Ahmedabad records 287 cases, no Covid death

Times of India | 1 week ago | 03-08-2022 | 05:49 am

Ahmedabad records 287 cases, no Covid death

AHMEDABAD: The city on Tuesday recorded 287 new Covid cases, taking the active cases to 2,225. Gujarat registered 874 cases; the active cases dipped marginally to 6,257. No Covid death was reported in the state. Cases in other places included 92 in Vadodara city, 41 in Gandhinagar city, 37 in Mehsana, 35 in Surat city, 34 in Gandhinagar, and 31 in Rajkot city. About 13 active patients were on ventilators.

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Son of a migrant worker from Telangana who allegedly died in police custody in Vadodara in 2019 Wednesday approached the Gotri police station, complaining of death threat against him by one of the six accused police personnel.Salim, son of Babu Shaikh, 65, who allegedly died in custody at the Fatehgunj police station in Vadodara on December 10, 2019, was present in the Vadodara district court on Wednesday to submit an affidavit seeking expedition of the trial in the alleged custodial death of his father. In his complaint, Salim told police that the accused accosted him near the parking area and allegedly issued a death threat in presence of jail police escorting him.A resident of Nanded in Maharashtra, Salim stated, “As per the directions of the Gujarat High Court, a case has been registered against then inspector and five other personnel of Fatehgunj police station under Indian Penal Code Section 302 in the custodial death of my father, Babu Shaikh Nisar. The case is now before the court of the Principal District and Sessions Judge in Vadodara after the charge sheet was filed.”“Today (Wednesday), I was present in the sessions court… After the hearing was adjourned, I was waiting near the parking when one of the accused — Rajesh Savji Gadchar alias Raju Rabari — was passing by, escorted by police… He threatened me saying, ‘What were you able to do to me? I will be acquitted of all charges and once I am freed, I will not allow you to live… I will kill you’,” Salim said in his complaint.Salim said the officer in charge of Gadchar’s escort had to intervene and “drag away” the accused. “I was scared and could not immediately file a complaint. However, after gathering courage, I have come to file the application before police… police should conduct a probe,” Salim stated.In his affidavit before the district court, Salim said the accused have been “delaying the commencement of the trial on purpose” and then inspector DB Gohil, who is the prime accused in the case, withdrew an interim bail application in the high court in March this year, to apply for regular bail if the trial does not commence within six months.Salim’s advocate Imtiyaz Qureshi told this newspaper, “The court is yet to frame charges. The accused have been delaying the process by not appearing before the court… in every hearing held so far, one of the six accused excuses himself citing medical emergency in judicial custody. This is done so that the six-month period ends in September…”An official of the Vadodara city police said that Salim’s application was being “seriously looked into” and a necessary probe would be initiated. Nisar, who had arrived in Vadodara to sell bedsheets, allegedly went missing on December 10, 2019, after he was apprehended in Fulwadi area by personnel from Fatehgunj police station on suspicion of theft.On October 21 and November 3, the CID conducted an extensive search, dredging the Narmada main canal in Vadodara, and made multiple inquiries in villages in the catchment areas of Mahisagar river, where the accused were suspected to have burnt the body. However, it yielded no result. In a report filed before the bench in a sealed cover on December 1, 2020, the CID said that Nisar “has expired and his body is yet to be recovered”.

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The Indian Express | 19 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 11:50 am
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Times of India | 1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 04:56 pm
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NEW DELHI: ITC Hotels on Wednesday opened its premium luxury ITC Narmada in Ahmedabad. The hospitality major says ITC Narmada is Gujarat’s first LEED Platinum certified hotel, its 15th luxury collection hotel in India and its 12th property in Gujarat. ITC says the 291-room, 19-storey “celebrates the spirit of Gujarat”. ITC chairman Sanjiv Puri said: “It gives us immense pride to present ITC’s signature hospitality landmark, ITC Narmada in Ahmedabad. Building on the legacy of ITC’s iconic hotel properties in India, ITC Narmada is a befitting tribute to the rich heritage, grandeur and vibrant culture of Gujarat. It is also the first hotel in the State to receive the LEED Platinum certification for its sustainability and environmental stewardship. I am confident that this world-class property will make a meaningful contribution to the vibrant tourism landscape of Gujarat.” “Over the years, ITC has been expanding its presence in the state across agriculture, manufacturing and services. Our multi-dimensional interventions include farmer empowerment across a range of agri value chains, growing footprint of our manufacturing and hospitality assets as well as launching new initiatives like ITCMAARS (Metamarket for Advanced Agriculture and Rural Services), a ‘Phygital Eco-System’ that digitally empowers farmers with FPOs as the pivot. Stepping up our investments further, we are now constructing a state-of-the-art packaging unit at Nadiad, which will create significant livelihood opportunities in the State,” Puri added. ITC executive director Nakul Anand said: “The addition of ITC Narmada to our luxury hotel portfolio further strengthens our presence in Western India. Ahmedabad is rich in culture and traditions in a unique way – it has celebrated the culture of the intellect through the centuries, where literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, theatre, cinema, science, have not only blossomed, but are inherent to the ethos of Gujarat. In keeping with ITC Hotels' philosophy of Responsible Luxury and creating indigenous experiences, ITC Narmada is rooted to the ethos of the land and pays a tribute to these finest experiences that while being indigenous to the state are celebrated globally.”

ITC Narmada opens in Ahmedabad, Gujarat gets its first LEED Platinum certified hotel