Emphasising that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has ensured an all-round development of Gujarat, Union Home Minister Amit Shah Friday asked voters in the state to ensure a three-fourth majority for the saffron party in the upcoming assembly elections.“…it is only yesterday that a government has been formed in Maharashtra (supported by the BJP). In the upcoming elections (in Gujarat), you should resolve to help BJP win a three-fourth majority,” Shah said as he addressed the audience at an event in Modasar village, located about 30 kilometres from Ahmedabad.“BJP has ensured an all-round development of Gujarat. Be it urban, rural, mountains or coastal areas, the BJP government has developed all areas. Narendrabhai (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) started this development and he made such a system that even after he is gone, the development continues to happen. It has continued till (chief minister) Bhupendra Patel,” he said, adding, “We have to resolve once again to hand over the reins of power in Gujarat to BJP—that has ensured continuous development. Under the leadership of Narendrabhai, Gujarat has become the topmost state over the last 20 years and you people have to ensure that it continues to remain the top for the next 30 years.”The home minister laid the foundation stone of a Rs-11 crore project for beautification of Balganga lake, distributed free-of-cost gas connection under the smokeless village programme, launched a pilot project of Red Cross for a “Thalassemia-free Gujarat” in Sanand and Bavla talukas, and inaugurated seven six-lane flyover bridges in the area. Modasar is one of villages adopted by Shah under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxTalking about the proposed developments at Modasar village, he said, “People had started to forget that there is a lake and temple at Modasar that dates back to the Mahabharata era. Tomorrow everyone will know,” Shah said, adding the Balganga lake at Modasar village will be beautified with the help from Zydus Group. “Under Corporate Social Responsibility, the Zydus family will bear the cost that will range between Rs 8 crore and Rs 11 crore. I had made a small call to Pankajbhai (Pankaj Patel, head of Zydus Group), and he readily agreed,” he added.Assuring the people of Sanand, Shah said, “As your representative in the Lok Sabha, I want to assure you that the Sanand assembly constituency (that is part of the larger Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat represented by Shah) will continue to be in the forefront of development. It is my responsibility to ensure this.”Pointing out that during the Congress regime in Gujarat, riots and curfew used to be commonplace during the Rath Yatras, the Union Minister said, “Riots used to happen, people used to get killed and curfew used to be imposed for days together. After people elected the BJP, nobody has dared to attack a single Rath Yatra. Riots have become a thing of the past.”Ajay Patel, chairman of ADC Bank and chairman of Red Cross Society in Gujarat, was among those present at the event.
A review meeting was held by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Friday (File)Gandhinagar (Gujarat): In view of rising COVID-19 cases in the state, the Gujarat government has imposed a night curfew in 17 more towns and extended its implementation in eight metros and two cities till January 26, informed Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Friday.The cities where night curfew will be imposed are Surendranagar, Dhrangradhra, Morbi, Wankaner, Dhoraji, Gondal, Jetpur, Kalawad, Godhra, Vijalpore, Navsari, Navsari, Bilimora, Vyara, Vapi Valsad, Bharuch, Ankleshwar.A review meeting was held by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Friday before announcing the reviewed guidelines.Earlier on January 7, the government announced a night curfew between 10 pm and 6 am in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Anand, and Nadiad.As per COVID-19 guidelines, as many as 150 persons are allowed in the open and 50 per cent in closed space for any social religious function. The cinema halls, libraries, auditoriums, gyms are also allowed to function with 50 per cent occupancy.The public transport both AC and non AC buses can run with 75 per cent of its sitting capacity and standing is not allowed.The occupancies are restricted in marriages and funerals also. As many as 150 persons are allowed in the open, 50 per cent in closed space for marriage and 100 people are in funerals.As per the guidelines, all businesses, offices, shops, shopping malls etc can be opened till 10:00 pm and 75 per cent sitting capacity in the restaurant is permitted.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comEarlier on Friday, Gujarat reported 21,225 fresh COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths. So far, Gujarat reported 10,22,788 COVID-19 cases.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
At present, the night curfew is in force in eight metros. (Representational)Ahmedabad: In light of the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Gujarat government on Friday announced night curfew for 17 more towns with high positivity rates and extended the implementation in eight metros and two cities till January 29.While the timing of the night curfew remains unchanged from 10 pm to 6 am, 17 more towns have been added to the list of places where it will be enforced from January 22 till January 29, a government release stated.At the same time, the government has relaxed home delivery services for hotels and restaurants to 24 hours, while permitting these establishments to operate with 75 per cent capacity till 10 pm, it was stated.The decisions were taken in a meeting of the core committee chaired by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel to review the existing pandemic situation.At present, the night curfew is in force in eight metros namely Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Bhavnagar and Gandhinagar, besides Anand and Nadiad cities.As per the release, the night curfew between 10 pm and 6 am will also be imposed in 17 towns with high positivity rates, including Surendranagar, Dhrangradhra, Morbi, Wankaner, Dhoraji, Gondal, Jetpur, Kalawad, Godhra, Vijalpore (Navsari), Navsari, Bilimora, Vyarav, Vyapar, Bharuch and Ankleshwar.The curfew period, which was to end on January 22, has been extended till January 29, it was stated.According to the notification issued by the state home department, essential services are allowed during the night curfew and the other restrictions remain unchanged.Shops, shopping complexes, marketing yards, salons, spas, beauty parlours, etc., are allowed to operate till 10 pm, while political, social and religious gatherings are allowed with a maximum of 150 persons at a venue in an open space, with the number not exceeding 50 per cent of the capacity of an enclosed space.No more than 100 mourners are permitted at funerals, the notification stated.Bus transport services have been exempted from night curfew, and buses can operate with 75 per cent seating capacity.