Conman Kiran Patel's wife arrested from a relative's house in Jambusar town of Bharuch district.Ahmedabad: The wife of alleged conman Kiran Patel, who was held in Jammu and Kashmir for posing as a top official of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), was arrested on Tuesday for trying to usurp a senior citizen's bungalow here, officials said.Malini Patel was on the run ever since a first information report (FIR) in this regard was registered against the couple on March 22, weeks after her husband was arrested in J&K.She was arrested from a relative's house in Jambusar town of Bharuch district and brought here, said a release by the Ahmedabad city crime branch.While Ms Malini was arrested in 2017 in a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy registered against her at Naroda police station of the city, Mr Kiran also faces at least four such cases in Gujarat and was also arrested in the past, said the release.Earlier this month, Kiran Patel, a resident of the Ghodasar area of the city, was arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police from a five-star hotel in Srinagar after the authorities grew suspicious about his activities. Later on March 22, the Ahmedabad city crime branch registered a case under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 120-b (criminal conspiracy) and 170 (personating a public servant) against the couple.Since Kiran Patel is in judicial custody in J&K, the crime branch had said he would be brought here soon through a transfer warrant.In the latest FIR, it was alleged that Mr Patel tried to grab a bungalow in a posh locality in Ahmedabad by winning the trust of its owner through false claims of being a "Class 1 officer in the PMO" and having close relations with politicians.The complainant, Jagdish Chavda (63), owns a bungalow in the Shilaj area but wanted to sell it because of personal reasons. Kiran Patel approached Chavda in February 2022, claiming to be a real estate agent, and told the owner his property would fetch a good price if it was renovated.To win Mr Chavda's trust, Kiran then identified himself as a "Class-1 officer in the PMO" as well as a partner in a cafe chain.When Mr Chavda agreed for the bungalow's renovation, Kiran, Malini and an interior designer started the work and took Rs 35 lakh in instalments from him, the FIR said.As the renovation was underway, Mr Chavda shifted to his friend's residence in the Shela area. After some time, Mr Chavda learnt that Kiran and his wife had put their own nameplate outside the bungalow and also did a house-warming ritual as if they were the owners.When confronted, the Patel couple left the bungalow without finishing the renovation, following which Mr Chavda and his family moved back into the house, according to the police.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comIn August 2022, Mr Chavda learnt through a court notice that Kiran Patel had filed a civil suit claiming the ownership of the property using photographs of his nameplate and invitation card for the house-warming ceremony, said the FIR.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
The convoy of gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed being escorted by the Uttar Pradesh police halted briefly in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh on early Monday morning before entering Jhansi on its way to Prayagraj, a police official said.As the convoy halted briefly at Kharai in Shivpuri district and Ahmed, wearing a white turban, got down from the police van to attend nature’s call, reporters asked him whether he was “afraid”, to which he replied by saying “kahe ka dar” (what fear) before police personnel whisked him away.Notably, after stepping out of Sabarmati central jail in Ahmedabad on Sunday evening, Ahmed expressed fear that he might be murdered.“Hatya, hatya (murder, murder),” Ahmed had told reporters outside the prison while being whisked away in a police vehicle by security personnel.Earlier, the carcade, which started from Ahmedabad on Sunday evening, entered Madhya Pradesh from the Rajasthan border in the morning, a police official said.“It halted briefly at Kharai in Shivpuri district at around 7 AM to enable Ahmed to attend nature’s call,” said local police officer Manish Kumar Jadoun.Another police official said Ahmed’s convoy left Shivpuri district after a brief halt and entered Jhansi district of UP at around 9 AM.The gangster is being taken to Prayagraj from Sabarmati central jail by the Uttar Pradesh police for a court case.Ahmed, a former Samajwadi Party MP, has been lodged in the Sabarmati central jail since June 2019. He was shifted there following a Supreme Court after he was accused of orchestrating the kidnapping and assault on real estate businessman Mohit Jaiswal while in prison in UP.He is named in more than 100 criminal cases, including the recent Umesh Pal murder case, police had said.BJP Lok Sabha MP Subrat Pathak had said he would not be surprised if mafia Atiq Ahmed’s vehicle overturns like that of gangster Vikas Dubey.Dubey was gunned down in July 2020 by the Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh police shortly after a police SUV in which he was being brought to Kanpur from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh overturned under mysterious circumstances on a highway. Police claimed that he had tried to flee.
