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Airport may shift some carriers to int’l terminal

Domestic passengers flying out of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) here can now expect a few of their flights operating from the international terminal. With the city airport set to upgrade the existing infrastructure at the T2 international terminal by installing two new aerobridges, they are hinting at shifting some domestic operations to the international terminal.Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, said, “The two aerobridges will come up at the international terminal by the end of this year. Depending on time slots and a discussion with immigration, Customs and CISF, we may shift some operations, keeping airlines’ interest in mind.”Sources say that the international terminal is huge and remains non-operational for nearly six hours until the first flight of the day operates for Dubai in the afternoon. The terminal can easily be utilised for easing out some traffic at domestic terminal.Airlines Operator Committee (AOC) Chairman Shalin Joshipura said, “As of now, Air India and Jet Airways operate from T2. Once the aerobridges come, airlines might be interested to shift some of their flights to this terminal.”He added, “A lot of positive initiatives are being taken at the airport off late. This too will be an added feature.”A source said, “An international flight of SpiceJet that departs from Ahmedabad late in the evening comes from Chennai. As it has to fly abroad, it is parked at T2 and the domestic passengers are then taken to T1 by bus. This setting would surely be beneficial not just for the airlines but also convenient for the passengers.”However, while appreciating the effort, another official said, “Utilizing space is a good option but to maintain infrastructure as per standards of international airport would be a concern. Since Customs and immigration is critical points, extra care will have to be taken.”WINTER SCHEDULEFor winter schedule, Jazeera airways has commenced its operations from city whereas Air Arabia and Ethopian airlines are set to add new flights to the existing lot. Last week, SpiceJet also started Ahmedabad-Bangkok flight.

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Jawaharlal Nehru divided the nation, Sardar Patel united it: RSS leader Indresh Kumar

RSS leader Indresh Kumar today said those who do not love India should leave the country and a law should be enacted to punish those who disrespect the tricolour. Alleging that the Congress divided the nation, he said it was a big lie that it helped India attain Independence. “If you cannot love Bharat then leave Bharat. And, a law should be enacted to punish those who disrespect the country or the national flag,” Kumar said at an event here. “It is a fact that the Congress divided India and it is a big lie that it helped the country attain Independence. Who divided the nation – Jawaharlal Nehru. Who united the nation – Vallabhbhai Patel,” he said. Kumar said there was no “temporary article in any constitution in the world like Article 370 in the Constitution of India”. There was a need to bring the people of Kashmir into the mainstream, he said. The RSS leader said China had to bow down to India on the Dokalam issue under diplomatic pressure.

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Asthmatics rejoice as Capital gets first pollen count station

Delhi has got its first pollen count station to monitor the levels of airborne grass pollen. The station inaugurated at Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute will benefit people with asthma and other respiratory ailments, as they can check the forecast and take preventive measures, like taking anti-histamines or staying indoors and minimising the health risk.”Pollution apart, airborne pollen also has a major impact on our respiratory system. While much efforts towards raising awareness and education on impact of pollution on health are being made, effects of pollen on health of patients with respiratory disorders are not given its due importance, although it is affecting a significant number of patients. Having a pollen count station can be crucial for such patients, who would be able to check the pollen count status in the vicinity and take necessary steps to avoid exposure,” said Dr Raj Kumar, Director (Acting), Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute.A recent study found that 30 per cent of the population reportedly suffers from one or the other allergic ailment and the majority is not even aware what exactly worsens their condition and how to avoid it.According to the study, the maximum and minimum pollen count recorded in past years was in the month of September (4,805 pollens) and December (1,973 pollens), respectively. The pollen concentration starts increasing in the months of September, October, and November (282.65, 275.73, and 245.44 pollens/m3 /month) and starts declining December onward.Experts say that for patients with respiratory problems and asthmatics, the pollen count would be an indispensable resource to help manage their symptoms and take precautionary measures. Many studies have also found that not only vehicular and industrial emissions, but pollen grains, fungal spores, dust mites, insect debris, and animal epithelial are also major contributors to allergies, breathing problems and respiratory disorders.