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comCinema halls, water parks, gyms, swimming pools, auditoriums, libraries, etc. are allowed to operate with 50 per cent of their capacities, it was stated.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
The curfew would be in force from 11 pm to 5 am instead of 1 am to 5 am, order said.Ahmedabad: Amid Omicron concerns and increase in daily new coronavirus cases, the Gujarat government on Friday extended the duration of night curfew in eight cities by two hours.The curfew would be in force from 11 pm to 5 am instead of 1 am to 5 am, said a notification issued by the state home department.The new time will be implemented from December 25 in the cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar and Gandhinagar, it said."Commercial activities in shops, restaurants, shopping complexes, marketing yards, marts, hair cutting saloons, beauty parlours among others in these eight cities are allowed to remain open till 11 pm," said the notification.Other restrictions imposed in view of the pandemic will remain in force as per the order dated November 30, 2021, it stated.Gujarat has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases of late. On Thursday, more than 100 new cases were reported in a single day after nearly seven months.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe state has also reported 30 cases of Omicron variant so far.These cases have been reported in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Jamnagar and Gandhinagar.
Warning that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is “at least three times more transmissible” than the Delta variant, the Centre on Tuesday directed states to impose strict restrictions in districts reporting high positivity rate, including imposition of night curfew, strict regulation of large gatherings and containment measures.The Centre also told the states to “activate” war rooms and keep analysing trends and surges, directing that specific measures need to be taken in view of “initial signs of a surge in cases of Covid-19 as well as increased detection of the variant of concern (VOC), Omicron, in different parts of the country”.The direction by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan came on a day when India’s cumulative tally of Omicron cases touched the 200 mark. According to official data, seven states in the country are now reporting Omicron cases in double digits — Maharashtra (54), Delhi (54), Telangana (20), Karnataka (19), Rajasthan (18), Kerala (15) and Gujarat (14).“At the district level, there should be a constant review of emerging data regarding the population affected by Covid-19, geographical spread, hospital infrastructure and its utilisation, manpower, notifying containment zones, enforcement of perimeter of containment zones. This evidence should be the basis for effective decision making at the district level itself. Such a strategy ensures that infection is contained at the local level itself before it spreads to other parts of the state,” Bhushan wrote.The Centre has advised district-level containment measures and restrictions if a district reports positivity of 10% or more in the last one week, or bed occupancy of 40% or more on oxygen-supported or ICU beds. However, “based on the local situation” and “population characteristics such as density, and keeping in mind the higher transmissibility of Omicron”, states can enforce restrictions even before they report these numbers.The containment measures listed include “imposition of night curfew, strict regulation of large gatherings, curtailing numbers in marriages and funerals, restricting numbers in offices, industries and public transport”. “ln case of all new clusters of Covid positive cases, prompt notification of containment zones, buffer zones should be done, strict perimeter control of containment zone as per extant guidelines must be ensured. All cluster samples must be sent to INSACOG labs for genome sequencing without delay,” Bhushan wrote.Pointing out that based on “current scientific evidence”, the Omicron variant is at least three times more transmissible than the Delta variant, the Centre has said that decision-making at the district level “must be very prompt and focussed”. “Besides, the Delta VOC is still present in different parts of the country. Hence, even greater foresight, data analysis, dynamic decision-making, and strict and prompt containment action is required at the local and district level,” it said.On testing and surveillance, districts have been told to conduct door-to-door case search, test all Severe Acute Respiratory Infections/ influenza-like-illness and vulnerable/ co-morbid people, ensure right proportion of RT-PCR tests in total tests being conducted daily, and contact tracing of all Covid-positive persons.The Health Ministry has also urged states to ensure strict enforcement of home isolation. “This will be a very critical activity in the days to come, specially to ensure that persons under home isolation do not spread the virus to others in view of its higher transmissibility,” Bhushan wrote.The states have also been asked to ensure 100% vaccination coverage. “Special focus to be given to those districts where the first and second dose coverage is less than the national average. The door-to-door vaccination campaign needs to be strengthened,” the Health Ministry said.
