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Leopard Kills Visually Impaired woman In Gujarat
Ndtv | 2 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 01:40 pm
Ndtv
2 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 01:40 pm

The area where the incident took place is close to the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary (Representational)Amreli: A leopard mauled an 80-year-old visually impaired woman to death in Gujarat's Amreli district, a forest official said on Wednesday.The incident took place late Tuesday night when the victim, Shantaben, was sleeping in her hut on the outskirts of Jabal village in Savarkundla taluka, Range Forest Officer Pratap Chaandu said.After learning about the incident from villagers, forest officials rushed to the spot and set up two cages to catch the feline, he said.The area where the incident took place is close to the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and wild animals frequently venture near human settlements, the official said."The woman lived alone in the hut. Her daughter was in another hut when the leopard attacked the victim, as the animal might have been hungry and searching for a prey. The woman was partially blind. She died on the spot after the attack," the official said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comWhen villagers rushed to the spot to save the woman after hearing her cries for help, the leopard ran away into a nearby forest. But, it was too late by then and she succumbed to her injuries, he said."We have set up two cages to catch the leopard. We have also asked villagers to take extra care as the area is close to a forest," the official said.

Leopard Kills Visually Impaired woman In Gujarat
Gujarat: Former MLA Hirabhai Patel’s son held with liquor in Mahisagar
Times of India | 4 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 11:44 am
Times of India
4 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 11:44 am

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.

Gujarat: Former MLA Hirabhai Patel’s son held with liquor in Mahisagar
  • ‘Liquor party’: Gujarat BJP leader among 41 held in Valsad
  • The Indian Express

    A BJP leader, a minor boy and a deputy sarpanch were among the 41 people arrested after a police raid at a liquor party at Kanjan-Hari village in Valsad district late Sunday. The police also seized 25 litres of IMFL bottles worth Rs 15000, five cars and mobile phones, all worth Rs 35 lakh, in the raid.BJP leader and Valsad taluka Sarpanch Sangh President Vinod Patel and the deputy sarpanch of Nanakwada village were among those arrested and produced before Valsad district Court Tuesday afternoon.Valsad town police station inspector D M Dhol said, ”We have produced all the arrested before the court for obtaining police remand. Vinod Patel had, in his statements to police, mentioned that he had brought liquor from different wine shops in Daman. We are waiting to get the court’s order for obtaining a police remand of the main accused persons in this case.”All the arrested were attending a party hosted by Patel—also the sarpanch of Nanakwada village—Sunday late night. Liquor was also served to the guest, said the police.

CM Bhupendra Patel flags off Vande Gujarat Vikas Yatra
Times of India | 6 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 09:57 am
Times of India
6 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 09:57 am

GANDHINAGAR: Flagging off the Vande Gujarat Vikas Yatra showcasing the achievements of the government over the past 20 years, chief minister Bhupendra Patel said on Tuesday that development and trust have become synonyms in governance of the state over the past two decades. For a fortnight between July 5 and 19, 82 decorated trucks will pass through eight big cities and all 33 districts where about 2,500 events will be organized. The government will educate people about the welfare schemes that can be availed of, a CMO statement said. At the inaugural function at Sabarmati riverfront, CM Patel said that BJP governments over the past 20 years have delivered on the promises they have made to the people. “Vikas (development) and Vishwas (trust) have become synonyms in Gujarat. BJP governments have consistently pursued development in the state and the people have repeatedly shown their trust by voting BJP to power,” the CM stated. Ministers will visit different districts over the next fortnight and about 2,500 development works will either be inaugurated, or their foundation stones laid, the CM said at the meeting. The CM listed various successful projects implemented in the state over the past 20 years.

CM Bhupendra Patel flags off Vande Gujarat Vikas Yatra
  • Gujarat CM flags off procession: Jagannath Rath Yatra held amid fanfare, tight security
  • The Indian Express

    The 145th Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra was concluded in old city Ahmedabad amid huge fanfare and heavy police security Friday as Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel flagged off the procession only three days after he tested positive for Covid-19.The annual yatra was held after a gap of two years after the procession was curtailed for the past two years due to the pandemic.On Friday, the ceremony began around 4 am when Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived at the temple premises to conduct the “Mangla Aarti”. Shah left shortly after.Later, CM Patel flagged off the procession. Uncertainty had prevailed over the CM’s presence in the yatra until Thursday after he contracted Covid. However, late Thursday, the Lord Jagannath Temple management was informed that the CM will attend the event as per “doctors’ advice”. On Friday morning, CM Patel was seen wearing a mask and performing the traditional “pahind” ceremony at the Lord Jagannath Temple premises.“On the occasion of the 145th Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra, I pray for the well being, peace and prosperity of the people of Gujarat. I also congratulate the people of Kutch on Kutchi New Year,” said Patel, while addressing reporters outside the temple.Governor Acharya Devvrat, state Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi, Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Aravind Kumar and former state home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja were also present at the event.A total of 18 elephants and 101 tableau depicting various Akhadas and Bhajan Mandalis and over 2,000 sadhu saints, along with several hundred thousands of devotees were part of the procession that travelled via sensitive pockets of old city Ahmedabad from 7 am to 6 pm.Security was beefed up with over 25,000 police and security personnel in the Jamalpur area of old city Ahmedabad as a high alert was sounded in the wake of the Udaipur terror killing.The procession was surveilled through drone cameras and a helicopter. For the first time, the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad was roped in for security measures.Meanwhile, as many as 20 persons, including three children, received minor injuries when the slab of a one-room pucca cabin on which they were standing, collapsed, on the route of the rath yatra.According to police, the incident occurred around 1 pm when the roof of a cabin built alongsidethe road collapsed in Shahpur while the yatra procession was going on.Incidentally, state Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi and Ahmedabad city police commissioner Sanjay Srivastava were present at the spot when the incident occurred and they rushed for help.“As many as 20 people received minor injuries when the roof collapsed on which they were standing. The home minister and police commissioner responded to the accident and helped rescuers and took stock of the situation. The victims received minor bruises,” said a senior police official at Gaekwad Haveli Police Station.

