had sent 3,000 police personnel to Chikhalda in Dhar district last week to detain Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar, who was on a hunger strike seeking a proper rehabilitation of the dam oustees. “This action was more barbaric than the atrocities under the British rule. The chief minister should resign for this,” he said. The Guna MP claimed that a disruption in oxygen supply had led to the death of children at a hospital in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh last week and added that the reason for 17 deaths at Indore’s MY Hospital in June was also the same. “The governments in both these BJP-ruled states (UP and MP) do not have money to arrange oxygen to save the lives of patients. But, the BJP has enough money to offer bribes…to MLAs for winning a single Rajya Sabha seat,” he alleged. Ahead of the August 8 Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat, the Congress had alleged that the BJP was offering money to its MLAs to either switch sides or cross-vote, a charge denied by the saffron party. “Farmers are committing suicide in the state as they are not getting a good price for their produce. On the other hand, middlemen with links to the BJP are ruling from palatial buildings,” Scindia said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amit Shah resigns from Gujarat assembly, says state ‘unassailable fortress of BJP’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP chief Amit Shah, a five-time MLA, today bid adieu to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly after being elected to the Rajya Sabha, asserting his party is “unassailable” in the poll-bound state.Shah, 52, tendered his resignation as an MLA to Assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora after giving an hour-long farewell speech in the House on the second and the last day of the monsoon session of the state assembly. Shah, who represented Naranpura assembly seat in Ahmedabad, in his speech said he was “proud to be from a state, which is an unassailable fortress of the BJP”.Congress MLAs were not present during his speech as the 20-odd legislators boycotted the proceedings for the rest of the day after some of them were evicted from the House for creating ruckus in the beginning of the first half. In his address, Shah came down heavily on the Congress alleging that its leaders, both here and at the Centre, had taken an “anti-Gujarat” on the Sardar Sarovar Dam project over the river Narmada. The BJP president also hit out at the opposition party for stalling the OBC Commission Bill in the Rajya Sabha.As the assembly polls are approaching in the state, he called upon the party legislators to highlight both these issues prominently during their public interactions. “Congress’ stand always remained anti-farmer. Though Narmada Control Authority had already completed all the formalities to raise the height (before June 2014), their (UPA) government did not give the nod. But PM Narendra Modi gave it within one month of assuming office” said Shah.”Now, Congress leaders must tell the citizens, who sat on that permission? Even today, their leaders Digvijaya Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia speak against the project in Parliament. Gujarat Congress is silent, because they agree to what is being said by their leaders. It shows their anti-Narmada mentality,” said Shah.Shah said the people of Gujarat would seek an answer from Congress in December, when the state goes to polls. He predicted that the Congress’ strength will reduce to half from the current tally of 51 after the polls. “Congress showed their anti-OBC mentality by stalling the OBC Commission Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Mark my words, that next election in Gujarat will be fought on the issues of Narmada and the welfare of OBCs and poor. And, I can easily predict that oppositions’ strength will reduce to half after the polls,” he added.Almost all the BJP members, including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy CM Nitin Patel and state president Jitubhai Vaghani were present in the House to listen to Shah’s farewell speech.After his speech, in which he also thanked his colleagues for being with him since his journey started 20 years back as a party worker, Shah tendered his resignation to the Assembly Speaker. “Today is my last day here, as I will resign after my speech. I never fought to acquire anything, instead, I proudly gave up what I had. I am proud to be from a state which is an unassailable fortress for the BJP,” he said.The two-day monsoon session of the state assembly, which ended today, is likely to be the last session as the state polls are expected to be held by the end of the year. As the assembly complex here is undergoing renovation, the session was held at Mahatma Mandir in the state capital.