GANDHINAGAR: The state government issued a notification on Friday, extending the night curfew in the eight major cities of the state till December 20. Night curfew will be in force from 1am to 5am in the cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar and Junagadh, the notification said. All other guidelines related to Covid-19 will remain the same, the notification said.
Surat: If you imagined ringing off the old year with a large in hand, hereâs some news that will deflate your bubbly plans. Your favourite watering holes in the state have made themselves out of bounds for New Year revellers this season. The Union territory of Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli (DDDNH) has imposed a night curfew from 11pm to 6am till December-end keeping the Omicron variant scare in mind and also to prevent the risk of Covid spread. There will be no major events organized on December 31, thanks to the fresh restricting orders. After a low-key 2020, a few leading hotels and resorts were planning to hold star-studded parties, but the curfew has dampened all plans in the UT. A large number of tourists and party-goers from Gujarat as well as neighbouring Maharashtra prefer to visit Daman, Diu and Silvassa for year-end celebrations due to the availability of liquor, well-equipped hotels, resorts and other attractions. Vice-president of Daman Hoteliersâ Association Haresh Tangal told TOI, âDue to reimposition of curfew from 11pm, no major party can be planned now. People will have to reach their hotel or leave Daman before the curfew hour. We will approach the administration of Daman to request for relaxation in the timings. If we get permission till 1am at least people will be able to celebrate.â In Daman and Silvassa, such year-end parties start from December 24 onwards and the New Year festivities continue for a week more. While it is good for the revellers, it generates good business for the tourist destination as it pulls in huge crowds. âI always ushered in the New Year in Daman, but will drop my plans this year owing to the curfew. People also need to follow Covid-19 guidelines to fight the pandemic,â said Vidit Desai, a finance consultant from Valsad.
AHMEDABAD: In the wake of the emergence of the "Omicron" variant of coronavirus, the Gujarat government has extended the night curfew in eight cities of the state by 10 days till December 10, an official said on Tuesday. The night curfew has been in force in eight cities from 1am to 5am since November 1. The curfew timings were reduced by two hours in November for Diwali and Chhath Puja and due to a drop in daily Covid-19 cases. As per a government notification, the night curfew in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Gandhinagar and Junagadh cities has been extended for 10 more days, from December 1 to December 10. Commercial establishments such as APMCs, shops and beauty salons, in these cities can operate till 12 am, while restaurants can remain open till midnight with 75 per cent occupancy, and home delivery and take-away services are also permitted till midnight, the release stated. Cinema halls can function with 100 per cent capacity in the entire state, it was stated. Social distancing and use of masks must be followed, it added. Not more than 400 people can attend weddings and religious or political functions in the first 10 days of December, and 100 people can take part in funeral processions, the notification stated. The state government had earlier stated that people should have taken at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine to work in business establishments or offices, and recommending that those eligible should also take the second dose of the vaccine. The state government on Saturday made it mandatory for people coming to India from nine "at risk" countries to undergo RT-PCR test on their arrival at international airports. The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday warned that the global risk from the Omicron variant is "very high" based on the early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with "severe consequences". Gujarat has recorded 40 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, it was stated.