Sultanate Ahmedabad and its Monuments About the event: Release and talk on the book Sultanate Ahmedabad and Its Monuments: The City of the Muzaffarids (Ahmad Shahis) by authors Riyaz Latif and Pushkar Sohoni. The book serves as a guide to a group of monuments in Ahmedabad constructed under the patronage of the Muzaffarid sultanate. These monuments endured for almost two centuries until their annexation into the Mughal Empire under Akbar in 1573.Venue: Arthshila Ahmedabad, AhmedabadOrganisers: Arthshila AhmedabadHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: March 25 (Saturday), 6:30 pmAmalgamAbout the event: Celebrating 45 years of Hutheesing centre, the art exhibition will showcase works of various artists, inauguration by Rakesh and Uma AggarwalVenue: Hutheesing Centre, K L Campus, CEPT University, Navrangpura, AhmedabadOrganisers: Hutheesing CenterHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: March 26 (Sunday) to April 5 (Wednesday), 6:00 pm (inauguration)At the Heart of our Galaxies: Shadows and the SingularityAbout the event: In this lecture, Prof Pankaj Joshi, director of the International Centre for Space and Cosmology and a Professor at Ahmedabad University, will discuss the recent developments related to the pathbreaking detailed images showing the shadow of a singularity or a black hole that cite his work on developing the naked singularity model (JMN) and its implications in the field of Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe, and a future Unified Theory of Physics, namely Quantum Gravity.Venue: 113, School of Arts and Sciences, Ahmedabad University, AhmedabadOrganisers: Ahmedabad UniversityHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: March 29 (Wednesday), 5:00 pmCity and CitiesAbout the event: A solo exhibition by Gulamohammed Sheikh on his works from decades of his interest in cities presented through mediums like installations, drawings, sculptures, photographs, etc.Venue: The Distillery, Alembic City, VadodaraOrganisers: Space StudioHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: Till April 9 (Sunday)
Ahmedabad: In a mega overnight operation, the Gujarat police conducted simultaneous searches at 17 jails across the state, during which several mobile phones, "lethal" objects and narcotic substances were recovered, officials said on Saturday.The operation, in which 1,700 police personnel were involved with several of them wearing body-worn cameras to videograph the happenings, began on Friday night. The intention behind the move was to check if any illegal activities were taking place there and also to ensure that the inmates are getting facilities they are entitled to as per the law, they said.The decision to carry out the searches was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Gujarat Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi at the Director General of Police (DGP) office in Gandhinagar Police Bhavan, they said.The places where the operation was conducted included the central jails in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot.Minister Sanghavi and senior police officers monitored the operation live from the command and control centre in state capital Gandhinagar, while Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel inspected the operation from "CM Dashboard" as police personnel wearing body-worn cameras sent the live feed to 'Trinetra', state's command and control centre, the government said in a statement."As many as 16 mobile phones, 10 electronic items, 39 lethal objects, three narcotic substances and 519 tobacco products were recovered during the mega search operation in the prisons across the state," the state government said in a statement.Talking to reporters on Friday night, state Director General of Police (DGP) Vikas Sahay had said the raids were being carried out across 17 jails involving 1,700 police personnel to find out if any illegal activities were taking place inside the jails. Sniffer dogs were also roped in, he said.The mega surprise checking operation was started simultaneously in 17 jails after all district police chiefs and prison chiefs were connected online through video-conference, the government further said.Besides the four central jails, 11 district jails and special jails at Palara and Galpadar in Kutch were covered in the operation, it said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"Apart from carrying out strict operations to eradicate the evil of contraband, it is very important that human dignity and law and order is maintained in all the prisons...The operation was also carried out with the aim to ensure that all the necessary facilities available to the inmates in the jail are properly provided," stated the release.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
After 1,700 police personnel were deployed across Gujarat on Friday to conduct surprise checks in district jails, sub-jails and special jails, police officials in Ahmedabad said that in a significant seizure, cannabis (ganja) weighing 100 grams was recovered from the cell of a convicted criminalin Sabarmati Central Jail.According to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP-Ahmedabad city) Neerajkumar Badgujar, the seizure was made from the cell of Akram Sheikh, a convict serving a sentence for looting. An FIR is being registered in connection with the seizure at Ranip police station under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.The ACP added that the search operation was conducted for 10 consecutive hours – from 9 pm on Friday until 7.30 am on Saturday – with cells and barracks double-checked by a team of 45 police officers and 100 police personnel. Badgujar said the most common contraband seized included tobacco and paan masala, while others included electric hot plates and utensils for making food.Sabarmati Central Jail houses many high-profile convicts and undertrials including Uttar Pradesh gangster Atiq Ahmed, several convicted of serial blasts in Ahmedabad, TMC spokesperson Saket Gokhale and accused in the Mundra drug haul case. The ACP said “some tobacco” was seized from Atiq Ahmed’s cell. No contraband was found in the women’s barracks or from barracks wherethe 2008 serial blast convicts are housed, he added.The quantities seized have not been disclosed so far, with officials stating that they have submitted a report on the seizures to the home department. The ACP added that proceedings under the Prisons Act will be undertaken against those found to possess contraband.In Vadodara Central Jail, about 100 policemen joined three units of scrutiny officers, according to city police officials. The prison currently houses convicts of the 2002 Sabarmati Express fire in Godhra.The Gujarat DGP’s office said Saturday morning that it is collating data received from the inspections conducted at various jails and will issue details regarding the seizures once the process is completed.
