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3 Congress MLAs defect to BJP on eve of Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat, hit Ahmed Patel bid 28.7.2017 TOI: India
Balwantsinh Rajput, resigned as an MLA and was declared BJP’s third candidate for the Upper House. Later in the evening, Rajput joined BJP in the presence of party president Amit Shah. Along with Rajput, two other Congress MLAs — Tejashree Patel and P I Patel — also joined BJP after submitting their resignations to the Speaker.
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Ahmedabad rains: CM Rupani assures all help to city corporation 27.7.2017 TOI: Cities
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Update on HADR Operations in Gujarat/Rajasthan 27.7.2017 Govt of india: PIB
A large scale Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise by Indian Air Force involving Medium Helicopters (MLH) and Chetak Helicopters is still going on in the Flood affected areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan
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Three Congress MLAs join BJP in Gujarat 27.7.2017 TOI: India
In yet another blow to the Congress in Gujarat, its legislators Balwant Sinh Rajput, Tejshri Patel and PI Patel have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the midst of elections to three Rajya Sabha seats.
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Heavy rains throw life out of gear in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar 27.7.2017 TOI: Cities
Heavy rains hit normal life in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, while 10,000 people from rural and urban areas here were shifted to safer places after the Sabarmati river swelled.
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Navneet director Navin Shah goes missing in Ahmedabad 27.7.2017 TOI: Cities
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Heavy rains hamper rescue operations 27.7.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Low clouds, poor visibility and incessant rains hampered rescue operations of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the flood-affected areas of north Gujarat on Wednesday, official sources said. Responding to increased requirement for aerial rescue and relief efforts, the IAF had pressed into operation 16 helicopters for winching / airlifting people stranded in the flood waters in Banaskantha and Patan districts, and also for dropping of relief material, including food, water and medicines, to villages inaccessible by road. The IAF aircrafts are operating from bases established at Deesa, Mehsana, Patan and Ahmedabad with an aim to provide timely relief to people in distress. “The helicopters are being flown  braving extremely challenging weather conditions prevailing in the area marked by low clouds, poor visibility and rains. More aircrafts are likely to be flown in from IAF bases in Rajasthan whenever the weather permits,” the Defence PRO said in a release. Army rescues 1,925 Stepping up rescue and relief ...
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Good Samaritans come to victims’ rescue 27.7.2017 DNA: Mumbai
A number of social as well as other organisations have started sending food packets and other relief material for the thousands of people in flood- affected areas of north Gujarat. Volunteers at The Brahma Kumaris, Gandhinagar, prepared thousands of food packets and sent the same to the flood-affected with aid from government agencies. The Brahm Samaj distributed 5,000 water pouches and 1,500 food packets in villages around Himmatnagar. More than 1,500 food packets were also distributed in affected areas around Deesa. Shree Samast Gujarat Brahm Samaj has dispatched more than 5,000 food packets for distribution in the flood-affected areas. Samaj president Chaitanya Shambhu Maharaj said that they have also started a 24-hour helpline for flood victims. Various other NGOs and religious institutes have also prepared around 5 lakh food packages and water pouches to be sent to people in the affected ...
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Shankersinh Vaghela tells Ashok Gehlot to retract statement 27.7.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Veteran politician and former CM Shankersinh Vaghela on Wednesday warned state Congress in-charge Ashok Gehlot and asked him to retract his statements. Vaghela called a press conference in Gandhinagar where he charged Gehlot with trying to create a split between him and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel. Vaghela warned the Congress general secretary he would resign as MLA before the Rajya Sabha elections, denting Patel’s chances of getting elected. Gehlot, on Tuesday, had said Vaghela was keen to be the party’s CM candidate and had been pressurising the high command to change the state party chief. Gehlot also claimed Vaghela had resigned as the BJP was turning on the heat over CBI cases against him. Vaghela quit the Congress last Friday. Vaghela said, “If Gehlot wishes to become Gujarat CM, he can throw his hat into the ring, but he should spare me such allegations. He should take back his words and apologise to me. If he does not, I will resign as MLA before the Rajya Sabha polls and that could weaken ...