Supreme Court declines extension in NBA case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Families displaced due to the Sardar Sarovar dam got no relief from the Supreme Court as it declined to extend the July 31 deadline to rehablitate the families.The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) had approached the apex court claiming that the court-directed rehabilitation by the states was not complete. The NBA which has been fighting for the cause since over three-decades, say that over 40,000 families will be affected as the backwaters of the dam rises, threatening it with submergence. The lowering of the gates and impounding of water up to the full reservoir level is also going to submerge 192 villages across three districts in Madhya Pradesh, affecting nearly 2.5 lakh people who have been declared as project affected.The NBA also said that activist Medha Patkar, who was on an indefinite fast since the past 12 days, was forcibly removed by the Madhya Pradesh(MP) police from the site at Chikaldha, Dhar district in MP.An apex court bench led by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar ordered a compensation of Rs 60 lakh to each family under the special compensation package. Those under the same package owning two hectares of land are to be paid Rs. 45 lakhs. Whereas at least 1385 families would be paid Rs. 50 lakh each.

"Use of police force" against Patkar draws angst in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Various organisations today demanded the release of activist Medha Patkar, currently kept at a hospital in Indore, as they organised a demonstration in the national capital against the “use of police force” to end the Narmada Bachao Andolan leader’s indefinite fast. Police yesterday removed Patkar, who was on indefinite fast since July 27 seeking proper rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar Project-oustees, from Chikhalda in Dhar district, and shifted her to Bombay Hospital in Indore, citing her worsening condition. “Patkar who has been taken to a hospital in Indore is not allowed to meet her colleagues. Only restricted access to one person has been allowed,” said Madhuresh, a leader of National Alliance of People’s Movement that organised the demonstration at Madhya Pradesh Bhawan here. The demonstrators tried to reach the Madhya Pradesh Bhawan to submit a memorandum to the resident commissioner of the state but were stopped by police at a barricade. Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav said that in a democratic system, people’s voice need to be heard by the rulers but the MP government was “denying” that to them. “At least the government should listen to the affected families and try to resolve the rehabilitation issues faced by them,” he said. Later, a delegation including Yadav and senior CPI(M) leader Hannan Mollah submitted the memorandum at MP Bhawan. The memorandum submitted by the demonstrators demanded the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to “release” Patkar and allow her to meet and discuss the future course of action with her associates. It also demanded “action” against the local police and administrative officers for “high handedness” at Chikhalada, and solving the problems of “40,000 families” affected by Sardar Sarovar dam project. Thousands of families along the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh’s Barwani, Dhar, Alirajpur and Khargone districts are at risk of getting displaced with the closing of gates of Sardar Sarovar Dam in neighboring Gujarat and resultant rise in the water level in its catchment area. The Centre recently gave its nod for closing the gates. The dam is likely to be filled to its capacity by August-end.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Medha Patkar and 11 others taken to hospital after their health deteriorates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Social activist Medha Patkar and 11 others were today taken by the police to hospitals from Chikhalda village of Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district, where they have been sitting on an indefinite fast since last 12 days.Patkar, the founder of the ‘Narmada Bachao Andolan’, and her associates had launched the fast on July 27, demanding “proper” rehabilitation and resettlement of those affected by the Sardar Sarovar Project.All of them, including Patkar, were taken to hospitals by the administration as their health was deteriorating, Indore Division’s Commissioner Sanjay Dube told PTI, without disclosing which hospitals.They were taken in different ambulances, he said, adding six policemen suffered injuries in the process.Thousands of families along the Narmada river in MP’s Barwani, Dhar, Alirajpur and Khargone districts are at risk of getting displaced with the closing of gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in neighbouring Gujarat and the resultant rise in water level in its catchment area. The Centre recently gave the nod for closing the gates.The water level in the catchment area reached 121.90 metres today, nearing the danger mark set at 123 metres. The dam is likely to be filled to its capacity by August-end.Yesterday, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti had urged 62-year-old Patkar to end the hunger strike while expressing concern over her health.Patkar, in response, had urged the minister to support her in saving Narmada river.