  • Ahmedabad Rath Yatra: With ‘docs’ advice’, CM to flag off Yatra; police on high alert
  • The Indian Express

    Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, whose presence in the 145th Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra to be taken out Friday morning in old city Ahmedabad was under clouds due to him testing Covid-19 positive, will attend the event under doctors’ advice. “We have got confirmation from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) that the CM will attend the Yatra and do the Pahind Vidhi,” said Jagannath Temple Trustee Mahendra Jha.As per Jha, since Patel’s presence was in doubt, they had also invited Governor Acharya Devvrat to perform the Pahind vidhi ritual, traditionally performed by the CM where the leader of the state sweeps the path of the chariot of the gods before the procession begins.On Friday, the yatra will be flagged off after the mangala aarti to be conducted by Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the temple premises.Amid heightened tension in the backdrop of the recent terror killing in Udaipur, the Gujarat Police has been on high alert to prevent any untoward incident during the Yatra.Several lakhs of devotees are expected to attend the 145th Rath Yatra procession, which will be taken out from Lord Jagannath Temple at Jamalpur Darwaza to Saraspur and then back to the temple, in a full-fledged manner after two years of restricted procession due to the Covid-19pandemic.Other cities of Gujarat such as Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Mehsana, Banaskantha, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Sabarkantha and Gandhinagar, among others, will also see several rath yatra processions marking “Ashadhi Beej” diwas of the Hindu calendar, which also marks the Kutchhi new year.In a first, the state police has also roped in the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) for the security arrangements for the yatra for which over 25,000 police and paramilitary personnel will be deployed along the nine-kilometre route.The yearly Rath Yatra processions in Ahmedabad have had a history of communal violence during the four decades between 1960s and 90s.Ahmedabad Rath Yatra: With ‘docs’ advice’, CM to flag off Yatra; police on high alerthttps://t.co/yC3Kfivz4h pic.twitter.com/1qSqvN8joj— Express Gujarat (@ExpressGujarat) July 1, 2022On Wednesday, a high-level meet was chaired by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi and senior police officials to discuss the security arrangements ahead of the procession in Ahmedabad and other cities of Gujarat.“Police commissioners of all four cities and superintendents of police of all districts were present in the meeting where the CM gave directions to ensure law and order and facilitate water and other necessary arrangements for the devotees expected to join the procession. In the wake of a recent incident in the neighbouring state (Rajasthan), the CM has asked police to be on high alert for maintaining law and order in the state,” read a statement issued from the Information Department, Gandhinagar.According to police sources, Sanghavi has asked the police to keep a strict watch on social media for any instigation or attempt to disrupt law and order related to Yatra and the Udaipur incident. After the meeting, the police of at least 15 districts issued advisories Thursday asking citizens to refrain from commenting on anything instigating or rumour-mongering on social media.“In the past two days, we have conducted over 350 peace committee meetings in localities of old city Ahmedabad to ensure harmony between communities. We are anyway on high alert and we have been preparing for the yatra for the past three months. The recent Udaipur incident will have no effect on the yatra,” RV Asari, additional commissioner of police, sector 1, Ahmedabad, told The Indian Express.Amit Vasava, the deputy commissioner of police, Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Cell, said, “We are being vigilant on social media but no adverse impact of the Udaipur incident has been witnessed yet.”Meanwhile, the temple trust management informed The Indian Express that a total of 18 elephants, 101 trucks with different tableaus depicting India’s culture, 30 Akhada Dal groups and 18 Bhajan Mandalis will be part of the procession. A total of 1,200 persons will be pulling the three different chariots in the procession.“We have been requested by the Ahmedabad Police to accompany the procession of elephants. We will have teams of vets from the animal husbandry department and experts from Indroda zoo in Gandhinagar and the Junagadh forest department. The elephants are well-trained and acquainted to walk in public places. If in case any elephant is to be controlled, it can be done by another elephant,” RK Sahu, director of Kankaria Zoo, told The Indian Express.

  • With docs’ advice, Gujarat CM to flag off Jagannath Rath Yatra; police on high alert
  • The Indian Express

    Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, whose presence in the 145th Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra to be taken out Friday morning in old city Ahmedabad was under clouds due to him testing Covid-19 positive, will attend the event under doctors’ advice. “We have got confirmation from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) that the CM will attend the Yatra and dothe Pahind Vidhi,” said Jagannath Temple Trustee Mahendra Jha.As per Jha, as the CM’s presence was in doubt, they had also invited Governor Acharya Devvrat to perform the Pahind vidhi ritual, traditionally performed by the CM where the leader of the state sweeps the path of the chariot of the gods before the procession begins.On Friday, the yatra will be flagged off after the mangala aarti to be conducted by Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the temple premises. Amid heightened tension in the backdrop of the recent terror killing in Udaipur, the Gujarat Police has been on high alert to prevent any untoward incident during the Yatra.Several lakhs of devotees are expected to attend the 145th Rath Yatra procession, which will be taken out from Lord Jagannath Temple at Jamalpur Darwaza to Saraspur and then back to the temple, in a full-fledged manner after two years of restricted procession due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Other cities of Gujarat such as Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Mehsana, Banaskantha, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Sabarkantha and Gandhinagar, among others, will also see several rath yatra processions marking “Ashadhi Beej” diwas of the Hindu calendar, which also marks the Kutchhi new year.In a first, the state police has also roped in the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) for the security arrangements for the yatra for which over 25,000 police and paramilitary personnel will be deployed along the nine-kilometre route.The yearly Rath Yatra processions in Ahmedabad have had a history of communal violence during the four decades between 1960s and 90s.On Wednesday, a high-level meet was chaired by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi and senior police officials to discuss the security arrangements ahead of the procession in Ahmedabad and other cities of Gujarat.“Police commissioners of all four cities and superintendents of police of all districts were present in the meeting where the CM gave directions to ensure law and order and facilitate water and other necessary arrangements for the devotees expected to join the procession. In the wake of a recent incident in the neighbouring state (Rajasthan), the CM has asked police to be on high alert for maintaining law and order in the state,” read a statement issued from the Information Department, Gandhinagar.According to police sources, Sanghavi has asked the police to keep a strict watch on social media for any instigation or attempt to disrupt law and order related to Yatra and the Udaipur incident. After the meeting, the police of at least 15 districts issued advisories Thursday asking citizens to refrain from commenting on anything instigating or rumour-mongering on social media.“In the past two days, we have conducted over 350 peace committee meetings in localities of old city Ahmedabad to ensure harmony between communities. We are anyway on high alert and we have been preparing for the yatra for the past three months. The recent Udaipur incident will have no effect on the yatra,” RV Asari, additional commissioner of police, sector 1, Ahmedabad, told The Indian Express.Amit Vasava, the deputy commissioner of police, Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Cell, said, “We are being vigilant on social media but no adverse impact of the Udaipur incident has been witnessed yet.”Meanwhile, the temple trust management informed The Indian Express that a total of 18 elephants, 101 trucks with different tableaus depicting India’s culture, 30 Akhada Dal groups and 18 Bhajan Mandalis will be part of the procession. A total of 1,200 persons will be pulling the three different chariots in the procession.“We have been requested by the Ahmedabad Police to accompany the procession of elephants. We will have teams of vets from the animal husbandry department and experts from Indroda zoo in Gandhinagar and the Junagadh forest department. The elephants are well-trained and acquainted to walk in public places. If in case any elephant is to be controlled, it can be done by another elephant,” RK Sahu, director of Kankaria Zoo, told The Indian Express.

