The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | 22-06-2022 | 12:50 am
Gujarat health minister Rushikesh Patel on Tuesday announced on Twitter that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating at home.Gujarat on Tuesday reported 226 new cases, recording a flatlining of new cases in the past three days, instead of the daily increase that was seen last week.However the state is also reporting a decline in the number of tests being conducted. From 30,000-35,000 tests per day last week, the state on Tuesday conducted just 25,000 odd tests.Ahmedabad city, with 787 active cases, reported 106 new cases on Tuesday. The city has steadily conducted 3,000-odd tests per day. Ahmedabad’s share of active cases comprises 51 per cent of the state’s total active caseload and yet the district has not increased its testing numbers.Apart from Ahmedabad, Surat has 229 active cases and Vadodara has another 183 active cases as of Tuesday.
VADODARA: The son of former MLA Hirabhai Patel, from Lunawada in Mahisagar district, was held with a stash of Indian Made Foreign Liquor from Vadagam in Khanpur taluka of Mahisagar district. The accused had entered into a quarrel with a man in Vadagam and when police reached the spot, it found a high-end car with a plaque ‘MLA Gujarat’ loaded with liquor at the site. The police were called to the residence of Jaswant Patel in Vadagam after two youths including Hirabhai’s son Maharshi Patel and one Shubham Mahajan came to Jaswant’s residence on Monday evening. They had threatened Jaswant over the phone and then came to his residence in an inebriated condition. The accused had come to the village in a white SUV. On checking the car, the villagers and police found a bottle of Scotch whisky and several bottles of other alcoholic beverages. In all, 39 liquor bottles worth Rs 6,100 were found in the car. The plaque with the writing ‘MLA Gujarat’ had been placed on the dashboard of the car. On being questioned, the duo revealed that they had brought the liquor from Rajasthan for their consumption. Maharshi claimed that the car was being used by him, but could not produce documents of the car on Monday evening and hence the car was seized. A separate offence was registered against the duo for beating and threatening Jaswant. Hirabhai was elected on a Congress ticket to the assembly, but joined the BJP recently.
Ahmedabad: After a four-day low daily tally, new Covid cases spiked in the city and the state on Tuesday. Against 150 cases on Monday, the city recorded 249; whereas against 419, the tally for Gujarat was 572.With 4,219 tests conducted on Tuesday, the test positivity rate (TPR) for Ahmedabad was 6% compared to 1.8% for Gujarat. Active cases also rose for Ahmedabad and Gujarat, reaching 1,564 and 3,595 respectively.Other cases included 82 in Surat city, 41 in Vadodara city, 22 in Bhavnagar city, 21 in Rajkot city, 18 in Valsad, 16 in Navsari, 13 in Jamnagar, and 12 each in Kutch and Surat. Of the 33 districts, only three now have zero active Covid cases.Gujarat in 24 hours vaccinated 13,285 people with the first dose and 27,694 with the second. TNN
More than 600 workers of the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) from Dahod, Narmada, Chhota Udepur and Vadodara districts joined the BJP Tuesday at Gandhinagar in the presence of Gujarat BJP President CR Paatil.Dahod, which saw over 400 workers from the Congress and a few from AAP and BTP, also had eight councillors from the Jhalod Municipality, including President Sonal Dindor from the Congress, jump over to the BJP.The others include Dala Vasaiya, Khuman Mansinh Damor, Parsinh Damor and independent councillors Bhavesh Katara, Sukhram Milwad, Zakir Kanuga and Shankar Katara, among others. Dindor and Vasaiya were among the Congress councillors who had, in August 2020, voted in favour of the BJP in the election to Jhalod Municipality’s Presidential post, thus causing a furore. Soon, as Jhalod BJP President Hiren Patel was killed in an alleged case of contract killing, Dindor and Vasaiya submitted a memorandum to the district police citing ” threat to life”.A senior BJP leader said, “The party has welcomed strong workers to the fold… This is not just in preparation for the upcoming Assembly polls but also because it allows the BJP to strengthen its ground in these tribal districts, especially Narmada, Dahod and Chhota Udepur, where the Congress has traditionally been on a strong foot. Although the 2021 local body polls were in favour of the BJP in the districts, it will bring a major impact in the Assembly elections to have these strong leaders into the fold.”Additionally, Dahod Taluka Congress president Suresh Baka-liya as well as former General Secr-etary of Youth Congress Nikunj Meda and Vice-President of Dahod district Congress Mitesh Yadav joined the BJP. Valsinh Munia, son of former Congress MLA Virji Munia, along with Sanjeli Sarpanch Mavji Rawat , Singwad taluka Congress member Dipak Parmar and Veena Bhuriya from Garbada also joined the BJP.AAP leader Dhavalsinh Bhuriya as well as BTP President of Dahod Ajay Katara along with leader Nilesh Bamaniya joined the BJP. Nazimuddin Gangardiwala of the Congress city unit also joined the BJP. He even replaced his skull cap with the new saffron topi of the party at the event. Another leader, Sabur Sultan Tadvi, also joined the BJP.In Chhota Udepur, district Congress President Umesh Shah, along with his brother and President of Chhota Udepur Traders’ association, Dipesh Shah, joined the BJP. Former Congress district president Yashpal Rathwa, also the director of APMC, also joined the BJP. From Vadodara, former MS University senate member and trader Bipin Patel, Hitendra Gohil, Sandeep Bhagat, Wasim Malik (Sarpanch of Kia), Indravadan Bhagat and Sudha Patel from Kandari joined the BJP.Membership songGujarat BJP Tuesday launched a song prepared for its membership enrolment drive. The Gujarati song hails the party and its current top leadership.