CPI seeks Centre’s intervention to end Patkar’s hunger strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CPI today sought immediate intervention of the Centre and state governments to settle an indefinite hunger strike by Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar to safeguard the people living in Madhya Pradesh’s Narmada Valley. Kerala CPI secretary Kanam Rajendran said the world renowned social activist’s health was deteriorating and it was not ideal for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to “ignore” the agitation. Patkar is on a hunger strike since July 27, demanding proper rehabilitation of thousands of families living along the banks of Narmada river in Barwani, Dhar, Alirajpur and Khargone districts of Madhya Pradesh, whose houses would face submergence once the gates of the Sardar Sarovar dam in neighbouring Gujarat were closed. Rajendran said efforts to suppress peoples’ agitation against the government’s “laxity in ensuring rehabilitation for those evicted in the name of dams is condemnable”. “A grand alliance should be evolved to counter the administration’s ‘fascist agenda’ to suppress people by sowing the seeds of fear,” he said. The CPI state council also expressed solidarity with the agitation led by Patkar in the Narmada Valley, a party statement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Medha Patkar’s meets officials as fast over Narmada dam enters 10th day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Narmada Bachao Andolan’ leader Medha Patkar met the officials here on Saturday for the rehabilitation of those affected by Sardar Sarovar Dam.Medha Patkar and 11 others are on fast since July 27 on Narmada bank in Dhar district’s Chikhalda village. Their health is constantly deteriorating as today is their tenth day on fast.The activists are protesting after the government closed the gates of Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River, due to which houses of 40,000 families are facing submergence.Yesterday, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had requested Patkar to end the fast.”I am concerned about your health and that of your mates. I politely request you to end the fast ,” Chouhan tweeted.Earlier, a case was registered against the ‘Narmada Bachao Andolan’ workers by the administration for keeping a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in captivity for three hours.The administration had alleged that the workers protesting there held a team of NDRF under captivity for three hours.Refuting the allegations Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Patkar had said, “The government is making false cases to defame the movement after the administration is has imposed a case.