Gujarat HC to begin quick listing of fresh pleas
Times of India | 6 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 09:52 am
Times of India
6 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 09:52 am

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court is to introduce quick automatic listing of certain categories of fresh criminal cases for the purpose of hearing from July 7. On the instructions of chief justice Aravind Kumar, the HC administration is to introduce pilot implementation of auto-listing of certain categories of fresh matters. In this system, the fresh applications for regular bail will be automatically listed for hearing on the second day of their being filed. Similarly, anticipatory bail applications and quashing petitions are to be listed on the third day of their being filed in the registry. According to a statement from HC’s registrar general, if the unlisted fresh matters related to bail, anticipatory bail and quashing are found without any office objection, they may come up for hearing even before the time fixed. The HC administration has said that the advocates concerned will be notified about the auto-listed matters through SMS or email.

Gujarat HC to begin quick listing of fresh pleas
  • Gujarat high court to introduce quick auto listing of fresh matters
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court is to introduce a quick automatic listing of certain categories of fresh criminal cases for the purpose of hearing from July 7. On instructions of chief justice Aravind Kumar, the HC administration is to introduce pilot implementation of Auto Listing of certain categories of fresh matters. In this system, the fresh applications for regular bail will be automatically listed for hearing on the second day of their filing. Similarly, anticipatory bail applications will be listed on the third day of filing, and the quashing petitions are to be listed on the third day of their being filed in the registry. According to a statement from HC’s registrar general, the unlisted fresh matters, whether registered or at filing number stage and with or without objections, will be listed latest by the day fixed according to their categories. Thus, if the matter is ready and does not have any objections therein, the same shall also be listed in the regular course which may be even before the day is fixed. “Based on the auto listing methodology fresh cases may be auto-listed in the causelist named “Auto Listing Board 1” / “Auto Listing Board 2”,” a statement said. The HC administration has said that the advocates concerned will be notified about the auto-listed matters through SMS or email.

2-wheeler prices, loan rejections spike in Gujarat
Times of India | 6 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 09:50 am
Times of India
6 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 09:50 am

AHMEDABAD: With two-wheelers getting costlier by 40%, or more on certain models, the demand has barely recovered to the pre-Covid levels. From January to June, even though economic activity picked up, two-wheeler sales went down 16% from 5.29 lakh in 2019 to 4.46 lakh this year, according to the data compiled by Federation of Automobile Dealers’ Association (FADA). The price hike has slowed the pace of recovery of two-wheeler sales, dealers said. “Due to a hike in the price of vehicles, the consumer sentiment has dampened. A large chunk of the demand comes from youngsters. So the rise in prices has curtailed purchases,” said Pranav Shah, chairman, FADA-Gujarat chapter. “It was only in June that the demand just about recovered against the pre-pandemic period of 2019.” With prices of two-wheelers — from gearless scooters to motorcycles — going up, the overall demand has declined. As a consequence, the dependence on financing options has increased. However, with the ticket size of loans going up, the rejection levels have also risen. Estimates of FADA-Gujarat suggest that loan rejections have surged as high as 35% across the state. The figure was 15% in the case of two-wheelers over the past month. Gujan Mehta, MD, Simandhar Finlease, said: “The ticket size of loans has increased by at least 25-30% over the past couple of years. This clearly indicates a rise in prices of vehicles.” Mehta added: “On the other hand, finance companies as well as banks have made lending norms stringent, especially for customers who had availed of the moratorium. As a result, the rejections of automobile loan applications are high.” Industry sources suggest that some finance companies have shut their two-wheeler loan divisions in the wake of the increased risk factors. Shah said many customers’ credit scores have been impacted as a result of which loan rejections spiked.

2-wheeler prices, loan rejections spike in Gujarat
‘354 abattoir licences, but only 12 registered’
Times of India | 7 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 08:37 am
Times of India
7 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 08:37 am

Ahmedabad: A man who has filed a petition in the Gujarat high court seeking the proper regulation of slaughterhouses in the state has pointed out to what he says is a discrepancy in the number of licences issued. He said the state government claims to have granted licences to 12 slaughterhouses. But, he said, the animal husbandry department’s documents reveal that 354 food and safety licences have been issued to slaughterhouses dealing with large and small animals and poultry. In his response to the department’s reply to his PIL, the petitioner, Dharmendra Fofani of Banaskantha district, has drawn the HC’s attention to the fact that the state government has 344 registered units, and three state licences and seven central licences have been issued to slaughterhouses under the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act. The petitioner has said that the government’s affidavits — filed by the animal husbandry department and the Gujarat Pollution Control Board — are silent on the appointment of eminent persons for monitoring and managing slaughterhouses in districts. He said there is no word either on the non-formation of district-level committees as directed in January 2014 by the state-level committee. The state government had submitted that if any irregularity is pointed out by the petitioner, its departments will take prompt action for the proper regulation of slaughterhouses.In his PIL filed last year, Fofani had sought the HC’s directions to the government to close down slaughterhouses, meat shops, and hotels that are functioning in violation of the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and other related laws.