In 2017, Ahmedabad became the first Indian city to be declared as a world heritage city by UNESCO.Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government has not sent any proposal to the Union government to rename Ahmedabad city as Karnavati in the last two years, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel informed the state Legislative Assembly on Friday.Senior Congress MLA Amit Chavda during the Question Hour sought to know if any such proposal had been sent by the BJP government in the last two years and the Centre's response to it.In a written reply, the chief minister, who handles the General Administration Department, said no renaming proposal had been sent in two years.The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), had announced in February that it would launch a campaign seeking the renaming of Ahmedabad as Karnavati.Some five years ago, then deputy chief minister Nitin Patel had said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was willing to rename Ahmedabad as Karnavati if legal hurdles were removed.In 2017, Ahmedabad became the first Indian city to be declared as a world heritage city by UNESCO.Historically, the area around Ahmedabad has been inhabited since the 11th century when it was known as Ashaval.Chalukya ruler Karna of Anhilwara (modern-day Patan) waged a successful war against the Bhil king of Ashaval and established a city called Karnavati on the banks of Sabarmati river.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comSultan Ahmed Shah laid the foundation of a new walled city near Karnavati in 1411 and named it Ahmedabad.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Cases has been filed against the alleged conman in Gujarat.Ahmedabad: Alleged conman from Gujarat Kiran Patel, held in Jammu and Kashmir for posing as a top official of the Prime Minister Office (PMO), has been booked by the Ahmedabad cops on cheating and criminal conspiracy charges for trying to usurp a senior citizen's bungalow in Ahmedabad using the same tactic, said an official on Thursday.Patel, a resident of the Ghodasar area of the city, was arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police earlier this month from a five-star hotel in Srinagar after the authorities grew suspicious about his activities.On Wednesday, the Ahmedabad city crime branch lodged a case of cheating (Indian Penal Code section 420), criminal breach of trust (406), criminal conspiracy (120-b) and personating a public servant (170) against the alleged conman, said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime, Chaitanya Mandlik.Patel's wife Malini Patel has been shown as a co-accused in the FIR (first information report), he said."As per our information, four FIRs related to cheating have been registered against Kiran Patel in different police stations of Gujarat in the past. Since he is in judicial custody, we will try to bring him here through a transfer warrant," Mr Mandlik said.In the latest FIR, it is alleged that Patel tried to grab a bungalow in a posh locality in Ahmedabad by winning the trust of its owner through false claims of being a "Class 1 officer in the PMO" and having close relations with politicians.The complainant, 63-year-old Jagdish Chavda, owns a bungalow in the Shilaj area but wanted to sell it because of personal reasons. Patel approached Chavda in February 2022, claiming to be a real estate agent, and told the owner his property would fetch a good price if it was renovated.To win Chavda's trust, Patel then identified himself as a "Class-1 officer in the PMO" as well as a partner in a cafe chain. When Chavda agreed for the bungalow's renovation, Patel, his wife Malini and an interior designer started the work and took Rs 35 lakh in installments from him, the FIR said.As renovation was underway, Chavda shifted to his friend's residence in the Shela area. After some time, Chavda learnt that Patel and his wife had put their own name plate outside the bungalow and also did a house-warming ritual as if they were the owners.When confronted, the Patel couple left the bungalow without finishing the renovation work, following which Chavda and his family moved back into the house, according to the police.In August 2022, Chavda, through a court notice, learnt Patel had filed a civil suit claiming ownership of the property, said the FIR.In August 2019, a city-based decorator had lodged a complaint in Vadodara against Patel and two others for allegedly duping him of Rs 1 crore.As per the FIR registered at the Raopura police station in 2019, Patel along with two event organisers - Dipesh Sheth and Dhara Sheth - had approached the complainant, Paritosh Shah, to decorate Navlakhi ground in Vadodara for a Navratri event held in October 2018.While the trio paid nearly Rs 50 lakh to Shah in various installments for the work done, they started giving excuses to clear the remaining bill of Rs 1 crore, as per the FIR.At one point, Patel even threatened Shah with dire consequences claiming he was politically well connected. When the trio refused to pay the pending money, Shah lodged a complaint with the Raopura police in August 2019.A similar complaint of cheating and breach of trust was registered against Patel in Bayad town of Arvalli district in August 2020.As per the FIR registered by the Bayad police, Patel along with his brother Manish Patel and the latter's wife Darshna had convinced three persons of Bayad to invest their savings in tobacco and cattle feed business for good returns.In all, the accused took Rs 1.75 crore from one Ashish Patel and two of his friends by promising high returns on their investments, said the police document.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comWhen cheques given by the accused got dishonoured, complainant Ashish Patel and others sought their money back, following which, the trio returned nearly Rs 50 lakh, but refused to pay the remaining sum of Rs 1.25 crore, said the FIR.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
The seaplane service between Sabarmati riverfront and the Statue of Unity has been discontinuedGandhinagar: The seaplane service between Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad and the Statue of Unity launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2020 was discontinued over high operating costs and maintenance, the Gujarat government told the Assembly today.Responding to a question raised by Congress MLA Gulabsinh Chauhan about the current status of the service between Ahmedabad and Kevadia, state Civil Aviation Minister Balwantsinh Rajput said the service has been stopped from April 2021.In his written reply, Mr Rajput said the service was discontinued by the operator due to high operation costs and difficulties in maintaining the foreign-registered aircraft.On October 31, 2020, PM Modi had launched the seaplane service between the Statue of Unity near Kevadia in the Narmada district and the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad.He inaugurated the service by boarding the twin-engine plane from pond-3 close to Sardar Sarovar Dam on the occasion of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's 145th birth anniversary.Responding to a related question by Aam Aadmi Party MLA Chaitar Vasava, Rajput said the state government had allotted Rs 22 crore for this project during the last two financial years. Rajput said the state did not earn anything from this service.The minister told the House that the state government plans to start the seaplane service to connect various other tourist spots such as Shetrunji dam in Bhavnagar district, Saputara lake in south Gujarat, Ukai dam in Surat and Dharoi dam in north Gujarat.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comWhile the process to select land near Dharoi dam has been initiated, no such process has been undertaken to start the service at the other places, added Mr Rajput. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
A video shot by villagers has gone viral on social media. (Representational)Ahmedabad: A 35-year-old Nepalese national was beaten to death on suspicion of being a thief at a village in Gujarat's Ahmedabad district and 10 men have been detained in connection with the attack, police said on Monday.Kulman Gagan, who hailed from the Surkhet region in Nepal, was allegedly thrashed by a mob of around 20 men at Jivanpura village of Sanand taluka in the early hours of Sunday, Ahmedabad Superintendent of Police Amit Vasava said.A video shot by villagers, which surfaced on social media, shows Gagan begging his attackers for mercy as they continued to beat him up with sticks."We have registered an FIR on the charges of murder and detained 10 persons, all residents of Jivanpura, suspected to be involved in the lynching," he said.Gagan's body was found by a jogger near the village on Sunday morning, the official said, adding that the victim used to work as a security guard, but had been unemployed for some time now.Gagan was allegedly caught by villagers when he was trying to enter a house, he said."Villagers suspected the victim of being a thief and started thrashing him. He was then tied to an electricity pole and beaten with sticks. He eventually died due to the injuries," Vasava said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe suspects who have been detained have admitted to having thrashed Gagan, as they suspected him to be a thief, he added.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