MP: Narmada water on rise but dam oustees stay put

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Narmada dam oustees in Madhya Pradesh, some of whose districts face the threat of submergence due to closure of the gates of the Sardar Sarovar dam in neighbouring Gujarat, today stood their ground even as the water level in the Narmada river is rising steadily. The state government had asked the affected people to vacate the submergence area of the dam by July 31. According to activist Himshi Singh, who is working for the cause of the affected people, around 40,000 families in Barwani, Alirajpur, Dhar and Khargone districts of Madhya Pradesh have come under the submergence area of the dam. Dhar district collector Shriman Shukla, camping in Nisarpur area, said officials have been trying to convince the displaced people to vacate their places. At Chindalda village in Dhar district, a large number of protesters entered the Narmada river and stood in the water for some hours. At Karanja area in Barwani, 10 people, including five women, held a symbolic protest by posing as dead with white bedsheets covering their bodies. “The displaced people are anyway going to die in the submergence area shortly,” one of them said. Shukla said the administration would not let anybody drown and ensure the safety of the people and their assets. He said public announcements were being made in the affected areas to persuade people to vacate their places. “Narmada water is gradually rising and we are evacuating people from such areas. Well equipped teams of the NDRF have been deployed along with the police force. We will ensure safety of people and use force, if needed in the process,” he said. Meanwhile, Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar’s indefinite fast for proper rehabilitation of the affected people entered the fourth day today. The dam oustees and locals staged protests at two places in Barwani, where Patkar is sitting on the fast, over the gradual shutting of the Sardar Sarovar dam gates last month. The Gujarat government had last month got the Centre’s nod to shut the gates of the structure, 56 years after the foundation stone of the project had been laid. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had said the permission to close the gates of the dam was given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Talking to reporters in Barwani, Patkar questioned the rehabilitation package announced by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan yesterday wherein he had assured an aid of Rs 5 lakh to each affected family for construction of a house. “The CM has now announced the package for the displaced to construct houses. How is it possible to construct the houses in the 24 hours (before tomorrow’s deadline)?” she asked. When asked about Patkar’s ongoing fast, Shukla said, “We have talked to her and urged her to undergo a health check-up. We are concerned and monitoring her health”. He said a lot of work has been done at the rehabilitation centres and remaining work would be completed soon. According to Himshi Singh, the temporary dwellings made available by the state government for the oustees lack even basic facilities. Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh Congress today sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to “save” the affected people. “We urge the prime minister to intervene and save the lives of people who are living in the submergence area ahead of tomorrow’s deadline (for vacating the area),” Leader of Opposition in Assembly Ajay Singh said in a statement here. The Congress leader said Madhya Pradesh gave the BJP 26 MPs and “now, it’s time for the prime minister to reciprocate by protecting the interests of Madhya Pradesh, along with Gujarat.” Had Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan been in the opposition and the UPA government in power now, he would have sat on a dharna or fast, Singh said. “Chouhan seems incapable of protecting the interests of Madhya Pradesh in the matter of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, which would benefit neighbouring Gujarat,” he said. The Sardar Sarovar project, which was inaugurated in 1961, got delayed due to several reasons, one of the prominent being opposition to it by Patkar-led NBA. The construction work for the dam was suspended in 1996, after the NBA activists obtained a stay from the apex court, over environmental and rehabilitation issues. Work resumed after the Supreme Court gave an order in October 2000 in favour of the construction of the dam. With the closing of the gates, the height of one of the biggest water reservoirs in the country will be 138 meters and the storage capacity 4.75 million cubic meter (MCM). At present, the height of the dam is 121.92 meters and the water storage capacity is 1.25 MCM.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gandhi’s MP memorial case: Youth Congress, NGO hold protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several members of the Youth Congress and an NGO today held a prayer meeting at the Rajghat here in protest against the recent relocation of a Mahatma Gandhi memorial by the authorities in Madhya Pradesh’s Barwani district. The revered landmark housed urns containing ashes of Gandhi, his wife Kasturba and secretary Mahadev Desai. It was temporarily relocated to a nearby place to prevent its submergence due to the raising of height and the closing of the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Patel dam in Gujarat. Separately, some members of NGO National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) also held a protest at the same venue. Activist Medha Patkar, who is spearheading the Narmada Bachaho Aandolan, is part of thr NAPM. Meanwhile, protests in Barwani continued today as part of the Narmada Bachaho Aandolan. Senior Congress Leader and ex-MP Meenakshi Natarajan also joined the ‘Prarthna Sabha’ and said this is the “most disrespectful” incident that has occurred and MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should “regret and apologise for this hurtful action”, the IYC said in a statement. The Rajghat is the national memorial to the Father of the Nation, who was cremated on the banks of Yamuna. His ashes were sent to several parts of the country. “It is one of the saddest incidents that has occurred in the country today. Where on one hand there is talk of Swachh Bharat in the name of Gandhi ji and on the other hand his ashes are placed in a municipal truck,” the IYC alleged. This prayer meeting was led by IYC Secretary Sitaram Lamba. Meanwhile, ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy), a socio-cultural organisation, in a statement today condemned the “dismantling” of the Gandhi memorial in Barwani.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MP Congress slams move to shift Mahatma’s memorial