‘354 abattoir licences, but only 12 registered’
Gujarat, UP & MP demand full quota of NFSA wheat
Times of India | 8 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 08:18 am
Times of India
8 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 08:18 am

NEW DELHI: The Centre is facing an uneasy situation as three BJP-ruled states — Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh — have demanded the restoration of wheat allocation to them under the national food security scheme, NFSA. The demands have been made at a time when the Centre is struggling to somehow meet the mandatory stocking norms for wheat as on October 1 and March 2023. Following a record fall in wheat procurement, the Centre on May 14 had reduced wheat allocation under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) by nearly 40% for 10 states, including these three, to tide over any shortage while claiming that the decision was taken after “consultation with state governments”. For the Centre, yielding to the demands would be almost impossible as the total stock with the Food Corporation of India on October 1 is estimated to be barely 12 lakh tonnes more than what it requires to maintain as buffer stock. The surplus stock would be similar on April 1, 2023. While the MP government wrote to the food ministry last month seeking to restore its original wheat quota as it’s an important part of the state’s staple diet, food ministers from UP and Gujarat made similar demands on Tuesday at the food ministers summit chaired by Union minister Piyush Goyal. Gujarat minister Nareshbhai Patel said, “In areas like Saurashtra and north Gujarat, people prefer wheat to rice. We request the government to increase the wheat allocation.” His UP counterpart Satish Chandra Sharma said people in western UP are complaining against the increased allocation of rice. “It will be a great favour if the Centre can accept our demand to restore the allocation,” he said. Goyal, in his address, did not refer to these issues. Both the states have written to the Centre seeking change in wheat allocation. Office said while before May 14, each NFSA beneficiary in Gujarat was getting 3.5 kg wheat and 1.5 kg rice under the food security scheme, now they are 2kg wheat and 3kg rice. “We have requested that there should be 3kg wheat and 2kg rice. We expect the government will approve this,” said an official. Similarly, in UP, each beneficiary is currently getting 2kg wheat and 3kg rice while earlier the ratio was 3kg wheat and 2kg rice. The state has sought the Centre to follow the old norm. A food ministry official said there is hardly any room left for accommodating these demands. “When the states could not procure wheat, how can they expect us to allocate?” he asked.

Gujarat, UP & MP demand full quota of NFSA wheat
  • BJP states Gujarat, UP & MP seek full quota of wheat under central scheme
  • Times of India

    NEW DELHI: The Centre is facing an uneasy situation as three BJP-ruled states - Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh - have demanded the restoration of wheat allocation to them under the national food security scheme, NFSA. The demands have been made at a time when the Centre is struggling to somehow meet the mandatory stocking norms for wheat as on October 1 and March 2023. Following a record fall in wheat procurement, the Centre on May 14 had reduced wheat allocation under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) by nearly 40% for 10 states, including these three, to tide over any shortage while claiming that the decision was taken after "consultation with state governments". For the Centre, yielding to the demands would be almost impossible as the total stock with the Food Corporation of India on October 1 is estimated to be barely 12 lakh tonnes more than what it requires to maintain as buffer stock. The surplus stock would be similar on April 1, 2023. Gujarat minister Nareshbhai Patel said, "In areas like Saurashtra and north Gujarat, people prefer wheat to rice. We request the government to increase the wheat allocation."

  • Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat ask Centre for more wheat
  • The Indian Express

    Almost two months after the government announced a cut in wheat allocation of 10 states under the National Food Security Act, 2013, at least two BJP-ruled states – Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat – have asked the Centre to allocate them more quantity of wheat and urged change in their ratio of wheat and rice allocation, which was revised in May this year.On May 14, the Centre had announced changes in the ratio of wheat and rice from 60:40 to 40:60 and, in some states, from 75:25 to 60:40. Due to change in the ratio of wheat and rice allocation, wheat allocation of 10 states – Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu – under the NFSA came down. Now, UP and Gujarat both have asked the Centre to increase their wheat allocation.“Earlier, UP was receiving 3 kg wheat and 2 kg rice per person per month under the NFSA, which has now been changed to 2 kg wheat and 3 kg rice,” a UP government official told The Indian Express.“The state government has asked the Centre to restore our earlier ratio,” the official said.Similar demand has been made by the Gujarat government. A Gujarat government official said, “Earlier, Gujarat was getting 3.5 kg wheat and 1.5 kg rice per person per month under the NFSA, which has now been changed to 2 kg wheat and 3 kg rice per person per month. We have requested the Food Ministry to change our wheat allocation to revised upward to 3 kg wheat and 2 kg rice.”“The Centre has committed to look into our demand and we hope that it will be changed from next month,” the official added.On 4th May, the Centre had announced a cut in wheat allocation under the PMGKAY for the remaining five months till September 2022. That cut is estimated to save 55-lakh metric tonnes of wheat.

Gujarat: Over 600 Congress, AAP workers from tribal districts join BJP
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 05:50 am
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 05:50 am

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.

Gujarat: Over 600 Congress, AAP workers from tribal districts join BJP
  • Ahead of polls, Gujarat Congress leaders meet party brass in Delhi
  • The Indian Express

    Ahead of the Assembly polls in the state scheduled later this year, a meet was held between Gujarat Congress leaders and senior party officials in New Delhi on Monday.According to party officials, senior party leaders from state including Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Jagdish Thakor, Gujarat incharge Raghu Sharma, Leader of Opposition Sukhram Rathva, senior leaders Arjun Modhwadia, Deepak Babaria and spokesperson Manish Doshi were summoned to party headquarters in New Delhi.“An important meet in context of the coming elections began on Monday evening with senior party leaders such as All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi, KC Venugopal, Ajay Maken, Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Singh Surejwala and Jairam Ramesh,” said a senior official of Gujarat Congress.

Launch of second version of Vande Bharat trains by August: Ashwini Vaishnaw
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 05:50 am
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 05:50 am

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.