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Gujarat elections 2017: ‘Aave Chhe, Aave Chhe, Na Aavyu!’, PM Modi takes a jibe at Congress campaign

No storm can enter Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the audience at Netrang in Bharuch on Wednesday. “Just as storm Ockhi passed away, the storm of Congress will also pass away,” Modi said subtly.”This is the last stage of campaigning in many parts to the state. For past few days we were listening. ‘Aave Chhe, Aave Chhe,’ did the storm come? It did not. This is Gujarat. Gandhi’s Gujarat, Sardar’s Gujarat. ‘Aave Chhe, Aave Chhe, Evu thay, Aave Nahi’ (You think that it is coming. It does not.),”Modi said at his last public meeting of the day in a tribal area referring to the ‘Congress Aave Chhe’ campaign.Countering Congress’ allegation that his government works for corporates, Modi said that he had began Girl Child Education campaign, ‘Kanya Kelavni Yojana’, when he was CM from tribal village of Dediapada and is providing electricity to 18,000 villages and all these measures directed at upliftment of the poor and not corporates.”Officials told me that there won’t be electricity. There won’t be facilities. I said not an issue. In scorching heat of June, when one goes to Kullu, Manali or even Switzerland, I was urging parents in the villages to get their daughters educated. Now tell me how many industrialists stay in villages? To whom did it benefit? Didn’t the poor benefit from it?” asked Modi.Wooing the tribals, he said that his government will build museums in memory of tribals in all the states, including Gujarat for their contribution in the freedom struggle.”When I was the CM, I had constructed a museum in the memory of Govind Guru at Mangadh and tribals from all over the country come here to pay their tributes,” he said.The Statue of Unity, in memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel will also bring tourists from all over the world to Kevadia and this will create lakhs of jobs, he reiterated. Alleging that Congress government had ignored the tribals during its rule, he said that it was not until the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the centre that a separate ministry for tribals was formed and special budget allocated.Giving testimony for the steps his government took for the poor and working class, he said that the unique number for Provident Fund has helped workers easily claim the money that is rightfully theirs. He also said that schemes like ‘108’, Chiranjeevi Yojana for institutionalising deliveries for pregnant women, electrification of rural households have all benefited the poor.PM MODI ROARSOfficials told me that there won’t be electricity. There won’t be facilities. I said not an issue. In scorching heat of June, when one goes to Kullu, Manali or even Switzerland, I was urging parents in the villages to get their daughters educated.” he saidFOR THE POORPM Modi said that schemes like ‘108’, Chiranjeevi Yojana for institutionalising deliveries for pregnant women, electrification of rural households have all benefited the poor.
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Docs see rise in asthma, lung infections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Medical experts in the Capital have started witnessing a steep rise in the number of cases of asthma, lung infections and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).”In the last one week, the cases have gone up immensely. The numbers are on the higher side as compared to the last year. Also, the pollution levels have also gone up suddenly. The weather is dusty and people who already have a history of respiratory illness are having a tough time,” said Dr Raj Kumar, head of department, pulmonology, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute.Experts have advised patients to take precautionary measures. “Newborns and elderly should stay alert and take preventive measures. The weather is going to be worse in next three to five days,” said Dr KK Sethi, Chairman and Managing Director of the Delhi Heart and Lung Institute.Air pollution is contamination of the indoor or outdoor environment by any chemical, physical or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere.”Carrying an inhaler has become a must in this weather. There is dust in the air which is also causing irritation in the throat,” said Rajbir Singh, resident of West Delhi.Singh was diagnosed with asthma three years back and since then Delhi’s high pollution level gives him a tough time every year.”One should cover their face while travelling. Even staying indoors is not safe as the suspended particles enter through windows,” says Dr JC Suri, HOD, Pulmonary Medicine at Safdarjung Hospital.