GANDHINAGAR: The state home department issued a notification on Tuesday, extending the imposition of night curfew in eight major cities of Gujarat, till December 10. Night curfew will continue in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar and Junagadh, every day from 1am to 5am. The notification said all shops and establishments can remain open till midnight. Restaurants can stay open until midnight with 75% capacity and cinema halls can operate at 100% capacity. Other guidelines in force will remain as earlier. Gyms will continue to function at 75% capacity and gardens and parks will remain open till 10pm.
The Gujarat government extended the ongoing night curfew (1 am to 5 am) in eight metropolitan cities of the state amid the Covid-19 pandemic.As per a notification order released by the Home Department of the state government on Tuesday night, eight cities — Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar and Junagadh — will continue to have night curfew from 1 am to 5 am from December 1 to December 10.Earlier, on October 28, the state government had announced the continuation of night curfew till November 30.The notification order also stated various SOPs related to commercial, academic and recreational activities in the eight cities amid the pandemic.“All shops, financial institutions, shopping complexes, market yards, weekly markets, carts, salon and beauty parlours will be allowed to function till 12 am. Restaurants will be allowed to operate till 12 am with 75 per cent of their seating capacity, following all SOPs related to coronavirus.Gyms with 75 per cent capacity and cinema halls with 100 per cent seating capacity will be allowed to function. Coaching centres with 50 per cent of their seating capacity and libraries with 75 per cent of their seating capacity can be open,” read the order by Nikhil Bhatt, additional secretary, law and order, Home Department, Gujarat government.“Water parks and swimming pools with 75% capacity can function. Private and public buses with 100 per cent seating capacity and state transport buses with 75 per cent seating capacity will be allowed to function. In wedding, maximum 400 persons will be allowed to attend and in funerals maximum 100 persons. Weddings will not be allowed during night curfew hours,” the order read.Similar SOP order was also released for the rest of the state.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by Supreme Court to inquire into cases of communal violence during 2002 post-Godhra riots on Wednesday told the top court that it had not shielded anyone and rued that “uncharitable” remarks were being made against it.“We were not shielding anybody,” senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for the SIT, told a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar.Rohatgi was responding to charges by Zakia Jafri, wife of former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri, who was killed during the riots, accusing the SIT of bias and overlooking evidence.Rohatgi pointed out that SC, while setting up the SIT on March 26, 2008, had said it will record the statement of any person who wanted to give it, and invited statements by issuing newspaper advertisements. Yet, he said, “uncharitable remarks (are being made) against SIT”.His reference was to allegations by Jafri’s counsel, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, that the SIT had not recorded the testimony of several crucial witnesses.“SIT examined 275 witnesses, did not leave any stone unturned,” Rohatgi said, and referred to the arrest and conviction of former Gujarat minister Mayaben Kodnani. “She was arrested and convicted and was in jail for a number of years. If the SIT was partisan, I dare say it would not have arrested a sitting cabinet minister.”The bench, also comprising Justices Dinesh Maheswhwari and C T Ravikumar, is hearing Jafri’s appeal challenging the October 5, 2017 Gujarat High Court order upholding the Ahmedabad Metropolitan Magistrate Court’s decision to accept the SIT’s closure report, which gave a clean chit to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and 63 others in riots-related cases.Rohatgi also denied charges that there was any delay in calling the Army. “She (Jafri) says the Army was delayed. It’s an allegation against the state and Centre. It’s completely baseless. The fax went at 2 pm on February 28, 2002 and the Army was redeployed…. They came at night, were airlifted…”On Sibal’s argument that SIT had not seized any cellphones during its probe, Rohatgi said, “(the contention is that) a mobile phone used in 2002, SIT should take it from them in 2010, 2011, 2012. Phones of that era were nascent — (they had) no WhatsApp, no camera. Who would keep a phone for 10 years?”He also responded to claims that the SIT did not seize call data records (CDR) or Police Control Room records: “No company keeps CDR for nine years. Manual requires destruction of PCR records after five years.”Jafri had contended that bodies of those killed in the Godhra train tragedy were handed over to a private person, Jaydeep Patel of VHP, and that the SIT did not probe this.Rohatgi said the bodies identified were to be handed over to relatives, and those not identified were to be sent to Sola hospital in Ahmedabad. He said Jaydeep Patel was only to accompany them.On the allegation that the SIT had not probed why two ministers went into the police control room in Ahmedabad during the riots, Rohatgi said it was investigated. “Based on this, SIT came to the conclusion that only one minister visited and he was sitting in a separate room.” He said it is a matter of practice that a minister goes to the control room and added that “presence of minister will only help morale of police, that he is not hiding in his house”.Rohatgi pointed out that Jafri’s petition draws extensively on statements of former ADGP R B Sreekumar and said, “It appears that he turned against the government after he as superseded.”