Launch of second version of Vande Bharat trains by August: Ashwini Vaishnaw
Upendra Baxi writes: Creating crisis by law
The Indian Express | 12 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 03:50 am
The Indian Express
12 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 03:50 am

It is perhaps useful to understand the worlds of thought and action, to distinguish between two paradigms of understanding that I name as the BAUP and CACP (respectively, “business as usual” and “crisis and contingency”). Forces of law and order usually follow the first, and forces of change the second. The foremost axiom of the BAUP is “closure” (let past injustice stories end, or the chalta hai culture). The CACP reverses this by saying no to “closure” and refuses to terminate stories of injustice. The world lurches from one paradigm to another.Let me mention just two recent instances. The Russian war in Ukraine is now governed by BAUP; gone is the CACP predicting a quick nuclear end of the world. The second example relates to vaccine inequality during the pandemic. Almost the entire Third World, and many global citizens and social movements, supported the request of South Africa and India to the WTO for granting a TRIPS waiver from the hard intellectual property regime; but it is, on present reports, unwilling to do so.I explore here briefly the unending narratives of the British government’s proposed law radically modifying the Northern Ireland Protocol. After Brexit, a new system was needed because the EU has strict food rules and requires border checks when certain goods — such as milk and eggs — arrive from non-EU countries. It is well-known that special trading arrangements were needed for Northern Ireland after the UK voted for Brexit in 2016 because this is the only part of the UK with a land and sea border with an EU country — the Republic of Ireland. But the border issue between the two is a complex, delicate part of the Good Friday Agreement and can raise fears about “instability” that cameras or border posts, as well as any other security measures, may cause. The Protocol now rules that inspections and document checks would be conducted between Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) at Northern Ireland’s ports. It was also agreed that Northern Ireland would keep following EU rules on product standards.In a somersault from the negotiated positions in the Protocol, the UK now wants to modify it by creating green lanes (for trusted traders transporting goods to Northern Ireland and exempt from checks and customs controls) and red lanes (meant for products destined for the EU, including the Republic of Ireland, which will undergo full checks and customs controls). Further, the Bill would remove tax restraints on Northern Irish businesses currently governed by EU rules on state aid and VAT rules. Even more, the UK government wants to substitute the European Court of Justice with an independent body to settle disputes over the Northern Ireland Protocol.Thus, the UK’s position is that its new parliamentary law is necessary for the survival of the Good Friday Agreement and peace in Northern Ireland, and it can change the terms of the Protocol to “safeguard an essential interest”. But even Sir Bob Neill, a conservative peer, has alerted against “tarnishing” Britain’s “reputation for upholding the law”.It is sadly true that politics deploys the law both for creating crisis and change and in rendering the catastrophic as the “new normal”. The UK PM, who jointly with the EU created the Protocol, now wishes to undo it by appealing to the fragility of peace in Northern Ireland. This is strange. While the Democratic Unionist Party wishes to largely “scrap” or “overhaul” the Protocol, the leading “nationalist parties and the Alliance Party say that it remains vital to stop a hard border, protect peace, and ensure prosperity”. And we must recall that all this occurs while Ukraine burns under pervasive Russian attacks! The BAUP saga remains a never-ending story.In response, the EU’s position is that revising the Protocol cannot be a solo enterprise since no international agreement, once entered into, may be changed unilaterally. Article 26 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties provides that “every treaty in force is binding upon the parties to it and must be performed by them in good faith” and Article 27 says that a “party may not invoke the provisions of its internal law as justification for its failure to perform a treaty”. The government justifies the change by recourse to the “doctrine of necessity” as providing “a clear basis in international law to justify the non-performance of international obligations under certain exceptional and limited conditions”. However, it is settled normatively that the states may enjoy sovereignty within international rule of law, and not beyond it.The EU has not yet started legal proceedings nor adopted a strategy of “trade war”. Wisely, it proposed a return to negotiation for two months beginning June 15. No “meaningful discussions” were held” since “February concerning suggestions for improving how the protocol is implemented”, including: (1) “reduction of customs and sanitary checks on goods going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland”; (2) reduction in “the amount of “paperwork for agri-food shipments” to a “three-page document per lorry”; and (3) relaxation of rules regarding “chilled meats, such as sausages” which, could still “be sent across the Irish Sea”.How far will the British parliament go along with the government’s proposal is anyone’s guess, as is the fate of any litigative options by the EU before the European Court of Justice in case a Protocol were to be unilaterally changed or rescinded. A litigation path will be long and arduous. The ultimate takeaway for those who suffer the vagaries of governance is the astonishing capacity of the state to convert the catastrophic into normal and normal into problematic. If such be the visages of power, what then are the images of justice?(The writer is professor of law emeritus, University of Warwick, and former vice-chancellor of Universities of South Gujarat and Delhi)

Upendra Baxi writes: Creating crisis by law
Mumbai sees nearly 70% of average July rainfall in 5 days
The Indian Express | 12 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 03:50 am
The Indian Express
12 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 03:50 am

With Tuesday’s downpour, Mumbai has recorded 69.41 per cent (594 mm) of the average July rainfall (855.7 mm) in just the first five days of the month.After a dry period in June, the city has recorded moderate to heavy rainfall since the start of this month. On three days this month, the city received more than 100 mm rain. In nine hours on Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Santacruz observatory recorded 153.3 mm of rain, categorised as very heavy rainfall.The weather bureau has forecast the current surge in rainfall activity to continue in Mumbai and the entire Konkan region and ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra till the end of this week. Maharashtra is very likely to experience an active rainfall spell this week.“Due to active monsoon conditions, rainfall activity over Konkan and adjoining ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra is expected to increase in the next 4 to 5 days. Widespread rainfall activity with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall is expected over the region in this period. Parts of Marathwada and Vidarbha are also very likely to receive widespread rainfall activity,” stated the forecast.The IMD has issued an orange alert for Mumbai and Thane for July 7-8, indicating extremely heavy rainfall in isolated places, while a red alert has been issued for Palghar (July 8) and Raigad and Ratnagiri till July 8.The IMD’s Santacruz observatory recorded total rainfall for the season at 733 mm, which is 13 mm higher than average, while the Colaba conservatory recorded 48 mm surplus rain. In the 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Tuesday, rainfall recorded by the Colaba observatory was 117.4 mm while the Santacruz observatory recorded 124.2 mm rainfall.Dr Jayanta Sarkar, scientist and head of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Mumbai, said, “The weather conditions currently are very active in the state. The reason is various favourable synoptic situations like a low-pressure area, whose latest location is central parts of Madhya Pradesh (as on Tuesday afternoon), an offshore trough from Gujarat coast to Maharashtra coast and strong westerly winds. We expect widespread rains in the entire state for the next five days and especially scattered places could see heavy to very heavy rain and isolated places could see extremely heavy rain.”