Porbandar is a prestige issue for BJP and Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For BJP and Congress, it is a fight for prestige in the Porbandar Assembly constituency over the restoration of the city’s status as Paris of the Saurashtra region and its marketing within and outside India as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.For a change, there is no talk of quota for Patidars or demonetization. But traders cite fall in business after the rollout of GST and submit that BJP needs to bring in further changes to arrest fall in its rating.BJP, which had won the seat in 2012 poll, lists out a number of steps initiated by the government to upgrade the city’s infrastructure and keep its Paris status intact. However, the Congress blames the state government and local administration for the poor state of roads, sewage disposal and holding them responsible for surge in pollution. Both, however, agree that both Porbandar and Paris are magical lands of love and beauty and the architecture is of contemporary age. But they differ in their approach.As far as the city’s importance as Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace goes, BJP puts the onus on the Congress for doing little for the preservation of its status while in power in the state and at the Centre. On its part, the Congress claims that the BJP has been using the names of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to gain political mileage.This apart, both parties have stepped up efforts to lure politically decisive Other Backward Communities (OBCs), including Kolis and Kharva, Meher and also the Muslim community to win the seat in the ensuing election.The Congress wants to cash in on resentment within the Kharva community over the issue of grant of subsidy in a time-bound manner and lack of substantial development in fishing infrastructure. On the other hand, the BJP is projecting the steps taken by the government for the fishing community, which includes launch of development of port terminal with the investment of Rs 15 crore, construction of jetty, reinstatement of subsidies and introduction of few more.Khimjibhai Motivaras, the BJP’s Porbandar city president, who comes from the Kharva community, told DNA, “Congress president Rahul Gandhi is a ‘parachute’ leader who lacks knowledge of grassroots and, therefore, his party is engaged in luring the Kharva community and fisherfolks in general by neglecting the good work done by the state government. They will vote for the BJP and the party will retain its hold in Porbandar and also in the state.’’Kiritbhai Morwadia, BJP’s OBC cell chief, said of the 146 OBC, 36 communities are in Porbandar alone, and he has been holding everyday workshops for members of two castes to mobilise support.However, Congress leader Ramdevbhai Modhwadia counters BJP’s claims, saying that the Kharva community by and large is angry with the party for its neglect, while members of Meher and other castes from OBC want a change and they will vote for Congress.

1,500 people pay last respects outside martyr’s house

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty-three year old Pradeep Singh Kushwaha did not die in vain, is what the message was from over 1500 people who gathered in front of his house on Friday to mourn him.Kushwaha’s body was flown to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport in a special plane at 6.25pm. At the airport, Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Minister of State for Home in Gujarat, Ahmedabad Collector, Army officers and police officers gave him a guard of honour and took the body to Medical Hospital of Ahmedabad Cantonment Area.In the morning, when the news broke out, around 1,500 people gathered outside Kusva’s house in Bhargav area. Posters with the Tricolour were put up in several places. There was a bike rally, where around 200 people took to the streets with the National Flag and Kusva’s poster in hand. Slogans rang through the air.People living in the area had come out on roads to witness the martyr’s funeral. The entire route from the airport to his house was decorated with flags and his posters, as a mark of respect and to honour him.A police bandobast was arranged in the area, with around 500 policemen deployed to manage the traffic and other situation. Senior police officials, inspector-level officers were also present at the spot.Vipul Patel, one of the locals, said, “One of our sons has died in the combat. We have lost one of our young bloods. The people who have came on the road show their respect to the martyr.”The martyr’s body was taken to Medical Hospital inside the Ahmedabad Cantonment, where only his parents and brother will be allowed to see it. At 9am on Saturday, his body will taken to his house in Bhargav and then to the crematorium in Memco.