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress in Madhya Pradesh today strongly criticised the move to shift a memorial housing urns with ashes of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba from Rajghat in Barwani district, calling it a “national shame”. The memorial was dismantled by the district administration and temporarily relocated to a nearby place to avoid its submergence. The raising of height and the closing of the gates of Sardar Sarovar Patel dam in Gujarat raised concerns about submergence of large tracts of land in Dhar, Barwani, Khargone and Alirajpur districts. Hence, the urns were shifted around Wednesday midnight to a location 4km away from the original site. Barwani collector Tejaswi Naik said a grand memorial would be built at the new site. However, the move invited strong criticism from the opposition Congress. Leader of Opposition in Assembly Ajay Singh termed it as a “national shame” and said it amounted to running “bulldozers” over the memories of the Father of the Nation. He said the dam height was raised to benefit Gujarat. Singh said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, instead of focusing on rehabilitating affected people, was spending his energy on demolishing the memorial. Congressmen, led by state unit president Arun Yadav, Singh, MLAs Bala Bachchan and Jaivardhan Singh, among others, staged a protest in Barwani town on the memorial issue and addressed a meeting. In a related development, Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar continued her indefinite fast at Chikhida in Dhar district for the second day demanding rehabilitation of people displaced in Madhya Pradesh due to closure of Sardar Sarovar dam’s gates last month. After the meeting in Barwani, Congress leaders met Patkar and extended their support to her agitation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mahatma’s memorial in Rajghat dismantled; sparks protests

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi at Rajghat area near here was today dismantled by the district administration and temporarily relocated to a nearby place, triggering protests. The memorial was facing a threat of submergence due to closure of gates of Narmada dam in neighbouring Gujarat. The development came hours before Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar was to start her indefinite fast demanding rehabilitation of people displaced in Madhya Pradesh due to closure of Sardar Sarovar dam’s gates last month. According to activist Hinshi Singh, urns containing ash of Gandhi, Kasturba and Mahatma’s secretary Mahadev Desai were taken away from the memorial early morning. However, the urns were brought back after locals, Patkar and other activists protested, she said, adding that the urns were forcibly taken away by the police in the afternoon who beat up the protesters. However, District Collector Tejaswi S Naik said there was some confusion when the urns were being taken to a temporary place from Rajghat this morning. The protestors did not allow the urns to be taken away from Rajghat, the officer said, adding they were shifted to a temporary place in Kukri area in the afternoon. The collector said a grand memorial of the Mahatma, Kasturba and Desai would be constructed after a committee set up in this connection takes the final call. Before starting her fast, Patkar said the state government has asked 40,000 families living in the submergence areas close to Narmada river in Barwani, Alirajpur, Dhar and Khargone districts to vacate their dwellings by July 31. “The government officials are forcing the affected people to move to the tin sheds built by the government, but this make-shift arrangements lack basic infrastructure,” she said. “I want the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam to be opened and the oustees rehabilitated. Reservoirs in Gujarat are full with water due to the recent rains, and there is no urgency to store water in the Sardar Sarovar dam,” she added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Say goodbye in 10 minutes or pay Rs 85 for parking at airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The next time you go to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to see your near and dear ones off, keep your goodbyes short. For, things have changed here and parking your vehicles at the airport for more than 10 minutes comes at a higher price now. Earlier, if you paid Rs60 for the first two hours, now be ready to shell out Rs 85. With a new contractor taking charge of operating the toll booth at the airport, parking charges have shot up. Interestingly, parking for a charter plane is free for two hours. While the first 10 minutes (domestic) and 12 minutes (international) is free, any car parked for beyond the stipulated time will have to pay Rs 85 for the first two hours and Rs 20 thereafter for every hour until seven hours. using the parking space for more than seven hours will cost Rs 340.SS Enterprise, which has bagged the contract to run the toll booth, is set to add two more booths counters. Jitendra Tiwari, Manager, SS Enterprises, said, “To ease traffic at the airport, we have decided to add two more booths, one each at the arrival and departure bays. It will become functional in two-three days. The charges have been decided by the AAI.”The airport authorities will also move the toll booth to the parking area. Airport Director Manoj Gangal said, “We noticed that after a car passes through the toll booth, the booth person would not bother where the car is parked within the terminal area. So, we have decided to shift the toll booth at the parking area so that cars will have to stop at the parking area. We will be erecting canopies at different places and trolleys will be made available so that passengers can have a comfortable walk to the terminal.”Until now the toll booth was situated near the Sardar Patel statue, but, within a week, it will be shifted to the parking area of the arrival and departure bays.