Mumbai sees nearly 70% of average July rainfall in 5 days
  • Rains expected in Delhi throughout the week, says IMD
  • The Indian Express

    Delhi is expected to receive rains during the upcoming week (July 2-8), the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.Light rainfall is likely on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to IMD, while heavy showers are expected on July 6.The Safdarjung weather station recorded very light rainfall on Friday, around 1.9 mm, a day after the IMD said that the southwest monsoon had reached Delhi. The weather observatory at Aya Nagar recorded the highest amount of rainfall on the day — 14.8 mm.On Saturday, the maximum temperature is likely to be around 34 degree Celsius. It stood at 31.9 degree, five degree below the normal, on Friday. The maximum temperature remained below 35 degree at all weather stations in the city on Friday.The minimum temperature recorded early on Saturday was 26.2 degree Celsius, two degree below normal. At 8.30 am on Saturday, the temperature was 28.4 degree, while the relative humidity was around 92%, and the wind direction was north-northwesterly.Over the next six days, the maximum temperature is likely to range from 32-36 degree Celsius, while the minimum temperature could range between 24 and 27 degree.The southwest monsoon is likely to reach the remaining parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat in the next two days, and is hence likely to cover the entire country in the next two days, the IMD said in a bulletin issued on Saturday.Meanwhile, the air quality in Delhi improved to reach the ‘satisfactory’ category on Friday. The AQI was 76, down from a 116 the previous day. A forecast issued by the Air Quality Early Warning System on Friday indicates that the AQI is likely to remain in the ‘satisfactory’ to ‘moderate’ categories on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Normal rainfall over India in July, says IMD
  • The Indian Express

    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast normal rainfall over the country during July, which is 280.4 mm as per data from 1971 to 2020. “Monthly rainfall for July over the country is most likely to be normal, which is 94 to 106 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA),” the forecast issued on Friday stated.However, Odisha, West Bengal, northeast India, Kerala, coastal Karnataka, Vidarbha regions will experience below normal rainfall during this month. Normal to above normal rain is expected over Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, interior Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Delhi and Tripura this month.July rainfall accounts for 35 per cent of the seasonal rainfall and is crucial for sowing and early growing stages of the kharif crops. The rainfall in this month is particularly significant as June ended with an 8 per cent deficit over the country.Presently, an east-west trough runs between northwest Rajasthan and northeast Bay of Bengal, attracting moist winds both from the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal over northern India regions. Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are likely to receive widespread rains during the next five days. Overall, the monsoon is likely to remain active during the first week to about 10 days of July, bringing widespread rainfall all over the country, including central India, except the northeastern regions.On Friday, the southwest monsoon advanced into Punjab, Haryana and some more parts of Rajasthan. With the availability of favourable conditions, the monsoon is set to cover the entire country during the next two to three days. As of Friday, the northern limit of monsoon passed through Deesa, Chittorgarh, Bikaner and Khajuwala.

  • Monsoon reaches Delhi; IMD predicts rains in Bihar, Uttarakhand, Haryana & Chandigarh
  • The Indian Express

    The Southwest monsoon reached Delhi on Thursday as the city experienced light showers from early in the morning. The normal onset date of the monsoon in Delhi is June 27, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.Meanwhile, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Chandigarh are also likely to get heavy to very heavy rainfall on Thursday while eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh are likely to get extremely heavy rainfall, according to the IMD. Bihar has been slotted into the IMD’s ‘take action’ category, the agency’s highest, due to the likelihood of heavy rainfall. The bulletin added that parts of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim are also likely to get heavy rainfall on June 30.In Assam, 12 more people died due to the floods, taking toll to 151. A bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority stated that while 11 people died in the floods, one person was killed in a landslide.Officials told news agency PTI that the town of Silchar in the state’s Cachar district has remained underwater for the last 10 days. Around 31.5 lakh people have been affected by the flooding so far, up from 24.92 lakh on the previous day. Brahmaputra, Beki, Kopili, Barak and Kushiyara rivers were flowing above the danger level, reported PTI.At the same time, more rains have been predicted in different parts of India in the upcoming week as a part of the advance of southwest monsoon. While widespread light to moderate rainfall is likely to continue over many parts of western coast, east, central and northeast India, scattered to fairly widespread rainfall is likely over many parts of peninsular India.The dry weather is expected to continue over the rest of the parts of the country.As per their daily bulletin issued on June 30 at 7.30 am, the IMD has predicted rainfall as follows.   

  • Monsoon likely to hit Delhi between June 30 and July 1, says IMD
  • The Indian Express

    The southwest monsoon is likely to hit Delhi between June 30 and July 1, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.The ‘normal’ onset date of the southwest monsoon in Delhi is June 27. Last year, the onset was delayed with the monsoon hitting the city on July 13.Conditions are favourable for the further advance of the monsoon into remaining parts of Bihar, parts of Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours, the IMD said on Tuesday.“Conditions would continue to become favourable for further advance of monsoon into remaining parts of the Arabian Sea and Gujarat, some parts of Rajasthan, remaining parts of Madhya Pradesh, entire Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, some parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, entire Delhi during the subsequent 48 hours (i.e. between June 30 to July 1),” the IMD said.Cloudy skies, light to moderate rain or thundershowers, and gusty winds of 30 to 40 kmph are on the forecast for June 30 in Delhi. Light rain or thundershowers are also on the forecast for July 1, and very light rainfall is likely on July 2.The IMD had declared the onset of the southwest monsoon over Kerala on May 29. After its onset over Kerala, it advances northwards.The northern limit of the southwest monsoon, which is the northernmost limit up to which it has advanced on a given day, passed through Ratlam, Shivpuri, Rewa, and Churk on Tuesday.The possibility of very light rainfall or a drizzle towards the night is on the forecast for Delhi on Tuesday.