BJP, Congress’s war of words over Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A war of words erupted between the BJP and Congress over Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s legacy on the occasion of his birth anniversary on Tuesday.In Gandhinagar, chief minister Vijay Rupani said that the country’s situation would have been different had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel become the prime minister.“Sardar Patel tried to take the country in the right direction, but the Congress meted out injustice to him. It is unfortunate that politics is being played in Sardar Patel’s name,” Rupani said after offering floral tributes to Sardar Patel.In Ahmedabad, former chief minister Anandiben Patel said that Sardar Patel did not get his due because of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Senior Congress MLA Shaktisinh Gohil said, “Some dwarfs are using the Iron Man of India’s name for political gains. If Sardar Saheb had been meted out injustice, as the BJP leaders claim, he would have not shied away from taking on the Congress.”

We never ignored Sardar Patel’s contribution: Sheila Dikshit on PM Modi’s remarks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit on Tuesday reacted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks and said the party never ignored Sardar Patel’s contribution.”Nothing like that, this is wrong. We have never ignored Sardar Patel’s contribution,” she said.Flagging off a run to commemorate the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Delhi, Modi said, “We salute Sardar Patel on his Jayanti. His momentous service and monumental contribution to India can never be forgotten.”In a veiled attack on Congress, he said, “People tried to ensure the contribution of Sardar Patel is forgotten. But the youth of India respects him and his contribution towards the building of our nation.” The ‘Run for Unity’, which began from the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, saw the participation of a large number of people, including sports personalities like Sardar Singh, Deepa Karmakar, Suresh Raina and Karnam Malleswari.Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister, and Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Patel’s statue located at the Parliament street and offered floral tributes.The central government observes October 31 all over the country as a day of a special occasion to foster and reinforce the government’s dedication to preserve and strengthen unity, integrity and security of the nation by celebrating it as a ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.

Live updates/ Rashtriya Ekta Diwas: PM Narendra Modi flags off ‘Run for Unity’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, the ‘Run for Unity’ has been flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital. The BJP has marked the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel today by holding Run for Unity events at different places in the city.

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.

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.

WB ignores Centre’s directive again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal government has once again locked horns with the Centre. This time the tussle is over the celebration of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birthday. The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry issued a directive to all educational institutions asking them to organise a ‘unity run’.The state government, in turn, asked all the state-run educational institutes to ignore the Centre’s directive.To observe ‘Nation Salutes Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’ on his birth anniversary on October 31, the directive said that education institutes must conduct a unity run and put up plays. They have also been asked to send video recordings of the event to the University Grants Commission (UGC).A visibly disturbed State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that the state will celebrate Patel’s birthday but in its own way and not according to the guidelines of the Centre. “Paying tribute to a national leader is one thing, but how can the Centre impose ways to observe that? Sending a video recording of the event to the UGC is especially objectionable,” Chatterjee said.This development comes after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced her refusal to link her phone with Aadhaar on October 25 .The state had, in earlier occasions, too, ignored HRD instructions. In August, the HRD sent directives to all educational institutions to celebrate Independence Day in a set format, which the state did not abide by. Later, on September 11, the HRD directed educational institutes live telecast the PM’s speech at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. This, too, the state ignored.IN DEFIANCEIn August, the HRD sent directives to all educational institutions to celebrate Independence Day in a set format, which the state did not abide by. It also chose to ignore the HRD ministry’s order to telecast the PM’s speech.