Come July 13, Kisan Mukti Yatra to ‘stir up’ Raj politics for full four days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On its way from Mandsaur to Delhi, the farmer movement will stir politics in Rajasthan for four days.The campaign that initiated from Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh on July 6 will enter Rajasthan from Sirohi on 13th and will mobilize farmers of the state for four days before they exit at Bharatpur towards Delhi.The movement has inspired from death of farmers in police firing at Mandsaur last month and is developing consensus on demands of loan waiver and 50 percent assured profit on produce. There are more than 180 farmer representatives driving the ‘Yatra’. Among those leading the march is Raju Shetti, member of parliament who actively led the farmer agitation in Maharashtra.“Issues of farmers are not bound with state borders thus farmers too should unite across the nation, the kind of support that we received in Madhya Pradesh has further raised our aspirations,” Raju Shetti told DNA over phone.The Yatra has entered Gujarat on Monday and are scheduled to address farmers in Bardoli where Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel had raised ‘Satyagrah’ against British colonialism.Large number of farmers from Rajasthan are also expected to join in the Yatra at Bardoli. The movement has already has already drawn support of several farmer organisations of Rajasthan.“Farmers have been demanding a respectable living, due return on their produce. Its something that the ruling BJP too had promised in its manifesto. We are just demanding its implementation,” says Rampal Jat, leader of Kisan Mahapanchayat.Politics on farmer issues is expected to create stir in Rajasthan during the coming days as farmer organisations and political parties line up their schedule to harness the issue.

Poor MP farmer uses daughters in place of oxen to pull plough

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unable to buy a pair of oxen due to acute poverty, a farmer from the home district of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has been using his two minor daughters in place of the oxen to pull the plough for the last two years. As a shocking video of Radha, 13 and Kunti, 9, roped in the plough in place of the oxen to furrow the field by their 42-year-old father Sardar Barela in Bastanpur Pangari village, some 60 kms away from the district headquarters, went viral, an embarrassed district administration rushed a revenue official to the farmer yesterday. Besides being the home district of the chief minister, Sehore is a part of Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency being represented by senior BJP leader and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Shockingly, Barela has been using his daughters for ploughing for the last two years. “As I don’t have money to buy bulls, I have no option but to ask my daughters to pull the plough who have been doing it for the last two years,” Barela told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAI team to arrive a day after runway repair

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The runway of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport will witness a major repair work on Sunday, almost a week after it was reportedly damaged due to rains. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) had formed a team to probe the incident. Interestingly, it is scheduled to visit the airport on Monday, a day after the major repair work will be completed.This repair work is likely to keep the runway non-functional beyond the usual non-operational hours. In less than a year after resurfacing work on the runway was completed, the asphalt on the surface right at the centre of the runway came off on Monday morning delaying several flights.Sources said, “The real picture would only come out if the AAI team arrives before the repair work is undertaken. Otherwise, there is a huge probability that the matter would be covered up by the time AAI team eventually visits.”Manoj Gangal, airport director, said, “The repair work is scheduled on Sunday as anyhow the runway remains shut for pending work every Sunday. Seeing the nature of this particular work, the runway might remain non-functional beyond the designated hours.”The city airport which had undergone a runway repair work almost a year ago was made functional from October last year but remained shut for eight hours on Sundays. The same was later revised to five hours (10 am to 3 pm). Guruprasad Mohapatra, chairman, AAI had told DNA earlier this week that the incident happened due to drainage problem. “We will send a team of officials from Delhi to look into the matter. I have sought a detailed report on the same within a week. The repair work should be done diligently so that the same does not repeat and for the same, the runway might have to remain non-functional for a few hours.”During routine runway inspection around 10 am on Monday, it was observed that some portion of the bitumen on the runway surface had come out. Hence, keeping flight safety in view, flight operations were withheld for some time as a precautionary measure. After inspection of the runway and assessment of the situation, it was decided that the reduced length of the runway could be used for smaller aircraft operations. The damaged patch was spotted near the centre of the runway due to which bigger aircraft could not be operated.

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