As soon as Rohit Sharma rested his tired limbs on the chair for the end of the series press conference, he asked for water. Looking physically exhausted but mentally satisfied, he would gulp down half a bottle. Rohit wanted to talk and he couldn’t have done that with a parched throat. All through the 20-minutes interaction, he wasn’t cautious nor did he speak in cliches. Rohit said he was enjoying Test captaincy, learning from mistakes and would let out a hearty laugh when an Australian reporter asked if R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja would be there when Australia return next after four years. “I don’t even know if I will be there,” he said, throwing his head back and letting out a throaty chuckle.Rohit has been around long enough to know that four years means a lifetime in Indian cricket. It’s no secret that the six-Test old captain’s legacy will be decided by the performance of the Indian team in this year’s two ICC events — World Test Championship final in June and the 50-over World Cup in October-November. Expectedly, Rohit’s mind space was occupied by the workload of Test players during upcoming IPL, the conditions the team would face at the Oval where they play the WTC final against Australia and the nuance of red-ball cricket. He also felt for ‘poor guy’ Shreyas Iyer, who had the unfortunate recurrence of his back injury.But for that one regret, Rohit had the expression of a captain proud of his boys. “If you see from Nagpur to Ahmedabad, we have had our share of challenges throughout and we didn’t get any easy victories. Boys are happy. End of the day the result is satisfying,” he said. It was the same sentiment, coach Rahul Dravid had expressed after the game.King Kohli 👑 had some memorabilia to give to his Australian teammates post the final Test 👏🏼👏🏼Gestures like these 🏼#TeamIndia | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/inWCO8IOpe— BCCI (@BCCI) March 13, 2023Both captain and coach were satisfied about how every time the team faced a crisis a new player raised his hand. Dravid attempted to name the performers but gave up. “In the middle we had performances from Ashwin, Jadeja, Axar, Shubman there …” he said. Actually, he wasn’t sure, “I’ve probably missed out a few”. He did miss Virat Kohli, Rohit, Cheteshwar Pujara among others. “Whenever we were under pressure with our backs to the wall we had to respond and we always found that. It’s one of the heartening things about coaching this team. People want to stand up and take responsibility,” he would add.Dravid would also be credited for saying the cutest line of the post-match ‘quote fest’. He would call the game’s centurion Shubman Gill, “a lovely kid who works hard on his skills.” It was that kind of day that proves that nothing bonds a team like a good series win against Australia. In this case, there was also the additional joy of making it to the WTC final for the second consecutive time.The dressing bonhomie was there to see when the architects of the home win — Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin — shared the Man of the Series and microphone at the award ceremony. “We (him and Jadeja) started a long time ago but we wouldn’t be the same or lethal enough without the other. We need to recognise that, at least I have started recognising that over the last 2-3 years. He gives me a lot of freedom to be creative with the ball, credit to him, I thought he bowled beautifully in the Delhi Test as well and that’s why we are here today,” said Ashwin. He shared an incident to stress Jadeja’s angst of missing out on a big score at Ahmedabad. “After getting out, he sat in the dressing room for about an hour.”Jadeja explained their modus operandi of hunting in pairs. Their “passing of information” and sharing the weakness of rivals. Ashwin would get embarrassed when his spin-partner would call him a good cricketing brain and how he has information about each team in the world and where they are playing. When the left-armer was asked if Ashwin was more of a scientist or a cricketer, Jadeja replied, “He is more of everything”. Now, it wasn’t just the two of them who were smiling.Unusually, this was an incident-free India-Australia series and the post-match interactions between rivals mirrored the on-field sporting atmosphere. Manus Labuchagne was seen having a long chat with KL Rahul. A few youngsters from the Aussie squad would look for Dravid for batting tips. Usman Khawaja would get a bat from Virat Kohli. Dravid would appreciate the efforts of the young Aussie stars Todd Murphy and Matthew Kuhemann, calling them the sharpest spinners to visit India in the last 10 years since England’s Greame Swann and Monty Panesar. When talking about Gill and how he can learn from the game’s greats, he mentioned Steve Smith, along with Kohli and Rohit Sharma. None of the teams would be carrying wounds from the BGT series to the WTC final. The 2023 India-Australia series also showed the Team India of Rohit and Dravid conducted themselves very differently from the one that had Ravi Shastri and Kohli at the helm.Having played 49 Tests — about 200 less than his ODI count and 100 less than T20 — Rohit is a late-bloomer in the game’s longest format. Though, those who have played with him for long speak about his sensitivity towards teammates and his man management skills. In the 6 Tests he has led so far, Rohit has shown the same leadership skills that helped Mumbai Indians win 5 IPLs. It was under him that Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah bloomed into international stars. Rohit would often be seen relying on T20 legends Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga during the game. In Tests too, he isn’t different. “I have captained a lot in T20 cricket, more than the other formats but Test cricket I am only six matches old in terms of captaincy. I am still learning and guys around me have played a lot of cricket and they are there to help,” he said. Can a captain willing to learn teach India to win ICC events?
When Kane Williamson frantically stumbled into the crease to guide New Zealand to a spine-tingling win in Christchurch, India celebrated their qualification for the World Test Championship final as they walked out after lunch in Ahmedabad.Rahul Dravid, India’s coach, would walk out at the break to inspect the pitch, shadow-bat a forward defensive stroke, stare at the turf, shake his head, and walk back. Australia had inched to 73 for 1 at lunch. Dravid would repeat the routine at tea as well, with Australia on 158 for 2. A wicket each session on the final day; the pitch had refused to yield to any romantic notions about the final day of a Test series that started with chatter about a spicy pitch and ended with chatter about a lifeless pitch.Not that the Indian spinners didn’t try. In some ways, collectively, the last-day effort was one of their finest performances. Even Axar Patel, who had been largely invisible in the series with the ball, had a probing spell, getting the ball to turn past forward prods.Ravichandran Ashwin, who shared the player-of-the- series award with Ravindra Jadeja, teased both the moustachioed Travis Head and the clean-shaven Marnus Labuschagne with his loopy mix of off-breaks and straighteners. Head, in particular, was lucky to get away on a few occasions. Ashwin had him in a tangle with two kinds of deliveries: the one that lands on middle and leg, turning ever so slightly to threaten the LBW, and the ball that spins away from the off and off-and-middle line. Head would repeatedly try to play it – often with an angled bat as if he would do the Kohli’s bottom-handed square thrash, but would end up flailing in the air. At times, he would be on the forward lunge, trying to squirt out a cut, but in vain.Moment to savour 👏👏This is #TeamIndia 🇮🇳#INDvAUS | @mastercardindia pic.twitter.com/j6ZR8R8fZr— BCCI (@BCCI) March 13, 2023Luck was with him, though, and he would also punctuate his troubles with pre-determined charges down the track to successfully drive