PM Narendra Modi remembers Indira Gandhi ahead of death anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday remembered former prime minister Indira Gandhi, ahead of her death anniversary on October 31.This year marks the 33rd death anniversary of Indira Gandhi, a stateswoman and a central figure of the Indian National Congress.Addressing the nation in the 37th episode of his ‘Mann ki Baat’ aired on All India Radio (AIR), Doordarshan and the Narendra Modi mobile application, Prime Minister Modi also announced the day to be marked as celebrations of the birth anniversary of the iconic Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who laid the foundation of modern, unified India.”Sardar Patel’s speciality was that of being immensely capable of devising practical solutions to the most complicated problems in the way. He ensured that millions of Indians were brought under the ambit of one nation and one constitution. He not only suggested revolutionary ideas, but also implemented them, leading to India?s unification,” he said, in his monthly radio address.Drawing upon Sardar Patel’s stringent anti-discrimination ideology, Prime Minister Modi opined that the ideology could be implemented in the present day as well, thus helping realise the vision for a New India.”His ‘no discrimination’ approach is the reason his birthday is celebrated as the National Unity Day,” he added.Prime Minister Modi also announced that in lieu of Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary, a ‘Run for Unity’ would be organised throughout the country, and urged his fellow countrymen to participate in this ‘festival of mutual harmony’.

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.

Nothing but love for your state: Shashi Tharoor reacts to PM Modi’s statement that ‘Congress hates Gujarat’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reacting to PM Modi’s stern comments that Congress was against ‘Gujarat and Gujaratis’, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor had a message of ‘love’ for PM Modi. Taking to Twitter, the Congress MP said that that his son Ishan Tharoor was marrying a Gujarati and they had ‘nothing but love your state and its people’.Ishaan Tharoor, a foreign affairs writer at the Washington Post, recently tied the knot with fellow journalist Bhumika Dave.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had excoriated the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi family, accusing it of disliking Gujarat and Gujaratis who were an “eyesore” for them.Invoking tall leaders from the poll-bound state like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Morarji Desai, the prime minister accused the “Congress and the family” of slighting them.
ALSO READ Watch | Congress has special hatred for Gujaratis: PM Modi attacks Nehru-Gandhi family in fiery speechHe also alleged a “conspiracy” was hatched by the Congress to put him in jail, in an apparent reference to accusations of his complicity in the 2002 post-Godhra riots.Accusing the main opposition party of pursuing “negative politics”, Modi dared the Congress to fight the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls on the development plank.”Gujarat polls are round the corner and the Congress has developed fever once again. Gujarat has been an eyesore for the party and the family. I won’t repeat what they did to Sardar Patel, his daughter Maniben, and Morarji Desai.”They did not speak about the work of Morarji Desai or his dedication and commitment to Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals. They instead chose to talk about what he ate and drank,” Modi told a massive BJP rally at Bhat village near Gandhinagar, referring to the former prime minister’s fondness of urine therapy.With inputs from PTI

Rajnath Singh’s remark on Patel not being allowed to act freely admission that Kashmir not a part of India: Hurriyat

Updated: Oct 15, 2017, 07:51 PM IST, PTI

Singh said had Patel, India’s first home minister, been allowed to act freely by then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, India would not have been facing the Kashmir issue <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference said today that Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s remark suggesting Vallabhbhai Patel was not allowed to act freely to solve the Kashmir issue, was an “admission” that Kashmir was not a part of India.Addressing a political gathering in Gujarat yesterday, Singh said had Patel, India’s first home minister, been allowed to act freely by then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, India would not have been facing the Kashmir issue today.A Hurriyat Conference spokesman said Singh’s remark was an “admission that Kashmir is not part of India”.He said Kashmir “continues to be a dispute” and India itself took it to the United Nations.

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.

Now, look for flight information from your vehicle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another attempt of becoming a passenger friendly airport, the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport has installed a Flight Information Display System (FIDS) which can be viewed from a greater distance.The airport authorities have installed two video walls, one in the arrival bay and one in the departure bay, which will give flight related information in three languages.Confirming the same, Manoj Gangal, Airport Director said, “People coming to drop their folks or coming in a cab will now be able to view their flight status from their vehicle itself. Often passengers had to come near the terminal too see the flight status on the screen as it was not visible.Interestingly, we have also added Gujarati as a language in which the flight information will be displayed. This will ensure that no one misses their flight in dire consequences. This is in a way inching towards making the airport a silent airport.”The authorities also have plans to install a similar system in the BRTS buses that is used to ferry passengers.WHAT IS NEWThe airport authorities have installed two video walls, one in the arrival bay and one in the departure bay, which will give flight related information in three languages. Gujarati also happens to be one of the languages in the list

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.

