PM Modi will also participate in the National Unity Day celebrations on Monday. (File)New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a three-day visit to Gujarat and Rajasthan from October 30 during which he will lay the foundation stone of a C-295 aircraft manufacturing facility and pay tributes to India's first home minister Vallabhbhai Patel.The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said PM Modi will launch the aircraft manufacturing facility in Vadodara on Sunday and pay homage to Sardar Patel at the Statue of Unity on his birth anniversary on Monday in the poll-bound state.He will also participate in the National Unity Day celebrations to mark Patel's birth anniversary and address the officer trainees at the culmination of the 97th common foundation course, 'Aarambh 4.0'."Digital Governance: Foundation & Frontiers" was chosen as the theme for the fourth edition of 'Aarambh' with a view to help officer trainees learn how to leverage technological solutions to strengthen public service delivery and make the last-mile delivery transparent, effective and efficient, according to the PMO.On November 1, the PMO said, PM Modi will reach Rajasthan's Banswara district where he will attend a public programme to pay homage to the "unsung" tribal heroes of the freedom struggle.He will then launch various development projects at Jambughoda in Panchmahal district of Gujarat before returning to the national capital, it said.The PMO said the C-295 aircraft manufacturing facility, the first such private sector facility in the country, will be utilised for manufacturing 40 such transport planes for the Indian Air Force through a collaboration between Tata Advanced Systems Limited and Airbus Defence and Space, Spain.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe facility will be a key step towards achieving self-reliance in the defence sector and will also help unlock the potential of the private players in the sector, it said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The Day
AHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a three-day Gujarat visit from Sunday and launch a host of projects in different parts of the state where Assembly elections are expected to be announced soon. PM Modi will begin his visit by laying the foundation stone of a manufacturing facility for C-295 transport aircraft in Vadodara on Sunday, said a release issued by the Gujarat government. He will also address a gathering at Leprosy Ground in the city. On the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day on October 31, observed on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Modi will be pay floral tribute to him at the Statue of Unity at Kevadia. In the afternoon, he will visit Tharad town in Banaskantha district to inaugurate or perform ground-breaking for various projects in this parched region, mostly related to water supply, worth Rs 8,000 crore. Some of these projects include water distribution pipelines, construction of a canal and construction of 56 check dams. On November 1, PM Modi will attend an event at Mangadh Hill in neighbouring Rajasthan and then reach Jambughoda in Gujarat's Panchmahal district to launch various developmental projects, said the release. Modi will also address people at the venue, it added. In the evening, the prime minister is scheduled to address BJP workers of all 182 Assembly constituencies in Gujarat through video conference. This 'Diwali Milan' event for party workers will be held at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, said the release.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually address 80 lakh ‘page committee’ members of BJP in Gujarat on November 1. An announcement in this regard was made by Gujarat BJP president C R Paatil while addressing a gathering of the Thakor-Kshatriya community at Sesa village of Patan district in North Gujarat Friday.The BJP has been formulating a strategy of having small committees comprising voters on a single page of a voters’ list. These committees are known as page committees and the party is trying to have committees for the maximum number of pages of the complete list.Quoting Paatil, an official BJP party release stated that a Sneh-Milan (get together) function has been organised by the party in which PM Modi will remain virtually present and address the party workers. A party office bearer said that around 80 lakh page committee members of the party will assemble at different locations in the state and Modi will address them virtually from Mahatma Mandir on November 1. The PM will also be joined by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Paatil.Among other things, Paatil also told the gathering in Sesa village that in the upcoming assembly election, BJP will create a historic record because the party has been doing people’s work and the people trust the leadership of Narendra Modi.During the programme, some local leaders of the Thakor-Kshatriya Sena also joined the BJP in the presence of Paatil. The programme was also joined by party leaders like sitting MP Bharatsinh Dabhi, former minister Jaynarayan Vyas and former MLAs Balvantsinh Rajput and Alpesh Thakor.