Pointing out that the two Vande Bharat trains launched in 2019 have travelled 14 lakh kilometres and “proven” themselves, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Tuesday said the Indian Railways will launch an upgraded second version of the semi-high-speed trains in August 2022.Interacting with media persons at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) at Gandhinagar, the minister said, “The plan for Vande Bharat trains were given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017 and the first two trains started operating in 2019. So far, both the trains have travelled 14 lakh kilometres… Last year, 75 more trains have been approved that are under production.”The Indian Railways operates Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi to Varanasi and from New Delhi to Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Katra.Adding that the second and third versions of Vande Bharat trains will use better technology, Vaishnaw said the Vande Bharat trains currently run at 160 kilometres per hour and the second version will touch 180 kilometres per hour and the third version of the train will travel at 220 kilometres per hour.“We will start the roll out of Vande Bharat-2 train or the second version of the trains in August 2022,” he said adding that five-six trains will be rolled out every month after the launch. “The second version of Vande Bharat will have air springs (between the coach and the wheels) and will improve the ride quality manifold,” Vaishnaw added.The minister said once the first batch of 75 Vande Bharat trains are launched, the Indian Railways will launch more. “Of the proposed 400 trains, about 250 will be the second version of Vande Bharat trains and then the third version will introduced,” he added.The Railway minister who was at EDII for an interaction on start-ups said Vande Bharat trains will be operated on new routes and in some places, it will replace existing trains. “Bullet train takes 55 seconds to reach from 0-100 kilometers per hour. A similar technology has been ised in these trains and it has been designed in India. It takes only 54 seconds to reach from.0-100 kms per hour. It has a good acceleration. Its shock absorbers are also very good,” he added.Bullet train projectTalking about the bullet train project, Vaishnaw said the project will pick up speed with a new government in Maharashtra. “The earlier government in Maharashtra was not in favour of this project. But now that people have changed the government, the progress will happen,” he added.“Good progress is being made in the bullet train project. So far, pillars on 70 kilometres of the route on Vapi-Ahmedabad section, have been built. The work on this section began first, as we got the land. Foundations for pillars have been laid on 160 kilometres in this section,” he said work on the 8-9 bridges and stations were also under way.“The first bullet train section from Surat to Billimora is targeted to become operation by 2026. The first bullet train section made by China was 113 kilometres between Beijing and Tianjing. Our section between Ahmedabad and Vapi is 352 kilometres,” he said.Station redevelopmentThe minister said a masterplan for developing 370 stations have been made and tenders for 45 stations have been issued. He said the learnings from the pilot projects for station redevelopment at Gandhinagar, Bhopal and Bengaluru have been incorporated into new redevelopment. Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Navsari, Rajkot, Vapi, Bharuch, Bilimora, Anand, Nadiad, Ankleshwar, Udhana, Gandhidham, Palanpur, Jamnagar and New Bhuj will be the 16 stations that will be redeveloped in Gujarat. Apart from this, a new station building has been constructed at Vadnagar station and Chhayapuri is being developed as a new satellite station near Vadodara.The railway minister also said that tenders for installing ingenious anti-collision device “Kavach” have been issued for 3,000 kilometres of railway tracks.
The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) is investigating a few persons from Ahmedabad who were allegedly part of a WhatsApp group with a person who was allegedly involved in the conspiracy of Udaipur murder.According to senior officials of the Gujarat ATS, an ongoing investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the killing of a tailor in Udaipur, over sharing a remark on the Prophet, has revealed the presence of a WhatsApp group in which several persons were part, including the accused killers.However, a Gujarat ATS official confirmed to The Indian Express that no connection of any person from Ahmedabad or Gujarat has come out in the conspiracy.“We have not found connection of anyone from Ahmedabad or Gujarat in relation to the murder or conspiracy. However, we are investigating certain persons who were part of a WhatsApp group, to check whether they were involved in any suspicious activity. The investigation is at a preliminary stage,” said a senior ATS official.On June 28, Riaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad killed Kanhaiya Lal Teli, a tailor, at his shop in Udaipur, allegedly over a post he shared on social media in support of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s remark on the Prophet during a television debate.Rajasthan police arrested Akhtari and Mohammad shortly after the murder, even as gruesome videos made by them went viral on social media. Later, the Ministry of HomeAffairs (MHA) directed the NIA to take over the investigation.The NIA has made two more arrests in the case — Mohammad Mohsin and Aasif — for allegedly being involved in the murder conspiracy.