In India, Japan PM Shinzo Abe, wife Akie celebrate nation’s fashion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> They may be here only for two days, but Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe took out time to celebrate the Indian fashion.While his wife sported a beautiful pink coloured salwar-kameez paired with a cream-hued dupatta, Shinzo donned white kurta pajama and a blue Indian-style Nehru jacket, similar to that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which he wears during his foreign visits.Prime Minister Modi received the couple at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took part in an eight-kilometre-long road show with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a first -of its kind by a foreign leader from Ahmedabad Airport to Sabarmati Aashram located on the banks of the River Sabarmati.The Japanese Prime Minister will next attend the India-Japan annual summit meeting, wherein the two leaders are expected to focus on enhancing bilateral and strategic ties.The 12th edition of the summit, which will be the fourth meeting between India and Japan, will be held in Gandhinagar.The two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted co-operation between India and Japan under the framework of their ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’ and will set its future direction.Prime Minister Modi and the Japanese PM will also attend a function to mark the commencement of work of India’s first high-speed rail project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.The train is expected to significantly reduce the travel time between the two cities. Japan is a pioneer in high-speed rail networks, and its Shinkansen bullet train is among the fastest in the world.An India-Japan Business Plenary will also be held.

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.

PM delays return to Delhi by hours, holds meeting with Guj CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was scheduled to return to Delhi from here this afternoon, delayed it by a couple of hours to hold talks with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on several key issues in the state. As per the schedule, Modi, who was on a two-day visit of Gujarat starting yesterday, was scheduled to fly to Delhi around 1.30 pm, after attending the opening ceremony of the 52nd Annual General Meeting of the African Development Bank group at Mahatma Mandir here today. However, after the function, he changed his itinerary and stayed back in the state capital for nearly two hours, during which he held discussions with Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel at Raj Bhavan before finally leaving for the airport. As the Assembly polls are also approaching in Gujarat, it is believed that Modi discussed various aspects related to the election preparedness of the ruling BJP in the state. Talking to reporters later, Patel said that the prime minister delayed his return for around two hours to discuss various issues concerning Gujarat as well as to provide guidance about three ongoing projects. “He stayed back for over one-and-half hours upon our request. We had requested him to give his time to discuss various issues and wanted to share some information about various other subjects. We were glad that Modiji gave us time,” Patel said. During the meeting, Patel and Rupani gave presentation as well as progress report about three ongoing projects, which were initiated by Modi when he was the Gujarat chief minister. “We made presentations on Ro-Ro Ferry service, Statue of Unity and iCreate campus. We normally make such presentations about ongoing projects whenever Modiji visits Gujarat. Today, he gave his guidance about these projects,” he said. The roll on-roll off ferry service would connect Dahej in Bharuch district with Ghogha port in Bhavnagar district. The proposed ‘Statue of Unity’ is one of the ambitious projects initiated by Modi, wherein a 182-meter tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel would be installed on a small island near Sardar Sarovar Dam over Narmada river. iCreate, an autonomous centre of excellence having its own incubation centre, was formally launched in 2011 by Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. This institution near Ahmedabad mentors budding entrepreneurs and guides them to set up their own start-ups, said Patel.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No martyrs from Gujarat, says Akhilesh, faces flak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today appeared to question the patriotism of the people of Gujarat when he said no soldier from the state got martyred, remarks the BJP claimed stemmed from “frustration”. Yadav, a former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, was roundly criticised by the Gujarat units of the Congress and BJP. The state BJP spokesman reminded Yadav of the contributions of Gujaratis like Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to the freedom struggle. “UP, Madhya Pradesh, Dakshin Bharat har jagah se shaheed huye hain, Gujarat ka koi jawan shaheed hua ho toh batao (Jawans from UP, Madhya Pradesh, South India and other parts of the country have sacrificed their lives but tell me whether anyone has been martyred from Gujarat),” he said. Without naming BJP, he said, “They play politics in the name of martyrs, vande matram and nationalism. What is their definition (of nationalism)? They do not even consider us Hindus.” He was apparently targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Gujarat politician whose rise in national politics has been blamed by his detrators for simultaneous growth