  • Monsoon yet to reach Delhi, IMD to confirm onset date
  • The Indian Express

    The southwest monsoon has not yet reached Delhi, and has missed its ‘normal’ onset date in the city – June 27. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is yet to confirm when the monsoon might reach the national capital.Asked if there were any updates on when the monsoon might hit Delhi, IMD senior scientist R K Jenamani said there were none, but the IMD is monitoring the conditions and an update is likely to come on Tuesday.The onset of the monsoon in the national capital was delayed last year, when the IMD declared that it had reached the city on July 13, two weeks past the ‘normal’ date. In 2020, it hit the city a little earlier, on June 25. The southwest monsoon hit the national capital in the first week of July in 2019, 2017 and 2016 as well.On Monday, the IMD said the southwest monsoon had advanced into most parts of the Arabian Sea and Gujarat on Monday. The IMD has also issued a forecast for when the monsoon might reach other parts of northwest India. “Conditions are favourable for further advance of the monsoon into remaining parts of the Arabian Sea, Gujarat, some parts of Rajasthan, remaining parts of Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, some more parts of Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir during the next three to four days,” the IMD said in a release issued on Monday.Though the monsoon has missed its date, an east-west trough over North India and moisture-laden winds from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea are likely to bring light to moderate rainfall or thundershowers to Delhi on June 29 and 30. With rainfall in the forecast, the maximum temperature could fall to around 35 degrees on June 30. Cloudy skies and light rainfall are also on the forecast for July 1, while very light rainfall is likely on July 2 and 3.The city witnessed another sultry day on Monday, when the maximum temperature was 40.9 degrees Celsius at the Safdarjung weather observatory, four degrees above the normal for this time of the year. Humidity remained high reaching a maximum of 72% over the past 24 hours, going by an IMD bulletin issued Monday evening. The highest maximum temperature recorded on Monday in the city was 42.1 degrees at Najafgarh. There has not been much respite from the heat at night, with the minimum temperature settling at 29.4 degrees early on Monday – two degrees above the normal for this time of the year.

Several states on alert as IMD warns of heavy rainfall for next four days
The Indian Express | 12 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 03:50 am
The Indian Express
12 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 03:50 am

Vigorous Southwest Monsoon conditions are likely to prevail over coastal Maharashtra and overall west coast, which will bring very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall during the next five days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned.Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh will also experience enhanced rainfall during the next few days.For the first time, Maharashtra rainfall fell under the ‘normal’ category in this season. Since June 1, the state has received 227.9 mm of rain. Statistically, this is 12 per cent short of the state’s seasonal normal till July 5, but the IMD considers this deficit within the normal rainfall category.There is a low-pressure area present over central Madhya Pradesh. An off-shore trough runs between Gujarat and Maharashtra, and the monsoon trough is currently running below its normal position and lastly, there are strong westerly winds blowing from the Arabian Sea over to Maharashtra.As per IMD’s latest weather forecasts, Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra remain on ‘red’ alert (take action) till July 8.The IMD has placed Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra under ‘red’ alert till Friday, whereas an ‘orange’ alert has been issued for Saturday. Goa, coastal Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are also under ‘orange’ alert on Wednesday.For July 9, a warning has been issued for Rajasthan, Gujarat, Konkan, Madhya Maharashtra, Vidarbha and Odisha.

Several states on alert as IMD warns of heavy rainfall for next four days
Gujarat moving forward as India’s growth engine: CM Bhupendra Patel
The Indian Express | 15 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 12:50 am
The Indian Express
15 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 12:50 am

The Gujarat government Tuesday launched the Vande Gujarat Vikas Yatra to showcase the development works done by the state government in the past two decades under the leadership of Narendra Modi first as the Chief Minister of the state and then as the Prime Minister. “The development of 20 years and the trust of 20 years have become synonymous with each other and Gujarat is moving forward as the growth engine of the country,” CM Patel said addressing a public gathering from Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad before flagging off the yatra Tuesday. Similar functions were also held in all the districts of the state under the leadership of various ministers. The CM said Gandhi and Sardar had got us Swaraaj whereas Narendrabhai (Modi) and Amitbhai (Shah) got us Suraaj. “Narendrabhai has given us a mantra of (also) inaugurating those public works, foundation stones of which we are laying,” he said.He compared various parameters in various sectors like education, power, health, roads, tribal development, water, women and child development, tourism, industrial production, law and order, etc, between 2002 and 2022 to highlight the development done in the past 20 years.“(People) Trusted us and we did development (works) and because we did it, people kept trusting us. And we are witnessing its result… We are going to start this Vande Gujarat Yatra to give account of the trust people put in us,” the CM added.Under the initiative, the state government has prepared 82 Vande Gujarat Vikas Rath (chariots) that will travel through all the villages and cities of the state. The chariots are equipped with LED screens that will showcase the development Gujarat has witnessed in the last 20 years in the form of mini films.In all, 2,500 public programmes will be held across the state under the initiative in which local authorities will dedicate, declare or lay foundation stones of more than 25,000 public works. Camps distributing benefits of various government schemes will also be organised at various places along with cultural events. Events such as essay competitions among school children, cleanliness campaigns at public places, health check-up camps, yoga shibir and tree plantation drives will also be held in cities and villages.