and loft.It was a knock that had the twin effect of making one understand why the Australian selectors left him out of the first Test, and also made them understand why that was a mistake. Head has a knack of surviving, and the precious ability to put away the bad episode and focus on the next ball. In some ways, Head would form the Australian narrative of the series – from his ejection to re-establishment.Surprisingly, Labuschagne too had his fair share of problems against Ashwin and Jadeja. It’s a series that a batsman as good as him should look at with a mix of regret and hope. Time and again, he would look secure before a brain-fade would combust him. Like that fatal ungainly prod to Shami in the first innings, or the curious decisions even on the final day to press back to full-length balls and then let his hands bail him out, with the bat dangling at awkward angles.Friendly banterSteve Smith came out to bat in India for possibly the last time in a Test match. By then, though, the game had lost its fizz. He laughed with Jadeja and soon, the clock rewound to the old days when Sunil Gavaskar would mimic Abdul Qadir or Javed Miandad would imitate Bob Willis’ action and bowl a few balls. Here, there weren’t any mimics but Cheteshwar Pujara bowled some leg-spin and Shubman Gill some off- breaks as the game petered out to an early finish with the captains agreeing to call off the game at 3.20 pm.Main kya karu? Job chod du? 😂 pic.twitter.com/R0mJqnALJ6— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) March 13, 2023There were a few other friendly photo-op moments as the two teams shook hands. Smith patted Gill, after presumably a kind word about his batting, or Kohli and Rohit gently hugged Smith. Ashwin and Jadeja would collect the award, and the latter would talk about how he was disappointed with his batting in this series. Ashwin would tell a kutti story about how Jadeja sat frozen for an “hour after he got out” in the first innings of the final Test. Dravid, who probably sweated the most about the pitches from the Indian camp this series, too was around, shaking and patting the players’ backs and later talking up the two young Australian spinners Todd Murphy and Matthew Kuhnemann. He even said that the Indian players told him that as a group, along with Nathan Lyon, this was the toughest spin unit they have played in a decade. “After Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar, this Australian attack was the most challenging.” It was high and appropriate praise.Australia’s finds of the series were those couple of young spinners, who weren’t even regulars for their first-class teams, but stepped up to test the Indians to the fullest. The Indians will take Gill’s hundred at Ahmedabad with glee, and see him as their Test opener for years to come.In the end, a 2-1 series win to India was a fair reflection of the two teams, as Smith too would admit in the post-match conference. By the evening, after the players left for their hotels, a net was erected around the centre square. And seven sprinklers came on, dampening the outfield. The flat barren sluggish pitch was already furiously swept clean; the dust hung in the air for a while.Once the dust settles on this series and it slips into the recesses of memory, a few events will stir up for recall: Jadeja’s match haul in the first Test, Axar-Ashwin’s batting in the second, Australia’s hour of madness in Delhi, Lyon tormenting Indians in the third, the unceasing pitch chatter, Ashwin’s fruitful toil on a dead pitch in the fourth, and the two prime ministers’ chariot ride around the arena in Ahmedabad.
The messages threatened to disrupt the cricket match at Narendra Modi stadiumAhmedabad: Two persons were arrested from Rewa district in Madhya Pradesh by Gujarat police in connection with a bulk video and voice message released allegedly by a pro-Khalistan group threatening to storm Narendra Modi Stadium ahead of the India-Australia cricket match that started on March 9 in Ahmedabad, an official said on Sunday.Ahmedabad police's cyber crime cell traced the origin of the message to a facility set up in Rewa in the neighbouring state for call spoofing and arrested two persons from there, the official said.The bulk message, urging people to stay safe at home as a pro-Khalistan group planned to storm the cricket stadium and install its flag, was released ahead of the India-Australia cricket match that was witnessed by Prime Minister Modi and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese."We have arrested two persons from Rewa district and busted a facility set up there for call spoofing. We traced the threat video message from the facility and recovered 11 SIM boxes, around 300 SIM cards, 4-5 routers," Assistant Commissioner of Police (Cyber Crime) Jitendra Yadav said.He identified the accused as Rahul Kumar and Narendra Kushwaha, who hail from Satna in MP."The threat was issued on a recorded message, and the call is jumped, spoofed in such a way that it becomes difficult to locate them. We have busted the centre from where the call was being spoofed. Further investigation will reveal who all are behind the recorded message," Yadav said.The messages, released purportedly by Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, founder of US-based terrorist organisation 'Sikhs for Justice', threatened to disrupt the cricket match, with police saying it was aimed at creating panic among people."People of Gujarat, stay home and stay safe on March 9 (the day of opening of match between India and Australia) because pro-Khalistani Sikhs are going to storm Narendra Modi stadium and install Khalistani flag," said message relayed through bulk messaging and mass voice call.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThis was received by a number of people on their phones, as per police.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayVideo Of Attack On Delhi Family Near Goa Beach Goes Viral, 4 Arrested
Medha Patkar said VK Saxena's application was completely "misconceived"Ahmedabad: Social activist Medha Patkar on Thursday opposed in a Gujarat court Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena's plea seeking that the trial against him in a 2002 case of alleged assault on her be kept in abeyance on grounds of immunity provided to him under the Constitution, holding his post is not equivalent to a Governor.In her reply to Mr Saxena's plea before the court of metropolitan magistrate P C Goswami in Ahmedabad that is hearing the case, the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader insisted that immunity provided under Article 361 of the Constitution to certain top functionaries is not available to the Lieutenant Governor (LG).The matter will be next heard on March 15.Mr Saxena, who became the Delhi LG in May 2022, is an accused, along with three others in a case of alleged attack on Ms Patkar for opposing the Narmada dam project.In an application filed last week, Mr Saxena had pleaded before the court to keep the trial against him in abeyance till the time he holds the office of Lieutenant Governor, citing provisions of Article 361 of the Constitution.Ms Patkar said Mr Saxena's application was completely "misconceived" and filed merely to further delay the proceedings. She said the immunity provided under the Constitution is not available to the LG.The veteran activist argued the status of the Delhi LG was not the same as that of the Governor of a state."The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi... is not a Governor in terms of Article 153 of the Constitution of India, but merely an 'Administrator' of Union Territory who is appointed by the President to act on his behalf," stated her reply.She said Article 361 of the Constitution extends protection from trial to the President and Governors and not to administrators of Union Territories, whether or not they are designated as "Lieutenant Governor".In his plea, Mr Saxena had requested the court to keep the trial against him in abeyance on the grounds of what he claimed immunity granted to the constitutional post he is currently holding.The Lieutenant Governor had said he has been vigorously defending himself against the "motivated, frivolous, vexations and vindictive" prosecution since 2005, "instituted upon the frolicsome complaint filed by Ms Medha Patkar." Mr Saxena headed an NGO, National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), which opposed Ms Patkar's NBA over its movement against the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river in Gujarat.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAs per details of the 21-year-old case, a group of people had allegedly attacked Ms Patkar when she was taking part in a peace meet in Ahmedabad on March 7, 2002. A complaint was later lodged by her against Saxena and three others at the city's Sabarmati police station in connection with the incident.An FIR (first information report) was subsequently lodged against the four persons and they were booked under sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 321 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of trust), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).Featured Video Of The DayVideo Of Attack On Delhi Family Near Goa Beach Goes Viral, 4 Arrested