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Ahmed Patel, wife declare Rs 6.49 cr assets 27.7.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel has declared that he owns movable and immovable assets worth Rs2.24 crore, while his wife Memoona owns assets worth Rs4.25 crore. In his affidavit filed along with the nomination for Rajya Sabha elections on Wednesday, Patel, who is eyeing a fifth term in the Upper House, declared that he owns movable assets worth Rs28.13 lakh. This includes cash in hand of Rs91,250, bank deposits of Rs9.59 lakh, and shares and bonds worth Rs34,850. He also owns three cars, a Maruti Dzire, an Ambassador and a Toyota Innova, which are valued at Rs17.27 lakh. Patel declared that he does not own any gold, but his wife Memoona owns 74 tola gold jewellery worth Rs20.81 lakh, and diamond jewellery worth Rs3 lakh. She has Rs35.89 lakh in bank deposits, and owns Rs1.23 crore worth of shares, bonds and mutual funds, as per the affidavit. The Congress leader declared that he and his wife own 10 plots of agricultural land in Ankleshwar and Bharuch which are worth Rs1.38 crore. The affidavit shows ...
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Smriti Irani MPLADS misuse: HC asks government to submit report 27.7.2017 DNA: Mumbai
The high court on Wednesday asked the state government to submit a report on allegations of financial irregularities in using Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) in Anand district. Petitioner Amit Chavda and others have filed a public interest litigation (PIL) alleging largescale misuse in MP Smriti Irani’s funds. They stated Irani was elected to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat in 2011 and she selected Anand as the nodal district for disbursing MPLAD funds. In 2015, the state shut down Gujarat State Rural Development Corporation, yet it was made implementing agency for 2015-16. The same work was later transferred to an agency named Sharda Mazdoor Kamdar Sahakari Mandli. According to the PIL, the Anand district planning officer, in his reply, has claimed the Mandli was selected following telephonic instructions from the first personal assistant to Irani. The petitioners further alleged Irani had violated the guidelines which specifically stated the MP could have no say in deciding the ...
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No break for Amdavadis from incessant downpour 27.7.2017 DNA: Top News
After yet another overcast day that brought 58.81mm rainfall, it seems to be too much of a good thing for Amdavadis who are now driven to despair hoping the sun shows up soon. However, the constant downpour has brought down mercury levels in the perpetually simmering city. Maximum temperature was 26.7 degrees Celsius, five degrees below normal, on Wednesday. The city woke up to heavy rainfall which decreased in intensity by evening. Visibility was very low throughout the day, though. The weatherman has predicted intermittent rains with clouds on Thursday. The maximum temperature is expected to remain around 27 degrees Celsius, while minimum is expected to remain 24 degrees Celsius. South zone received the highest rainfall at 64.75mm, followed by west zone (64.03), east zone (60.16mm), new west zone (56.67mm), central zone (55.50mm) and north zone (51.67mm). Water level in the Sabarmati River went down to 129.50 feet. Rain casualties Due to heavy spell of rain, a wall collapse in the morning at Sadu Mata ...
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Come Friday, monsoon activity to simmer down: IMD 27.7.2017 DNA: Top News
The weatherman has brought some good news for the people of Gujarat suffering from the continuous rains. According to the IMD, monsoon activity will simmer down by Friday, although on and off showers will continue until August 10. The downpour, which began on July 21,  resulted in a loss of hundreds of lives and thousands becoming homeless.  Jayanta Sarkar, director of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) – Ahmedabad, said, “Monsoon is very active over Gujarat region and heavy to very heavy rains are expected at isolated places over the next two days. The intensity of rains will decrease Friday onwards.” Meanwhile,  Mahesh Palavat, chief meteorologist at Skymet, said, “The current weather system will prevail for another 24 hours. Monsoon activity will reduce from Friday onwards,” adding, “Scattered on and off rains will continue across the state until August 10,” added Palavat. From Thursday, improvements in flood situations are expected. However, light to moderate rains with few heavy spells will ...