“Testimony of Sreekumar is motivated. He clandestinely recorded conversations with the Home Secretary, etc…. He kept all this a closely guarded secret till he was superseded,” he told the court. “Why did it surface for the first time in 2005?”On Sreekumar’s contention that curfew was not imposed on the fateful day to facilitate parading of the bodies of Godhra victims, Rohatgi said Sreekumar was posted as Additional DGP (Intelligence) “only from April 9, 2002 — two months after (the) riots. Before this, he was Additional DGP (Armed Unit)…. So he had no knowledge…he had nothing to do with the law and order issue.”“(He was) posted much after the riots, (yet) he says curfew was not imposed to facilitate parading. How does he know,” Rohatgi wondered.The senior counsel also said that although then Bhavnagar Superintendent of Police Rahul Sharma was named in the original complaint of Jafri, his name was missing from the appeal. “I submit that it is a deliberate omission,” he said. “Let me read the accusation. He is an IPS officer. Abetted breakdown of governance. Why is it missing? Because today Mr Sibal argues he is a hero.”During his arguments, Sibal had said that Sharma in his statement to the Nanavati commission stated that mobile phones were used in a big way in the riots and asked, “here is a police officer saying mobile phones were used. Then why did you not seize the mobile phones? The call records were never investigated.”Sharma, Sibal said, also narrated how political leaders approached him for bail of accused and contended that “this shows political interference”.“Today he (Rahul Sharma) is their hero. They are saying he was targeted in 2011. Now, they are saying that he did the right thing,” Rohatgi said. He added that according to Jafri, Sharma was transferred as a matter of punishment.Rohatgi said it is for the government to decide where a police officer’s services are needed. “He was transferred from Bhavnagar to Ahmedabad. Otherwise (if it was by way of punishment), he should have been transferred to some godforsaken place,” Rohatgi submitted.The arguments remained inconclusive and will continue Thursday.
AHMEDABAD: The state government on Thursday gave a festive gift to the citizens by relaxing night curfew hours by two hours. According to the notification issued on September 24, the night curfew was imposed from 12 midnight to 6am. The new notification reduced it to 1am to 5am. This will be in effect from October 30 to November 30. The notification cited reduction of Covid cases as the primary reason for the move. The guidelines allowed 400 persons in open for Chhath Puja and New Year events. If the events are organized in closed spaces, up to 50% of seating capacity would be allowed. âAll shops and commercial establishments can stay open up to midnight. With 75% seating capacity, restaurants can stay open till 12 midnight. Home delivery and takeaway to be allowed till midnight,â stated the notification. Theatres can function at 100% capacity. Jayendra Tanna, president of Gujarat Traders Federation, said, âBy pushing the curfew hours, we expect revival of business.â he said. Narendra Somani, president of Hotels and Restaurants Association Gujarat, said âThis will benefit business as people love to spend time with friends and family during festivities.â
AHMEDABAD: With Diwali and Chhath Puja just around the corner, the Gujarat government on Thursday announced a two-hour relaxation in the night curfew timings in eight major cities for the next one month. At present, night curfew is in force from midnight to 6 am in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Gandhinagar and Junagadh cities to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection. From October 30 to November 30, night-time restrictions will be in force from 1 am to 5 am in these eight cities, a government release said. As per the new guidelines, commercial establishments including APMCs, shops and beauty salons in these eight cities can operate till 12 at night. Restaurants can remain open till 12 at night with 75 per cent occupancy, while home delivery and take-away services too are permitted till midnight, the release stated. Cinema halls can function with 100 per cent capacity in the entire state. Public gatherings on the occasion of Gujarati New Year should be held by strictly adhering to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Covid-19 issued earlier, the government said. Norms of social distancing and use of masks must be followed, it added. Not more than 400 persons can gather at one place for the new year and Chhath Puja celebrations across the state, the government said. (With inputs from PTI)