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw shared an image of a tourist train.Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has shared a few photos of a well-kept mini-library inside a train, which will undoubtedly pique the interest of train enthusiasts.Sharing an image of the library, the sitting arrangement, and a book, the Union Minister wrote, "found my copy from the mini library in the Garvi Gujarat train."Found my copy from the mini library in the Garvi Gujarat train. pic.twitter.com/w1MZI5eqYR— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) February 28, 2023The images are of the Bharat Gaurav Deluxe AC Tourist Train that was flagged off on February 28th from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station for the "Garvi Gujarat" tour by Ashwini Vaishnaw himself.The Indian Railways introduced the train to showcase the heritage of Gujarat under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme.The boarding and deboarding facility is provided at Gurugram, Rewari, Ringas, Phullera, and Ajmer Railway Stations for the convenience of tourists.The first stop of this train tour package has been kept at Kevadiya, where the Statue of Unity will be the centre of attraction. The entire train will cover a distance of almost 3500 KM during the course of its 8-day journey.The tour will include visits to prominent Gujarat pilgrimage and heritage sites such as the Statue of Unity, Champaner, Somnath, Dwarka, Nageshwar, Beyt Dwarka, Ahmedabad, Modhera, and Patan.The fully air-conditioned train provides two types of accommodations: first-class AC and second-class AC.The Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train launch is in line with the Government of India initiative "Dekho Apna Desh" to promote domestic tourism.The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has tied up with payment gateways for providing EMI payment options to customers, the railways said.According to the ministry, the visit of the Statue of Unity, Champaner archaeological park which is a UNESCO world heritage site, Adhlej Step Well, Akshardham Temple at Ahmedabad, Sabarmati Ashram, Modhera Sun Temple and the Rani ki Vao another UNESCO site at Patan are the major heritage treasures included in the tour itinerary.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"Besides, the visit of Somnath Jyotirlinga, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, Dwarkadheesh Temple, and Beyt Dwarka, these are the religious sites covered in an 8-day tour. There will be a two-night stay in the hotels, one each at Kevadiya and Ahmedabad, while the visit of places at Somnath and Dwarka will be covered in the day halt at the destination," the ministry also added.(With inputs from ANI)Featured Video Of The Day"Solution To Fight Common Enemy": Congress Leader On Tie Up With Left In Tripura
Adani Group sought this land in exchange for its own plots of equal area in these villages.Gandhinagar: The Gautam Adani group has sought 94,000 square metres of 'gauchar' (grazing land) and non-arable land from the Gujarat government to build a township and special economic zone, the state Assembly was informed on Friday.Responding to a query raised by Aam Aadmi Party's Jamjodhpur MLA Hemant Ahir, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, who handles the revenue portfolio, said the group had sought 93,900 square metres of land in Khodiyar village in Ahmedabad and Dantali village in Gandhinagar.Bhupendra Patel, in his written reply, informed the House the Adani Group had sought this land in exchange for its own plots of equal area in these villages.It has also sought 202 square metres of non-arable land in Jaspur village in Gandhinagar without this exchange mechanism, the Chief Minister said.The Adani Group wants land in Ahmedabad district to "develop a Special Economic Zone as part of its state-of-the-art township" while land in Gandhinagar district has been sought for the purpose of a township, the Chief Minister said.These demands are pending with the state government, Mr Patel added.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe Budget session of the Gujarat Assembly is currently underway.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)(Disclaimer: New Delhi Television is a subsidiary of AMG Media Networks Limited, an Adani Group Company.)Featured Video Of The DayYogi Adityanath, Akhilesh Yadav Spar In UP Assembly Over Prayagraj Shootout
Ahmedabad: A member of the Gujarat University senate has demanded that the varsity prepare a uniform admission schedule so that students don’t have to wait for long periods. Sources said GU’s admission schedule and the Class 12 board exam results don’t match, and many times admissions begin before Class 12 results are out. In some instances the admissions are declared much after the results are announced. The senate member said that the varsity should have a uniform admission schedule to resolve this issue.Sources said due to delayed admissions, about 5,000 seats in the commerce faculty and 10,000 seats in the science faculty had remained vacant at varsity.
Ahmedabad: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday apprehended three Pakistani fishermen from a creek area near the India-Pakistan border off the Kutch district coast in Gujarat and seized their boat.The fishermen were inside the Indian territory of Sir Creek, the BSF said in a statement. They were identified as Sayed Gulam Murtaja (65), Bashir Zavad (60) and Akbar Ali Abdul Gani (54), all residents of Karachi. They told BSF officials that they inadvertently entered as the engine malfunctioned, the statement said.PTI
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has selected 373 schools in Ahmedabad city as examination centers for Class 10 and 12 final exams. Class 10, 12 final exams will be conducted from March 14 to 29 in the state.Sources said that 1.07 lakh students of Class 10 and 12 will take the exam at these centers in Ahmedabad. These examination centers will have 3,692 classrooms where students will take exams, sources said.The number of examination centers for Class 10 exams is almost the same as last year but the board has added new centers for Class 12 general stream and science stream exams. Sources said that last year Class 10 exam was conducted at 205 examination centers in the city while this year, the board has selected 204 schools as examination centers.Sources said that as the number of Class 12 students has increased this year, the board has increased the number of examination centers. Last year, 30,000 students took the Class 12 general stream exam at 104 examination centers in the city which has been increased to 124 this year, sources said. Similarly, Class 12 science stream exams were conducted at 39 examination centers last year, which has been increased to 45 this year.Sources said that 97,000 students from Ahmedabad had taken Class 10 and 12 exams last year while this year 1.07 lakh students have registered for the exams.