of aggressive nationalism. Reacting sharply to Yadav’s statement, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said, “His talk and politics have been discarded by the people of the state. That is the reason why he is making such statements in frustration.” Denouncing the comments of Yadav as “unwarranted”, Maurya said those laying down their lives for the country were Indians first. Reacting to Yadav’s comments, Gujarat BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said, “Gujarat has contributed significantly to India’s struggle for independence. It was the leadership of (Mahatma) Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel — both Gujaratis — that got us our freedom from the British rule.” “A soldier belongs to the nation and not a state, and his sacrifice should not be seen at a regional level. Even soldiers from Gujarat have attained martyrdom. It is out of his (Yadav’s) frustration over the popular leadership of Gujarat that he made such a statement,” he said. Deprecating politics over the martyrdom of soldiers, Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said it was because of the failure of the BJP government at the Centre that so many soldiers have been martyred. “It is wrong to play politics over the martyrdom of our brave soldiers. They belong to the country, fight for the country and do not belong to any region, religion, caste or class,” he said. “I salute their bravery and martyrdom. It is the failure of the BJP government that such a large number of our soldiers have got martyred,” Doshi said. Yoga Guru Ramdev said, “No political leader should make such comments about any state and its culture.” “This is the land of Sardar Patel, who united this country, which was once divided into around 560 princely states. Can there be any bigger example of bravery?” he asked.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Akhilesh’s martyr remark draws flak from BJP & Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Both the ruling BJP and opposition Congress in Gujarat today slammed Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav over his remark that no soldier from Gujarat got martyred. Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who was in the city, said Gujarat gave a leader like Sardar Patel, who united the nation. While the BJP said it was Yadav’s “frustration over the popular leadership of Gujarat” that compelled him to make such a statement, the state Congress criticised him saying the martyrdom of soldiers should not be viewed from the narrow prism of of region, religion, caste or class. Yadav today appeared to question the patriotism of the people of Gujarat when he said no soldier from the state got martyred. “Jawans from UP, Madhya Pradesh, South India and other parts of the country have sacrificed their lives but tell me if anyone from Gujarat has been martyred,” he said. Reacting to his remarks, BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said, “Gujarat has contributed significantly to India’s struggle for independence. It was the leadership of (Mahatma) Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel — both Gujaratis — that got us our freedom from the British rule.” “A soldier belongs to the nation and not a state and his sacrifice should not be seen at a regional level. Even soldiers from Gujarat have attained martyrdom. It is out of his (Yadav’s) frustration over the popular leadership of Gujarat that he made such a statement,” he said. Stating that playing politics over the martyrdom of soldiers was wrong, Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said it was because of the failure of the BJP government at the Centre that so many soldiers have been martyred. “It is wrong to play politics over the martyrdom of our brave soldiers. They belong to the country, fight for the country and do not belong to any region, religion, caste or class,” he said. “I salute their bravery and martyrdom. It is the failure of the BJP government that such a large number of our soldiers have got martyred,” Doshi further said. Baba Ramdev said, “No political leader should make such comments about any state and its culture.” “This is the land of Sardar Patel, who united this country, which was once divided into around 560 princely states. Can there be any bigger example of bravery?” he asked.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Air India plane loses ATC contact over Hungary, escorted by fighter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A London-bound Air India aircraft from Ahmedabad on Friday had to be escorted by fighter jets after it lost contact with the Air Traffic Control while flying over Hungary.The Dreamliner Boieng 787-800 plane with 231 passengers and 18 crew members onboard lost contact with the ATC due to “frequency fluctuation”, an Air India spokesperson said.”AI flight 171 from Ahmedabad for Newark airport in the US via London lost communication with local ATC while flying over Humgary for a short while,” the spokesperson said.The aircraft, which took off from the Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport at Ahmedabad at 0700 hours, landed safely at London’s Heathrow Airport at 11.05 hours local time, the spokesperson said. Air India has already started a probe into the incident, he added.This is the second such reported incident of an Indian aircraft losing contact with the ATC in the European airspace in a month’s time.On February 16, Jet Airways flight Jet Airways flight 9W-118 from Mumbai had lost communication with the Germany’s ATC on its way to Heathrow airport in London, forcing the German Air Force to scramble two fighter jets after it.