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Gujarat flood toll at 111; 17 of a family perish 26.7.2017 TOI: Home
Receding flood waters in Banaskantha revealed a massive tragedy in Khariya village of Kankrej taluka on Wednesday when bodies of 17 members of a family were recovered from the banks of Banas River. Villagers watched in disbelief as the bodies were recovered one after another from the muck.
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Mount Abu receives highest rainfall in decades, landslide alert issued 26.7.2017 TOI: Cities
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Sabarmati in spate as dam water released 26.7.2017 TOI: Cities
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Get kids to report sexual harassment on POCSO e-box: CBSE to schools 26.7.2017 DNA: Top News
To address the rise in cases of sexual harassment faced by children in schools and elsewhere, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked schools to educate not just parents but also the children themselves. It has urged them to motivate children to report their complaints directly on POCSO e-box, an initiative by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). NCPCR had developed The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) e-Box to facilitate easy and direct reporting of sexual offences against and by children so that action can be taken under the POCSO Act, 2012.  A circular issued by CBSE has urged schools to popularise the e-box by talking about it during parent-teacher meetings, display related information on notice boards, school magazines and its walls and educate school counsellors and students during the regular assemblies. The schools have also been asked to screen a national award-winning film ‘Komal’ to create awareness among school children about ...
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Govt contractors put off strike till August 5 26.7.2017 DNA: Top News
Government contractors, who have been on strike since July 16, have put off their strike till August 5, the Gujarat Contractors Association said on Tuesday. The decision comes a day after top contractors and presidents of district contractors’ associations met in Gandhinagar.   Association president Arvind Patel said that the decision to put off the strike till August 5 was taken unanimously after detailed discussions.   Thousands of government contractors have been on strike since July 16 to protest 18% rate of tax on works contract under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) which, they say, would lead to heavy losses to them as their tax burden would go up by 10 to 12% due to the high GST rate.   “There is no way we can bear this additional tax cost. We are asking the government to either move us to a lower tax slab of 5 or 12%, or to reimburse the additional tax that we would be required to pay,” Patel had told reporters last month.   Incidentally, representatives of Gujarat Contractors Association had ...
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300 evacuated from low-lying areas 26.7.2017 DNA: Top News
Due to rain in areas upstream of the Sabarmati river, excess water was released from Dharoi dam. A total of 1.16 lakh cusecs were released and all 26 gates Vasna barrage were opened up. With AMC issuing an alert on Monday for residents of low-lying areas, 300 people were been evacuated. A total of 600 people staying near Chandrabhaga and Parikshitlal Nagar were moved to safer places. Entry banned at riverfront   With the Sabarmati flowing at 133 feet, compared to the usual level of 127 feet that is usually maintained, the AMC issued continuous warnings to people living in low-lying areas to stay away. With the river in spate, the lower promenade of the Riverfront was completely submerged. “For safety measures, we have deployed police and barricaded the Riverfront. We are expecting water levels to decrease from tomorrow,” said municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar. He said they had closed one underpass at the Riverfront as the water level was high there. Sabarmati in Spate Inflow from Dharoi dam - 1.16 lakh ...
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Riverfront road blocked, heavy traffic on other routes 26.7.2017 DNA: Top News
Police blocked the entire riverfront road on Tuesday as a safety measure after water released from Dharoi dam caused the Sabarmati River to overflow. All roads connecting to the Riverfront were blocked to the public and no vehicle was allowed entry on the route. Police personnel were also deployed at the six bridges to prevent people from flocking to these places to watch the rising water levels. Diversion of vehicles led to heavy traffic congestion across the city. Ashram Road, Dafnala Crossroads, Paldi Crossroads, NID Road, Vadja Circle, RTO Circle, Subhash Bridge were all choc-a-block with traffic. In-charge JCP, traffic, Sudhir Desai said, “It was obvious that the traffic congestion would occur as all connecting roads to the Riverfront were blocked. But, no major jams were witnessed .Traffic movement had slowed down due to ...
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