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has selected 373 schools in Ahmedabad city as examination centres for Class 10 and 12 final exams to be held from March 14 to 29. Sources said that 1.07 lakh students of Class 10 and 12 will take the exams at these centres in Ahmedabad. There are, in all, 3,692 classrooms in these centres, sources said. The number of centres for Class 10 exams is almost the same as last year but the board has added new centres for Class 12 general stream and science stream exams. Sources said that last year, the Class 10 exams were conducted at 205 examination centres in the city while this year, the board has chosen 204 schools as examination centres. They said that as the number of Class 12 students has gone up this year, the board has increased the number of examination centres. Last year, 30,000 students took the Class 12 general stream exam at 104 centres in the city which has now been increased to 124, sources said. Similarly, against 39 centres last year, Class 12 science stream exams will be held at 45 centres this year. Sources said that 97,000 students from Ahmedabad had taken the Class 10 and 12 exams last year while this year 1.07 lakh students have registered for the boards.
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) on Wednesday issued a circular ordering that the school principal of the school which is selected for the board's final examination will manage the centre. Class 10, 12 final exams will be conducted from March 14 to 29 across the state.The circular says that if the school has been selected as an examination centre for Class 10 as well as Class 12 final exams then the senior teacher will be responsible for managing one of the centers.The circular says that the principal or the senior teacher will have to give in writing that none of the relatives are taking exams at their school. If any relative is taking an exam in the same centre then the principals and senior teachers of such schools will be given duty at other examination centres.The circular says that the principal or the senior teacher will have to appoint teachers and other staff on examination duty. The principal or the teacher who has been given the duty to manage the examination centres will have to ensure that the exams are conducted smoothly and no irregularities are committed. The board has instructed all principals to get approval from the district education officer for this duty.
AHMEDABAD: IIT Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) will host the Yuva Sangam programme as part of which 53 students from Gujarat will visit Assam and 18 students from Assam will visit Gujarat for a week. The students will get acquainted with the state's culture, art and landmarks and engage with local youths.
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Real Estate Regulatory Authority (GujRERA) has not had two of the mandatory three members appointed for a month and a half now. Due to this, no new projects have received RERA registration numbers. According to sources in the body, there are 150-odd new project files awaiting approval, apart from over 250 complaints pending with the authority. Real estate developers are demanding that the state government appoint the RERA chairman and two members, even on an in-charge basis, so that regular functioning of the authority can continue. According to sources, the post of GujRERA chairman has been vacant since November 2022, when Amarjit Singh retired. After that, RERA member D P Joshi also retired, so the authority currently has only one member. According to the rules, only the chairman and two RERA members can approve projects. CREDAI Ahmedabad president Tejas Joshi said, “No new project has been given a RERA registration number since mid-January because the authority does not have the full committee. We demand that the project approval process be started as soon as possible.” Sources said some 150 projects have completed all necessary processes but are still without registration numbers and are thus unable to open bookings. This could potentially have serious financial implications for such developers.
VADODARA/AHMEDABAD/RAJKOT/SURAT: DJ music blaring through giant speakers is the latest and the most rampant offence committed across the state. The raucous decibel levels have forced citizens to seek help from the police, flooding the control room with complaints of blaring music, especially during the ongoing wedding season.Ahmedabad city police received 10,277 complaints about noise pollution in 18 months since January 2021. However, apart from two vehicles being seized, no action was taken against any person responsible for the disturbance.When the high court inquired about the implementation of a Gujarat Pollution Control Board's notification issued in December 2019 mandating sound limiters in sound systems, the Ahmedabad police filed five FIRs in January 2023 exactly on the same day it had filed an affidavit in the HC. On January 20, the Ahmedabad police commissioner sought to curb noise pollution in public places and roads by imposing restrictions, besides asking religious places to keep their sound systems not so loud that the sound could travel beyond their premises.While it prohibits mike systems and instruments in public spaces, this circular mandates permission to play music and use public address systems. It permits the use of the mike system on certain conditions only. Vadodara police got 400 calls from citizen in just one week For religious places, the Ahmedabad police circular says, "In temples, churches, and mosques, the sound of the mike system/instrument should be limited in such a way that it does not go beyond the premises."Barodians aren't spared too and in the past few months, about 50 per cent of the calls that the Vadodara police control got daily were about raucous DJ music being played in the urban areas.In fact, in just seven days the Vadodara city police control room has received over 400 calls from distressed citizens complaining about ear-splitting DJ music. Concerned over the spike in DJ music menace, the police have begun filing complaints against the DJs and seizing the music systems. "It has become a big cause of concern in the city areas. We get dozens of complaints every day," said Shamsher Singh, the city police commissioner.A senior police official said that the number of complaints has shot up due to the big DJ systems now being played in the wedding processions. "DJs are hired for even paltry events. It is giving citizens sleepless nights," he added."The police have filed about four cases every day in the past four days and even seized the music systems," said a police official.Vadodara-based advocate Shailesh Amin had even written a letter to the police department and raised the issue of noise pollution and health hazards caused by DJ music. Citing the Supreme Court order, he urged the cops to not allow loud music in public places after 10 pm. The noise pollution rules allow 55 decibels in the daytime in residential areas and at night 45 decibels. Rajkot city police control room receives an average of six complaints daily. Cops say that music menace becomes unbearable in February during the wedding season.In Surat,cops control room receives around 250 calls daily of which 20 are for loud DJ music, mostly played in the night.(With inputs from Nimesh Khakhariya in Rajkot, Saeed Khan in Ahmedabad and Yagnesh Mehta in Surat)
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court has lifted the stay granted in March last year on a defamation case pending against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a Surat court filed by former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi over Gandhi’s alleged Modi surname remarks.Complainant Modi told the high court that there was sufficient evidence that had come on record of the trial court, and the delay granted by the HC on his request would only delay the trial against Gandhi. He withdrew the permission and Justice Vipul Pancholi vacated the stay that he had ordered in March last year.The BJP leader approached the HC last year demanding a stay on the trial court’s proceedings and quashing the lower court’s decision not to adjourn hearings of the case against the Congress leader. The lower court had rejected Modi’s application to make Gandhi personally explain the contents of the CDs/pen drives or other electronic records related to his speech delivered during an election rally in Kolar in 2019, when he allegedly asked, “Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi. How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?”The former BJP minister filed a criminal defamation case against Gandhi for allegedly defaming people with Modi surname. Gandhi pleaded not guilty in this case, and the Surat court recorded his statement.During the trial, Modi submitted certified copies of three CDs, which he requested the court to play in presence of Gandhi and to ask Gandhi to explain its content under provisions of section 313 of the CrPC. The rejection of Modi’s requests by the trial court had brought the issue before the HC. However, a year later, Modi told the HC that the stay order has been delaying the trial, whereas there is enough evidence on record now to proceed with the trial.Gandhi has been facing two more defamation cases in Ahmedabad courts.