Congress corners Jaitley over ‘nationalism’ remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Slamming Union Finance Minsiter Arun Jaitley?s ?nationalism? remark, the Congress Party on Thursday asked as to why the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is portraying itself as the champion of nationalism, while asserting that it is neither the custodians nor inheritors. ?Since when has the BJP and RSS become the champions of nationalism. Today they are maculating that they are the nationalist that is an insult to those who respects the contribution of India?s leaders during the freedom struggle,? Congress leader Anand Sharma told ANI. Stating that nationalism is celebrated in India and is not a question of good and bad, Sharma said, ?We are proud nationalist. The leaders of the freedom struggle who gave people of India the freedom after centuries of colonialism and subjugation led by Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel were all nationalist. They contributed in building of the modern India and giving us a Constitution which ensures equality and liberty.? In the wake of the furore created over the All India Students Association (AISA) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) engaging into a scuffle over cancellation of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid’s talk at Delhi University’s Ramjas College, Jaitley earlier in the day said that nationalism is a bad word only in India. “Nationalism is considered a bad word only in India; otherwise, it is a good word,” he said, while addressing a press conference in Varanasi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 sacked IPS probationers re-instated into service

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two IPS probationers, sacked by the government for their “failure” to clear tests during training, have been re-inducted into service. Kusum Punia, a 2010 batch officer of Jharkhand cadre, and Kumar Gautam, a 2010 batch officer belonging to West Bengal cadre, were given a final chance to complete their training at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad which they successfully did. The move came after Punia and Gautam sent their representations to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who on “compassionate” grounds revoked their sacking and gave the opportunity to clear the training, a Home Ministry official said. After several instances of obesity and poor health conditions of some IPS probationers, the Home Ministry has also given clear instructions to the Academy to ensure Body Mass Index of each trainee officer so that they remain physically fit during training as well as job. All IPS officers are required to undergo training at the Academy and only after clearing their modules are confirmed as IPS. Officials said Punia was given maximum opportunities but she “failed” to clear re-examination and special re-examination and a test on swimming. Apart from his “failure” to clear other tests, Gautam had also “failed” to “cross-country” (physical exercise) test.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

30 pc of cast work on ‘Statue Of Unity’ completed: Ram Sutar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 30 per cent work on casting of the monumental bronze statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, billed as the world’s tallest sculptural work, has been completed, says noted artist Ram Sutar. Sutar was commissioned to craft the artistic modellings for the majestic 522-ft-high ‘Statue of Unity’ that will be installed on Sadhu Bet near Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat. The sculptor, who turns 92 on February 19, and known for his iconic statues of Mahatma Gandhi, one of which sits in the lawns of Parliament, is being assisted by his son Anil (59) in this project. “It was my dream to sculpt the tallest statue in the world and with ‘Statue of Unity’ I have come closer to realising that dream. The bronze statue would stand as a symbol of inspiration for generations and about 30 per cent of the casting work has been completed,” Ram Sutar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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