Gujarat moving forward as India’s growth engine: CM Bhupendra Patel
  • Gujarat has progressed from tanker raj to Nal se Jal: Agriculture Minister
  • The Indian Express

    Gujarat has progressed from ‘tanker raj’ to Nal Se Jal and undergone transformation in other sectors, thanks to the ‘revolutionary’ decision taken by Narendra Modi, Gujarat Agriculture Minister Raghavji Patel said as he flagged off a Vande Gujarat Vikas Yatra Rath (chariot) from Rajkot Tuesday.Addressing a public meeting on the yard of the Rajkot agricultural produce marketing committee (APMC) in Bedi village on the outskirts of the city before flagging off the rath, Patel narrated the development march of Gujarat after Modi took over as the chief minister in 2001. “Thanks to the revolutionary decisions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat has scaled new peaks of achievements. There was a time when there was tanker raj (water was supplied through tankers) but today, thanks to the Nal se Jal scheme, water is reaching households through pipes,” an official release quoted Patel as saying.The Vande Gujarat Vikas Yatra campaign was launched by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel from Ahmedabad as simultaneous events were organised in other districts of the state. As a part of the campaign, raths or modified trucks mounted with LED screens will go to towns and villages of the state and showcase progress made by the state under the BJP reign beginning from 2001.Various BJP leaders and ministers will welcome these raths at various places until the two-week-long campaign ends on July 19. The Rath will go to clusters of villages decided as per the 36 seats of Rajkot district panchayat.Patel claimed that Gujarat has witnessed transformation in other sectors also. “Thanks to tremendous decision-making power of Modi, today, Narmada water has reached Saurashtra and Kutch through SAUNI Yojana. Earlier, there used to be only a handful of check-dams. But today, there are more than one lakh check-dams. By winning the confidence of people, there has been a comprehensive development in fields like education, industry, health, women empowerment etc,” the minister was further quoted in the release.The minister also laid the foundation stone for development projects worth around Rs 2.80 crore and dedicated projects worth Rs 7 crore to the public.

Udaipur killing: ATS probing persons part of WhatsApp group
The Indian Express | 15 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 12:50 am
The Indian Express
15 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 12:50 am

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.

Udaipur killing: ATS probing persons part of WhatsApp group
MSU syndicate rejects student’s appeal to reconsider rustication
The Indian Express | 15 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 12:50 am
The Indian Express
15 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 12:50 am

The MS University Syndicate on Tuesday rejected an “appeal” by student of Master of Visual Arts from the Faculty Fine Arts, Kundan Kumar Mahato, to reconsider decision to debar him over a controversy on his artwork on May 5. Kundan had filed an appeal before the Vice-Chancellor to reconsider the decision as per the provisions of the rules of the MSU Act.On Tuesday, the MSU Syndicate met and decided to reject Kundan’s appeal, upholding the May 13 decision to rusticate him, a native of Bihar. Vice-Chancellor VK Shrivastava declined to comment on the matter and Registrar Krishnakumar Chudasma was unavailable, a syndicate member said the decision was “unanimous”. Kundan’s advocate Hitesh Gupta said, “The appeal before the university was to reconsider its decision as per the provisions of the rules of the MSU Act because the process to rusticate a student as laid down by the rule book was not followed in this case… Kundan has been denied justice as he was not even given a hearing.. We will move the High Court for relief.” On June 29, the university generated an examination hall ticket terming him as “eligible” but he was prohibited from attending the physical examination for the Philosophy of Art-II paper.Kundan, a first year student of Sculpture of Master of Visual Arts has received support from former alumnus and former teacher at the Faculty and noted artist Jyotindra Bhatt (Jyoti), who in a letter addressed to the V-C, had said that he has been “pained” at the sequence of events, and in his opinion, Kundan’s artwork is “neither obscene nor disrespectful”.The Sayajigunj police booked Mahato on May 9 based on the complaint of Jaswantsinh Raulji, a second-year student of the Faculty of Arts—a different campus—for allegedly creating artwork of “objectionable” pictures of gods and goddesses. Right-wing groups protested saying it “hurt religious sentiments” and led to clashes on the campus on May 5.

MSU syndicate rejects student’s appeal to reconsider rustication
Gujarat: Students escape as part of Dahod school building collapses on holiday
The Indian Express | 15 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 12:50 am
The Indian Express
15 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 12:50 am

Students of a primary school in vaniya Ghati village of Sanjeli taluka in Dahod had a narrow escape when the wall and roof of a dilapidated section collapsed on Sunday (July 3), a holiday.According to local residents, parents of the students as well as villagers have been requesting the administration for the past five years to repair the building.A part of one of the school building’s dilapidated rooms collapsed Sunday, when the students were away. “The incident occurred Sunday afternoon, following heavy rain in the area. The administration had already decided to raze the dilapidated structure and construct new classrooms but the files were not cleared, despite repeated representations… I have petitioned the taluka administration but there was no action,” said headmistress of the school, Ramila Bhedi.The school, with classes 1 to 5, has been using two of the four rooms in the structure — two dilapidated rooms were vacated a few years ago. The school has students of Class 1 and 2 sitting together in one room and Class 3 and 4 sitting in a room constructed from donations made by a philanthropist. Students of Class 5 attend classes on the porch outside the room that collapsed on Sunday.Officials of the district education department said that the school renovation is in the pipeline but “measures were taken to ensure that no student is made to sit in the dilapidated section”.The official added that the administration has made arrangements for students, who refused to be transferred to farther schools, to be admitted to nearby schools as an interim solution.

Gujarat: Students escape as part of Dahod school building collapses on holiday
Restaurant owner found dead in his residence in Rajkot
The Indian Express | 15 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 12:50 am
The Indian Express
15 hours ago | 06-07-2022 | 12:50 am

Hasmukh Pachani, owner of Patel Vihar Restaurant (PVR) chain, was found hanging at his residence near Anand Bungalow Chowk in the city in a case of suspected suicide. Police said the cause of the alleged suicide remained unascertained till late evening.Pachani, who used to run two restaurants under the brand name PVR in the city, was found hanging in the hall of his apartment on Krushnagar Main Road near the Anand Bungalow Chowk in the city by his wife early Tuesday morning. He was 67 and was running one PVR each on Gondal Road and Kalavad Road. The PVR on Gondal road was opened in 1970 and is a popular eatery in the city.“Early on Tuesday morning, Panchani’s wife didn’t find him in his bed. When she looked for him, she found him hanging by a dupatta tied to a hook in the ceiling of the hall of the family’s apartment,” Malaviyanagar police inspector KN Bhukan said, adding, “The family dialled the emergency number and in response, an EMT (emergency medicine technician) rushed to the family’s home with an ambulance. However, after assessing Panchani, the EMT pronounced the restaurant owner dead on the spot.”Later on, his body was shifted to a civil hospital in the city for post-mortem. Malaviyanagar police has registered a case of accidental death. “We have not recovered any suicide note so far,” Bhukan further said.

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