AHMEDABAD: The civic body's monthly parking permit fee for residential areas is costlier than the monthly maintenance of most apartments in the city. No wonder none of the residential associations - especially those that have forced their members to park on public streets due to lack of space - are yet to approach the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to buy parking permits.For instance, parking your car on the main street outside your building will cost you Rs 2,310 monthly and Rs 28,105 for an entire year. For two-wheelers, the charges are Rs 870 monthly and Rs 10,585 for a whole year."The monthly maintenance for most flat owners averages between Rs 1,200 and Rs 2,000 per month. There must be some rationalization in rates," said a senior AMC official when asked why the permit scheme had no takers since January 2020 - when the state government gave the policy the go-ahead.The AMC general board approved the policy on January 29, 2020. The policy had provisioned for allotment of weekly, monthly, tri-monthly, half-yearly and yearly parking permits to any person or bulk permits for an organization for a designated plot, on-street, under over bridges and flyovers. An AMC official from the zonal office was to conduct site inspections once applications were received from a group of residential associations or commercial complexes. "The AMC has fixed fees depending on the type of vehicle and the time you are to park at the allotted space," adds the senior AMC official.For instance, if you own a bicycle and want to park on the street right in front of your society, you will have to pay Rs 126 per month, Rs 1,620 for a half-yearly permit and Rs 6,570 annually. Similarly, the annual parking fee for a medium-sized goods vehicle is Rs 91,250 and Rs 1.33 lakh for heavy vehicles.The new parking policy encourages sharing of parking spaces, too. "Areas such as CG Road, Ashram Road, Paldi, and other central business districts (CBD) areas see a peak in parking demand during office hours, while demand reduces on weekends," the policy states. It adds, "The parking spaces of office buildings, schools, banks and business parks, malls and parks also see variable use of parking space on weekdays and weekends. The disparity between supply and demand of parking space can be dealt with by sharing parking spaces."
The Gujarat resident somehow managed to call his father and informed him. (Representational)Ahmedabad: Four people from Uttar Pradesh and a 20-year-old man from Gujarat's Gir Somnath district were rescued from a tiny room in Myanmar where they were held captive by a company involved in fraudulent practices, said the state government on Monday.The other youngsters held captive, four of them from Uttar Pradesh, were also rescued.With the help of immigration authorities from India and Myanmar, the man, Nirav Bamrotiya, was rescued from Yangon city in the neighbouring country and brought back safely to his hometown by the Gir Somnath police, said a Gujarat government release.The 20-year-old, a resident of Pipalva village under Talala taluka of Gir Somnath district, first went to Dubai through an agent in September last year to work in a private firm. After three months, another agent approached him and offered to facilitate a "high-paying" job in Thailand, it said.However, the agent took him to Yangon city instead of Thailand and asked him to work for a company that was involved in fraudulent practices, said the release.When Nirav Bamrotiya refused to work, company owners locked him and seven other youngsters - four from Uttar Pradesh and three from Indonesia - in a small room, it said.The Gujarat resident somehow managed to call his father Jagmal Bamrotiya and shared details of his ordeal. Jagmal Bamrotiya immediately approached the Gir Somnath police with the location and other relevant details of his son, said the release.On directions of Gujarat Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi, police collected the required information and shared it with Indian immigration authorities, which then contacted their counterparts in Myanmar.Nirav Bamrotiya and the seven other captives were eventually rescued by the immigration authorities, said the state government.The Gujarat native first arrived at Kolkata from Yangon and then reached his village via Ahmedabad on Sunday, said the release.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comNirav Bamrotiya's family has thanked the Gujarat police for their prompt response to their request to free him.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayRam Charan Spotted At Airport, Barefoot. Here's Why
AHMEDABAD: A data on the water levels in urban areas of India tabled in the Lok Sabha recently gave a mixed picture for the Gujarat cities. While data of Rajkot was not included, readings from nine borewells of Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) in Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara were used to ascertain how the levels have changed over a period of 10 years – from November 2012 to November 2022.According to the data, out of four wells in Ahmedabad, two each saw rise and fall in the water levels. The rise and fall were in the range of 0 to 2 metres depth. The only borewell in Surat saw the rise of 0 to 2 metres, whereas in Vadodara three out of four wells saw a rise by 0 to 2 metres. One well in Vadodara saw a fall in water level by more than 4 metres.Experts pointed out that the water levels are often average of the said aquifer. They pointed out that the depletion in groundwater in urban areas is no secret, but in Gujarat the scenario has improved in some areas due to availability of Narmada water which has reduced dependency on exploiting the groundwater for drinking purposes.