AHMEDABAD/VADODARA: While the 'Digital India' push has led to a massive surge in online transactions, cybercrime offences too are growing exponentially. Over the past five years, cybercrime cases in Gujarat have risen by 235%, reveals data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). During the Covid years, the cases almost doubled. Against one case of cybercrime every day in 2017, four cases were registered in 2021. While 458 cases were reported in 2017, 1,536 cases were filed in 2021 - a 235% increase. In 2019, 784 offences of cybercrime were filed in the state, while in 2020, the pandemic year, the figure stood at 1,283. In 2021, chargesheets were filed in 58 per cent of the offences. Cyber experts said that many people suddenly began using apps during the Covid-induced lockdown, but most could not differentiate between genuine and bogus apps. A senior officer from the cybercrime cell said that during the Covid period, people were largely confined to their homes and depended heavily on e-wallets and digital payment apps to purchase even vegetables and groceries. However, lack of awareness about technology makes it a double-edged sword. Taking advantage of the tectonic shift in buying behaviour, cybercriminals created fake customer support numbers of banks and online shopping sites to defraud people. The scammers, posing as customer care executives, hoodwinked citizens into sharing their OTPs (one-time passwords) that gave them access to their bank accounts. The detection rate in such crimes was less than 10%, a cybercrime sleuth said. Police have been organizing online campaigns to make people aware of the different modus operandi employed by cybercrooks and how to avoid getting conned. "Many ended up clicking on dubious links or scanning QR codes sent by scammers. A lot of people lost their money to such frauds," said Mayur Bhusavalkar, a cyber expert from Vadodara. Cyber criminals have also been devising newer methods to cheat people. Some of these include tricking teenagers into installing malware-infected porn apps that lock their phones, and seeking money to unlock them. "Some fraudsters trick unsuspecting victims into sharing their online passwords under the pretext of completing their KYC process while others resort to phishing by creating fake websites to steal information," Bhusavalkar told TOI.
The cyber crime police station of Gujarat’s Anand district issued summons to Flipkart on August 17 asking the company to join a probe into a scam unearthed in June after a gang of five persons was arrested for cheating customers of at least 600 mobile phones.The gang purchased phones from Flipkart using EMI options and had sold them off to unsuspecting customers, who eventually ended up with locked phones due to non-payment of the EMIs.According to Anand cyber police, the technical examination of eight phones seized so far has revealed that the phones had pre-installed software that allowed Flipkart “unilateral access” to block the phones.The Anand district cyber crime police has issued seven summons to Flipkart to join the probe through the Technical Nodal Officer based in Bangalore and through the Legal Department of the company based in Hyderabad. However, the e-commerce company is yet to join the probe.Police sub-inspector Amit Sharma of Anand cyber crime police station said, “We have asked Flipkart to join the probe in the case. Consumers had filed complaints that the phones purchased through local dealers were blocked and a primary investigation into the scam had revealed that a gang was purchasing phones on EMI through Flipkart and selling them off to unsuspecting customers. We had arrested five persons in the case.”The police have served three notices to Flipkart under Section 160 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, to join the probe as “witness” and four summons under CrPC Section 90, which is related to summons and warrants of arrest. Senior officials of the district police said that the company did not respond despite repeated reminders. The last summons was sent on August 17.The police came across the case while monitoring and analysing cases of cyber fraud in online shopping after receiving a complaint in June this year. The five accused were involved in a racket of purchasing mobile phones on Flipkart by allegedly registering accounts under pseudo names using bogus phone numbers on the EMI option and selling them off to other dealers. Once a dealer passed a phone to an unsuspecting customer, sometimes by even creating a proper bill, the accused stopped paying the EMIs. Eventually, the phones were blocked for non-payment of EMI and the customers returned to the dealer for help. The accused then got involved in “helping” the customers unlock the phones and charged them a hefty sum of money.The accused have been booked under Indian Penal Code sections for criminal breach of trust (406), cheating (420) and abettor present when the offence is committed (114).
Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Limited (TPEML), a subsidiary of Tata Motors Ltd, has signed an agreement with Ford India Private Limited (FIPL) for the acquisition of its manufacturing plant at Sanand, Gujarat for Rs 725.7 crore.This Unit Transfer Agreement (UTA) includes entire land and buildings, vehicle manufacturing plant along with machinery and equipment, and the transfer of all eligible employees of FIPL’s vehicle manufacturing operations at Sanand, said a statement.FIPL will continue to operate its Powertrain Manufacturing Facility by leasing back the land and buildings of the Powertrain Manufacturing Plant from TPEML on mutually agreed terms. TPEML has agreed to offer employment to the eligible employees of FIPL’s Powertrain Manufacturing Plant in the event of FIPL’s cessation of such operations, the release added.The closure of the transaction will be subject to the receipt of relevant approvals from the government authorities and fulfilment of customary condition precedents. The government of Gujarat, TPEML and FIPL had already executed a tripartite MoU on May 30 to support all relevant approvals for the transaction.“With our manufacturing capacity nearing saturation, this acquisition is timely and a win-win for all stakeholders. It will unlock a state-of-the-art manufacturing capacity of 300,000 units per annum which is scalable to 420,000 units per annum,” the company stated.TPEML would make the necessary investments to reconfigure the plant to adapt to Tata Motors’ existing and future vehicle platforms. The unit is adjacent to the existing manufacturing facility of Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Limited at Sanand, which should help in a smooth transition.“The agreement with FIPL signed today is beneficial to all stakeholders and reflects Tata Motors strong aspiration to further strengthen its market position in the Passenger Vehicles segment and to continue to build on its leadership position in the Electric Vehicle segment,” said Shailesh Chandra, Managing Director, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Limited and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Limited.“It will accelerate the growth and development of the Indian auto industry by taking a progressive step forward towards building a future ready Atmanirbhar Bharat,” said Chandra.Steve Armstrong, Transformation Officer of Ford Motor Company, said: “Today’s announcement marks an important step forward in Ford’s ongoing business restructuring in India, which is part of our Ford+ plan for strategic transformation. With the transfer of employment for eligible vehicle manufacturing employees included in the agreement, this milestone also highlights our best effort in caring for those impacted by the restructuring.”
Tata Motors inks pact to acquire Ford India's Sanand plant for Rs 726 croreTata Motors Ltd signed an agreement on Sunday to buy Ford Motor's manufacturing plant in the western state of Gujarat for $91.5 million (Rs 726 crore).The agreement between the Indian automaker's subsidiary Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd (TPEML) and Ford India Pvt Ltd (FIPL) covers land, assets and all eligible employees."With our manufacturing capacity nearing saturation, this acquisition is timely and a win-win for all stakeholders," Tata Motors said in a statement.The Jaguar Land Rover parent said the acquisition of the Sanand plant will unlock a manufacturing capacity of 300,000 units per year that could increase to 420,000.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comFord had less than 2 per cent of the Indian passenger vehicle market when it stopped production in the country last year, having struggled for more than two decades to generate profits.($1 = 79.3600 Indian rupees)
This story is part of our upcoming section, Puzzles & Games. For updates, sign up on indianexpress.com or follow our Instagram (@iepuzzles).At first glance, you’d think Abhishek Ruikar named his own game wrong. A researcher from Ahmedabad, Ruikar is the creator of Mimosa: a tactile puzzle box that has left solvers worldwide delighted and intrigued.Is it ironic to name a hands-on game after a hands-off plant? Maybe, but as Ruikar reveals — and players soon come to realise — there is more to this christening than meets the eye.The touch-me-not plant (Mimosa pudica) is one of nature’s passive curiosities. At some point, we’ve all aimlessly brushed it to get a reaction. Ruikar’s Mimosa, on the other hand, reminds players of the complex system governing the original plant, paying respectful tribute to its sensitivity.There is no goading this Mimosa to react; instead, a solver must discover an exact sequence of light movements and touches — which may or may not involve hidden tools — to be able to unlock the puzzle’s solution. In the world of brain games, this is known as a sequential discovery puzzle:As a crafts researcher, Ruikar’s interest in puzzle design was a natural extension. But his first creation wasn’t as complex as Mimosa, nor was it for sale. Instead, it was a birthday gift for a friend — a game called ‘five holes and a key’, inspired by his hobby of solving puzzles for leisure.It’s a pastime with a sizable following in the US and Europe. But for India, it’s still a small dot on the game charts. And for good reason: there aren’t enough local retailers here selling enjoyable, high-quality puzzles for adults. Beyond jigsaws, there is low public awareness. And puzzles shipped from abroad have a markup like collector’s items, burning a hole in one’s pocket.Thus, puzzling as a long-term hobby has been restricted to the upper crust of Indian society — much like the mechanical keyboard community.Ruikar also mentions a psychological barrier: many people don’t like mixing leisure with critical thinking. “People are very intimidated by puzzles, particularly ones that need deeper thought and understanding,” he says. This is a complaint echoed by online puzzle makers, who found Indian players were quick to give up on games that needed lateral thinking, which is the solving of problems using creative, patient and unusual approaches.The only way to get past this fear, feels Ruikar, is to create awareness about the fun and diversity in puzzles right from school, marking a clear boundary between brain games and the drudgery of exams. “I believe having puzzle-solving pop-ups or workshops might help encourage the youth,” says the designer, an idea he is willing to help build across schools, colleges and design institutes using his diverse creations:With global appreciation for Mimosa, Ruikar has now dived into puzzle designing full-time, relying on international interest and websites like JP Games, Etsy, Puzzle Paradise and Puzzle Master Inc. for sales and personal motivation. ‘Clouds’ and ‘B:MAZE’ are some of his newest creations. This is a niche but emerging market, one that holds great promise for buyers and creators if subsidised pricing and distribution can be worked out in India.To build on the desi connect, Ruikar thinks collaborating with Indian craftsmen is the next best step. Our handicraft communities hold centuries of traditional knowledge about working with sustainable materials. When combined with a modern-day designer’s sensibilities, this could produce an entirely new breed of mechanical puzzles — a domain that is yet to move away from heavy plastic use.As one of the country’s few puzzle designers, the sky’s the limit right now for Ruikar and any contemporaries. If you were in his place, what kind of puzzles would you make for Indian players?Abhishek Ruikar is a puzzle designer and Senior Research Assistant at the DICRC, CEPT University in Ahmedabad. All of his puzzles are available at a discount in India with direct orders to firstname.lastname@example.org.